Flight Of The Pimp | Clown Shoes

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Flight Of The PimpFlight Of The Pimp

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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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Straight black on the initial pour. Some dark brown creeps around the edges when held to direct light. Head is a slightly dark khaki. Small cap drops to a few wisps almost instantly. Small creamy collar with a small dense bubble structure. Faint wisps of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: The pour releases a ton of bourbon. Big push of vanilla and caramel thanks to the barrel. Faint woody hints. Sweet both from malt and bourbon. Brown bread. Sweet fruits. Grapes, cherry, plum, fig, a ton of dark fruit. Some deeply roasted malts. Touches of cocoa and dark chocolate. Vanilla. A touch of roasted marshmallow. Booze. Loaded with raisins. A touch of backing nuttiness. Some caramelized malt.

Taste: Peated malt. Smoky and deeply roasted. Some char. Grassy elements. Pronounced nuttiness. Burnt wood. Vague notions of plum and fig. Loaded with raisin. So much raisin. The bourbon is still present after 2.5 years. Notes of vanilla, caramel, a touch of toasted marshmallow. Some toasted brown bread. Some caramelized malt sweetness. Some toffee and a vague butterscotch. Leafy, woody, something like fir. Flashes flavor and then it disappears.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Clean, surprisingly so. Mild effervescence.

Overall: Leaving my purple suit in the closet.

It was abrasively hot when it was fresh. It's mellowed a lot. It's a raisin soaked in bourbon slathered on brown bread. That's not as fun as it sounds.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a decent tan head with some retention.

(S)- A raisin forward nuttiness meets a subtle roasted body.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Plenty of raisin with a nutty character amidst an underlying subtle roastedness. Slightest twinge of a hoppy citrus note.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Its an interesting mouthfeel with classic brown ale and stout characteristics. Bitter and hoppy with a leveled sweetness.

(O)- It is definitely interesting. It really reminds me of a hoppy stout and a brown ale mixed together.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours near black with a 1" beige head. Some clumps and long trails of lacing.

S- chocolate, maple, light smoke/peat aroma, whiskey

T- toffee, dark chocolate, maple syrup, whiskey, light roasted coffee

M- medium body and carbonation. A little thin with some effervescence.

O- pretty tasty beer, nothing that wows you but has some chocolate, sweetness and whiskey notes.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's a while back. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Finger of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body that is verging on black.

S - Surprisingly stout-forward in flavor. I was expecting more brown ale, as I figured the blend ratio was similar to Angry Beast, but this has a heft dose of char, vanilla, roast, and light oak. Overt bourbon flavor is somewhat muted, and there are brown ale flavors present in the periphery: nuts, milk chocolate, berries, and mildly fruit yeast.

T - The taste has a bit more balance between the blend components, with a mix of nuts, roasted malts, oak, light bourbon, and char in the finish. There's some of the overly burnt character of Blaecorn Unidragon for which I don't really care. Again, verging towards stout more than brown ale. Alcohol is quite well-hidden, which is a plus.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-full body, sticky and chewy texture, and minimal alcohol warmth. Not a ton of oak or dryness here.

D - Solid, but not as good as Clown Shoes' other barrel-aged offerings. Chris and I had no problem putting down the 22oz bottle, but I'd buy Angry Beast or Porcine Unidragon over this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Winooski's in August trip. Dark brown with big lace, with a mocha head. Chocolate, Cinnamon heat, even chile, roasty, hoppy. Coco. Good drinkability, softer than many bitter imperial stouts, they call it such on the bottle, it can pass as an IS.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flight of the Pimp pours a dark brown with a massive, rocky light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a nice coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is soft with notes of chocolate, pistachios, a touch of roast malt and a hint of smoke.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly oily, with soft carbonation. The flavor is rich with notes of chocolate, roast malt, coffee, and nuts. Towards the end some grassy hops and dark fruit flavors appear. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering chocolate flavors.

For 10% abv this is an easy drinking beer. The flavors really come out as the beer warms.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is brown and clear, dark brown, with a tan head of small bubbles, no lacing.

Aroma is mildly roasty, sweet, has this odd aroma as well, weird finish.

