Up today is a locally available Texas-owned and Massachusetts brewed collaboration beer, the Pimp Imperial Brown from Brash Brewing and Clown Shoes. Brash Brewing (facebook - twitter) was created by the owner of Petrol Station with help from Clown Shoes (facebook - twitter) out of Massachusetts.
Both brewing companies are "gypsy breweries" meaning they contract brew at facilities they don't themselves own, but both put out some good beer. The funny thing though, is that because Ben also owns Petrol Station, he isn't allowed to distribute his beers in Texas. Their loss is our gain though, as Louisiana is the closest market to Houston and their beers are on our shelves!
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (Bite And Booze), James Lawson (Whiskeybomb.com), and Blake Winchell (Brasseurs A La Maison)
Serving: 22 ounce bottle.
Appearance: "Dark brown, nice lingering off-white head" was one sentiment and all appearance scores were 12/15 or better for this brew.
Aroma: Jay described this one as "roasted nuts, caramel, chocolate - like a snickers" while I wrote down "malty, roasted, slightly harsh & bitter" in giving it at 20/25 on the nose.
Taste: Unforunately the taste was "weaker than the aroma, a little out of balance bitter" and didn't live up to the expectations. We all scored it above average but the appearance and aroma were hitting top 25% where the taste was in the next quarter down.
Mouthfeel: "Nice texture, finishes bitter" was one comment and I agree. Still solid above average scores but falling short of elite.
Overall: We all enjoyed the brew, but as Blake said, "Was hoping for more. can't put my finger on what is lacking." I think the biggest problem was that the body of the beer didn't back up the strong 10% alcohol that it packed. A decent beer that fell short of being a really great beer.
Overall Rating: 72.5
My Rating: 70