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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 95
Gots: 252 | 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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BrownNut

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Six months old. Bomber to tulip. Served cool.

A - 4.25 - The usual opaque black with a tan thick head that's both nicely textured and almost oily looking.

S - 4.0 - Smells comforting and nice. Fairly mild. Sweet but not too sweet malt. A little chocolate. Faint fruit of unknown type. No real roasty or coffee notes. Later in the glass, just for a second, I got something almost like a sweet winey note. There's something else I can't identify.

T - 4.25 - As with the aroma, very smooth. Chocolate syrup. The usual stouty char note is there but somewhat muted underneath the smoother chocolate note. Later in the glass that chocolate note has transmuted more into cocoa or semisweet chocolate. You're left with a pleasant moderate smoke/bitterness on the tongue afterwards along with remnants of that chocolate sweetness. After long enough, it's the aftertaste of really good chocolate ice cream. A nice caramel note is left on the lips until you lick it off.

M - 4.25 - Medium-thick and slightly sticky afterwards.

O - 4.25 - This is a fine stout that starts off maybe a little simpler than I'd like but improves throughout the bottle/glass. Be sure not to drink it straight out of the fridge. I gave mine about 20 minutes sitting out and it still improved as it warmed from that point in the glass and open bottle over the next 20 minutes. It's more complex by the end, both in nose and body. I place this somewhere between solid and excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 00:12:05 | More by BrownNut
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ladyivory

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-12-2012 14:02:54 | More by ladyivory
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jivex5k

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-11-2012 13:54:54 | More by jivex5k
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fatneck13

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-10-2012 02:51:48 | More by fatneck13
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BWHD

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

Poured into a large brandy snifter at cellar temp.

A: Opaque, clean, and deep dark brown. Some brown/orange light peeks through at its edges. Decent lacing but below average retention. Around a finger and a half of cappuccino colored head appears at the pour, and it settles into about a centimeter’s worth of head that floats on the surface. Very lively and responsive in the glass, but it looks rather light in body; not thick or imposing in appearance. Swirling leaves some soapy, spotty specks around the inside of the glass. Good, but not great.

S: First impression of the nose is a light and roasty effervescence. Some hoppy bitterness is detectable too with some dark fruit (fig and raisin) and faint chocolate. The nose anticipates a light but complex stout. Nice. It’s a nice change of pace to detect some hops in a stout.

T: Initial taste is warm, comforting, and roasty chocolate. Good balance between sweet and a dark chocolate bitterness. The dark fruit from the nose does not play a huge role in the taste, but it is there. Some nice (almost piney) bitterness from the hops is detectable in the finish. Complex yet very well balanced. The combination of semi-sweet chocolate and the slight hop bitterness is delightful. Perhaps a very faint smoke comes through as this brew warms up.

M: Medium in body, but surprisingly not as light as the appearance and nose would have you believe. This beer is almost dense and thick at first, but it gives way quickly. It is not oily and doesn’t really coat the mouth or tongue, but leaves you with a nice bitter dryness instead. Great PH balance on the attack and midpalate that leads to a slightly acidic and dry finish. Great example of how the style should be.

O: Very complex while remaining balanced and very drinkable… in fact, I just realized now that this is also a 10% ABV. You would never know it was given this brew’s appearance, nose, or taste. The alcohol is well hidden within this multifaceted beer. As I mentioned above, the bitterness from the hops is a great changeup for a beer of this style; it’s not always quite as detectable. This is a very well crafted beer, indeed. Wonderful stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:52:55 | More by BWHD
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EmmetD

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-09-2012 01:14:20 | More by EmmetD
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mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-08-2012 21:52:02 | More by mhenson42
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bryang002

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-07-2012 20:21:31 | More by bryang002
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27%

09-04-2012 10:04:13 | More by Dave_Treat
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stouts4me

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-03-2012 20:22:46 | More by stouts4me
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Gus_13

Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Dark, dark black with no light passing through. Very classic imperial stout color. Poured with a thick 3 finger head that faded away to a thin ring over time. Very nice head lacing with alcohol legs all around.

Aroma: Big coffee and dark chocolate notes. Has both sweet and bitter qualities. Kind of like a mix between dark and milk chocolate. The sweetness isn't over powering at all. It smells amazing.

Taste: Front of the tongue the sweetness mixed with coffee is very prevalent. Middle of the mouth a little astringent and bitterness from the coffee shows up. Still kind of sweet. Aftertaste is a mixture of coffee and chocolate milk qualities. Very nice.

Verdict: One of the best stouts I've had in a long time. Big, bold flavors that blend well together. Hope to scoop up another one and let it age a while. This did everything I like in a stout and did it very well. Nice job.

Cheers,

Gus

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 15:37:04 | More by Gus_13
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-02-2012 13:23:00 | More by avisong
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-01-2012 23:52:21 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Steimie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-01-2012 01:51:03 | More by Steimie
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Maegodfrey14


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-31-2012 04:23:28 | More by Maegodfrey14
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-29-2012 20:15:33 | More by beergorrilla
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krazybartender

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-26-2012 06:57:50 | More by krazybartender
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lemongelo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-25-2012 06:37:48 | More by lemongelo
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-25-2012 03:37:19 | More by Zaphog
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boogercrack

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-21-2012 19:02:54 | More by boogercrack
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TheRougeBastard

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-19-2012 23:30:43 | More by TheRougeBastard
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-19-2012 00:10:00 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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juliusseizure

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-13-2012 01:33:01 | More by juliusseizure
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smithj4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-12-2012 00:59:12 | More by smithj4
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Picked up a bomber in mid-May from Total Wine for $7.99. Bottled in 2/2012.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head upon the initial pour.

Nose is loaded with mocha, espresso, and cocoa.

Taste is chocolate and coffee, with a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall another solid brew in the Clown Shoes lineup - definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:13:09 | More by arizcards
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
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