'Nillionaire | Clown Shoes

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are millionaires. Ho, hum. There are billionaires. Yeah? So? And then there's a new breed: 'Nillionaires. A 'Nillion dollars can be earned by being totally committed to the flavor of vanilla, as well by owning powers of super coolness. The base of the brew is Billionaire, which we aged in Rum barrels with Tahitian vanilla beans. We raise our cup to each of you as you search for your 'nillions. Godspeed, dear friends.

Added by superspak on 01-08-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
14
Ratings:
34
pDev:
3.87%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a ruby-brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has good retention after the pour

S- sweet and malty caramel notes up front with notes of coconut, reminiscent of a somoa cookie. The rum barrel seems to enhance the vanilla addition. Undertones of tobacco, brown sugar and dark bread

T- caramel and vanilla lead the way up front, followed by notes of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits & tobacco. The finish brings out the rum barrel adding notes of wood and enhancing the sweetness. The linger gives more vanilla and caramel

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the vanilla really comes through with this version, perhaps the rum barrel addition helps enhance the sweetness

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Photo of Nick4444
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deg
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice burnt orange color from the 22 oz bottle into my snifter. Creamy fingernail of head with bubbly lace on top.

Vanilla and hot boozy barrel, not particularly rum, but just a boozy presence. Slight piney hop presence, some caramel.

Flavor is hot boozy barrel meeting vanilla and pine with slight caramel. Slight roast barley in there probably to help with color but it comes through in the flavor as well. It's mostly vanilla cardboard mixed with boozy barrel and pine.

Feel is somewhat thin but still retains a quasi-creaminess. Hot alcohol on the finish.

Overall, I could have gone for more sweetness. I definitely wouldn't buy it again. It's okay, nothing special.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from just under fridge temp. Pours a nice golden yellow with a darker tinge. Head was quite aggressive. Nose immediately reminds me of the big BA barleywines, including previous renditions from Clown Shoes. Tons of toffee, candy, vanilla, figs, and blackberries. A hint of maple and brown sugar as well. Taste is really good. Definitely let this one warm up! A slight bitterness is there, but the sweetness takes over. Toffee, rum, brown sugar, and dark fruit. A step below Billionaire, and the body is a tad thin. Mouthfeel is nice, but again a tad thin. Overall, a fantastic BA barleywine.

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Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with crimson hues and a bubbly tan froth.

Has a deep aroma consisting of caramel, maraschino cherries, rum and various dark fruits.

Tastes of brown sugar, plum, pine and a coating of vanilla at the end. A hint of rum is noticed later on.

Medium in body and smooth all the way to the end. A slight alcohol heat exists in the finish.

A classic style upgraded. A drinker would have to try hard to find major fault with this one.

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Photo of user785335
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lacks much aroma, drinks on the bitter end for a English barley wine but still sweeter than an American. Rum is anything but in your face, if anything it tastes aged on virgin oak.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber from the bomber, dated February 2018, producing a full finger of head with moderate retention and lacing. I've done a side-by-side tasting of all the previous *illionaire variants, which vary according to the barrels used for ageing, but the vanilla and rum produces a different animal altogether. Tasted blind and without any context, I don't think I would have pegged this as a Clown Shoes beer, as the base I'm very familiar with plays third fiddle to the barrel and the vanilla; it also has a slight chalkiness in the mouthfeel that is uncommon in their beers. The [totally speculative] impression I get is of a younger, white rum, which is surprising given Clown Shoes' profligacy with barrels in the past. The vanilla is prominent on the palate but less so on the nose, which has a bright, floral, almost riesling-like sweetness. Quite a different result than I was expecting, but still quite a tasty one.

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Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a deep ruby, amber color. Excellent head, not great retention, but nice lacing. Smells malty and sweet. I'd say this ranks between an English Barleywine and an American Barleywine in terms of the balance of sweetness and hops, which is nice. Good ABV but blended in smoothly. Definitely vanilla and barrel in the flavor profile. Overall a balanced and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/6/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big vanilla, cream, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, rum, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of roast, coconut, butterscotch, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of vanilla, dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge vanilla, cream, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, rum, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of roast, coconut, butterscotch, herbal, pepper, pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Mild pine/herbal bitterness and rum/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of vanilla, cream, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, rum, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, light pepper/pine, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of vanilla, dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and rum barrel flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and rum/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight sticky hops, oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Mildly increasing warmth of 11%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an fantastic barrel aged English barelywine! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of vanilla, dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Perfectly balanced vanilla, malts, fruity yeast, and rum barrels. Never overwhelming on any aspect. Vanilla fits in perfectly with the barrel characteristics as expected. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous, transparent deep garnet hue. Head production is solid, with about 1 finger of beige foam. Good retention, especially for the style and ABV.

Rich vanilla and malt tones emerge from the pour. Up front, earthy hops, caramel grains, and brown sugar are prominent, with the vanilla coming close behind. The rum is present but not over the top, and integrates well into the malt base.

Very smooth on the palate, with a present but restrained sweetness. Flavor comes in waves, with malt leading the way (brown sugar and caramel grains), followed by rum and vanilla. That, in turn, is followed by a hoppy bitterness - pine, earthy tones, and tons of oak. Finally, vanilla returns as a final, semi-sweet kiss.

Easy drinking and smooth; big but not burdensome; lively but with little sting, really allowing you to savor the sip. Relatively long wet finish after some initial alcohol effervescence.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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'Nillionaire from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 34 ratings