Gargoyle Love Song
Clown Shoes

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American Imperial Stout
4.18 | pDev: 6.22%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Gargoyle Love SongGargoyle Love Song
Notes: Gargoyles gone wild? Those bastards were meant to protect the city. Instead, they started to tear Chicago apart. Fortunately, Crasher, in town to hear some music and visit museums, fired up his jet packs and flew up to sing them a love song. This is Gargoyle Love Song and it is an American Imperial Stout aged in Cognac barrels.
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Photo of zonker17
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Decided to take this one down, and it was the right thing to do. Magnificent taste with no signs of oxidation. Black with minimal tan head and lacing. Nose light blend of roasted malt, wood, booze. Taste is follows the nose with a bit of cognac coming through. Feel is perfect match to the sweet note. Sad to see this one go.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - really black with a slight foamy tan head
Smell - toasty vanilla woddy scent
Taste - sweet vanilla slight caramel malty deliciousness and some woodiness
Feel - medium body and light carb
Overall - incredible vanilla bba stout

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Photo of mschrei
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 version, poured into a small snifter intended for barrel aged beer. Visually nothing outstanding, dark , not much lacing. I'm not getting much of any smell, and my sinuses are clear. However, the taste makes up for the other things it's lacking. Strong malt flavor with the vanilla providing a very sweet undertone, and they both are backed up by a pleasantly present bourbon barrel burn. A beer that has only one strong thing going for it but plays it well. Don't know if I'd want to barrel it and lose the barrel burn, however.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with brown frothy head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Taste has a nice mix of vanilla, dark stone fruit, chocolate bourbon and charred oak. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with medium carbonation.

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Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thick beer, lots of booze on the nose. The taste is pretty rich but this beer really shined through with the mouth feel. Luscious, and thick, just the way I like it.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. I don't think I have had a cognac barrel aged stout, so this was nice to try. Love the body of the stout, like all clown shoes stouts. Nice chocolate roasty aroma and flavor. Good mouth feel. Thick and chewy. I smelled some raisin and dark fruits coming through. Tastes include caramel, chocolate, little coffee, and some nice roasty malts and even some smoke. I get a lot of smokey pete-moss flavor common to the Islay Scotches. This beer would be amazing with some smoked BBQ or a nice cigar.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours tar black and slightly oily with a two finger head of light brown foam.

Dark fruit and cognac aromas fade slowly into dark chocolate and roasty notes.

Cherry and other dark fruit, roasted malt, subtle smokiness, and some oaky vanilla as well.

Heavy-bodied, high carbonation, chewy, viscous, thick like tar.

Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about cognac barrels, but this one was interesting and worth while.

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Photo of emyers
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a two finger tan head. Good head retention for the style/abv. Leave a nice lacing.

Smell: Cognac, tart cherry, dark chocolate. Nice interplay between the roasted malt base and dark fruit. Moderate barrel presence in the nose.

Taste: Very similar to the smell with the same dark chocolate/dark fruit flavor dominating. Cognac barrel is more present here than in the nose. Bittersweet finish with more cognac and dark chocolate. Just a touch of alcohol heat. Overall very well executed flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation - just a touch overcarbonated for my liking for the style, but overall good feel to it.

Overall: I'm really liking the cognac barrel aged stout concept - I've had a number of wine barrel aged stouts and they don't seem to work for me, but the cognac melds much better. Very well executed beer from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of stortore
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into a Pipeworks snifter.

Aroma is strong cognac, smells more like an RIS. Nose picks up lots of roasted malt. Tastes great, cognac flavors balanced well with the underlying stout base. Still seems more like an RIS with the big roasty taste. Good body, coats the tongue.

I really enjoyed this one, but something seemed lacking. Felt like the base wasn't as strong as it usually is with their Imperial Stouts. But, try it if you can, it's certainly fairly priced. Would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Canadan (thanks for the sweet hook-up!). Bottled 10/10/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours oil black with about two fingers of dense mocha head. The froth is slow to fade and deposits some attractive cakes of lace where those pillows had lingered.

Dense, roasty aromas of fudge, cherries, faint smoke and a trace of oaky vanilla. The oak and fruit notes are much more forward as it reaches room temperature.

