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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
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1,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 111
Gots: 276 | FT: 26
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: 1,200 | Reviews: 273 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jnorton00 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight smoke aromas. There is also a cinnamon aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, and coffee bean flavors. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a slight crispness with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout that rises above its gimmicky description for a really tasty beer.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

djrn2, Oct 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.7%

acurtis, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this tittle. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a thin off white head and a touch of lacing. Thin lacing. The nose has a good bit of chocolate and some faint roast. The flavor is fairly similar with good chocolate and a bit of booze. Medium body with adequate carbonation and a slightly-boozy finish. Pretty good.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.7%

nmann08, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Texasfan549, May 02, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger-high tan dense tan head that died down but left patches of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The alcohol in this beer is remarkably well hidden, which makes it quite easy to drink compared to others in the style.

metter98, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

kjkinsey, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

single finger thick tan head on a jet black body with no light getting through. Nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, some roasted malts, smoke and licorice. Flavor follows with a fairly sweet flavor with mostly chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, and brown sugar. Thick full body and lightly carbonated. Very good and complete/complex imperial stout. Its a tough genre to be memorable in but this one is solid.

kylehay2004, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color. It had a thin brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer gave off some nice roasted malt aromas along with some interesting chocolate and coffee note. The taste was roasted with a light sweetness up front along with some bitter coffee notes finishing it off. The mouthfeel had a good amount of body to it, there were some light bubbles in there to break up the oily texture just a bit. Overall it's a good beer and I would enjoy having it again some day.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 2/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a rich-looking, ebony-hued body topped with a tan layer of foam. Thin, tenuous lacing as it goes.

Smell: A hearty, stout roastiness with some forward fruit notes housing jagged notes of licorice, cinnamon-spiced walnuts, alcohol, and a thoughtful, slow-pouring drizzle of smokey-scented molasses.

Taste: Roasty coffee, dark chocolate-tasting maltiness, blackstrap molasses, a little burnt grain, very low nuttiness, and scattered powdered anise. Moderately fruity giving flavors of black cherry and plum throughout. Smokey, woodsy character perks up midway. Spritz of booze, a tiny pinch of sea salt. Pushes the fruit and spice (and alcohol) ahead of the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Paired well with a revisit of Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, one of the few games from my aging childhood gaming systems that doesn't require too much in the way of blowing out or Q-tip rubdowns.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Sep 06, 2013
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
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Watching some 40oz Crew vids on YouTube and rockin' a new smoked stout. Good times. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of dark tan foam. ...Maybe it's light sienna... Anyway, the nose comprises heavy chocolate syrup with a twinge of smokey peppers in the distance. Simple, but damn enjoyable! The taste holds notes of dark chocolate/cocoa, mild mesquite smoke, roasted malts, light char, and a nice vein of molasses. Nice. The body is a strong medium/light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy/lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one whose smokey components are subdued without being fully subservient (humble, perhaps, is a better word) and the whole thing coming together tastily. Good times, indeed.

TMoney2591, Jan 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

JAHMUR, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

zeff80, Jan 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

WVbeergeek, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body, dark tan head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Thick malt up front with dark milk chocolate and lots of coffee. Medium thick body, average cqrbonaatin, and a fairly sweet finish. Nicely done, very rich aroma and a flavor profile to match.

nickfl, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Kegatron, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker colored rich creamy 1/2 finger head that fades very slowly with some lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer, I don't really see light getting through.

Nose comes with plenty of dark malts, roasted malts first with a definite roasted barely aroma, light coffee grinds, a hint of smoke, and some chocolate with darker chocolate. I think I even get some black patent, and a light creamy baker's chocolate, as well as hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings more dark malts, roast and smoke mainly. Roasted barley brings some bitterness, a bit of coffee, very light briny burnt salty roast flavor. Then some smoke with hints of smoked meat and campfire, also bringing a bit of bitterness and briny taste. Also some black patent malt brings the darkness. That is all followed by a light nougat flavor and chocolate, with hints of caramel remind me of a Milky Way candy bar. It's got a big fluffy rich malty feel with the nougat, and a bit of milk chocolate, some oats, and a light earthy hop kick. A light powdered cocoa rounds off the beer as it finishes drier but sticky and mouth coating, plenty more dark malts roasty and little smoke, little caramel on the finish. Then the hops and bitterness kick in again, a strong spicy hop and briny bitterness from the roast and smoked malts linger for a long time, which seem to sink into the mouth as it just sits there coating every surface.

Mouth is huge, big full rich bodied, mouth coating, think, fluffy nougat and almost syrupy but not quite, a hint of booze is there somewhere but most drowned out by all the malts and bitterness, and decent carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of dark malts blended well, light smoke, plenty of roast, chocolate, caramel, then earthy spicy hops, all help to down out the alcohol as it's 10% but doesn't drink like it. The only downfall is the briny light burnt bitterness from all the roasted malts in it, but this is much better than most at that. I think a few of these in the cellar will be nice. This reminds me a lot of Goose Island Night Stalker.

jlindros, Jan 08, 2012
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Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.