1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Vampire SlayerVampire Slayer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,155 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 105
Gots: 269 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold us back, do we need Vampires, too? Clown Shoes says, “No! Die, monsters, die!”

Our second anniversary ale incorporates signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory, ash, and vampire killing stakes.

(Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-31-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,155 | Reviews: 270 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

Appearance: Three fingers of beige colored head crowns an extremely dark brown, nearly black viscous liquid; there is slight redness around the boundaries of the beer. The head has an extremely foamy, even consistency and leaves great swaths of lacing all over the glass. The carbonation is evident and active, and there are slight alcohol legs as the beer slides around the glass. Just another great looking imperial stout.

Aroma: Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, and hints of dark fruit, with no hop presence whatsoever. Alcohol comes through in the tail end of the nose, as well as a touch of molasses and maybe a bit of smoke. This mostly smells like a sweet, syrupy bomb. Hopefully it has more complexity than that.

Taste: The taste, as it often does, follows the nose with what is there, but deviates in the prevalence. Coffee bitterness hits a lot harder and immediately, but it is followed by creamy vanilla and chocolate that add a great sweetness. Then, the beer transforms again into the smokiness that did not show itself much in the nose. Finally, dark fruits and more coffee bitterness finish up the beer with a nice dryness. The smoke is a great addition and is restrained just enough, as smoke seldom is. This is a superb stout.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for an imperial stout, unfortunately. The carbonation is at a perfect level, however, and the alcohol just slightly warms the mouth, something this reviewer is always looking forward to, especially during the winter months. Not only is the finish dry in terms of flavor, but the smokiness adds an actual drying feeling to the mouth, which is surprisingly not a negative quality.

Overall: Clown Shoes is two-for-two for me. I cannot wait to try Blaecorn Unidragon and their other offerings as well after this and Muffin Top. The factor that stands out about this beer is how well done the smoking is. Typically, smoke overpowers everything else and mutes other flavors, but here it helps the coffee bitterness and mingles well with the chocolate. The folks in Ipswich really know what they are doing. 17/20

01-12-2013 00:40:56 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured jet black into an imperial nonic thick one finger deep beige crown atop that left multple ringes of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Chocolate,roast,smoke,and fruity esters in the nose,it's very nice if it packed alittle more puch it would be off the charts.Full chewey feel to the beer really enhances the flavor nuances.Lightly smoked and earthy rawness mixed with bitter chocolate and mild fruit on the palate provide for a well rounded brew.A great beer in my mind,the best Clown Shoes beer I have had,a tad above Hoppy Feet 1.5.As I drink more some alcohol induced and molasses-like sweetness comes into play more.

03-19-2012 21:45:39 | More by oberon
Photo of DanGeo
DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-21-2013 17:04:23 | More by DanGeo
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

Thanks, Kevin. Extremely dark. Densely sucking up all available light kind of dark. Nothing's shining through this dark bastard. Huge, pluming, creamy, long-lasting tan cap that froths up like a geyser and leaves copious sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. To hell with those big imperial stouts that can't leave behind any residual head - take notes on this one.

The aroma is a concoction of a chocolate malt mountain, light roasted malt rain, a hint of sweet smoke (almost like that liquid barbecue smoke) and a good bit of dark fruit sweetness. There's a shrill, sharp anise sweetness in the tail end, too, that cuts through everything else with ease. Can;t tell if this is going to be roasty or sweet, but it seems like it's leaning towards the sweet side.

Yep, it's pretty sweet. Not quite Dark Lord sweet, but still darn sweet. Heavy plum-y or grape-like fruitiness at first, that attacks that "dark fruit" sense, only not quite as dark as your typical imperial stout would imply. Milk chocolates beam through and heap on some more sweetness, as does a touch of that sweet, almost mesquite smokiness.

Roasty wood and a staunch, ashy and nearly-citric hoppiness in the middle do all they can to balance the sweetness. And while their efforts are valiant, they are indeed futile. Black licorice abound in the finish with more milky sweet maltiness. Needs more balance between the elements, I'm not all the way on board with this one yet.

The mouth feel is a bit too thin for such a heavy stout, and the booze becomes noticeable with a little bit of warmth, hindering the drinkability just a little bit more. Kind of a shocking meld of flavors; not at all bad or anything, just... well, not the best execution in my mind. The sweetness, while not necessary *over*done, just isn't piquing my interest of particular flavors.

