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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MistahBeah on 09-11-2013

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305
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
30.23%
 
 
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Photo of leaddog
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of MAB
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black color with a light head. The aroma is of peppermint and spices with roasted malts. The flavor is thick, roasted and spicy. Cinnamon, clove, coffee, vanilla, and nutmeg. Intense stout with holiday influence. Strong and a bit challenging to drink. Strong, intoxicating, encompassing.

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Photo of Samuel906
4/5  rDev +3.4%

After Blaecorn Unidragon and Chocolate Sombrero which were both fantastic stouts, my expectations for my next dark beer from Clown Shoes was high, and I was not disappointed. Pours deep and dark, with some faint notes of khaki in the light. Very little head that dissipates quickly leaving behind the slick, black oily goodness. Smell is sweet molasses, some ginger and chocolate. Smell could be a little more vivacious if I'm nitpicking. You can definitely taste some Indian influences in the taste: faint curry and coconut on top of the more traditional chocolates and coffees. On the sweet side, but absolutely no booze comes through. Feel is very smooth and creamy, giving it a coconut-milk like texture that adds to the Indian / curry notes. Overall, very good Imperial Stout with some interesting herbal and spice notes.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

22 oz Bomber.Had this last night.Alcohol was a lot more up front on this brew.Thin hint of chocolate.Poured it into a 20 oz Firestone glass dark as night.The smell was a light chocolate.Nothing really outstanding here.Not as good as Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero.Probably would not drink again..

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass.

What is it with me and crazily-flavored stouts when I head over to VDubb's? Regardless, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate syrup, light roasted malts, ginger, light vanilla bean, and a touch of mild coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, the exotic spices listed on the label not really coming through, yielding instead to something of a sweet stout character. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly fluid feel. Overall, a pretty tasty stout, one that I kinda wish did actually exhibit the advertised spices and whatnot, but it's solid regardless.

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Photo of SCbrewpubfan
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. A small light tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing that fades quickly. Beer is dark brown nearly black.
S - Smell is dominated by ginger and cardamom. Some vanilla and chocolate barely seeps in.
T - Ginger and cardamom are heavy up front. Roasted flavors of coffee and cherry follow and hop bitterness attempts to make an appearance. There's some vanilla in the finish, but still a lot of ginger and cardamom. An ever so slight spicy pepper flavor remains in the aftertaste.
M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Not bad for the style, but could use a little more chewiness.
O - The flavors assert themselves more as the beer warms, but they still are a bit jumbled. The ginger and cardamom dominate and don't let the underlying chocolate, vanilla, and coffee come through. This is close to being really good, but just misses the mark.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: This bottle from Clown shoes shows a rocking band, and I appreciate a great bottle design especially when I still have eyes to see it, awesome job guys.

Appearance: Black as night, not see through, with a finger and a half head.

Smell: Fresh chocolate like the smell of an Easter morning as a young lad.

Taste: I don't really taste all the craziness listed on the label but its good so fuck it. Chocolate and not very bitter.

Mouth fell: Nice, full bodied.

Overall; I like this beer, its chocolate, its a stout and with an ABV of 10% it will kick that skinny ass of yours.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Made this beer my 2,000th review! Paid $8.99 for the single a very fair price for a chai flavored RIS.

A - Man these guys make a great looking RIS! Deep dark blackness very thick looking RIS with a 1/2 inch mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - Smells mostly of ginger and cinnamon very Christmas like! Mild roasts and bitter chocolate smells. Hopefully its more vanilla based in the taste.
T - I can taste the cardamom tea like flavors. Not as sweet as I expected but it does have a vanilla extract taste. Ginger root and cinnamon overdose kind of buries any roast or chocolate taste one would expect is a RIS. Very unique Imperial Stout.
M - A bit thinner than I expected but most Clown Shoes Imperial stouts are like that. Medium bodied and kind of chewy.

Overall I can dig the originality of this beer. They accomplished what they put out to do make a Christmas spice like RIS. Worth picking up!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance -opaque black, a solid sticky finger of mocha foam. Good lacing all around.

Aroma - ginger and roasted malt are the first things I pick up, chai tea added in after some set up, making for some cola notes. Reminds me of the Anchor Christmas beers.

Taste - the roasted malts play out bigger than the smell lets on. A touch of char as the vanilla and chai blend in. The ginger supports the chai, not as prominent as I thought it might get. Good blend of flavors, complementing the basic stout flavor without trying to take it over. The swallow is a touch fruity from the chai and ginger, going dry and warming on the finish. Very tasty and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel - fluffy crispness, sturdy body, sticky in the mouth, making for a long finish.

Overall - excellent sipper, one to remember for a tasting.

