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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Pours black with a huge mocha head...excellent retention and lacing. aroma is roasty with coffee and chocolate notes. Flavor has significant coffee, a hint of spicy hops, and just a tiny bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel is lively and the finish is spicy and very roasty...faint bitter cocoa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4628) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a creamy white head and about a 70% opacity. Aroma of nice fresh hops with a good roasted malt scent and very little else - just very fresh hops and malt. Medium-bodied; Nice roasty malt at first with a deep pungent creaminess following soon behind. A bit of fresh hops, and light caramel sweetness also noticeable, but this one is mainly about the fresh hops and the roasty malt that show a lot of body, actually. Aftertaste is nice and well-rounded, the malt comes through for sure, but the palate is left grassy and herbal from the hops. Overall, a nice beer - definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this pint on draught at Virtue Grain & Feed in Alexandria (Old Town), Virginia earlier this evening on 15-October-2011 for US$7.00.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highibus (706) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Pours deep black with thick tan head. Only a light roasty aroma. Flavor is off big time. I get that immediate metalic taste. Then a little roast but very little hops. bummer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle sent to me by Shawn O Meter, thanks! Served in Bells tulip.

Pours a deep brown nearly black with some purple highlights topped by a creamy tan head that left good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy, resiny and acidic hops, char, roast, coffee, and chocolate malt character along with some metallic, medicinal and tea like vapours that does lessen the experience.

The taste is balanced mostly by roasted and sweet malts versus the resiny and herbal hops. Seems a but muddled and dumbed down however, does not POP. Then there is a strange ongoing mild acidity that does not fit, is that the orange peel? The finish is metallic, minerally and just weird. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, ashy and muddy. I must say I am disappointed in this beer for it never really does much to keep me interested and has some strange characteristics.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1065) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Pours black with a soapy caramel cola colored head. Roasted malt aroma followed my some citrusy pine. Decent flavor balance of roasted malt, coffee, dark cocoa and piney, minty hops. Overall, for my first sampling of Clown Shoes, its a winner!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3744) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2011
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a thick, lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and citrus hops. Not much else to the flavor, but it’s still good. Average texture. A decent black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
joshmcg000 (312) - Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is all roast. Taste is roast, hops, slight citrus. A well balanced beer. Not overly complex. Very drinkable good stuff just doesnt really stand out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
12oz bottle shared with MikeLovesBeer. Dark black pour with a thin creamy head. Aroma is mostly hoppy with faint hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is hops up front with a creamy malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Glad to finally have Clown Shoes distributed in Texas. Always a fan of Black IPAs and Clown Shoes brought three new ones into the state. The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt with some strong pine notes from the hops. The flavor has a strong resinous pine component that really cuts through the chocolate malt. The beer is very dry and the bitterness is a little higher than I expected it to be. The beer is fairly easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2011
22 oz bottle from Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. $5.99. Black color in a shaker glass. Nose is light pine hops with mild roast. Thin bubbly tan head, light lace. Taste is spot on the nose. Mild pine needles, roasted malt and hop bite in the finish. Some chocolate malt. A mild lingering bitterness. Body is medium leaning toward the lighter side. High carbonation. Overall ok. Some good flavor however, I would choose other brews in this style before buying again.


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