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BrewDog Clown King

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


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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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

Infiniteipa's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Infiniteipa (30) - - JAN 25, 2014
Pours red, minimal head that dissipates quickly, aroma of caramel, some resinous hops. Full bodied, oily feel, soft carbonation, Taste is more caramel, with some raisins and berries. Good strong bitterness and the required heavy cloying sweetness that comes with a Barley Wine. The reviews so far seem a little harsh, as a 12% US style Barley Wine it ticks a lot of boxes for me. Its not the best Barley wine I’ve ever had, and It may not be the most balanced beer, but it doesn’t need to be! An interesting brew, would recommend to those wanting some kick from their beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2016
- rötliche Farbe mit geringer Schaumbildung - Geruch nach Erdbeer- / Pflaumenmarmalade - Kohlensäure zum Typus passend dosiert - entsprechend dem Alkohol ein sehr schwerer Körper - geschmacklich hat es teilweise mehr Nähe zu einem Sherry als zu einem Bier - erst im Abgang kommt dann durch die Hopfenbitternis doch wieder das Bier zu Tage Fazit: Gutes und angenehm trinkbares Barley Wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3949) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours a murky orange brown beer with a nice off white head on top. Aroma is malty, caramel, sugary and rather boozy. Also some woody notes in there of some sort. Flavor is fairly bitter, more hoppy than malty. The alcohol is noticeable, but not too overly sweet. Some herbal notes in the background. Softly carbonated, fairly easy drinking. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scrumpy369 (476) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 29, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2016 Bottle shared at home. Hazy dark amber colour, small white lacing. Nose is strong dried fruits. Taste is medium sweetness, low bitterness. Rasinins and other dried fruits. The only downside is the strong alcolic feeling. Complex and lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vernog (5) - ITALY - JUN 8, 2016 does not count
Bottiglia, fermento cipro 08/06/2016. All’apparenza si presenta come una tunica di frate con venature da pelo di volpe. Note di malto,caramello, liquirizia, gorgonzola, noce, mandorla, prugna, lampone e qualche lieve nota di luppolo. In bocca si presenta setosa, caramello, liquirizia, frutta sotto spirito ed una possente nota alcolica alla bocca dello stomaco. Molto particolare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatusBeer (464) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (549) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (2552) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kosmokrator (849) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pityu (681) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (390) - 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.

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