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Lubrication - Clown Shoes

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: busterthecat on 07-02-2011)
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phishinNYC

Florida

1/5  rDev -72.3%

08-31-2012 19:32:15 | More by phishinNYC
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jk3

New York

2/5  rDev -44.6%

02-05-2012 00:35:38 | More by jk3
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eclipse54

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 12 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you! My first time trying this one, bottled in July 2011. Poured into a Deschutes tulip...

As one might suspect, this one pours with a black body that is entirely opaque. About a centimeter of light tan head forms, but it disappears quickly. Generous gobs of lacing are left clinging to the glass. The aroma is of piney hops, a note of lemon citrus, roasted malt, molasses, and a hint of caramel. A touch of chocolate can be noted towards the end. It tastes predominantly of soap. The piney hops are the second most noticeable flavor, with the ctirus, charred malt, and roasted molasses rounding out the rear. Soap and charcoal are the most noticeable flavors here, and it is rather unpleasant. Mouthfeel is crisp, but a bit sugary and very soapy on the finish. Overall, this is not my favorite example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 03:33:52 | More by eclipse54
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says this was bottled on June 25th, 2011. Poured into a tulip. Nice black color with a light tan head. The lacing is moderately sticky.

The aroma is bitter coffee and dank citrus. This smells a little too heavily roasted.

The heavy roasted component dominates the flavor as well. There is a bit of hoppy citrus in the finish, but it is faint compared to the bitter malt. The balance here is slightly disappointing, though I suppose fans of super-roasted stouts could enjoy this.

The body is light and the carbonation relatively sharp. The carbonation is slightly sharp.

This is slightly disappointing. The balance just isn't there. It could certainly be enjoyed by some, however.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:35:54 | More by andrewinski1
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into something at Jackie O's on 8/27/11

Irresponsible Tick #7

Thanks Mike

Medium dark brown. 1/4th inch head. Decent retention, good lace. Aroma - tangy roasted coffee. Earthy with some nice hop notes. Pine tar. Wow, dry overarching bitterness. Not all that expressive hops - kinda harsh. Medium body, sharp carbonation. Rough, roasted finish. Eh, not lubricant.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 04:33:07 | More by Ryan011235
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whatname

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

04-13-2012 12:52:16 | More by whatname
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

10-04-2012 20:43:25 | More by jjd315
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erlenmeyer

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

04-08-2012 03:08:03 | More by erlenmeyer
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Hayden_Rhea

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

07-02-2013 00:08:33 | More by Hayden_Rhea
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

09-30-2012 13:45:05 | More by jpd7374
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

04-02-2012 02:21:27 | More by TonyTalon
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Beejay

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A:Deep black, with a mountain of solid tan head. The head lasts so long that it is almost irritating.

S: Bitter coffee comes out right away as well as a bit of chocolate and some earthy hops. There is a almost chemical like smell in here that is very sharp, it isn't pleasant.

T: Dark grains come out first. Coffee, and chocolate, backed with a earthy flavor. The chemical sharpness is not as present, but still lingering in the background.

M: Medium, with a higher carbonation level. It seems to me like the mouthfeel is really working against this brew.

O: Overall I am not a big fan. It seems like a bit of a muddy mix. The hops certainly add bitterness, but I don't think they shine, nor do I think the dark malts stand out. Just not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:01:52 | More by Beejay
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beerdrinker4life

Connecticut

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, what an interesting label. It looked like a guy holding his thing at a gas station. Instead its a skeleton dude. My friend at GOTV bought it because it reminded him of the Grateful Dead. It reminds me of Mad Magazine! Clown Shoes?

Ok, giving it a try. Deep black color and then a coffee head. Kind of looks like a porter. Head is rich and dense. There is an aroma of hops but then there is a cheddar cheese smell?

Taste is all over the map. Real harsh and tough leather taste and then big bitterness in the end. Not really refreshing or enjoyable.

Overall this beer is below average and I don't care for it. The flavors do not go together well imho.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 13:11:49 | More by beerdrinker4life
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tfsimpkins

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

03-25-2012 20:31:30 | More by tfsimpkins
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lostinct

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

09-18-2012 01:00:55 | More by lostinct
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twincano

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

02-08-2013 02:16:39 | More by twincano
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sneaks2210

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

11-14-2012 22:08:58 | More by sneaks2210
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at UBH

Pours a deep dar brown with a decent bit of foam.

Aroma is hint of citrus.

