Archdruid | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jhartley on 05-18-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Look: Murky brown low tide at the bay.
Aroma: Acetic
Flavor: Acetic, butyric, barrel tannins
Feel: Slick and over-carbonated
Overall: Can't believe they allowed this to hit the public market. Obvious infection.

Drain pour.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of morimech
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark, cloudy amber with a finger of head that settled to a thin cap. A little bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of Irish whisky and fruit. Smells a little acidic with very mild vinegar notes. Is this infected? Not entirely sure as the flavor is also surprisingly acidic with sherry and vinous notes. I see the other review also noted red wine flavors so I am confused what is going on. Not getting a lot of barrel character. Just a bizarre beer and one of the only Clown Shoes beers I did not like that much.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 8/1/ some age here.Pours into an impy nonic slightly murky amber color with lacey off white head atop.Muted caramel/biscuit aromas are about all I get,no hops and no whiskey to speak of.Somewhat lactic on the palate with caramel and mild whiskey notes,no hop profile really going on here.I'am a big fan of Clown Shoes beers (although the not of some of the labels)but this not so good to put it plainly.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was excited about this beer until I popped the cap. It had the beginnings of an infection with a tart, cherry medicine like aroma and flavor. This is my first below average clown shoes. Still one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper color with a faint haze. Small tan head.
Aroma of caramel and sweet fruit.
The taste improved on the aroma. Tart cherry and caramel. A subtle whiskey aftertaste.
Smooth, easy drinking.
I would drink this again.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: It pours a hazy opaque reddish brown with streams of slowly rising bubbles. Has a thin, light tan cap with poor retention.

S: a whiff of whiskey, fruit, light berries and mild alcohol.

T: This bottle has a trace of lactobacillus giving the beer a tart and sweet palate over caramel. It is like an Irish Red married a Flanders Red. It has the Irish Red's grainy malt flavors and some of the caramel but these are somewhat muted. It also has the Flanders Red tart berry to cherry flavors and some yeasty notes. The yeasty berry flavors are above average. A bran flakes sweet flavor follows the berries and then the beer finishes with a grainy, oak drying astringency leading to a lingering bran flakes and tart dried cherry aftertaste.

F: The feel starts creamy and then ends with a lactobacillus acidic prickliness. The body is medium to medium full. This interesting, complex beer is not what Clown Shoes intended but it sort of works.

O: As an Irish Red it disapoints as the anticipated big, rich malt flavors with a light whiskey note are not there. Had Clown Shoes intended a Flanders Red, the brewer would have pushed the beer form more fruit flavors and a slightly darker, molassey malt character. Despite this, the result is an interesting, drinkable beer.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (@9% ABV), always nice to see another Irish Whiskey aged brew come around.

This beer pours a murky, dark orange-brick amber colour, with two skinny-ass fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly light tan head, which leaves some tiered bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as things slowly fall away.

It smells of musty barrel staves, real vanilla, gritty and grainy caramel malt, some wanly biscuity toffee, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, gentle oily nutty notes, bittersweet powdered cocoa, and a booziness that is more red wine-like than Bushmills. The taste is semi-sweet bready and doughy caramel malt, besotted toffee cake, mixed red berry and tropical vacation fruit, some wet generic dark spirit barrel woodiness, acrid vanilla, more weird red vinous tannins and tartness, and a hovering sense of alcohol rage on the verge.

The carbonation is adequate for the job, via its simplistic frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of average in its attempt at smoothness, as the woody and testy fruity essences allow no quarter here. It finishes trending dry, the fruitiness turning as such, with the malt finally starting to wonder what the hell is going on with its current houseguests.

Overall, there is indeed a ton of stuff going on here, but a lot of it is quite disjointed. Barrel character abounds, but it comes across as much more red wine than Irish Whiskey in nature - is there some sort of cross-pollination going on? At any rate, not a bad high-test brew, but the whole Irish water of life thing is really lost in the mire that is this offering.

