Gargoyle Love Song
Clown Shoes

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From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
14%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
Ratings:
72
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 05, 2021
Added:
Oct 16, 2014
Wants:
  26
Gots:
  29
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on July 3, 2021.

Jul 05, 2021
 
4.13 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 16, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by zonker17 from Texas

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.

Apr 02, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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

Nov 22, 2018
 
3.87 by mattboyer182 from Indiana on Jul 04, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

2014

May 02, 2017
 
4.34 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana on Dec 05, 2016
 
4.25 by ahbithwabm from Illinois on Aug 29, 2016
 
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on Jul 07, 2016
 
3.49 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania on May 25, 2016
 
4.23 by mush from Illinois on Apr 11, 2016
 
4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2016
 
3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Mar 15, 2016
 
4 by t2grogan from Arizona on Mar 13, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

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.

Feb 18, 2016
 
4.38 by Ginepiece from Wisconsin on Feb 04, 2016
 
3.89 by Auboo on Jan 27, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Fcolle2 from Illinois

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.

Jan 18, 2016
 
4.55 by Poloplaya from Illinois on Jan 08, 2016
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4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by The_Beer_Shark from Illinois

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.

Jan 06, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by boothbeer from Illinois

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.

Jan 05, 2016
 
4.04 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 11, 2015
 
4.06 by cd34 from Illinois on Jun 29, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by larryarms847 from Illinois

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.

Jun 14, 2015
 
4.33 by JackieAnton from Illinois on Jun 14, 2015
 
3.7 by ChicagoNick from Illinois on Jun 06, 2015
 
4 by GMorgan from Illinois on May 25, 2015
 
4.08 by cjgator3 from Florida on May 11, 2015
 
4.5 by MattMorin from Illinois on May 03, 2015
 
4.04 by Johnny_Blackhands from Missouri on Mar 27, 2015
 
4.14 by Jas45678 from Michigan on Feb 23, 2015
 
4.06 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Feb 23, 2015
 
4.04 by Jaywalsh20 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2015
 
3.4 by Tanktizzo from Illinois on Feb 09, 2015
 
4 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Feb 03, 2015
 
4.1 by firstlighthiker from Tennessee on Jan 29, 2015
 
4.26 by waitwhatamidrinking from Illinois on Jan 22, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by emyers from Illinois

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.

Jan 14, 2015
 
4.3 by Acubflem from Illinois on Jan 11, 2015
 
4.46 by Anaxagoris from Washington on Jan 05, 2015
Gargoyle Love Song from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 72 ratings