mikem409 (1887) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes. Poured dark brown tan head. Nut and coco aroma. Taste was sweet and slight Booz. Medium bubbly body.
AWISLguy (1881) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Cardinal in Niles, shared with ck1. Pours dark brown with a root beer float huge tannish head. Aroma has grapes, chocolate and a bit of molasses and brown sugar. Taste is of sweet choco/caramel, licorice and molasses. Syrupy sweet. Finishes chocolatey sweet and somewhat short. Nice sweet dessert beer for a brown.
tmongoose (1786) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber shared. Not sure if bad bottle or not but with the aroma has some coffee and moderate hops. But I get some sourness in the aroma as well as in the flavor. I get the hops in the flavor and the creaminess as well. But this sourness is a bit to much. Big light brown head that last with some decent lacing. Medium bodied beer. Hoping this was just a bad bottle.
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.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malt. Taste is caramel. Nice balance but nothing sticks out.
Itzjerm (1769) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is definitly diferent... not like any other thing i’ve had brown or ale... Arome is astounding. Appearance is astounding... that is the end of the good. Taste is like a household cleaner. Palate is like a household cleaner. Overall... a nice smelly householdcleaner with a head.
Reading other reviews... was mine a bad batch sour? I dont know.. but gag.
Fatehunter (1751) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a finger and half of light tan head on a brown body.
The aroma is extra nutty, roasted and toasted malt and a touch of lemon.
The taste is a well rounded roasted malt and chocolate flavor. There’s some mild bitterness in the middle to balance it out.
The texture is smooth and soft.
It tends towards the sweeter side, but it’s really good.
Yorker (1749) - Herning, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours brown with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and citrus - with a bitter finish.
beerbaaron (1749) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unclear Brownish amber. Medium frothy off-white head, lasting with some lace. Malty, bready, caramel, nutty, rusty. Medium to light body, sweet, light citrus, nutty, little dry. Sorta tangy I guess.
mcox90 (1718) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Julios Liquors. Pours dark brown with some garnet. Comes with a 2 finger off white frothy head. Aroma has a sweet side, caramel and toffee, and a bitter side, bakers chocolate with a hint of citrus hops. Flavor follows the aroma with the beginning quite malty and sweet with some hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is on the heavy side with a good amount of carbonation. This is a strong brown ale. It’s brown, sweet and powerful. Pam Grier where are you?