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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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

Thanks to cbeer88 for the should have been want!

Pours black, with a tan head and nice lacing. Nice pine and floral notes on the nose, with pleasant chocolate and roasted notes. Pleasant bitterness on the tongue, floral hop notes, chocolate, roasted malts, slight citrus. Feels a bit lighter, but not bad. Slight crispness but with a good creamy finish.

Not as hoppy as Hoppy Feet, but still a rather enjoyable ABA. I'd drink it regularly for sure.

EgadBananas, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Nbarag
4.5/5  rDev +25%

I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Not a coffee drinker and thought it would have too much of a coffee taste but it didn't. Loved the color and the taste. Very rich and enjoyable after dinner. Not sure I would drink this on a daily basis but loved it and will definitelybuy more and recommend to my friends.

Nbarag, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of ambluhm
4.68/5  rDev +30%

I love the name of this beer and the label is very cool, with it's retro looking package and tin man. The beer pours just like the name would insinuate...it's pretty thick and black looking, almost goopy and aHAH "OIL-LIKE". The head has pretty good retention with a taupe/tan coloring to it. The bubbles were fairly small, and maintained a film throughout drinking the beer.

The smell is gorgeous with strong espresso notes and a slight hint of grapefruit. I generally do not get that into the heavier styles of beer so the smell and color are a little bit on the side that scares me. I love coffee and grapefruit though, so let's see...

The mouth is surpisingly light and very well balanced. It has nice acidity and a great balance of malty sweetness and subtle hops. I am really digging this beer and finally understand why they made this their summer seasonal.

The finish is on the medium side for length, but I am really into this beer. It has awesome coffee character and fruity overtones. I'm diggin' it.

ambluhm, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
2.88/5  rDev -20%

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.

Bendurgin, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
2.42/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

andrewinski1, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of wburch1967
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

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!

wburch1967, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

busterthecat, Jul 02, 2011
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Lubrication from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.