BrewTom (660) - - JUN 4, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a deep dark jet black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown dense creamy head that reduced to a thin film with a small collar and had excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.
The aroma was very robust with a burnt chocolate malt, light resin hops and a sweaty leathery yeast, with notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla and a bit of smoke.
The taste was extremely malty and lightly sweet with a hint of chocolate for the first few seconds, and then became moderately bitter with a big coffee note, a hint of smoke and an almost overwhelming alcohol presence towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow, with an alcohol infused espresso mocha taste left to settle in on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was full in body with an oily, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.
Overall this was a very impressive brew, one which possessed a ton of flavor and a smooth easy drinkability. I believe I will buy another just to age, a brew like this can only get better and better...
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 (12105) - 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 (152) - 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 (5373) - 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.
tryemallonce (27) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2017
If this one tasted half as good as it looks it would be something. Rich creamy pour with a massive head. Looks can be deceiving. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2017
(22oz bomber 2012) deep espresso brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is super roasty, molasses, deep brown sugar, hoppy and a bit oxidized. Taste of hoppy roasty stout, oxidized, kind of a mess of flavors in general. puboflyons (3407) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2017
From the 650 ml. bottle bottled 5/18/17. It pours nearly jet black, opaque, with a modest tan head. Big aroma of roasted dark malts, yeast, chocolate, and a low hop profile. No alcohol, but I am drinking this after 11 months so I expect it has mellowed. The body is medium to full and pretty smooth all around. The taste has the same roasted sweet dark malt character as the aroma suggests but it ends far more bitter than I expect. No booze in the taste. Despite the age of this beer it is still quite excellent. aarg (2) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2017 does not count
This was an excellent beer, to my taste. Thick. Jet black with a nice brown head. Complex coffee and chocolate, with a strong (but not too strong) alcohol flavor. But not everyone can put it all together so that one element doesn’t harsh out the others. This was a smooth, well balanced, complex, tasty beer, if you like Imperial Stouts. Outstanding! neepsntatties (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle. Colour...onyx with a thick tan head. Nose...hops, chocolate creme and date paste. Palate...kind of musty to start and then a heavy ashen flavour and feel. Loads of char ash, but then something like lavender and violet pops up. The mid palate is dry and heavy on dark Dutch chocolate. The finish is still ashen and quite dry. The 12.5% ABV is well hidden.