Snow On The Maple Tree | Clown Shoes

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4.29/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 11-16-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,025
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
54
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
7
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of rsuarez1982
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a punchline of "This is every bit as good as CBS, and a hell of a lot cheaper" in my back pocket. Unfortunately, that is not quite the case.

BUT, it is good. Dark brown/black, with minimal head and lacing. It has a nutty, fudgy aroma.

On the first sip, I had wished the bourbon barrels made themselves known a bit more. Caramel fudge and maple syrup dominated. But as it warmed the bourbon presence became noticeable, and then very very impressive.

If you're looking for a good, winter dessert sipper, you won't be disappointed. Goes down smooth and sticky, seriously I could pour this on my pancakes.

More on par with Central Waters' Brewer's Reserve series than with some of the world's great sweetness-infused BA imperials, but that's not an insult. Not a rarity, there is a wealth of bottles at my neighborhood bottle shop, will probably get a couple more before this run is over.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 batch

A: Pitch-black pour with a very tall and very dense dark brown head. Looks like the color of chocolate milk for a second. Fizzes out pretty quickly at first but ultimately hangs on for a long time. No signs of lacing on the glass.

S: Distinct maple but not overpowering. Some oakiness and caramel with a roasted malt underlayer. Sweet overall.

T: Maple right off the bat with an undercurrent of caramel. Not sweet at first but it comes on stronger in the middle and finish. The aftertaste in very sweet in fact, all caramel and vanilla oakiness with hints of lingering maple. Honestly not a ton of actual stout character. Tons of barrel all over the place though from start to finish. Not that I'm complaining, it's just an honest observation.

M: Heavy and sweet.

O: Interesting beer. It's sweet but not as sweet as I was expecting for a Clown Shoes Maple/Bourbon barrel stout clocking in at 11.25%. Shockingly balanced in fact but TONS of the barrel flavor, I cannot overemphasize.

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Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a big beer, and one of favorites from Clown Shoes in a long while.

Dark chocolate color with a 2F head in a Stone RIS glass.

Great aroma. Maple syrup.

Very smooth MF.

The maple syrup is quite strong in the taste. Some roasted malt.

This is a sipper. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stout aged in maple bourbon barrels; 2018 vintage with an 11.25% abv...

Near-black pour into a stout tulip kicked up two-to-three fingers of dark foam on top of an almost-opaque black body... Head gradually slimmed into a collar and left some thin lace lines behind on the glass... Aromas of maple permeate the roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon notes, and preview a wonderfully maple-forward imperial stout... Roasted chocolaty malts form the base, with dark espresso and molasses notes, silky vanilla, and sweet bourbon all helping to promote the smooth maple flavor... Body if medium-full, smooth, and a little bit sticky 'round the corners... Bitterness is very mild, with just a brush of char, and while this is a sweet beer, it is nowhere near cloying and has good restraint... Very pleased - a real winner...

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Photo of eawolff99
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maple. Bourbon. Stout. Hell. Yes. Put. It. In. Me. Now.

The pour, it is black, like Russian, like Imperial, like Stout. The nose is earthy maple, earthy malts, sweet. Does not inspire visions of greatness.

Snow on the Maple Tree – great name, nice bottle art, high expectations. Translation: this goes down like Aunt Jemima (Butter) stirred into a pretty good stout. Also chocolate, oak, theaforementioned earthiness, & a general sense of malaise & disappointment. A touch thin, especially for the ABV. Which makes it easier to drink, I suppose.

Well, it was 45 in January in MN today, so it’s not really winter, but, heh. Had high expectations for this, but ended up let down like it was (name redacted). Good beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One dimensional beer. The maple syrup dominates the aroma and flavor. The bourbon has left the building. Very little head and has an oily texture. Not easy to drink. Not anywhere close to CBS even if it is half the price.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PEACO82287
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maple forward stout. Dark, jet black viscous pour with no carbonation and amazing maple and chocolate aromas.

This is one of the best balanced stouts I’ve had with the sweet maple notes dominating the initial taste, followed by barrel, booze, chocolate and a light roast. If you like maple...this is the stout for you. Can’t wait to have a flight and blind test with other maple stalwarts.

Grab a bottle for now and age another one for next fall. Worth every cent.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crowler. Darker brown body, reasonably opaque, one finger offwhite head. Mild maple and toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, a bit of bourbon and oak, earthy, a bit of cocoa as well. Good balance overall, not too muddled and not sloppy by any means. Medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly dry oaky bourbon on the finish, not too much heat.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inviting dark brew. Modest head production, quickly fading to a thin outer ring.

Maple and bourbon are clear on the nose in a gentle, inviting, warm fashion. Roasted barley blends in well with tones of coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, banana, and red grapes.

Flavor is similar, with the first third featuring roasted barley: mild char, banana, red grapes, brown sugar. Maple comes on strong in the middle and lasts through the finish, adding a nice woody balance, sweet maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and banana.

Mild to moderate alcohol heat - very acceptable for the 12.5% ABV. Silky smooth and sticky, full bodied, and a fairly long, wet finish with lingering alcohol heat.

This really has very nice flavors throughout. It lacks some of the body and heft of the best BBA imperial stouts, and the bourbon itself is hardly noticeable, but it is not lacking in the maple flavor whatsoever.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle, apparently not retired. Pours a deep dark brown with an adequate mocha head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is boozy and has some smoke char. Flavor is maple forward with plenty of the bourbon barrel. Nice touch of chocolate and oak. Feel is syrupy and only lightly carbonated. Overall a very fine beer with a decent price point.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schinebd
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Snow On The Maple Tree from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 54 ratings