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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (678) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
22 oz bottle. Thanks Eric! The pour is more of a dark dark coppery color with a nice white head and no lacing to be found. The aroma is really sweet. There is a strong caramel malt presence and not a whole lot from the cognac barrel here. The flavor is a by more boozy but maintains that sweet dominance. The caramel and malts just meld pretty well and the finish is a bit hot. The mouth feel is a bit light with light carbonation and a decent, but really sweet lightly lingering aftertaste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JBPortland (876) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1941) - 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.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (2153) - 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 piña 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (12900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Thirstybird, thanks! Hazy amber color, tan head. Aroma of herbal spice and straw. Taste is peppermint, rosemary.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5004) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2014
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-764) Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy dark purple beer, aery beige head, unstable, dissipates quickly. Aroma: alcohol, sugary, apple sauce, yeasty, sour apples. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very sweet, sugary, caramel, lots of vanilla, ripe banana, alcohol. Aftertaste: sugary, vanilla, caramel, sweet, crème brûlée impressions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
VERY Ennglish...from the lack of hops, to the yeast, to the lighter than most American brews barrel character. I’ll admit to hoping the cognac would come through a little more, but it was still very pleasant. A good but not great carmelly toffee and vanilla and fruit barleywine. Best attribute was the lack of heat for such a strong beer, and the silky smooth body. Won’t be back at $16 a bottle, though. More cognac, please :)"

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (976) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a nice caramel and amber color. The aroma is a big barleywine, some hints of toffee. The taste is rather smooth. I don't get any of the cognac barrel at all though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle shared with Bruce and Dan. Aroma is wild. Cognac is definitely there, slight olive, caramel, toffee, and belgian chocolate. Pours brown with a small beige head. Taste is nice and nutty with toffee, malts, caramel, light chocolate, brandy, and graham cracker. Very nice English Barleywine. I was impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with a tan head. Aroma is brandy, malt, fruit, raisins, and brown sugar. Flavor is malt, caramel, brandy, fruit, and alcohol. Fairly heavy body, with a sweet finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2306) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted and caramel, moderate to heavy cooked orange, light dough and broth for the yeast, with toffee, faint anise and pepper. Head is small, frothy, creamy light tan with spotty lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy medium brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and light acidic, then finishes lightly bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium to full, oily, with a soft carbonation and moderately alcoholic finish. Excellent slow sipping Barley Wine with a huge malt backbone.


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