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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1057
Reviews: 264
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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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with roasted dark malts balanced by some sweeter notes.  Hints of toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee along with smoked meat and subtle hops.  subtle lactic presence.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a strong roasted malt presence that is sligtly dry and acrid but not overwhelmingly so.  Hints of burnt toast, deeply roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal.  Very bitter with subtle hops complimenting the dry, roasted notes.  Subtle lactic presence and some chocolate sweetness. Finishes with boozy heat that gives off a lot of alcohol flavor.  Astringent dry boozy finish.  Looks and smells nice but the flavor doesn't follow through.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:40:16 | More by corby112
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santomark

California

3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark black, chocolate, body with a small toffee off white head

S - Mild vanilla, molasses, sweet dark chocolate, and as weird as this sounds, a hickory scent reminiscent of BACON!

T - Very dark up front, nice roasted notes, mild fruit and ends on this hickory bacon flavor.

M - Very syrupy, but it's to be expected with this type of beer.

O - I'm going to pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:30:34 | More by santomark
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CharlesRamsey

California

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Like Kim Kardasian, looks are deceiving. A full body apperance, with a trunk full of junk. That is a little too harsh as i know how well reviewed this offering is, but you get my point. Flavor complexities that still need to be worked out, with high points of coffee grinds, burnt chocolate but a thin, syrupy mouthfeel that missed the richness of some others. The dark, thin head stayed, with low carbonation that needed more balance for me to want to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 02:00:37 | More by CharlesRamsey
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SweetBrown

California

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't always drink stout, but when I do, it will most likely not be another Vampire Slayer. The color was a mix of dark raspberry and dark roast coffee beans, with a thin layer of foam, which on looks alone, seemed very promising. However, upon first sip, I found it somewhat syrupy and not as smooth as its looks, with taste notes that was a cross between black licorice and soy sauce. This was not a thirst quencher, but more like a meal. For these same reasons, it's probably a great drink for those who appreciate a good hearty imperial stout. As a fan of True Blood, glad I tried it, but may have been too big of a bite for this IPA-er.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 01:45:50 | More by SweetBrown
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with a coffee ice cream head. Bubbly like a cauldron.

Smells roasty, dark and acrid with sugary edges. More burnt wood than smoke. Tastes like roast malt chocolate frozen yogurt. Char in back gets to be a bit much. Not bad but I can think of 20 imperial stouts available at my local beer store that are better than this.

There's a big hubbub over the use of holy water in this beer. I don't know that it's any different than a kosher Hebrew beer but my girlfriends Catholic and says it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:42:45 | More by donkeyrunner
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Beaver13

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 06:13:28 | More by Beaver13
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BB1313

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/24/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with just a little light getting through; khaki head that slowly fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate along with some smoke. The flavors are loaded with smoke and ash. They deliver on the hickory as well, in a subtle way. Tons of malts and grains. Lots of dark chocolate. Some hints of vanilla. There's a subtle bitterness. Earthy and woodsy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's very creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is a nice beer to sip on and relax with.

Not bad at all. It's not exactly anything unique or out of the ordinary, in my opinion, but it's well crafted and pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:11:44 | More by BB1313
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.8.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a large foamy dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Coffee, roasted, slight chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate, burnt malt, bitter.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Bitter and thin. Ok, at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 19:25:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good stout. It is a solid offering by Clown shoes.

I'll admit their style of labels and names was a bit of a put off at first. But hey, they are kinda of funny once you really think about it. So I will admit i was reticent at first.

But after this, I'm really warming up quite nicely. This stout has a very nice nose, a little chocolate, but a little on the cool side as well. It doesn't want to give up to much unless fairly warm, but it does hint at vanilla and cocoa.

This has a nice, smooth body, a tad thin, but solid. The taste is surprisingly smooth and lacking any real edginess. It isn't extreme, but it is a good deal for the price. enough so for me to seek out other items from them. This hides the 10 abv very well.

