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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 98
Gots: 257 | 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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Pete27lax

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-26-2012 00:09:59 | More by Pete27lax
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clown Shoes makes a decent beer, but I really don't like their labels. Anyway, this beer pours a remarkable head considering the strength of a beer. On that alone I have to give it the 5 for appearance because I can't recall ever seeing such a thick head on a beer of this strength. Smell is of burnt malts, taste of bitter chocolate. A little syrupy feel. Overall, it's a tasty beer. Any fan of imperial stouts will enjoy this, but they may also have a hard time remembering it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 16:44:07 | More by TheRealBigC
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-23-2012 23:07:09 | More by dsauter
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WritersBlock

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%

09-23-2012 05:58:18 | More by WritersBlock
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FosterJM

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1526th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
22oz

Bottled 2/2012
Purchased at Total Wine & More, Las Vegas, NV ( Dont remember how much)

App- Out of the bottle this pours almost black with some browns intermixed and a bit of reddish hue around the edges. The head was a small 1" fast receding one with a dark tan color. Not really much cling or lace to speak of.

Smell- Nose was pretty straightforward on this one. Its a big imperial stout but a little nuanced at times. The malts are quite dominant and then lead into the ash and little smoke wofting up. A bit of a bakers chocolate/creamy aroma comes last. Dare to say a little coffee as well.

Taste- Its a very layered and solid stout. I wasnt too impressed with Blaecorn so bought this on a whim. This was much better. The outstanding malt bill really adds a richness and a good depth of flavor with the additions of the smoke makes it something more. A rich chocolate and creme flavor comes next and then on the finish is a good dry coffee flavor.

Mouth- This was a big and rich stout. A nice creamy base with a solid malt flavor and some good dark chocolate on the finish. The carbonation is a bit low so really adds to the depth and richness of it.

Drink- I was a bit gun shy to grab this one back in June, so I bought it anyway and let it sit. Dont think it changed much since bottling in Feb. Good stout with great base flavors. Lacking a little bit of pop, but much better than Blaecorn. I would have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 15:23:50 | More by FosterJM
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a dark tan head

S-semi-sweet baking chocolate. slightly roasted grains. somewhat bitter.

T-comes in with quite a potent taste of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. there's a heavy roasted flavor to this. there's a good bitterness that comes in with the after-taste. it has an almost smokey bon fire aspect to it. this is pretty decent

M-thick and creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-its not an original tasting stout, but its very good. it came at a pretty decent price considering this big flavor. it'll definitely satisfy any big AIS craving you have.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 01:58:35 | More by AdamBear
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KCM

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2012 00:25:10 | More by KCM
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mhaugo

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-17-2012 17:01:09 | More by mhaugo
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-17-2012 16:04:33 | More by GetTheYayo
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cfh64

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-17-2012 03:45:16 | More by cfh64
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jl28r1

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-16-2012 20:01:53 | More by jl28r1
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-15-2012 22:58:53 | More by t0rin0
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-15-2012 02:45:23 | More by ComRock12
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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
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.