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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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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
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.
Smell:
The aroma dark and sweet, heavy with coffee and chocolate, mild figs and light raisin. The alcohol is nicely drawn out.
Taste:
A strong coffee and chocolate flavor dominates the palate, sweetness completely envelopes your tongue.
Mouthfeel:
This is a full bodied ale, thick and warming to the drink
Overall:
Smooth, relaxing and fun to drink, this is a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:33:57 | More by vickersspitfire
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farrago

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:59:15 | More by farrago
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Thehuntmaster

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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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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tmm313

Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black. Poured a nice, creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Dark fruits: plum and dark cherry. Caramel, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, booze and some smoke. Smell's like there's some oatmeal in there, too. Just a touch of band-aid, but in a good way.

T- Plums, cherry, smoke, and caramel, followed by decadent bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, and a nice balance of booze. Nice smokey aftertaste.

M- Thickish, creamy, slightly syrupy. Taste melds with the mouthfeel beautifully! Drying and oily. Smokiness lingers a bit.

O- This was an awesome beer! I usually drink half of a bomber before sitting down to review, but this time, I only had about a cup left before it even crossed my mind. I loved how the mouthfeel complimented the flavors. I can't really explain how it did, but they went together wonderfully to me! I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:57:58 | More by tmm313
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TheSixthRing

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a tan, finger width head. Good retention leads to a thin, but consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and all over the glass, showing excellent stick.

Smell - Smokey roasted malt is the most pungent quality. Woodiness. Raisin and distant milk chocolate. Light astringency.

Taste - Dark fruits hit first, with prominent of raisin and fig. Touches of char and some mild roast. Chocolate is in there somewhere. Finishes with more sweet dark fruit character and a faint mocha quality.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a bit of syrupy feel. Low carbonation, but delivers a light tingle. Goes down fair enough, with a light alcohol bite.

Overall - Nice beer, but for the price I'd sooner grab a 4 pack of Grand Teton Black Cauldron for my smokey impy fix. More roasted depth would've been nice. Likley a one and done for me due to the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 08:52:52 | More by TheSixthRing
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OneEye78

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wide mouth pint glass. Was a deep black with little transparency around the edges, and very little head. Smelled of chocolate, a hint of coffee and smokey alcohol. Taste was led with a dark chocolate flavor, followed by a mix of smoke and coffee with a tart cherry and cranberry finish. Really liked the complexity of the taste, which really came out as it warmed up. There was a little bit of carbonation in the mouth, but was still substantial. I really enjoyed this beer. It was balanced, yet complex. A very satisfying stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 04:59:49 | More by OneEye78
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes: Bottled 11/09/12. Serving at 40 degrees in a brandy snifter.

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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!

Overall:
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 23:17:55 | More by alphagnome
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Vampire Slayer is very nearly black in color with thick bone-white head. It settles quickly at first but leaves a good half inch that lingers.

Aroma is full of roasted and smoked malts. It also has nice coffee notes.

Flavor is a pleasant balance of malty sweetness, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and subtle smoked malts. Tobacco, cherries, and plums also come through.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's balanced, creamy, and perfectly carbonated. Full bodied and just short of syrupy.

Overall a fantastic stout and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:43:12 | More by GilGarp
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vfgccp

New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful stout. Tar black body, almost no highlights. Creamy, dark khaki head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Deep and roasty. Malted milk balls, toasted oats, toasted white bread, coffee grinds, milk chocolate, molasses.

T - Sweet and smooth with a roast coffee character. Oatmeal, cream, latte, dry grains, malted milk balls, brown sugar, hazelnut.

M - Smooth, silky, medium-full frame.

O - Nice, well balanced, roasty AIS.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:14:52 | More by vfgccp
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cxr1037

California

4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from a few nights ago. Going off of some notes I took on BeerCitizen (when will there be a bA app?)

APPEARANCE: All RIS are the same. Black, thick, oily with a slim head. It looks like something that would be drank by a character in a film about slaying vampires (maybe the hero would be drinking this while decimating all the characters of Twilight?)

AROMA: Great, sweet aroma on this. Dark malts, lots of chocolate (milk and baker's chocolate). The alcohol is prominent and there's also some subdued smoke, coming from the malts smoked with hickory, ash, and "vampire killing stakes". I think the smoke is a good addition here.

