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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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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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Photo of haazer
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crypt like black brew. Heavy pour produces a towering charcoal head. As the head rises up to the top though, it settles to about a lasting finger thick cap. Suprisingly, the color changes also to tan. A good amount of lacing left on the glass as well.

S- Usual suspects. Heavy roasted malt, cocoa, and a little bit of smoke. Some marshmellow notes, and a bit of roast. Burnt toast. The chocolate cocoa and roast blend extremely well, no scent of booze either.

T- It starts out by a bit of sweet dark fruits, but instantly gets kicked aside by roasted malts. What's best about this taste is how seemless the cocoa and smokiness blend together. Smoky chocolate deliciousness. No hint of alcohol.

M- Fairly light bodied for a stout, I'd say medium bodied really. High carbonation. I deffinitely like my stouts to be fuller. It's a shame that drinkability went away because you don't have to sip this, it drinks pretty easily.

O- This beer made me realize I definitely have a strong liking to smoked beers. The smoky element definitely add's to this and makes it really work. What may be the best aspect about this beer is how drinkable it is, and the fact you can't detect any alcohol. I sat on this several months, but will sit on the Blaecorn Unidragon even longer. It'd be nice if they brew this again.

haazer, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, poured into a narrow tulip. About a finger of tan head recedes after a few minutes leaving pleanty of cling, but nothing else. Looks awesome. Blacker than coffee. I don't really smell anything -- chocolate and maybe some light malt/molasses, but not much (smell increases over time to incorporate warm chocolate and booze). Taste is awesome. Chocolate, coffee, molasses and a bit of smoke and tobacco, yum. Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth with prefect amount of bitterness. Overall this is a great beer, wish it smelled a bit more intense, would love to have this agian. Cheers.

rodlavers, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

CWhite, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev -2.7%

vrbulldog22, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev -2.7%

bluckbeyes, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of jswalker
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jswalker, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ucsbmullet, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of HairyHood
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

HairyHood, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color, bordering on utter obsidian, crowned by a small tan head, which slowly recedes. The lacing is scattered and patchy.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa, spicy alcohol, espresso.

Taste: Opens with a strong bitter cocoa note, with a sweet undercurrent of vanilla, roasted malt, and faint undercurrents of dark fruit. Spicy alcohol, with a slight warming characteristic appears late in the taste. Finishes with a lingering moderate medicinal hop flavor, and a wave of charcoal.

Moth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent example of the style, seems more than appropriate for today, Halloween, 10-31-2012.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

3Hops, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev -2.7%

drh1382, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

duceswild, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 2012.

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Pretty good retention, head slowly fades away, leaving some lace on the glass.

Nose contains roast malt, chocolate and vanilla. Roast scent is quite nice. A bit of a smoky scent. A nice smell but fairly typical for the style.

Taste follows the nose closely. Roasted malt, chocolate. Some smoke. Moderately bitter, with some earthy hop flavours. Good.

Full bodied, though thinner than expected given the style and ABV. Moderate to low carbonation. Slick, a bit oily.

Overall, quite good. The smoke adds a nice dimension to what is otherwise a good but typical imperial stout.

jrenihan, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Yabev15, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Phoenix2443
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Phoenix2443, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer of the night for me at Mr Garvie's den of decadence and benevolence. Gorgeous penetrating caky dark roast maolt dominates the senses. Good weight without being too much of a lardass. And desapite being headless with some harshish acidity at the end this is still a fairly luxurious treat.

Zimbo, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

CorneliusBunker, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Holland, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter. Good to see Clown Shoes come to WI! Thanks to Aman for getting me this bottle

A - pours a nice jet-black with loads of dark chocolate brown head - I've only seen this dark of a head on the Founders stouts

S - Dark roasted malt is present initially, then chocolate and coffee sneak their way in. No booze on the nose to speak of

T - the roasted malt hits hard up front, and the chocolate, coffee,

M - very smooth and thick, the abv is hidden very well.

O - A very positive result for my first selection from Clown Shoes. I will pick up more of this for sure. I am excited to see what else they have to offer now that they distribute here.

ncketchum, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -27%

rderedin, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of MagillaGriller
4/5  rDev -2.7%

MagillaGriller, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of will1256
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

will1256, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

greg4579, Oct 08, 2012
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.