Not big on the taste. I am getting a really acrid burned taste. I remember once making a gastrique where I badly burned some lemon peels and even though I tried to recover it by adding a ton of broth - the damage was done.

Not likely revisit this one from Clown Shoes. Tramp Stamp it is not.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 20:51:56 | More by beer4colin
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NODAK

Tennessee

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has quite the roasted malt nose to it...really a full aroma of what a black ale should be. I don't really get much else, such as coffee or chocolate...no, it's just pretty much a deep roasted note.

I wish I could say the flavor was complex to me, but the reality here is that the mouthfeel is pretty thin and the flavor is roasted malts all over the place. From start to finish, roasted malt dominates the day, even going towards burnt. A full flavored black ale. There's a small but persistent bitter note that shows up at the finish and lingers with a little astringency along the back of the tongue. It almost seems out of place a bit among the other notes of the beer.

So all in all, it's fairly average for what it is. It isn't incredibly interesting, but if anybody wants a straight forward, roasted malt black ale, they can turn to this one and get what they want.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:28:50 | More by NODAK
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. Pours black with a finger of creamy beige head. Settles down but gives thin lace.

Smells kind of like a chocolate orange. Lots of bitter and roasty cocoa with a good citrus background. Seems to just have a bitter flavor with char without any complexity. Especially dissapointing given the aroma led me to believe this would give a bit more.

The feel this light with lively carbonation. Overall very one dimmensional. Would have loved a little more flavor, it just seems bitter and roasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:36:29 | More by Bendurgin
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KenC

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured jet black. An aggressive pour left three fingers of tan head. Great retention to the bottom of the glass with spotty lacing.

S-Citrus, coffee, pine, and burnt malt. Very complex!

T-Heavy burnt malt and coffee at the end. Some citrus and pine in the middle. Bitterness throughout.

M-A very light body and bitter bite. Nothing I want more of, really.

O-I picked this up on a vacation to Cape Cod. I’m glad I tried one of the brews I can’t get in NJ, but I wouldn’t bother with it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:07:32 | More by KenC
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mactrail

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice sudsy pour with a dark brown color. Smells of the basement with some burnt barley.

Very dry with something not entirely unlike chocolate. Lots and lots of charred grain flavors. The malt seems to be thoroughly fermented in this brew. Just a hint of something like rusty plumbing. The aftertaste is pretty bitter. Some dusty hops and the sourish notes of charcoal. If the added flavor is orange peel, I get mostly the bitter rind and some acidity. I'm not sure what the theory is here, but after a thought-provoking couple of sips, I'm ready for something less punishing.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at H and H Beverage in Abilene.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:39:17 | More by mactrail
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bashiba

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a deep dark brown with light mahogany highlights and a thin tan soap ring of head.

The smell is lightly roasty with a touch of cacoa and a bit of brown sugar sweetness.

The flavor is one dimensional burnt roasted malts with a bit of smoke. Has a bit of an oily bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a long dry finish.

Very odd beer, its like drinking a smoked porter without any underlying caramel sweetness to balance out the roasted barley. Overall a bit boring and cloying after a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:49:16 | More by bashiba
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Thads324

Connecticut

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a deep black. Bubbly tan head dissipates to just a thin lacing of tan. Moderate lacing.
S: smells of sweet candy. A great cascade of citrus and freshly trimmed lawn. A bit of sweet dark bread and dark malts.
T : starts nice with a blend of citrus and sweet cherry-like hops. Mellow caramel undertones. The end has a lot of roasted bitterness that blends with the bitter hops that creep in and cause a cloying tabacco. It's like chewing on a cigar, but not in a good way.
M: smooth, well carbonated. Medium-full body.

Everything is good, except that tabacco flavor. Really disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:48:59 | More by Thads324
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

Kinda disappointed with the label here... Anyway, what's inside the glass pours a mean black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light dark chocolate, dark greens, and light cilantro. The taste holds notes of bitter roast, licorice, light char, vinyl, pine resin, and light grass. Things unfortunately move toward the acrid, bitter side of darkness, as though I were licking a tire at times. It's not as strong as the other two CDAs from Clown Shoes, but it's still unpleasant. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a decent CDA, one that doesn't taste all that great but comes through in the other departments. I don't know what it is with Clown Shoes and black IPAs, but the two just don't seem to wanna mix on my tongue (though this one comes the closest)...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 06:12:26 | More by TMoney2591
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Lubrication from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.