paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours a thick opaque black. Khaki colored head. solid hop aromas and flavors, light pine, and citrus, yet faint. rich roasted malts. solid and smooth, very crisp. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a dark brown colr with a huge ass three finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. That head would just not settle. Aroma is pine hops and light chocolate. Flavor is pine and herbal hops, light roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. The bitterness really lingers in this bad boy. Medium body. This is one of the more bitter black IPA’s I’ve had. Nice. Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and something faint that seems dirty and off. The taste is bitter hops, some roastiness in the finish and faint nuttiness. Medium bodied. A bit muddled and well off balance. BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, coffee, and chocolate malt, floral and woody hops, and notes of prunes and figs. Flavor is dark and lightly bitter malt with woody and earthy hops, dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. mcox90 (2097) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22 oz bottle from Tully’s, Wells Maine. Pours almost jet black with no light penetration. A little mahogany around the edges. A gentle pour nets a 1 finger, dense mocha head. Spotty lace. Aroma is pine resin mixed equally with astringent burnt malt. Taste is initially all burnt malt and char, quite bitter. Then the pine/grapefruit flavors make themselves known and all is well. Medium to light on the palate with a bitter, astringent finish. I’d buy it again.
TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Bottle. I guess after all of the turmoil, Clown Shoes caved in and did not use the "controversial" label. (***Update*** Per user Tuscadero aka Stacey, who is the graphic designer for Clown Shoes - the 12 oz bottle does not have the "controversial" label due to space issues. The 4 pack carrier for the 12 oz bottles and the 22 oz bottles still have the label). Pours black with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, resinous and herbal hops, licorice and citrus. Taste is big roasted malt, pine resins, herbal hops, licorice and light citrus. Body is medium with a dense, prickly carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, herbal hops, pine, tar, licorice and light citrus. mansquito (6514) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Blanchard’s, Allston 650ml ($5.50): Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and plenty of citrus. Taste is very grapefruit hops, more so slanted in that direction than any other Black IPA, I’ve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle, dark black pour, citrusy hops and roasted malts in aroma. Not an overly pungent aroma. Flavor is PNW hops, chalky roasted maltiness, light coffee. As with the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light too. Not a huge fan of black ipa’s but this is decent MaBeer1972 (2090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Jet black. Little to no head. Metallic aroma. Bitter black-coffee flavors. Dry aftertaste. not very impressive at all. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
12oz bottle pours a nice looking mahogany with semi loose mocha head. The aroma offers up dark roasted coffee , dark roasted malts and chocolate as well as spicy and earthy hops in the background. The taste jumps at you all at once with a rolling and twisting mix of dark roasted coffee, spicy hops, resiny bitter pine hops, some chocolate and dark roasted to burnt malts. As the taste goes to midway and then toward the finish the highly roasted to brunt malts take over the flavor leaving timid levels of spicy and resiny hops and coffee behind mumbling to themselves in the corner. Nice stuff.