I'll go find some unidragon to compare this too and re-visit this some time. Very promising.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:22:52 | More by CasanovaCummins
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redadevil74

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Black with a light white lace of head.

S- A sweet smell with some smokiness

T- Pretty sweet and smokey A very dark malty ale. a lot of smoke like a rauch beer but with a bitter backbone. For a 10% beer, didnt taste too much of the booze.

M- Not a lot of body in this one

O- I enjoyed this one, a nice balance of smoke flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:16:19 | More by redadevil74
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 2/2012.

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Opague black in color a rather heavy pour leaves a generous two finger heading, but settles quickly to just a thin edging around the glass.

Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt mix. Slight hot boozey kick,with a nice anise like finish. After this warms up it turns completely south for me. The nose turns to an earthy, manure aroma very unimpressive here. I even washed my hands to make sure I didn't touch baby poo and no it is the aroma from this beer. Very odd.

Even for the odd occurence of this warming aroma of manure in the nose it still manages to taste well. Dark chocolates and a touch of smoke, nice dark fruits and no manure !.

Medium to full bodied not as heavy as I would like my double stouts, a little thin in the mouth than I am used to. Good carbonation.

Overall a touch above average. After hearing so many good things and the local stores selling out immediately. I figured this was exceptional but in the end just a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 20:16:19 | More by TheFightfan1
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my KTG snifter. Pours about a shade darker than cola with a frothy, half-inch, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a thin tight band around the shoulders and a creamy dollop across the center. Some spots and thin arcs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly average - a suggestion of dark malts, a hint of char and a slightly metallic quality. Taste follows nose - malt profile is a bit more evident. There's also a bit of sugary sweetness (brown sugar and/or molasses) that peaks out towards the middle, but is quickly replaced by an earthy bitterness at the finish. There's also a bit of an artificial sweetener character, and the slightly metallic quality evident in the nose also re-asserts itself. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with a slightly oily consistency and somewhat of a coarse carbonation. Overall, not sure what the hype is about this beer. At $9.99 for a non-BA bomber, I was expecting something a bit more than what was offered, but what I found was a fairly lackluster stout that doesn't really come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:41:19 | More by Jwale73
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:28:22 | More by tectactoe
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HardTarget

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black glass shows a razor thin ruby edge. Holds a thin brown cover that leaves some major lace in its wake.

Smell: First blush is hoppy, earthy and pine with some citric notes. While this tries hard to distract you from the potent alcohol, it doesn't completely succeed. There's also whiffs of seriously deep malt levels, black bread and soy sauce.

Taste: The alcohol has a slight solvent aspect to it that manages to not be completely offensive, kind of like someone put a shot of vodka in your beer. Kind of gets on top of the smokey, malty rich beer flavors. As you adjust, more citric hop and leather flavors start to show up that keep things interesting. Hard to get past that vodka shot though.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body speaks to the massive alcohol content, carbonation is light-medium and there is an airy feel to the whole package that is a bit unsettling.

Overall: Monster beer. The alcohol is a bit hot and it has me wondering what a year or 3 in the cellar might produce. As it stands today, I'm not sold. Still, a bold and generally clean beer that I would like to try again... when I don't have to wake up the next day.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:54:06 | More by HardTarget
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Vampire Slayer goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Some old world character,dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 06:05:14 | More by BARFLYB
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beershlitz

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased bottle at Beer Outlet in Philly. Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with no head.
S: deep roasted malt, smoky with coffee notes
T: bitter heavy coffee flavor with chocolate and a black licorice aftertaste, in a word delicious. 10% alcohol content is completely hidden by great flavor.
M: Full bodied and creamy, a smooth stout.
O: This is an exceptional stout, and although I have a weakness and bias toward Guinness...this is a stout on a completely different level of complexity. I will surely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:01:57 | More by beershlitz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at The Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
2nd Anniversary Ale

APPEARANCE: A black, semi-transparent pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, tan head with good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy cap, though only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, some sweet cream and some smoky notes. Light hints of smoked meat.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel notes, up front with smoked flavors and sweet cream at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is smoky with smoked meats, roasted and slightly burnt flavors, and some dark, bitter chocolate as balance. Very good and quite well balanced as well. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. I've enjoyed the handful of stouts I've had from Clown Shoes. This one was complex and well balanced, with a good combination of roasted and burnt malts and smoky flavors. Good stuff all around. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:34:47 | More by Jeffo
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Cervezaconcalor

Florida

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a snifter

A - Pours black with a medium to big body and a nice two finger head that stays for a few minutes.

