The Ballad Of Minnie Quay | Clown Shoes

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The Ballad Of Minnie QuayThe Ballad Of Minnie Quay
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The Ballad Of Minnie QuayThe Ballad Of Minnie Quay

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Port and Whiskey Barrels.

Added by Patches826 on 01-14-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz bomber and enjoyed in a snifter. This might fine old ale
pours a rugged brown tinged amber peach color with a nice head of
off white khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin subtle layer,
and showcases some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of grapes, bourbon,
candy sugars, hints of leather, raisins, and touches of orchard fruits
with herbal and floral hop notes. Flavors nail it out of the park. Golden
raisins dance with mulled peaches and bask in fortified grape laden oak with
hints of mild sweet bourbon coming to the middle of the taste with oaken
notes and mild vanilla. A moderately strong herbal and piney hop blast
give balance to the sweetness with a subtle lingering hop that finally
gives up the ghost to the sweet but not cloying onslaught. Excellent mouth
feel with low carbonation, medium body, and a lightly coating and moderately
warming boozy finish.

An outlandishly delicious old ale that is worthy of the Clown Shoes moniker.

Excellent-----barley wine and strong ale lovers----take note.

This one ROCKS!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky copper with a thin off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is red wine, raisins, candied sugar and whiskey barrel.

T - The taste is cherry, apple, raisin, brown sugar, caramel malts, red wine with a nice whiskey bite in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is an excellent barrel aged old ale. The flavors are on the sweet side and leave wanting another drink.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ballad of Minnie Quay. Surprised by the color. Looks like a barleywine with nice reddish hues. I get caramel apple on the nose. Taste is apple cider and whiskey. Finishes with a little leather and wood.

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Photo of darktronica
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Here goes, another state-specific Clown Shoes release that's exceptional and shamefully limited in its original distribution. From February 2015, The Ballad of Minnie Quay pours on the ruby side of copper, with half a finger of head that leaves a light ring around the rim of my swagtastic Clown Shoes snifter. There's a bit of oxidation on the nose, in the form of blood orange, plum, tannins, and fruitcake. Lots of classic old ale notes here, on the acidic end of the range, thanks to the port barrel tannins and age--strong malt on the finish, preceded by black cherry, dark plums, and suggestions of orange and clove, reminiscent of a hot spiced cider.

The port takes center stage; I'm not getting much whiskey at all. That said, there isn't a ton of barrel character in any case. The mouthfeel is full and smooth. I didn't have an opportunity to try this when it was fresh, but in comparison to Clown Shoes' typical adventures in Boozy Barrel Land, this must have either spent less time in the whiskey barrels than usual or it's calmed down considerably in the bottle.

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Photo of justinp444
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No date but bought it back in march 2015. Poured into a pint glass it has a hazy brown body with a thing slice of brown beige head. Smell of apple, cherry, whiskey, vanilla, leather, cinnamon, plum, brandy, brown sugar, orange, caramel, and a bit of toffee. Taste is lots of cherry, apple, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, little bit of red wine, brown sugar, plum, bit of orange, brandy, whiskey on the end, lots of toffee, a little bit of earth, leather, and overall tastes like bread pudding with a glass of wine. A fantastic old ale that's barrel aging let it become a alternative desert beer if you want something malty sweet and nice but without chocolate and heavy fruit flavors.

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Photo of jp32
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper in color. Not much head retention. Big aromas of red wine with subtle accents of bourbon, sweet malts, and brown sugar or some other sugar product.

Flavor is sticky sweet candied malts and it's mouthfeel is extremely smooth. but with barely enough carbonation. Some dark fruit in the middle but finishes with flavors of port wine and plums.

It's a sweet, smooth, tasty beer. Very sugary, but tasty.

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Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donco
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/18/15. Poured into my trusty Stone tulip glass.
Been wanting to try this for quite a while. Finally decided to crack this bottle which I drank over two different nights.
Look: Russet color
Smell: Lots of plums and dark fruit.
Taste: Wonderful full flavor of dark fruit, port and a bit of spice all well blended with a great old ale. Malty and mellow...a terrific sipper.
Overall: This Michigan-only release just reinforces Clown Shoes successful way of barrel aging big beers in innovative ways. Great job! Highly recommended if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of dtm426
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The whisky barrels are subtle . . . Port barrels are really on showcase here. This beer has a nice sweetness to it highlighted by the oaky qualities and port barrels. Vanilla, raisins, figs and plum flavors are dominant. Very smooth feel to this beer with a sticky residue on the lips. I was expecting this to be a boozy beer but it's not ! Glad I grabbed this when I got the chance. Some beers are worthing chasing . . . Just not too hard.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer. Aroma is of mild raisins, maybe some vanilla way way back. Whiskey not detectable to me in the nose. Flavor is above average sweetness, but far from being cloying. Port is dominant but not overly dominant in the taste. Very plummy. I could not detect any Whiskey in the taste. I'm glad I had the beer, but I don't think I would seek it out. If you like some vinous qualities in your beer, you might really enjoy.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been holding on to this for about a year and decided to drink for the nfl conference championship games. Great golden copperish red look. Smell was of whisky and vanilla and tastes the same. One of the better old ales I have had. Well done. Too bad it's a one time release only.

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Photo of warnerry
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with minimal head. Smells of stone fruit, oak, vanilla, whiskey, Brandy. Taste is creamy caramel, light gingerbread, vanilla, oak, with hints of burnt orange peel and molasses. Overall very smooth and soft texture. Great brew.

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Photo of jrs3994243
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of daniels79
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vogie
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting combination of barrels. You do get the sweet caramel flavor from the port mixed with some toffee and vanilla from the whiskey barrels. Alcohol is well hidden. Perhaps the mouthfeel is too light for this style. Drinks like a port wine. A well crafted brew to sip and savor.

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Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark ruby red with with two fingers of ivory head. Light sheets of lacing left behind with this one.

Aroma of port barrels upfront along with whiskey, light raisin and red wine.

As with the aroma, the port barrel dominates upfront along with the whiskey, raisin and red wine notes. The 11% abv is well hidden.

Medium bodied and quite sticky.

I really liked this barrel-aged old ale from Clown Shoes and I'm really not much of a fan of old ales in general.

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Photo of detroitpat
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brolo75
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter

A: Dark amber, no head, nice carbonation, cloudy, not much lacing.

A: Whisky, oak barrel, caramel malts, smells really hot, vanilla, toffee aromas, smells really good.

T: Whiskey, oak, caramel, vanilla, toffee, very complex, lots of alcohol, very hot.

M: More than medium mouthfeel, not big, no carbonation, very hot.

O: Very impressed, really good, I think this would probably get better with age as I would like to have this with less heat on it, but otherwise, a solid beer from Clown Shoes.

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The Ballad Of Minnie Quay from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 61 ratings