tmoreau (3413) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bombers for "An Evening with Clown Shoes Beer" at Lunar Brewing Co.. Displayed a dark, black/brown hue, modest, cream & bubbles, light tan head that reduced rather quickly to a ring and film, but left some decent cling to the lacing. The aroma was baker’s chocolate roasty, potent pine and citrus hop notes, a little wood and smoke, a touch of creaminess, and an off scent that I could only describe as a combination of caramel, vanilla and earthiness. The flavor, although malt bountiful and full bodied, was lasting, aggressive hop bitterness that was on the astringent side to me, and hooked up with plenty of dryness to make up the finish. Warming, and followed the big hop and dryness theme for the evening, but I was more than happy with the regular Hoppy Feet.
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a frothy beige head. Floral, citrus and pine aroma.
The taste was roasted malts and a decent amount of hop and dry dark chocolate. A nice balanced dry finish. A solid beer.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a dusky, cocoa brown with a smooth, creamy, off-white head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is damn nice with loads of spicy, herbal hops, pine esters, grapefruit, and orange zest backed by dark, roasted malts, cocoa, and light toffee with hints of fresh licorice. flavor is wonderful with a great balance of bitter, earthy hops, orange zest, and pine esters backed by black coffee, roast, and baker’s chocolate with a subtle, nutty sweetness on the finish. palate is smooth, medium bodied, and has a lovely balance of bitterness, roast, and sweetness. overall, a damn good black ipa.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a nice tan head and some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, malts, earthy tones and some hops. Starts off with some sweet malts, almost fruity, chocolate, smoke and wood and finishes with a nice hop flavour and a little spice.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a rich dark black color with just a bit of brown mixed in and a big finger-plus of frothy brownish head. The head hangs around for a while leaving some nice lacing behind.
S - Aroma is full of a nice balance of roasted caramel malts and earthy hop aromas. There is also a bit of what seems like chocolate in the background.
T - Starts off heavy on the roasted caramel malts with only a bit of hop bitterness in the background. Through the middle, the earthy hop flavor grows and stronger roasted flavors come through as well. As the beer finishes, the hop and roasted flavors balance themselves out better and linger with a touch of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth and even a touch creamy. The roasted and bitter flavors create a nice dry feeling in the mouth.
D - Very drinkable. The flavors start out a bit all over the place and roasted heavy, but seem to strike a nicer balance at the end. That being said, the balance is nicer in the aroma and that is where the beer really shines.
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours dark brown to almost black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of floral hops, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Really nice flavor; smoky, chocolatey malts, floral and citrus hops, and a touch of roasted coffee on the end. The mouthfeel is perfectly creamy and adds just the right amount of heat. This is amongst the best Black IPAs I have tried.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had a couple of black IPA’s and im not sure what exactly is the ideal characteristics of this style. I see this got a mid-70’s rating for this style. If you happen to read this review, shoot me a message if you know why this isn’t topping the charts for style. As far as my opinion goes, I think this is delicious. I love malt and hoppy brews and when you blend them like this, I’m in hop heaven....or is it The maltboy mansion ( you know that place where beauties walk around bearing all their wonderful qualities while an old man with white hair and a nasty robe introduces you to malty beauties named Caramel, Burnt Sienna and Chocolate)....anyway, back to the point. This is nicely balanced. It pours amazing. The head is thick and creamy with super lush. Great Jarb you clowns.
Ernesto987 (5289) - Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Completely different the regular hoppy feet. this one is very malty, not very hoppy, roasted. Tasty but I would call it more of an American strong than a black ipa
Beerdedone (3156) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a rich black color with a tan head. Aroma was roasty and earthy with chocolate a touch of coffee and a hint of pine. Flavor is more malty than hoppy with roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, earth and subtle pine with a dry finish. Sampled at stateline thanks burt
sloth (2756) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head with fair retention and lace. Almost black in color, brown edging. nose is roast, faint chocolate and some lightly piney hoppyness. body is med/full, gentle carbonation, slick on the palate. More roast and chocolatey flavors than needed, hops are mildly spicey with the piney flavors being covered by the roasty darker malt flavors. Finish is nice, good bite and a alot of roast. Nice quaff, a bit roasty for me as a BIPA. Bomber procured @ Grape and Gourmet.