Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes
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4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
A: Pours nearly pitch black with virtually no head, only a tiny layer of small bubbles coats the surface
S: Nice dark and roasted malts along with dark chocolate, coffee, and some smoke
T: Again, dark and roasted malts dominate. Highlights with some bitter dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee, along with a slight smokiness in the middle. Finishes with light bitterness that lasts quite a while but isn’t extreme
M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Thick and viscous
O: This is a great brew for their second anniversary. It comes at the perfect time of year, too. It is nice and warming, full and rich. I’ll have to pick up some more of this before it disappears
02-13-2012 22:34:43 | More by BEERMILER12
4.23/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours inky black with a tan head. Some lace and retention.
Coffee, charred malt, dark chocolate, and a little alcohol in the nose.
Big charred malt flavor of bitter and sweet. Deep rich notes on the palate, with bitter chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit. barely noticeable alcohol. Carbonized charred bitter finish. Wonderful.
Full body, silky.
Wonderful drinkable beer. very worthy.
02-12-2012 13:55:25 | More by OtherShoe2
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
A- Pours pitch black, can't really see through this one at all anywhere in the glass. Nice fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some pretty nice lacing.
S- Lots of smoky malts, a bit of an espresso after smell but definitely a very strong smoke flavor. Very slight hint of alcohol suggesting the 10% ABV.
T- Definitely a smoky quality on the tongue also, but the taste is certainly sweeter than I expected from the smell. Maybe something to do with the lactose they add? Almost a black licorice quality. Very nice surprise. As the beer warms the smokiness starts to show itself more and begin to overtake the sweetness. While you certainly notice that the 10% is there it is by no means overwhelming, it mostly comes through as a warming sensation.
M- Very smooth, not too highly carbonated so its nice and thick, just like an imperial stout should be.
O- Very nice brew. I had an expectation of a purely smokey beer, but the depth of this one was a great surprise. Definitely recommending this one to some buddies.
02-10-2012 02:42:11 | More by eandersen
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks, Alex. Poured into wine glass.
A - Pours black, tan-colored head, nice lacing, thin collar.
S - Nice level of roast, sweetness, and tobacco. This is exactly how I like my Imperial Stouts...subtle booze, not overly sweet, and a nice level of roast to balance things out. The 10% alcohol is pretty well-hidden.
T - Again, the roast, sweetness, and booze are really well-done here. Dark chocolate, burnt sugars, oak, tobacco, and smooth booze. The finish is creamy dark chocolate sweetness with light roast notes.
M - Medium to full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.
O - I was truthfully surprised how much I liked this one. I didn't have big expectations for this one at all, but was basically blown away with how good this stout really was. It's available on the shelf, at a great price, and is super-solid. How can I not recommend this beer? Must-try.
02-09-2012 16:50:46 | More by Sean9689
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
On tap at Jacob Wirth's
Pours a solid black color with a creamy white head that shows great retention and lace. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roast mostly. A modest earthy hop provides little balance. Tastes is roasty and chocolatey as advertised in the aroma. Creamy smooth silky mouthfeel. medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice stout, like a creamy mocha shake, I need to find some bottles of this.
02-07-2012 17:19:39 | More by johnnnniee
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured in to a pint glass
A: This beer pours an opaque black with a two finger of thick dark, brown foamy rich head. Nice head retention that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is big roast, milk chocolate, nice coffee notes and dark fruits.
T: Taste is chocolate at the forefront. Big, rich chocolate notes, rich milk chocolate. Then a caramel sweetness with dark fruits and a hint of licorice comes in. Nice coffee flavoring with minor sweet toffee is present. Aftertaste is roasted, coffee notes.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation, a thinner body for such rich flavors, slick and silky feel.
O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, very well hidden kick, and a nice representation of style. I would absolutely get this brew again!
02-05-2012 04:23:48 | More by Jayli
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Picked this up at Binny's after hearing good things. Served in a plastic cup at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled December 2011.
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some splotches of lace. Dark brown body with some chestnut transparency to it.
S - Dark chocolate, light smoke, caramel, nuts, roasted grains. Delicious, with well-hidden alcohol.
T - Nice semisweet chocolate, light smoke in the finish, caramel, mild bitter nuttiness, char, and perhaps a hint of astringency. In any case, I liked this more the Blaecorn Unidragon.
M - Chewy, medium body, lower carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. Soft, smooth, and sticky in the finish.
D - This is quite good - definitely the best Clown Shoes beer I've had. I'd buy this one again and hope they continue to produce it regularly.
02-04-2012 19:44:59 | More by MasterSki
4.58/5 rDev +11.4%
22 oz bomber pours black with no highlighting. Awesome dense head and lacing is excellent. Damn near perfect looking brew.
Nose is dark, un-sweetened chocolate with a pretty hefty load of citrusy hops. Not generic smelling per say, but certainly not unique.
