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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3981) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Blanchard’s, Allston 650ml ($5.50): Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts and plenty of citrus. Taste is very grapefruit hops, more so slanted in that direction than any other Black IPA, I’ve ever had. Kind of strange and perhaps is an intentionally unbalanced beer. In any case, I though it was drinkable enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ExpendableHero (773) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6394) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dyetube (1280) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pours black with a thin tan head. The aromas are chocolate, citrus. The mouthfeel is slightly roasty and dry with a medium body. Cheers!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Black ipa with nice hops. Shared with Brendan at rattle n hum. Pours deep black body no head, minor lacing.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours black with a short-lived tan head. Smells like a forest fire. Big hop flavor up front fades a bit to burnt malt and a mildly bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2193) - USA - DEC 11, 2011
Very dark, foamy pour. Unusually boring label from CS. Interesting aroma of fresh pumpernickel, cheese, and floral notes. Dry, roasty, burnt toast flavor with a bitter hoppy finish. It says some natural flavors were added but I’m not sure what - perhaps some vanilla or oak. Pretty good if you like this kind of thing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle purchased on Dec. 7, 2011, at Total Wine & More (Naples, FL). Pours a medium sized tan head that was mostly lasting, opaque, fair amount of lacing, and a black hue. The aroma is malty, coffee, roasty, and some hops. The flavor was lightly bitter, malty, coffee, mildly hoppy, very, very roasty, and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, it was too roasty tasting for my liking especially since I am not a coffee drinker.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3917) - - DEC 18, 2011
bottle. near black with a creamy, stable, tan head. nose is citrus hops, roasted barley and dark chocolate. body is lighter than hoppy feet and seems slightly more bitter all around but not necessarily because of the hops....just an unsweet beer with notes of bakers chocolate, cocoa and a light astringency. creamy with a very dry finish and medium light body. no sweetness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5360) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bomber. Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a smokey malt and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a bitter hop and spicy dry finish. A good black IPA from Clown Shoes.


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