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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - 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 (6081) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Pours an light tan, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose, flavor is same - burnt coffee with lingering burnt aftertaste. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2545) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Black with a big puffy beige head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of cascade, slight citrus, roast and grass. Taste is weaker than I expected from the smell; roasted malt with some chocolate and piney bitterness. Medium bodied, little finish. Good beer, but it’s a touch weak here and there. Definitely enjoyable though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3803) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2011
12oz bottle 9/29/11 (Binny’s Plainfield)-46° in Shaker-Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of hops, licorice, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more hops and roasted malt. Almost tastes like a Schwarz beer. This medium bodied brew is not bad. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 12oz bottle. Deep brown pour with lots of sticky tan head and lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and pine hops. Flavor is slightly sweet with a good amount of bitterness - good balance of hops and roasted malt. Pretty good Black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Very rich and creamy, great hoppy flavors and decent roasted malts. Extra carbonated and the head looks like nitrogen bubbles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12802) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2011
A clear reddish brown ale with a thick lacing brown head. In aroma, a nice chocolate malt with grassy hops, capucino, very smooth. In mouth, a big whollop of bitter chocolate, floral hops, coffee grinds, lingering and challenging. Very nice. On tap at Meadhall, Sept. 11 2011.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
bottle, dark walnut color with orange amber highlights, steady tan creamy foam, aroma is nice roasted hops and pine, flavor of bitter pine needles, roast burnt malt, charred wood maybe, nice lingering finish

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5479) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2011
12 oz bottle via a trade extra with smith4498, thanks Jason. Poured a good looking thinner dark black body under an average sized foamy super light biege head. Aroma of burnt malts, burnt toast, chocolate, lactose, tobacco, custard and pudding skin. Watery body with average carbonation and a quicker fading aftertaste. Flavor not quite as good as the aroma, notes of bad dark chocolate, lightly burnt toast, grapefruit rind, grassy hops, dark malts. Solid beer but needs more body even as a session beer, just a touch too thin.


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