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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
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1,061 Ratings
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Ratings: 1061
Reviews: 265
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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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
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with very little head, maybe a quarter inch but brownish and a bit of spotty lace
S: roasted chocolate upfront, some burnt espresso, dates and a hint of citrus
T: surprisingly good with a sweet bitter chocolate and fruity upfront and not much heat booziness in the back end. very smooth and decent complexity layers
M: Creamy, medium/heavy thickness, medium carb

Overall this is probably my favorite clown shoes brew so far, nice complexity with a very smooth finish. Would buy again for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 21:42:32 | More by alaimoa
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right down the middle with two full fingers of resilient, dark tan head. Color is black, and that's that.

An assault of milk chocolate and burnt wood, followed by slightly soured dark fruits and earth to the nose. Fine as can be so far.

Tastes creamy with more prominent milk chocolate, a drop of dark chocolate and burnt wood. A good hop bite moves toward the front after a few sips. Dark fruit, graham cracker and syrup mingle.

Somewhat airy with a deceptively hidden alcohol and goes down lighter than expected.

A brilliant Imperial Stout for the ages right here.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:41:41 | More by stephens101
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled November 30th 2012.

A real nice even poured head. Creamy and razor thin bubbles all around, with a light tan and mocha color. Body color is classic walnut black, and hardly anything to see through. A real impressive looking stout.

Nose has real nice variety of classic stout qualities. Ripping toasty grain, wonderful roast notes of dark bitter chocolate, and a nice raspberry like fruit quality to match. All nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

Silky palate on first sip, with the flavors from the nose all coming forward. Silky dark chocolate with a moderate sweetness. Roast character and mild warmth to match come later with surprisingly no smokey qualities that I can discern. Still very light with the silky feel, and the finish is very fruit red berry in taste, hinting at cherries and raspberries.

All the flavors blend really nicely, in a rich stout that has some easy drinking lightness without any boozy character either. This is very well made and put together, very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:04:32 | More by smakawhat
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this as a tribute to Vampire Slayer since now apparently legal America is ruining everything. Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a stout/porter glass.

Appearance - 4.5 - Usual dark as night appearance of an imperial stout. Light tan one finger head of thick bubbles. Lacing the glass nicely, big lumpy clumps. The bottle is cool: purple label with a picture of a guy spearing a vampire. Awesome, way better than Vampire Pale Ale (the guys that sued Clown Shoes over this).

Smell - 4.25 - Coffee, espresso, little bit of chocolate, roasted malts, burnt marshmallow, dark fruits. Little bit of a campfire type smell.

Taste - 4.25 - Coffee, espresso, burnt flavors, roasted malt, dark fruits, marshmallow. Caramel. Tastes pretty damn awesome.

Mouthfeel - 4.25 - Medium-Heavy body. Can definitely taste some of the alc (understandable @ 10% ABV). A little bit of a nice creaminess, but less like oil than other imperial stouts. Aftertaste is roasty chocolate coffee.

Overall - 4.25 - It's a good beer to enjoy slowly. Doesn't taste like any other imperial stout, which I like about it. I like the bottle. It's a shame that some asshole had to ruin this awesome beer's name by suing over something stupid. Check out the article, some dumbass actually though this could be confused with Vampire Pale Ale - a belgian pale ale. F*** that, this is an awesome beer, and I love it's name just the way it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:32:52 | More by ISmith87
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kell50

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Total Wine and split with fellow BA, QCBrewer. No freshness date listed.

A- Vampire Slayer pours jet black, with creamy tan bubbles slowly rising to the top of the glass. Beer appears to be quite murky and mysterious.

S- Huge roasted malts, touch of vanilla, smoke, espresso and semi sweet chocolate bitterness.

T- Roasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, chocolate, holy water, and mild alcohol burn. Let this beer warm up to room temperature and the flavors are even more pronounced. I also picked up on a touch of brown sugar and slight woodiness.

M- Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. I was expecting a hefty, big double stout and Clown Shoes nailed it.

O- Vampire Slayer is a "killer" brew. Be prepared for a great conversation because you and others imbibing will be most certainly sipping on this one. The $8 price tag is a steal for this massive, flavorful double stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 22:20:33 | More by kell50
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 12/27/12

A: pours black with 1 finger off white head which settles quickly leaving nice lacing.

