rougeau13 (1951) - 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 (11933) - 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 (3749) - 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 (1025) - 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.
Johnsense (753) - - OCT 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split a bomber with a friend. Poured cola black with a BIG thich white head that laced the glass down to the bottom. Big blast of pine hops with grapefruit rinds in the background balanced with black coffee malt and bakers bitter chocolate. Taste of piney hops, black chocolate with a 1/2 tsp of brown sugar, coffee beans, burtn caramel - very inviting. Fairly creamy - only one notch below Lawson’s VBA on the black IPA ladder - if it wasn’t 10 bucks per bottle in Buffalo i’d buy cases.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a very small brown head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was charcoal, smoke, roasty malts, bitter floral hops and a touch of perfume. The flavor was dryish, moderately roasty and had notes of chocolate, smoke and vanilla. Very bitter fruity and floral hops and light coffee followed. The finish was long, dryish, roasty, smoky and hoppy. Medium body. Interesting.
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pours black with a thin tab head. The aromas are grapefruit, coffee, chocolate, pine. The mouthfeel is dry, bitter and roasty with a heavy body. Cheers!
Mora2000 (5530) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas.
The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is about what I expect from a Black IPA. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, with some strong pine coming through as well.
The flavor is more of the same. The bitter pine from the hops goes nicely with the the chocolate and strongly roasted malt. The bitterness is low to medium and the beer is easy to drink.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
tgncc (2742) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is bread, caramel, roast, alcohol, citrus. Definitely malt forward. The appearance is black of course, cream colored head. The flavor has the same malty backbone of caramel and bread, with some pine and citrus mixed in. Medium to medium/thick in body. The finish is pine, resin, long enduring. Excellent all around.