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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a very dark black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that slowly receded, down to a thin scattered film with a medium collar thus creating good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was a little on the mild side with a burnt grain malt, pine hops and an earthy yeast and had notes of bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a bit of licorice.

The taste was a malty bitter with a note of coffee and bitter chocolate early on, progressing with a slightly bitterer hoppy taste and a light citrus peel presence with a hint of licorice towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a nice dark hoppiness that was left lying on the back of the tongue at the finish.

Mouthfeel was a hair below medium in body and dry in texture with a nice mellow carbonation.

Overall this was a mildly hoppy Black Ale, with just enough roastiness to create a nice smooth drinkability...


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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a massive liht brown head with good retention and tons of lacing. Pleasant aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and light piney hops. Flavor is dominated by dark toasted and charred malt, with only hints of the chocolate and aromatic hops from the aroma. Finishes with a pleasant char and hop bitterness. A decent charred malt black ale, but somewhat one dimensional. Medium bodied, but well carbonated. Probably not one I'll rush back to, but enjoyable enough and I really liked the label graphics (which has a robot gas station attendant...not the one in the current picture here).

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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