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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
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1,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 96
Gots: 253 | 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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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

5/5  rDev +21.7%

03-30-2014 17:03:55 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Nebraska

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-28-2014 08:41:43 | More by APB
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottled on 11/30/12. 15 months old when I drank this. Poured into a chalice.

A good imperial stout but too chocolaty and maybe a bit too sweet. Too much alcohol almost to the point of being solventy. Difficult to drink an entire bomber solo. 3.5

A – Poured a reddish brown with a half-finger dark tan head (both rocky and mousey). Opaque. Head dissipates quickly. Above average lacing. Definite alcohol legs. 4

S – Huge dominating dark chocolate followed by some whiskey and prune notes, some bonfire. 4.25

T – Roasty sweet, not burnt, chocolate, some faint alcohol in the finish, too sweet. 3.5

MF – Medium-heavy body, semi-slick, viscous, warming. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 10:26:44 | More by Sludgeman
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Gator_Nation

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

03-25-2014 02:39:50 | More by Gator_Nation
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farrago

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While the pour yields over three fingers of foam, it is almost all big, delicate bubbles which are able to sustain longer than you’d think, surface looks like the top of a milkshake, the glass sides are all but fully covered in lacing, as if spray painted. Completely black liquid, no sign of any other color, no way you can see any bubbles, solid. The nose slowly builds, not aiming to knock you out with one blow, milk chocolate toffee, vanilla layers itself like a thick cake, plum, black cherry fruit, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, there’s a grainy bite and a sweet smokiness too, does kind of lurch as it dissolves but the alcohol isn’t vicious, just clumsy. Full-bodied, dense and making it slow to react. The plum, cherry fruit sweeter here, like a fruit cake. Not to downplay the milk chocolate, coconut, caramel, oatmeal notes. The carbonation starts to lend it creaminess then oddly stops. Very light citrus and flower accents, has a tea leaf to tobacco leaf smokiness. Its weakest point might be its lack of flow and thirst quenching capability, both of which seem within its reach. Enjoy how the sweetness trails off through the finish, making it fresher and potentially more food friendly.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:59:15 | More by farrago
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Scarflower

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-18-2014 18:09:41 | More by Scarflower
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-18-2014 13:15:28 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-18-2014 04:03:47 | More by oso
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Blahstarr

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-16-2014 19:43:39 | More by Blahstarr
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-16-2014 02:38:05 | More by Fettpopps
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-15-2014 18:40:43 | More by steamboatbrewer
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mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-14-2014 18:47:27 | More by mbeerdino21
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

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

650ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
Bottled: 02/2012

Appearance: Vampire Slayer appears pitch black in the glass, with a back light revealing only a sliver of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a large darker tan coloured head that lasts fairly well and leaves a few small patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Based on the description on the bottle I was expecting a smoke / roasted malt centered beer, however my first few sniffs indicate that this will not be the case. Rich dark chocolate and sweet creamy caramel dominate the nose with roasted malt, smoke and dark fruits present in smaller quantities.

Taste: The flavour isn't quite as sweet as the nose suggested, however it still leans towards the sweet chocolatey side as opposed to roasted and smokey. Notes include: Dark chocolate, sweet caramel, some brown sugar, roasted malt and a little smoke. The finish is lightly bitter and there is no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with a medium-high level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: I haven't had Vampire slayer fresh, but this bottle was absolutely delicious so I can't imagine the age did anything but improve it! I will have to get a hold of a fresh bottle to see if this is indeed the case.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 11:52:38 | More by Thehuntmaster
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cgrunin

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-14-2014 02:17:23 | More by cgrunin
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IAMTEAMPONY

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27%

03-13-2014 23:15:38 | More by IAMTEAMPONY
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Bolivar73

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-12-2014 14:26:17 | More by Bolivar73
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JoeMans

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-11-2014 05:21:35 | More by JoeMans
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Butch_DeadLift

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-11-2014 04:37:44 | More by Butch_DeadLift
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npala86

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-10-2014 02:16:53 | More by npala86
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beergoot

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, nearly black body with a lasting yet somewhat thin head. Plums, figs, and booze comprise the aroma; cocoa and some coffee. Taste closely mirrors the aroma. Body comes across medium-heavy, a little bubbly, somewhat sugary.

Overall, a pretty good imperial stout with most components playing nicely with each other yet with a slightly disjointed feel. Still, the beer is rich and flavorful, keeps the ABV reined in nicely, and generally fits the bill for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:26:10 | More by beergoot
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rkarimi

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-06-2014 08:53:43 | More by rkarimi
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-04-2014 03:41:17 | More by BeerBucks
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tmm313

Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black. Poured a nice, creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Dark fruits: plum and dark cherry. Caramel, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, booze and some smoke. Smell's like there's some oatmeal in there, too. Just a touch of band-aid, but in a good way.

T- Plums, cherry, smoke, and caramel, followed by decadent bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, and a nice balance of booze. Nice smokey aftertaste.

M- Thickish, creamy, slightly syrupy. Taste melds with the mouthfeel beautifully! Drying and oily. Smokiness lingers a bit.

O- This was an awesome beer! I usually drink half of a bomber before sitting down to review, but this time, I only had about a cup left before it even crossed my mind. I loved how the mouthfeel complimented the flavors. I can't really explain how it did, but they went together wonderfully to me! I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:57:58 | More by tmm313
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2014 18:08:47 | More by vermilcj
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2014 02:00:11 | More by thebouch01
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.