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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 109
Gots: 275 | FT: 26
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 StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

mdfb79, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jondeelee, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

HardTarget, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the Blaecorn Unidragon and saw this sitting on the shelves at Specs. Had to try it out. Still looking for the right pun to describe the beer... Holy Cow? Still, I'll definitely recommend this beer to my coworker who loves smoked beers. Served from a 22 oz. bomber into my Great Divide glass.

The beer pours without much of a head, even with a vigorous effort. The beer looks dry and a little flat. Not the best look for a RIS.

The smell has that sweetness found in Blaecorn. Nice. Accompanying that is a roasted smokiness. Not necessarily like a rauch type smell, but still dark and smoky. I was expecting a bit more of a campfire, so this balance and subtlety is a nice change.

The taste is also well balanced. The smoke is a nice complement to the RIS. Occasionally bacony. Occasionally soft. It's well balanced. However, I'm not sure that I get much from the rest of the beer. Sure, it's a RIS. Sure, it's good. However, the non-smoky elements aren't specifically fantastic.

There was a shot here for a much higher score, but for some reason, I'm just not feeling the whole package the way I want to. That said, it's an interesting effort and I will recommend it to friends.

UTCengOwl, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.7%

nmann08, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black pour with a dark mocha head of about a finger in size. Good retention and a nice coat of creamy lace.

S- Dark roast malts and cocoa chocolate chip up front. Slight amount of dark fruit and alcohol.

T- Follows the nose with more of a cherry and spice presence. Nice straight up RIS with chocolate, roast malt and caramel grain notes.

MF- Lower end carbonaton in a creamy moderately thick body. Finishes warm and roast bitter.

Nice drinkable RIS with good cocoa and fruit notes. Not sure about the holy water but its a good beer for sure. Maybe ill spontaneously combust once finished.

cbutova, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Adamdc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Adamdc, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into maudite snifter.

A- Pours an opaque black with one finger of tan head that lingers on top and shows nice lacing.

S- Lots of chocolate on the nose in this one. As it warms the smoked malt moves into the picture more.

T- Dark chocolate up front for sure and then the smoked malt flavor takes over and leaves you with an awesome after taste of oak and vanilla. Very complex and very delicious.

M- Full bodied and medium to low carbonation making it very nice for an RIS.

O- This beer is very, very, good right now. When it mellows out with some aging it should be incredible.

HopsKeepDroppin, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with faint ruby edges and a fluffy mocha cap. Good head retention and sticky, clumpy lacing. Roast and milk chocolate aroma, a bit of smoke and citrus, alcohol, cocoa and sugar. Sweetness and alcohol up front with bitterness dominating later on the palate. Caramelized sugar, smoke and roast, slight fruity notes towards the end, caramel and milk chocolate. Full bodied and smooth in texture, alcohol warmth, lowish carbonation, slight astringency. I enjoyed it, though I wonder whether it's made much of an impression on me since there was nothing that really stood out.

DrJay, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottle dated 12/11. Pours opaque black, with a large 3 inch head, with great retention that slowly settles into a layer of patchy bubbles, and leaves lace all over the glass. Smell is expresso, tobacco, smoke, and leather. Taste is expresso in the lead and all the other flavors in the background, with a hit of smoke in the finish. Body is large, good amount of life for its large ABV, very lush, and drinkable for its style. This is a very good RIS.

SawDog505, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. Bottled in December of 2011.

A: Pours a very opaque black with a bubbly, mocha head about one finger in height forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick collar and leaves some splotchy lace around the glass.

S: Solid dark chocolate with some roasted malts, ground coffee beans, toasted malts and a very slight smoke all fill the nose.

T: More of the smoke comes through in the taste and it's paired with an ashy-like flavor as well. Solid flavors of raw coffee beans, dark chocolate, and slight black licorice all come together throughout. The finish has a surprising light citrus hop presence. Very minimal, but enough for you to pause and think about.

M: On the thicker and chewier side just like an imperial stout should be. Carbonation is lower. Nice lingering smokey flavors, but there is a mild astringency to the finish.

O: A very solid imperial stout. The smokiness gave it another layer of complexity that I enjoyed and overall the best offering from Clown Shoes IMO.

Treebs, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of PissWarmChango
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

PissWarmChango, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of garrisonp
4/5  rDev -2.7%

garrisonp, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black with no visible highlights and a medium tan head that sticks around and coats the glass

S-rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nice oaky finish

T-the taste is also very good, rich roasted malts, a light bitter coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some smoked malts, and again an oaky woodsy flavor. Very nice

M-medium to full body, dry finish, light carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall I really like this beer. A little more roasted and smokey than other imperial stouts. I will have this again.

ksimons, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

joepais, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Moose34
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Moose34, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zander4dawin
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light mocha head. Smells very toasty, with roasted malt aromas. Taste is rich and heavy, toffee and chocolate notes with a dry hickery smoke finish. The hops are toned down allowing the richness and smokey flavors to come out. More of an export stout then a true imperial stout, at least in my eyes. Overall this is a wonderful smoked stout worthy of a try.

zander4dawin, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Auror, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark dark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells of smokey roasted chocolate malt

taste is just like the nose but the this stout has a little milk flavor along with the roasted smokey chocolate malt plus some dark fruit flavors

mouthfeel is a medium heavy body that is velvety smooth and creamy

overall - this stout rocks and one i would not age - these smoked stouts do not age well imo - very impressed and if i get the chance i will pick another bottle up to drink before winter is over

jsh420, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New arrival at our local beer store.

A - Beer pours black and has slight foam which dissapates in short order. When the beer is swirled in the glass it leaves a thick layer along the glass.

S - Definite smell of coffee, malts, and smoky aromas.

T - Very nice, malts, slight hops, but somewhat thick taste and a malt/hop aftertaste with the smoky flavor lingering.

M - Again, very nice. A medium imperial stout mouthfeel, not as heavy as some imperial stouts.

O - I really like this beer. I consider all the attributes to be a definite re-purchase for me.

beerenjoyer1, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Excellent lacing remains on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and slight smokiness.

T- Smoked roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some bitter pine hops at the finish.

M- Medium body, nice creaminess to the beer which makes it very drinkable at 10%.

O- Another great beer by Clown Shoes. Great roasted malt and chocolate notes along with the creaminess make this a great imperial stout I could drink regularly.

kawilliams81, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a big tan head that lingers.

Smells big of chocolate...like a chocolate milkshake, with coffee notes, some citrus hop character. Really big nose actually, can smell it from across the table. Nice.

Taste is up front caramel, chocolate, chalky, that fades into a slightly smoky/roasted character, and ends on a hop bitter and roasted note. Lingering flavors of coffee, and chocolate...must be heavy on the black patent or similar grain. The astringent roasted character is present but not too out of balance.

Medium to heavy body with medium to lower carbonation. Alcohol is well balanced but present...feels a bit thin in the finish.

A nice imperial stout that is big on the chocolate and roasted flavors. It is lacking something to make it truly exceptional, but is still worth drinking.

TenHornsProud, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

BJasny, Jan 21, 2012
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.