tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Scott! Deep brown, almost black with ruby hints. Creamy tan foam fades fast. Aroma is sweet chocolate, nearly tart dark fruits, mild vanilla, some bourbon head, wood, and faint back-end spices. Hard to discern peppers, cinnamon is more notable. Taste is very smooth. Surprisingly not hot, smooth bourbon, sweet cocoa nibs and vanilla drizzle, some warm cinnamon spice, and just a mild touch of peppers at the very end. A touch of oak in the finish as well. Mouth feel could be better, as is the case with most Clown Shoes stouts, it seems, but this is thicker than most. Very good beer overall.
baraciisch (2349) - California, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black with foamy tan head... Aroma of vanilla, sticky caramel, roasted malts, peppers.... Flavor is intensely sweet and malty, lots of caramel, bourbon and tons of vanilla with peppery backbone... Chocolate sombrero was good, but this is excellent... Delicious
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bytemesis (4766) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013. Pours opaque black, small brown head, creamy, nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, chili pepper, cinnamon. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, quite spicy, cinnamon, chocolate, jut a bit of bourbon. Medium body, some acidity. Solid.
e303 (255) - - MAR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours deep black with a big beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and some smokey wood. Taste is creamy sweetness, excellent bourbon, chocolate, faint peppers. Super smooth mouthfeel. This is great.
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halfonit (1237) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, roasty malts, but no peppers. But then again this is a bottle that has aging for over 2 years now. Nice and heavy mouth feel with a little bit of a bubblyness to is. Flavors are of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a little heat. VERY nicely balanced. Leaves a sweeter yet heated bourbon aftertaste. This bottle has aged beautifully.
GJF (1371) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Sanctuary. Dark pour. Starts out sweet, dark chocolate flavors. I don’t really get the peppers. Finish is all bourbon and alcohol. A bit hot for the palate, but complex flavors.
danfontaine (1) - - JAN 19, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On growler from My Friends Growler Shop. This could explain the lower rating in appearance due to low carbonation/head.
WillRunForBeer (1519) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another shared by Adrien, big thanks! 2013 bottle. Pours deep brown, no head. Aroma is dark chocolate, peppers and bourbon heat. Flavor follows. Dark chocolate, mild chipotle, bourbon. Nice.
AirForceHops (4702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber 2013 vintage. Aroma is real mild pepper at this point, barrel has mellowed but still shows. Good level of chocolate as well. They flavor is light on the spice (chipotle is mild) and shows me bakers chocolate and mild bourbon in the backend. Carbonation is mildly creamy and soft. The pepper has a very weak hint of heat. Very nice but maybe should have been opened about 6 months ago, that being said, still really nice.
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black tiny dark brown head that faded fast. Smells spicy as all giddyup.Lots of sweet chocolate, faint raisin and port wine with a heavy rye whiskey. This is a little thinner than expected. tons of spice but the pepper doesn’t linger. This is chocolate for miles. just sweet, nutty like peanut, walnut and cocoa. Whiskey finish, lends a sweet dried fruit and cashew with simple syrup and rye. So glad this isn’t really spicy.
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20