Martinus (4064) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark red beer, beige head. Malty aroma, quite sweet, generous hops, coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and ash. Sweet malty flavour, bitter hops, milk chocolate and mocha. Silky mouthfeel, Finish caramel and roasted malts.
Not your typical brown ale, but as it isn’t my favourite style, for me that isn’t a bad thing.
(From 75cL bottle @ ZZT3, Oirschot. Courtesy of Benzai)
abcfan (848) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent brew, but doesn’t quite "do it" for me. Pours brownish red with a nice eggshell colored head. Aroma is nutty and roasty. Taste is full of nutty and toffee notes with a bit of coffee. Finish is very sticky bitters.
fabel_beer (11) - eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
mooie bruine kleur met een mooie witte schuim smaakt lekker naar koffie chocolade en lekker romig van smaak
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big biege head block like dark misty red brown pour medium carbonation with aromas of rich caramel earthyness chocolate fruit hint of vanilla the flavours medium bitter sweet caramel rich chocolate citrus bitter finish main aftertaste strong bitter not much else seems unbalanced sweetness does not come through well
bth122 (1347) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle, Poured a brown copper color, full head. Small coffee flavor, hazelnut, caramel in the aroma. Light sweetness, Light bitter. Med body. Ave carbonation. Creamier Texture. Its got a good mouthfeel and taste of light cofee beans, hazelnut, caramal malt, with lingering floral hop. Pretty good stuff.
Benzai (10903) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle I brought @ ZZT III. Very nice red colored beer with a full sized ogg-white to beige head. Smell malts, dark malts, hops, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. After a while some ash and some sweetness comes up. Taste malts, hops, caramel, lightly coffee, chocolate. Very nice beer. Medium carbo, medium body.
DutchDrebus (4928) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thx to benzai@zzt3. Nice brown colour with a big off-white head. Smells hoppy, grapefruit, nice sweetness, some coffee. Tastes coffee, chocolade, hops, fruity, great! Great carbo, lasting taste. Great beer! Love it.
dnstone (2377) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice brown color . Roasty-hoppy in both aroma and taste, especially for a brown ale.
Countbeer (5501) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks Koen:
Big vast nutty brown head on top of an amberish dark brown colored beer.
Smell some hops, light roasted malts, some gass, hint of metal, dark fruits, light herby sweets and a hint of coffee.
Taste hops, toasted barleys, hoppy gass, herbs, sweet barleys, mocha, hint of coffee.
Herby bitter light roasty aftertaste.
Medium carbo, light tingly/spicy mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller body and a more creamy than watery texture.
Nice hoppy brown ale.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep claret, burgundy, and ruby port hues – polished and beautiful. A generous khaki head fades very slowly, eventually settling into a creamy head with clumps of bubbles along the side. Patches of lace sticky to the sides of my glass.
Nose: roasted malt rules the roost. Melba and apple skins, plum skins. Sweet juicy dried raisins and prunes in the back. Sweet then dry. Essence of the orchard and the harvest from the grass to the trees to the bounty hanging heavy. Cacao dusted almonds and powdered Ghirardelli hot chocolate. Toasted marshmallows and campfire smoke.
Palate: soft and ethereal. Dry finish of melba, brittle twigs, and burnt wood. Cacao beans and raw unfettered almonds. Apple skins in the back along with plum skins – tannic, bitter. Dry chocolate finish. Toasted almonds, cacao powder, graham crackers, and burnt marshmallows. Of the season, Fall especially, with leaves of amber, gold, and orange.
Final Thoughts: personally, I have no problem with Clown Shoes beer bottle labels; I find them quirky, quaint, inspirational, and original. Equally, so too are their beers and since my first bottle last year in Massachusetts, Clown Shoes has remained on my beerdar. Thankfully, Total Wine carries their beers as part of their Brewery Direct line of special craft beers. I can, did, and will drink to that.