Clown Shoes Amandine Exorcism

Posted: December 14, 2016 in American Double/Imperial Stout, Clown Shoes, Reviews

When I saw this beer on the menu, I wasn’t aware that it was barrel-aged Undead Party Crasher, which I had way back in 2014.


ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are starting to think Sunset Grill was built over an ancient burial ground or something. This time they were overrun with devious almonds which we quickly dispatched with great vengeance. They left behind some great bourbon barrels that we infused with Amandine almond liquor from Grand Ten Distillery in Boston. We then aged our imperial stout Undead Party Crasher in these barrels. Their loss, your gain.”

Random: Despite my love for almonds, I hate almond extract.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was filled with toasted and roasted malt, smoke and shaved dark chocolate. I didn’t pick up a lot of bourbon, although there was a hint of vanilla on the nose. The taste had almond extract that was quite strong and a bit off-putting. There was a generous amount of hickory smoke and roasted malt. There was also dark chocolate truffle with cocoa. After that, oak and booze came through, and it was a lot of booze. It had an overly thin body for the style with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with oak and smoke. I wanted to like this beer, but the almond extract flavor was too much and I can’t say that the beer really benefitted from being in the barrel. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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