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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1058
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%


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:
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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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Bottled on 06/04/2013.

A- Dark black body with a 2 finger foamy head. No light shines through when held up to the light.

S-Licorice, dark fruits, char, roasted dark malts, bittersweet chocolate.

T/M-Roast, chocolates, licorice, espresso, prune juice. Light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden really, only shows up once it warms up with a slight burn in the back of the throat.

O-A decent imperial stout that was much better than I expected. Even though the licorice is dominant to me I still really enjoyed this and plan on buying another bottle to cellar for a year or 2 to see how it may mature.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:43:39 | More by jhartley
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LA_Hue24

California

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: poured a really dark amber (looks black) into a glass (not sure of the name) got a nice 2" foamy head, light brown in color. Head settles into a nice ring with a light lace in the middle. At this point I unexplicably have a boner.

Smell: definately Kona coffee with a boozy essence, with hints of vanilla. I took several good whiffs to pick up the scent but it wasnt very aromatic.

Taste: surprisingly sweet almost like licorice very boozy. As it warms up the chocolate and.coffee flavor comes out with a bit of vanilla. Definately taste better warm.

Mouthfeel: syrupy full mouth feel with warm finish

Overall: good stout must be the holy water that adds the kick to it

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:39:39 | More by LA_Hue24
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours dark, dark black with a thin toffee colored lacing ring and very thick and viscous looking when the glass is swirled, nice legs.

S - Dark roast aroma with slight booziness, vanilla, some sweet chocolate molasses, and cream.

T - Taste is predominantly dark chocolate molasses, roast, dark fruit, with some alcohol effervescence.

M - Incredibly thick and slippery with a full body, a little syrupy..

O - After sitting for a year and a half it's not bad, next time 'will open when younger.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:01:55 | More by jzeilinger
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

Appearance: dark brown, some good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: molasses, brown sugar, and a light vanilla.

Taste: light brown sugar, nice warm barley, and a sweet molasses finish.

Mouthfeel: chewy-yet-smooth medium body.

Overall:
This is a really nice stout. It is very pleasant. There is a slight sweetness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:05:28 | More by megahurts4
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dark-looking brew. Looks about black. Head is a thin disc of microbubbles.

Dark chocolate liqueur, licorice, dark roast, light smokiness, and hints of dark fruits. Delicious aroma.

Boozy, yes... tasty, absolutely. Dark chocolate and licorice with an immense roast character, despite easy semi-sweetness. Still smoky and slightly caramelly, in a dark way. Reminscent of black cherry, raisin, and oakwood. Fantastic stuff.

The body is rather hefty, but remarkably drinkable. The carb is of token strength. Really appropriate feel, if not surprisingly so.

I love partially smoky imperial stouts. This one is no exception. And, all the other components are 'plus'. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 03:53:27 | More by thecheapies
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large dark tan head.
Nose shows vanilla, roasted malt, spicy hops, oatmeal and milk chocolate.
Flavours include a strong sweetness, vanilla, spicy hops, alcohol, chocolate liqueur and hazelnuts. Good stuff.
Nice moderate carbonation and syrupy body.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 04:24:30 | More by CrazyDavros
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DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, with a tan head, which is not too thick.

The scent is not particularly strong, considering this beers octane, though there's a chance I'm losing my sense of smell.

The flavor is...well...unbalanced. It's got that bitterness you'd expect from an imperial stout, but the body is a bit lacking. It's also lacking in the complexity one has come to expect in the genre.

It's not a bad beer, but it's got a lot of, if you'll pardon the pun, stiff competition. Perhaps barrel-aging might help...when it returns as the Undead Party Crasher.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:08:54 | More by DrinkNewport
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with an unreadable bottled on date printed on the side. Either way, I decided to grab a bottle of this beer, Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer, before the name is changed, after being subject to lawsuit. It's been quite a while since I've had anything from Clown Shoes, and I think this might be my first review of one of their beers. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Aggressive pour down the center manages to conjure just over a finger of luscious mocha colored head on top of an opaque black body.

S - Smell is fairly simplistic, but hits it's mark. Cold bitter coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Faint soft leather, brown sugar, some faint anise, and smoked malt comes out more as the beer begins to warm.

T - Velvety creamy dark chocolate, bitter coffee bean roast, soft leather, a touch of smoke, and just a hint of spice / peppery heat on the finish. Again, fairly simplistic in it's approach, but it hits it's mark indefinitely. Figs, dates, and raisins make an appearance as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some bitterness lingering on the palate. Very light bodied and easy drinking for being such a big beer.

Overall, a smooth and easy drinking stout at 10.00% abv. Any heat present is from the peppers and not the alcohol. A classic example of a solid, well-made stout. Definitely a beer worth seeking out, and I will be looking into trying more from Clown Shoes, since I tend to overlook them far too often.

