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Pimp | Clown Shoes

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88
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56 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Got them fancy clothes. Got that big car, suicide doors, 8 track stereo, color TV's. Livin' the American dream, now you've got a brew as smooth as chorus from Al Green. Brash Brewing and Clown Shoes each made a brown ale at Mercury, then blended them. You don't have to have solid gold pants to enjoy... but it helps.

"When life's a bitch, be a pimp"
-unknown

Added by Dope on 05-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 162
Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been eyeballing this one at the store. Finally taking the plunge!

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: It was dark brown, very cloudy, and will a wispy off-white head that surrounded the liquid below it.

S: More nutty than anything, more chestnut actually, and fairly strong at that.

T: Yeah, the nuttiness takes center stage here, the sugar takes stage right, and the yeast takes stage left. You know what I need in this? Bourbon.

M: Fairly prickly, considering the style. The lacing was absurd, yet the sweetness was subdued.

O: Very good entry from Clown Shoes. However, if they were to bourbonize this, I think it would be money!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Fine one finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt with slight char, chocolate, dark stone fruit; finishes with charred coffee and light hops. Medium bodied. A rich flavored dark ale straddling the line between a brown ale and stout. Flavor is integrated and covers the alcohol well.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Dark brown, mahogany color with a frothy tan head filling the top half inch of the glass. Nice looking color to it.

The aroma shows some pretty bold malt flavors. I get more sweeter caramel and milk chocolate to it at first, but I also get some roasted malts that add some coffee and dark chocolate. Pretty nice aroma overall, the malt flavors are bold but well balanced with each other.

The taste also mixes sweet caramel and milk chocolate with a more bitter and roasted malt flavor. They don't seem to compliment each other as well as they did in the aroma, but still pretty good overall. Both the milky chocolate and roasted coffee flavors are really good in it separately but it just doesn't seem to come together as well as it could have.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a another solid and interesting beer from CS. The roasted malts seemed to make it lean towards the porter style, which I thought was a good and interesting take on the style. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big, boozy beer. Tastes more like a stout or a porter. I've noticed that the last few dark beers from Clown Shoes have tasted like slight variations of the same beer- Hoppy Feet 1.5, Blaecorn Unidragon, and Pimp all taste the same to me. It's like the Simpsons joke at the Duff brewery there are 4 spouts coming out of the same barrel filling 4 different bottles. A virtual brewer doesn't need to make 13 beers year round in my humble opinion.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/2012

Apparently a mix of a Belgian brown ale by Brash and a beefed up version of Brown Angel from Clown Shoes

A: Pours a mahogany color with just over a fingers worth of tan head that lasts for a long time

S: Moderately roasted malts, some light coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, and a decent amount of earthy hops

T: Starts off with a big rush of dark fruits and then mellows out into the roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate, and earthy and floral hops. Alcohol is very well hidden

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This surprised me with how much the dark fruits stand out. I'm guessing that is the Belgian brown part of the beer, which is particularly nice and goes very well with the Brown Angel. This borders on a BSDA and American Brown mix (which essentially is technically what it is comprised of), which is something completely new to me. Very good, and very complex. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a fan of either style

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wonderful aroma of chocolate and light roasted espresso beans. Light bakeshop type aroma is hidden behind the main aromas.

Dark brown to the point where the beer is virtually black. Nice tan head and weird lacing, but not too bad overall. The head leaves a ring around the glass at the meniscus and clears out in the center.

Chocolate and toffee are in the forefront with coffee coming in as a close second. Brown sugar and a nice toasty biscuit flavor rounds it out. It's lighter than I expected in body, and has a happy moderate level of carbonation. The beer kind of dances on the tongue but doesn't foam up. Quite delicious.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pimp pours a very dark brown, almost black into the glass. A small tan head forms on top and quickly fades away. Only a few spots of lace cling to the sides.

The aroma is not very strong. Dark malts, brown sugar chocolate and a touch of dark fruit are present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, soft and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with notes of chocolate, dark fruit (raisin, strawberry), a touch of roast malt and a hint of smoke. It finishes moderately bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the chocolate and bitterness linger on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's leans a little to the porter side. It's very drinkable and hides the 10% abv very well.

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Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cola brown, huge dark tan head that lingers and leaves good lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and light roasted malt.

T - Brown sugar, bits of milk chocolate and malt. Very focused but good!

