Lubrication | Clown Shoes

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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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Photo of beerdrinker4life
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
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 cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body into a snifter. Tan head forms to a nice size and has decent retention. Small creamy ring leaves a small amount of lace.

S- Cocoa, licorice and roast malt mixed with nice hops. Hops give off a nice citrus, orange peel and pine feel.

T- Roast and hop forward. Roast flavors of malt, cocoa, licorice and such. Hops are nice with orange peel, zest, pine and general fruit feel.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a nice silky feel. High carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

A solid Black IPA, I find most examples of this style to be very similar but usually decent.

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Photo of lazyboy247
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a huge head. A lot of lacing fading while I filled the rest of the glass. dark color a lot of chocolate malt.

Smell is mostly malt. nothing really else to not here

Taste is really clean. taste nothing at all of 7% really easy to drink. mix between a Belgian and a Black IPA slight fruitiness from citrus hops and orange peel slightly yeasty.

Clean medium body black ale.

Overall a good beer. I like the fact that this should be coming around in four packs. The bombers are nice but this is really exciting an easy drinking strong beer in four packs is better.

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Photo of Casey10
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This to me is a very average black IPA I was not able to pick up the orange in it at all. Overall all I rated this a verage beer as it was good but yet did really nothing to stand out on its own.

I would encourage people to try this and for fans of this style of beer they should be happy.

Not bad not great though either.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light fluffy head fades slowly with lacing, pitch black color.

Nose nice darker malts, hint of roast, dark crystal malts, plenty of earthy chewy hops, bit of spicy hops, hint of pine and citrus, little creamy malts

Taste has light earthy hops, plenty bitter hops, a bit herbal and chewy hops, light pine, plenty of chewy darker malts but not heavy malts, bit lush and creamy, light roast and darker crystal malts, very light cocoa, light sweetness. Finishes pretty bitter and spicy chewy hops, almost astringent, piny and dry.

Mouth is med bodied nice for black ipa, drinkable, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice light feeling but dark malts, nice hops that get a bit astringent and bitter, nice bitter finish that dries and doesn't get sticky.

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Photo of silentjay
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown that settles to black with half of the glass being overtaken with a nice mocha foam thats fluffy, sticks around a bit, and laces well.

roasted malts, citrus hops, orange zest. juicy citrus, not bitter.

some tobacco leaf flavors give way to some juicy citrus. not a lot of the dark roast I expected and like to balance the hops, only a slight char.

slightly thin bodied with a fluffy carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

overall, I'd take the hoppy feet before this one. Not much cofffee/cocoa/roast flavors, and the natural flavors (orange peel) are a bit too dominant.

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Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this at Julio's. I dont get whats so controversial about the artwork...anyways, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark oily brown with a big mocha two finger head that slumps down to leave a quarter inch blanket and very, very nice side lacing.

S - Not quite as nice as Hoppy Feet. Light chocolate and bitter hops on the nose along with some roasted malts.

T - This is more like it. Nice chocolate and coffee followed with that nice bitter piney/grapefruit hops with just a light roasted malt. I think this tastes pretty much exactly like Hoppy Feet though, atleast, in my memory.

M - Better mouthfeel, I think, than Hoppy Feet. Enough carbonation to keep it crisp on the tongue. Still creamy and dry?

O - I really enjoying this offering from Clown Shoes. I just dont know though, I would need to taste it side by side with Hoppy Feet because right now in my memory they're both damn near identical brews. I have to give the edge to Hoppy Feet.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Nbarag
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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'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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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 andrewinski1
2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
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 wburch1967
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of busterthecat
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Lubrication from Clown Shoes
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