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 06:11:44 | More by mfnmbvp
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

$10 bomber purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan... from what I can tell, that's a very fair price, as other places around sell a bottle for $12. Bottled 6/22/13. I decided to get this beer because it appeared to be Clown Shoes' highest rated beer. Decanted into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a slight tinge of ruby at the edges of the glass. Beautiful, creamy, tan head on it. Lacing is spotty, but that's not surprising. Not the best Imperial Stout I've seen, but still looking pretty gorgeous.

Smell: It changes a lot depending on its temperature and whether or not there's a head on top (surprise, surprise!). With the head stuck on top, a pretty sweet chocolate is most dominant on the nose. Maybe a little bit of char as well. Dark fruits open up a bit as the head slowly goes away. To my shock, I don't pick up any alcohol whatsoever in the aroma. To be fair, I tend to get more of an alcohol presence in an RIS as opposed to an American Imperial. Really just getting that super nice roast and chocolate character you'd expect from a great imperial stout. My only knock is that it's not making me jump for joy -- seems to be a bit toned down.

Taste/feel: Very first thing I notice is an insane amount of creaminess... holy hell is it pleasant. Absolutely killer. A kiss of carbonation wakes up your taste buds, and you're hit with the chocolate. The coffee. The touch of dark fruits. There's not so much a taste of alcohol in this beer as there is an essence... you definitely get the feeling that this is an imperial stout. After you swallow you're left with a bit of a slick feel, and a warmth. With that, there's the roast, chocolate, and dark, dried fruit again. As far as bitterness, I gotta be honest, it's not harsh at all. It just drinks so damn nicely with such an outstanding balance. Really an incredible beer. As this beer warms, you really get the full experience. Being out for about 30 minutes and sipping on it, I'm actually enjoying it more. The smoke/ash sort of flavor is coming out in full force, which is a great thing, as it adds a bit more bitterness to make this feel more appropriate for the style.

Overall, $10 for 22oz equates to... I don't know. $5.40 or something like that for 12oz. Given that, it's not exactly worth that price, considering there are some Imperial Stouts that are nearly as good (or better) for quite cheaper. Take for instance, FBS. Because of the price, I give this beer a 4.25 overall, but the look, taste, and feel are all on point. I'm impressed. One of the very best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 17:18:52 | More by Alextricity
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vampires can only live in darkness; Vampire Slayer, correspondingly, doesn't allow even a sliver of light to pass through it. A creature of the night in its own right, this stout is too dark to cast a reflection. It's also too weak to sustain a head. Essentially it looks like a shadow of a beer.

Beer that can be smelled immediately upon opening - even before being poured, and then from several feet away once it's actually in the glass - is either because something's gone horribly wrong or the brewery's done something wonderfully right. In this case it's definitely the latter.

The aroma has rich, dark notes of espresso and fudge and faint port-like esters. These flavours are repeated on the palate; it tastes like dark chocolate-covered coffee beans. The use of hickory smoked malt lends a subtle hint of barbecue. The aftertaste coats the mouth like tar.

The beer surprisingly maintains its composure even as it reaches room temperature. Alcohol is a non-issue (at least for the palate, verdict is still out on what this 10% bomber will do to my head). It drinks like a bittersweet combination of Kahlua and Fudgee-o cookies; it'll likely pair favorably with dessert or could just as well sub-in as one.

I don't know that Vampire Slayer was actually brewed with holy water or malts smoked over stakes that were used to kill vampires, but whatever Clown Shoes did, it worked. The world may not need more vampires but it can never have too many roasty, chocolatey, high-gravity stouts so far as I'm concerned. This anniversary ale should have been made eternal.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:32:41 | More by biegaman
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow haven't had such a thick stout in some time! Pitch black for real no escapable light and so thick I only got a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head from a moderate pour.
S - Has a good balance of roast to dry cocoa smells. Black strap licorice, some chocolate notes, and maybe some brown sugar. Great smell.
T - An intense mixture of roast and hops right off the bat. No so overly bitter like say fresh Old Rasputin but still pretty piney. The roast has a sort of chalky hit in the finish like a smooth porter and its far from sweet just somewhere in the middle. Really good.
M - Not as thick as I expected drinks with a medium to heavy body. Easy to sip or take big swigs of.

