Flight Of The Pimp | Clown Shoes

Flight Of The PimpFlight Of The Pimp
BA SCORE
3.95/5
73 Ratings
Flight Of The PimpFlight Of The Pimp
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
73
pDev:
12.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -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 kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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 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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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 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 thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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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