Lubrication | Clown Shoes

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3.6 w/ 316 ratings

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by busterthecat on 07-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of eclipse54
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 12 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you! My first time trying this one, bottled in July 2011. Poured into a Deschutes tulip...

As one might suspect, this one pours with a black body that is entirely opaque. About a centimeter of light tan head forms, but it disappears quickly. Generous gobs of lacing are left clinging to the glass. The aroma is of piney hops, a note of lemon citrus, roasted malt, molasses, and a hint of caramel. A touch of chocolate can be noted towards the end. It tastes predominantly of soap. The piney hops are the second most noticeable flavor, with the ctirus, charred malt, and roasted molasses rounding out the rear. Soap and charcoal are the most noticeable flavors here, and it is rather unpleasant. Mouthfeel is crisp, but a bit sugary and very soapy on the finish. Overall, this is not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of whatname
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of erlenmeyer
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into something at Jackie O's on 8/27/11

Irresponsible Tick #7

Thanks Mike

Medium dark brown. 1/4th inch head. Decent retention, good lace. Aroma - tangy roasted coffee. Earthy with some nice hop notes. Pine tar. Wow, dry overarching bitterness. Not all that expressive hops - kinda harsh. Medium body, sharp carbonation. Rough, roasted finish. Eh, not lubricant.

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Photo of Beejay
2.56/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A:Deep black, with a mountain of solid tan head. The head lasts so long that it is almost irritating.

S: Bitter coffee comes out right away as well as a bit of chocolate and some earthy hops. There is a almost chemical like smell in here that is very sharp, it isn't pleasant.

T: Dark grains come out first. Coffee, and chocolate, backed with a earthy flavor. The chemical sharpness is not as present, but still lingering in the background.

M: Medium, with a higher carbonation level. It seems to me like the mouthfeel is really working against this brew.

O: Overall I am not a big fan. It seems like a bit of a muddy mix. The hops certainly add bitterness, but I don't think they shine, nor do I think the dark malts stand out. Just not a big fan.

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, what an interesting label. It looked like a guy holding his thing at a gas station. Instead its a skeleton dude. My friend at GOTV bought it because it reminded him of the Grateful Dead. It reminds me of Mad Magazine! Clown Shoes?

Ok, giving it a try. Deep black color and then a coffee head. Kind of looks like a porter. Head is rich and dense. There is an aroma of hops but then there is a cheddar cheese smell?

Taste is all over the map. Real harsh and tough leather taste and then big bitterness in the end. Not really refreshing or enjoyable.

Overall this beer is below average and I don't care for it. The flavors do not go together well imho.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of lostinct
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of twincano
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of sneaks2210
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of beer4colin
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at UBH

Pours a deep dar brown with a decent bit of foam.

Aroma is hint of citrus.

Not big on the taste. I am getting a really acrid burned taste. I remember once making a gastrique where I badly burned some lemon peels and even though I tried to recover it by adding a ton of broth - the damage was done.

Not likely revisit this one from Clown Shoes. Tramp Stamp it is not.

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Photo of NODAK
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has quite the roasted malt nose to it...really a full aroma of what a black ale should be. I don't really get much else, such as coffee or, it's just pretty much a deep roasted note.

I wish I could say the flavor was complex to me, but the reality here is that the mouthfeel is pretty thin and the flavor is roasted malts all over the place. From start to finish, roasted malt dominates the day, even going towards burnt. A full flavored black ale. There's a small but persistent bitter note that shows up at the finish and lingers with a little astringency along the back of the tongue. It almost seems out of place a bit among the other notes of the beer.

So all in all, it's fairly average for what it is. It isn't incredibly interesting, but if anybody wants a straight forward, roasted malt black ale, they can turn to this one and get what they want.

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Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of KenC
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured jet black. An aggressive pour left three fingers of tan head. Great retention to the bottom of the glass with spotty lacing.

S-Citrus, coffee, pine, and burnt malt. Very complex!

T-Heavy burnt malt and coffee at the end. Some citrus and pine in the middle. Bitterness throughout.

M-A very light body and bitter bite. Nothing I want more of, really.

O-I picked this up on a vacation to Cape Cod. I’m glad I tried one of the brews I can’t get in NJ, but I wouldn’t bother with it again.

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Photo of bashiba
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Acforster2
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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