otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: burnt and black under a deep tan head – huge, creamy, bubbly, and velveteen all at the same time. Tons of lacey clumps as the head fades into a rocky blanket. Visually – liquid ash.
Nose: pine cones and pine trees. Burnt chocolate. Mint leaf. Chocolate cakes with vanilla cream filling. Vanilla bean. Undercurrent of licorice root.
Palate: minty, burnt, chocolate, and a slightly tart undercurrent of plum skins. More mind in the back of the swallow. Pine cones, pine tree needles, and pine tree back linger long in the breath. Whispers of sweet smoke in the middle along with moist raisins and plums.
Final Thoughts: another winner from Clown Shoes Beer. A bit on the simple side but there is more than enough flavor to keep one smiling from first quaff to last; I know I did. It’s unfortunate that Clown Shoes couldn’t use the original label which I liked better, and if you want to read the story on that one, Google it…
sir__v (1756) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 Color: dark black beer with high brown head and small carbonation. Smell: caramel, hops, malt, licorice. Taste: malt, hops, caramel. Aftertaste: caramel, malt, hops.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
#1244 bottle; nose is rye, decent roasted malt with a dark chocolate note to it, blood, leather, late mint and a decent hops whiff, feel is watery, carb is mediumhigh, taste is sweet malt, oak, leather, little blood, sour grape, late dark chocolate and a broad hops finish
MaBeer1972 (1666) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Jet black. Little to no head. Metallic aroma. Bitter black-coffee flavors. Dry aftertaste. not very impressive at all.
williamstome (1640) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown with big foamy dark brown head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine and a little chocolate. Flavor is resinous; mainly hoppy with a bit of roast.bitter, medium body, sticky finish.
Chad9976 (1604) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
Beerenberger (1591) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012 Citrus aroma. Opaque brown pour with a gigantic rocky tan head and minor lacing. Malt taste upfront with hints of dark choclate and coffee. There is a hopped citrus bitter finish. Medium-light body and high carbonation. Overall, this was enjoyable. Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
degbert (1587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a cinnamon head. Nose is IPA like, herbal and citrusy, but with a faint roasty overtone. On the tongue, it’s all espresso with orange peel -- strong and bitter with a prickly finish. Almost, but not quite, overwhelming. Good.
stefannilssons (1572) - SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Det här kunde nog ha varit en riktigt bra öl om den inte hade varit för kolsyrad vilket fick ölen att upplevas som tunn och avslagen. Smaken bar kraftiga inslag av choklad, kaffe med en ton av apelsin.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.