Bombay Berserker
Clown Shoes

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From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
263
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 12, 2022
Added:
Sep 11, 2013
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  36
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
So hard to be fair to this - bottled July 2015…so.
Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights - scant reddish brown rim of fine bubbles.
Nose has an interesting mixture of spices - cardamom, ginger, chai spice - hint of chocolate.
Taste slightly sweet - chai, vanilla, dark chocolate, cardamom and hints of cinnamon and ginger.
Smooth, thin side of medium bodied at 10% - muted carbonation of 7 years of aging. Indian spice lingers.
So many things here - not a chai fan, so much age - not bad but not really for me.
Nov 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jul 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by heysuz from Indiana

Jul 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by Exeter from Canada (AB)

Jul 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jul 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by mikebu from Canada (AB)

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Mar 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Mar 07, 2016
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Rated by drunkenmess from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Would prolly given a better score if it was fresher. Still an outstanding brew. Very tastful yet different.
Feb 27, 2016
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a cola brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell - Roasted malts, chai spices (cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg), hint of vanilla and hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Roasted malts followed by the chai spices of cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg). The hint of vanilla and earthy hops help to finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the chai spices lingering.

Overall - A spiced stout that displays the Indian aromas to a tee. I feel that the taste could be a little more amped up with the Indian spices.
Feb 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Feb 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by Rammed96 from Maryland

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Jan 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.22 by RandyFlameThrower from Canada (AB)

Jan 13, 2016
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Wow-- this one was different. Definitely chocolatey, but the spices and chai tea flavors came through.
I was hoping for more bitterness but the sytle doesn't really allow that.
The alcohol is well disguised here. Doesn't taste like a 10% brew.
Dec 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.14 by likeablepaper from Canada (AB)

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Trosevear from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Day 21 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: Dark brown, almost black, with a nice brown head that leaves some nice lacing down the side.

S: Nutmeg chocolate smell with a slight hoppy smell.

T: Strong nutmeg taste almost reminds me of a pumpkin beer, but this one has a lot more chocolate in place of the pumpkin.

F: Heavy body feel with a nice aftertaste.

O: A pretty good beer from this Calander would defiantly have this one again.
Dec 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Dec 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Borbly from Canada ()

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep black body with a thin beige head. The scent is very rich in spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, along with ginger, and some other Indian tones. The taste is again very nice and spicy with the inclusion of some well-roasted malt aromas, in particular, a faint chocolate flavour. The overall feel is quite nice and warm, with a nice spiciness kicking around long after the fact. Overall it's a very nice beer, and certainly one I would have again in any cases where it might match well.
Dec 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Yowzers. This is a different beer, to be sure! It looks and smells great in the glass - deep mahogany, with a creamy head that rims the glass as it disappears. The smell and taste are full of spices - Marco Polo would be proud! The cinnamon, nutmeg and faint curry heat all mesh nicely with the stout base. This is not something I would actively seek again, but I'm glad I tried it once.
Dec 22, 2015
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, day 21 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - what does 'Indian' style mean? IPA, or the the spices in chai? Guess it's time to find out.

This beer pours a very dark, solid brown colour, with prominent orange basal highlights, and one fat finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a few instances of approaching sandstorm lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves into the ether.

It smells of metallic cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, star anise, cola syrup, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, and plain earthy, leafy, and weedy hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, toffee candies, a muddled cup o' chai spice - maybe some licorice and ginger stand out - dark chocolate wafers, more concentrated Vanilla Coke sweetness, a twinge of pepper heat, and some very soft earthy and leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly sedate in their underwhelming and barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and pretty smooth, with a wee creaminess there from the get-go, and surprisingly little interference from the spice. It finishes sweet, but duly moderated from all sides - spice, heat, and hop providing the muscle.

Overall, a pleasantly spiced (I get it now - read the really small print on the label beforehand) Imperial Stout, so much so that some of the gravitas of the underlying beer seems lost, but not enough to really matter. Quality sipping, is what I'm taking from this - that, and a growing yen for some buffet takeout from my favourite local curry house.
Dec 21, 2015
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
355ml bottle poured into tulip 19/12/15

A black liquid with a deep edge, just a short lived finger of foam hangs around for a few sips leaving a single partial ring, some color and wide legs I don't often see at 10%

S ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice root, cardamon, coco, lemon peel, I'm getting chai but only after reading it on the label, lots of cola and root beer

T Reminds me of a cola stout mix, still heaps of spice, a little chocolate syrup I didn't smell, harder to pick out individual notes

M silky upon entry, a little airy from the bubbles, slick in the mouth but a little sticky on the lips, just a little warming chili like heat, a mess of spice linger

O something different and a bit confusing at times but everything seems to work together fairly well

I was under the impression this didn't have any "Mexican" influence but I get a very faint warming spice, maybe I'm finally losing it, oh well I had a good run
Dec 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.99 by Idrankthat from Canada (SK)

Dec 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by npachl from Wisconsin

Nov 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.07 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Nov 19, 2015
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 07/29/15. I really wished they would do a better job of dating their bottles as it was hard to find. Nice black stout with a finger of dense head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom compliments the dark malt aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. A little bit of alcohol in the nose as well. It all melds well together in the flavor. The spices do not overpower the base stout which is a good stout in its own right. Mild roasted malt flavors with notes of mocha and a little smoke. The tea and vanilla make an appearance before the cinnamon and cardamom takes over in the finish. Mild alcohol heat and flavor to end things. Big bold body with mild carbonation that gives this beer a nice creamy feel without being clingy.
Oct 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by CDCNAM from Louisiana

Oct 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.19 by suzychesser from Alabama

Oct 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by Fabiand from Texas

Sep 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

Sep 13, 2015
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
"This exotic stout is a relative of Chocolate Sombrero, with the Mexican spices replaced by the flavors of chai tea: ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla. Dear head hanging craft beer drinkers, please remember, "Our love for you is like a truck... BERSERKER!"" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Not currently brewed by Clown Shoes.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a robust mocha brown head of a crisp, creamy frothed consistency over an opaque black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Potent aromas of cardamom, ginger and vanilla forward, rich chocolate and medium roast malt undertones, herbal earthy bitterness, potentially the impact of chai tea in the background. No doubt a bold stout, but with a lot of aromatic qualities from uncommon stout ingredients that come rushing to the surface. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The blend of the robust stout character and the effervescent qualities of cardamom, ginger and vanilla are more seamlessly balanced in the flavor of this ale. Medium roasted barley, caramel bread, cocoa, mild licorice and dark fruits trailing the mellow herbal bitter finish, accented all the way by the effervescent fragrance of cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slightly creamy, slick, residual, mildly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy, herbal bitter and effervescent over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Clown Shoes has made a name for itself with its wide lineup of American Imperial Stouts, and the richness of this ale is only further accented by the inclusion of the unusual choices of cardamom and ginger, both very potent and strikingly unique alongside the stout characters, generating a nicely balanced impact in the finished product. While the Bombay Berserker is a currently retired ale, I wouldn't mind enjoying this ale again in the future. 3.75

Clown Shoes'
Bombay Berserker: Indian-Style Chocolate Stout
3.67/5.00
Sep 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.92 by SweetwaterTuonker from Minnesota

Aug 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by joeroma5 from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.93 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Jun 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

May 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota

May 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Apr 21, 2015
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