Flight Of The Pimp | Clown Shoes

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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
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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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 raffy313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sliverX
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Jacob007
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Flight Of The Pimp from Clown Shoes
3.88 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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