Benzai (10613) - 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 (4815) - 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 (2370) - 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 (5337) - 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.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours turbid mahogany with 2-finger khaki head that laces copiously. Nose is roasty vienna and munich malts, a nice nutty waft of walnut, pecan, and cacao, and big hops. Tastes very hoppy, piney, with a big vienna malt bill, nutty notes, brown sugar, walnut, and cacao. Complex and velvety palate, and finished bold with more hops and bitterness as it warms. This one is very good.
TheCametron (2116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nut brown with tan beige head. Nice hoppy flavour. A good ammount of malt sweetness. Chocolatey. Roast malt bitter finish. Quite good.
Ratman197 (11368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber 2011 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, ciutrus, light pine asnd light cardboard. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, nuts, light grapefruit and light cardboard with a smooth bitter lingering earthy finish. I’d like to try a fresh bottle, I can’t beleive Half Time sent me a year old bottle!
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
translucent brown color. with a bubbling head that fizzed out. aroma is brown sugar and rum raisin with some pine resin. Taste is a light chocolate and finishes some floral hop. great sharp carbonation.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler picked up at a whole food in Virginia. Aroma is pleasently malty with some light hop notes. Lots of good malt character. Flavor follows through with the promise. Malty but not overly sweet. Great hop balance. Really impressive brown ale.