Ooooh...wow. For a 10%'er, this is freaking fantastic! Very smooth and chocolaty with very little bite or astringency. Very nice Clown Shoes. I liked the Unidragon well enough to buy a couple for the cellar, and was skeptical of this one at first trying to separate itself...but hot damn! This one is tasty and smooth, the ABV is absolutely nowhere to be seen (though I am sure I will feel it soon). Hops still play a factor on the flavor and finish, which adds a nice dimension to it. Yeast is clean and the sweetness is just about perfect. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation. It reminds of a fresh (and good batch) of Buried Hatchet with a little bump in alcohol. Just so smooth and tasty. I have not been this surprised by a beer in quite some time. Dont think this would age well though, it is not overly complex. I'll be buying a few more of these for sure, although I would buy alot more if these bastards would put it in six or four-packs at a decent price.
02-04-2012 03:00:14 | More by twiggamortis420
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Pours opaque black into my snifter with about one finger of mocha head that has moderate retention and some sticky lacing.
S - Lots of char, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, coffee and a touch of alcohol.
T - Dark roasted malts up front, char and smoke, decent hop bite that compliments the dark chocolate and espresso notes that start to come out, a bit bit sweeter then the aroma and as it warms anise notes become more present as well.
M - Not too bad and pretty well balanced, the carbonation is a little bright and it lacks viscosity as well as being on the dry side.
O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer and I recommend giving it a shot if you enjoy an "Imperial American Stout" now and again.
02-03-2012 23:28:41 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
From 01/28/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass, looks great.
s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, smoked malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Surprised by the hops and smokey qualities, not quite as nice as the taste.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light smokey malts, dark fruits, and coffee. Less smoke and hops than the nose, and a step up for me.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body.
o - Overall a pretty nice stout; I liked it a little better then their Blaecorn Unidragon. Some smoke in the nose but I liked the taste better. Would have it again.
02-01-2012 02:20:05 | More by mdfb79
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Pouring a thick, dark black, Vampire Slayer opens with a nose that perfectly fits the style and the brew's color, being heavy with coffee grounds, tobacco, and ash, balanced beautifully with heavy cream, and light finishing touches of caramel, vanilla, and anise. The heavy cream aromas are more present here than in many Imperial Stouts, and when combined with the coffees and alcoholic vapors, make this beer reminiscent of a Bailey's/Kahlua combo shot. There are a few hops in the nose, adding some pine textures, and it says much of the quantity of hops added that they're even detectable over the malt onslaught. As a whole, the nose is beautiful and enticing, suffering only slightly from an excess of cream and sweetness.
On the tongue, the beer opens dark, black, and ashy, rushing over the tastebuds in waves of black coffee, tobacco, and ash, enhanced with a black pepper and anise spice that emphasizes the burnt and bitter qualities. The sugars are somewhat less present here than in the nose, but there are still good rivers of cream and toffee running through the black meadows, giving the beer in some ways the same flavor profile as a shot of extra-strong espresso with whipping-grade heavy cream. Some flavors are lost in subsequent sips, the tastebuds perhaps simply overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the onslaught. Still, in subsequent sips the hops do make a larger appearance, bringing pine sap and bitterness. The ashy notes get stronger as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is heavily ash-based, lingering for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should have more viscosity, which is somewhat surprising), and carbonation is medium-light to medium.
Overall, this is excellent Imperial Stout fare, though anyone not already a fan of big, black, ash-laden stouts will likely gag at the flavors. The beer really is like a cup of strong black coffee and a cigarette, as well as a small caramel candy held under the tongue. Personally, the combination is a huge success, and while I admit that the beer does perhaps suffer from what is perhaps an overabundance of ash (especially in the aftertaste, which becomes overwhelming at times), it still earns Clown Shoes a place of respect in my books.
01-31-2012 23:11:34 | More by jondeelee
3.68/5 rDev -10.5%
Appearance: Black glass shows a razor thin ruby edge. Holds a thin brown cover that leaves some major lace in its wake.
Smell: First blush is hoppy, earthy and pine with some citric notes. While this tries hard to distract you from the potent alcohol, it doesn't completely succeed. There's also whiffs of seriously deep malt levels, black bread and soy sauce.
Taste: The alcohol has a slight solvent aspect to it that manages to not be completely offensive, kind of like someone put a shot of vodka in your beer. Kind of gets on top of the smokey, malty rich beer flavors. As you adjust, more citric hop and leather flavors start to show up that keep things interesting. Hard to get past that vodka shot though.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body speaks to the massive alcohol content, carbonation is light-medium and there is an airy feel to the whole package that is a bit unsettling.
Overall: Monster beer. The alcohol is a bit hot and it has me wondering what a year or 3 in the cellar might produce. As it stands today, I'm not sold. Still, a bold and generally clean beer that I would like to try again... when I don't have to wake up the next day.
01-31-2012 03:54:06 | More by HardTarget
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
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