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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
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1,201 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 111
Gots: 277 | FT: 27
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)
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Ratings: 1,201 | Reviews: 274 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mhenson42:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mhenson42, Sep 08, 2012
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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DanGeo, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

npala86, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tbryan5, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

TimBeaulieu, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SkiBum22, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Ben7773, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

supa0525, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DaftPatrick, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

csmartin6, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DWolf, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beaver13, Apr 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

SuperbikeShaun, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

aquazr1, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Chris_Panos, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Apr 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Meyers1023, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

thaghost, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jondeelee, Jan 31, 2012
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Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.