travita (4334) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell is nice roast, pine, hops, would make for a decent car air freshener. The look is brown with touches of red, tannish head, and dark. The taste is roast, hops, and stuff like the aroma but does not seem to balance as well leaving not as good as an aftertaste as I thought it could be.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Steve and co. Forgot who brought this, but thanks! Black appearance with a light brown head. Fairly roasty, chocolate malty, moderately citrusy/piney hoppy aroma. Pretty easy drinking flavor with notes of char, chocolate, light smoke, piney, and citrus.
dfinney23 (2165) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a short-lived tan head. Smells like a forest fire. Big hop flavor up front fades a bit to burnt malt and a mildly bitter finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted/charred malt, a hint of coffee grounds. Flavor is again dominated by the roasted/charred malt, some roasted nuts, and coffee grounds with just a hint of chocolate. There are some bitter hops in the finish, but this is not your typical black IPA. Also not as hoppy as the Hoppy Feet, but similar flavor notes. Great hoppy black ale!!
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5oz pour at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria VA. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a very small wispy deep tan head. Aroma is roasted notes through and through. Solid dark chocolate grains, with hint of hoppy notes. Flavor is a pretty decent balance between the roasted malts and the hops. Pretty solid, prototypical, "how a Black IPA should be made" brew.
Chad9976 (1357) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body, but with a huge, frothy, creamy khaki-colored head. It leaves gorgeous lacing on the glass and never dissipates.
Smell: Very hoppy aroma with west coast-style citrus notes and a sweet, almost crème-like scent of orange sherbet. Underneath it all is a stout-like smell of toasted malts and chocolate milk.
Taste: There’s a lot of debate raging in the craft beer world right now on what exactly the differences are between "Black IPA," "Cascadian Dark Ale" and "American Black Ale" are. Clown Shoes Lubrication could easily fit any of these categories, but I prefer Black IPA for brevity’s sake. It’s very hoppy and citrusy like an IPA, but finishes with that bittersweet roasted malt and chocolate flavor you’re used to in a stout or porter. The two halves of the palate, although quite different from each other, actually mesh quite well.
The palate begins hoppy and bitter and never really relinquishes this flavor throughout the drinking process. Some orange sherbet-like sweetness kicks in through the middle (the brewer’s website does describe the beer as being brewed with orangepeel). It’s strange, but pleasantly surprising how the bitter hops and earthy orangepeel sweetness work so well together (probably due to the citrusy nature of the hops). It finishes with a completely different flavor of iced coffee, roasted barley and milk chocolate. The aftertaste is bitter, but it’s a pleasant mixture of hops and dark chocolate. Very tasty and very interesting palate.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation throughout, yet the CO2 never gets stuck in the throat.
Drinkability: For such a bitter beer, it’s actually quite amazing how easy it is to suck down a bottle of Clown Shoes Lubrication. The hops never overwhelm, and the body is smooth to make it easy to get down. It weighs in at 6% ABV, but has the flavor intensity of something stronger, but the actual weight of something smaller. A pretty impressive feat that deserves kudos.
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle... light black beer, light tan head, about a finger of a cap stays, ok lace... the nose is dominated by hops, soapy and grassy, a bit of roast, smells good but could use a touch more balance... again not very balanced mostly hops especially on the finish you get some oil and pine, a bit of roast and chocolate... solid
AmEricanbrew (6227) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby black clear color with tan foam. Nice grassy, pine, milk chocolate malt ball aromas. medium bodied. Dry chocolate, dark roast flavors with a taste of bitter pine to finish--good
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Bark’s Beer Cave. Bottled in August 2011. The aroma is heavy on roasted malts with some sweet character. I also detect some hops present, which seem to be more of an orange-ish floral variety. The hops and malts do not compliment each other in the aroma. Mostly opaque black body with a medium light tan head that is pretty strong and persistent. Starts mostly roasted with a little sweet cocoa powder flavor. These malts tend to persist throughout the beer. This is a little burnt with some astringent, bitter grapefruity hoppiness towards the end. Seems more of a porter than an IPA. Not a fan of this style, nor this particular interpretation of it. Way too charred and roasted.
Palidor19 (3049) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark roasted, really toasty, almost burnt. the hops bring together the beer. medium malts. Cant stress enough of the burnt