LinusStick (2855) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not usually a fan of this style but this was a very good beer. Aroma was big and hoppy. Strong mix of citrus, grapefruit hops and a slight roasted malt note. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a thin near tan ring for a head. Taste was very deceptive. This does not taste like an 11% beer. Full of flavor. Strong grapefruit and piney hops from start to finish with a subtle hint of roasted malt weaving in and out. A little chocolate comes out as it warms but doesn’t distract from the heavy bitter hop flavor. Finish is extremely bitter and hoppy. Strong carbonation. Great beer
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nice black color with a tan head. Aroma is of floral and grapefuity hoppy notes, along with stouty flavors underneath of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is again fairly hoppy with floral, grapefruit and orange flavors, along with cocoa, roasted malt, coffee and liqourice. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a pretty nice Black IPA, but I would love to have tried it fresher.
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Queen Vic. Pours a dark brown with a medium beige head leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a Floral hop and roast. Thin mouthfeel with a rich malt and strong hop bite and nice lingering bitter finish. Hides the alcohol very well, a very good black IPA from Clown Shoes.
Tmoney99 (10680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Firm lasting head. Red berries, licorice and oily hops in the aroma. Full bodied. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with roast, red berries and licorice. Malty sweetish. Very tasty brew with some warming alcohol.
rougeau13 (2003) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a puffy, nicely lacing, tan head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, toast and citrus. The taste is more malt heavy than the aroma suggests. Full of chocolate and coffee flavors with a decent bitterness. Medium-full bodied, smoothly carbonated and moderately dry, with really well hidden alcohol. Nice.
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz, bottled 8/11) Pours an opaque black body with medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and toasted bread. Aroma of roasted grain, chocolate, pine, charred toast, and grapefruit with a dry, lingering bitter finish. Good beer, but I would finish the night with one of these as this is a palate wrecker.
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. Aroma strong of citrusy hops, roasted malts with a little smokiness, some caramel, and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor an incredible blend of all of these. Thicker texture. A really good beer.
Sammer (1042) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, smokey and lots of hops. A bit of leather and soy sauce. Complex and very good.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear dark brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is doughy toasted malt and floral hops. Flavor is lightly roasted malt with hints of chocolate and floral and pine hops. The roasted maltreally lingers in the finish along with a good bit of bitterness. Medium to full body. A nice beer.