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.
Speko (109) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 12oz. Pours dark brown with off white head, good lacing. Aroma of fruits, grapefruit, citrus (oranges), roasted malts, hint of flowers. Sweet taste with notes of sweet fruits, hops and grapefruit. Some bitterness with notes of pine in the aftertaste. Medium body and average carbonation.
tfontana (477) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into tulip glass from Greg & Janeís Beer and Wine. Aroma is roasted malts with hint of anise, chocolate and pine. Appearance is virtually black but dark ruby red with light source directly behind, finger width creamy beige head with no sparkle and mild lacing. Taste is balance of sweet and bitter roasted malts with light chocolate and hint of anise and pine as in aroma. Palate is medium bodied with light, thin texture, lively carbonation and pleasant roasted bitter finish. Overall, more on the roasted, malty side than a true balance between the sweet malts and the bitter hops. The contribution of the hops is more for bitterness than flavor. Could be a little thicker.
jesperhammer (3926) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
30-MAR-2016, bottle @home, from Meny.
Dark brown with a high off-white head.
Aroma is roast and hops with a clear smoked note as well. Meaty, peated.
Taste the same. As it warms or perhaps as I get used to it - the smoke becomes more faint and the malt more obvious. Chocolate. But still also the pine and grape fruit. A tad over carbonated. Smooth, bitter. Very nice.
commonmac (902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle picked up at Central Ave Liquors for the opening weekend of March Madness. Consumed with commonshawn. Black in color with a healthy amount of tannish head. Aroma includes plenty of roasted malt notes, a little chocolate, and some citrus hoppyness. Taste has initial peat like elements but gives way to a nice bitter, dark chocolate quality that leads the drinker into a pleasant, lingering finish. There is also a fruity note like grapefruit or peach. Slightly ash towards the end but nothing that overwhelms the palette. There is a definite bite influencing the mouthfeel...seems to avoid drifting into silky, smooth territory. Itís a good rendition of a black IPA and one I would direct the uninitiated towards. My feet are tapping to the beat of this Clown Shoes effort.
ansalon (2453) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a satin black with a large foamy tan head that quickly settles to low. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, peach, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is a happy (hoppy?) medium between fruitiness and roasted chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is medium boided with quite a substantial carbonaition. Good stuff!
martin00sr (2136) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black with thick beige head. Mild roasted aroma with light licorice notes. Roasted malt and sweet licorice flavour, good hoppy bitterness to balance. Nice.
McWorta (1289) - LUXEMBOURG - MAR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahagony dark brown with a frothy light tan lasting head, good lacings. Aromas of chocolate-nut cookies, herbal, floral, peppery, piney light fruity, orange zesty and grassy notes develop. Very fine carbonation light slick with a light-medium body. Roast chocolate/coffee sweetnesswith clear light floral fruity rather herbal hop bitterness. Roast malt finish.
ebone1988 (964) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 11/6/2014. Damn Merchants. Aroma is all malt, as most old IPAs smell, earthy hops, not much else. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head. Taste is roasted malt, earthy hops, actually isnít all that bad. Deep rich flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body, crisp carbonation, lots of roast in the aftertaste. Overall, for a beer thatís old as fuck, this one is pretty good. Iíd like this fresh as I imagine itís really good.
Werckmeister (1831) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,33l bottle at home from trade with Zakoon, big thanks. No obvious BB date. almost black color, medium big tan head. good lacing. smells of citric notes, some licorice, some parfume, light spices, cloves, hints of vanilla, bitter chocolate, nuts. decent smell. full body, medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of resin, some licorice, grass, coffee, hints of grapefruit. finishes lightly roasty with notes of licorice and light resin notes. decent stuff, quite a lot of carbonation though which probably rather improves the beer, overall limited flavours but possibly my bottle is also not so fresh.
nybol (1064) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2016
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En rigtig god IPA, den har noter af frisk humle, og har en lille smag af brśndt malt i eftersmagen.