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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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There are 1011 Billionaires on planet Earth as of this writing. We guess that most of you, like all of us here at Clown Shoes, aren’t even close to being on that list and yet dream every now and then, billionaire dreams. Our fourth anniversary beer was crafted to make you feel wealthy: a sweet, rich and heavily malted Barley Wine Ale brewed with English yeast then aged in European Cognac barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours ruby. Taste is sweet with lots of brown sugar and oak. Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11510) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy darkish brown with a transient tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, raisins, and maybe brandy. Med + body. Flavor is brandy, brown sugar, raisin and oak. It’s extremely delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Irits.ours murky amber with almost no head and a fruit and cognac aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a brandy finish. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2169) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle. Murky brown pour with very little head. Aroma has tons of dark fruit and pineapple. Figs, black cherries, pineapple, plum, raisins, maple, caramel, and fruit bread. Moderate to strong sweetness. Brown sugar, dark fruit, tropical fruit, toffee, and cognac. Gets a touch cough syrupy when it warms. Medium to full body. Overall, loved the aroma but it’s a tad too sweet and it has that cough syrup finish. Still enjoyable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (566) - Ząbki, POLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Barwa: głęboko miedziana, czerwona, nieklarowna. Piana zabarwiona (biało- żółta), drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowana i niezbyt trwała. Aromat: zdecydowanie słodowy z chlebowo- karmelowym akcentem oraz wyraźną nutą alkoholową. Umiarkowana chmielowość (ziołowo- kwiatowa) oraz estry, które z czasem przybierają na sile i serwują nam aromat pomarańczowy. Do tego lekka nuta waniliowa świadcząca o leżakowaniu tego piwa w beczce. Smak: wyraźnie słodowy i słodki, z zaznaczoną goryczką, akcentem owocowym (jabłka, wiśnie) oraz zdecydowaną nutą alkoholową. Goryczka jest niewielka, delikatna z krótkim finiszem. Ogólnie pełne, z umiarkowanym wysyceniem, dosyć łagodne, choć z upływem czasu wzmaga się odczuwanie alkoholu, który rozgrzewa. Barley wine w stylu angielskim, leżakowane w beczkach po cognacu. Przyznam, że nie jestem wielkim fanem american barley wine, które wydają mi się zbyt podobn do IIPA, ale wersja angielska wydaje się z kolei zbyt nudna. Wpływ leżakowania w beczce jest w tym wypadku niewielki, choć miałem nadzieję na bardziej wyrazisty aromat i smak. Klarowność jest zbyt niska, natomiast pozostałe parametry całkiem w normie. Ogólnie przyzwoite piwo, jednak bez fajerwerków. Przywiezione z USA, raczej niedostępne w Polsce. Dzięki Marku.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is earthy malt, dark fruits, caramel. Medium mouthfeel with strong caramel, dark fruit, light booze, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EamonTheGreat (154) - USA - NOV 21, 2014
Great aroma. Very quintessential Barleywine. The cognac adds a smooth depth to the is already great style. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JBPortland (924) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2014
22oz bottle pours dark opaque earthy brown with medium head. Nose is earthy bready grain and dark fruit, not much spirit, subtle nose overall. Taste is slick sticky sweet dark multigrain bread, maple, caramel, touch of booze. Finish is sweet, stale maple, touch of plum, dark fruit. Eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1955) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark copper brown with a tight foamy khaki head that slowly settles. Aroma is sweet malts a little nutty with caramel some dark fruit like plum raisin. Taste is sweet sugars with raisin prune and burnt caramel subtle spice. Palate is full sticky and warming. Really having a tough time with finding the barrel in this, but it still taste pretty good and is a nice sipper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Exceedingly deep amber color with copper edges; light-tan foam leaves some sheety lacing behind. Aroma has lots of dark fruit with a slightly tropical edge to them. Rum? Yeah, rum. Boozy. Slight pińa colada vibe with a strong residual sweetness of toffee & unfermented sugars. Did I mention rum? Taste is so, so, so very sweet. Cloyingly so, even within the realm of barley wines. Toffee, anise, dates, some tropical rum notes. Heavy tannic back-end, lots of woodiness rushes in. Astringent finish, gets very boozy with warm. Hot, even. Super sweet, super hot. I would have thought for sure, this was rum barrel aged. Apparently it’s cognac. Dafuq. Either way, it was enjoyed after Alpine Great, so it stood no chance. Even on a fresh palate, this is a pretty poorly executed beer.

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