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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 108
Gots: 269 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

KWMiles, Feb 14, 2013
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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.

joeseppy, Feb 13, 2013
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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

jmdrpi, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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.

MattyG85, Feb 09, 2013
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Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.