I think this'll be a pass from me from now on, not only because of the price, but because I enjoy some of Clown Shoes' other available offerings much more than this one. The sweetness was more on the anise, dark fruit kind of side (though chocolate was still a big factor), but I really was yearning for more brown sugar, vanilla, etc... Not bad, just not exactly my thing.

09-22-2013 19:28:22 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Hoppin_mad
Hoppin_mad

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

05-03-2014 18:41:17 | More by Hoppin_mad
Photo of npala86
npala86

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-10-2014 02:16:53 | More by npala86
Photo of tbryan5
tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-06-2013 02:01:37 | More by tbryan5
Photo of TimBeaulieu
TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-17-2014 22:13:27 | More by TimBeaulieu
Photo of SkiBum22
SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-24-2014 21:03:33 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of Ben7773
Ben7773

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-21-2014 03:29:37 | More by Ben7773
Photo of supa0525
supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-19-2013 20:55:12 | More by supa0525
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

In a tulip glass this beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit. Nice, but not quite there.

Ah, but the taste more than made up for that. Dark chocolate primarily, but also a strong coffee taste. Some raisins also. Very nice.

Rich, with nice depth. I want more of these.

04-25-2012 20:52:32 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of DaftPatrick
DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-21-2014 04:04:05 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of csmartin6
csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11-23-2012 02:14:09 | More by csmartin6
Photo of DWolf
DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

02-08-2014 17:56:13 | More by DWolf
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a small tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, some honey and a little cardboard.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with a lot of roast (bitter with some coffee) and a little vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout.

04-24-2013 06:13:28 | More by Beaver13
Photo of SuperbikeShaun
SuperbikeShaun

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-29-2013 23:48:08 | More by SuperbikeShaun
Photo of aquazr1
aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-25-2014 22:09:30 | More by aquazr1
Photo of Chris_Panos
Chris_Panos

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-27-2014 17:33:25 | More by Chris_Panos
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

The beer pours a deep inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate and some alcohol thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of roasted malt and a slight bit of char, as well as some dark chocolate and alcohol. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is similar to molasses. Medium carbonation and thick, full mouthfeel.

04-30-2012 04:09:17 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Mugenlude
Mugenlude

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -27%

12-05-2013 04:07:23 | More by Mugenlude
Photo of thaghost
thaghost

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-03-2013 00:40:44 | More by thaghost
Photo of standardcherry
standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-25-2012 19:35:00 | More by standardcherry
Photo of jondeelee
jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

Pouring a thick, dark black, Vampire Slayer opens with a nose that perfectly fits the style and the brew's color, being heavy with coffee grounds, tobacco, and ash, balanced beautifully with heavy cream, and light finishing touches of caramel, vanilla, and anise. The heavy cream aromas are more present here than in many Imperial Stouts, and when combined with the coffees and alcoholic vapors, make this beer reminiscent of a Bailey's/Kahlua combo shot. There are a few hops in the nose, adding some pine textures, and it says much of the quantity of hops added that they're even detectable over the malt onslaught. As a whole, the nose is beautiful and enticing, suffering only slightly from an excess of cream and sweetness.

On the tongue, the beer opens dark, black, and ashy, rushing over the tastebuds in waves of black coffee, tobacco, and ash, enhanced with a black pepper and anise spice that emphasizes the burnt and bitter qualities. The sugars are somewhat less present here than in the nose, but there are still good rivers of cream and toffee running through the black meadows, giving the beer in some ways the same flavor profile as a shot of extra-strong espresso with whipping-grade heavy cream. Some flavors are lost in subsequent sips, the tastebuds perhaps simply overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the onslaught. Still, in subsequent sips the hops do make a larger appearance, bringing pine sap and bitterness. The ashy notes get stronger as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is heavily ash-based, lingering for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should have more viscosity, which is somewhat surprising), and carbonation is medium-light to medium.

Overall, this is excellent Imperial Stout fare, though anyone not already a fan of big, black, ash-laden stouts will likely gag at the flavors. The beer really is like a cup of strong black coffee and a cigarette, as well as a small caramel candy held under the tongue. Personally, the combination is a huge success, and while I admit that the beer does perhaps suffer from what is perhaps an overabundance of ash (especially in the aftertaste, which becomes overwhelming at times), it still earns Clown Shoes a place of respect in my books.

01-31-2012 23:11:34 | More by jondeelee
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-13-2012 01:55:35 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.