smith4498 (3131) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Aromas of citrus and roasted malt. Roasted malt flavor with some grapefruit. Medium body with average carbonation. A bit of a letdown after enjoying the Hoppy Feet 1.5 so much.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.
sloth (2568) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized tan head with fair retention and lace. Almst black in color, ruby edging, decent clarity. Nose of light roast, pine and citrus. Body is lightly medium with a soft carbonation, little oily, resiny. Hoppy piney notes with a little roast and earthiness, citrus. Fairly dry finish, roast and a decent bite. Props to coldbrewky for the bomber.
bax (1203) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 11/09-2011) Low brown head, black color, roasted hoppy aroma, good bitterness with dry roasted taste. Balanced and smooth taste. Bottled 05/2011. New bottle label. The best Black India Pale Ale I have tasted yet!
beerfest5 (1197) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad bipa, just a little too bitter for me, not enough roasted malt character to balance the grapfuit. Decent, not extraordinary
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 (2072) - 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 (3891) - 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.