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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lube? Hey, get your mind out of the gutter! Social lubrication, people coming together to unwind, is what we are talking about. This American Black Ale has a dark body, medium bitterness, balanced with West Coast hops and sweet orange peel.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
My first Clown Shoes beer from Secret Santa. From 12-oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown colored brew with a thick and lumpy tan head that has some excellent retention and pillow lacing. Aroma of Bakers chocolate, hint of cocoa, floral and citrus hops, and a touch of black leather. Taste is medium bodied, lots of black and chocolate malt, some burnt wood, sharp piney hop biitterness and a hint of bitter chocolate. Finish is semi-dry, some lingering bitterness and tad acidic aftertaste. One sharp bitter Black IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popkow (301) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Pours black and creates a pancake head. Earthy resin aromas. Semi-dry, with sweet dark caramel and mocha. Bitter abrupt finish. Pares well with chili.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3958) - - DEC 18, 2011
bottle. near black with a creamy, stable, tan head. nose is citrus hops, roasted barley and dark chocolate. body is lighter than hoppy feet and seems slightly more bitter all around but not necessarily because of the hops....just an unsweet beer with notes of bakers chocolate, cocoa and a light astringency. creamy with a very dry finish and medium light body. no sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle bonus thanks to fredandboboflo! Thick dark black pour, lasting 1/4 inch creamy head and an aroma of muddled hops and dark roasted malt. Flavor is strong medicinal herbs, spruce and dry burnt roasted dark malt. Not bad(unique and definitely different), would buy if I had access to it

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle purchased on Dec. 7, 2011, at Total Wine & More (Naples, FL). Pours a medium sized tan head that was mostly lasting, opaque, fair amount of lacing, and a black hue. The aroma is malty, coffee, roasty, and some hops. The flavor was lightly bitter, malty, coffee, mildly hoppy, very, very roasty, and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, it was too roasty tasting for my liking especially since I am not a coffee drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt and hop aromas of toasted and pine resin, with charcoal and black pepper in the background. Head is small, creamy, light brown with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts moderately acidic and bitter, and finishes lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Nice yet simple aromas, a little bitey in the flavor, this is a pretty good Black IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2229) - USA - DEC 11, 2011
Very dark, foamy pour. Unusually boring label from CS. Interesting aroma of fresh pumpernickel, cheese, and floral notes. Dry, roasty, burnt toast flavor with a bitter hoppy finish. It says some natural flavors were added but I’m not sure what - perhaps some vanilla or oak. Pretty good if you like this kind of thing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1350) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Deep brown with big foamy dark brown head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine and a little chocolate. Flavor is resinous; mainly hoppy with a bit of roast.bitter, medium body, sticky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Very dark - good thick tan head. Lots of chocolate malt in the aroma. Taste is tons of dark malt - chocolate and coffee with what must be a ton of hops to almost balance it. There’s so much malt for those hops to overcome, but it can’t quite do it, and that makes it a really nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours a nice brown color with a 1 finger head. The aroma is a little roasty with notes of hops and earthyness to it. It also has a bit of chocolate in there. The taste is just amazing. It has citrus piney hops up front with a nice malt smoothness in the back. Very easy to drink. This beer is a winner.


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