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.
Hopptrician (4) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hopp aroma, not over the top, with hint of coffee and roast, only subtle though. Taste similar, nothing harsh or in your face. Just subtle. Nice beer.
Timyone (4) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was looking forward to this beer. It wasn't astounding cold, but as the bottle says, it gets good when it warns up. With a soft coffee after taste, this isn't a bad beer.
UkrainPubCrawler (57) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a very delicious black IPA. This is the most well-balanced black IPA I have had. Full of flavor with a perfect blend of Hops.
Crash_the_dog (95) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely gorgeous - looks like a freshly poured Coke. Nose had light citrus and a hoppiness that seems at odds with the appearance. Flavor much more in the IPA vein than the color would lead one to believe. Spectacular beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Gary_Gutful (128) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
AROMA: 6; APPEARANCE: 4; TASTE: 8; PALATE: 3; OVERALL: 12 =============================================
EithCubes (4568) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose light fruit/citrus and stronger pine, strong caramel with a little dust and earthy, roastier notes dotted with nuts. Very dark brown pour with a tight light brown head. Taste is dry and strongly bitter, strong choco with light nuts and medium-strong roast, but the latter just lasts and lasts, creamy-smooth with mocha and ashen tendencies, light tobacco. Medium pine and light grapefruit, some pith, good resinous character but otherwise not really a ton of oils or bite. Medium body is wonderfully creamy and silky, but at times a little watery. A balanced and clean offering something like a warm hug.
keanex (1223) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled January 6, 2014.
Appearance: Black IPA, hoppy stout, whatever. This looks great. The jet black body supports a rocky dense tan head which persists for a bit.
Aroma: Pine and earthy hops are noticed strongly, sort of a pine tar aroma. Hints of milky chocolate are there and a hint of roast. The aroma is very mild though.
Taste: The malt base is mild with hints of chocolate throughout and powdered bakers chocolate prominent on the finish. Overlying that is a prominent piney presence, never getting very bitter though. This is balanced nicely but everything is muted.
Palate: Full-bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.
Overall: For the price that Clown Shoes offers this at I find that itís hard to recommend this. The only reason I would consider it is due to the lack of black IPAs on the market, at least in the NJ area. Even so I would have an easier time recommending Victoryís Storm King for a similar, but bolder experience.
boozedude (1582) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from beer crazy shared wiyh Norris... pitch black pour with off white head..hoppy chocolate aroma, taste is similar, love it
bmsulliv (155) - - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really tasty malty black IPA. Bottle at mad dog. Z z. Z z z z. A z. S bdd
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bgb1991 (91) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big tan head, sandy lacing. Looks awesome! Big chocolate on the nose and some sick roasted noted. A bit watery palate, but a strong bitter finish. Not typically a fan of amarillo hops but this is ok unfortunately still has that metallic taste. Wish it had more body considering the big aromas. Decent beer.