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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 Jmick28
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Jmick28, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%

Picked this up at Total Wine in West Orange, having never tried anything from Clown Shoes before. I expected this to trend more toward a Stout based on the name, in terms of body. This turned out to be a fairly typical American Black Ale that looked a bit better than it tasted, but wasn't tough to enjoy at all.

Of course, the pour to this was dark as cola without as much carbonation. Not a lot of head, aroma, or lacing to be seen here and this almost reminded me of flat soda as I worked my way through the contents of my pint glass. This almost tasted like a Scotch Ale since the mouthfeel was smoky and there was a hint of peat moss in the back. A bit of caramel-like stickiness could be found here too. The alcohol was high enough but besides the roasted aspect of this, this was not that thick and the hops could have stood out a bit more.

Nothing in particular stood out about this and there was only a hint of tangerine in the bit that reminded me that this was a hopped-up Black Ale. This style seems relatively easy to enjoy and this served as a fine example of the style. Just don't expect to be blown away or bowled over by this.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle opened on 10.8.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a foamy dark tan two and a half inch head with good retention.

S - Hoppy grass, roasted malt, chocolates.

T - Hoppy, then chocolate, finishes with a smokey malt.

D - tons of carbonation with a light body and a hoppy smokey finish.

O - Hoppy smoke and some chocolate.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%

a dark brownish/black pour with tons of fluffy tan head, excellent lacing.
smells of chocolate milk, roasted grains, tobacco, toffee.. very rich and sweet smelling!
a very dark roasty taste up front, sweet and rich in the middle of the palate, earthy/tobacco like bitterness on the finish. this is a really tasty beer - more of a stout than a black in my opinion!

medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. overall - this beer is a steal! a very tasty treat for about $5 a 4pk! i'd definitely recommend this to any fans of stouts, even though it says it's a black ale, it drinks more like a milk stout. delicious!

facundoCNB, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Molson2000, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of jjd315
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

jjd315, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

jpd7374, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of bryang002
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bryang002, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of lostinct
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

lostinct, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of albertjr21
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

albertjr21, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of ComRock12
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ComRock12, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of bassist286
4/5  rDev +11.1%

bassist286, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

The beer poured a pitch black with a ecru head that has great retention and is leaving some lace. The nose reveals slight piny, citrusy hop aromas and robust chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is exactly like the nose. There is some chocolate and roasted malts up front with laid back coffee notes followed by faint pine and citrus hops. The body is light to medium but smooth and has light carbonation. Overall a decent beer almost a porter in my opinion.

WoodBrew, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -72.2%

phishinNYC, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +11.1%

enelson, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of JCapazzi
4/5  rDev +11.1%

JCapazzi, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Fresh from Premiere Gourmet. Opaque black bodied Average mouthfeel, aggressive carbonated. Average mouthfeel. The roast without significant hops compared to a black IPA.Was not getting much citrus, more is better. One dimensional. Rough, yet still very good drinkability.WOrth a try.

Sammy, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours very dark with a significant amount of head. Nice carbonation and good retention. Smell of dark roasted malts. Taste is smoked with hops masked. Slight orange flavor comes through on the front along with the hops. Overall a good beer and for this type could be considered somewhat of a session brew for a black ale.

Oakenator, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of hogrider
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

hogrider, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Bottled 2/2012 into tumbler.

A- Opaque, super dark brown, almost black pour with a booming 3 finger creamy off white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Chocolate and coffee up front, there is a little char followed by citrus and pine and a touch of brown sugar and molasses in the finish.

T- Dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, leading into grapefruit and pine with a little char. Slight metallic taste and finishing a little sweet.

M- Light to medium bodied, a little creamy on the tongue, carbonation is a little low and it suits this.

O- This is more of a BLACK ipa instead of a black IPA. It focuses more on the dark malts and roast qualities. It's good for a change and nice to see a different take on a rather new style.

korguy123, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of soulfly1492
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Aroma: Great aroma. Lots of chocolate mocha, mild sweet coffee, some lactose, cocoa, very little burnt roast black malt, which I was expecting a lot of. Smells like a sweet and mild chocolate stout.

Appearance: Black, opaque. Head pours 1/2" and is medium brown. Good retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: I guess I read the aroma wrong? Moderate roasty black malt. Cigar ash, which is actually pleasant. Some mild pine and floral hops which are very subtle in the aroma. Some alcohol, although very mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Low but stinging carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Cigar ash that taste good, that's a new one. Not the top of the line, but a decent brew.

soulfly1492, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of greenengineer
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

22 oz Bomber into a stemless wine glass

A- pours very dark, with a big brown head. Settles down nicely leaving some great lacings. Completely opaque. Super fizzy
S - not much smell, coffee grounds, guinness
T - charred malt, almost sour, bitter, with some late hop resin. Label says orange peel, but I'm not tasting it.
M - thin, and bubbly
O - not my favorite style, but a decent attempt. Drinks a little lighter than it looks.

greenengineer, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

SalMineo, Jul 20, 2012
Lubrication from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.