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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,113 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,113
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 95
Gots: 252 | FT: 24
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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twincano

Texas

3/5  rDev -27%

01-25-2013 01:24:28 | More by twincano
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jlindsey

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-23-2013 21:36:37 | More by jlindsey
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Seefeldt

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-23-2013 19:56:11 | More by Seefeldt
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CJS

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

01-22-2013 20:57:38 | More by CJS
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-22-2013 19:34:23 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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stoney1031

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-19-2013 01:40:59 | More by stoney1031
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theCoder

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-18-2013 23:24:34 | More by theCoder
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-17-2013 05:49:34 | More by laymansbeerfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-17-2013 03:08:31 | More by Kelp
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Pours black with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa.

Tastes sweet with no hop bitterness. there is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke. and cocoa. There is some bitterness from the dark roasted malt for balance. the smoke was not as easy to detect in the taste as it was in the aroma.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Has a bittersweet aftertaste from the chocolate and dark roasted malt. The alcohol is well disguised for 10.00 % abv. A nice beer, which I would gladly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 03:06:43 | More by hardy008
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jordanmckell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2013 01:21:19 | More by jordanmckell
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bonSreeB

Alabama

5/5  rDev +21.7%

01-14-2013 21:56:11 | More by bonSreeB
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bthebeersk


4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-14-2013 02:19:10 | More by bthebeersk
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rquillin


1/5  rDev -75.7%

01-13-2013 00:04:53 | More by rquillin
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-12-2013 06:05:20 | More by spycow
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-12-2013 01:27:05 | More by bigred89
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

Appearance: Three fingers of beige colored head crowns an extremely dark brown, nearly black viscous liquid; there is slight redness around the boundaries of the beer. The head has an extremely foamy, even consistency and leaves great swaths of lacing all over the glass. The carbonation is evident and active, and there are slight alcohol legs as the beer slides around the glass. Just another great looking imperial stout.

Aroma: Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, and hints of dark fruit, with no hop presence whatsoever. Alcohol comes through in the tail end of the nose, as well as a touch of molasses and maybe a bit of smoke. This mostly smells like a sweet, syrupy bomb. Hopefully it has more complexity than that.

Taste: The taste, as it often does, follows the nose with what is there, but deviates in the prevalence. Coffee bitterness hits a lot harder and immediately, but it is followed by creamy vanilla and chocolate that add a great sweetness. Then, the beer transforms again into the smokiness that did not show itself much in the nose. Finally, dark fruits and more coffee bitterness finish up the beer with a nice dryness. The smoke is a great addition and is restrained just enough, as smoke seldom is. This is a superb stout.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for an imperial stout, unfortunately. The carbonation is at a perfect level, however, and the alcohol just slightly warms the mouth, something this reviewer is always looking forward to, especially during the winter months. Not only is the finish dry in terms of flavor, but the smokiness adds an actual drying feeling to the mouth, which is surprisingly not a negative quality.

Overall: Clown Shoes is two-for-two for me. I cannot wait to try Blaecorn Unidragon and their other offerings as well after this and Muffin Top. The factor that stands out about this beer is how well done the smoking is. Typically, smoke overpowers everything else and mutes other flavors, but here it helps the coffee bitterness and mingles well with the chocolate. The folks in Ipswich really know what they are doing. 17/20

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 00:40:56 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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garfscores

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-11-2013 03:22:31 | More by garfscores
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DavidST

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 02/12. This pours a motor oil looking thick, pitch black color with a finger and a half thick mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark chocolate, coco, espresso and roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy, nice carbonination. The taste is very good, lots of dark chocolate, nice and bitter with a little mouth coating coco. This is an excellent dark chocolate tasting stout, far exceeding expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:02:56 | More by DavidST
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TBoneJones

Texas

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

Pours near midnight black, with a finger-width caramel-rust colored head.
Smells of cocoa, burnt roasted coffee.
Tastes nice, and unlike the smell, for me the smokiness comes through in the taste, along with the malt and bitter chocolate flavor. Cream is here. Syrupy linger.
Creamy, thick and smooth. Drinks easy for the abv. Nice. To me not as dry as some feel it is. Balanced quite well.
This is a solid stout, and I highly recommend it. It is well-made and has a nice complexity as it warms. May be in my top 5 for imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:34:32 | More by TBoneJones
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Ravenacht

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-09-2013 16:54:17 | More by Ravenacht
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BigBarley

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-09-2013 13:13:06 | More by BigBarley
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cburns48

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-08-2013 21:35:57 | More by cburns48
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ADZA

Australia

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After trying the Blaecorn Unidragon i didnt think they have another Stout in that calibre anyways lets find out hey and it pours the darkest kola hue with no highlights just pitch dark and leaves a very creamy three finger khaki head with similar lacing,the smell is coffee,smoked wood,bourbon,tobacco,booze and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is creamy full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,mocha,molasses,a nice hit of smokiness,brown sugar and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall its very nice and yeah id buy it again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 10:59:57 | More by ADZA
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SanMartianMustache

Texas

3/5  rDev -27%

01-08-2013 04:06:34 | More by SanMartianMustache
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.