BBB63 (6440) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sent to me by Shawn O Meter, thanks! Served in Bells tulip.
Pours a deep brown nearly black with some purple highlights topped by a creamy tan head that left good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy, resiny and acidic hops, char, roast, coffee, and chocolate malt character along with some metallic, medicinal and tea like vapours that does lessen the experience.
The taste is balanced mostly by roasted and sweet malts versus the resiny and herbal hops. Seems a but muddled and dumbed down however, does not POP. Then there is a strange ongoing mild acidity that does not fit, is that the orange peel? The finish is metallic, minerally and just weird. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, ashy and muddy. I must say I am disappointed in this beer for it never really does much to keep me interested and has some strange characteristics.
llcooldave (1163) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a soapy caramel cola colored head. Roasted malt aroma followed my some citrusy pine. Decent flavor balance of roasted malt, coffee, dark cocoa and piney, minty hops. Overall, for my first sampling of Clown Shoes, its a winner!
jkwood04 (4766) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a thick, lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and citrus hops. Not much else to the flavor, but it’s still good. Average texture. A decent black IPA.
joshmcg000 (370) - Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is all roast. Taste is roast, hops, slight citrus. A well balanced beer. Not overly complex. Very drinkable good stuff just doesnt really stand out.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared with MikeLovesBeer. Dark black pour with a thin creamy head. Aroma is mostly hoppy with faint hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is hops up front with a creamy malty finish.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas. Always a fan of Black IPAs and Clown Shoes brought three new ones into the state.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt with some strong pine notes from the hops.
The flavor has a strong resinous pine component that really cuts through the chocolate malt. The beer is very dry and the bitterness is a little higher than I expected it to be. The beer is fairly easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
AirForceHops (4501) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. $5.99. Black color in a shaker glass. Nose is light pine hops with mild roast. Thin bubbly tan head, light lace. Taste is spot on the nose. Mild pine needles, roasted malt and hop bite in the finish. Some chocolate malt. A mild lingering bitterness. Body is medium leaning toward the lighter side. High carbonation. Overall ok. Some good flavor however, I would choose other brews in this style before buying again.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an light tan, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose, flavor is same - burnt coffee with lingering burnt aftertaste. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
rougeau13 (2190) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a big puffy beige head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of cascade, slight citrus, roast and grass. Taste is weaker than I expected from the smell; roasted malt with some chocolate and piney bitterness. Medium bodied, little finish. Good beer, but it’s a touch weak here and there. Definitely enjoyable though.
Headbanger (3536) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle 9/29/11 (Binny’s Plainfield)-46° in Shaker-Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of hops, licorice, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more hops and roasted malt. Almost tastes like a Schwarz beer. This medium bodied brew is not bad. Pretty tasty.