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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 268
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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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-30-2012 00:07:21 | More by eawolff99
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-29-2012 04:28:27 | More by Mebuzzard
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my KTG snifter. Pours about a shade darker than cola with a frothy, half-inch, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a thin tight band around the shoulders and a creamy dollop across the center. Some spots and thin arcs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly average - a suggestion of dark malts, a hint of char and a slightly metallic quality. Taste follows nose - malt profile is a bit more evident. There's also a bit of sugary sweetness (brown sugar and/or molasses) that peaks out towards the middle, but is quickly replaced by an earthy bitterness at the finish. There's also a bit of an artificial sweetener character, and the slightly metallic quality evident in the nose also re-asserts itself. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with a slightly oily consistency and somewhat of a coarse carbonation. Overall, not sure what the hype is about this beer. At $9.99 for a non-BA bomber, I was expecting something a bit more than what was offered, but what I found was a fairly lackluster stout that doesn't really come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:41:19 | More by Jwale73
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

2nd Anniversary Ale!

A: Black as night and with a 1/8 finger head. It looked totally dangerous!

S: Fresh coffee grounds for sure, along with bittersweet chocolate. It has a bit of an ash-like quality that I personally thought was awesome.

T: A bit sweet and dark fruit, tempered by bittersweet cocoa. The balance was astounding here: Malt, bitter elements, and a tinge of hops totally made this one great for me!

M: A tinge of bitterness at the end, but overall the chocolate compound was fresh, intense, and quite good! The lacing was mild overall.

O: I actually dug this one more that their RIS and I think it will be much more acceptable to people.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 00:29:58 | More by Chaney
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Gurrett

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-27-2012 22:59:32 | More by Gurrett
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has notes of licorice, quality coffee and molasses plus a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Pours a deep, warm sable with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Lip-smacking smoky flavor has firm chocolate, coffee, molasses and toffee notes with hints of licorice and caramel. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Smooth texture has above-average body and a decent amount of fizz that leaves a fairly persistent tingle in the mouth and on the lips. I’m a big stout lover, and this is now on my list of faves.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:59:22 | More by Cyberkedi
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit. Nice, but not quite there.

Ah, but the taste more than made up for that. Dark chocolate primarily, but also a strong coffee taste. Some raisins also. Very nice.

Rich, with nice depth. I want more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 20:52:32 | More by lordofthewiens
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blmar311

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-23-2012 04:50:38 | More by blmar311
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Beejay

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-23-2012 01:02:26 | More by Beejay
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-22-2012 18:33:10 | More by ADTaber
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BenjieK

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled February 2012

Brewed with real holy water!!

A: Dark black, dark head, good lace. Perfect.

S: Chocolate and syrupy coffee goodness, with a hint of smoke.

T: Holy crap! Very rich, chocolate, licorice, a hint of smoke, and a kind of neat fruitiness. Awesome!

M: Slick and creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 20:51:43 | More by BenjieK
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server222

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-21-2012 03:04:11 | More by server222
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer. Really nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy, milk chocolate and caramel presence to it with some roasted malts and a little smoke to it.

The taste has chocolate and caramel to it up front with the roasted, bitter malts come out more in the finish. I get some vanilla to it as well. Pretty nicely balanced and flavorful for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer of the style. Nicely balanced and relatively easy drinking. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:40:57 | More by billab914
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black as night from a 22 oz bomber (2nd anniversary), with ABV on the label.
One finger mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Lots of peat malt upfront in the aroma; almost like a bonfire. Hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate to go with the peat.
The aroma translates in the taste perfectly. Robust stout built on a smokey backbone. Just a perfect balance of smoke and roasted malt. Delicious and full bodied stout from Clown Shoes.
Drinkability is surprisingly good, even though it's a big beer.
This is a 'must-try' beer for every stout lover.
Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:17:18 | More by CaptDavyJones
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-20-2012 02:49:04 | More by mdillon86
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GregSVT

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate syrup, and some dark fruits in the background. Smells wonderful although it's a lot like Chocolate Sombrero.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice chocolate and cocoa flavors along with an earthy coffee and roasted malt bitterness. There's a touch of hops on the finish and as it warms there are a lot of smokey flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a creamy finish.

O: This is a tasty stout and something I'd like to see with a year of age or more. Some of that dark roasted flavor needs to be rounded out to make this really good.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:50:43 | More by GregSVT
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-19-2012 00:34:34 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. bottled 03/2012.

A: i would call this more of a dark brown than black. head is frothy and also dark brown. retention is good and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

S: bitter dark chocolate. definitely get some smokey notes as the beer warms. big wiffs of brown sugar.

T: chocolate dominates the palate from the get-go. there is a bitterness there as well. sharp. comes right at the middle of the palate. very minor star anise flavors. smokey notes as well, but also minor. coffee and chocolate linger into the finish. definitely coffee. the bitter grains really linger long.

M: the mouth is surprisingly un-cloying. carbonation is just right. below moderate, but still there. full bodied.

D: certainly a well-made stout from clown shoes, but im not exactly blown-away here. maybe i just had some higher expectations from some other high reviews/past clown shoes beers. worth trying, but not worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:31:16 | More by Jimmys
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jkane

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-16-2012 23:25:06 | More by jkane
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-15-2012 12:27:42 | More by muletrane
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mcbeerbrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-15-2012 03:27:51 | More by mcbeerbrew
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bigdavid77433

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-14-2012 16:07:22 | More by bigdavid77433
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coldriver

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with tan head and great lacing. Initial aroma note is alcohol, with smokey malt, cocoa, and coconut. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight licorice. Mouth feel has a kick while at the same time smooth with nice aftertaste which leaves you wanting more. Overall a very solid Imperial Stout, complex, smooth, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:27:40 | More by coldriver
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metalgdog

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-13-2012 23:59:22 | More by metalgdog
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-13-2012 12:53:41 | More by whatname
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.