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Lubrication | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by busterthecat on 07-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a black color with a finger’s worth of an eggshell foamy white head. Sly messy lace. The aroma had some roasted malts, light floral hop tones, light orange peel, light coffee beans and ended with a touch of dark chocolate. The flavor was somewhat roasty with that floral quality sweetness. Some bitterness from the orange peel but really not that noticeable. Aftertaste was mainly the roasted malts and dark chocolate. Finished with the same but brought in a touch of that orange peel bitterness. The feel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Mild carbonation and the ABV felt appropriate. Overall, as a black IPA, well, it somewhat works, but as I normally associate the style with "palate wrecking" capabilities, I didn’t really see that with this one.

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3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black pour, minimal head, 1/4", beige in color. Tiny bit of grapefruit hoppiness to it.

Taste had a lot of the bitterness that black ales that aren't world class can't seem to avoid. Bitter, dry, chalky, gritty at times. Hops need to impart more than just bitterness. Came off like a blend of a hoppy porter/black ipa.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two small tasting cups at Cotteridge Wine during a Black Country Bus Trip (sorry if I stole someones cup, but I needed two to rate/review it correctly).

Really black body: the pour into many small tasters didn't help the head a great deal.

The aroma was deep roasted malts giving off dark chocolate and ground coffee notes.

The taste followed the nose: hops traces however try to balance out the heavy malt presence and almost make it through, but just fail.

Most enjoyable: didn't dare take a third cup!

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Lubrication from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 315 ratings
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