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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3268) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours dark brown/black color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine hop aromas. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with some citrus and pine. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent, but I was hoping for more hop flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (4659) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pine, grapefruit peel, and orange peel aroma. Mahogany, medium beige head, good lacing. Charcoal initially. Swift transition to orange peel. Finishes with pine. Smooth bitterness without being resinous or biting. A good everyday IDA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ExpendableHero (777) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Dark brown beer, with a nice off-white head. Aromas of mild earthy hops. Taste is a bit one dimensional: dry, herbal hops through and through. Not much malt backing up the hops, maybe some hints of watered down black coffee here and there. Dry, hoppy finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black color with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of earth, fruit, roasted, with caramel. Very roasted and earthy; not feeling this one that much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours a thick opaque black. Khaki colored head. solid hop aromas and flavors, light pine, and citrus, yet faint. rich roasted malts. solid and smooth, very crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a dark brown colr with a huge ass three finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. That head would just not settle. Aroma is pine hops and light chocolate. Flavor is pine and herbal hops, light roasted malt, and a touch of chocolate. The bitterness really lingers in this bad boy. Medium body. This is one of the more bitter black IPA’s I’ve had. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (10695) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and something faint that seems dirty and off. The taste is bitter hops, some roastiness in the finish and faint nuttiness. Medium bodied. A bit muddled and well off balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10830) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, coffee, and chocolate malt, floral and woody hops, and notes of prunes and figs. Flavor is dark and lightly bitter malt with woody and earthy hops, dark fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1704) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22 oz bottle from Tully’s, Wells Maine. Pours almost jet black with no light penetration. A little mahogany around the edges. A gentle pour nets a 1 finger, dense mocha head. Spotty lace. Aroma is pine resin mixed equally with astringent burnt malt. Taste is initially all burnt malt and char, quite bitter. Then the pine/grapefruit flavors make themselves known and all is well. Medium to light on the palate with a bitter, astringent finish. I’d buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5593) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Bottle. I guess after all of the turmoil, Clown Shoes caved in and did not use the "controversial" label. (***Update*** Per user Tuscadero aka Stacey, who is the graphic designer for Clown Shoes - the 12 oz bottle does not have the "controversial" label due to space issues. The 4 pack carrier for the 12 oz bottles and the 22 oz bottles still have the label). Pours black with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, resinous and herbal hops, licorice and citrus. Taste is big roasted malt, pine resins, herbal hops, licorice and light citrus. Body is medium with a dense, prickly carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, herbal hops, pine, tar, licorice and light citrus.

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