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, he’s 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 that’s where the similarities with a normal clown’s nose end - on Clown King’s nose you’ll 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, you’ll 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, you’ll 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (13354) - Bienne, - AUG 1, 2014
from Apothibière - hazy amber-orange beer with a modest foam left; lot of malts and oranges in the front, caramel and hints of alcohol; full-bodied, some solid sweetness with a fair bitterness tobalance it; sticky and pretty dry; long malty finish of Grand Marnier with more caramel and quince marmalade - solid and very good stuff

Hoppy_Luke (2107) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 27, 2017
Wypite przed kilkoma laty, nie jest już produkowane… Ocena przepisana z notatek.

Fules (1433) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - APR 23, 2017
Kicsi, gyorsan elillanó hab, barna szín. Gabonás, meggyes, szilvás, karamelles illat. Erős édes karamelles, gabonás ízekkel indít, majd meggyes, szilvás, szedres aromák emelkednek fel, lecsengéskor pirosgyümölcsös és kissé konyakos, kesernyés komponensek bukkannak elő. Nagyon testes, enyhén szénsavas és közepesen keserű. Intenzív és gazdag ízvilágú, jól összerakott, szuper sör.

Procent (706) - POLAND - APR 5, 2017
[Leżak 4 lata] W smaku bardzo słodko, multum karmelu i suszonych owoców, nieco miodu. Bogato i intensywnie. W smaku podobnie - intensywnie karmelowe, także suszone owoce, nieco kwaśności owocowej - jakby winogrona. Sporo ciała, goryczka max średnia, wszystko doskonale ułożone, ukryty alkohol, sporo ciała. Warto było trzymać!

pivnizub (10910) - Bochum, 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...

Demens (518) - 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, I’m 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.

MoritzF (10199) - 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

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle. Dry soy, spice aroma. Ruddy brown, no head. Sweet, roast sugary, soy, Selery salt. Meh.

Ritzn (1994) - 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.

ciocanelu (3112) - 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 it’s quite good.

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