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Lubrication - Clown Shoes

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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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Photo of Bendurgin


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
Photo of 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
Photo of wburch1967


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this while reading the discussion last night. I enjoy the label art! The beer's got a brown/black color, big tan head, some lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, pine, light grapefruit hops, orange zest. The taste is not as bitter as hoppy feet, much easier to drink. Very good. A little light on the mouthfeel, but that made it more IPA like. Strong reccomend!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 11:56:50 | More by wburch1967
Photo of busterthecat


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lord Hobo the other night and was glad that I had picked up a bottle prior. This tasting is of the 22oz bomber picked up. Bottled date 06/25/11. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a semi-transparent brown hue from bottle which sits a nice darker brown in the glass. A fizzy foamy khaki head forms before fading to a foamy cap that leaves some lacing.

S- A blend of smooth and bittersweet chocolate along with a good dose of grapefruit hops. Some slight pine also comes through. Good.

T- Good mix of chocolate and hops upfront. A hop forward beer for sure. The body is of roasted and chocolate malt and adds some depth. The finish is full of citrus rind (orange and grapefruit). Some light piney hops also peak through along with some zingy bite. The orange they use seems to come in the end.

M- Medium bodied and medium flavor. The bitter hops linger for a while on the palate. The feel goes from wet to dry pretty quickly. Could be a bit thicker, but its ok for a 6% ABV.

Overall- a good Black Ale. I would want to taste this up against Hoppy Feet to see how they compare. Worth trying for $5 a bomber if you like black ales. Easy to drink and put down a 22oz solo. The on-tap version had a creamier feel, but was similar in aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:21:48 | More by busterthecat
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