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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MistahBeah on 09-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black with a two and a half finger head, light brown in color. Retention is long-lasting.

Big cardamom and ginger notes with secondary milk chocolate, chai latte, cinnamon, and roastiness. Vanilla is soft and melts right into the chocolate/chai combination. Slight bitterness is there, too, with some more herbal complexity. Light coffee and cream. Big nose without big alcohol.

Creamy malts come out with big milk and dark chocolate notes. Earthy spices wax exotic. Vanilla is bigger now with lots of cardamom and chai. Alcohol burn, cinnamon, and ginger are supporting roles. Milky body matches the milky chocolate. Great warmth. Silken, but only medium-bodied. Carbonation feels just right. I really appreciate that smoothness.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

no date - but 2013

A- Blackish brown with a slight reddish hue. Finger high head that is light tan with no real lacing.

S- Cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, some vanilla. Has a certain sweetness coming thru.

T- Follows the nose, strong cinnamon up front with some ginger hitting pretty good, next comes some light coco with that sweetness like raisins. Lots of spice floating around, not bad for a Christmas theme stout.

M- Medium, slick, low fizziness that coats the tongue.

O- Im not big into spice beers, but I bought this one knowing up front, its really not that bad, has a interesting and unusual flavor that keeps the tongue guessing whats coming next. Not my style but glad I tried it, Im growing to be a big supporter of Clown Shoes.

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 306 ratings