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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 108
Gots: 270 | FT: 25
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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Photo of AndyD
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

AndyD, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours black with just a small layer of khaki foam that settles down to nothing leaving a little bit of sticky lace.

Standard stout aroma with some big roasted malts and bitter chocolate and hints of dark roast coffee. The flavor really mirrors the aroma nice and roasty with big coffee and chocolate notes and hints of dark fruit. Seems to ahve a little bit of a grassy hop flavor in the finish.

The body if full and chewy with silky carbonation. Real nice bottle here from these guys. Very enjoyable.

Bendurgin, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of KSac4115
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a half inch dark brown foam head. The smell is hoppy with chocolate and coffee. Tastes exactly how it smells with a stronger kick. Hops are more prevalent that most stouts and the finish it a little bit more bitter than expected. A very spectacular blend of sweet flavors with hop bitterness. The beer is a slightly thicker consistency with mild carbonation making it fairly drinkable. Overall a very delicious beer with complex flavors. veer enjoyable.


KSac4115, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of datphoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

datphoo, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Entering a review from some shorthand notes taken a few weeks ago...

Poured into a pint glass.

Black color with 1/2" of sandy colored head.

Smells were heavy on the roast, slightly campfire-smokey, coffee, and bakers' chocolate.

Robust flavors of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, brownies, and smoke. The smoke is not overdone, but gives it a nice complimentary dimension to the other roast flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation about right.

This is the best beer I've had from Clown Shoes and the most recent I've had since Blaecorn Unidragon. I'm beginning to think they should put out some more stouts, because they do them exceedingly well.

Vonerichs, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

GehenHerzog, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 8.99. Bottled 2/2012. Served in my favorite snifter. 

Pours near black with almost a full finger dark tan head that quickly fades. Several dots and lumps of lacing left behind all the way down the glass. 

Sweet, malty, roasty nose with hints of cocoa and mocha java. Nice. 

Smooth sweet roasted malt flavors dominate. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, smokey wood, moderate vanilla, a little leather and is that...holy water? Nah, that particular gimmick doesn't show in the taste but there's alot of good stuff to be had here and the high alcohol is masked well by several great flavors. 

Medium full bodied with mild carbonation. Could afford to be a little thicker but it still coats the with a nice slick film. 

Another satisfying brew from Clown Shoes. Happy 2 years to them. I look forward to trying even more of their lineup now that they've expanded distribution in Georgia. It was probably even better than I reviewed but had the distinct misfortune of following a glass of Abyss. Nonethess, I had zero problems putting away the entire bomber myself, enjoying every drop. I'm glad to have tried it and plan to age a few to see how it evolves.

ThickNStout, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found one of these bottles at a local beer store and looked interesting. Let's pour this bad boy. 22oz bottle, bottled 02/2012...

A: A beautiful super dark brew with a great 2 inch fluffy mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Perfect!

S: I immediately get some smoky raisin and vanilla upfront quickly giving way to some bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop. Smells delicious.

T: First thing that hits the palate is a sweet chocolate which subtly gives way to a bitter chocolate with some smoky raisin and vanilla coffee notes. Some more sweet smoke lingers on the back. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. A nice sweet smoky finish. Awesome.

O: All in all, this is probably the best beer I've had from CS. It's definitely a smoked stout, but it has some nice roasty porterish notes blending well with the smoke. If you like your stouts roasty, give this one a go.

steve8robin, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness dating. Pours a deep black body with a one-finger dark tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing for a high abv stout.

The aroma is typical RIS, roasted malt, toffee, and light chocolate. A very light note of hops.

The flavor is also very representative of the Imperial Stout style with strong notes of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate flavor. A light note of citrus hops breaks through in the finish of the flavor and adds an extra degree to the flavor profile.

Dense mouthfeel that shows very little of alcohol for the high abv. A very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

FanofHefe, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of obrike
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber at Specs in Round Rock for around 7-8 bucks.

An almost black pour...some tinges of brown and red...a decent head that doesn't last too long, some spotty lacing left behind. Not a show stopper, but ok.

Getting some smokiness, chocolate, marshmellow(?), coffee...let this one sit a while...the scent gets a bit more pronounced after time.