M - Lighter body and medium carbonation.

O - I loved this beer. It's not mind blowing or show stopping but definitely worthy of a high rating. I mean, for a double brown it's pretty double awesome!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had several Clown Shoes beers and, while they've been enjoyable, I haven't been blown away by any of them. Well, this one is spot on.

In a snifter the beer was near black in color. It had a small tan head with a smattering of lace.

Big roasted malt aroma. Some sweet fruit and chocolate. A little bit of oakiness.

Where do I begin with the taste? Raisin bread for certain, very much so. A lot of chocolate. Could not discern any hops. Alcohol not particularly noticeable, but the beer became more boozy as it warmed up.

Heavy mouthfeel, but in a nice way. It felt great rolling around in my mouth.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Prohibition Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with some sweet booze and a subtle hop presence. Very robust smelling with hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by faint earthy pine notes and alcohol.

Medium bodied but slightly thinner than expected with a balance of sweet and roasted malt notes followed by some boozy heat in the finish. Slightly smokey with some coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmeal flavor countered by sweeter chocolate notes, caramel and toffee. The hop presence found in the nose is absent in the flavor and the strong alcohol heat takes away from the malts. Still, it's well balanced and flavorful. Not bad but could have been great.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 06/2012. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours dark brown with two and a half fingers of pillowy tan head that leaves nice clumps of lace. 

Smells of sweet milk chocolate, bread, lightly roasted malt and an almost dark fruit note. 

Taste delivers on the pleasing sweet nose. Chocolatey, raisin bread, roast malt and brown sugar. A good balancing hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Much smoother than I expect from 10% abv. 

Creamy full bodied with mild to moderate carbonation. 

I'm no typical fan of brown ales but this is really good stuff. A worthy brew from start to finish.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark brown. Nice head with good carbonation. Spider web acing on the glass. The aroma is heavy chocolate malts. Taste confirms more chocolate and at 10% has some lingering alcohol burn - not too over the top. Hard to discern that this is a blended beer as it comes across as very cohesive. Overall a great beer with some stickiness from all of the malts.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Served in a tulip glass, an opaque, dark brown-black with a thin cap of beige head. Surprisingly stout-like in appearance for a brown ale. Roasty, nutty aroma, with a balancing dark malt sweetness, hints of coffee and cocoa. Similar taste, roasty dark malts up front, nutty, dark sugar sweetness--caramel, toffee--coffee and dark chocolate, root beer, with a bit of alcohol burn. Smooth mouthfeel, thinner bodied than you might expect before remembering that this is supposed to be a brown ale, not a stout, though it seems to bear semblance to both. Almost comes off like they were trying to make a stout, but it wasn't full enough so they called it an imperial brown ale. Regardless, still a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.19.12.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a light brown head. Good retention.

S - Nutty and dull coffee.

T - Nice roasted malt and again some dull coffee.

D - Decent carbonation with a nice medium body. Finish with some nice smokey tones.

O - Coffee, nuts and smoke. Solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent yellowish-wheat head. Strong aroma has malty, earthy and caramel tones and a nutty hint. Rich flavor fills the mouth with malty, caramel, nutty molasses and bourbon tones plus a hint of - Coca-Cola? Firm, smooth texture has plenty of life and fizz. Kick off your clown shoes, be brash, try this one!

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber.

A - very dark brown with a little brown head that has decent retention

S - roasty, caramel, toffy, alcohol, sweet

T - caramel, toffy, nutty, bitter coffee, roasty

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a rather complex Brown Ale. The ABV is well hidden. My only complaint is that the complexities each fight to be independent. There doesn't seem to be an cohesive flavor. A bit of balance would not only round this beer out but add a good deal of drinkability. In the end, I enjoyed it and wouldn't turn it down in the future.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, but you can see some ruby tinges. Medium brown head. Didn't stick around long, but with the ABV, not all that shocking.

The aroma is big and roasty, with plenty of chocolate malts. Some brown sugar in there as well, with some nuttiness.

The taste is sweet and nutty, plenty of chocolate in there too. Hints of booze, but it's subtle. Roast with a slight vanilla/amaretto quality.

It's nearly full bodied, but does have some carbonation that's noticeable. Some slick creaminess.

