22oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta for about $8.99.
A: Pours up a glossy black body that is seemingly opaque. Held to the light, some light pushes through by creating some ruby hues at the top and bottom of the glass. The pour got me less than a finger of khaki colored head. Although small, it is creamy. It falls quickly to thin but complete top cap that lasts the entire experience. Good amount of lace coverage.
S: Man, I wasn't expecting so much roast and chocolate pushing through. Roasted malts, slightly sugary, touch of coffee. Chocolate is a little dark, bitter. Behind that is some floral hops along with some pine. The hops are really dominated by the malts, but pleasantly so. I was expecting the hops to smash the nose but surprisingly not the story here.
T: This is an experience. Hits the tongue with a bit of floral hop bite that quickly vanishes by some sweetness from the malts. That roasty, chocolaty flavor somehow works well. Touch of coffee. Touch of orange citrus then pushes through with the pine hop notes. Every once in a while a bit of medicinal, chalky quality comes across, but it is not a constant. Overall, very tasty.
M: Medium in feel with a lighter carb than most double IPAs. This has a silky, creamy texture to it, but it somehow dries up pretty well. A little bitter on the palate, a little sweet. Really plays with the tongue. Alcohol is surprisingly not a noticeable factor. Aftertaste is pine hops.
OA: I wasn't expecting much from this beer to be honest. I basically just picked one of the 5 or so Clown Shoes beers on the shelf. Glad I went this route because this is really quite good. It has a ton of flavor, it took some risks, and it all worked out. Besides the chalky medicinal flavor that comes about from time to time, I really have no other complaints. Just a really tasty beer.
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