belandzio (20) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On ne se trompe pas avec Clown Shoes! Cette noire amère nous ravie par ses arômes de café, son joli col et l’amertume inhabituelle de ce genre de bière. Un autre mariage intéressant et réussi entre une IPA et un autre type de bière (voir et goûter la IPA belge).
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for this.
4.5 A: As with other Clown Shoes, this one has a good bit too much carbonation. Took several pours to get a full glass. Black in color. Three fingers of creamy/pillowy light brown head with very good retention and a good bit of lacing.
4.0 S: Piney hops foremost with grapefruit, earthiness, and a light citrusy component. Almost nearly as strong is a dry roastiness with slight touches of caramel and chocolate. Quite pleasant.
3.0 T: Hop bitterness combined with roasty bitterness is a bit overwhelming. Lots of pine, earth, and grapefruit with lesser amounts of of orange and nondescript fruitiness. Unfortunately, as with most black IPAs, the hop flavors clash with the roastiness. Again light caramel.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than I’d like. Not nearly as creamy as I’d like with an ashy aftertaste.
3.0 D: I was really looking forward to this one after having the 1.5 version (which was the only black IPA that I can say I’ve loved) at a tasting. This is more along the lines of a typical black IPA, where nothing works well with anything else.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-15-2011 19:47:50
rougeau13 (2056) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black with nice, pillowy tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of pine, chocolate, toast, and citrus. The taste is malt heavy, chocolate, coffee and roasted, with a nice compliment of piney and coffee-like bitterness. Medium-full bodied, a bit dry, and a bit creamy. Good stuff.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, black colored brew. Roasted malts and grassy hops in the aroma. Flavor has a good amount of sweet, roasted malts, some hops in the back, nice body.
Cavie (3880) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brownish color with a tan head. Aroma is roasty malts, dark chocolate and soapy notes. Nice sweet hops. Candy notes. Flavor is dry, bitter notes, roasty flavors. Hoppy notes and chocolate. Nice.
beerbill (3562) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours just about black with a fairly dense, frothy light brown head the lasted until the very end and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt along with some notes of pine. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, pine and grapefruit. Moderate-strong bitterness at the finish is grapefruit pith and lingers briefly beyond the swallow. Medium bodied.
SPDickerman (1001) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012 Pours pitch black with small tan head. Smells a bit piney, very malty. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and good bitter hops. Medium to full bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black IPA finishes with a touch of roasted, chocolate dryness and a touch bitter.
brokensail (11839) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The beer pours black with a rocky tan head head and some nice lacing:
S: the nose is mostly just roasted malts with Some piney and herbal hop notes. There’s a bit of citrus peel aroma and a mild tropical fruit character.
T: The flavor is quite bitter from the combination of roasted malt and piney hops. Decently herbal with some citrus peel flavors, too. Slightly chalky with hints of fruits.
M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
O: Too much roasted malt without enough hop flavor or aroma to it.
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by sloth... Brown pour, decent head. Nose of some slight chocolate, roasted malts with a piney undertone. Taste is close to the nose. Intially you taste the roasted malts, light chocolate... then a nice hoppy (pine) taste comes through... Medium body, a little ashy and dry. Overall. Decent Black IPA... Thanks bert for the beer!
fidelis83 (2045) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a 2 finger, chunky tan head that has great retention and leaves nice chunky sheets of lacing.. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, maybe a touch of tropical fruit cocktail, chocolate, roast, nuts and burnt sugar. Flavor is roast, roasted nuts, chocolate, medium roast coffee beans, citrus, booziness, pine and a burnt sugar, char, bitter hops and pine finish. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry and has a boozy slickness to the somewhat drying finish. Really too boozy for 7% and the hop and malt profiles clash a bit. Still, not bad overall, and it looks damn pretty.