SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Pours very, very dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. Smells strongly roasted with hints of orange, almost like orange flavored dark chocolate. Taste is primarily a dry, roasted bitterness with hints of orange, though very faint; but the flavors really explode when the beer warms up. Medium-bodied with a dry texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Clown Shoes Lubrication finishes with a mild dry bitterness. SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2012
bottled Feb 2011 .. drank Jan 2nd 2012 .. . Bought at D&Q .. . Pours a deep black brown .. good foam .. light sturdy lacing .. . still pissed about that garbage twisted pine abortion .. . light roast, tarred up pinecone, black ink, and carbon .. . carry on .. . great slick mouthfeel .. . if its in a book, its gotta be true! .. . awesome stuff, thank you.. . . If any man says he hates war more than I do, he better have a knife, that’s all I have to say... idedek (157) - USA - JUN 5, 2012
a beautiful dark color. That is very smooth with hints of licorice and not overpowering full body. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.
Cybercat (6343) - Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2012
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.
Aroma is - ZOMG, what a great aroma, strong, oily, smoky, with notes of molasses, hops and licorice plus a hint of miso. It pours an opaque warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Satisfying flavor has a hop-bitter overtone plus notes of roast malt, licorice and molasses. Texture is smooth, a teeny bit watery, fairly fizzy and a little dusty. Overall, a worthy brew.
paultheguru (662) - 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. obguthr (6832) - 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. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Pours black with a huge mocha head...excellent retention and lacing. aroma is roasty with coffee and chocolate notes. Flavor has significant coffee, a hint of spicy hops, and just a tiny bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel is lively and the finish is spicy and very roasty...faint bitter cocoa. jjgmd (2295) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Pitch black, aroma is malty, wonderful on the palate with hints of chocolate, and mild to moderate bitterness....heavy bodied with a crisp dry finish. All in all nice flavorful beer and very well balanced ! kschep (1707) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2012
#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