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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1061
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%

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:
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)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter (Momar42 to the rescue!) From notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The tan-colored head had no real chance to form given the smallish pour.

S: Notes of soy, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and smoke abound. Really a nice aroma in general.

T: A smoky opening turns chocolaty in the midtaste and finishes with licorice and umami qualities. Nothing crazy, but a damn solid smoked IS.

M: It could use a bit more density and creamy smoothness. On the plus side, the alcohol is hidden from the palate quite well.

O: This one is very good, but not great. I prefer Blaecorn Unidragon to this.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 07:30:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown to black color with a finger of beige head. There is a slight roastiness to the nose. The flavor profile leads and finishes with healthy roast and the finish has a sweet quality to it. The body is robust and substantial, but this offering is not quite as big as the best double stouts around.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 04:29:50 | More by 57md
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04-17-2014 19:51:39 | More by ChrisChagnon
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark body, almost pitch black, in fact all light seems to get trapped in its inner core much like a black hole. The head is a nice thick and fluffy tan organism that reminds me of the sirens of old, singing to me as if to draw me in just to feed on me.
The aroma dark and sweet, heavy with coffee and chocolate, mild figs and light raisin. The alcohol is nicely drawn out.
A strong coffee and chocolate flavor dominates the palate, sweetness completely envelopes your tongue.
This is a full bodied ale, thick and warming to the drink
Smooth, relaxing and fun to drink, this is a good stout.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While the pour yields over three fingers of foam, it is almost all big, delicate bubbles which are able to sustain longer than you’d think, surface looks like the top of a milkshake, the glass sides are all but fully covered in lacing, as if spray painted. Completely black liquid, no sign of any other color, no way you can see any bubbles, solid. The nose slowly builds, not aiming to knock you out with one blow, milk chocolate toffee, vanilla layers itself like a thick cake, plum, black cherry fruit, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, there’s a grainy bite and a sweet smokiness too, does kind of lurch as it dissolves but the alcohol isn’t vicious, just clumsy. Full-bodied, dense and making it slow to react. The plum, cherry fruit sweeter here, like a fruit cake. Not to downplay the milk chocolate, coconut, caramel, oatmeal notes. The carbonation starts to lend it creaminess then oddly stops. Very light citrus and flower accents, has a tea leaf to tobacco leaf smokiness. Its weakest point might be its lack of flow and thirst quenching capability, both of which seem within its reach. Enjoy how the sweetness trails off through the finish, making it fresher and potentially more food friendly.

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New Hampshire

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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New Jersey

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South Africa

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
Bottled: 02/2012

Appearance: Vampire Slayer appears pitch black in the glass, with a back light revealing only a sliver of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a large darker tan coloured head that lasts fairly well and leaves a few small patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Based on the description on the bottle I was expecting a smoke / roasted malt centered beer, however my first few sniffs indicate that this will not be the case. Rich dark chocolate and sweet creamy caramel dominate the nose with roasted malt, smoke and dark fruits present in smaller quantities.

Taste: The flavour isn't quite as sweet as the nose suggested, however it still leans towards the sweet chocolatey side as opposed to roasted and smokey. Notes include: Dark chocolate, sweet caramel, some brown sugar, roasted malt and a little smoke. The finish is lightly bitter and there is no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with a medium-high level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: I haven't had Vampire slayer fresh, but this bottle was absolutely delicious so I can't imagine the age did anything but improve it! I will have to get a hold of a fresh bottle to see if this is indeed the case.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 11:52:38 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
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