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Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

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Brown AngelBrown Angel

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mduncan on 03-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 675
Reviews by CommanderOfAwesome:
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, no bottled on or freshness date.

A: Pours a dark nut brown color with a tremendous 3.5 finger head. Can't see through it one bit. Nice thick creamy head that holds up well and tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Tons of chocolate malt, caramel and toffee flavors. Hint of nuts.

T: Chocolate roasted malt, some piney hop taste as well. Bitter dry finish.

M: Full bodied, tons of carbonation, creamy texture on the palate.

O: Very good Brown ale, might be my favorite esp for a category that I typically find dull. Great fall beer on a cool night. Bittness works well with the chocolate malts.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've heard some say that this is an imperial brown ale, however, due to lack of research and actually the fact that imperial brown ale is not a true style, I stuck with a nonic pint glass for this.
The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute.
The smell has all of the normal qualities of a great brown ale: light amount of cocoa, nuts, coffee, a little bit of earthiness and then for this beer, it takes in some raisins = nice! I like it.
The taste was mainly sweet with the cocoa and raisins blending nicely. Nuts roll into a sly little bit of toffee and blend with a mild doughy/breadiness. There's a nice rich sweet nutty to raisin aftertaste and it finishes a bit dry with the nuts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good stickiness from the sweeter components of this beer on my tongue. Carbonation seems to hit my tongue right.
Overall, imperial or not, this was an awesome offering by Clown Shoes, as I would love to have this again.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich brown with a sticky,tight one finger khaki colored head atop,two broken rings of lace were left behind.Chocolate malts,roast,and fruity esters in the nose,as the beer warmed some sweet alcohol notes came into play.Medium smooth feel to the beer,roasty and earthy with lightly sweet chocolate flavors,a light shot of "green" hops lingered in the finish.Not as hop assertive as I thought it would be but its a very good brown ale.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just like the description says, it is layers of delicious malt and roasted malt complemented by a variety of hops the give the beer a pleasant bittering taste and floral aroma. A very very well done brown ale. More complexity than your average brown.

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Photo of johntaylorpi
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very drinkable brown ale with rich coffee flavors. Floral nose works well. Perfect body that fits the heaviness. One finger width caramel colored head. Underrated imo and I love brown ales.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Bottled first week of February 2011.
Mahogany color. Thick, fluffy tan head. Some sticky lace.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma. Some herbal hops. A little peppery in the nose. Very pleasant aroma.
While the taste was very good, it didn't quite live up to what the aroma promised. Coffee, piney hops with a crisp ending.
Medium-bodied, very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, mahogany/brown color with a huge frothy head that goes nowhere. Fantastic lacing. Smells of slightly fruity malts, earthy hops, some citrus, slight caramel, subtle roast. Tastes involves some sweet, bready malts and nuttiness up front lending itself to a roasty middle with hints of chocolate and a spicy/herbal hop finish. A lot of subtle complexity going on here. Medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable. One of the better brown ales I have had....a style that Im not very huge on.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SierraDrinker
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, $7.99 @ Yankee spirits, Sturbridge, MA. No freshness info I can see.

Pours darkest shades of brown, mocha head, frothy, going to meraingue, leaves all kinds of top to bottom lacing and a bug lump of froth in the middle of the glass. Nice looking brew.

Robust malty head, with a hint of dusty chocolate.

Nice brown, chocolate, dark malts, chalky drying hops. 7% no where to be found. Well done, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: fruit, toasted malt, hops, and brown sugar

Taste: toffee, hops, brown sugar, and a touch of nut and chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium/light bodied, mix of bitter and sweet

Drinkability: I could sip these for a while. This is a nice hoppy and balanced brown ale. Very complex for the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and caramel malt with some hazelnut notes mixed in. There is also some alcohol present in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some nicely toasted malt and hazelnut notes, which are complimented by the toffee and caramel malt. There are no real hop notes present in the beer, which is all about the malt. Very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brilliant mahogany, chestnut, 2” light tan tinted white foam cap dissipates to thick film, excellent lace. Smell: aniseed, thick dark bread, fruit cake, faint chocolate. Taste: Starts rich and malty and then dries out and gets espresso coffee astringent and lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with an astringent background that rises in the after taste. Medium carbonation to medium low – carbonation is very fine, very soft and very well done. Medium full body.

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Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

(Aged for 1 year)

Clear dark amber and brown with a big khaki colored head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving sheets and irregular lines of lace down the glass. This appears much heavier and substantial than most browns. Very, very pretty.

Mild aroma of roast, bready, and mild caramel. There's very little hop presence, but that could be my fault for letting this one sit for as long as I did.

The flavor is very roasty, especially for the style. There's good amounts of bready and some toffee, but this is decidedly roasty for any beer, and especially for a brown ale.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and a touch prickly.

Good, but I did this beer no service by sitting on it for a year.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I'm giving it an extra .5 point on appearance because of the label. Damn, it looks so good. As a fellow fan of brown angels, this one really floated my boat, image wise. Aroma was nutty, and relatively hoppy for a brown ale for sure.

Plenty bitter taste via the hop delivery. Still picking up plenty in the nuttiness department as well. Decent enough malt bill for a brown ale, isn't super thin or thick, kind of in the goldilocks range, a little reminiscient of Mammoth's double nut, except hoppier. Usual toffee, nutty and caramel malt aspects to mention.

By the end of the 22oz, I was ready to change it up, but I think simply the notion that I was able to drink 22oz of any brown ale, kind of speaks for itself, as I fall into the typical, kinda "meh" on the brown ale style these days.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown almost a mahogany finished oak hue with a light beige head forming thick, head has speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has herbal and citric hop notes, with bready caramelized sugars, and mild yeast dough like character. Flavor upfront herbal, pine, and citric bitterness coats the palate and doesn't really let up much, big imperial brown ale for sure. A bit muddled especially as I poured the last of the beer in, this beer is dry and would benefit from a touch more malt base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, well deserving dry finish from the boat loads of hops these guys threw into this brew. Overall I wanted it to love it since the label is top notch, but it's just okay for me this go around.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 bottle served in a goblet.

Clear red-brown body with a large, foamy tan head that leaves a partial coat of lacing on the glass. Very good retention.
This "double brown" is, thankfully, double the malt bill (I guess) but not double the ABV of a standard brown. Double hops too, I suspect. Certainly Americanized with enough hops to add flavor, bolster complexity, and leave this malt bomb leaning slightly more towards bitter than sweet.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
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