Clown Shoes Beer comes from the Mercury Brewing Company of Ipswich, Massachusetts. This is a 12.5% ABV English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels.
The beer pours a hazy dark brown. There
is a relatively short head of off-white to very light tan head. The
aroma is deep malt, roasted, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and
bourbon. The taste follows the aromas, hitting the same notes. The
beer drinks easy, mostly smooth, with a bit of a bite of carbonation
and alcohol at the end. The big malts actually mask the high ABV
quite well, but it is warming. This is a straightforward and
enjoyable BA barleywine.