The Exercising of Baxter
Clown Shoes

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,367
Ranked #14,394
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: For years we’ve been banishing evil through our “Exorcism” series. But we decided that for the next beer in the series, what Baxter really needs is some exercise. The Exercising of Baxter is an American Imperial Stout aged in Rum and Port barrels. Notes of dark chocolate and aged fruit blend with rich flavors of roasted malt.
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Photo of Peach63
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a 1/4 inch chocolate head, which quickly dissipated. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts. Minimal hop aroma.

Tastes of coffee, molasses, chocolate. Slightly bitter.

Full bodied, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Dry finish.

This is a very good beer, albeit a strange name for a beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottles 5/27/19
Pours a darker coloured fizzy bubbly head with medium retention, decent legs, jet black color

Nose plenty of barrel, mild vanilla and toasted oak, sweet fruity rum and a little winey but sweet port, some dark fruits, mild powdered cocoa, plenty of caramel and nougat candy, some caramelized roasted almost burnt marshmallow

Taste some warming but smooth alcohol out front, then dark chocolate cocoa, light caramel and fudge, roasted marshmallow candy, a little vanilla oak with light fruity rum but no real port, but it does have a clear hot liquor character, some spicy hop notes and medium bitterness, sticky sweet finish with lingering alcohol and powdered cocoa

Mouth is medium to fuller bod, med carb, fair alcohol warmth and tingle

Overall meh, definitely not at the top of the clown shoes stouts, base beer was ok at best, and the barrels barely came through

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Photo of EMV
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: A viscous black pour with 2 fingers of brownish head. No light penetrating.

S: Rich and roasty. Sweet cocoa, booze, dark fruit, and char.

T.F: Just like it smells. Big roasted grains and sugars. Dark chocolate, espresso, sweet rum, vanilla, port wine and some dark fruit flavor. Tobacco and chicory. Bitter balance from the roast flavor. A bit boozy... warming. Medium to thick bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: Complex, big, roasted, and boozy. The different barrels play nicely together and both impart a distinct flavor to the brew. A nice slow dessert style sipper... even better as it warms on a cool fall night.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark roasted malts, chocolate, oak barrel, port wine, sweet vinous grape fruitiness, jammy cherry, berries, vanilla, rum, molasses, dark caramel, toast, brown sugar, tobacco spice, charred coffee, hint of smoke, with some earthy hop notes

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

packaged 03/27/19

L- The beer pours black and glossy. The head is 2 fingers of tan foam which recede to a thin film. Small amounts of lacing dot the glass.
S- The nose is chocolate, berries, and some alcohol. The berries from the port barrel are strongest and overlay the chocolate from the malt.
T-On the palate the beer blends quite nicely. There is the chocolate from the malt which is sweetened slightly by the rum barrel. There is a light berry presence which can be detected from time to time from the port barrels. None of the alcohol from the nose is present here.
F-Mouthfeel overall is medium. It could be thicker, but it's not outside the ordinary for a barrel aged beer. Carbonation is light letting the flavors linger on the tongue.
O- A nice barrel aged stout. A little light in mouthfeel, but the flavors are all there and mix with each other while keeping some complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My purchases of Clown Shoes have tailed off, but I was bored, so I find myself popping this 22 oz. bottle to share with my wife. She likes to buy shoes; I like to buy beer.

Black. The nose brings rum, roast, & chocolate, which should be a desert.

The Exercising of Baxter hey, maybe if they renamed it the Exercising of Maximum12 I’d have gotten off my couch tonight…who am I kidding. Tomorrow. This is a nice, soft stout with gentle notes of roast, stronger jingles of cocoa, & a quarter shot of rum. A bit of char & distant trumpets of wine-likeness show in the finish along with low-level boozy heat, but the port is mostly MIA. Smooooth. Very easy to sip.

Nothing flashy, but a solid use of the barrel over a solid stout. So, solid. Good beer.

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Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From yellow ink on the neck of the bottle: "PKG 151 05/27/19 11:40"
From the neckerchief: "10.75% by Volume"

Appearance: The body is black and it has a short brown head with no real retention and no lacing.

Aroma: It smells like strong alcohol as soon as the nose approaches the glass. There is a bit of wood aroma but nothing else comes through.

Taste: There is a bit of a blackberry flavor with some burnt coffee character. A strong spirit alcohol flavor comes through but it is not clear enough to define. There is a light bit of walnut in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and full bodied with a light slickness that often accompanies high alcohol beers. It is a sipper mostly because of its high alcohol flavor.

Overall: The label on the beer says that this is "Aged in Rum and Port Barrels." It is an alright beer but most of the character seems to come from the rum and port in the barrels rather than the beer itself. The nondescript spirit character is undoubtedly from the rum, and the blackberry flavor most likely came from the port. The flavor of the beer itself stands in the background and really doesn't shine. I probably wouldn't recommend or drink this beer again but it is still a well made beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via the Clown folk who never disappoint!
This fine brew pours a deep coal black with a thick brown foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin light wispy layer, and shows some nice light lacing. Nose
of bakers cocoa, barrel notes of oak and astringent booze, dark wine notes,
and dark roasted coffee. Flavors are exceptional as always with this brewery;
dark cocoa, dark coffee, mild dark rum and dark fruit notes from the port barrel
make merry with dark roasted goodness. Char and brulee show more with warmth
as does oak and vinous notes from the port. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth,
very warming, slick, coating, light carbonation that is just enough, and a rich cocoa
and coffee finish with tons of warming barrel notes from rum and port.

Overall, a mighty complex beast in deed from the good Clown Folk.



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