BrewDog Clown King

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


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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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, hes 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 thats where the similarities with a normal clowns nose end - on Clown Kings nose youll 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, youll 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, youll 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:

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   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 Ive ever had, and It may not be the most balanced beer, but it doesnt need to be! An interesting brew, would recommend to those wanting some kick from their beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10371) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2016
Bottle: Deep golden to copper coloured, hazy,small - but stable - tanned foamy layer; moderate sweet-raisiny and malty (molasses?) nose with a tinge of wood/vanilla and sherry, hops in the background, but hardly detectable; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied, quite smooth; warming alcohol in the sweet fruity-malty and bitter finish. Very good, surely not too exciting...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Demens (356) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 1, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2016 0,33l bottle. Hazy copper/red colour with a quickly shrinking small tan head. Aroma: Oh my. Very intense. Raisin, honey, caramel with coffee notes but also has a strong matured cheese and a sourish fruity tone. Also has some serious rum/cognac caracteristics. Very complex and strong, Im impressed. Taste: Very sweet thick malty start (banana bread) with a light pleasent bitter (coffee) mouthfeel. Very spicey (vanilla, clove, black pepper) and has a real tasty and silky rum tone with nuts. Creamy texture. Full body with soft carbonation. Long, strong bitter finish. Amazingly complex maybe a bit messy from the dozens of caracters but than this should be the worst problem of mankind. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9612) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2016
(bottle, 33cl) Hazy, amber to brown colour with a short and tanned foamy layer. Sweet malty aroma with notes of dried and ripe fruits, such as raisins and dates, accompanied by hints of caramel and alcohol. Moderately sweet and mildly bitter flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Delicately sugary dark malty start with present notes of dried fruits, slightly vinous taste with spicy notes and herbal hops in the background; sweet-bitter, mildly vinous fruity finish with warming alcoholic notes. 16.XI.16

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Korcz (2315) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (7185) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle. Dry soy, spice aroma. Ruddy brown, no head. Sweet, roast sugary, soy, Selery salt. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ritzn (986) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
Hazy dark amber with amost no head. Aroma is cedar wood, dark fruits, some wheat, caramel. Taste is intense bitterness, with intense syrup sweetness. Too heavy for me. Oily and heavy. Low carbonation. Phew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1830) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 16, 2016
Hazy amber reddish color with almost no head. Aroma has mostly dried fruits like dates and raisins. Taste starts sweet, sugary, with caramel and dried fruits. Earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Slightly boozy for my taste but overall its quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jfb (5994) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
(bottle) hazy deep amber colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of brown sugar and cherry juice, with a hint of caramel, some soy sauce and baked apples. flavour is mostly caramel, brown sugar and treacle, heavily sweet, with a light touch of roasted malts and a medium-bitter ethanolic finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoddamnNoise (93) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - OCT 27, 2016
Aroma: not very intense. Caramel, malts, hints of honey, dried fruits, raisins, alcohol. Appearance: deep amber color, very hazy. Thin beige head with low retention. No Brussels lacing. Taste: medium sweetness, low bitterness, no sourness. Palate: full body, oily-to-creamy sticky texture, low carbonation, very long warming semi-sweet finish of malts, caramel, raisins, dried fruits, with overtones of wood, alcohol. Overall: good appearance, not very intense aromas but a lot of complex flavor here. Very hazy and dense. Strong beer. This is my first Barley Wine, so im in shock right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2016
- rtliche Farbe mit geringer Schaumbildung - Geruch nach Erdbeer- / Pflaumenmarmalade - Kohlensure zum Typus passend dosiert - entsprechend dem Alkohol ein sehr schwerer Krper - geschmacklich hat es teilweise mehr Nhe 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

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