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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 109
Gots: 275 | 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: 1,177 | Reviews: 272 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer. Really nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy, milk chocolate and caramel presence to it with some roasted malts and a little smoke to it.

The taste has chocolate and caramel to it up front with the roasted, bitter malts come out more in the finish. I get some vanilla to it as well. Pretty nicely balanced and flavorful for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer of the style. Nicely balanced and relatively easy drinking. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

billab914, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black as night from a 22 oz bomber (2nd anniversary), with ABV on the label.
One finger mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Lots of peat malt upfront in the aroma; almost like a bonfire. Hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate to go with the peat.
The aroma translates in the taste perfectly. Robust stout built on a smokey backbone. Just a perfect balance of smoke and roasted malt. Delicious and full bodied stout from Clown Shoes.
Drinkability is surprisingly good, even though it's a big beer.
This is a 'must-try' beer for every stout lover.
Highly, highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -2.7%

mdillon86, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate syrup, and some dark fruits in the background. Smells wonderful although it's a lot like Chocolate Sombrero.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice chocolate and cocoa flavors along with an earthy coffee and roasted malt bitterness. There's a touch of hops on the finish and as it warms there are a lot of smokey flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a creamy finish.

O: This is a tasty stout and something I'd like to see with a year of age or more. Some of that dark roasted flavor needs to be rounded out to make this really good.

GregSVT, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

BigPapiBrewingCo, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. bottled 03/2012.

A: i would call this more of a dark brown than black. head is frothy and also dark brown. retention is good and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

S: bitter dark chocolate. definitely get some smokey notes as the beer warms. big wiffs of brown sugar.

T: chocolate dominates the palate from the get-go. there is a bitterness there as well. sharp. comes right at the middle of the palate. very minor star anise flavors. smokey notes as well, but also minor. coffee and chocolate linger into the finish. definitely coffee. the bitter grains really linger long.

M: the mouth is surprisingly un-cloying. carbonation is just right. below moderate, but still there. full bodied.

D: certainly a well-made stout from clown shoes, but im not exactly blown-away here. maybe i just had some higher expectations from some other high reviews/past clown shoes beers. worth trying, but not worth going out of your way for.

Jimmys, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jkane
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

jkane, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

muletrane, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of mcbeerbrew
4/5  rDev -2.7%

mcbeerbrew, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of bigdavid77433
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bigdavid77433, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with tan head and great lacing. Initial aroma note is alcohol, with smokey malt, cocoa, and coconut. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight licorice. Mouth feel has a kick while at the same time smooth with nice aftertaste which leaves you wanting more. Overall a very solid Imperial Stout, complex, smooth, and highly drinkable.

coldriver, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

metalgdog, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of whatname
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

whatname, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a huge one inch head; the beer is thick and black.

The aroma has a nice hoppiness to it in addition to the malt aroma that hints at coffee.

The taste is full of mocha with a subtle hop finish that is drier. This is nicely balanced. Halfway through my glass I taste a little more of the burnt character.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Another really good thick stout from Clown Shoes. Yum.

andrewinski1, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of dense light brown head that slowly recedes to a nice film atop the beer.

S: Strong roasted malt aromas dominate the beer with dark chocolate not too far behind. There is also a light smokiness and a bit of toffee and nuttiness.

T: Roasted and burnt malts dominate the flavor of this beer. I get some hop and dark chocolate bitterness in the beer along with a fudgy sweetness to balance. Certainly on the bitter side of stouts, but pretty well balanced between dry and sweet. I get a faint nuttiness and caramel sweetness in the background. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Quite thick with creamy carbonation.

O: Overall a very nice Imperial Stout. Great roasted malt flavor balanced by a nice sweetness. A bit on the bitter side, but not over the top bitter. Nothing really wows me about the beer, but it's quite nice overall.

coreyfmcdonald, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks you CasanovaCummins for this
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Smokey, roasted malts, coffee, some dark chocolate.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, smoked wood, chocolate.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium to full body.

O- This is my first beer from Clown Shoes and it is a good one. There is a good amount of smokiness, and it is not overwhelming.

larryi86, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and an impenetrable texture. There as an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of malt, coffee, and a burnt element.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate, some dark fruit, and the aforementioned burnt quality. This last element works surprisingly well. A big, powerful, complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This beer is definitely drinkable. It's a potent, enjoyable brew.

avalon07, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of corzocl
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

corzocl, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: whaddya think? pitch black, thick head, foam persists, laces the glass

S: cocoa, licorice, roasted malt

T: what you smell, but there's also a vague nuttiness; boozier than their Blaecorn Unidragon (their RIS)

M: sharp, probably related to the boozy taste, not as mellow as their RIS - a little more bold, not as smooth; more acidic, too; fairly light-bodied (for an imperial stout that is) and carbonated

O: I loved it, but I might be slightly partial to their RIS, Blaecorn Unidragon, even though it has a sillier name (but from Clown Shoes brewing, what should I expect?). I feel like this is exactly how an American imperial stout should copare to a Russian Imperial stout: sweeter, harsher, and boozier.
Until this month, never even heard of these guys, but they sure know their business when it comes to imperial stouts - Russian and American.

Greywulfken, Apr 09, 2012
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
Photo of cactusmike
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cactusmike, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a figer tall dark mocha head which reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer, a thicker patch, and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts in the aroma of this beer, this is the dominant smell. Additionally I get some dark chocolate and a very light note of smoke.

T: There is a nice complexity to the flavor of this beer that includes a body of dark roasted malts. In additional there are some pretty significant notes of coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate with some smokey hints as well. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish of this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.

O: Very little presence of alcohol in this beer - not really detectable in the smell, taste, or mouthfeel - which is surprising considering the high ABV. The beer has a very nice flavor and aroma with a significant amount of complexity. I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and would gladly have it again in the future.

dbrauneis, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: 2/2012

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice, malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, nice vanilla scent, roasty, nutty. The taste is exceptional, malty, very nice vanilla note, chocolaty, toffy, with some coffee notes. Medium body, kinda chewy, ABV hidden very well. Love these Clown Shoes brews, thanks Ben.

Wasatch, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of mayorwalda
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

mayorwalda, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of One2Remeber
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter

A: Pitch black. Thick, bubbly mocha colored head.

S: Rich chocolate malts, hint of roasted, toasted bready grain. Herbal hops.

T/M: Aroma carries over to taste with a hint of hops on the back end before turning to a carbonation lingering feel. Thick, syrup viscous mouth feel with a refreshing hop profile and milk chocolate tastes make for a smooth slide down the pallet.

O: Tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Not sweet or heavy. Very rich in flavor sitting right between complex and simple. Perfect beer for dessert after a hearty meal.

One2Remeber, Apr 08, 2012
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.