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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This is a BIG beer. We basically took the Hoppy Feet recipe and multiplied everything by 1.5. This created a wonderfully unique beer that has a deeper malt balance, bolder hop profile, and an extremely fresh aroma. When comparing to regular Hoppy Feet you will notice much sweeter malt notes mixed in with a more pronounced chocolate and dark fruit flavor. The malt flavors are balanced off with strong pine and citrus notes from the addition of A LOT of hops. This beer was actually dry-hopped not once but TWICE with each of the hop varieties (Columbus, Cascade, and Amarillo).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5664) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1345) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
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. There’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GatorGuy92 (28) - Valrico, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
have only had 1 other Clown Shoes beer before so I really don’t 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 it’s really a hoppy and refreshing black ale. nicely done! Good mouthfeel to boot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle pours a deep red to jet black with a medium tan head. Scent is roasty with pine. Taste is the same. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5813) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
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.

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