Man...again, if let this sit a while, you'll thank yourself. The flavors begin to really pop about halfway through the drink...if you're patient enough to wait 20-30 minutes or so into it. Must be the burnt hickory vampire stakes that make this one so unique...a wonderful aftertaste that stays with you. The typical chocolate and coffee of a stout are complimented by that smokey malt that kicks this one up a notch. Pretty smooth, not uber hot considering how boozy this one is.

Certainly the favorite Clown Shoes release that I've tried.

obrike, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/2012

Pours a deep balck with a thick tan head. Lace is nice.

Smells of chocoalte, licorice, roast, and smoke.

Taste is amazing! Very forward cofee, licorice, dark cocoa, and the smoke is not like bacon, but more like an oakey flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Another impressive stout from clown shoes!

BeerMusketeer, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a thick pitch black color with a thick tan head with great lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is intense dark roasted malts along with some smokiness, bittersweet chocolate and some warmth from the alcohol in the finish. The aroma intensifies with increased complexity as the beer warms in the glass. Smells great, can't wait to try this beast.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously dark and roasty. The smoked roasted malts are complimented by some espresso flavors and warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, just like an imperial stout should be.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and hope Clown Shoes adds it to their regular lineup or at least makes it a seasonal. Happy Second Anniversary!

cjgator3, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bbadger, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev -2.7%

rondufresne, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bible black heavy libation cascaded into the glass.
Slight let-down short lived head-- laced the glass, collapsed leaving a ring at the perimeter and that's about it.
Nose is of toasted malt, a hale of hops, with what I might call sweetness.

But the flavor-- ah the flavor! But it's not just the flavor it's how this beer behaves on the palate.. Perhaps one of the finest RIS's I've sampled. Everything in perfect proportion-- hops, malt, alcohol, density, effervescence, finish.

Mouthfeel- is an alive blanket of licorice, raisins, hops, malt, toasted malt and a finish that glides and soars. Ok I'm under the influence of the 10% ABV!

Overall-- I rarely or never award a 5.0!

If you're ready for an RIS, this is one to try-- walk a mile for it!

gueuzeonhigh, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Wizzman
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Wizzman, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. sturdy black pour, layer of tan. Retention fairly good.

Aroma, roast malt, heavy chocolates. Some peatiness.

Taste, robust dark chocolate and roast. Hint of woody smoke. Earthiness, vanilla, cocoa. Pretty good balance of flavors here. Roast and smoke balance the sweetness more than hops.

Just right of mid bodied. Not quite creamy, needs a tad more body for that. Barely a warming to it though, drinks very easy for the size.
First one I had from Clown Shoes I liked, next 2 not much at all, this one gets them back to .500 for me in a nice way.

Bung, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of chappy520
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

chappy520, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of stoppertb18
2/5  rDev -51.3%

stoppertb18, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of fatsnowman22
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

fatsnowman22, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black as black can be with a nice two-finger light brown head of sea foam consistency. Lacing coats every inch of the glass.

S – Moderately strong aroma of chocolate, burnt coffee, and a bit of wood. Smells inviting.

T – Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Also strong overtones of graham cracker, smoke, and marsh mellow. Very rich. Kind of like drinking a campfire S’more. Sweet, but nicely balanced with some bitter esters from the charred grains. Hint of anise, but JUST a hint. Sweet milk chocolate aftertaste lingers. 10% abv CRAZY hidden. Delicious. Dangerous.

M – It is here where this beer truly is a marvel, as it is full bodied, but has a very creamy, smooth feel which keeps it from being overbearing or syrupy. All this is managed with very low carbonation (although maybe a little more than other 10% abv Imperial Stouts) Too bad this category doesn’t go to “six”.

O – If you like Imperial Stouts on the sweet side with a lot of chocolate character, pick this up immediately! I can’t get over how much this actually tastes like a S’more. Obviously couldn’t drink more than one, but that’s like saying you couldn’t eat more than one chocolate cake; it’s that rich. Overall, an exceptional effort. This will now be my dessert beer of choice. Kudos to Clown Shoes.

TempeBeerMan, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jsnoek, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bkrbdan, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Kornoms, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
4/5  rDev -2.7%

PorterBoy14, Feb 29, 2012
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.