gripweed57 (2804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2017 AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Sonoma Cellars. Pours opaque, very, very dark brown with a chocolate milk head leaving almost no lacing. Aroma has molasses and both dark chocolate and milk chocolate, with caramel. Taste is of sweet caramel, bitter bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Syrupy and strong. Almost overwhelmingly chocolatey, with some roughness. Finishes bittersweet chocolate malty with some length. Alchohol well hidden. Clown Shoes continues their very strong line of brews.
22 ounce bottle. Opaque black color. Moderate creamy tan head. Rich chocolate malt aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate syrup, espresso and burnt toasted raisin bread flavors. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth drinking for a RIS. The 12.5% ABV is hardly apparent, which is scary! Finish is roasty, toast and mildly smoky. crazy_cat_lady (680) - - SEP 10, 2017
Bottle from a grocery store in San Carlos, May 2017; purchased while on a business trip. Pours pitch black with a thick creamy+looking tan head. Big aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, cherries. Quite impressive slick smooth mouth feel. Was mildly worried it would be bitter based on the aroma, but it is really nicely balanced, with sweet chocolate, blueberry, and cherry flavours, some bitter coffee in the middle, and a long sweet finish with some light bitterness. Yum. erikaraeb (263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2017
Bitter malts and toast, you can definitely tell this is an alcoholic beverage. Not a whole lot of sweetness at all. Very dark with little head though tons of lacing. Surprisingly lighter bod than I expected. Good, but I found it overpoweringly acrid at times and that’s unusual Svesse (8742) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2017
(Bottle) Black colour with firm, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with black coffee, cacao, dark fruit, liquorice and hints of blueberries. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, blueberries, dried fruit, liquorice and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Full body, with a certain sweetness. Rounded mouthfeel and fairly well balanced, with alcohol in the background. Very nice. mjjmhays (11) - - JUL 23, 2017
The Unidragon promised a deep, imperial stout taste and it delivered! Delicious beer!
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BrewTom (661) - - JUN 4, 2017
Black as a hole. High cocoa chocolate smell. Full bodied like a rich espresso - a huge beer. This beer will amaze you.
Rated by BrewTom Sammy (12616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2017
Aged 5 years? some hop flavour following a good chocolate IS. Very drinkable, and can see why it put Clown on the map. KevinReddirt (209) - Midland, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Obtained on a road trip to the Dallas area. Never had a downer from Clown Shoes, this continues that. It shows up jet black with a wispy beige fringe on my new Buffalo Bayou snifter glass. Super scent, coffee, chocolate and cough drops. The taste goes from there. I get dark chocolate, raspberry, a great hoppy punch that outlasts all the other components. Different but good. Stout plus IPA. Well done. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2017
Bomber to snifter, the appearance was a black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace to leave some light stringy lace.
The aroma had some roast up front, and a light coffee bean to grounds somewhat coming about as it warmed. Light nuts, some dark chocolate and a little bit of earthy hop spice.
The flavor leaned towards the roast most of the way through the beer but seemed to try and bring in the earthy hop spice in subtly. Aftertaste and finish was mainly roasty.
The palate was medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine.
Overall, it’s a decent RIS, maybe again. nearbeer (5561) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2017
650 ml. with no date stamp evident on this "brew designed to improve with age". Seems like a major design flaw. Opaque ebony pour sustains a quarter inch disc of sugary foam. Smells of dark bread, char, soy, piquant green herb and a touch of smoke. Flavor is rich chocolate torte, soy, mocha, dates, charred wood, green herb and a bit of peppery citrus zest. Heavy body has smooth light-medium carbonation and a good balance for a huge dessert beer. 12.5% abv is largely absent.