It's a nice double brown, really.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: coffee body, finger khaki head,

S: caramel, toffee, nut, malt

T: caramel, chocolate, malt, roasted nuts, mild bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, chewy/smooth mouth

O: Delicious brew/fine collaboration. Would get again
and highly recommend. Very nice autumnal offering.

QUITE GOOD, GRAB A BOTTLE!

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Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark brown color with a thick tan colored head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles and leaves lacing on the glass. There is a nice roasted malt, nutty and toffee aroma with some alcohol.

Very nice flavor here. There are roasted malt, caramel, anise, alcohol, and hazelnut flavors. The finish is a bit bitter and warm from the alcohol and roasted malt. Maybe a bit too bitter. Medium-heavy feel with good carbonation to give it a full feel. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Damn near black pour, solid finger of off frothy off white head.

Aroma, malty, nutty, some roast of both. Some milk like chocolate.

Taste, a Roasty brown for sure. Malt, heavy nut, peanut. Bakers chocolate and woody smoke. Not too charry though. Finishes with some bitter and coffee.

Solid medium body, carbonation lightens it up a bit. Semi-coating with minimal warming from the abv, drinks pretty easy for the size.

Much better than their standard brown.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy off white 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly with decent lacing, over almost pitch black super dark no light coming through beer.

NOse comes right out with roast and coffee, lots of fresh roasted coffee beans, light roasted malt, hint of oats and very dark chocolate with bitterness, light nutty and caramel malts, a bit chocolate covered peanut butter like, a bit of toffee comes through with a hint of bitter earthy hops.

Taste starts with big malts again very dark. Some roasted malt flavors bringing tons of coffee, almost infused coffee, but fresh roasted coffee beans and light bitterness with that. Then some dark chocolate, plenty of cocoa and light oats. Next comes in the caramel, toffee, and lots of sweet syrup like addition malts that don't come on syrupy though. The booze kicks in quickly as well with warming and slight tingly booze, not boozy tasting just hot. chewy with light nuts, again a light chocolate covered peanut butter like flavor. Light toasty brown malts come through later with the light earthy hop bitterness. Finish leaves lots of chocolate covered peanut butter, with light booze, fairly dry, a bit of bitterness, plenty of caramel and toffee with more coffee and light booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, a bit thinner than I expected, plenty of hot booze, but good carb.

Overall mixed, it has lots of good points, but some not that great points. Great malts, chocolate and roast, coffee, caramel, nuts, etc, but the booze is a bit overpowering, bitterness is there but not a nice hop bitterness that blends well more from the roast, but no real off flavors which is nice. So I guess a pretty good beer if I can say that I would buy it again.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Black with red-brown highlights. Nice, solid, fine light-brown head. Good retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Powerfully malty, nutty, chocolatey, spicy, roasty. Ok, but a little ashy.

T: Follows the nose - sweet, roasty, malty up front; bitter, malty, ashy on the finish. Not too much booze. Tasty.

M: Creamy, moderate carbonation; a bit thin on body, though.

O: Above average and generally enjoyable, but nothing special.

Cheers!

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Photo of Rizalini
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown color, with a finger of creamy brown head that hangs around for a while. Lacing clings to the sides while I sip.

S - Very nutty aroma. Notes of hazelnut and a little peanut dominate the nose.

T/M - The taste follows the nose very nicely. Nutty taste with a slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel the finishes dry.

O - A very good, full-flavored brown ale. At 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden, which can be dangerous. Another winner from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours out a very deep brown with two fingers of mocha head. It's got a very roasty aroma with notes of vanilla, nuts, and coffee. The taste is big and huge on roast, with an interesting addition of Belgian yeasts. Wasn't quite expecting that from a beer called Pimp! It's really only a hint, and the huge roasty character with hints of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla are really the stars. There's some alcohol here, but that's to be expected from a 10% brown. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, and a bit more carbonated than I'd expect. The drinkability is good. Overall, this is a pretty good imperial brown that offers a little bit of an interesting twist with the touch of Belgian influence.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with Bottled 5/2012 on the side. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a half inch of tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of booze, caramel malts, earth, chocolate, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet. Vanilla, caramel, booze and light and sweet coffee. Sweet aftertaste. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel. The 10% ABV is very present. Never really had a Brown Ale like this beer. Boozey and sweet, with lots of vanilla and caramel. Overall, it borders on being too sicky sweet, but its a beer worth having again.

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Pimp from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.
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