Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip glass...
Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.
Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. Iím picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.
Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.
Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.
Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!
Serving type: bottle
LearninBeer (308) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
OPIE788 (38) - - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
suprchunk (1794) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
darb85 (11) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great ipa. More like this keep me getting back to ipaís. Glad to see hop only credo is leaving us for better balance
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Abio (1479) - Waasland, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Boutip (4286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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, itís going to be satisfying.
DruncanVeasey (6604) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 22oz bottle brought home from CA- didnít 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.
probstblueribbon (2621) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.