Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Brown Angel | Clown Shoes

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
87
very good
240 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Brown AngelBrown Angel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
672
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.37%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 672
Photo of Angela1956
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Personally this beer ins't one of my favorites. The appearance of the head is creamy and frothy, dark and lasting. The lacing was decent. Body cloudy, hazy, murky, and slightly muddy and dark brown. The aroma smelled of molasses, caramel, toffee and coffee. Light hops but a yeasty smell. Body was full, creamy with an alcohol taste. Very metallic after taste.

 360 characters

Photo of hennin55
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: average head, good lacing
Aroma: nuts, heavy in the hops, average yeast, hints of nutmeg and chocolate
Palate: medium body, creamy texture, bitter finish
Flavor: bitter with hints of chocolate and nutmeg

 215 characters

Photo of mfarnick
4.98/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer because it is so smooth and easy to drink.
This beer has a wonderful coffee and malty aroma to it and the taste has a great mix of hops, chocolate, nutty, and citrus. This beer has a great balance between bitterness and that full body nutty flavor.

 276 characters

Photo of defilli2
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark brown color, almost looked like pepsi when poured out. It was foamy and had small bubbles as well. The smell was very light but full of flavor, I could pull out the hops in it. The taste was slightly bitter to me. I pulled out some light coffee flavors. It was a light tasting beer and overall good flavor.

 327 characters

Photo of q33jeff
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

**
02/06/2015
Aroma is like a bakery, fresh bread, rye/pumpernickel/sourdough. Appearance: dark brown, tan head. Looks delicious. Taste: caramel, some yeast, more Bread. Hint of raisin or some dark fruit. Very nice Feel is A little flat, muddy. Really nice brown ale. I’d buy this again.
**

 292 characters

Photo of carlborch
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cola with a 2-inch tan collar when poured. The head is creamy. Very nice nose with suggestions of hazel nuts, coddled cream, and candied almonds. Medium full body. Nice, long lingering with dried fruit and nutty notes. Definitely moreish. Slight residue of yeast allowing the last of the pour some cloudiness. Somewhat sweet, but nicely balanced with some hoppy bitterness. The hops are mostly subdued but play an important background role. Nice Belgian lace. It would be a pity if this beer indeed is retired, however, I just purchased it and I would buy this again!

 591 characters

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a dark cola brown with a towering foamy 3 finger head. Lacing is copious and lasting.
S- The nose is typical caramel malt sweetness without much hop characteristic.
T- Caramel sweetness with a mild ashy bitter finish. Definitely a bit of oxidation going on here.
F- The feel is light with a low prickly carbonation.
O- This beer is probably past its prime, but still possesses some nice qualities of your typical brown ale. Nothing earth shattering.

 458 characters

Photo of rorykanderson
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid brown ale that pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma and taste is nut, brown sugar, roasted malts, and light hops. Enjoyable, very drinkable.

 151 characters

Photo of Kdubzz
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a tulip pint. I'm a big fan of Brown Ales so we'll see how this goes. Pours a deep brown color that shows a bit of ruby when held to the light. A little bit of a weak tanish head that dissipates rather quickly, but laces well. The nose is solid, but not too complex, malty and nutty. Heavy malts upfront on the taste, with a bit of a pecan sweetness. Sort of a peppery flavor as well that leads into a lingering hop bitterness, a delicious transition from sweet to bitter. Medium mouthfeel and the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.
Overall, it's quite good. I don't think I've ever had a Double Brown Ale before, and Clown Shoes does it right.

 674 characters

Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer poured with a brown-black appearance, thick lacing on the sides, and a thin head. Roasted malts, nuts, cocoa, toffee, sugar, and coffee filled my nose; a really full aroma set to this drink. Taste follows the nose with a generally sweet flavoring mostly geared toward a slightly grainy coffee, malt flavor. Creamy texture to this drink with subtle carbonation, which helped make this a very enjoyable brown ale. Overall, I enjoyed the appearance and mouthfeel of this beer the most.

 544 characters

Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown topped with a firm tan froth, and she's a definite hotty. Faint nut and caramel to the nose. Taste of caramel up front with some toffee and nuttiness followed by a lingering hop finish. Light and mostly dry.

I'd take this Brown Angel dancing anytime.

 268 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid appearance, especially on the label ifyouknowutimean.gif.

Aroma was solidly malty, hoppy and nutty. Solid.

Taste was a bitter brown ale, well above average hopping. Nutty, coffee, caramel and toffee all taken from the malt roasting and interplay with the rest of the beer. I don't know why these all seem to be bomber only, in a 12oz pour it would be perfect, 22oz is a little tiresome to drink solo.

