drjay44 (3740) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with some lacing,over an opaque, black (SRM 45) body, which has tremendous legs....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, hints of dried fruits including raisin, plum, light floral hop spice.....taste is heavy coffee, with chocolate tones, light plum, raisin, hints of licorice, minimal hop spice, ending with a heavy hop bitterness......mouth feel thick, creamy, lightly sticky, slightly astringent, alcohol warmth present, carbonation makes a creamy ending. This is a huge beer. The alcohol is remarkably subtle and well hidden considering its level. The malt and hop backbones are nicely complex and balanced, but dominate the yeast aromas and flavors. The ABV is a bit high for the style. This will age well. BJCP 8/3/17/5/7 bowlnman1990 (94) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Aroma: hippy, chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. App: black and thick tan head. Taste: vanilla and coffee, charcoal. Palate: full mouth but creamy. Pretty short though. Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Pours pitch black. Palate is surprisingly smooth for a RIS. Vanilla smooth as silk at first with toasty hints and a good hop snap followed by more malt and roast. A all to well hidden 12.5% abv. Best RIS on the market. Clown Shoes is groundbreaking. trevman7 (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Delicious. Well balanced combination of hops with malt. Very strong. No off flavors, only deliciousness sir__v (2629) - FRANCE - AUG 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 Color: strong dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: malt, sugar, licorice, raisin. Taste: good complexity in mouth with malt sugar and caramel. Aftertaste: small alcohol taste and nice bitterness with licorice.
bigbish (713) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
I thought this was a fantastic Imperial Stout. Had it on tap at a local joint. I didn’t write down my tasting notes, but it was a very roasty complex stout. Delicious. yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. A more or less black one, topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head. The aroma is very smooth, with roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, some dried fruit hints, licorice and some nutty hints. The flavor has some sweetness, with licorice, coffee and chocolate. Quite roasted, but far from extreme. Full body, extremely soft and silky, with some alcohol warmth. Lasting sweet and dark finish. Perhaps a bit too warming this one, but definitely nice anyway. And dangerously easy drinkable. Well worth a revisit if I get the chance some day. 130810 jazz88 (2681) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Solid black with a brown head. A rich chocolate, malty, a mild dark fruit aroma. The flavor and palate are not as rich as the aroma. It finishes a little weak, as the complexity of the beer doesn’t carry through or linger. jhamp9 (1889) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Black pour with a beige head that fades to a ring. Fine lacing. Really nice dark chocolate aroma with dark fruit, coffee, and caramel. Taste is chocolate, coffee, raisin, and roasty. Just a little thin overall. Alcohol becomes pretty hot as the beer warms, but is hidden pretty well before that. Shows as a little warmth on the way down. Thin body. Smells amazing but the taste doesn’t quite match up for me. Lupulucid (189) - - AUG 5, 2013
Bottled 3/2012. Over 1 year in bottle doesn’t seem to have resulted in much mellowing. The finish on this beer is rather long and driven by bitterness and malt. The booze is disguised but an abv over 12% can’t help but creep up on you.