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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 118
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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Photo of whatname
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of corzocl
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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.

Photo of cactusmike
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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.

Photo of mayorwalda
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

Photo of jhb138
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of kirkse
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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.

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber in a duvel tulip. Pours black with a 2 inch beige head that slowly recedes to a finger with great sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted barley, dark coffee, smoke, and there's a sweetness to it. Taste is tons of toasted barley. Semisweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and sweet cream is there too. Mouthfeel is kinda chewy and alcohol is well hidden. Will buy this again for sure.

Photo of aflyershckyfan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dieselguy52
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of audrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 2/2012.

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Opague black in color a rather heavy pour leaves a generous two finger heading, but settles quickly to just a thin edging around the glass.

Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt mix. Slight hot boozey kick,with a nice anise like finish. After this warms up it turns completely south for me. The nose turns to an earthy, manure aroma very unimpressive here. I even washed my hands to make sure I didn't touch baby poo and no it is the aroma from this beer. Very odd.

Even for the odd occurence of this warming aroma of manure in the nose it still manages to taste well. Dark chocolates and a touch of smoke, nice dark fruits and no manure !.

Medium to full bodied not as heavy as I would like my double stouts, a little thin in the mouth than I am used to. Good carbonation.

Overall a touch above average. After hearing so many good things and the local stores selling out immediately. I figured this was exceptional but in the end just a decent stout.

Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Thanks for this one, Bryin!

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense dark mocha colored head that faded into a decent film and collar. Fuzzy patches of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very inviting and rich notes of toasted wood, char, earth, dark chocolate, herbal hops, and a hint of peat. Smells excellent.
T: Follows the nose with a characteristic kind of earthy, smokey, peat/wood taste combined with herbal and dank hops. The finish is lightly bitter like that of dark chocolate, and the aftertaste is roasted and slightly sweet with caramel or molasses. Smoked imperial stout is the perfect description.
M: This beer is just a tad on the thin side, but it is far from watery. I would say the body is thicker than medium, but it could be fuller. Carbonation is on the low side but isn’t bad. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the thin side but I’m splitting hairs. This beer goes down very smoothly, and I get no trace of the double digit alcohol.
O: Great smokey flavor and a highly recommended imperial stout. This one was very easy to drink and really hit the spot. Thanks again Rizalini!

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.