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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1065
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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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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jhartley

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Bottled on 06/04/2013.

A- Dark black body with a 2 finger foamy head. No light shines through when held up to the light.

S-Licorice, dark fruits, char, roasted dark malts, bittersweet chocolate.

T/M-Roast, chocolates, licorice, espresso, prune juice. Light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden really, only shows up once it warms up with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

O-A decent imperial stout that was much better than I expected. Even though the licorice is dominant to me I still really enjoyed this and plan on buying another bottle to cellar for a year or 2 to see how it may mature.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:43:39 | More by jhartley
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LA_Hue24

California

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: poured a really dark amber (looks black) into a glass (not sure of the name) got a nice 2" foamy head, light brown in color. Head settles into a nice ring with a light lace in the middle. At this point I unexplicably have a boner.

Smell: definately Kona coffee with a boozy essence, with hints of vanilla. I took several good whiffs to pick up the scent but it wasnt very aromatic.

Taste: surprisingly sweet almost like licorice very boozy. As it warms up the chocolate and.coffee flavor comes out with a bit of vanilla. Definately taste better warm.

Mouthfeel: syrupy full mouth feel with warm finish

Overall: good stout must be the holy water that adds the kick to it

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:39:39 | More by LA_Hue24
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours dark, dark black with a thin toffee colored lacing ring and very thick and viscous looking when the glass is swirled, nice legs.

S - Dark roast aroma with slight booziness, vanilla, some sweet chocolate molasses, and cream.

T - Taste is predominantly dark chocolate molasses, roast, dark fruit, with some alcohol effervescence.

M - Incredibly thick and slippery with a full body, a little syrupy..

O - After sitting for a year and a half it's not bad, next time 'will open when younger.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:01:55 | More by jzeilinger
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

Appearance: dark brown, some good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: molasses, brown sugar, and a light vanilla.

Taste: light brown sugar, nice warm barley, and a sweet molasses finish.

Mouthfeel: chewy-yet-smooth medium body.

Overall:
This is a really nice stout. It is very pleasant. There is a slight sweetness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:05:28 | More by megahurts4
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DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, with a tan head, which is not too thick.

The scent is not particularly strong, considering this beers octane, though there's a chance I'm losing my sense of smell.

The flavor is...well...unbalanced. It's got that bitterness you'd expect from an imperial stout, but the body is a bit lacking. It's also lacking in the complexity one has come to expect in the genre.

It's not a bad beer, but it's got a lot of, if you'll pardon the pun, stiff competition. Perhaps barrel-aging might help...when it returns as the Undead Party Crasher.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:08:54 | More by DrinkNewport
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with an unreadable bottled on date printed on the side. Either way, I decided to grab a bottle of this beer, Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer, before the name is changed, after being subject to lawsuit. It's been quite a while since I've had anything from Clown Shoes, and I think this might be my first review of one of their beers. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Aggressive pour down the center manages to conjure just over a finger of luscious mocha colored head on top of an opaque black body.

S - Smell is fairly simplistic, but hits it's mark. Cold bitter coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Faint soft leather, brown sugar, some faint anise, and smoked malt comes out more as the beer begins to warm.

T - Velvety creamy dark chocolate, bitter coffee bean roast, soft leather, a touch of smoke, and just a hint of spice / peppery heat on the finish. Again, fairly simplistic in it's approach, but it hits it's mark indefinitely. Figs, dates, and raisins make an appearance as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some bitterness lingering on the palate. Very light bodied and easy drinking for being such a big beer.

Overall, a smooth and easy drinking stout at 10.00% abv. Any heat present is from the peppers and not the alcohol. A classic example of a solid, well-made stout. Definitely a beer worth seeking out, and I will be looking into trying more from Clown Shoes, since I tend to overlook them far too often.

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 06:11:44 | More by mfnmbvp
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

$10 bomber purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan... from what I can tell, that's a very fair price, as other places around sell a bottle for $12. Bottled 6/22/13. I decided to get this beer because it appeared to be Clown Shoes' highest rated beer. Decanted into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a slight tinge of ruby at the edges of the glass. Beautiful, creamy, tan head on it. Lacing is spotty, but that's not surprising. Not the best Imperial Stout I've seen, but still looking pretty gorgeous.

Smell: It changes a lot depending on its temperature and whether or not there's a head on top (surprise, surprise!). With the head stuck on top, a pretty sweet chocolate is most dominant on the nose. Maybe a little bit of char as well. Dark fruits open up a bit as the head slowly goes away. To my shock, I don't pick up any alcohol whatsoever in the aroma. To be fair, I tend to get more of an alcohol presence in an RIS as opposed to an American Imperial. Really just getting that super nice roast and chocolate character you'd expect from a great imperial stout. My only knock is that it's not making me jump for joy -- seems to be a bit toned down.

Taste/feel: Very first thing I notice is an insane amount of creaminess... holy hell is it pleasant. Absolutely killer. A kiss of carbonation wakes up your taste buds, and you're hit with the chocolate. The coffee. The touch of dark fruits. There's not so much a taste of alcohol in this beer as there is an essence... you definitely get the feeling that this is an imperial stout. After you swallow you're left with a bit of a slick feel, and a warmth. With that, there's the roast, chocolate, and dark, dried fruit again. As far as bitterness, I gotta be honest, it's not harsh at all. It just drinks so damn nicely with such an outstanding balance. Really an incredible beer. As this beer warms, you really get the full experience. Being out for about 30 minutes and sipping on it, I'm actually enjoying it more. The smoke/ash sort of flavor is coming out in full force, which is a great thing, as it adds a bit more bitterness to make this feel more appropriate for the style.

Overall, $10 for 22oz equates to... I don't know. $5.40 or something like that for 12oz. Given that, it's not exactly worth that price, considering there are some Imperial Stouts that are nearly as good (or better) for quite cheaper. Take for instance, FBS. Because of the price, I give this beer a 4.25 overall, but the look, taste, and feel are all on point. I'm impressed. One of the very best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 17:18:52 | More by Alextricity
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vampires can only live in darkness; Vampire Slayer, correspondingly, doesn't allow even a sliver of light to pass through it. A creature of the night in its own right, this stout is too dark to cast a reflection. It's also too weak to sustain a head. Essentially it looks like a shadow of a beer.

Beer that can be smelled immediately upon opening - even before being poured, and then from several feet away once it's actually in the glass - is either because something's gone horribly wrong or the brewery's done something wonderfully right. In this case it's definitely the latter.

The aroma has rich, dark notes of espresso and fudge and faint port-like esters. These flavours are repeated on the palate; it tastes like dark chocolate-covered coffee beans. The use of hickory smoked malt lends a subtle hint of barbecue. The aftertaste coats the mouth like tar.

The beer surprisingly maintains its composure even as it reaches room temperature. Alcohol is a non-issue (at least for the palate, verdict is still out on what this 10% bomber will do to my head). It drinks like a bittersweet combination of Kahlua and Fudgee-o cookies; it'll likely pair favorably with dessert or could just as well sub-in as one.

I don't know that Vampire Slayer was actually brewed with holy water or malts smoked over stakes that were used to kill vampires, but whatever Clown Shoes did, it worked. The world may not need more vampires but it can never have too many roasty, chocolatey, high-gravity stouts so far as I'm concerned. This anniversary ale should have been made eternal.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:32:41 | More by biegaman
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
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