Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Not awful, but far from the best thing I’ve had from Clown Shoes. Pours a very dark chocolate brown with an average head. The aroma is malt, charcoal, maybe a little hops. The flavor is more like a black lager than a black IPA. Not much going on in the way of hops, the malt seems a little muted. It’s all covered by this plasticy tone that keeps me from feeling like I’m tasting anything at all. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle. Near black with a frothy, light beige head. Sweet malt aromas. Smooth, chocolatey, with a bitter finish. onceblind (10589) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
At Epic Beer Fest 2013. Clear black under a thin beige head. Aroma is much chocolatier than I expected, with a hop note that definitely takes back seat. I mean it smells like a chocolate porter. Flavor brings out some piney and herbal hops but they are dominated by dark roastiness and semi-bitter dark chocolate. Swell! decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and resiny hops. Roasted malt, chocolate, and a resiny bitter finish. Medium bodied but fizzy. maddmatt639 (344) - Pacifica, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Good retention and lacing. Strong malt smell. Tastes of chocolate, sweet malt and a slight bitterness. Good black IPA.
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kryon (3848) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2013
Pours black with low off white head
Aromas of chocolate malts, coffee powder, dark malts, caramel
Taste has dark malts, coffee, hints of chocolate. Too one dimensional.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ktwse (5458) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Pours black with low frothy off-white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate malts, some citrus and grapefruit. Taste is coffee and chocolate bitter with not much else. Lingering coffee finish. Light, fresh body with soft carbonation. ajnepple (7076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2013
12 oz bottle from Wilbur’s. Black with a tan head and lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, pine, bitter hops and light chocolate. Similar flavor, quite piney and bitter. Medium body with a lingering bitter finish, kind of unpleasant. Not my cup of tea. DCLawyer (2914) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bomber->SA. Deep brown with huge frothy tan head. A: pine hops with roasted malt. T: roasted smoky malt with hop undertones. Good. Slubgob (343) - West Hartford, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Tap into pint. Dark brown fine white head. Pine nose. Good balance of pine and roast in the mouth with the expected ipa resinous finish. The roast shows through better than many other black ipas I’ve had. Not over the top hoppy either which is a good thing.