SPDickerman (825) - Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with ruby edges and a small tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate with hints pine and grapefruit. Taste is extreme following the nose, lots of chocolate and grapefruit and pine. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black IPA finishes with some lingering bitter dryness.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of pine, roast, floral hops, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of pine, roast, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Overall alcohol content well hidden.
DrnkMcDermott (2715) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber from Binnyís, April 2011. Unless I missed in my check, this is currently the strongest Black IPA made, no? Unless there are beers filed under Double IPA. This does smell of warming alcohol, unfortunately not enough to break up the stuffy nose Iíve got. Solid black body, slightly foamy stout-colored head. I let my regular Hoppy Feet sit too long, but letís see what a year does to this one: Taste is in the Impy stout territory, still a lot of roastiness in the malts, which Iíd hoped would smooth a little bit by now. Still a lot of piney hop resin banging away on my taste buds. Roastiness does dwindle away once the stuff coats my innards, making it a roughhouse of a beer, but a welcome nightcap.
callmemickey (1837) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Deep black-brown body, medium sized khaki head, good coverage of lacing.
S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a fair bit of pine and resinous hops.
T: Similar to the nose in that the roasted malts and chocolate are quite prominent. Lots of resinous and piney hops.
M: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, strong bitter finish.
O: Despite being more hoppy than the base Hoppy Feet, 1.5 is a bit more restrained in terms of overall bitterness. The result is a bit more enjoyable.
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle
When trying a new brewery why not go big? Instead of starting with the regular Hoppy Feet I picked up a bottle of its big brother. I donít know if this is a one off or a seasonal; either way should it be brewed again get a fresh bottle and enjoy a fantastic big release.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep oily black fluid pours a bit like stale oil. Rich mocha head is almost the color of an imperial stout. Black coffee, resin, and licorice prove this means business. I will have to try the regular Hoppy Feet to see if it really doubles down everything but the profile is very heavy and intense.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, anise, and maple chew at the palate. Coating the senses the depth is there from the start. Big but balanced this does suffer the lopsided flaws of some beers that just amp up ingredients for the sake of it. If this is an average beer for Clown Shoes I look forward to the two or three others that are in the cellar.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Smithís and Caponeís. Pours very dark black, with very little light through and a 2-finger tan head. Nose is big roasty choc and black patent malts, resiny piney hops, like Alpha Klaus on steroids. Tastes hugely hoppy, with a huge malt bill to match and complement the hops. Very well hidden alcohol in this, and the palate is quite smooth for a beer this big. Yet another winner from Clown Shoes via Ipswich, and if you rate this low, Iím gonna stick a size 13EEE clown shoe up yo ass.
alobar (2503) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and hop ending. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and hops flavor with creamy mouthfeel and hint of alcohol.
fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar, sweet and bitter citrus notes, some spiciness, slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies and a little molasses. Flavor is big, bitter roast up front, lots of nice nutty, toasty flavors hang on for a secong then a rush of mocha, booze, earthy grain, spice; bitter citrus, pine and even a little tropical fruit to the finish. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied (at 11%abv the alcohol warmth seems strange without much heft to back it up), slick on entry, borderline astringent to finish and has a moderate, sharp carbonation. Not bad overall, the hot booziness, relatively light body and bitter, lingering burnt roast donít do it any favors.
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big tan head some nice retention nice lacing, opaque black body... Aroma is more malty than hoppy lots of chocolate and caramel with some notes of pine... Nice flavor of piney hops then chocolate caramel roast finishing with burnt caramel coffee... Full body, fairly warming fairly lively lingers dry...
ReggieDunlap (2772) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown/black with a medium tan head...nice lacing. Aroma has chocolate and nuttiness, some caramel and dark fruit...bit of piney hops. Flavor has dark bitter chocolate, some burnt notes, nuttiness, and bitter, piney hops...not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Mouthfeel is medium/full with a lingering burnt finish.