 415 characters

Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip glass. Medium brown pour and a transluscent brown in the glass, when held to light. Giant, foamy tan head initially - lots of big bubbles, fizzed down to a lacing after a few minutes. A surprising amount of hops on the nose, along with vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Lots of a roasted malt on the taste with a ton of hops. This has all those traditional brown ale traits with a strong backing of bitterness and sweet fruit. Pretty weird beer, but not bad.

 497 characters

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.

 250 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent crimson/auburn with a finger of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Toasty, some grapefruit

T: Toastyness, grapefruit, bready sweetness, a little bite pineyness as well up front. As this warms, I pick a slight smokeyness, herbal & astringent & flinty hop bitterness & a little biscuitty malt & then more grapefruit, a little toffee as well, also pretty dry. Finishes with grapefruit, toastyness, & mineral dryness, plus a little pineyness

MF: Medium/chewy body with slight carbonation, Carbonation pick up as this warms, nice balace, body also thins out a little

A very solid & very drinkable American Brown; Clown Shoes continues to impress

 688 characters

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A dark caramel brown with a thick white head that continues to last while lacing the glass. At first you smell the typical malty scent of a brown ale but then followed quickly by the piney smell of hops. The beer is well balanced with the beginning of a toasty sweet malt flavor followed quickly with a nice balance with the piney hops.

 338 characters

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing had a nice almost thick glaze of stringiness running around the glass.
The smell had a sweet nutty to brown sugar to toffee and a light coffee flavoring in front. Caramel malts and a light vanilla show some nice features backing up the aroma nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty quality shining through on the nuts and toffee. A nice sweet to roasty aftertaste takes effect and slides into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionably sweet and roasty texture. Carbonation runs somewhat light.
Overall, to me, I think this is a wonderful interpretation of an English Brown ale with an ABV sitting just a bit higher than normal. I didn't get the normal amount of hops in this one to think it's an American styled one, but its still a nice beer all around.

 973 characters

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.

 1,041 characters

Photo of L0ne
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick, fluffy, blonde/tan head that recedes to a permanant cap, and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is chocolate covered raisins and sweet, malty bread dough.

Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolate and nuts, with dried dark fruits and a pleasant bite of bitter citrus.

The head adds a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel and there's enough carbonation to prickle your tongue and liven things up.

 422 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks for sharing, Alan.

A: Deep brown with a billowy 4 finger head that wouldn't leave. The carbonation on this beauty was relentless.

S: Caramel, nuts, bready malt, cocoa, with a hint of citrus hops.

T: Sweet, robust, with toffee, coffee, malts, nuts and an unexpected finish of light bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Chewy, thick and lovely.

O: A terrific brown I'd love to hook up with again sometime.

 469 characters

Photo of tekstr1der
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too many brewers get the brown+hops thing right. This is pretty decent. Still prefer straight brown as the mix never feels quite right. Pours dark brown with clingy tan foam. Nice heavy malt aroma mixed with some fruitiness. Taste gets a little wonky with some grapefruit bitter on top of the malt backbone. Finish is pretty smooth, though somewhat dry. Not bad.

 366 characters

Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy label, let’s see if it delivers.
Light brown color with a thick two finger beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with lots of cocoa and coconut, some citrusy and nuts.
Aroma was good, but not exceptional which made me caught off-guard for its flavor. It was delicious and unique with notes of pine, floral and citrus-grapefruit , toasted and roasted malts, cassis liquor from its blackcurrants, coconut, mild charcoal, nuts, black forest cake, powdered milk, spices and finishing with cocoa and mild tobacco. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Forty IBUs was the magic number for this beer.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Alcohol of 7% abv is completely absent.
This brew made my day. Flavorful (Double) Brown Ale with a character of its own and excellent complexity. I was actually trying to picture a better brown ale. Interesting that I noticed high ratings and very few outliners with very low ratings, probably driving this at sub-outstanding ratings (please reserve your evaluations to your mommy/daddy beers, not this sexy brown angel). Jokes apart, I also noticed improvement over time, so keep it as it is. Congrats!

 1,183 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: milk chocolate, roasted grains;

T: roasted grain and a hint of coffee up front; a touch of citrus and moderate bitterness come in at mid-palate; the bitterness lasts a long time;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: complex flavors; very enjoyable;

 376 characters

Photo of justinp444
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft to a pint glass this is a dark amber beer with a nice foamy beige head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with dried fruits. Taste is dry, a bit bitter hoppy, chocolate, toffee, and caramel flavors. Quite yummy american brown ale.

 243 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Is this a typical brown ale? No. It is rather an extrapolation of the style. I must admit myself suspicious of the term 'double' applied to a brown ale, but this certainly justifies the term. It remains Brown Ale-like, and does not spread into the real of porter or strong ale. Nutty, malty, gorgeous. Yum.

 306 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe