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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,148 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 104
Gots: 268 | 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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Pencible

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

A: This poured an opaque black with some thick tan head.
S: It smelled like smoky roasted barley and coffee, with some bitter dark chocolate and pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like espresso and smoky roasted barley and bitter dark chocolate, with some chili powder and Worcestershire sauce. It had a smoky and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice chewy body.
D: This was more like a smoky RIS than a hoppy American stout. Either way, I really liked the scent and taste and body. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. Could probably age well, but nice fresh. Recommended.

02-24-2013 21:07:02 | More by Pencible
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

02-24-2013 20:00:29 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-24-2013 19:49:45 | More by GRG1313
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L_E_X

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-24-2013 19:03:32 | More by L_E_X
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-24-2013 18:18:56 | More by jjd315
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-24-2013 14:42:50 | More by roostor07
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yoitsarch

California

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-23-2013 20:40:18 | More by yoitsarch
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leodarko

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-23-2013 19:13:58 | More by leodarko
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%

650ml bomber purchased for me from Slowbeer by my brother Sam. I then cracked open the bottle and shared it with him, so you know, what comes around goes around.

Pours a deep dusty brown-black, with a solid frothy head of mocha, that collapses to form a crackly large-bubble crust. Lacing is solid and streaming. Body is fluid but quite thick, with immensely static carbonation forming in columns when the beer is tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is rich, dark and sweet, with some smoky overtones. Solid, classic American Impy Stout richness of chocolate, molasses, and mild coffee—perhaps missing the rounded richness that would come from some aging in oak, say—but making up for it with that definite smoky roastedness. It's either a profoundly dark brew, or it has a purposeful smoked malt addition. Either way, it's very clever and pleasant.

Taste is smooth, roasty and rich. Vanilla and chocolate make a dichotomous choreograph on the palate, balancing wonderfully the sweetness and light with the richness and dark. Deep toasted cocoa, smooth malt richness is always leavened and lightened by that sweetness—it creates a dance, a freshness, a sense of good overcoming evil. It's a very pleasant and refreshing take on an Impy Stout.

Overall, this is definitely very good stuff. I love how expressive it is, and yet how it manages to make something new of a well-established genre. The lightness in the feel and the balance that it brings to the palate is very pleasant indeed. Very, very good stuff.

02-23-2013 07:14:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2013 05:58:33 | More by Crimsontider22
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2013 00:43:54 | More by MaseFace
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MADPolo

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-21-2013 13:47:43 | More by MADPolo
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MattNeskie


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-20-2013 06:10:07 | More by MattNeskie
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phishfoolme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-19-2013 01:13:22 | More by phishfoolme
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AleShark

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-17-2013 13:54:47 | More by AleShark
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thebcc

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-17-2013 00:42:34 | More by thebcc
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-14-2013 19:43:17 | More by KWMiles
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Classic imperial stout darkness. Thin rootbeer head that ebbs quickly clinging to the edges with decent lacing.

Candied dates first to hit the olfactory nerve. Oak sawdust with smoky, roast malts. Brown sugar, hard candy and toasted marshmellow. Trace vanilla and cream.

At colder temp., smoke is dominate and then wanes as temp. rises. Roast dark sorghum malt. Raw vanilla bean. Hops in the back end with splendid alcohol heat that lingers through the nose. Sweet cream with rootbeer extract.

Thinner than what I was expecting. Yet a velourish cream that I enjoy. Smoky notes dominate entire session that I really don't care for, but others may love.

Overall, I am not picking up on any coffee and really minimal milk chocolate tones. Also I'm not getting any licorice or anise flavoring that I have been reading about and expecting, which I love in a stout. Nonetheless, this is delicious and definetly worth a try to see what you may get out of it. This is coming on-tap soon in my area and I'm looking forward to it.

02-13-2013 03:34:07 | More by joeseppy
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%

22 oz bottle, dated 9/12/12

appears solid black. tan head, with decent head retention. smell is a bit acidic, sharp. smoke, charcoal, bitter espresso. but the taste is not as bitter or dry as expected. good balance between sweetness and dryness. a bit of sweet milk chocolate flavor sneaks in there. body is , lower carbonation. nice and smooth.

overall - a good beer for their 2nd Anniversary, but doesn't top their other stouts, or the 1st Anniversary beer, the Hoppy Feet 1.5

02-13-2013 02:45:23 | More by jmdrpi
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Cee-Poe

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-12-2013 17:54:18 | More by Cee-Poe
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-10-2013 01:49:56 | More by browniewithnuts
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-09-2013 21:22:12 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled in 9/2012.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that quickly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and fairly sweet robust stout aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, coffee, charred caramel, toffee, and smoked malt. A fair scent of molasses sweetness. Big hints of black licorice anise spice. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some raisin, fig, and prunes. Hop presence is subtle but there are some earthy and herbal hints. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Big, rich, and roasty like the nose hints. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate and cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a good kick of smoke. Moderate molasses sweetness. A quite noticeable taste of black licorice from the anise spice. Undertones of dark raisin, prune, fig, and cherry. Light earthy hop presence towards the finish. A pretty solid stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side but a little thinner than expected for the style. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, slick, silky, and fairly smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty solid imperial stout. Good chocolate and smoked malt flavor. Body could of been a little heavier.

02-09-2013 08:06:06 | More by MattyG85
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assman79

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-09-2013 05:14:40 | More by assman79
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archero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-09-2013 03:15:29 | More by archero
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
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