Chad9976 (1067) - 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.
pumpmaster (1061) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $4.99/4-pk Very good.
llcooldave (1020) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a large tan coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee and some nuts. Flavours shoudl some roasted grain and some sweetish caramel. Medium mouthfeel.
ThirstyBird (1014) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks for sharing Sebastian! Pours a dark brown with orange highlights. Smell is dark roasted malt, mild licorice. Taste is roasted malt, spice, piney hops with a dry finish. Active carbonation...a bit too much and light body. Not too exciting but also not too bad.
AWISLguy (1014) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Fischman’s. Pours a foamy dark black with a root beer float head - naturally with foamy lacing. Quite opaque after settling. Aroma has dark patent malts, some chocolate and some citrus. Further through the glass there is more of a grassy hop/orange peel presence. Taste is of big roast flavor and sweet chocolate, with more subtle hoppiness. More a porter than a black ipa? Finishes sweetly bitter. 2/2012 bottle date may have killed more of the initial hop presence. A solid drinker with some taste.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark black with a huge tan head. Overcarbonated from the loos of it. The nose is roasted coffee, nuts, flour and resin. The taste is sweet with a good amount of bitter. The mouthfeel is like pop rocks. To much carbonation. The body is light, the finish is medium., It’s ok.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark pour from bottle. Taste is roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, soy sauce and pine. Nice.
jmohno (998) - Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2012 Chilled after room temp shelved for some number of months.Slightly froze, heavy hiss when opening and a massive head.Black with a tan head great lacing.
Aroma was all a light somewhat metallicy at first with a thin airy citrus scent chocolate notes come as it warms,fresh light citrus with chocolate seems to stand out most with very light sweet grainy roast notes.
Taste has a nice smoothness with good hop presence with a lightness from the citrus but somewhat medium bodied but overall seems light with a nice roast towards the finish with a chocolate background citrus hops up front.Pretty nice black session ale really,very drinkable with a nice roasty chocolate and bittering. I could see this being in a can,and i would love to take it outdoors and have a few of these.Overall taste is really nice.
oRos (976) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with big off white head. Taste is malty and has a big Smokey taste. Not sure if it went bad or not