Snow On The Maple Tree
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #734
Ranked #2,411
4.25 | pDev: 6.82%
May 08, 2022
Nov 16, 2017
Snow On The Maple TreeSnow On The Maple Tree
Notes: Inspiration guides us here at Clown Shoes. When I tried this Imperial Stout, a quiet, serene feeling spread through me. A vision of a Japanese maple tree weathering a snow storm presented itself. Looking closer, I saw frolicking Manchurian cranes in Clown Shoes. Weird, Yes! But nice! Aged in Bourbon Barrels that had premium maple syrup aged in them as well, this beer is a beautiful compliment for a winter night.
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly head that disappears quickly. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate, alcohol and maple syrup. Not a sweet stout. Thick and creamy.

May 08, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

Pours pretty darn black with a massive but fortunately short-lived khaki head. The foam leaves a layer on top that looks a little oily - bigger bubbles dotting a mat of foam. Clings a bit to the Spiegelau, but nothing spectacular.

The smell just about attacks from the can. The kitchen is full of a great maple syrup aroma and boozy bourbon. Maybe pancakes were in order for dinner rather than chili? Maple dominates followed by the bourbon, but there's roast malt underneath reminding me of CS other big stouts.

The taste opens with maple syrup - Grade A awesome maple syrup. Bourbon notes follow, a touch of vanilla added. The stout becomes obvious - there's char and a faint smokiness that emerges more as the beer warms. There are coffee and chocolate flavors bouncing around and there is absolutely no hint of the big ABV - no heat at all. The initial big maple taste sort of fades on repeated sips and to me this becomes more "stouty" and less barrel-driven. It's still there, but less prevalent. There's a nutty quality as well and I'm not sure where that comes from, but it fits.

It's almost but not quite heavy on the body, fairly smooth and creamy. There is a little malt bitterness on the end, and while I find the enjoyable maple flavor to be diminishing some, the sticky sweet sensation does linger. The finish is fairly dry and slightly astringent.

The beer is a very nice sipper. It is well made and the stout is not covered up by the barrel treatment. It is pretty restrained, all things considered.

May 02, 2022
4.24 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on Feb 05, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jonphisher from New Jersey

Really attractive dark brown pour, nice dense creamy looking brown head forms quickly. Slowly recedes to a nice little ring around the glass. Good looking beer.

No coffee in this beer but it is very coffee like in aroma; followed by milk chocolate, some char, maple and a little booze.

Taste is coffee, chocolate, a really nice smoke like char flavor, pleasant and balanced maple; little bit of oak shows in the finish.

Big full body and creamy beer, little heat, and some roast driven bitterness.

Jan 29, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a black body with decent khaki head and lace that quickly dies. Strong boozy aroma with notes of maple and that "meaty bacony" smell that sometimes brings. Thick, sticky, maple sweetness is strong and balances with a smokiness that makes beer a slow sipper. Beer warmed up and really got boozy on me at the end but not bad at all.

Jan 10, 2022
4.08 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Dec 17, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Clown Shoes "Snow On The Maple Tree"
1 pint 3.2 fl. oz. can coded "pkg 302 10/25/21 08:56". Sampled on 12/04/21.
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of conciousness: 2021 version @ 11% abv. I love a beer that fits properly into one of my English pint glasses. It's poured an opque black body beneath a full head of densely creamy light brown foam. The aroma offers a surprising amount of maple syrup. It's sweetish, Bourbon-like, nutty, sugary with brown sugar and molasses, chocolate brownie-like, and a touch alcoholic. The taste offers even more maple syrup, which is insane! I thought this was just aged in barrels that once held maple syrup - there must have been a lot of syrup left! Everything noted in the aroma remains along with some golden caramel, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. It's really nicely balanced and rounded, finishing dry despite the sweetness up front. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Well worth trying.
Review #7,607

Dec 04, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Clown Shoes 2020 Snow On The Maple Tree BBA Imperial Stout, 10% ABV. Pours dark black with a middle finger of brown head that left some lacing. Nose is maple and roast malt. Taste follows, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, maple in the aftertaste too. Or maybe I got it on my beard. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Let this one warm a bit.

Jun 27, 2021
4.44 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2021
4.5 by TheDoak from Florida on May 22, 2021
3.98 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2020 vintage. Poured from a stovepipe can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Love the Japanese Maple can art.

L: Black pour... with big foamy mocha colored head. Great lacing.

S: Maple syrup, roast, bourbon, and vanilla.

T.F: Just like it smells. Sweet and boozy... very noticeable maple syrup. Lighter bourbon and vanilla mixed with dark chocolate and espresso. Some roast bitterness for balance but definitely a 'sweet' stout. Complex... boozy, especially as it comes up to room temp. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Nice beer. Boozy, sweet, and flavorful. Perfect for a Northeastern winter. Really shows off the maple bourbon barrel.

Feb 04, 2021
4.03 by Pleasure from New Hampshire on Jan 17, 2021
4.12 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jan 04, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Single, very expensive, can from Jungle Jim's
2020 vintage, 1pint 3.2oz can ,never see a can like that. Does not even convert to something metric that makes sense.

