Bluegrass Billionaire
Clown Shoes

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Style:
Barleywine - English
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
237
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  55
SCORE
92
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Notes: ABV varies by batch
Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 237 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ThaneMcC:
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best combination of barleywine and bourbon – another Clown Shoes classic.
Pours a murky brown/amber with scan off white head. Smells strongly of vanilla, oak, honey and woody, barrel notes, caramel.
Taste is sweet malts forward, honey, caramel, bourbon notes with some floral and berry notes. Lingering wood notes and bourbon through end note and fairly clean finish.
Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, medium bodied, heavy bourbon notes throughout, honey barleywine and lingering bourbon finish.
Overall, the bourbon barrel adds a tasty contrast to the barleywine. Another deliciously complex Clown Shoes Beer – I wish it came in four packs – the high ABV sneaks up on you. . . this makes a great aperitif or desert beer – or something to accompany a cigar around a campfire.

Dec 30, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a particularly attractive beer. A murky dark cider appearance. No head at all.
Things get better. Bourbon and caramel aroma, some dark fruit.
Bourbon up front, followed by caramel and toffee. Raisins also.
Incredibly smooth. Although the bourbon was most noticeable, it did not dominate.
Great beer!

May 22, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Bottleneck says Bottled On 05/02/16.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Booze, oak, brown sugar, vanilla and a hint of milk chocolate.

T- Solid dose of bourbony vanilla sweetness plus some toasty malt and oak. The ABV is insanely well-hidden in this as there's so much balance between the barrel and the base beer that I can sip and sip and feel so little on my palate while feeling a significant burn in my gut. Woody aftertaste. There's also a bit of a hop bite which rounds things out nicely.

M- A bit of slickness but not as creamy as I had hoped. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Not a ton of complexity here, but the remarkable way that the beer keeps the alcohol in check is enough to gain recommendation from me.

Nov 09, 2016
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 09, 2016
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bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

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

Jun 12, 2016
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SharkNado from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 26, 2016
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 27, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a slightly cloudy ruddy ruby with a small head. The aroma, it must be said, is like freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies - raisin, baking spices, date, fig, vanilla, and cinnamon. The flavor follows along these same lines, full of rich spice, dried fruit, and general yumminess. The mouthfeel is full, but not too rich or cloying. Overall this is another excellent big barrel aged beer from Clown Shoes - please keep cranking these out.

Sep 07, 2016
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A quick pour yields a think, thin, off white frothy cap. A murky, muddled, amber colored reddish liquid fills the glass. The aroma is of candied dark fruits but the bourbon is most pronounced. Flavors of sweet dark fruits, caramel, oak, and once again the bourbon forces it's way to the forefront. Very thick feel on the palate, coats, and goes down easily for 12.5% abv. Overall, this barreled aged barleywine hits the spot and is quite enjoyable. Enjoy!

Jun 18, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice ale pours a rusty copper color with a modest head of off white foam that settles to a thin ring with subtle lacing. Nose of bourbon, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with bourbon touched with light chocolate and caramel malts, subtle smoke, light berry notes with warmth on the rear and sides of blackberry, and even strong boozy warmth. Nice mouth feel, coating, slick and smooth with a warm full finish. Nice.

Cheers

Jun 12, 2016
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brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 13, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet n boozy

Nov 23, 2016
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smi69 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 24, 2018
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gobuccos from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 02, 2017
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FalconOne from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 11, 2016
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lloydboss from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed April 2016

Apr 02, 2017
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chrismattlin from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aug 08, 2016
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Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2016
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2016
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Birmz from California

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 10, 2016
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Johnct from New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jun 12, 2016
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

July 24, 2016

22 oz. bomber, snifter

A – Deep russet to mahogany brown but very clear, light still passes through it. The beer is somewhat still but does present a thin off-white to very light sepia-tan head, with short retention. Settles with a few bubbles hanging out on top, a bit of lacing.

S – The nose on this is filled with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. A bit of coffee cake and raisin bread on the back end. Some fruity esters from the alcohol, perhaps a bit from hops though not much clear hop character here.

T – Vanilla and caramel, bourbon notes, fruity esters again. Some light herbal hop impression, very minor. A ton of malty sweetness.

M – Very full-bodied, sweet and thick, with low carbonation. Sweetness lingers on the tongue, though there is a clear bite from the bourbon barrel, tannic. Not as balanced as it could be. Surprisingly little alcohol warmth considering the ABV.

O – This is a very good barrel-aged barleywine, resisting the temptation to amp up the hops. Would go great with a fire and a cigar.

Aug 16, 2016
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RandyFlameThrower from Canada

3.19/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 01, 2016
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Eddiehop from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2016
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2017
Bluegrass Billionaire from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 237 ratings