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RATINGS: 63   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5331) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2015
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Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, light apple, yeast, and cognac. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. The flavor with moderate-heavy toffee and buttery caramel. The finish has apple, light cognac, vanilla, and a touch of toast. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2434) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle from Blackwells. Nose is rich, toffee, dusty, light melanoidins. Pour is a reddish brown with an off white head. Not getting much barrel character. Taste is like a vanilla werthers candy. Slightly chewy. Some meaty character like a steak marinade. Taste is much better than aroma but still not getting the barrel beyond a light vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (932) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Big aromas of candied sugar, plums, raisins, prune juice, dark fruits, toffee, oak, sugared caramel, slight anise, sweet port wine and cognac sweetness. Appears a very dark shade of brown with a magenta tint, no foam and slight alcohol legs. Taste is big sweetness upfront with prominent plum/prune juice upfront followed by toffee, roasted barley, slick molasses, malt syrup, burnt liquid malt extract, raisins, apricots, oak, sweet dark fruits, subtle merlot notes and Belgian candi sugar (oddly enough). Finishes boozy and sweet with definite cognac liquor sweetness as well as some barrel wood. Overall, really nice one from Clown Shoes. The heavy English Barley Wine molasses-like maltiness is there while the cognac brings a big sweetness similar to port or Belgian candi sugar. A rating. Would buy again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2763) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours thick unclear dark amber with a smaller darker beige head. Aroma brings light sweet but spicy malts and a bit of smoke and dark fruit. Flavor brings sweet almost grapey malts then the cognac dark fruit and sweet barrel blend well and go down so smoothly with a bit of spice at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2185) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Hazy murky mahogany brown pour... Aroma of caramel, cognac barrel notes, dark fruits, plum... Flavor is caramel, toffee, plum, raisins, only mild notes of cognac, slight heat on palate... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1272) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours ruby. Taste is sweet with lots of brown sugar and oak. Tasty

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11904) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7083) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2403) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (681) - 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.


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