S: some chocolate, malty, smells like a lot of barrel-aged stouts I've had, although it's not BA.

T: wow, tastes like a barrel aged stout! Lots of malt anf chocolate, but some oak and brown liquor as well. Very nice.

M: a little thin for such a big tasting stout, but it didn't detract from the overall experience for me.

O: So glad I bought 3 of these. This was nice with 7 months on it, hopefully it will continue to improve.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:35:35 | More by Casey3236
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 12/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, toffee, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt notes with moderate smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with moderate smoke balance and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked imperial stout. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:20:23 | More by superspak
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richj1970

Alabama

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into goblet.

A: Pours pitch black with one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with slight coffee undertones. Some roasted malts in the background.

T: Creamy chocolates mixed with some slight coffee flavors.

M: Very full bodied. Creamy and very carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

O: Nice stout. A bit creamy and milky for my taste, but nicely done...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:55:59 | More by richj1970
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A slightly translucent black color with a decent chocolate head. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – Malt, smoke, sweet licorice, and vanilla.

Taste – Tastes very much like it smells, but slightly more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and lightly carbonated. Finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden. In fact, this could use a touch more booziness.

Drinkability – This goes down easy for 10% abv. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 06:07:29 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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beepill

California

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown, as close to black as possible without being black. Solid tan head that started about 2 fingers high, but dissipating quickly to almost no head at all.

S - Coffee, raisins, whiskey, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and campfire (in the best way possible).

T - Roasty, smokey malt and strong alcohol presence hits at first. Suddenly, sweet maltiness, dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans. Bitter and sweet on the back end. Quite sweet on the lips as well.

M - Thick, syrupy with light carbonation. Alcohol and sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth.

O - Very good. I would buy again when in the mood for a strong imperial stout. That sais, I think it would be a good idea to sit on this one for a while. I have another one in the cellar that I will pop open sometime in the future. I'm thinking this one will probably age well.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 05:35:24 | More by beepill
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srandycarter

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty close to black, not much head, some spotty lace. Tan small ring.

S - Nice. Cocoa. Coffee. Baked goods along the lines of brownies and cc cookies.

T - Taste pretty much emulates smell.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb, pretty good balance.

O - Was hoping for a bit more, but it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 04:58:20 | More by srandycarter
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hopsputin

California

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

a: pitch black, slick looking. 2.5 finger solid beige head

s: roasted toasted malts, dark chocolate, some sweet dark fruit - fig, raisin, plum. dark toffee and sweet malt.

t: roasty toasty malt hit you right away. they fade into the sweet malt, fig, dark chocolate, and alcohol. there is a bitterness on the backend that comes from the toasted malts. the alcohol is pretty noticeable - i think this may need some time to cool off

m: heavy, almost syrup-like that coats your mouth.

o: i think this needs some time to let the alcohol mellow. its still an easy drinker, but the alcohol could be a little better harmonized. its not a bad imperial stout, but there are better ones out there

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 05:34:42 | More by hopsputin
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a mini snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a pocket of bubbles and a ring. Spotty lacing.

S: Syrupy malt, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, black licorice, and an indistinct floral sweetness.

T: Bitter and pungent roasted coffee malt. Licorice is prominent, gin or vodka also. Pecan shell.

M: Thick and hearty. The liquor infiltrates the nasal cavity and kind of lingers around. Bitter and dry finish.

D: Sip and savor. The liquor feel will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head and minute lacing. Nose is complex combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and something floral...I think. Pungent malt, roasted coffee, and a harsh liquor character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:53:56 | More by bmwats
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight reddish tint and not much of a head; decent lacing

S: Roasty and slightly smoky malts; some slight booze in the finish

T: Slightly smoked up front with roasted coffee malts; the smoke grows along with the booze; some lingering dark fruits--really nicely done

F: Medium body-- a touch thin on the finish

O: This is a nice, big, smokey beer--I like it quite a bit

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 18:53:04 | More by dbossman
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at The Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
2nd Anniversary Ale

