Tasting: April 1, 2015
Beer #: 719
Garden State Rhapsody
Over the past few months, Massachusetts-based Clown Shoes has created a number of “state exclusive” stouts. Garden State Rhapsody is the exclusive release for my home state – New Jersey. Even though I missed seeing the initial wave, I came across a cache of eight bottles of Garden State Rhapsody at an out of the way beer store earlier today. I was happy to take three bottles home with me.
The label of Garden State Rhapsody describes this beer as a blend of twelve rye-aged barrels of Undead Party Crasher (89 points) blended with three rye-aged barrels of an experimental barley wine.
Garden State Rhapsody delivers wine must up front along with mild chocolate and some smokey, vanilla undertones. Opens up to reveal a very pronounced sweet influence of the barley wine. Really nice stout from Clown Shoes 92 points.
I’ll add my thoughts on the other Clown Shoes stout pictured – Hammer of the Holy – in a separate post.