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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (362) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
The aroma is hops - grass/floral. Pours black with light brown frothy head mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium light, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter and long. A very good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OPIE788 (313) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured black with no head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit like prunes and some bitter coffee. Taste also had some bitter coffee with hop and a slight sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2092) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Dark, dark brown - bordering on black. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Malty aroma with citrus and pine notes. Hoppy flavor with some malt in the back. Notes of sugar and plums. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darb85 (46) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Great ipa. More like this keep me getting back to ipa’s. Glad to see hop only credo is leaving us for better balance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (3938) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Black pour with a thin foamy laceful beige head. Nose is wonderful with aromas of roasted coffee and slightly bitter black malt, and a touch of pine. Taste is a bit more piney and floral with those bitter hops taking the lead, balanced by an earthy cocoa and black roast malt backbone, and a wee touch of coffee. Finishes a little piney bitter. Not aggressive and nicely balanced and complex. Bitter where it needs to be, with appropriate roast and black sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1551) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
Pitch black in the glass. A good sized head. That maybe should hold some longer, but OK. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A bit simple. Long earthy dry bitterness at the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with medium retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of bitter roasted malt with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter roasted malt with quit a powerful dry hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this was a bit too dry IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Starkly coniferous, this Imperial Black IPA also possesses fruity angles which expand into floral spikes, as toasted bread crumbs ground moderate bitterness. Expressive, to say the least.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-The mouthfeel is rich yet soft.
-The hoppiness is brutal, but very flavorful and exactly as advertised.
-You have to be in the mood for intensity here, but when you are, it’s going to be satisfying.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 22oz bottle brought home from CA- didn’t realise BOE were selling it. Bugger. Pours very deep ruby appearing pitch under a generous beige collar. Aroma of carob and leathery dark chocolate cake, brownies, ginger cake and fruit loaf. Soapy floral hop with strawberry chew and tropical suggestions beneath well-roasted chocolate and bell pepper; orange liqueur, mildly tongue-numbing alcohol. Good beefy, almost doppelbock malts but the dry hops get drowned. Solid, stout-like and pretty easy to sink by the pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
probstblueribbon (2870) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
Bomber from Bieropholie, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a smallish mocha head. Aroma: Peppery, dank, grapefruit peel hops with some tropical fruit and peach notes, boozy with some dark-roasted malt character, a little molasses, licorice, dark treacle, a bit of pine, dark chocolate and cold, slightly acidic black coffee, inky, deep, rich and hoppy. Feet. Palate: Medium+ body, fine, somewhat relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Lots going on here, plenty of rich hop and malt notes, pine, resin, dank, slightly fruity hops, black strap molasses, licorice, dark chocolate and coffee malts, everything seems to be cranked up appropriately, dangerously drinkable for a 10% beer; sweet with big bitterness and a long, inky finish that seamlessly blends big hops with big, dark-roasted malts.

Huge and very well executed. Another success from Clown Shoes.

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