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Photo of ADZA
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label of this one really caught my eye and it pours the darkest kola hue with a one finger non lasting khaki head and some clingy lacing,the smell is wow it's quite unique with aromas of indian curry,dark chocolate and vanilla booze it really is out there on smell,the feel is full bodied,sticky and lightly carbonated and on taste it's all about the stout it's milky chocolate with a touch of mocha and finished with a mix of sweet vanilla and herbal punchy hops and overall this brew is definately out there and unique and something I'm glad I've tried but definately something you want to see in winter when eating curry by the fire cheers.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't know why its described as India style, a pretty bitter brew but definitely more imperial stout than black ipa. Pitch black with a brown head, aroma of chestnuts vanilla touches of spice box. The flavor itself is very rich with lots of dark cocoa flavor. Super creamy body with subtle notes of licorice vanilla and spice, some great from spicy hops on the back end, no astringencies or acidity. Well blended creamy flavors with a proper balance between sweet and bitter. A great beer with great flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/25/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, caramel, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, and roast/herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, caramel, light coffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, light vanilla, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, caramel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, light vanilla, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown in color, rather than the pitch black appearance many stouts possess. The head was fizzy, and settled down to a half finger thick ring of bubbles. The smell was a mix of chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and cardamom, and while it showed off the ingredients perfectly, there was something jarringly clashing about it. The taste was more like a Christmas seasonal than a stout, as the spice and chocolate additives were very prominent, while the body was lacking. Quite thin for the style, and totally lacking in a robust feel. The alcohol, however, was very well hidden, and in no way felt in double digits. If this was labeled as a winter seasonal instead of a chocolate stout, I would have bumped it up a few points, but it was not true to the labeled style.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled on 07/25/13.

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a moderate amount of carbonation. About one finger of tan head which settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet chocolate malt forward aroma with a big presence of spices. Dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, nuts, yeast, vanilla, and slight smoke. Huge mix of spices with a scent of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and slight nutmeg. Tea like scent from the spices. Sweet hints of molasses and some anise spice. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, plum, fig, and cherry. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty good smell.

Taste: Like the aroma, a roasty and tea like stout taste with a big presence of chocolate and spices. Dark roasted barley malts with a good taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast, vanilla, biscuit, yeast, grains, nuts, and smoke. Big mix of spices giving a Chai tea like taste. Notes of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Also some anise spice. Sweet taste of burnt molasses. Dark fruit undertones of raisin, dark cherry, plum, dates, and fig. Light presence of earthy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Feel is creamy, silky, spicy, and fairly smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good take on a Imperial Stout. Good balance of roasty malt notes and spices.

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Muddy black pour, half finger of cream head. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, spice, at least it is not an overload of Christmas spice, but none the less quite overpowering. Tea and certainly the cardamom. If you enjoy Indian food, this will be acceptable. Almost an anise slash mintiness to it.

Taste, It is very earthy, no mint thankfully. Light roast and peaty malt. Some tea and some minor vanilla and sweeter malt. Finishes dry roast, cocoa.

Not super heavy body wise, maybe just above medium. Good level of carbonation. Nearly no abv presence for the large listed amount.
Was pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The pour is fairly opaque with some light coming through (kind of porter-like). There is a large, well-sustained khaki head. The nose is a bit too pungent for my liking. It has lots of earthy ginger and spicy cardamom; so much that it hides any roasty or malty notes. It smells like tea, not a stout ale. I get no vanilla or cinnamon on the nose.

The beer has a medium body and a very spicy flavor. There is lots of chai tea flavor here and fans of chai will feel right at home. There is a faint hint of vanilla up front, then the peppery ginger and cardamom come in and never let up. I get very little malt sweetness to balance it and the earthy flavors really dominate here. They linger rather harshly on the finish, which is not very pleasant.

If this was tea, I'd rate it highly. Unfortunately, it's a beer that doesn't taste much like beer. While this was a great idea for a beer (the kind of idea that usually comes from Dogfish Head), I don't think it was very well executed. I feel the brewer should have amped up the vanilla and malt to better complement the body and nature of the beverage. In other words, make it taste like a chai tea latte, not chai tea. If this was tweaked a little, it could be awesome. As it is, I'm glad I tried it, but it's just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $9.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 08/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a black, viscous body with a head that's a bit hard to scare up and departs fairly quickly, leaving just a thin coating of tan.

Smell: Succulent chocolate pitted with the savory spices, cardamom and ginger are the one's standing out the most for me. A slight sharper fruitiness than what ultimately appears in the taste and far, far less vanilla that appears in the taste.

Taste: Dark chocolate envelope espresso-toned roasted malts, with the vanilla, mild, but discernible, along with the extra added spices. Touch of candied date. For me, just the right amount of sweetness without becoming too sugary. Holds in a pattern of sweetish chocolate, spice, and vanilla until the full, faintly heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Certainly a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I had a fun time with it. Don't hit me for that statement!

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Bombay Berserker from Clown Shoes
3.87 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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