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BrewDog Clown King

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
bottled and keg, special
The infamous Clown King is in town, with his twisted circus of salaciousness. Ready to corrupt the senses, he’s brought together two show-stopping acts in a riot of flavour and aroma. In this two-ring extravaganza, an imperial pale ale and a barley wine come crashing together, and left standing in the sawdust is an American Barley Wine. This freak of nature might be red, but that’s where the similarities with a normal clown’s nose end - on Clown King’s nose you’ll find all the fun of the fair, with caramel and toasted marshmallow aromas, but also raisin and dried fruit. With toasty malt and sweet dark fruit flavours, and a smooth, chewy mouthfeel, you’ll be lulled into a false sense of security, before the Clown King springs up and flings a bucket of spicy, fruity hops right in your face. With such complexity and flavour packed in, like a tiny car full of clowns, you’ll soon be on your feet, joining in with the thunderous applause, when suddenly the Clown King is gone, leaving only a fleeting sense of warmth, and a desire to follow him onto the next town, where the show will begin all over again. - See more at: http://www.brewdog.com/product/clown-king#sthash.mOBuzOIO.dpuf


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatusBeer (250) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 20, 2016
330 ml bottle. Dark brown colour with unstable head off. Aroma is sweet,malts, wood. Taste of caramel, higher % of alcohol, light fruit notes. I love this style of beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (450) - ITALY - MAR 15, 2016
Batch 247, Best before 15/10/18 aperta il 15/03/16. Ambrata con riflessi dorati, schiuma ocra chiaro non molto persistente. Aroma fruttato che ricorda uva bianca passita (Centennial), caramello, alcool, leggero erbaceo. Al palato sempre Centennial, caramello, finale erbaceo che comunque lascia il passo ad una coda tendente al dolce della frutta passita. Corpo pieno, poco carbonata, etilica.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (2141) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Brewdog online store. Pours a deep amber brown colour with a reddish tinge, beige foam head leaving lacing and aroma of brown sugar, raisins, fruity & nutty. Taste is malty, sweet, caramel, toffee, molasses, with fruity, orange hop, marmalade, raisins and spicy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry warming lingering spicy bitter finish. Complex and very drinkable.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kosmokrator (794) - ITALY - NOV 17, 2015
Intenso color ambrato scuro con soffice schiuma biancastra. Un tripudio di malto, frutta passita e luppoli che si intrecciano in un bouquet sontuoso e violento irrobustito dall’abv. Persistente e corposa, da cardiopalma.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pityu (483) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle - Clear amber colour wit reddish tint, large creamy tan head, good retention. Heavy malty aromas with a lot of caramel, dried plum, raisins and some resinous hops. Taste is very complex, caramel, raisins, grapes, dates, dried fruits. Sweet taste balanced with gentle hop bitterness. A bit boozy, but its ok. Full body, soft carbonation, chewy texture, sweet and smooth finish. A very complex beer with sensible alcohol warmth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (326) - Ioannina, GREECE - SEP 21, 2015
Clear reddish amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredfa (209) - belo horizonte, BRAZIL - SEP 13, 2015
Percebe-se um pouco do alcool no aroma e no sabor, mas está bem inserido. Doce predominante sobressaindo muito sobre o amargor. Muito saborosa e com baixa drinkabilidade. Uma das melhores barley wine que já provei.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle, thanks Kenny, shared with Clayton. Lovely deep red colour. Good lacing. Funky musty malt extract aroma. Prunes, olive oil, cedar, Devonshire clotted cream. Clean. Good Super complex. The best Brewdog beer I’ve had for a long time.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1152) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 7 Sep 2014 -- That’s a good Barley Wine. Complex in malts, simple yet firm in hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fisler (332) - Bamberg, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2015
Optisch wirklich fast ein Wein, dunkelrot, kein Schaum. In der Nase Röstaromen, Kakao, dunkle Kirsche, man riecht schon, dass da Bumps dahinter ist. Im Trunk langsam auf der Zunge zergehen lassen, wow: Prickelt, alkoholisch, Holz, Schokolade, wieder die Kirsche, wärmend im langen Abgang. Nicht ganz einfach zu trinken, die 12% sind spührbar. Ein schwerer Dessert-Barley-Wine, der gut zu Schokolade passt. Und tatsächlich ist da auch ein wenig Marshmallow dabei.


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