Bluegrass Billionaire | Clown Shoes

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Bluegrass BillionaireBluegrass Billionaire

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies by batch

Added by Patches826 on 03-07-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by batt6343:
Photo of batt6343
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
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!

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Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great barrel aged clown shoes beer. The malt and barrel character and booze all meld together to make this one a nighttime sipper. And it being readily available makes me like it even more. Would buy again.

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gibgink
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at CBC Como with the crew. Bottled 4-16. Pours a clear brownish amber. Smells of sweet honey on the nose, I could sniff on this one all day. Honey and toffee sweetness on the palate, and this thing finishes so damn smooth. An absolute treat.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours hazy brown under a ½” light tan foam cap that dissipates moderately fast while providing thin lace.

S: Medium high bourbon, dark brown bread and dark dried fruit aromas and a hint of cinnamon.

T: Rich caramel malt and traces of vanilla sweeten big rich bourbon flavors.

F: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, mild warming.

O: A nice big beer with a balance between bourbon and malt.

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

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

Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EarlProeger
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich flavor, balanced, as good at the bottom of the glass as at the top

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Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justme
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite Billionaire. Not as good as Trillionaire. That said this is a great English style barelywine. Drink up if this is your style and prepare to enjoy.

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

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, with a name and brewing concept that actually make a modicum of sense, this time around for Clown Shoes.

This beer pours a murky, dark dishwater brown colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some approaching swollen rain cloud lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, reduced brown sugar syrup, a twinge of musty yeast, some sedate whiskey barrel notes (dry vanilla, corny booze, and wet wood), equally sauced-up red berry fruit, black licorice, and very tame earthy, leafy, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is dense bready and doughy caramel malt, toffee pudding, a weirdly ephemeral Bourbon barrel whiskey sweet and zingy thing, bittersweet cocoa powder, a touch of English cream, tanned leather, some muddled earthy spice, soused raisins, and more unheralded leafy, weedy, and floral old-school hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite light, if in a generous and robustly frothy manner, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with an almost overwrought creaminess pushing its way past my better palatal senses. It finishes sweet, yeah, and barely moderated by fruit, wood, and hoppy esters alike.

Well, this is indeed a big bruiser of a brew, with the elevated ABV doing well to keep its smarmy hands to itself, for the most part. Not the most complex, or even complicated version of the old-world style (stateside iterations duly considered), but that doesn't seem to matter a lick, when something so strong (with apologies to Crowded House) turns out to be something so darned tasty!

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Photo of MuFugga
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark garnet-hued brown beer, clear at the edges, topped with a beige head of decent size and good retention. Very nice flat wide lines of lacing.

Big, strong, sweet aroma, where it's tough to tell where the sweetness of the malt ends and the bourbon begins. Tons of caramel and brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, prunes, oak, and tannins. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Thinner in both flavor and feel than the aroma indicates. Up front, it's light, dry, and grainy. About halfway, the bourbon notes assert themselves, carrying a dull oak ache along with coconut tones. There's a brown sugar/caramel finish. While this is technically a sweet beer, it's far from the sweetness I've grown to expect in big barrel aged EBWs.

A touch hot, but not bad for the ABV. Disappointingly thin.

In the Billionaire lineup, I can't help but be disappointed in this brew. This isn't to say it's bad, but rather that it isn't better - or even as good - as similar existent brews. Among BBA EBWs, Sucaba and BCBBW certainly come to mind, and this isn't quite at that level. It isn't, IMO, at the level of the original Billionaire.

This is a beer, however, that should appeal to bourbon fans. The malt base is thin and lacking, but that does allow the bourbon to shine through cleanly and clearly.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed caramel /scarlet with a finger of tan head. Clears up a bit, nice lacing better than average lacing

S: Toffee & a little Bourbon

T: Rich toffee, a little caramel, vanilla, dryness & barrel up front, just a kiss of booze. Warming, a little bit of oakyness, a little herbal hoppyness fights through the vanilla & toffee as this warms. Finishes warming, a little oaky dryness, with caramel & vanilla, some rougher Bourbon notes at the end

MF: Rich body, firm carbonation, warming, carbonation should be a little more restrained

Really enjoyed this, no real faults & probably will age magnificently

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

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

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to snifter. Copper brown color. Very small head with almost no lacing. Boozy nose to the point of a bourbon. A little hot on the tongue with notes of caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Lower than expected feel and low carbonation.

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Bluegrass Billionaire from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 230 ratings