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BrewDog Clown King

 (RETIRED)
overall
94
76
style
Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Barley Wine
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fisler (209) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 11, 2015
330ml bottle at home. BB 10/2018. dark amber hazy color. small off-white head. smells liqueurish, of wood, malty sweet, dried fruits, plums, alcoholic, some light citric notes, light coconuts, light note of oranges, honey. full body, soft carbonation, nice rather oily full mouthfeel. tastes surprisingly fruity and hoppy, oranges, pines, also some dried fruits, rather alcoholic / liqueurish but not unpleasant in combination with the fruit notes, rather malty sweet. finishes alcoholic and with fruit notes. rather boozy, but I like it, for the ABV its even kind of easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (506) - randers, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
red/amber color with a fine white head. chocolate, figs, light black berry aroma. taste heavy sweet medium bitter. full bodied smooth mouthfeel, a good carbonation and a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbonga (49) - - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber with a slightly off-white head. Dark fruit, grain and alcohol aroma. Full caramel body with more fruits, almost rum soaked raisins, some booze but very balanced by the malts. A little sweet but holds together very well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2015
330 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Willems & Zoon. BBF 15-10-18. Apparently retired according to RB – score since I love my barley wines with some age on them. Lightly hazy dark classical amber, little tanned head. Nose is very sweet malt syrup, caramelized apples, light herbal, thick honey cereal, thick burned sugar, light maple, syrupy herbal tea,… Taste is oxidized honey cereal caramelized apples, cooked apples are very thick, leaves, light herbal quality, feels quite classical, thick syrup, pleasant oxidation, strong wild flowers, faint bitterness, wild herbs, chamomile tea, thick low carbonation syrup, maple & herbal tea, sweet molten sugar & very thick nicely oxidized malts,… Quite herbal. Pleasant surprise for me. Nicely warming. Easily one of my favourite BrewDog beers so far, usually I am anything but a fan but sometimes they do score.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (608) - GERMANY - APR 3, 2015
Amber, rötlich. In der nase Likör, Holz, helle Früchte, Hopfen, Karamell. Am Gaumen karamell, Holz, Alkohol, Vanille, herb-bitter, Honig, alkoholisch.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1870) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle a amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus spicy fruits alcohol and hops flavor malts spicy citrus fruits pepper some alcohol and some alcohol in the aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4195) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle @ home. Aroma and flavour is thick caramel malt liquorice syrup. Some bitter fruity hop notes, but mostly malt sweetness. In a good barleywiney way. LRAB.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cagou007 (549) - FRANCE - MAR 20, 2015
Pours deep copper colour with thin beige head that quickly disappears. Nose is fruity and toasty. First mouthfeel is huge sweetness and caramel, then toasted malts, dark fruits, spices and fruits aromas. Warm alcohol. Full body, low carbonation. Long alcoholic and sweet finish. Rather good, but not balanced enough : sweetness and alcohol are a bit overwhelming other tastes and aromas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
30.4.2014. Very sweet nose with caramel, hops, amber, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is very full-bodied, pine, caramel, hops, dried fruits, alcohol. Nice but quite heavy.


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