Garden State Rhapsody
Clown Shoes

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Stout - American Imperial
4.35 | pDev: 6.67%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: From the depths of the Pine Barrens of NJ, the Jersey Devil joined forces with Crasher to annihilate snake demons and bring balance to the Garden State. We blended 12 rye barrels of Undead Party Crasher Imperial Stout with 3 rye barrels of an experimental barley wine ale to create this NJ-exclusive beer.
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter.

A- Dark khaki head a quarter inche thick. Settles into a layer of film over a pitch-black body. 4.5

S- Smells like rye. Lots of rye. Plenty of booze on the nose. Slight chocolate and malt, but the booze and rye dominate. 4

T- Showcases the rye up front before turning raisiny, tobacco-heavy, and oaken. Bitter dark chocolate is potent. Barleywine caramel and raisin and oatmeal cookie meet chocolate stout with a rye bite. Pretty impressive. Something nutty like pecan pie emerges too. 4.25

M- A bit lesser than medium-bodied but drinks viscous and creamy. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter and even a tad of tartness before a dry, cocoa finish. 4.25

Surprisingly good. One of the most impressive Clown Shoes beers I've had to date.

May 29, 2015
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mj81 from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clown shoes absolutely nailed this one. Just shy of total darkness. Nose is chocolate, rye whiskey and almost a slight cherry sweetness. First taste blew me away. Perfect combination of slight smokiness, earthiness, chocolate, rye whiskey. Mouthfeel is perfect. Not too thick, not too thin. Booze is basically undetectable even at a 55 degree room temp. Great mix of chocolate rye sweetness and slight bitterness on finish. I've had a lot of stouts and BA stouts and am not saying this lightly when I say it's in the top 5 that I've EVER had.

Feb 19, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Garden State Rhapsody is a very special crafting just for my beloved home state of New Jersey, being the first beer made just for us from an out of state producer. As if this wasn't enough, the premise of this brew is so unique in that it is a blend of 12 barrels of Undead Party Crasher and 3 barrels of barleywine... all rye conditioned... I really haven't heard of anything quite like it! Onto the scores - in the looks department it's spot on, with an inky black color and a nice ring of coffee colored foam... like the bloom on french press coffee. The lacing on the glass is elegant as well... a great visual! The aroma seems like a wondrous preview of what is to come... Big on rye grains and roasted malts with a pleasant smokiness. After taking in the flavor for a while at the proper temperature, here's what I have to say: It can hang in an arena of the biggest heavyweights of barrel aged beer! The overall picture is that it is an unlikely trifecta of smoky stout goodness, lush rye whiskey, and a delicate inclusion of barleywine hoppiness. It's this third aspect and the particular choice of rye for the barrel that really drives it home. The matchless balance of this menage is uncanny! Undead Party Crasher is one of my favorite Imperial Stouts due to the precisely appropriate smokiness, and that comes through here loud and clear. In my opinion, rye is also the best thing to happen to beer in modern times. I'm not sure anyone's ever blended barleywine into the mix like this but I can assure you it is a success of flying colors. Also notably remarkable is the mouth feel and finish, not unlike a strong oatmeal stout... velvety, substantial, and lingering. A fair bit of cocoa and coffee notes come through in the end here. Garden state residents and beer traders.. get your hands on this beer ASAP- it is truly a work of art and a showcase as to what Clown Shoes can do!! Jersey Strong.

Feb 21, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Zekenyce (thanks man!). Bottled 1/28/15. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

There is a slight tinge of crimson in the pour but the liquid rests in the glass almost pitch black. A finger and a half khaki head fades slowly to a thick collar with a few whisps accross the surface. Sparce, spotty lace.

A big dose of whiskey presents on the nose backed by smoked malt, vanilla, caramel, oak and a vaguely floral note. Smells great.

The flavors here are bold and rich. Chocolate fudge, sweet and spicy rye whiskey, tart raspberries, vanilla, caramel, smoked malt, brown sugar, cough syrup (in the best possible way), a bittersweet vegital note and a modest booze burn. The flavors of the base are apparent but the barleywine blending and rye whiskey barreling change it much more dramatically than the other barrel treatments I've tried (rum, bourbon & cognac). All-in-all this is delicious.

Creamy, smooth, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The flavor keeps coming in the aftertaste with cocoa, smoke, carmelized berries and more rye whiskey.

Clown Shoes continues to prove themselves a force to be reckoned with. Garden State Rhapsody takes Undead Party Crasher to delicious new heights. I really enjoyed the new direction imparted by the blending and rye. Based on their performance here I will continue my endeavour to try all of Clown Shoes' state-specific one-offs. Try this one if you can!

Feb 26, 2015
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BA has it listed as a Double IPA. It's a rye barrel aged imperial stout blended with a rye barrel aged barley wine. It's awesome.

Feb 12, 2015
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troupos40 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The mouth feel on this is awesome! A hint of sweetness from the Barleywine, really smooth and drinkable, can't wait to grab a few more bottles!

Feb 20, 2015
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Odysseyalien from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 07, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 24, 2015
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sirsteve42 from New York

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 03, 2015
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bobv from Vermont

4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice half inch head dissipates rather quickly down to a thin ring.
Nose has a bit of Rye whiskey to it.
Taste has some pepperiness from the Rye barrels as well.
Feel is a tad thin.
Overall this was a nice surprise in an IP trade.

Aug 18, 2015
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maz from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 21, 2015
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RobDB from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 07, 2015
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mikepcarney from Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mar 20, 2015
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 01, 2015
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smithj4 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 21, 2015
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ShemRahBoo from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2015
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thampel09 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 06, 2015
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the best BA beer I've had so far from Clown Shoes. The feel is relatively thicker than others, and the rye barrel comes
through nicely. If you like rye, you'll love this beer. It's warm, smooth, smokey, earthy, and roasted.

Feb 15, 2015
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Mineo from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 09, 2015
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acurtis from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 23, 2015
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 14, 2015
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another great barrel-aged offering from Clown Shoes. The aroma is fantastic, very-well balanced and full of flavor. A little thinner on the mouthfeel, but overall a great brew. Very highly recommend, cheers!

Mar 09, 2015
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 13, 2015
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 04, 2016
Garden State Rhapsody from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 107 ratings