Beer is medium in body, sweet up front, bitter in the back, with a graininess on the end mixed with the roast, minimal hoppiness. I didn't really like it, not a repeat.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Preparing for the impending doom of the storm, with a big bourbon barrel aged strong ale. This should be good...

Pours a slightly darker mocha colored 1/2 finger fluffy head that fades at a med pace with thick bubbly lacing, decent head for the abv, over just about pitch black beer with a hint of murky light sneaking through the edge.

Nose starts with dark chocolate, mocha, just a hint of milk chocolate as well, just a hint of roast, some caramel and toasty brown malts, little syrupy sweet malt, lots of dark malts, a big bitter dark chocolate like aroma. Just a bit of a barrel aroma, touch of bourbon barely, but a nice vanilla like oak rounding, and a strange nutty quality to it.

Taste starts with lush chocolate, cocoa powder, super dark bitter chocolate, and some roasted malt, the roasted malt is a bit more on the taste than the aroma was, lots of powdered cocoa, light acrid burnt coffee roast and little metallic twing. The roast gets a little overbearing. There is just a hint of bourbon but barely, with a light vanilla oak rounding, again just a touch of barrel additions. Then the brown ale kicks in, some caramel, little toffee, some nutty toasty brown malt flavors. There is a light creamy dark oatmeal like flavor too. The smooth chocolate and cocoa seem to take over though. there is a light warming booze, and bit of bitterness from the roast and a light earthy spicy bitterness. Finish is drier but sticky, light bitter roasted malt, a big roasty flavor, light acrid, more cocoa and dark chocolate, and a bit of caramel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, fairly rich and a bit creamy, some warming booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, not quite as good as I expected, more like imperial stout with lots of roast and chocolate malt, barely any barrel, and the brown ale seems buried mostly. However, the more I drink the more the chocolate and creamy flavors seem to come out.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color and even a bit translucent in the glass. Forms a smallish deep tan colored head that settles fairly quickly to a thin surface coating and a moderate sized ring around the edge. Light lacing.

S: Alcohol and boozy bourbon are the dominant aromas, with light notes of vanilla, chocolate, and brownie in the mix.

T: Taste starts off with a smooth chocolate-bourbon quality. The bourbon is quite restrained, but still noticeable - a characteristic that I actually like. Then a moderate sweetness of brown sugar and molasses with a bit of fig to round things out. Mild alcohol on the finish.

M: Starts off smooth, almost velvety, with an easy carbonation and a mild char-like bitterness. However, the finish is thin.

O: This turned out to be a better beer than I was expecting. I like the fact it has some bourbon characteristics, but its not a bourbon bomb. Rather the bourbon is subtle, adding depth to the beer and making for a more drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger with some retention on a muddy brown body. Lots if lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet bourbon with some floral notes, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is strange in a word. This is a blend so a lot is going on with it. Caramels, toffees, some chocolate, blackberries, light coffee and earthy hops up front moving to sweet bourbon and molasses in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a pretty complex beer and my description is weak in comparison. Worth trying to see what it's like.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Blackish with amber highlights. Head came and went like a pimp's caddy. Some lacing. A light haze lingers on top.

S: Malty, coffee, anise, smoky

T: Double wowzer! Initial taste of coffee that morphs into a bourbon barrel backbeat. Smooth, robust, bourbon-y. Let it warm. Flavors enhance and smooth out. This is really nice.

M: Medium to heavy with creamy carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: Helluva combo. Glad I paid a little extra for this hefty blend. Recommended.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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 NoLeafClover44
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Rizalini
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a thick 2 finger brown head. Almost no lacing left behind.

S - Smells of charred malts, slightly earthy, with a hint of bourbon barrel.

T/M - Nice carmel malt backbone, with an earthy under tone. Almost nutty. Hints of bourbon, like the smell. Warming alcohol as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel.

O - I do like this better than the original Pimp brew. The bourbon barrel add a nice complexity to the flavor without overpowering all the other notes of a double brown ale.

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Photo of Etan
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz into a snifter. Bottled 5/12.

A: Pours black with a decent tan head.

S: Coffee, heavy roasted grain, a bit of caramel.

T: Harsh roast and solvent alcohol, oak, a bit of hop bitterness. Coffee, bitter cocoa, and a bit of toffee sweetness underneath the astringent bitterness.

