WLG423 (199) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty aromas of coffee and nuts complemented by citrus and pine. Full body with lots of toasty, earthy notes and citrus and pine bitterness that finished out the beer quite nicely. Overall very enjoyable. I’ll definitely be looking for more beers from Clown Shoes.
undsioux7 (763) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of citrus hops and a touch of burnt malt. Taste is pretty much the same. The combination works well, but if just feels like its missing something that takes the flavors to the next level.
mrhoppy (861) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from K&L. Big grain bill. Really comes through in the taste. Very raw flavor. Big burnt bitter coffee with a chocolate finish. Huge hops and virtually no sweetness.
NikkTwist (880) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Nearly pitch black pour. Light foamy head. Very dark roast coffee. Liquorice. Black pepper. Vinyl. Shoe polish. Chocolate nibs. Strong, dark and hoppy. Over the top.
Thisis12ptfont (621) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, candy and hoppy pine on the nose. Blackish color with an tan foam. Strong bitter hops upfront with an interesting coffee bean, creamy chocolate and nutty espresso backbone. Very malty and toffee-like flavor on the finish. Overall, noticable alcohol and bitterness with roast flavors.
gunnar (3579) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rincon De La Cerveza, Malaga. Pours dark brown with a huge frothy tanned head. Aroma is moderate roasted malts, piney hops and liquorice. Taste is light woody roast, dry and ashy hops,medium bodied. Lingering liquorice, dry and roasty.
That1Guy (1746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Opaque black with a light tan head. Fruity hops and chocolate roast in the aroma and flavor. Such a weird combination. Still not sold on black ipas. Light bodied with the citrus coming through better than the roast.
Beaver (1057) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/21/13. Pours dark brown with a big pillowy tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts and a little fruit with some piney hops.
The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts and a little fruit and coffee with a big bitter tarry finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a pretty good black IPA. A bit too much roast and tarry notes.
mikem409 (1132) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours black with khaki white head. pine and citrus eart aroma. taste is medium body bitter pine needle and sweet fruit
shrubber85 (5967) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pine, grapefruit peel, and toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet toffee malt and strong bitter pine and grapefruit peel flavor. Tasty and very hoppy.
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with off white almost tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruits, coffee, biscuit, some slight tobacco ash, hints of grapefruit and slight pine. Taste is a mix of coffee, roast, caramel, toffee, slight earth, hints of grapefruit. Pretty tasty, but the ash is a bit distracting. Looking forward to the imperial version next, hopefully the ash is gone.