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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 111
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 wildcats10
4/5  rDev -2.7%

wildcats10, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

ATXRyan, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of hogrider
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

hogrider, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

The look is almost completely black besides the cola edging around the edges. A small ring of tan head. A bit of lace.

The nose has un-sweetend chocolate, charred dark fruits, roasted malt, and smoked malt.

The taste is smokey, bakers chocolate, some burnt dark fruit, roasted malt, a touch of sweetness. Smokey and roasted.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and hefty but not full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, roast bomb, beast stout. Tasty, well-balanced. It will be purchased again.

ChugginOil, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2.7%

THECPJ, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Vampire Slayer goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Some old world character,dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

BARFLYB, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ThirdEyePA, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of TK5150
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours very dark brown/black with a small light brown head made of tight small bubbles. Excellent lacing.

S- Smokey, caramelized dark fruits. coffee, yeasty esters. Smells interesting.

T- Ashy smoke (without being burnt), toffee, coffee, BIG TIME PURPLE GRAPE (I mean like Grape Soda), and finishes with what seems to be yeasty spiciness and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- Full bodied, yet nothing heavy. Very smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

O- I like this imperial stout, but it's nothing mind blowing. I've only had a few imperial stouts that have a big time grape flavor like this one, so it gets a little bonus for being a bit unique. The smooth mouthfeel stands out as well. I like this a bit more than my score indicates. I like this as much as other beers I have rated 4.2 or so, the problem is that no one rating category on this beer is super high.

TK5150, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.50 bomber from Abe's.

Body is total blackness, topped by lighter than expected tan head, four fingers tall and level. Pleasing scattered lacing.

Aroma of roast coffee wrapped with whiffs of smoke. Inviting and assertive though not overly aggressive.

Taste has the coffee and also a major hit of intense chocolate syrup running through it. Taste of smoke follows. Nice hop bite at the swallow. Another dollop of chocolate leads the aftertaste.

Good thick rich mouthfeel, if not quite classic level.

A highly enjoyable double stout, and the mld smokiness is a nice touch. Worth trying. But if you're really looking to slay vampires, it needs garlic.

RonfromJersey, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of keanlacrosse
4/5  rDev -2.7%

keanlacrosse, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good stout. It is a solid offering by Clown shoes.

I'll admit their style of labels and names was a bit of a put off at first. But hey, they are kinda of funny once you really think about it. So I will admit i was reticent at first.

But after this, I'm really warming up quite nicely. This stout has a very nice nose, a little chocolate, but a little on the cool side as well. It doesn't want to give up to much unless fairly warm, but it does hint at vanilla and cocoa.

This has a nice, smooth body, a tad thin, but solid. The taste is surprisingly smooth and lacking any real edginess. It isn't extreme, but it is a good deal for the price. enough so for me to seek out other items from them. This hides the 10 abv very well.

I'll go find some unidragon to compare this too and re-visit this some time. Very promising.

CasanovaCummins, Mar 11, 2012
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
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.