Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes
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4.91/5 rDev +19.5%
Notes: Bottled 11/09/12. Serving at 40 degrees in a brandy snifter.
Pitch black body allows zero light to penetrate its walls. Head is a bit disappointing - started with a finger-thick, beige head that disappears quickly but managed to leave a bit of lacing behind. When tilting the glass reveals some nice legs.
An elegant array of smoked wood and toasty malts. Upfront you're greeted with a smoked hickory character that blends beautifully with a rich cocoa character. Bold coffee notes
A lot of what was found in the nose can be found in the taste - bursting full of character, this one is! Vibrant cocoa laced with light, tart cherries hits right up front with a bitter bite that is spot on for the style. It's a bit sweet but it's not overkill. Plenty of peat on the finish and in the aftertaste. It's hard to believe this is 10% ABV as their is only the slightest burn on the tail end. Wow.
Full bodied with light carbonation. Stupidly smooth - seriously, how can this be 10%? Semi-sweet finish is laced with rainbows and puppies. Joking aside, this is perfect!
If there is such thing as the perfect imperial stout, in my eyes, this is it! This beer truly left me in awe. This bottle made it's way to my cellar from Alabama over a year ago when Clown Shoes wasn't available here in Iowa - oh how things change. Clown Shoes is now readily available here and if this beer is any indication of the quality they're capable of producing, consider me a fan for life. This is art, no question about it. With a few small tweaks to encourage head retention, this would be perfect! Do yourself a favor and grab this if you see it - you will not be disappointed!
02-23-2014 23:17:55 | More by alphagnome
4.88/5 rDev +18.7%
Bottled December, 2011
Black. No light shines through. Big milk chocolate head. Tons of lace!
Smells of chocolate, roast, and smoke.
The taste is an amazing combo of sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, balancing bitterness, and the hickory smoke shines through.
Thick and creamy.
I have enjoyed all I have tried from Clown Shoes so far. This might be the best one yet!
01-19-2012 16:11:18 | More by angusblackheart
4.85/5 rDev +18%
Pours a deep balck with a thick tan head. Lace is nice.
Smells of chocoalte, licorice, roast, and smoke.
Taste is amazing! Very forward cofee, licorice, dark cocoa, and the smoke is not like bacon, but more like an oakey flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Another impressive stout from clown shoes!
03-05-2012 19:12:43 | More by BeerMusketeer
4.85/5 rDev +18%
Bottled February 2012
Brewed with real holy water!!
A: Dark black, dark head, good lace. Perfect.
S: Chocolate and syrupy coffee goodness, with a hint of smoke.
T: Holy crap! Very rich, chocolate, licorice, a hint of smoke, and a kind of neat fruitiness. Awesome!
M: Slick and creamy. Light carbonation.
04-21-2012 20:51:43 | More by BenjieK
4.79/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 02/12. This pours a motor oil looking thick, pitch black color with a finger and a half thick mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark chocolate, coco, espresso and roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy, nice carbonination. The taste is very good, lots of dark chocolate, nice and bitter with a little mouth coating coco. This is an excellent dark chocolate tasting stout, far exceeding expectations.
01-10-2013 04:02:56 | More by DavidST
4.75/5 rDev +15.6%
A- Pours a thick pitch black color with a thick tan head with great lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.
S- The aroma is intense dark roasted malts along with some smokiness, bittersweet chocolate and some warmth from the alcohol in the finish. The aroma intensifies with increased complexity as the beer warms in the glass. Smells great, can't wait to try this beast.
T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously dark and roasty. The smoked roasted malts are complimented by some espresso flavors and warmth from the alcohol in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, just like an imperial stout should be.
O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and hope Clown Shoes adds it to their regular lineup or at least makes it a seasonal. Happy Second Anniversary!
03-05-2012 03:06:02 | More by cjgator3
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.