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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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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3.7
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy beige head. Nose is toasty with some light salty smoke notes. Palate is oily and slick with a harsh bitterness as it hits your throat leaving the tongue parched and numb. Flavors of salty roasty malts, bitter hop notes.

3.6
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Black with good, foamy, cappuccino head / Modest nose of roast barley and citrus / Light body, high carbonation, watery, with otherwise good balance / Flavors of dark roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate, orange, and bubblegum / More punch to the body and this could be very good.

3.2
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Valhalla. Bitter ale... Caramel and toasty malts. Decent but nothing special.

3.6
zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Dark black appearance with taste of roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. A well balanced beer with a nice biter finish and taste that is drinkable and enjoyable.

3.4
williamstome (1875) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2011
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.

3.6
jhamp9 (1860) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Pours almost black with a good sized brown that fades to ring. Leaves nice lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, piney hops, and some subtle orange in the background. Really nice bitterness up front and a lasting bitter chocolate aftertaste. Pretty interesting.

3.4
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and citrus hops. Taste is roasted malt, citrrus, a good beer. I am really appreciating Clown Shoes more and more.

4.1
ChadPolenz (1818) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
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.

3.3
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
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…

3.3
degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2011
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.


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