Gargoyle Love Song (2017) | Clown Shoes

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4.3/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gargoyles gone wild? Those bastards were meant to protect the city. Instead, they started to tear Chicago apart and steal all of its coffee! Fortunately, Crasher fired up his jet packs and flew in to sing them a love song. For 2017, we decided to age Undead Party Crasher in high-end bourbon barrels with coffee and vanilla beans added for a unique twist.

Added by BlunderfulGuy on 04-01-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
32
pDev:
5.35%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Juicer
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris7482
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich and viscous dark brown and black in the glass.

Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasty, and some bourbon sweetness.

Delicious blend of chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla, and bourbon.

Full-bodied, medium-carbonation, rich, chewy, thick.

Overall, definitely a sipper, but one that is enjoyable to the very last drop!

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Photo of Jangoon24
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger of caramel colored head. Head retention is okay with a little lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted and toasted malts, with a hint of butter, caramel, coffee, and vanilla bean. Flavor profile is roasted and toasted malts throughout. Medium-roast coffee with a good body, and presence mingles with vanilla bean, caramel, and a hint of molasses keeping it from being extremely bitter. Milk chocolate hits as the flavor profile decays on the palate. Mouth feel is medium-thick in thickness, with a fine, grainy texture. Overall, a flavorful stout that boasts great coffee notes, with additional sweet notes that add to the experience. Coffee is really well done in this beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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

Photo of maz
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coz
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/17/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very slight booze in the aromas as it warmed. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/light smoked malts, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, peat smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light dark molasses/dark fruit/smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/light smoked malts, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight sticky hops, chalky char/roast, and bourbon/oak tannins. Mildly increasing warmth of 12%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/light smoked malts, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Not as smokey as expected given the base beer, but solid presence. Insanely balanced rich malts, vanilla, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with perfect barrel integration. Not boozy/tannic on barrels, or overly bitter/charred on malts. A highly amazing offering, they really nailed this one.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had mixed feelings upon seeing that coffee had entered the recipe for this year's Gargoyle Love Song. On the one hand, I loved the previous iterations without it, but on the other hand, I've really enjoyed other Clown Shoes BBA coffee stouts like Breakfast Exorcism. Fortunately, I didn't have anything to worry about. This is really good stuff. Rich chocolate and vanilla swirls on the nose over dark roasted malts and a hint of smoke and peat from the Undead Party Crasher base. I get a tiny suggestion of fusel alcohols that disappear on the palate, replaced by dark chocolate, earthy coffee, some bourbon spice, and a bit of vanilla and almond. (Edit: four months later, the almond has bloomed into a very attractive amaretto flavor on the finish.) Given the relatively low bitterness and similarity in overall flavor profile, I'm guessing the coffee preparation was cold-brew, similar to Breakfast Exorcism. Strikingly well balanced, positioning itself as a flavorful BBA stout with coffee added rather than as a BBA coffee stout; the coffee adds an elegant accent without trying to dominate. Very smooth, full mouthfeel.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

L: Pitch black, frothy tan head that dissipates quickly.
S: Coffee, vanilla, chocolate with slight bourbon hints.
T: Dark bitter chocolate, roasty, malty and slightly drying on the palate. With also hints of vanilla and chocolate
F: Creamy but can be a tad bit thicker, leaves a mouth dryness.
O: Pleasantly surprised. Not too sweet or too heavy to enjoy a large glass or two. Will definitely seek a second bottle before it is too late.

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Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.
L: Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that lasts.
S: Rich coffee aroma, hint of vanilla, bourbon, smoke and molasses.
T: Rich coffee flavor with vanilla.
F: I was expecting some thicker based on the taste and smell, but no complaints.
O: Undead party crasher was a long time favorite of mine. I guess I need to look for this again. Just awesome.
As a side note, the empty glass has an oily film and is well laced all the way down. Even the empty glass looks good.

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Photo of JeNSaYGooDByE
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours ultra dark molasses with a medium tan head that remains around the edges long after the head disappears, great lacing.
S: Roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Slight spice. All smells are pretty light.
T: Medium roasted coffee, taste sightly of both chocolate and vanilla with a slight bourbon follow. Balanced flavor with no flavor overpowering the other. Slightly drying on the mouth.
F: Medium bodied. Not too thick or too thin. Good amount of carbonation without leaving you too full.
O: Well balanced beer. Wish some of the flavors would pull out a little more than they do. I will definitely pick it up again the next time it comes around.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of beige foam. Aroma smells of molasses, dark fruit, ash, and coffee, with some alcoholic vapors to boot.

The taste features coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt, with a touch of molasses. The coffee comes through much more clearly in the taste than the nose suggested. Earth hops offer just enough contrast to keep things balanced. Buttery bourbon, ash, and warming alcohol show up on the back end after some warming. Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation make for a sturdy, if unremarkable mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a nice, complex imperial stout with a little bit of something for everyone. The barrel lends some nuance without being overbearing, giving the other elements plenty of room to shine. It also gets an honorable mention for the label artwork, which is pretty sweet.

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Photo of admonster00
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into big stout snifter. Had the 2015, think I like this version more. Dark color with tannish lacing that has lasting legs. Smell is strong vanilla, coffee, and barrel over the roasty malty stout background. Taste is big on vanilla, mild coffee, and backed by a slight barrel burn presence. It's just on the verge of feeling like a big bold barrel aged beer, like it's just not quite there, but I think that's the best part of it. It's very well balanced and full of flavor, a winner.

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Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Gargoyle Love Song (2017) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 32 ratings