The base beer is very obvious in the flavor. Dark chocolate and smoked malt rise immediately to the forefront along with some black coffee. Then a nice fruit presense blossoms on the palate- cherries, raisin and apple skins. Interspersed are notes of burnt caramel, oak, soft vanilla, earth, marshmallow and a decent kick of booze. The warmer the brew gets, the smoother it drinks and the more cognac becomes apparent. The alcohol is by no means hidden but much more subdued than one might expect from its 14% abv. Out of the fridge it is a tasty variation of the Undead Party Crasher base but at room temperature it becomes a delightful fudgey, cognac, roasty, fruity treat.

Creamy, medium full feel with soft carbonation. This really coats the tongue. Long, rich, bittersweet finish of cognac, chocolate and smokey roasted malt.

Gargoyle Love Song might not have truly risen to my admittedly high expectations but has done nothing to diminish my love of Clown Shoes or my fetish with cognac barrel aging. As with most big barrel aged stouts this one needs to be consumed closer to room temperature in order to fully appreciate its nuances. A fantastic brew and worth the effort to acquire.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pours a very dark brown with minimal light-brown head, a bit thinner than expected, but still gorgeous.

Smell: a bit worrisome at first, because I get strong metallic notes, but those give way to cherry, roast, powdered chocolate. The cognac doesn't exert much influence except maybe for a hint of boozy alcohol.

Taste: super-clean roast, and not much else. Some cherry, some chocolate, maybe a bit of wood, but roasty version of each. Good, but not much of either complexity or cognac.

Feel: really slick, smooth feel. A bit thin, and fairly dry. The carbonation also seems a bit off somehow, like a bit too fizzy.

Overall: this is a good stout, but I'm not sure I'd even peg it as barrel-aged if I tried it blind. I'd put Billionaire in my top-20 favorite beers, and would love to see it made again someday; this one doesn't quite reach those heights.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

I'll admit it: I sprang for the cognac-barreled stout. Dammit, I just liked the base so damn much... Anyway, this stuff pours a stolid obsidian topped by a couple fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, a twinge of treacle, and some mild anise-like smell that I attribute to the cognac. The taste brings in more of the same, and now the cognac really comes through as itself, bringing a twang of booziness along with it. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, this beer holds up well in its barreling, providing an added dimension without ruining the tastiness of the base. Good times, indeed.

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Photo of vic21234
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. The last one on the shelf at my local shop.

A- Pours black with a half finger of creamy khaki colored head which leaves some nice froth and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and liquor on the nose. Nice aroma.

T- Initially I get smooth chocolate and dark malts which then gives way to oak and cognac. Though you would think the cognac flavor would be heavy at 14%ABV, it's there but not overwhelming.

M- Smooth, heavy, drinks hot, nice sipper at room temperature.

I'm glad I got to get my hands on a bottle of this Illinois only release.

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Photo of pagriley
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter at 55F. Bottled 10/10/14

A - poured thick black with half finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Heavy lacing with very thick clingy alcohol legs. Pitch black when held up to light.

S - Definate booze. A bit lighter and without the aggressive punch of a bourbon barrel so I guess the cognac barrel is a touch gentler on the nose. Burnt caramel and some dark dried fruit underneath the booze

T - Booze is softer than expected on the palate - strong coffee flavors dominating from the roasted grain. Hot on the finish - the alcohol isn't hiding anywhere in this bad boy - tastes like there was a decent slug of cognac in the bottom of the barrel when they filled!

M - A bit thinner than I expected - a decent malt backbone, but at 14% I was expecting to have to chew this, and I feel a touch let down by the body. Is rather more carbonated than usual for the style so this is certainly contributing to the lighter body.

O - really a very solid brew. Impressed with the subtlety of the barrel aging - the booze is there but not right up in your face overpowering the base beer - which makes a nice change from some of the more aggressive barrel aged stuff coming out recently. I am truly a bit conflicted about this one - I can't help but feel it would have been better a few % lower in alcohol with more body - close to amazing but the light mouth feel and alcohol heat detract just enough to keep me from falling in love...

Update - 20 or 30 minutes later as this has warmed up it is noticeably better - the malt flavors are more pronounced with toasted nuts and caramel and the heat is more disguised. I just poured some more from the rest of the bomber in the fridge, and am comparing at 55 vs 65- quite a surprising difference. Room temp peoples! I upgraded a quarter point - I misjudged you little gargoyle!

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Gargoyle Love Song from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 71 ratings