Mora2000 (5309) - 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 (2616) - 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.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark black pitch with burnt brown edges. Khaki tan head. Steady stream of bubbles lingers as mousse with bubble spots.
Nose: hoppy and roasty at the same time. Burnt twigs, cold spent coffee ground, and chocolate brittle in the back. Ash. Freshly ground un-adultered cacao beans.
Palate: bracingly burnt and bitter with ash and cacao beans. Brittle burnt hops in the middle. Burnt chocolate and more ash along the sides with burnt acridity tingling the cheeks. A bit of chocolate fondue in the breath. Black root and black licorice, burnt of course.
Final Thoughts: wowsers. Burnt, black, bitter, double, and delicious. Clown Shoes Beer should brew this beer more often and not just as a 1 Year Anniversary celebration beer.
jeremytoni (2891) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a quick finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, about 2 months out from bottling. The pour yields an extremely dark, charred mahogany colored body that is impenetrable at the center. A small but lasting head of smooth, mocha tinted foam leaves dense band of solid tapestry lace all around the glass. The nose is indeed quite hoppy, showing notes of resinous pine and semi-oily orange pith over a base of sweet blackened caramel, dark chocolate, and licorice. Thereís a little bit of roast, but the caramel really overpowers it. Flavors largely follow suit, hitting with a strong blast of piney, bitter hops, nodding also towards citrus. Bittersweet chocolate and darkly toasted caramel provide ample balance, showing a high concentration of residual sugar. Roast comes through on the lengthy, hoppy finish. The palate is huge, sticky, and syrupy, with low to moderate carbonation. In short, ton of malt....ton of hops....not alot of ingenuity or refinement. Huge beer.
GatorGuy92 (28) - Valrico, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
have only had 1 other Clown Shoes beer before so I really donít know what to expect from this beer.
Looks dark and has a nice head on it. Smells pretty hoppy and if what I just read is correct this was only brewed once??
This is a VERY hoppy beer with a nice dark finish. It appears to be dark and menacing, but itís really a hoppy and refreshing black ale. nicely done! Good mouthfeel to boot.
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a deep red to jet black with a medium tan head. Scent is roasty with pine. Taste is the same. Very nice
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Dark and mostly clear with a big funky kind of tan head. Some chocolate and lactose in the nose. Dark fruit, too. Big malt that is anise, chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Pine is fairly big and nice. This is tasty.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/black color with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts with lots of pine and citrus. Citrus and pine flavors up front with moderately sweet roasted malt finish. Medium body with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Their best brew Iíve had by a long shot. Excellent!
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 (10/30/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 Double Black India Pale Ale is a pitch black ale with a huge, lumpy, beige head. It looks like a bowl of coffee ice cream. The foam covers the glass in a solid sheet. Citrus and grass are shrouded in dry roast to make a big and bold, yet very well balanced aroma. There are notes of orange, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Itís full bodied, very smooth, soft and creamy. The finish is dry and it leaves the tongue stunned and the back of the teeth a little gritty. The flavor is huge and complex. Itís a bit sweet and grassy at first and then a strong bitterness rolls in along the lines of orange peel. Then itís dark roast coffee, a bump of dark caramel and then a baking chocolate finish that has a hint of juniper. This is pretty face melting. Even after 22 ounces, it continues to amaze and entertain. These guys make shockingly modern beer and I love it.
(9/7/2011) Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 1.5 is a cola black ale with a huge, foamy, turbanado sugar colored head that stays put and leaves fancy lacing all down the glass. It has an aroma of pine, lemon and burnt sugar. Tons of hop juiciness is detected. Itís full bodied and creamy on the tongue. The finish is pretty chewy and it leaves the mouth a little raw. This beer is jarringly bitter, raising my heart rate, quickening my breath, dropping my jaw. Nice. The bitterness has a big juniper quality. It is resiny, wooden, almost smokey. Thereís light sweetness and almost a hint of melanoids. Itís blurringly bitter, hot, boozy syrup. The blackness doesnít give a hint of coffee, but there may be a blackstrap flavor to this. This is not for the hoi polloi. It would kill them. This is a beer for you, Mister Beer Snob. Someone used some science to get a fluid that packed with this much flavor into your mouth and Iím impressed with that. These Clown Shoes guys are off the handle. This is a New England beer that will win a fight in a San Diego bar. I am humbled by this beer.