Overall these guys really do make a good imperial that makes me wonder how much better the Bourbon aged version of this would be. On the other hand it's kind of an expensive so its defiantly not an everyday beer. I love imperial stouts and this ones a winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:28:24 | More by DrDemento456
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small foamy head that quickly fades to a ring. Aromas are burnt wood, citrus hops, brown sugar, dark roast malt, light smoke, and dark fruit. Taste has a very nice brown sugar sweetness up front with a strong bitter, hoppy finish. Burnt wood, roasted coffee, and dark fruit show up strong as well. Medium body, nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 17:28:51 | More by jbaker67
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 26th April 2013, consumed 6 months -1 day later, 25th October 2013

A - Treacle-black, carrying a (too) thin but resilient head with a mound-covered and pockmarked surface.

S - Classic stout scents billow into the nostrils. Smiling with anticipation.

T - Not as much flavour a I'd hoped for. Generally expecting a 'bigger' beer; whether that be chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hoppy finish, charcoal, whatever. Also had a pronounced vinous (red wine) finish. Weird. Despite this it's still highly drinkable at 10% (+.25) which I always appreciate.

M - A bit fluffy, by which I mean that as it first rolls into your mouth you expect a wholesome and filling experience but when you get your mouth around it just sort of disappears, a bit like candy floss.

O - Slightly disappointing and definitely not worth $10 (this is Maui though, so everything's pretty pricey). Maybe it wasn't stored appropriately for the 6 months before it met me. Who knows. Good not great, but I'd still be interested to try it fresh, if only for comparisons sake.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:16:23 | More by abeeronthebeach
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kaufmaal

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've really enjoyed this one, though not perfect, it has a lot going for it. Pitch black color, dark tan head, lots of nice lacing throughout. There's not much in the smell - liquorice, some chocolate, alcohol, currants; just OK, not one thing jumping out. I'll say that the feel is just about perfect for me and an imperial stout: creamy, not too much carbonation, no syrupy stickiness, just heavy enough. There's a bit too much booze in the flavor for me, right up front, and sugar. But more liquorice, anise, some charcoal and smoke, dark chocolate, some sour maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:29:34 | More by kaufmaal
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Found this tasty brew on tap at 7 Monks in Traverse City.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black pour. Thin amber head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Smoky woodsy charred smell.

Taste: Alcohol comes through right away but not overpowering. Followed by hops, chocolate, and coffee. Like most beers in this category, it gets tastier as it warms.

Mouhfeel: A bit thin, but not a significant amount.

Overall: I loved this beer. I would have had another but the bar had 46 different beers on tap, plus I promised my wife a color tour. I'll have to look for this baby in the bottle at the local brew store.

I just managed to pick up a 22 oz bottle from the local distributor. It's just as delicious out of the bottle. I also just heard that some Tool Bags out of California think they should litigate to to preserve the vampire name. F them...

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 23:18:32 | More by BreakfastStout
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kaseydad

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes is finally hiking out West. Bout time.

Pours a black on black ale with a nice beige head that slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smells a bunch like leather, wood and smoke. Pick your order. Chocolate.

We need Smokey the Bear. The taste is very smokey, black coffee, choco and leathery. Big charred wood. Dark maltiness as well. Bitter back end and a roasted finish. Light bitterness on the aftertaste. Stays awhile.

Needs a bigger mouthfeel for something with this much flavor. Thin.

Overall I dug the session, but was a tad let down. I had heard great things about this, but it is good....great? Hmmmm. Make it thicker and maybe we got a re-review coming.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:32:03 | More by kaseydad
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

single finger thick tan head on a jet black body with no light getting through. Nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, some roasted malts, smoke and licorice. Flavor follows with a fairly sweet flavor with mostly chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, and brown sugar. Thick full body and lightly carbonated. Very good and complete/complex imperial stout. Its a tough genre to be memorable in but this one is solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:43:03 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body, dark tan head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Thick malt up front with dark milk chocolate and lots of coffee. Medium thick body, average cqrbonaatin, and a fairly sweet finish. Nicely done, very rich aroma and a flavor profile to match.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:42:17 | More by nickfl
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small snifter filled from a large bottle.
Full body with light but OK carbonation. High ABV evident.

Flavor & Aroma: Some dark fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Lasting, rich aftertaste. Alcohol evident but not objectionable.

Main gripe: a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:27:10 | More by chinchill
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jmaharaj

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do like this beer. I pours nice and dark dark brown with a thin tan head. Caramel and campfire come through on the nose. A little roast astringency intertwined with spicy hops create a little twang in the nostrils. A little hot on the tongue, but the caramel and hints of smoke come through nicely. Not overly long but pleasant and drinkable. Good mouthfeel, a little thick a little oily. I would have expected hoppier from an "American imperial stout", but perhaps the "American" is the smoky twist. Good stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 23:32:58 | More by jmaharaj
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Poured with a thick, rich, cappucino-like, beige foam that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and charred malt aromas up front. Earthy hop and brown sugar aromas at the back end followed by definitive booziness. Rich, smooth, slightly chewy feel. Dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavors followed by charred malt. Dark fruit flavors into the middle as pine hop bitterness engulfs the malty, dark sugary sweetness. Finishes with lingering pine hop bitterness, charred malt, dark chocolate and boozy notes. A fabulous variety of bold flavors. The hoppiness sneaks up on you at first but does a great job reigning in the intense malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 23:43:38 | More by IronLover
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morimech

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and dark enough color where a Vampire will feel at home. Not any of that sparkling vampire crap. Just over one finger of head forms and just settles a little bit at a thick cap. Nice lacing is left down the glass.

