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Flight Of The Pimp | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Some pimps walk. Some pimps strut. Some pimps run from the law. This pimp, a blend of Pimp and Knob Creek bourbon barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon, rides between giant wings as they flap through a fiery night sky.

Added by PeterIngemi on 06-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of angusblackheart
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flight of The Pimp!!!

Fantastic label art as usual.

This is the best beer I have tried from Clown Shoes so far, and I am a fan of theirs. Pours a rich mahogany color with a decent sized head. Smells of chocolate, caramel, oak and bourbon, so it smells great! Taste is a blend of a ridiculous amount of flavors that are surprisingly well balanced: smoke, oak, wood, bourbon, chocalte, dark fruit,and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is rich but dry, a great, great, great beer!

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma has the smokiness of the stout and the subtle spiciness of the brown ale. It has tones of caramel, licorice, molasses and mocha as well. Got me drooling like one of Pavlov's famous dogs. Pours an opaque, dark-chocolate brown with a thick and fairly persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Satisfying flavor seems different with every sip - one gives you caramel, another molasses, another roast malt. Other flavors include toffee, semi-sweet chocolate, quality coffee, even touches of fruit. Alcohol bite is noticeable but not too fierce. Full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving a nice smoky, syrupy but not too sweet finish. Too bad this flight won't last. If there's a heaven for beer lovers, this will be on tap there.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of wburch1967
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a medium chocolate head and medium lacing. Murky when held to light, looks almost chewy.

S: Smells of nuts, dark malts, light bourbon (some people said only 1/3 bbl aged or so).

T: Nuts, chocolate, can actually taste belgian and american flavors. The yeast is sweet and fruity. There are noticeable hops. Quite a bit going on, but it works well, very well!

M: A little thin, would love to see this a even thicker.

O: Another great brew from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of Dope
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost porter-ish. Huge and dense milk chocolate colored head. Fades very slowly, leaving a fluffy wall of lacing on 75% of the glass. Head never seems to fully fade. Top notch.

S: Hmm some chocolate initially. Then some roasted malt char and some stronger toasted malt ...toastiness. Quite nutty. Not much bourbon, just a bit of toffee but the base beer has a lot of that anyway. I get the slightest hint of coffee here and there.

T: Wonderful toasted malt and nuts mixed with a mild roasted malt character. Again, mainly dark chocolate from the toasted malt with the slightest hints of bitter coffe and char. Mild toffee throughout. Drying oak in the aftertaste along with a bit of earthy and coffee bitterness. Brown ale elements aren't quite so harsh like in the base beer, especially as it warms and the roasted malt character becomes stronger and stronger.

M: Heavy, mild carbonation. Silky.

O: I'm not sure what the ratio was that they used to mix the two beers to make this one, but I'm going to guess that it was mostly Pimp. Probably 2/3 to 3/4 Pimp in fact. There is very little bourbon element which is a shame since Knob Creek is one of my favorites. There is however a mild roasted malt element from the Blaecorn Unidragon which adds some nice balance to the otherwise dominating toasted malt/nuttiness of the original brew. It not only adds balance but additional complexity. It basically makes the beer 10% better in every way so I really can't complain. I think it would have been amazing if they had barrel aged the blend, instead of just the minority portion of the blend. The bourbon would have really come through and I bet this would have been stunning. Having said that, I don't mean to badmouth the brew, it is one of the best browns I've ever had. Flavorful, bold, complicated and surprisingly balanced. It helps that I'm a big fan of stouts and brown ales.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into CCB snifter. Blend of Bourbon BA Blaecorn Unidragon and Pimp. Consumed back to back with Pimp. Awesome Artwork, one of my favorite bottle labels.

A- Pours an opaque dark black, pretty much no head, fairly light carbonation. Definitely darker then Pimp without the head and less carbonation- definitely has a little bit more of the characteristics of the Blaecorn.

S- Similar to the Pimp. First recognized the characteristics of the Pimp- smells of coffee, nuts, roasted malts, etc.. The smell of the Unidragon comes out as well- chocolate, more roasted malts, etc.. Both beers come out equally providing a little bit more chocolate and roasted presence then the regular Pimp.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, nuts, lightly sweet a little bit rich and very complex.

M- The Blaecorn definitely made this beer a little bit sweeter and thicker, but it wasn't too thick. In my opinion it was almost perfect- not too syrupy, but not too light. The Blaecorn definitely took away a little bit of the carbonation which I didn't mind. The beer was well balanced, went down smoothly, no alcoholic burn, and felt great for a beer of 10% abv.

O- This was a great blend of two great beers. I felt like the Blaecorn added a whole additional presence of complexity to the Pimp. You could easily distinguish characteristics from each beer, but yet the two flavors blended very well. The only thing that I was hoping a little bit more for was a stronger bourbon presence- although being a blended beer this isn't all that surprising. I would love to try a BA Blaecorn by itself to compare. Overall this beer was an interesting and tasty try, I recommend picking some up while you still can.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled in May 2012.

A - Pours nearly black with a creamy almond head. Brown highlights show through when held up to the light. Good lacing.

S - Smells of rich caramel, mixed nuts, and some chocolate. Whiskey is discrete, but present. Some earthy notes come through as well. Complex and fragrant.

T - Follows the nose closely. Initially sweet on the tongue with vanilla and caramel. Some smokey toasted malts follow. Finishes clean, with pronounced whiskey flavor, but no alcohol burn.

M - Carbonation is appropriately light making for a very smooth feel. Medium-full body.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I found it to be head and shoulders above Pimp, a good beer in its own right. The toasted and whiskey notes that the BA Blaecorn offers, work to cut the vanilla-caramel sweetness of the brown ale. I found myself drinking this beer much more quickly than I typically would a beer with a double digit ABV. I will get it again and highly recommend it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery snifter glass. Chilled pretty thoroughly before pouring. Picked this up a couple months ago.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a one to one and a half finger head medium brown head that recedes rather quickly into a lacing. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, smoke and a touch of bourbon all stand out upfront. The smoke tones I got really heavy from Blaecorn Unidragon are there, but the blending with the brown ale and the barrel aging really takes the sting out of it. The booze tones are pretty strong but not overwhelming. Some light background touches of vanilla and caramel as well.

Taste: Coffee, cocoa beans, smoke and bourbon notes stand out. Caramel, vanilla and some toasted malt complement the smokey tones very well. The ABV is not really present at all and blends pretty nicely throughout, especially as this beer warms. This is definitely growing on me throughout. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall, a really nice blended beer. The bourbon barrel stout adds some nice bourbon and smoke tones while the brown ale adds some nice sweetness to counter the smoke. THe boose isn't overly strong either. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Not outstanding, but very good and easy to drink.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/2012. Roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, figs, cherry skin and oak. Earthy and smooth. Light bodied. This held up incredibly well. Solid brew.

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Flight Of The Pimp from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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