Beer #10 – Clown Shoes Lubrication
Most people think of Massachusetts beer and instantly think of Sam Adams. I know I do. However, there are many other breweries there worthy of respect. I have actually never heard of Clown Shoes in my life. I was in the beer store the other day and just grabbed a bunch of random bottles and one of them happened to be this beer. I was intrigued by the fact that it was a black ale as I thought it would be a good winterish beer. So I present to you, the Lubrication Black Ale from Clown Shoes.
Aroma: Chocolate and coffee, hint of licorice when I first poured it, when you inhale after letting it sit a second you get deep roasty and earthy aromas. This beer smells GOOD.
Appearance: Pours thick and black, great head of foam forms, nice lacing.
Flavor: Coffee up front, malt (hint of dark chocolate) sweetness and then lingering roasted bittnerness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, coats the mouth in a smooth/velvety way.
Overall: This is a solid black ale. As a Black IPA, it’s fantastic. The deep aroma and flavors are really nice up front and the hop bitterness balances well with the dark chocolate and coffee malts. A new winter favorite of mine, man is it good.