TASTE: As to be expected with the style, there are sweet malts, dark/milk/baker's chocolate, and some coffee. The smoke is nice - not overbearing, but noticeable. It lingers in the shadows of my palate. Also some low alpha hops are in there among it all. I'm not sure what Holy Water tastes like, but I'll assume it's in there.

MOUTHFEEL: Big bodied and heavy in the mouth. The alcohol feels strong in this one, but it's not too hot. It leaves a nice warming sensation in the throat.

OVERALL: A fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. I've had so many bourbon barrel-aged stouts lately I almost forgot what the regulars tasted like. Solid example of the style, it hits all the right notes, and the subtle addition of smoke adds some depth.

92/100

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:49:03 | More by cxr1037
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black, dark tan with a 3/4 inch foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, anise, brown sugar and molasses, raisin and plum, Milky/lactate sweet aroma.

Taste - Starts off much like the aroma, smoked malts with chocolate and coffee. Smooth, balanced, the chocolate works with both the malts and sugars to balance out any bitterness and providing a sweet and smooth flavor. Smoked malts are muted by the coffee and chocolate and really make this pleasant to drink. Dark fruits such as raisin and plum add a fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smoked malts and chocolate coat the tongue. Palate gets more malts and chocolate along with some coffee, added sugars and dark fruits. Aftertaste is malty, sweet and slightly warm.

Overall - A really nice American stout. Really balanced well, smooth and easy to enjoy. The smell might make you thing this would be a smokey monster but, with the added sugars, and chocolate, really balance this beer out. Great drink, glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:48:28 | More by wvsabbath
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark brown with a tan head. Dark oily looking brew. The head laces the glass well. Overall, this has the ominous look of a fine imperial stout.

SMELL: Delicious chocolate malt aroma, along with coffee, charcoal and roast. Smells like a nice full, roasted assed stout.

TASTE: Mocha, espresso, dark chocolate and a bit of cream. A bit of hop bitterness is perceived, and the citrus and pine almost tasted, but the big malt bill overpowers these forces. Just a hint of heat in the finish, this drinks more like a regular stout rather than the imperial beast that this is. There is a full, chewy body and medium carbonation. This is a smooth devil of a beer, I mean, a smooth Vampire slayer.

OVERALL: Smooth operator...smoooth vampire slayer!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:10:45 | More by Stinkypuss
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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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TruePerception

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes' Vampire Slayer, Imperial American Stout. 10% ABV.

A: Black with tan head. Root beer brown in the bottom. Just the slightest lacing and sheeting.

S: Cocoa. Sweet toffee. Some woody notes. Slight cigar, maybe. Very faint licorice.

T/MF: A lot of bitter cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Light licorice. Slight sweet creamer.

Fairly good. I could see this being quite good with bourbon barrel aging. I must admit, hype had me expecting more, but I'm still glad to have tried this. ...Especially before the name and label change!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 08:11:16 | More by TruePerception
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottle 12/2011, so this is just over two years old.

A: Yep, it's black. Tan head retains well at a finger in height. Spotty lacing.

S: Thick fudge sauce, blackstrap molasses, bitter dark chocolate. Tight berry fruits. Blanket of ash and woody smoke.

T: Bakers chocolate quickly transitions to a rolling tide of bitter dark chocolate and burnt black coffee. Dark chocolate cake. Tight black raspberry ester. Layers of smoke. Ashy. A little nutty with a distinct roasted coffee bean flavor toward the back end. More smoke and bitter dark chocolate on a long-lingering finish.

M: Big in body. Creamy and airy in texture. Moderate supporting carbonation gently pricks about the tongue. Roasty astringency barely creeps in. Mild warmth. Very smooth and pleasing.

O: Even with a good dose of smoked malts, this beer is seamlessly smooth and pleasantly drinkable. Time was very kind to it as well. One of Clown Shoe's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:49:46 | More by ryan1788a5
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer a couple weeks ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm a fan of Smoked Stouts and I thought I should give Clown Shoes second anniversary ale a try, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter,

