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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 111
Gots: 277 | FT: 27
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: 1,201 | Reviews: 274 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

mmmmbeer, May 09, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades to thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky roasted coffee nose and flavor is smoky roasted coffee and burnt oak, higher ABV is hidden. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

jdhilt, May 08, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

RoryOMoore, May 07, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick black color. Produced a nice tan head with good retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice roasted bread and raisin bit with a little cocoa and coffee.

(T)- Tons of raisin and roasted bits. Tiny hint at smoke and tobacco elements. Some cocoa too.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Definitely heavier on the raisin and dark fruits, but a good balance and feel nonetheless.

(D)- Overall, a solid stout. Definitely heavy towards the dark fruits realm, but it is well-done.

sweemzander, May 06, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Stumpy29er, May 06, 2012
Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +21.7%

pavpav12, May 05, 2012
Photo of gford217
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours almost completely black with a big, but short-lived, tan head that leaves little lacing.

Lots of roasted malts, bakers chocolate and a little bit of dark fruits. There is vanilla and smoke in the background.

Taste is a tad sweeter than the aroma with some initial fruity esters combined with roasted chocolate malts and light espresso notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with moderate carbonation. Roasty in the finish.

This is probably the best Clown Shoes beer I've had. Very drinkable impy stout.

gford217, May 05, 2012
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

uturn, May 03, 2012
Photo of cthrockmorton
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

cthrockmorton, May 02, 2012
Photo of DAVEnHOPS
4/5  rDev -2.7%

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Texasfan549, May 02, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate and some alcohol thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of roasted malt and a slight bit of char, as well as some dark chocolate and alcohol. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is similar to molasses. Medium carbonation and thick, full mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

eawolff99, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Mebuzzard, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
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.

Jwale73, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

2nd Anniversary Ale!

A: Black as night and with a 1/8 finger head. It looked totally dangerous!

S: Fresh coffee grounds for sure, along with bittersweet chocolate. It has a bit of an ash-like quality that I personally thought was awesome.

T: A bit sweet and dark fruit, tempered by bittersweet cocoa. The balance was astounding here: Malt, bitter elements, and a tinge of hops totally made this one great for me!

M: A tinge of bitterness at the end, but overall the chocolate compound was fresh, intense, and quite good! The lacing was mild overall.

O: I actually dug this one more that their RIS and I think it will be much more acceptable to people.

Chaney, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Gurrett, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has notes of licorice, quality coffee and molasses plus a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Pours a deep, warm sable with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Lip-smacking smoky flavor has firm chocolate, coffee, molasses and toffee notes with hints of licorice and caramel. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Smooth texture has above-average body and a decent amount of fizz that leaves a fairly persistent tingle in the mouth and on the lips. I’m a big stout lover, and this is now on my list of faves.

Cyberkedi, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit. Nice, but not quite there.

Ah, but the taste more than made up for that. Dark chocolate primarily, but also a strong coffee taste. Some raisins also. Very nice.

Rich, with nice depth. I want more of these.

lordofthewiens, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

blmar311, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Beejay, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ADTaber, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BenjieK
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled February 2012

Brewed with real holy water!!

A: Dark black, dark head, good lace. Perfect.

S: Chocolate and syrupy coffee goodness, with a hint of smoke.

T: Holy crap! Very rich, chocolate, licorice, a hint of smoke, and a kind of neat fruitiness. Awesome!

M: Slick and creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Fantastic!!

BenjieK, Apr 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

server222, Apr 21, 2012
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
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.