branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cost from Total Wine in Upstate SC:
22oz Bottle: $5.99
Located on the label, just under the bar code. It reads, "Bottle On 10/11".
There is no need for an internet search or to send emails or phone calls to the brewery in order to have them translate the code in their own style of the Julian calendar (which Iíve noticed many breweries have their own variation of this).
I have to be honest. I had to pour the beer twice. The first time, I wasnít recording because I forgot to hit the record button. But the head took over like a bullet shooting out of a gun. Nearly 4 fingers of head.
But on the second try, there wasnít as much head formation. Only about 1 finger that dissipated quickly.
Black as night... except... I can see into the beer, just under the head and streaming bubbles are obvious.
Itís clearly filtered because I can see the bubbles clearly up to about an inch into the glass. But to be clear, I can only see into the beer only 1/2 a centimeter under the surface where the light shines through.
The head that formed was nice and creamy. While it dissipates, if I swirl the beer around, it forms a nice creamy layer. Itís a very appetizing look.
It is a beautiful beer.
Lots of roasty malts. It smells like a porter or stout. The smell of prunes and dates comes through, as well as some tobacco notes. It smells really good.
Iím getting a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice.
Iíve noticed this is a common problem with dark IPAís. No matter how many hops you put in, they are just very subdued by the dark malts.
That is my experience from tasting other black IPAís as well as my homebrew experience. I brewed a black IPA last year. 5 gal batch with 1.5lbs Chocolate, a few ounces of various crystals and 9 ounces of hops ranging from Magnum to Cascade with 3oz of Cascade to dry hop. And it ended up tasting very similar to Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet. It was one of the best beers Iíve ever brewed but it wasnít what I was going for.
Iím having the same problems tasting the hops as I did smelling them. Itís nice a hop spice, but I honestly couldnít tell you if itís piney or citrusy. Itís just a blended hop spice. Granted it definitely more prevalent than in the aroma.
Now, the Roasted Malts and the hops are well blended. One does not over power the other. Itís a perfect combination.
Iím not getting the prune/date/raisin taste that I got in the aroma. Itís there but itís not hitting you in the face like it was in the aroma.
Overall, itís really tasty.
Worth the Money:
At $5.99 for a 22oz bottle, that is a little steep. I, personally would price this at a maximum of $4.99, although Iíd like for it to be a little less. Iíve had Black IPAís that have been comparable to this that have cost less.
Will I buy another one? Yes. I probably will, but Iím going to look to see if I can find a lower price.
This beer has everything going for it. If youíre a dark beer lover; this is your beer. If youíre a hoppy IPA lover; this is your beer. Neither one completely takes over the character of this beer. Thereís a little bit of both. Itís really enjoyable.
If youíre looking for a dark beer, you can sit down and have one of these. If youíre looking for a hoppy beer, you can also sit down and have one of these.
This is really good. This is one of my favorite Black IPAís that Iíve ever tasted.
I gave this an íAí. This is a good Black IPA. Itís got the dark roasted malts. Itís got the hop aroma and flavor that you want from an IPA. Everything is blended nicely. Itís a very very tasty beer.
SVD (1001) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home, black beer, small head, aroma is citrus, roasted, nutty, cocoa. Taste is citrus, hint of choco, roasted, malts. Very nice.
anders37 (20000) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a slightly roasted malty citrus hoppy piney aroma. Roasted malty hoppy bitter caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.
rlgk (14695) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a rich and lasting offwhite/beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, citrus, cocoa, hoppy bitterness, citrus, hay, some floral notes. Roasted hoppy flavor, cocoa, chocolate, licorice, grassy, floral, fruity notes, pine, some spices. Quite nice complex beer.
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml. bottle. Purchased @ Willems & Zoon. Bottled on 04/08/2015 (USA notation). Pours very dark brown, small mocha. Nose is quite hoppy still, blue cheesy & pine, malt background is rather big, powdery roasted malts & cacao, instant chocolate milk sweetness. Taste is floral & bit herbal bitter with chocolate milk sweetness, cheap cacao puffs, powdery cacao, grass, a touch empty, chicory coffee, rather powdery herbal. A touch empty & powdery. Not heavily astonishing but quite solid all the same. Age might play some role here. Solid but not stellar which is how Clown Shoes has come across so far for me. I wonder what their price point is in the USA?
JEFE79 (5) - Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SEP 1, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma a madera y café tostado, espuma persistente, seca y algo alcohólica.
MrOrla (1020) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the park. Pours faded black with beige head. Aroma of licorice roast, slight hop, perfume. Taste is licorice roast, hop bitternes, pine, light choko. Fine balance, bitter finish.
odinstyr (621) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with moderate light head. Smells of spruce and roasty toasty bread. Taste is bitter and moderately sweet, coffee malts and floral spruce hops.
robtpeek (10) - - AUG 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like a IPA only with a dark color I like IPA so I like the beer thank you
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
iHateBeerz (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge chocolate roasted notes intertwined with citrus hop profile - everything a black IPA strives to be - not my favorite style at the end of the day but a spot on interpretation.
TorbenJensen (1314) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hoppy Feet is a very fragrant black IPA with nice firm and creamy light brown foam. The surprise a lot with its aroma, because it smells wildly from chocolate notes. Not like the classic dark chocolate as many beer smells of, but rather as good homemade brownie or chocolate cake. I could be forgiven for thinking that it was stout they had in the glass, but in the background lurks also a bittersweet discrete citrus aromas, and then you know that waiting an exciting IPA. The taste is good and rich and long taste of both chocolate malt and hard roasted malt tones with good fruity balance going towards something apricot and passion fruit. Hop bitterness is gentle and citrusy, and keeps well in the background to the malt tones of. Then sneak Columbus and Amarillo hops (here I cheated and read hops types on label) slowly into the back of the tongue and fills the mouth with a long and pleasant hoppy taste, which stands in attractive relief to the IPAís malted impression. It is rare to experience an American IPA in good balance for most American IPAís used to be more hoppy aggresive. This is simply very good.