Archive for the ‘Clown Shoes’ Category

During my first trip out to Ohio, they had recently changed the ABV law and bars could now carry higher ABV beers. This resulted in even chain restaurants throwing on high ABV beers. Since I live in Jersey, this wasn’t a big deal for me, but everyone was going crazy for beers that we can get easily here. This beer is one that was created specifically for Ohio and due to the changes in laws in Ohio, they could finally put it on tap.


ABV: 12.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is only available in bombers, but I definitely had this one on tap.

Random: Watching people down full pints of beers over 10% was definitely interesting, although not recommended at all.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was strong with espresso and roasted malts. It had black licorice and smoke. Alcohol came through too. The taste started with bitter, black espresso. It went into black licorice and bourbon. Alcohol came through next with some wood ash and smoke. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with espresso and dark chocolate. I enjoyed this beer a lot, but if you get a glass of it, let it warm up for about five minutes before you start drinking it. It really helps to open up the aromas of the beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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

Val brought this beer home for me. I’ve never had pecan pie before, so I feel like I may have lost a frame of reference, but I have read some positive reviews of this beer lately. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each year we tweak our Pecan Pie Porter. For 2015, we added cold brewed coffee from Atomic Cafe in Beverly, MA. Smooth porter flavors with sweet roast and rich nutty notes resulted. Genghis Pecan, after attacking beer thieving turkeys for 3 years in a row, has now achieved ultimate victory. He reclines eating pie, sipping a cup of coffee under autumn leaves Genghis we salute your valiant Mongolian spirit!”

Random: I’ve recently begun enjoying pecans. I hated them as a kid.

The brew poured with a one finger, tan head. It went away relatively rapidly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with some carbonation that I could see despite how dark the beer was. The nose was really roasted with black coffee and dark chocolate. I didn’t get any of the “pie” aspect or pecans. The taste had a bit more depth with cold press coffee and pecans with a touch of sweetness. It had a thick body with low carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee. A bomber of this was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. This beer was alright, but I wanted some more pecans. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Clown Shoes that has seen some favorable reviews online. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 9%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Something’s happening, and it involves clown shoes and beer. Clown Shoes? Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant. Our submission didn’t crack the top 5. This burned me up inside. While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer. In no way did I expect to create a brand, figuring it would be one batch of beer for fun and then done. But folks are digging the brews and a group of us are having a great time. Clown Shoes has come to mean a lot to me on a lot of levels. Clowns are questionable but the shoes make me laugh. They remind me about humility and to find humor in life. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. We hope you enjoy the beers and this site.”

Random: I finally finished “American Horror Story: Hotel” and it was amazing. I think it was just as good as the first season.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow with some carbonation visible. The nose had notes of vanilla, cocoa powder and bready malt. There was a light orange note that was a bit odd. The taste had some vanilla, artificial coffee creamer and almonds. It also had a rather significant hop bite with grapefruit hops that distracted from the other flavors. The body was thick and the alcohol wasn’t noticeable, despite the high ABV. It had a long finish with cream and almonds. A bomber of this was $9, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed his beer, but it wasn’t the best beer of the style that I’ve ever had, but the price wasn’t bad. If you like cream ales, I think it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the things that I’m really down with is the fact that Clown Shoes releases New Jersey only beers. This is the second one they’ve released and it has one of my favorite hops, Sorachi Ace.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New Jersey Only. In outer space, no one can hear you scream. Unless that subsonic sound comes from our NJ/NY/PA agent Cousin Steve, who performs on a interstellar stage for his alien groupies. This IPA has lemon peel and a three part harmony of Sorachi Ace, Mosaic and Lemon Drop hops to create a cosmic concerto.”

Random: The label art on this bottle is really cool.

This brew poured with a three finger, off-white head that took a long time to dissipate. Spider web lacing was left on the sides of my IPA glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose presented with lemon peel and tropical fruits. There was grain that came through as well. The taste was of the more interesting from the style that I’ve had in awhile. I got lemonheads, lemon zest and then big tropical fruit notes. Some lemongrass was there as well, imparted from the Sorachi Ace hop. It had pine resin and orange as well. The booze was well-hidden. It had a moderately thick body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with lemonheads and lemongrass. The bomber set me back $6.99 ($.32 per ounce). I thought this beer was really interesting, although one was enough for me. If you see it on the shelves in Jersey, grab a bottle, since it’s not available anywhere else.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’m in the full throws of end of quarter. This is the time where sleep is at a premium for me and twelve-hour days are my short days. I have my countdown going until August 2nd. This week, I only have tomorrow off, which I guess is better than nothing. Let’s talk about happier things, like beer.


ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: This beer is only sold in New Jersey.

Random: I think it’s an interesting way for a brewery to open a new geographical market. They bring all of their beers and then make one specifically for the new state they’re offered in. I wonder if other breweries will start doing this.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head that was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass.
The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was spicy with rye and lots of dark chocolate. Some coffee was present as well. The taste had the same dark chocolate, but the spicy rye wasn’t as prominent, which I was looking forward to. It had some coffee and oak as well. The body was thin with light carbonation. I wanted the body to be a bit thicker. The alcohol was hot on this beer and hit the back of my throat. The finish was quick and dry with booze and dark chocolate. The bomber was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. There was a lot of local hype around this beer and after having it, I don’t quite understand why.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

So, I’ve been trying to go back in the blog and update with my Untappd ratings. It’s definitely a tedious process and I’ve only gotten to August of 2014. Maybe in the next couple of days I will make more progress. Onto this beer that I picked up and Canal’s. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 12.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed with a monstrous amount of malt and combined with aggressive American hops, this beer is powerful and complex and designed to age. Smokiness is subtle but present and blends nicely with the rich, dark flavors.”

Random: I just took another 3 bags of stuff out. Despite the fact that it was not a lot of stuff, the apartment is looking more bare.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on my Flying Dog glass. The body was a black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was really pungent. It had lots of roasted malt, peat smoke, cocoa, and dark chocolate. The taste was spot on for the style. Much like the nose, there was a lot of roasted malt and dark chocolate at first. Coffee came through as well with some smoke. At the end of the sip, there was dark molasses as well. The body is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warming. It had a long finish with dark chocolate and smoke. For $10.99 a bomber, this broke down to $.50 an ounce. For a really flavorful and solid stout, it was definitely worth it. If you see it around, grab one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0