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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 108
Gots: 270 | FT: 25
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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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

sitarist, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of StroppyMare
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Total Wine, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Nice, dark rich color. Slight tan head which left behind a nice bit of lacing.

S: Dark fruit dominated for me. Some malt and a bit of caramel. Not powerful, but promising.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and sticky like prunes, raisins, currants. Malt, just the slightest coffee, a nice warming finish.

M: Probably this beer's lowest quality, though that doesn't mean bad. The carbonation started prickly but mellowed with warming. Not as oily as Stone's IRS, which might be my standard for these Imperial Stouts.

O: Very nice take on the style. A warm, happy sip.

StroppyMare, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep dark black with a medium slightly off-white head, not as dark as Unidragon. Some spotty lace, nice look.

S: 80% dark cocoa count chocolate bar to a T. One-dimensional, but it does it well.

T: More classic on the flavour profile. Roasted malt, some dark bread, notes of dark chocolate with a hint of espresso.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium/full-bodied, easy drinking for its size.

O: Not as interesting as the Unidragon, but a solid effort nonetheless. I enjoyed trying this one from Clown Shoes, don't know why their bombers have to be so expensive.

Halcyondays, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn

A - Jet black pour with a nice brown cola colored foam. Macing was impressive in rings on the glass.

S - smells of licorice, berries, dark fruits, and chocolate hit the nose. Very complex mix of scents, and extremely pleasant.

T - Flavors match the smell. There is many complex notes that just seem to come together well. Sweet blackberries and currants (or figs) combine with milk chocolate and a touch of anise in the finish. Maybe this was a good keg but this was really tasty.

M - Very rich and became more of a sipper over time. While not syrupy thick this was a rich beer that left its mark. One glass shouls be enough unless you have time to kill.

O - I'd buy a bottle of this. And if I did I'd let it sit for a while to see how it mellowed.

socon67, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Psychmusic, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, poured into a Founders Brewery Snifter

A: Very dark, virtually no head, with some nice dark brown lacing

S: Coffee, roasted malts

T: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, no overly sweet and not a lot of bitterness

M: Very creamy that coats the tongue long after its gone; moderate carbonation, but definitely not too much. What bitterness there is hangs around for a little bit. Not too rough on the throat.

O: I enjoyed this. Would definitely like to grab another and send it for cellaring to see what a year or two could do to it. Nice job.

dvmin98, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

LambicKing, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

mjw1200, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jplopez21, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Hanzo, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tree777, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/30/12

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing dark cola brown, with lightening on the edges and less than 1 fingers width of light mocha colored head. The head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves only slight patches of spotty lacing.

S: Very roasty and fairly sweet. Some dark fruit aromas. Lots of roasted malt, along with a charred wood character. Hints of vanilla and heavy cream. Pretty nice but could have a richer, more complex aroma.

T: Heavy cream, bakers chocolate, dark fruits up front with roasted malt on the backend. More balanced than the nose, which was prominently roast and char. Much sweeter than the nose implied. There is a non-distinct, almost syrupy sweetness, that is quite good and balances the roast nicely. Very tasty.

M/D: Full bodied but could be thicker. Very smooth though and absolutely no hint of the ABV. Drinkability is scary good. Feels much lighter than a 10% IS, which isnt necessarily a good thing, but would be nice if you plan on drinking multiple beers in one sitting. Its so smooth though, which gives it a nice mouthfeel even with the thinness.

O: Overall, this is a very good IS. I most apapreciated the unique sweet component and the smoothness. I would definitely drink this again. Recommend.

zac16125, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, Bottled on 10/18/12 printed on shoulder.

A - Despite the higher level of alcohol within this beer, a tall mocha head rises up and remains coating the sinister-looking black beer for quite some time. Dots of lace remain clutching the glass while legs of alcohol dribble around them.

S - Lush and dark, the aroma of Vampire Slayer starts with smooth milk chocolate and gooey melted caramel before opening up to light smoke notes which waft out ever so slowly. Sticky molasses and dark chocolate-covered espresso bean follow through creating a deep and intense aroma within Vampire Slayer.

T - Thick and rich like the aroma foreshadowed, this beer's ash-y smoke notes which underscore the bold roasted malt flavor elevate the smoothness of the milk chocolate presence and lingering flavor of a good old cup 'o joe.

M - Vampire Slayer's silky and seductive entry leads to a deep, dense feel that's thick and viscous in presence while not too sweet, nor bitter on the finish. It's balanced wonderfully, lingering with a trail of faint smokiness.

O - Congratulations on the excellent Second Anniversary, Clown Shoes. This beer is a dark and voluptuous treat with deep malt character and chocolatey nuances for a thoughtful, involved drinking experience that will pair well with most any dessert.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Devinph, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark and mysterious; perhaps a subtle blood hue seeping out. A light, wandering head that morphs into tiny bat bubbles.

S: licorice, anise, smokey wood (perhaps a stake being sharpened).

T: Coffee, chocolate, raisins. Robust. Smoother as it warms. Makes the blood pump as the hidden alcohol becomes more alive. A smokey sensation envelops the drinker.

M: Medium with light carbonation. A gentle kiss that opens up the pallette for more, more.

O: A fine addition to the Clown Shoes stable. Welcome it into your household. Its bite makes you want to become one with the night.

brewskifan55, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

rolltide8425, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

mportnoy, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Pencible
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pencible, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

jerefreakinmiah, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

L_E_X, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jjd315, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

roostor07, Feb 24, 2013
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.