On the docket: 22 oz. Clown Shoes/Schmaltz Brewing Collaboration: Shoebelation
Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country stemmed snulip
S: A deep honey-brown body sporting crimson highlights. The head wells up in a mocha cap with good staying power (exact bottle date unknown, but on the fresher side). Lacing left behind is leggy and thorough. The head eventually resides into a small outer ring and an island in the center of the glass. Opaque, no bubbles observed.
A: Complex aroma of vanilla, caramel, coconut and molasses. Only a slight suggestion of piney hops. Malty and sweet.
T: Wow. Lots of moving parts here. Caramel candy sweetness, molasses, barrel contributions, hoppy bitterness on the end. The breweries picked Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, and aged the blended beer for 2 months (info courtesy of quick internet fact-finding). This is two different beers: Billionaire, Clown Shoes’ English Barleywine, and Jewbelation Eleven, Schmaltz’s American Strong Ale. I’ve tasted both separately, but long ago (and remember enjoying both).
F: Full, rich, decadent. Starts sweet but finishes with a lingering bitterness that makes you go back to the beginning with another sip.
O: Typically collaborations end up less than the sum of their parts, but I feel this one did pretty well. I’ll admit I’m a bit biased. It’s got “Shoe” in the name of the beer. Considering the amp and guitar on the label, is it really a coincidence they turned the abv up to 11(%)? They needed that extra push over the cliff.
Suggested food pairing: As an after-dinner drink, creamy bleu-cheese, beef stew, bread pudding