Theis (14246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home - Tasting. Black - white head. Burned, coffee, high malty, nice hoppy, ok bitterness, chocolate, hard roasted, light berries, grape fruits, piney, nice pleasant.
Plovmand (6836) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Theis. Thanks. Pours black with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, citrus, light chocolate and liquorice. The flavour is hard roasted malt, liquorice, chocolate, pine and grapefruit.
rocbyter (1935) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet hop aroma with malt hints. Dark black color with a medium tan head. Light bitter beginning with a strong malt bitter finish. Light palate.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of lacing left behind.
Earthy hop aroma with hints of grass and pine countered by a roasted malt character. More malty than hoppy with hints of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toffee. Theres a floral hop presence but it’s a bit too malty with no citrus or sweetness and the hops are overpowered by the roasted notes.
Medium bodied with a nice bitter, dry hop presnce up front with hints of floral hops and earthy pine. Underneath there is a prominent roasted malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Slightly acrid but not overly bitter. Faint sweetness and subtle lactic cream but overall the bitterness from the hops compliments the roasted malt. A bit bitter, dry and earthy but not from the hops. Too malty to be an ipa and not enough complexity to be a hoppy dark beer.
bkurtz (955) - PERU - JUL 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a thin, dark brown with an off-white head. My first black IPA and there is a lot going on with the bitter hops and sweet malts combining in a good, but somewhat unbalanced way. I really enjoyed it.
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Pours a dark brown, almost black. Tan/Cream colored head that sticks around and hazes the glass. Not overly carbonated. Has a very grainy/coffee aroma, with a smooth bitter finish. One of my first Black IPAs. Will not be my last. I’m impressed.
Ibrew2or3 (7358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of my buddy Gillard. Pours deep mahogany with nice looking mocha head. The aroma has some citrus hoppiness all over the place with dark roasted malts, chocolate malts and spicy black licorice in the background. The taste is similar with a nice load of grapefruit hop flavor flowing quickly into bitter hops and then some chocolate and a thin layer of spicy black strap molasses. Yummy combination where there are murmurings of sweetness below the dark roasted malts and bitter hops are what seems to pull this together.
tmoreau (2820) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The other Clown Shoes beer that was offered on tap for their tasting event at Lunar Brewing Co.. Dispensed to a logo shaker with a black/brown hue, modest but creamy, light tan head foam, and clingy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was some cocoa roastiness, pungent hop presence with citrus and earthy expression, a touch of vanilla, and a sense of subtle creaminess. The flavor offered aggressive and lasting hop bitterness, maybe a little less than medium body, light creaminess to the mouthfeel, with an altogether bitter and dry finish. A decent representation of this new, popularized style.
sickboy79 (66) - USA - JUN 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
YUM!!! Black IPAs are something new to me. I’m a hop head, and I only tried my first black IPA a few months back. This is my second. YUM! Take the best of a great Porter and mix in some great foral/citrus hops of an IPA and you have the Hoppy Feet! Coffee like aroma with a floral finish. First sip reveals that dark coffee/chocolate taste of a Porter but, finishes with a strong hop note. A nice citrus like bite. I really like this beer, and what this brewer is offering. Two for two so far! Try it!
BeardBeerGuy (21) - stoughton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: bread, chocolate, coffee, roasty, resin,
Apperence: brown, black, hazy, minimal head,
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, water hops and barley can to easily be tasted as seperate ingridients. As if water was added after boil. ???
Palate: light body, thin feel, average carbonation, astringent,
Overall: Not a great beer. Not a good. i have had worse.