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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

thegerm87, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Massbmx, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

TheDarkKnight, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BaconCheeseburg, Jun 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

CEDAMA, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Dawsonfws, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Kadonny
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter glass. I've been wanting to try this for some time now, thanks Hanzo for the bottle.

A: A dark black color with a one finger light brown head. Not super thick, but nice. Glass lacing is ring style but only sticking at the top of the glass.

S: Loads of dark chocolate smell with roasted notes and a bit of vanilla and slight herbal hops.

T: The dark chocolate flavor was heavy up front with some nice roasted flavors mixing in. Some vanilla and cream flavors continue to mix with the dark chocolate and allow some sweetness to creep in. There is a slight flavor of coffee, but it comes and leaves quickly. Finish turns dry with herbal and slight citrus hops that make the finish really nice. Great stout.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some prickly notes, dry and some slight alcohol but nowhere near what you would expect. Nice carbonation.

O: This is a real nice complex impy stout that is very, very drinkable and enjoyable. A top notch stout that I'll drink anytime.

Overall a very impressive beer from Clown Shoes, easily their best I've had to date. Nice.

Kadonny, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

ptricky, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jlove5, Jun 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jrpapajcik, Jun 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compared to the pitch black Blecorn Unidragon I pored yesterday, this beer looked lighter in color. It was almost ruby red to dark brown with a beige head. The aroma was quite smoky with lots of chocolate and hops coming through as well. The taste was astringent bitter at the tip of tongue, tempered immediately with a mocha like sweetness which lingered. The finish was dry and smoky. Very easy drinking for a double digit ABV beer. The buffy (heh) body was quite chewy, with a grainy palette. Very good take on the style, with a creative label embellishment. Since it contains holy water, all sins I commit before, during, and after will be washed right away.

rajendra82, Jun 03, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: black with little light able to shine through the glass. Half a finger of head the color of coffee with cream that clutches nicely to the side of the glass as it dissipates.

S: a little underwhelming overall. Some malts with a little sweetness. No alcohol, which is a positive.

T: very good. Roasted malts with a hint of smokiness. A bit nutty with a nice finish of sweetness, vanilla.

M: a bit thin for the style. Not overly chewy at all.

O: an impressive beer that improved as I continued to drink it. A fine effort from the folks at Clown Shoes. Cheers.

amread4, Jun 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

ejw127, Jun 01, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alefish for this beer. Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter:

Pours a deep dark burnt coffee color with an edge of ruby clarity. Finger of medium brown head that subsides to a thin cap and collar. Precise lacing.

The nose sort of reminds me of Stone's IRS - big on the smoke character. Beneath that there is dark fruit, chocolate, some vanilla as well, spicy alcohol comes after a good snort.

The taste takes a similar direction. Big smoke with some instant coffee, bitter chocolate, a bit hot but not overly aggressive. Pretty unique I have to say. Definitely becomes more agreeable as I go. Tasty.

Overall, very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one - thanks man!

yamar68, May 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

dumptruck81, May 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

PaulStoneAnchor, May 26, 2012
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OldTime, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a huge foamy coffee colored head that left a lot of lacing and you could float a bottle cap on. The smell has lots of coffee and milk chocolate with an herbal hoppy background. It tastes of sweet molasses and bitter dark chocolate with coffee grinds and a slight citrusy bitterness. It's thick with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is an awesome beer, up there with the best imperial stouts.

JMad, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Rickyd, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

hlaus, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

amp138, May 19, 2012
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,167 ratings.