Jan 03, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by golf4collet from West Virginia

A little too much hop bitterness.

Dec 26, 2020
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 26, 2020
4.46 by zotzot from Vermont on Dec 25, 2020
4.13 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Dec 05, 2020
4.25 by BdM from Netherlands on Dec 01, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

2018 vintage, 22 ounce bottle, packaged 11/30/18. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around a while. Decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like maple, roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some burnt/charred malt, coffee and chocolate flavors. More sweet than bitter/roasty, but not overpoweringly sweet. Maple has held up well too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good imperial stout, surprised to see this one at the store a few weeks ago. I'll have to look out for newer vintages of this one!

Aug 22, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SLeffler27 from New York

This is a black beer. A thin, chestnut head is fine and leaves spotty lace on a PBGC Aromatic Snifter. When held to the light, very dark mahogany highlights are revealed.

An initial jolt of bourbon is quickly followed by dark roasted malt. Likewise, maple sugar comes out strong and is followed by cinnamon, plums, prunes, and vanilla. Mild oak leads to a hint of smoke.

The flavor is sweet and malty. Vanilla gives way to maple syrup. Smoky chocolate leads to surprisingly light bourbon flavors. The finish is mild and brief.

This is a full-bodied Stout with a creamy texture. The alcohol is surprisingly below expectations. Fine, light carbonation tickles the tongue.

This is a really nice, albeit sweet, beer. In my opinion, it is not so much for dessert, but rather for casual enjoyment. Thank you to Meghann and Kyle.

Jul 05, 2020
4 by mothman from Minnesota on May 26, 2020
4.04 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California on May 24, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of maple syrup, malt, chocolate, bourbon, and wood.

T: Tasted of a good shot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a good amount of malt (present throughout, though subtle), a fair bit of maple syrup (strongest at the beginning, though), and some chocolate (always a good thing). This is a solid, subtle, and sweet flavor. It's only moderately boozy, but it mixes well with the maple sweetness.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, a well done, easy to like stout. Worth a try.

Mar 29, 2020
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 26, 2020
4.56 by videofrog from Texas on Mar 22, 2020
4.24 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Mar 11, 2020
Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

Very maple forward, it compliments the rich roasty stout very well. There is some burnt malts, but this definitely leans on the sweeter side. I like clown shoes overall and this is definitely another great one,

Mar 07, 2020
4.4 by Dakin from Utah on Feb 20, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

On tap at the Beer Station in SC.
Pours with an essentially black body that is actuallytopped by a decent tan head.
Appealing sweet aroma.
Lightly sweet, rich flavor.
Partially hidden ABV.

Feb 12, 2020
4 by user785335 from Florida on Feb 01, 2020
4.25 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Jan 20, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Zhoxush from New York

Very sweet for a stout but if you love maple you'll be sucked in. If you do, you're in for a smooth foresty ride. Finish is where you feel the alcohol.

Jan 19, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by omahawk from Nebraska

This is a nice, big, sweet and smooth RIS. Pours pitch black with tiny ring of head that lasted throughout. Aroma is weak, hints of chocolate, vanilla and boozy malt. Taste is mostly sweet chocolate and maple. There is also vanilla and some sort subtle of spice flavors of anise, paprika, and cayenne. The backend of this is warming alcohol, but too hit but it’s definitely a big beer. Body is malty and drinkable. Overall a good RIS, not great.

Jan 01, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

On the neck of the bottle in yellow ink: "PKG 318 11/11/19 08:48"

Appearance: Dark brown and black body with a large khaki-brown head. There are a number of different textures to the head, ranging from creamy, to dense, to large bulbs. Great retention that never seems to fade and wonderful sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate with a liqueur version of both that joins in. Bourbon alcohol.

Taste: There is a chocolate flavor up front. Some coffee follows. A bit of carbon on the back-end. A fairly strong bourbon and alcohol flavor follows. The aftertaste has a sweet maple syrup flavor. The beer as a whole is very sweet but this maple flavor comes through only at the end. Very boozy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth with a nice lush texture.

Overall: I would recommend having some cooked meats and seasoned cheeses on hand to counterbalance the sweetness from the beer. It has some nice flavors but it is also very boozy. It was decent enough to try once but the boozy quality can get overwhelming while drinking. It's worth sharing a bottle once.

Dec 31, 2019
3.94 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 25, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by oberon from North Carolina

Bottled on 11/17/2019.Pours nearly jet black except for just a light smattering of ruby,a thin deep beige head atop.Big dark fruit and vanilla notes up front in the nose,the maple is light and comes thru more as it warms,big on the dark fruits.A full but mellow feel makes it very easy going down and spot on for a rich stout like this.Dark fruits intertwined with maple syrup with a note of chocolate on the palate,light roast/char keeps it from being overly sweet in the back end.Although the maple/bourbon flavors are not huge they play a complimentary role to this rich stout,something to have on CHRISTmas eve for sure.

Dec 24, 2019
3.75 by archero from Texas on Oct 10, 2019
Snow On The Maple Tree from Clown Shoes
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