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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 112
Gots: 276 | 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 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


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
Photo of jhb138
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jhb138, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +21.7%

jpd7374, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of kirkse
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

kirkse, Apr 07, 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
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 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.

thydarkprevails, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of aflyershckyfan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

aflyershckyfan, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of dieselguy52
4/5  rDev -2.7%

dieselguy52, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of audrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

audrew, Mar 31, 2012
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.

TheFightfan1, Mar 30, 2012
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!

scottfrie, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -2.7%

SPRichard, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose prototypical RIS goodness, with considerable dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice. The licorice is a bit more prominent than usual for a RIS, and that's even more the case on the palate. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, which seemed to bring out all the more the licorice I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, which surprised me given the abv. in this beer. Otherwise, the finish was long, sweet and licorice filled.

Was excited to try this beer when I saw it on the menu at TJ's. However, I can't say I was exactly bowled over by the beer, though it was decent. Oh well...

John_M, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of tommyd313
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tommyd313, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ParraPalliative
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ParraPalliative, Mar 24, 2012
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
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an inky black. Head is excellent. Head retains oh so well for a stout. Head is mocha in color. Zero light penetration.

S-Rich nose of espresso and chocolate syrup. Nice smoky notes. Alcohol is evident. Nothing very unique, but it is a very nice and strong aroma.

T-The smoke mixes very well with the bitter chocolate/cocoa and roasted coffee grounds. Rich and sweet. I will use the word 'abrasive' as a positive adjective here. Light vanilla extract and burnt toastiness. Overall a very tasty brew especially with the underlying smokiness.

M-Creamy but somewhat light as far as a Imperial Stout goes. This bomber will go quick (compliments to the feel). Alcohol is drying. Soft, subtle carbonation.

O/D-Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Another good anniversary beer. Very flavorful, and the smoke is great. Clown Shoes creates awesome beers, and this is one of my favorites.

VelvetExtract, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, trace tan head, ok lacing

S: mild chocolate, hint of roasted nuts, malt

T: mild chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee,
hint of roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: Love the style and brewery, but
this offering is just ok.


BeerLover99, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Fitzmke, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jwat, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cdwil, Mar 20, 2012
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
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.