Josh The Boss Hog
Clown Shoes

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #90
Ranked #9,790
4.25 | pDev: 13.18%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Barleywine flavored with plum puree and aged in WhistlePig Samurai Scientist rye whiskey barrels.
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

2.2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Diabolically bad.

Clown shoes is fairly hit or miss but never terrible. A $5.79 22oz rye barrel aged barleywine? How is this possible i wondered? Two sips in and I've realized I wasted $5.51 because the other 21.5oz are going down the fucking drain.

Sunday at 04:18 AM
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes Beer "Josh The Boss Hog"
1 pint 3.2 fl. oz. can coded "pkg 244 08/31/20 08:46"
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's lighter in color than I thought it would be, and much hazier. It's a murky tan with some more almost golden highlights beneath a short head of white foam. It's far from what I personally consider to be an attractive beer, but haze is supposedly "in" these days so what can I say? It's clearly got some alcohol to it, and it's clearly fruity as well. It's made with plum pureƩ but I'm not sure that plum comes first to my mind. There's a strong oak (& cedar) and whiskey component to it as well, and some maltiness, so that's obviously going to confuse you on just what fruit it is that you might be smelling. It's a bit bold but I like it. Let's see how it tastes. ... ... ... Well, not surprisingly it tastes like it smells. In the first few sips I got the fruitiness upfront followed by the malt, and then the whiskey barrel and alcohol. The label says that it's made from rye barrels, and I kind of get that, but it's also a whole hell of a lot like a Bourbon barrel to me as well. On my subsequent sips it's coming together more, and I'm finding more of the rich maltiness. It's grainy, bready, and gently caramelish. There are notes of oak, vanilla, and quick flashes of coconut. I'm not getting a lot of bitterness, although there's some, but not a lot is needed as the alcohol really dries it in the end. I'd normally give such a pronounced alcohol bad marks but, I don't know, it somehow kind of works here. It's a crazy kind of beer; I've never had anything close to this before. Overall I find it really interesting and I'm just going to leave it at that. There's more to it than initially meets the nose and tongue but I can't figure out exactly what it is. It's expensive but it's probably worth trying.
Review #7,072

Saturday at 11:08 PM
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This def looks like it could be the Boss Hog of beers, or could be the Boss let-down, so let's see. Canned 8/31/20, and in a huge 19.2 fl oz giant tall-boy can

Pours an off-white creamy foamy almost 1 finger head with med retention, nice soapy lacing, fair legs, very hazy apple-cider brownish color

Nose holy cow there's a lot to take in, malts bring some sweet candy syrup and caramel, loads of caramel and toffee, and a little butterscotch, the barrel is what seems to dominate initially though with a big sweet vanilla oak and bourbony sweet whiskey, with a bit of a fruity spicy rye note, then the fruit, some apple/pear jam, some dried fig, but plenty of plum wine, a bit of whiskey soaked raisin character, and smooth alcohol. Oak even starts to get buttery as it warms with the big sweet vanilla.

Taste brings more of the same, again the barrel out front but the rye whiskey really takes over out of the gate, sweet bourbon and rye whiskey flavors with more buttery oak and sweet vanilla, malts again bring plenty of caramel and toffee, and a little apple candy syrup, more esters in there with some candied apple, fig jam, brandy soaked raisins, the lots of plum puree and plum wine, a hint of bitterness and only mild sweetness with the smooth perfumey alcohol, rich chewy toffee and plum jam lingering on the mild sticky drier finish, a flash of alcohol, and more rye whiskey

Mouth is med to fuller bod, not as heavy as I expected, but also less alcohol as it's fairly smooth with a little warming alcohol, lighter but tolerable carb

Overall this was another awesome beer by Clown Shoes, they big winners are usually stouts so good to see a barleywine hitting it out for them, this had so much going on, I would love to get more of this, but I feel aging it would def not do it any good so I'd have to drink it fresh each time

Oct 18, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: couldy amber color with thin white head

Smell: whisky first on the nose, then plum and malt, a little hop and yeast, super super interesting smell

Taste: whisky starts the flavor, then it rolls onto plum, then comes the malt, yeast, hops, and they all presently mix at the end.

Feel: little bubbles roll across your tongue, whisky warmth going down

Oct 13, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a murky, muddy, straw color with a couple of drops of blood thrown. Looks don't mean much to me, so I don't care that this ain't pretty.

Lots of green apple candy in the nose. I taste more green apple than plum for some reason. It kind of dominates actually. I did find some other fruit flavor and an odd, unfamiliar yet pleasant woody note. Any booze from the barrel is pretty subtle.

Interesting change of pace, but not really my cup of tea. Kind of comes across as a heavy saison?

Oct 13, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a hazy amber body pours with a slightly burnt cream foam head with moderate retention

smells of dark stone fruit, funky rye, booze, and barrel/wood.

tastes like Japanese Umeshu done as a farm house ale with a side of wood.

moderate carbonation and medium bodied, with a slight dryness at the finish that is overtaken by the low-level booze heat.

love Umeshu? love this in return with carbonated-beer-like additions.

Oct 11, 2020
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: hazy brownish yellow. Some off white head and sticky lacing.
Smell: could smell the rye on the pour. Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit.
Taste: much like the nose. All those flavors nicely melded.

Sep 23, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz chalet glass canned on 8/31/2020. Pours a murky light brown with a half finger white head that leave a thin wall of lace after every sip. 4.25

Smell is fig, dates, oaked vanilla, plum, toffee, caramel, and sweet bourbon. 4.5

Taste follows dark fruit dates, fig, plum, caramel, toffee, oaky vanilla, and healthy dose of rye whiskey. 4.5

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, gentle carbonation, not dry, and at 11% ABV extremely approachable and easy sipping as it warms your entire body. 4.5

Overall Clown Shoes still brews killer big beers Stouts, Wee Heavy Scotch Ales, and BarleyWines, especially when they Barrel Age them. I can promise I will be squirreling away more of these for the colder months coming. 4.5

Sep 20, 2020
Josh The Boss Hog from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 17 ratings