BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, coffee, and chocolate malt, floral and woody hops, and notes of prunes and figs. Flavor is dark and lightly bitter malt with woody and earthy hops, dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
mcox90 (1522) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Tullyís, Wells Maine. Pours almost jet black with no light penetration. A little mahogany around the edges. A gentle pour nets a 1 finger, dense mocha head. Spotty lace. Aroma is pine resin mixed equally with astringent burnt malt. Taste is initially all burnt malt and char, quite bitter. Then the pine/grapefruit flavors make themselves known and all is well. Medium to light on the palate with a bitter, astringent finish. Iíd buy it again.
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Bottle. I guess after all of the turmoil, Clown Shoes caved in and did not use the "controversial" label. (***Update*** Per user Tuscadero aka Stacey, who is the graphic designer for Clown Shoes - the 12 oz bottle does not have the "controversial" label due to space issues. The 4 pack carrier for the 12 oz bottles and the 22 oz bottles still have the label). Pours black with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, resinous and herbal hops, licorice and citrus. Taste is big roasted malt, pine resins, herbal hops, licorice and light citrus. Body is medium with a dense, prickly carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, herbal hops, pine, tar, licorice and light citrus.
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blanchardís, Allston 650ml ($5.50): Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and plenty of citrus. Taste is very grapefruit hops, more so slanted in that direction than any other Black IPA, Iíve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough.
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dark black pour, citrusy hops and roasted malts in aroma. Not an overly pungent aroma. Flavor is PNW hops, chalky roasted maltiness, light coffee. As with the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light too. Not a huge fan of black ipaís but this is decent
MaBeer1972 (1262) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Jet black. Little to no head. Metallic aroma. Bitter black-coffee flavors. Dry aftertaste. not very impressive at all.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a nice looking mahogany with semi loose mocha head. The aroma offers up dark roasted coffee , dark roasted malts and chocolate as well as spicy and earthy hops in the background. The taste jumps at you all at once with a rolling and twisting mix of dark roasted coffee, spicy hops, resiny bitter pine hops, some chocolate and dark roasted to burnt malts. As the taste goes to midway and then toward the finish the highly roasted to brunt malts take over the flavor leaving timid levels of spicy and resiny hops and coffee behind mumbling to themselves in the corner. Nice stuff.
johnnnniee (2150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 New 4 pack Black IPA, 8 dollars, yes please.
Pours a solid black with a frothy creamy khaki head that sticks around forever a leaves lots of sticky lace. Smell is piney and citrusy with hints of garlic and a solid roasted grain backbone. Smells like a hoppy porter, but these two style lines are so blurry who the hell knows. Taste is roasted coffee with a mineral edge. Pine and citrus come out to cut through the roast and almost succeed. Mineral earthy roasty finish lingers after every sip. Moderate carbonation and body with a resinous acridic mouthfeel. Decent black IPA but really straddling the porter line with this one. Iím a bit disappointed that the artwork didnít make it onto the 12oz bottle label, oh well.
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Toastedd malty flavor with a lingering finish.
HonkeyBra (3248) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the racist beer, right? Pours a deep black with a big, thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, mild happiness. Flavor had a big bitterness component, mild chocolate and roast. Some touches of coffee. Lightish bodied, very smooth mouthfeel, bitterness showcases itself in the finish. Pretty interesting beer. At least, very solid offering from Clown Shoes.