A- The label looks ok, but it's a little dark so you can't see it that well and It's not the most eye catching label, but the name is pretty attention grabbing. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and half worth of creamy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patching rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some smoke being the first to show up and it imparts a medium smokey aroma that shows up just enough and it's not overpowering and there's also a somewhat light black licorice like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice roasted malts, charred malts and light coffee aromas with some pretty nice chocolate aromas coming through that seem to stick out the most and they blend well with the smoke. Towards the end there's a sweet fruity aroma with a light amount of dark fruits coming through and there's a light amount of alcohol showing up in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma that was a little complex and it had just enough smokey aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those nice roasty and charred aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate and roasted/charred malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a very light dark fruit flavor and very light black licorice flavor with some noticeable alcohol showing up in the background and it's a little warming, but not too harsh. On the finish comes the smoke which imparts a medium smokey flavor that isn't too harsh and is just at the right level with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and a very roasty/charred and medium smokey aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer, I thought the smoke showed up just enough and it paired nicely with the stout base.

M- Fairly smooth, rich, a little sticky, a little creamy, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I thought the carbonation could be toned down just a little.

Overall I thought this was a really nice beer and a really nice example of a Smoked Stout, the smoked aspect and the Stout aspect were balance very nicely and neither one was too overpowering and I think that gave this beer the pretty much perfect amount of balance that a Smoked Stout should have. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, the alcohol was hidden well for the most part and was a little warming, it was rich, pretty filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, If I really wanted to I think I could take out the bomber by myself, but I think this is a good beer for splitting with someone and I think one glass is close to the right amount for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, to me that was the highlight of this beer and it was just where I would want it to be. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad at all, but I wish it had just a little less carbonation. I would buy this beer again if I saw another bottle and I would like to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this beer to people who like Smoked Stouts and I think it's balanced enough that most Stout lovers would like it to. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I heard it was pretty good and usually brewers bring out some pretty good beers for anniversary's, but I was still impressed with how good this beer is and it pretty much has everything that I look for in a Smoked Stout. Great job guys, this was very enjoyable beer and I liked that you released a style that I think doesn't get enough credit, thanks a lot and keep up the great work. Now I'm really kicking myself for not buying the barrel aged version when I had the chance, I won't make that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:41:49 | More by StoutHunter
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Joshpu

California

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a tiny tan head.

S: Black licorice, dark fruit, roasted/smoked malts.

T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the smokiness is more prominent on the taste. Black licorice, dark fruit, roasted/smoked malts. Some caramel sweetness with a somewhat bitter finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Lighter carbonation. Sticky mouth feel. Overall the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall a solid stout. I definitely like the balance of the smokiness though, as many smoky beers can be overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 08:54:19 | More by Joshpu
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of a vampire's soul, dark as night. The head, the color of hot chocolate foam, is full, fluffy and recedes slowly while leaving behind some magnificent lacing.
Smell is malt, smoke, dark chocolate, and whiskey. Very well balanced.
Taste is AMAZING! Smoky, roasted malts, faint hops, dark chocolate, light whiskey notes. Extremely well balanced and blended flavors with just the faintest hint of ashyness in the aftertaste to tarnish it.
Smooth as Lou Rawls' voice and rich with just a hint of drying in the finish. Full bodied with a commendably light carbonation. A serious sipping beer, deserving of at least 30 minutes to warm and come into its own full bloom. Get one, or three, and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:37:13 | More by PorterLambic
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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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schoolboy

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Woo. Somebody burned some pork rinds and threw them in the stout. This is a big nasty stout with a crazy amount of some flavor. This is smoked as much as a full rauch beer and the stout is fully suppressed by the smoke.

It pours nicely to a black foamy loveliness. The aroma only barely gives away the smoked taste that's going to follow. The taste is so smokey everything else is lost. The aftertaste is a burnt bitterness.

O would put this in a line up of rauch beers, where it would fare well. As an imperial Stout, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 01:46:56 | More by schoolboy
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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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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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Boto

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was a very small brown head on it that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The nose is good. Touch of smoke, just a hint of alcohol. Chocolate, dark fruits, hint of spruce: there is a lot going on in there. The taste is good. A bit of a sweetness to it. Some espresso, chocolate, spruce, dark fruits and some bitterness/dryness in the finish. This is really good!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 22:30:40 | More by Boto
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with one finger tan head and slight lacing around glass. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with some chocolate and a touch of coffee mixed in. Smooth, slightly sweet due to chocolate malts, easy to drink with decent balance, a little bit of caramel and vanilla as well. Not the most active stout but balanced with no overpowering malts and the booziness is kept to a minimum.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 16:03:39 | More by clayrock81
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Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
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