'Nillionaire | Clown Shoes

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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:
15
Ratings:
35
pDev:
3.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super-effervescent chestnut with with a pinky of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Oak, vanilla

T: Figs, vanilla, raw rum & dry oakyness up front. More oaky dryness, a litle rum & cola, some vanilla too as this warms. Finishes oaky dry with smoother Rum qualities, more vanilla & a little butterscotch

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, warming

An interesting take on the style, rough edges keep it from being great, but almost there

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

In my teku, the beer is a pretty garnet color with just a film of light tan head.
Strong aroma of vanilla, followed by dark fruit, caramel, and booze.
Vanilla taste to begin with, then caramel and toffee, raisin, and rum.
Medium-bodied, smooth and refined (it is an English barleywine after all).

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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 beergorrilla
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this little beast from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter.
This mighty fine barley wine pours a bright medium dark mahogany with
ruby highlights and a fantastic head of light khaki foam that settles to a
thick ring, thick layer, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
butterscotch, rum, vanilla, raisin bread, subtle herbal spice, and a hint of
cinnamon. Flavors follow the nose with light exceptions; butterscotch and cola
mingle with vanilla and rum (of the spiced variety) giving way to a light cinnamon
and brown sugar wave that is given balance from herbal hops that are just right.
Warmth brings forth notes of cherries and figs with touches of pepper corns.
Excellent mouth feel; medium body, medium carbonation that is lively and
searing for the warmth of this beast, and a rich sweet finish that is complex
and lightly spicy.

A winner and a brew I wish would be done again---this is a lovely finisher
to a great evening or a great start to a good night.

Cheers

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Photo of trevorpost
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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 kdivers
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Orange burgundy colored pour, tan/cream colored creamy head.

S - Toasty toffee, rum, vanilla, wood/oak, and some alcohol presence.

T - Rum, vanilla, light spiciness, toasted/roasted toffee, boozy, light acidity, light pine bitterness.

M - Big and thick, silky and slightly frothy around the edges, and very dry on the back of the tongue from the alcohol.

O - Not a fan of Rum barrel aged beers but this is a good one.

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Photo of Nick4444
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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 stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Gaddabble
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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'Nillionaire from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 35 ratings