Intriguing aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, ash, and licorice. With the somewhat candy like aroma, I think this is going to be on the sweet side.

On the sweet side of the flavor spectrum, but not as sweet as I feared. Not as complex as the aroma led me to believe, I think partly because of the alcohol flavor that is strong and gives this stout a hot finish. I do taste chocolate, licorice, and smoke.

Nice creamy body. Not the fullest body especially with this ABV, but still robust and satisfying.

I enjoyed this Clown Shoes stout more than the others I have had. Wish it was not as hot. Maybe a good one to age and see if it mellows over time.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:41:02 | More by morimech
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Kevin. Extremely dark. Densely sucking up all available light kind of dark. Nothing's shining through this dark bastard. Huge, pluming, creamy, long-lasting tan cap that froths up like a geyser and leaves copious sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. To hell with those big imperial stouts that can't leave behind any residual head - take notes on this one.

The aroma is a concoction of a chocolate malt mountain, light roasted malt rain, a hint of sweet smoke (almost like that liquid barbecue smoke) and a good bit of dark fruit sweetness. There's a shrill, sharp anise sweetness in the tail end, too, that cuts through everything else with ease. Can;t tell if this is going to be roasty or sweet, but it seems like it's leaning towards the sweet side.

Yep, it's pretty sweet. Not quite Dark Lord sweet, but still darn sweet. Heavy plum-y or grape-like fruitiness at first, that attacks that "dark fruit" sense, only not quite as dark as your typical imperial stout would imply. Milk chocolates beam through and heap on some more sweetness, as does a touch of that sweet, almost mesquite smokiness.

Roasty wood and a staunch, ashy and nearly-citric hoppiness in the middle do all they can to balance the sweetness. And while their efforts are valiant, they are indeed futile. Black licorice abound in the finish with more milky sweet maltiness. Needs more balance between the elements, I'm not all the way on board with this one yet.

The mouth feel is a bit too thin for such a heavy stout, and the booze becomes noticeable with a little bit of warmth, hindering the drinkability just a little bit more. Kind of a shocking meld of flavors; not at all bad or anything, just... well, not the best execution in my mind. The sweetness, while not necessary *over*done, just isn't piquing my interest of particular flavors.

I think this'll be a pass from me from now on, not only because of the price, but because I enjoy some of Clown Shoes' other available offerings much more than this one. The sweetness was more on the anise, dark fruit kind of side (though chocolate was still a big factor), but I really was yearning for more brown sugar, vanilla, etc... Not bad, just not exactly my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:28:22 | More by tectactoe
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint bottle
no date
oversized wine glass

A- Pours a nice burnt chocolate / black, very dark not much opacity in this one. Had a thin head that was a coco color that faded within 2min. Poured with a fair amount of carbonation, that also fades fast. Good looking beer.

S- Roasted Malt, burnt brown sugar, some slight chocolate,possibly some dark fruit but the booze is covering it up for me.

T- Lot more chocolate than the nose, burnt malt, kind of a smoked nut flavor, lots of alcohol, like a BA. boozy and slightly bitter. It has a finish that I cant quite place yet. Gonna have to say heavy smoke, not sure if I care for it, different.

M- Full body, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Alcohol is defiantly present

O- First I think its a good looking beer that has a really nice nose. Was surprised by how much alcohol was present in the smell and taste, its actually stronger than some BAs ive had.
Clown Shoes always seem to have a peculiar flavor in them to me, and this one is no different, it took me a bit to warm up to this one but after I did it was pretty good. Worth trying but I wont be getting more.
I downgraded my taste and overall, on the more I drank, the harder it was for me to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:11:37 | More by Gryphon69
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty nice stout here. I have not been blown away by clown shoes prevoiusly. This is better than I expected.

Pours fairly black. Not the blackest stout but nice.

Smells sweet and sticky. Piney hops, toffee, coffee, rich fruits.

Taste follows the nose. Pine and sweet malts are most prevelent. Not too much in the way of roast. A little coffee taste and bitterness at the end.

Big sticky, bitter and sweet. I can see myself revisting this. Especially for the sub$10 price.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:23:13 | More by Powderhornphil
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.