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Photo of DruC4
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange./honey color with a thin beige head. Head dissapears & no lacing

S: Faint peatyness

T: Faint peatyness, a little woodyness & boozeyness up front. Rich cakeynesss, peatyness,herbal & woody hops & oaky dryness as this warms. Finishes woody & dry, with a little toastyness

MF: Medium body, thins out a bit, near zero carbonation

Drinks okay, this one of the few beers from this brewery that has failed to satisfy me. I could take or leave this

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This interesting ale pours a murky red tinged
mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer,
and features some nice lacing. Nose of subtle bourbon barrel, light sweet malts, and
tangy cherry notes like a Rodenbach as noted in other reviews. Flavors follow the
nose with tangy sweet and tart light cherry and grapefruit notes mingling with
light brown sugars and cherry pulp with a touch of vanilla and bourbon. Nice mouth
feel, lightly carbonated and a nice tart dry finish. Overall, I would choose this to try side
by side with a Rodenbach Grand Cru and a light plate of dry sharp cheese. Nice


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Photo of trevorpost
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Flavor isn't so much sour as the other reviews suggest as off. It has all of the big flavors of something like Rodenbach but without the acid. Something is definitely off here though. Not at all what I expected and not in a good way.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle, which was bottled on 08/01/16. Sampled on September 28, 2016.

It is nice to look at with its red hued amber color underneath a modest off-white head that fades and laces.

While the roam does emit a lot of yeast and malt sensations, surprisingly it also brings out a kind of wild ale, tart cherry, and sour character too. No alcohol or whiskey barrels that I can smell.

Medium or better body.

The taste has a bready malt forward flavor but everything turns sour and tart. Not the overly pucker-up kind but a definite overripe fruitiness to end this off. Dry ending.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aknalley
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Bullock's (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 7/25/16. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a bright but hazy orangish crimson with a finger and a half of fine ecrue froth and a consistent trail of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A persistent, patchy haze reaches out to the broad collar which imparts some scattered lacing.

Smells of whiskey, wet oaken funk, peat, caramel and a little vanilla. It's an interesting almost sickly sweet blend.

The flavor confirms rumors I've heard of this souring. Luckily I don't feel it was to calamitous effect. Soft whiskey, lightly sour tamarind, peat, gently tart cherry, slight vanilla, caramel, a mild barrel funk and a nip of alcohol. Overall the taste definitely leans more towards a wild ale than a red ale.

Creamy, smooth, medium body with moderately soft carbonation. Tart cherry, oaky barrel funk, tamarind and a hint of whiskey.

Quite by accident, it seems that Clown Shoes has finally released their first wild/ sour ale. At this point I don't think Archdruid can reasonably pass for a red ale. Had I not been warned of the infection and been expecting a barrel aged red ale I probably would have been pretty pissed but this actually turned out to be an interesting brew.

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Photo of BdM
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sabtos
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear burnt red with a moderate khaki head.

Smell is wet, aged, mossy oak, caramel and an appley tartness.

It's a confusing combo overall I'm not sure I've had in anything, but the overall essence I get from this is red caramel apple.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.14/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

So I was pumped when I bought this, with the pedigreed brewer and cool name and awesome artwork on the label and cellared it for six months. Now, it appears the bomber I paid fifteen bones for is well known as infected. Uncool.

This appears as a strong dark ale, with a big beige head. Nose is heavily malty , with dark fruit, vanilla, and whiskey.

Oh, yeah. Definitely infected. Yeast and sour is all I taste. I don't think I can finish ths. What a waste.

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Photo of gatornation
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 07/25 Pours a slight hazed light copper color with a light tan head. Smell right away is tart with caramel and toffee. WTF? this smells infected, a tart sweet white wine taste with some vegetable notes sweet malts and really no barrel flavor. Mouthfeel was tart,sour and dry with white fruit/wine notes. I think this is infected no way CS wanted this taste from the barrel, Drain pour

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Photo of HermitDan
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pstam87
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Staube3
4.98/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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