DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured into a mug. Bottled March 2011. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.
4.5 A: Clear (I think) dark brown color. Initially three fingers of creamy beige head. The first two fingers falls at an average pace, while the last finger sticks around for a long time. Good amount of irregular lacing as well.
4.0 S: Quite interesting. This is the second brew I’ve ever had that reminded me of unfermented wort (the other was Brooklyn Local 1), though obviously not as sweet. Specifically, it smells like a well hopped wort. Beyond that initial impression, I’m picking up a solid amount of nuts and toffee with caramel underneath. Pithy toastiness, if that makes sense. Raw, resiny hops. I think the wort smell works pretty well with the style.
2.5 T: Unfortunately, the wort element is also in the taste and it doesn’t work too well. My other gripe is that it’s a bit too bitter for my tastes. The positive is that the nuttiness returns in a big way with toffee and caramel playing second fiddle. A good amount of toastiness with earthy hop flavor.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Bitter aftertaste.
3.0 D: Definitely a big of a strange brew. Not necessarily bad, but I’d really have to be in the mood for that worty taste for me to want to drink that. I usually get my fill of that, however, from sampling homebrew at various stages in the process.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-05-2011 22:30:21
beerbaaron (1866) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unclear Brownish amber. Medium frothy off-white head, lasting with some lace. Malty, bready, caramel, nutty, rusty. Medium to light body, sweet, light citrus, nutty, little dry. Sorta tangy I guess.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt. Taste is caramel. Nice balance but nothing sticks out.
mcox90 (1816) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Julios Liquors. Pours dark brown with some garnet. Comes with a 2 finger off white frothy head. Aroma has a sweet side, caramel and toffee, and a bitter side, bakers chocolate with a hint of citrus hops. Flavor follows the aroma with the beginning quite malty and sweet with some hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is on the heavy side with a good amount of carbonation. This is a strong brown ale. It’s brown, sweet and powerful. Pam Grier where are you?
kevinator (1787) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent nutty malt and slightly hoppy aroma. Soft brown color with a medium head. Hoppier than most brown ales that was balanced by a roasted and nutty malt base. Good and nice to see them go off their standard beers.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep claret, burgundy, and ruby port hues – polished and beautiful. A generous khaki head fades very slowly, eventually settling into a creamy head with clumps of bubbles along the side. Patches of lace sticky to the sides of my glass.
Nose: roasted malt rules the roost. Melba and apple skins, plum skins. Sweet juicy dried raisins and prunes in the back. Sweet then dry. Essence of the orchard and the harvest from the grass to the trees to the bounty hanging heavy. Cacao dusted almonds and powdered Ghirardelli hot chocolate. Toasted marshmallows and campfire smoke.
Palate: soft and ethereal. Dry finish of melba, brittle twigs, and burnt wood. Cacao beans and raw unfettered almonds. Apple skins in the back along with plum skins – tannic, bitter. Dry chocolate finish. Toasted almonds, cacao powder, graham crackers, and burnt marshmallows. Of the season, Fall especially, with leaves of amber, gold, and orange.
Final Thoughts: personally, I have no problem with Clown Shoes beer bottle labels; I find them quirky, quaint, inspirational, and original. Equally, so too are their beers and since my first bottle last year in Massachusetts, Clown Shoes has remained on my beerdar. Thankfully, Total Wine carries their beers as part of their Brewery Direct line of special craft beers. I can, did, and will drink to that.
bluejacket74 (1723) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled 7/11. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There’s also a good amount of lacing. It smells like toasted malt, brown sugar, toffee, nuts and some citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like nuts, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some floral and citrusy hops. There’s a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with there being a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it’s a decent enough brew, a buddy of mine picked this up for me on a not so recent trip out of town so it was nice to try it. Hopefully next time I’ll have a fresher bottle.
Lunkie (1723) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop fruit chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown colour excellent head & lacing. Malt fruit chocolate malt flavour. Smooth lingering palate.
fombe89 (1715) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo 19/03/2016
Color marrón oscuro, sabor malta, notas caramelo, chocolate, cuerpo medio, muy rica.
ronaldtheriot (1687) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clown Shoes Brown Angel has a thick, soapy, cream-colored head, a hazy, standard brown appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of cream, deep-roasted barley malt, brown bread crust, and a slight maraschino cherry note. Taste is of all those things, with a notable alcohol pick-up and even stronger deep red cherry. Tea tannin shows itself, and a straight-forward bitterness is detected. Mouthfeel is heavy medium and somewhat slick, and Clown Shoes Brown Angel finishes wet, rich, a little boozy, interesting, and delicious. Overall, this is a must-buy beer! RJT