M: A bit thick with fine carbonation.

O: Definitely worse than Pimp. Barely any good barrel influence with a huge astringent bitterness. Gets slightly better as it warms, but not enough to redeem it.

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Photo of KevSal
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to goblinmunkey7 for this guy! As with all life here's the review

22oz bottle split into 2 bruery glasses. Split with the favorite drinking partner, my girlfriend.

A- completely blacked out from light with a finger of mocha head. Dark around the edges of the glass.

S-Malts, some oak. The stout comes out in the back end with some slight alcohol. Some medicinal notes as well that dissapears as it warms.

T- a lot like the nose. Lots of malts, strong brown ale upfront followed by the unidragon. little bit of bourbon and some chocolate sweetness in the after taste, very unique taste. Cold there's a medicinal taste in the back end but dissapears as it warms.

M- nice and thick, thinner than an imperial stout but thicker than your normal imperial brown. Alcohol and carbonation prickle the tongue.

O- overall this is a very unique beer that packs a lot of flavor. If I had another bottle I'd love to try this one again in a year or so as it can use some time for the favors to meld and the alch to turn down a notch. A for effort to clown shoes for making this one out of the box. Still not as good as its components tho (at least angry beast)
Glad I had a chance to try this guy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour courtesy of rivesb at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, slight wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Curious label I hadn't seen before jumped into my shopping cart the last time I was down in Mass. Pours a pretty solid black color with a decent creamy tan head that shows moderate retention and lots of lacing. Smell is heavy on the caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate. There's a solid roast in there as well as a lactose kind of aroma. There's a slightly earthy oakiness, but its really hidden under the other aromas. The flavor is again lots of caramel and milk chocolate up front. A creamy vanilla mixes with a solid roastiness and a hint of tannin and warming alcohol. Finish is long and sweet with a lingering roast and warming alcohol. Thick body with a creamy oily mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is a big thick sweet beer that demands attention. I liked it a lot, but I actually thought it was a hint to sweet.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 AndyAvalanche
2.27/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip Style glass. Pretty much black in color, if not it's as dark brown as you can get without being black. Nice tan colored head comes out after a hard pour, it's very creamy looking. Ok lacing, nothing to write home about. All in all a pretty good looking beer.

Big malt backbone here. Lots of roastiness and hints of caramel. The dominant feature in the smell is unfortunately that Belgian yeast that has banana tones unfortunately. There's a slight bourbon smell that follows everything that helps, but doesn't do enough.

I tried this cold, chilled, and room temperature, and it doesn't get any better, it just doesn't taste good. Malty and it tries to be sweet, but it's overly bitter and there's that gross banana Belgian yeast flavor. Slight coffee if you take tiny sips.

Mouthfeel is close to as bad as it gets. Carbonation level is ok, but the bite from the alcohol is rough and is extremely bitter and feels almost dirty if that makes sense. I guess the one thing is it's lighter in body than I expected.

I felt bad popping this open by myself and didn't share it. I guess it's my punishment was how bad this is. I did get a 2nd bottle, I guess I can try to age it, but I don't have high hopes. An unfortunate drain pour.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Dark brown, pretty much black. Two fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is pretty good for the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The brown ale comes out wonderfully in this. Big toastiness with an equal amount of nuttiness. The stout surprisingly plays second fiddle. Roastiness, some coffee, plenty of caramel and molasses. Lots of sweet chocolate. The barrel aging isn't as apparent as I'd like. The bourbon only offers a slight leathery earthiness. Still, the blend smells great.

3.0 T: The taste is a bit disappointing after experiencing the nose. It's still toasty and nutty, but there's too much roastiness for how dry it is. The end result is that the beer is more bitter than it ought to be. There's also some tannic astringency from the barrel. Surpringly dry, the caramel, molasses, and sweet chocolate found in the nose is much reduced in the taste. Booze is well hidden though.

2.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. I think the body is so light because this is a bit overcarbonated. Lacking creaminess and the tannins reduced the smoothness.

2.5 D: The farther I got into the bomber, the less I wanted to drink more, which is never a good sign for a brew. It's not bad, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Dope
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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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