Clown King

Rating: 4.05

This one is a another new Brewdog beer for early 2014 and a beer that I have seen in a few bottle shops since its release but refrained from purchasing as I already have several ‘big beers’ in the cellar to work my way through, including another Brewdog barleywine called Shipwrecker Circus brewed as a collaboration with Oskar Blues from Colorado. For these reasons I have not so much avoided this one but it wasn’t near the top of my to try list but seeing as I was in a Brewdog bar and it was on-tap it would have been rude not to give it a go. The beer was released around the middle of January 2014 and is labelled as a US style barleywine, coming in at 12% I’m expecting it to pack a punch into the bargain. I’ve had mixed luck when it comes to barelywines with the first I tried, Bitch Please proving to be fairly average and overly strong but since then I’ve tried quite a few good ones so hopefully this one can continue that trend.

Clown King

Appearance (5/5): A deep copper amber colour with a thin lacing on top for a head that was a beige colour and wasn’t too bad for the strength of the beer; there was some nice lacing too.
Aroma (8/10): This one was a really sweet beer with a lot of malts on the nose and some strong alcohol, although thankfully at least some of this was hidden. There was a good caramel aroma with strong, ripe fruits and lots of depth; this one was a greate smelling ‘big beer’.
Taste (7/10): Sweet malts and some alcohol initially, with a little spice, some darker fruits and a touch of spice. I could also detect some caramel and prunes backed with some sugar and a little pepper. The taste was rounded off with some sweet fruits that included some mango.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and very strong with a warming alcohol taste that came on top of a full, sweet body and fairly low carbonation.

Overall (15/20): This latest Brewdog offering turned out to be quite an enjoyable beer and definitely a strong one that had to be sipped at. There was a lot of depth in the beer with a good combination of big alcohol flavours, sweet fruits and caramel malts all blending well and complimenting one another. This one also proved fairly easy to drink which was a bit of a surprise given the huge abv. of the beer but it was definitely one that I enjoyed.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American Barleywine
Abv: 12.0%
Serving: Draught (1/3rd Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.00

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