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Lubrication - Clown Shoes

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JohnBender, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

vcoggins, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Seakyden, Apr 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

match1112, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of vinnie
4.5/5  rDev +25%

vinnie, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

bashiba, Feb 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

twincano, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

dan027, Jan 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

jlindsey, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

OriolesFan1008, Jan 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

drinkAK, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

sammy806, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Tumble, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

smithj4, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ssimpson89, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

discdueler, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a very dark black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that slowly receded, down to a thin scattered film with a medium collar thus creating good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was a little on the mild side with a burnt grain malt, pine hops and an earthy yeast and had notes of bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a bit of licorice.

The taste was a malty bitter with a note of coffee and bitter chocolate early on, progressing with a slightly bitterer hoppy taste and a light citrus peel presence with a hint of licorice towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a nice dark hoppiness that was left lying on the back of the tongue at the finish.

Mouthfeel was a hair below medium in body and dry in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a mildly hoppy Black Ale, with just enough roastiness to create a nice smooth drinkability...


KajII, Nov 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

sneaks2210, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

mactrail, Nov 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Mick-e-d, Nov 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a massive liht brown head with good retention and tons of lacing. Pleasant aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and light piney hops. Flavor is dominated by dark toasted and charred malt, with only hints of the chocolate and aromatic hops from the aroma. Finishes with a pleasant char and hop bitterness. A decent charred malt black ale, but somewhat one dimensional. Medium bodied, but well carbonated. Probably not one I'll rush back to, but enjoyable enough and I really liked the label graphics (which has a robot gas station attendant...not the one in the current picture here).

LiquidAmber, Oct 19, 2012
Lubrication from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.