S - Dark fruits and roasted malts

T - Medium body with sweet raisins up front followed by a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. The finish has a light sweet roasted flavor.

M - A little lighter than I would prefer for this beer.

O - Very good but lacks in body and would be better if some more of the flavors came out.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:04:37 | More by Cervezaconcalor
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, trace tan head, ok lacing

S: mild chocolate, hint of roasted nuts, malt

T: mild chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee,
hint of roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: Love the style and brewery, but
this offering is just ok.

SOLID; NOT A MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 21:49:50 | More by BeerLover99
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a one finger dark tan head, good retention and light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt,coffee and dark fruits.

Taste starts slightly sweet of dark fruits, raisins and cocoa then light notes of dark coffee and malts.

Mouth feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, sweet with a slight roasty finish. The 10% abv is well hidden as there is only a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a nice stout, a little sweeter than I prefer in a stout, however, very drinkable and I hope to enjoy one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:38:45 | More by dtivp
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beergoot

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, nearly black body with a lasting yet somewhat thin head. Plums, figs, and booze comprise the aroma; cocoa and some coffee. Taste closely mirrors the aroma. Body comes across medium-heavy, a little bubbly, somewhat sugary.

Overall, a pretty good imperial stout with most components playing nicely with each other yet with a slightly disjointed feel. Still, the beer is rich and flavorful, keeps the ABV reined in nicely, and generally fits the bill for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:26:10 | More by beergoot
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mscudder

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Dark black with a mild brown tint. Poured with a relatively thin tan head. Good lace retention.

S - Light roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee. All these aromas are soft and while innate, could be more robust.

T - Two things dominate this brew: sweet notes from cocoa and dark fruits. They compliment each other well and the the dark fruits are almost as prominent as in a Quad. There is a light warmth from the ABV and a bit of a smoked taste wraps it up.

M - Heavy brew with a medium body, less than I would like in an imperial, and moderate carbonation. This helps the dark fruits jump on the palette. I feel the high carbonation (for a stout) hurts the drinkability and smoothness. Not at all bad, just not my cup of tea.

O - This is an interesting stout with a unique composition. I heard many good things about the brews from Clown Shoes, namely that this was their signature beer. That said, I paid around $10 for a 22oz and I cannot justify such a steep price for a beer I see as average amongst the wide selection of quality stouts, of which are much more widely available.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:32:42 | More by mscudder
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Farmhouse in Burlington, Vermont.

Looks wonderful. Near-black with a bubbly mocha head. Great retention.

Big smoky nose with a hard hitting burnt malt.

Massive espresso flavours right up front are pretty quickly overrun by hot alcohol. Dark chocolate eventually shows up in the finish.

Whew, this tastes big and I'm not sure if the cask does it any favours. A bit more body might have helped to round things out. As is, the low carbonation let the alcohol run a bit wild.

Serving type: cask

08-11-2012 02:42:08 | More by CanuckRover
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clown Shoes makes a decent beer, but I really don't like their labels. Anyway, this beer pours a remarkable head considering the strength of a beer. On that alone I have to give it the 5 for appearance because I can't recall ever seeing such a thick head on a beer of this strength. Smell is of burnt malts, taste of bitter chocolate. A little syrupy feel. Overall, it's a tasty beer. Any fan of imperial stouts will enjoy this, but they may also have a hard time remembering it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 16:44:07 | More by TheRealBigC
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Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.