timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottled 1/2012 poured into snifter. Pours black with a slight tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a cap. Dark brown around the edges in the light. The aroma is pretty smokey with roasted malts and a fairly heavy scent of booze. The smoke and alcohol makes it hard for me to pick up much else. The taste offers more with a chocolate malt flavor with caramel and a fair amount of hop bitterness and some dark fruit. The mouth feel is fairly smooth with a medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall a decent imperial stout although not as good as some others Iíve had recently. The flavors are there but they could be balanced better and the alcohol heat masks some of the other flavors, not as complimentary as it is with some others.
ajnepple (1034) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Black appearance with a lasting tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earthy bitter hops, light spices, molasses, licorice and alcohol. Full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty complex, a nice sipper.
Temptation (164) - - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color, brown and compact head, shortlasting, almost no head. Aromas to roasted coffee, burnt malts, liquor, hints of liquorice and maybe toffee. Exquisite, and overwhelming, mouthfeel, supported by a creamy, sometimes velvety, texture: notes to coffee, vanilla, liquorice, spices and some caramel. Very complex, deep, huge. An amazing and impressive imperial stout.
dbhenry (51) - El Paso, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very complex stout, this deep brown ale has a good, thick head, with plenty of staying power. The taste is intense, with strong malt flavors and equally strong hops. Balance is good, but the main thing is the strong, complex malt flavors. A good ale.
Dan269605 (135) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black pour with about a finger of brown head. Really interesting aroma on this one, missing the huge coffee and dark chocolate common with a typical RIS. I get a lot of dark fruit, cherries, dates, plums, some brown sugar, toffee, a little coffee and semi-sweet chocolate as well. Taste is slight bitterness (like chocolate) up front, then the dark fruit takes over, followed by toffee. It finishes with a slight presence of hops. The alcohol is definitely prevalent up thatís to be expected at 12.5. Itís not over the top though. This is really different than what I would expect from a RIS, while Iím missing the the huge roasted notes, Iím getting the big dark fruit. It almost reminds me of a really big baltic porter. Iím curious to see this with a few years of age on it. Whatever is going on, I have to say Iím digging it and itís another great release from Clown Shoes.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: August 10, í12. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Spiegeau tulip.
A: Chocolate front with a heavy roasted coffee and malt aromas. Booze aroma also detected.
A: Pours pitch black with two-fingers of tan head that recedes slowly to a thin film atop the beer. Excellent retention.
T: Follows the nose closely with strong flavors of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and some dark fruit notes, with some mild hoppiness on the back-end and a hint of smokey-sweet dark milk chocolate, espresso beans, malts and a hint of booze. Considerable spiciness as it warms.
P: Medium to heavy, rich but not overly so and perhaps a bit too carbonated.
O: To be honest, this has more of a American Black Ale taste than a RIS, but i like this CONSIDERABLY more than the Clown Shoes Black IPA.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 10 East -
Iím pretty sure this was my first shot at Clown Shoes. It was either this or the Chocolate Sombrero. The beer has a look that is pitch black, ruby edges when held up to the sun with a dark brown head. The aroma reminded me in some ways of SAís Triple Bock with notes of soy, tons of roasted malt, alcohol, subtle smokiness and a little black licorice. Medium sweetnes left on the palate, massive roasted notes with some molasses, soy sauce and dark dried fruits. Seriously decadent beer."
pfc514 (10) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a hint of dark red at the very bottom of the snifter when held up to the light. Tan head that dissipates to faint at the top and clings around the edges. Very roasty and toasty. Sweet start the evolves towards bitter malt around the end. Faint coffee? chocolate? Velvety mouthfeel. Good RIS for sure.
Tejas (823) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
All these imp stouts look the same and most taste the same. This one smelled great! There is roasty and there is burnt. This one is so burnt and smokey it's hard to choke it down.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
trevor211 (1240) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle (1.5 years old). Pours pitch black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is delicious. Dark roasted malts over very sweet molasses and chocolate, covering a faint note of citrus hops. Even with the age, this one is a little hot -- though at 12.5%, Iím not sure it could be anything else. A slightly lactic tang and a flavor that lasts forever.
BeerKurve (356) - - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a brown filmy head, good lacing and low carbonation. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, barley, and cocoa nibs. Flavor has strong chocolate, roasted malts, resiny hops and molasses. Body and carbonation both moderate with a slight thickness to the body. Tasty!