Lubrication | Clown Shoes

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by busterthecat on 07-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Hayden_Rhea
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/11 on the label(2011?). Super highly carbonated upon opening. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger foamy and fluffy tan head that lasts forever, eventually reduces to a large cap. Foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, floral, pine, light citrus, and roasted earthiness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance of roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, light smoke, floral, grass, orange zest, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted and floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, char, floral, orange zest, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of roasted flavors with a good amount of hop presence; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slick, crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good once the carbonation dies down. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA despite being old. Good balance of roasted malt and hop flavors; and smooth to drink after the excessive carbonation died down. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbkdev
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of flip387
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured coffee brown, thick dark foamy head. Very dark brown in the glass

S: Heavy rich, and hints of chocolate.

T: Dark and bitter taste, hints of roasted flavor. Mocha in taste.

M: Medium in weight, smooth with a bit of a bitter after taste, some carbonation.

O: Full bodied dark and bitter beer, almost a block coffee or mocha taste
which lingers on the palate.

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Photo of Simpleman77
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of blknikon
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Seakyden
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of match1112
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of vinnie
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of dan027
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Lubrication from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 316 ratings
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