Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weíve had Clown Shoes around here for awhile, but I never have seen this one on the shelves until very recently. Snagged up a bottle as soon as I saw it as this is one Iíve wanted to try for awhile. Poured into a snifter.
I let this warm up for about 15 minutes out of the fridge before I poured. Pours hesitantly out of the bottle - a slow glug. A pleasant dark tan head sits on top, but fleets away quickly. Leaves tiny bits of lace stuck to the glass. Sweet aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla cookies, booze, roasted nuts. A nice profile for sure.
This beer is a little disappointing in the mouth. Drinks much thinner than I expected from a big bold beer. Light carbonation, slick finish. Needs more "chew" to this to stand up to the flavors and ABV. This is one of the sweeter Impy Stouts Iíve had in awhile. Milk chocolate is for sure the main player, sweet from start to finish. Light char flavor melds in well, and finishes with a whisper of boozy aftertaste.
Good beer for sure that Iíd revisit as I loved the flavor. But they need to tweak the mouthfeel a bit to give this one just a little more girth.
jsmanigold (51) - - FEB 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong coffee flavor with a little boozy after taste. Dark coffee appearance. This is a pretty great stout and is not over powerful like an imperial stout usually is.
gkeh (278) - Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour. Moderate head, dark tan in color, wich dissipates and leaves alcohol lags on my glass. Aroma... Dark chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, vanilla, cherry. Taste is chocolate, licorice, vanilla, oak. Full body. Good stout!
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cotteridge piss up. Black good tan head. Aroma is coffee choc taste same some fruits good roasted malts. Noce body. Very good.
Melker (228) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared a bottle with my mates. Roasty aroma, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruits and smoke. Generic but well made imperial stout.
aleigator (340) - GERMANY - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a viscous, black color with a big, stable brown head.
Has aromas of toffee, fudge, smooth coffee and nougat, leading to a well balanced, slightly sweeter nose.
Tastes of molasses, glazed toffee, earthy malts with hints of bitter coffee, coated up by a decent creaminess. Roasted coffee beans provide an enjoyable balance to the sweet, warming toffee. Turns even sweeter during the finish, with sugary coca-cola, molasses and a gently, dry, bitter chocolate note.
CapFlu (4660) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very iodine nose amongst molasses and burnt toast. Flavor of soya sauce, roasted and bready malts. Nicely mellow. Sampled at Left4Beer.
TheJestersBeer (2156) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a brown head.
Roasted, spicy aroma, malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, faint smoke, caramel, hops, iodine, earth.
Off-dry, fullbodied, mid to high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Roasted, smooth, spicy taste, chocolate, licorice, coffee, leather, light smoke, caramel, hops, earth, toffee.
Well balanced, very velvety and smooth. Really nice! (2015-02-13)
47574xeCD (395) - Godís Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Share at Cotteridge Convention 24/1/15
Poured a Black beer with a deep tan head, looked very good and the aroma and taste didnít dissapoint. with a hint of smoke, flavourful hints of chocolate, cocoa, light coffee and a roast all over. Marvelous this!
pressboxjoe (263) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very roasty, perhaps a little smoky, good body but not great. A little boring, but maybe thatís because Iím having too many imperial stouts.
bytemesis (3832) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 I think - old enough to still be Vampire Slayer. Pours opaque black, small dark brown head, creamy and slow to dissipate leaving nice lacing behind. Aroma is roasty, tobacco, chocolate. Flavor is light plus sweet and light bitter, roasty, a bit burned, notes of cocoa. Medium plus body, lingering bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. This is a solid straight imply.