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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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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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Photo of FatSean
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well done strong brown ale. 22oz bomber from the Cork. Not much on the nose and a bit boozy on the finish even at 45F or so. Still, you'd never know it was 10% until you got to the end of your glass.

A bit on the pricey side for what it is, IMO. Still, if you like a brown ale and you like big beers, give it a shot!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose and flavor is burnt brown sugar. Very smooth, high ABV is hidden. $7.54 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled 5/2012.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a dense soil-colored head. Nice retention.

S: Coffee, brown bread and chocolate, heavy molasses and brown sugar, raisin.

T: Heavily roasted coffee, burnt barley, subtle dark fruits, dark chocolate. Moderately bitter and roasty. Bit of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to thick, fine creamy carbonation.

O: Not bad at all - strong and roasty, pretty tasty.

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Photo of jsanford
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown highlights and a dense ivory head that settles to a thick ring and slight haze. Very nice aromas are wafting from the glass, dominated by lightly roasted coffee with cream, sugar, toasted hazelnuts, and a touch of alcohol. Taste consists of more roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate, and more roasted nuts. A very nice Brown Ale, but a Brown Ale nonetheless. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy, with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. Overall a pretty solid offering from Clown Shoes, I'd love to get my hands on the barrel-aged version (Flight of the Pimp).

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottle dated
May 2012.

A - Pours dark brown with two fingers of cream colored head. Good retention and even better lacing.

S - Sourdough bread malts, whole grain, roasted almonds, and a bit of vanilla. Pretty good.

T - Starts a little bit sweet with the vanilla and malts. Earth and nuts in the middle. The finish is a drying blast of char. Lingers for a while on the taste buds. Alcohol may contribute to the slight burn and tingly feeling my tongue is left with after each sip. Becomes more drinkable and complex as it warms.

M - Carbonation is perfect and the body is a bit thin for a beer with this much flavor and booze. Slick on the tongue beyond the finish.

O - This one just started popping up all over shelves and got around to trying it tonight. It grew on me as it warmed and I drank more. Complex blend of nutty with an abundance of smoke on the back end. Good stuff, I would like to try the version blended with Blaecorn.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy brown with hints of ruby red and a thick and foamy tan head that leave sheets of lacing. one of the best looking brown ales I've ever seen.

Smells delicious and roasty with some serious caramel malt notes. A faint brown sugar smell rounds it out with no real scent of hops.

all of that in the taste with a bit of bitter hops.

the mouthfeel is quite smooth and very creamy, slightly dry finish compliments the rest very nicely.

Super drinkable, especially for a 10 percent beer.

Daaaamn!!! one fine beer the folks at clown shoes have cooked up. quite something else subtle yet complex in its own rights and on top of all that, very drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the artwork.

Pours a dark brown with a one-finger head into my glass. Darker than I expected from the style but still well within range.

Sweet, lightly boozy malt that has a touch of raisin. I can see that this is a blend of two different brown ales. There may be some chocolate essence as well but nothing too complex.

Very interesting flavors. Sweet, syrupy malt with brown sugar, caramel and raisin characteristics.

This isn't a standard brown ale by any means. The higher ABV does affect the carbonation minimally but otherwise, much what I'd expect out of the style.

I'd recommend this for someone wanting a little more out of their brown ale.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Pours an opaque very dark brown almost black with about a half of a finger of mocha brown head that recedes to leaving almost no head. About average carbonation- can see lines of carbonation bubbles lining the glass. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Definitely a strong aroma of coffee, malts, and maybe a faint hint of underlying dark fruits and spices.

T- Presence fairly creamy coffee, some nuts, a little bit of toffee, light roasted malts, finished with a lightly sweet tiny bit bitter taste that lingers on the palate for a little while.

M- Medium bodied, average to slightly above average carbonation, very well balanced, abv very well hidden at 10%.

O- This was a very good beer especially for Brash's first offering. I'd definitely rank this near the top on Brown ales I've had. For two different brown ales blended by two different companies (one a start up for that matter), this beer balanced very nicely between the coffee and malty presence. Unfortunately I didn't try Brown Angel before trying this beer, but I'd love to compare the two (supposedly Clown Shoes' beer was just a beefed up Brown Angel). I wish this was a regular offering, however it seems like it is a limited one-time release. Definitely pick some up while you can. Can't wait to try the other Brash brews!

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pimp!

Bottled 5/2012, so very fresh

Beer was hazy brown, almost murky, but had a good head and left beautiful lacing. Smells of hops, choocolate, fresh bread, really good! Taste is very unusual, a mix of hops and dark malts and dark fruits, very good. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and dry, a really good beer!

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

Split a 22 oz bottle poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark dark brown/black with a two finger mocha head that dissapates nicley and leavs some beautiful lacing.

S: earthy toasted nutty grain, touch of chocolate and a touch of sweetness. A little dissapointed here after the magnificent appearance.

T: a step up from the nose... The chocolate seems to step out a bit more... The earthy nutty grain is still there and blends nicley with the chocolate notes... The alcohol is non existent here... I was suprised when I checked and saw the 10% abv.

M: on the light side if a medium body... medium carbonation, I'm not gonna lie I wish this brew had a touch more heft and creamyness to it.

O: a good beer, tasty and different, highly drinkable for 10% abv. Overall I think I prefer the original clown shoes double brown a bit more.

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