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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 randylangford
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


This is my third great stout of the night and Vampire Slayer really holds it own.
A: Very black like motor oil as the style dictates.
S: Smells like a good stout but there isn't anything that stands out.
T: Clean with the alcohol totally covered up.
M: My favorite part of this beer, the exact consistency that I look for in a great RIS.
O: I wish this beer was easier to get is western PA. It has exactly what I want in a stout. Guess I'll just have to wait for Stone RIS to get here.

randylangford, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -2.7%

wdarcy77, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Satchboogie, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Brown120, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vampire Slayer pours black into the glass with a big, frothy tan head on top. The foam fades slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a thick coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has strong notes of pine and grass blended with a touch of chocolate and roasted malt. Reminds me of pot.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is creamy, with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and rich. Chocolate, roasted malt, toffee are balanced with pine and grassy hops. A taste of cream is also present. It finishes with a mild bitterness. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's got a nice mouthfeel. It's very drinkable for 10% abv.

WanderingFool, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this tittle. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a thin off white head and a touch of lacing. Thin lacing. The nose has a good bit of chocolate and some faint roast. The flavor is fairly similar with good chocolate and a bit of booze. Medium body with adequate carbonation and a slightly-boozy finish. Pretty good.

Thorpe429, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2011 per the label. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, solid black with a minimal tannish head. What is present for a head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a foam ring around the edges of the glass. Slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is complex with bold aromas but nothing is overwhelming. Everything seems to play off each other nicely. It's nice and roasty with some chocolate and bitter coffee notes. There is a smoky character that comes out more as the beer warms but it's pleasant, never reaching to point where it's acrid or char-like.

The taste is a step up from the nose due to a nice milk chocolate note that starts off as a complimentary flavor in each sip but seems to build toward the finish. Starts with a nice, dark roast and a touch of coffee before a great milk chocolate flavor comes on and seems to get stronger through the finish. There is a smoky bitterness that seems to stick to the tongue after each sip but really isn't present until then.

The mouthfeel is very surprising. This is a big, rich 10% ABV stout, very thick and feels silky smooth yet it doesn't feel huge. The characteristics dictate that it should but it really doesn't. Very nice.

This is an excellent beer. Great bold roasty and chocolately flavors and aromas lead the way but don't completely take over and let some secondary characteristics show through. Definitely surprised that the beers feels the way it does with such a high ABV as well. Very well done.

ms11781, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of SteinTilter
5/5  rDev +21.7%

SteinTilter, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of ambluhm
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

The appearance on this beer is a dark brown, almost black color. The head is a dark taupe or medium brown that dissipated quickly and left a slightly oil-like shimmering lace.

The aroma is all things roasted. Beautiful dark chocolates and coffee. There is also a nice level of smoke in the nose that is not too dominant (I tend to dislike super smoky things like Rauchbier). There are also some lighter aromas like citrus and candied fruits of some kind.

The taste resonates the aroma perfectly. The same dark chocolate comes through along with beautiful bitter espresso notes. And best of all...BACON!

The mouthfeel, to me, is the most shocking part of this beer. I know its 10% alcohol, but this beer is amazingly well balanced. There is not too much bitterness either. It's really mouth-coating (probably from the alcohol) but incredibly smooth. There is also a really cool tannin-like texture to it that probably stems from the wood-ageing. I like the complexity in this beer a lot!

Overall, I think it rocks. I am generally skeptic when trying such big and monstrous beers, but this one really shocked and impressed me. I may be more willing to try and big ones more often now.

ambluhm, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

InebriatedJoker, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jujigatame
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into nonic pint.

Pitch black. Not quite one finger of tan head on the first pour. Faded out pretty quickly but what remained left sticky lacing all the way along. Second half of the bottle poured more aggressively and got a head that came right to the brim. Ultimately it dissipated same as the first time though.

Smells of chocolate, malt, and a little booze. Dark fruit as well but it’s hard to pin down. Maybe a bit of raisin?

Taste is more of the chocolate but also a lot of roast, bread, and some coffee. There is some hop bittering but it comes and goes. A small amount of warming in the aftertaste from the alcohol but for 10% it is very well hidden from the palate. I get some smoky taste at times too but like the bitterness it fades in and out. Sweetness comes out as well but with the overall flavor as strong as it is the thought of "sweet" doesn't come to mind as much as it might otherwise to me. Halfway through the second glass and I realize this bomber has been DANGEROUSLY drinkable for its ABV. I’m operating on just a tuna sandwich with some chips for dinner and the buzz is really starting to hit in earnest.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and smooth. Really nice for me.

As far as this beer goes against other big stouts I wouldn’t put it up with Stone’s RIS or North Coast’s Old Rasputin but I like it a lot. It delivers a lot of flavor and kick. As mentioned above some of the flavors are not consistent the whole way through. Part of me thinks it could be a little more ironed out and another part thinks it’s more than fine the way it is since it’s got a real punch. In any case, 22 ounces of this is much more than satisfactory. I'm looking forward to try some more more the Clown Shoes offerings based on this one.

jujigatame, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this with the wife yesterday, my half was served in a Clown Shoes pint glass because I don't have or know there to be in existence a Clown Shoes tulip glass.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, nice lacing, decent carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak, thin, sweetness mild roast.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the palate, it is nice, a little coffee like bitterness on the end but both my wife and I enjoyed this beer. I'd even have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have plenty of good things to say about Clown Shoes. They have some very interesting ales to offer.

Pours a sorrowful black with a thick brown head into my glass. I'm thinking chocolate milk.

And cocoa it is! It's also creamy with just the right amount of roasted coffee. Some people think that there isn't much to differentiate this style from the Russian Imperial Stout. I digress. I'll explain at the end.

Is this an echo chamber or what? Lots of creamy cocoa notes. Not as refined as WWS but with some age?

I feel like my throat has just been bit. No wait, that's just the new Koffin Kats album.

What an excellent example of the style. The Russian Imperial Stout places a bigger emphasis on the roasted malt while the American version gravitates more towards sweet, dominant cocoa notes.

Brad007, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of beershlitz
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased bottle at Beer Outlet in Philly. Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with no head.
S: deep roasted malt, smoky with coffee notes
T: bitter heavy coffee flavor with chocolate and a black licorice aftertaste, in a word delicious. 10% alcohol content is completely hidden by great flavor.
M: Full bodied and creamy, a smooth stout.
O: This is an exceptional stout, and although I have a weakness and bias toward Guinness...this is a stout on a completely different level of complexity. I will surely buy this again.

beershlitz, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

IdrinkGas, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -2.7%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Julio's and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice oily black hue with a good two finger mocha head that left a thick blanket and thick, creamy side lacing.

S - Tons of rich, deep roasted malts. That almost smokey roast quality just slightly overpowers the nice chocolate and light anise qualities of the nose.

T - Like the nose this is full of a nice rich roast chocolate malt qualities, nice strong chocolate and light coffee. Some slight bitterness and brown sugar/molasses on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional for a stout of this ABV. Super smooth, rich, and creamy. The ABV is not noticeable in the mouth.

O - Overall this is a definate winner from Clown Shoes. These guys can really make a tasty stout. Well worth the pick up.

rudzud, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -2.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

deapokid, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/2012

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

BEERMILER12, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OtherShoe2, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of SanAnMan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

SanAnMan, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -27%

brez8791, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of sauger86
4/5  rDev -2.7%

sauger86, Feb 11, 2012
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.