DocLock (7866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Capone’s, Frank Smith’s, and Craft Ale. Pours hazy mahogany with 3-finger tan head that laces well. Nose is intense earthy notes, hops, vienna malty, brown sugar, nuts. Tastes malty, nutty, with a bog mid-palate hop hit, and a complex and malty finish. This is a top notch brown ale, and the profile is more like an imperial nut brown ale.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours mostly black with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is a rich marriage of mocha, toasted nuts and praline. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is a bit harsh and biting with alcohol leading off, but it doesn’t entirely discredit the roasty, nutty, praline and caramel components. Finishes bittersweet with a kiss of buttery toffee. Clown Shoes’ big beers don’t drink with the very best of them, but they are a nice, affordable, intoxicating option.
ben4321 (3935) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012
Location: Bottle from Norm’s shared by jcos, 10/20/12
Aroma: This one has a nose of dark malts, roast, dark fruit, and some bread
Appearance: The pour is dark brown, with a beige head, and heavily spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly malty, roasty, a little nutty, and a little earthy hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has an average carbonation, some astringency, and a lightly dry finish
This one is a decent beer, it feels a bit muddled, but it is definitely decent. I would drink it again for sure, though I felt like it could have been a bit better.
jcos (1540) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle shared with Ben on October 20th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark black with white foamy head.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel malt, faint sweet.
Taste: Faint bitterness, caramel malt, faint roast, faint boozyness, maybe a little chocolate on the end.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste, faint booziness, a little fizz.
Summary: Pretty solid beer, and first beer I’ve had that Brash has contributed to. Solid beer, but nothing really exciting about it.
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bottled on 5/2012. Near pitch black, opaque, dark brown pour with a tall, foamy brown head. Aroma is burnt caramel, dark chocolate, chocolate covered nuts, and earthy hops. Taste is chocolate covered nuts, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate cake, and earthy hops. Body is medium-full with a strong, creamy carbonation and soft alcoholic warmth. Ends with more caramel, dark chocolate, chocolate brownies, alcohol, earthy hops and chocolate covered nuts. Tasty!
glennmastrange (2259) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of roasted, nutty, milk chocolate and strong coffee, light to moderate pine and resin for the hops, earth for the yeast, with notes of wood and charcoal. Head is average size, fizzy/frothy, beige with a few spots of lacing and is mostly diminshing. color is very dark mahogany. Flavor starts lightly to moderatelt sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a finish that is chalkt, moderately to heavily alcoholic and has a sticky and black coffee texture. A whoel bunch of malts jump out at the first whiff, then sharp hops follow, then...oof! a whole bunch of bitterness and alcohol.
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is pretty good. Plenty of hops, no nut flavor. Which is good. Tons of hops yet doesn’t seem like ten percent. A little sweet and creamy. Good stuff.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Creamy medium beige head atop cola-black body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, toffee, some roast, nut/salt. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some nut/salt, roast, toffee. Alcohol well concealed. Medium body, some stickiness.
pjames317 (75) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Stanziato’s in Danbury, CT. Mix between an imperial stout and a boozy brown ale. Has that distinctive English finish tht you’d expect to find I something like a Sammy smith nut brown ale. Sneakily a 10% brew. Went with pizza. Not an overpowering or overly heavy beer, as it’s caramel brown hue would suggest. Clown Shoes is legit.
nsquishee (599) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very solid, bold, yet smooth double brown. Very much like a hoppy imperial IPA but has more caramel/stout/porter flavors going on. Pretty much is a beer that you will love or hate. I think it is pretty good.