APPEARANCE: A black, semi-transparent pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, tan head with good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy cap, though only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, some sweet cream and some smoky notes. Light hints of smoked meat.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel notes, up front with smoked flavors and sweet cream at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is smoky with smoked meats, roasted and slightly burnt flavors, and some dark, bitter chocolate as balance. Very good and quite well balanced as well. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. I've enjoyed the handful of stouts I've had from Clown Shoes. This one was complex and well balanced, with a good combination of roasted and burnt malts and smoky flavors. Good stuff all around. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:34:47 | More by Jeffo
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, smoked malt and vanilla. Has a good sweet and burnt/roasty flavor overall. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's an enjoyable brew, I'd buy it again. $10.49 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:31:32 | More by bluejacket74
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deeply brown color on the pour. A smaller to medium size head was produced but took some effort. Great lacing.
Aroma is rich and malty. Dark fruits and chocolate hints.
The taste is deeply roasted. I can also taste hints of smoke or char, espresso and chocolate. Anise is very sutle too.
Drinks smooth but not that smooth since I detect some grittiness or ash.
I like it a great find in the back of my frig.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 13:07:24 | More by micromaniac129
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wethorseblanket

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with slightly reddish highlights. Quarter inch mocha head which fades quickly to the rim and a very thin cap leaving spotty lace.

N: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, vanilla, roast, charred wood, some coffee and faint dark fruits.

T: Smoky, char, roasty, wood, cocoa powder. More smoke on warming and vanilla fades.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Oily, slick and sweetish, smoky finish.

O: Addition of Vampire killing stakes takes this to another level. Die Vampires!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 21:50:24 | More by wethorseblanket
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade out of a bottle.

Pours black with a finger of tannish head, typical of an imperial stout.

Smell is a lot of chocolate, malt, cinnamon, and coffee.

Taste is smooth fruity, espresso and a bit of chocolate

Very drinkable, smooth.

Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 21:44:04 | More by Smurf2055
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Vec2267

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - jet black with ample tan head, great lacing

S - heavy roast, smoke, fruit, booze

T - cocoa, molasses, char, dark fruits (cherries/plums), a sour note probably from the char keeps this well balanced and adds a great deal of complexity

M - medium to full, not in the least bit syrupy

O - a very complex beer, the smoke adds some accents without detracting from the stout base

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 00:25:27 | More by Vec2267
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beechner224

Florida

4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large pint glass. Pours rich black with just enough head. Looks like a large stout should. On smell I get chocolate, caramel, and coffee - very nice.

On first sip it is really good. I still get the chocolate and coffee. It is nicely balanced and mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect. There are several light flavors in there: vanilla, hint of booze, and very smooth.

Starting to really like clown shoes - several of there latest samplings have been great.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 22:27:28 | More by beechner224
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CharlesRamsey

California

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Like Kim Kardasian, looks are deceiving. A full body apperance, with a trunk full of junk. That is a little too harsh as i know how well reviewed this offering is, but you get my point. Flavor complexities that still need to be worked out, with high points of coffee grinds, burnt chocolate but a thin, syrupy mouthfeel that missed the richness of some others. The dark, thin head stayed, with low carbonation that needed more balance for me to want to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 02:00:37 | More by CharlesRamsey
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SweetBrown

California

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't always drink stout, but when I do, it will most likely not be another Vampire Slayer. The color was a mix of dark raspberry and dark roast coffee beans, with a thin layer of foam, which on looks alone, seemed very promising. However, upon first sip, I found it somewhat syrupy and not as smooth as its looks, with taste notes that was a cross between black licorice and soy sauce. This was not a thirst quencher, but more like a meal. For these same reasons, it's probably a great drink for those who appreciate a good hearty imperial stout. As a fan of True Blood, glad I tried it, but may have been too big of a bite for this IPA-er.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 01:45:50 | More by SweetBrown
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep black, 3/4 inch head, decent lacing. Thick and nice.

Milk chocolate, citrus, caramel, cherry and candy sugar make up most of the smell. This is going to be a sweet stout.

Wow! Tons of flavor. Creamy milk chocolate, slight roasted coffee, vanilla and cumquat at the start. Some earthy hops round the middle, hint of booze with a creamy chocolate finish. Smooth and creamy body. Very, very silky in the mouth.

Another score from Clown Shoes. I can't wait to age some of this goodness!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 05:37:52 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.