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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,115
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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Photo of John_M


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose prototypical RIS goodness, with considerable dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice. The licorice is a bit more prominent than usual for a RIS, and that's even more the case on the palate. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, which seemed to bring out all the more the licorice I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, which surprised me given the abv. in this beer. Otherwise, the finish was long, sweet and licorice filled.

Was excited to try this beer when I saw it on the menu at TJ's. However, I can't say I was exactly bowled over by the beer, though it was decent. Oh well...

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 16:34:35 | More by John_M
Photo of tommyd313


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-24-2012 23:27:30 | More by tommyd313
Photo of ParraPalliative

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-24-2012 20:01:20 | More by ParraPalliative
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color. It had a thin brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer gave off some nice roasted malt aromas along with some interesting chocolate and coffee note. The taste was roasted with a light sweetness up front along with some bitter coffee notes finishing it off. The mouthfeel had a good amount of body to it, there were some light bubbles in there to break up the oily texture just a bit. Overall it's a good beer and I would enjoy having it again some day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 02:33:09 | More by Knapp85
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an inky black. Head is excellent. Head retains oh so well for a stout. Head is mocha in color. Zero light penetration.

S-Rich nose of espresso and chocolate syrup. Nice smoky notes. Alcohol is evident. Nothing very unique, but it is a very nice and strong aroma.

T-The smoke mixes very well with the bitter chocolate/cocoa and roasted coffee grounds. Rich and sweet. I will use the word 'abrasive' as a positive adjective here. Light vanilla extract and burnt toastiness. Overall a very tasty brew especially with the underlying smokiness.

M-Creamy but somewhat light as far as a Imperial Stout goes. This bomber will go quick (compliments to the feel). Alcohol is drying. Soft, subtle carbonation.

O/D-Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Another good anniversary beer. Very flavorful, and the smoke is great. Clown Shoes creates awesome beers, and this is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:30:44 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of BeerLover99


3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, trace tan head, ok lacing

S: mild chocolate, hint of roasted nuts, malt

T: mild chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee,
hint of roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: Love the style and brewery, but
this offering is just ok.


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 21:49:50 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Fitzmke


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-22-2012 01:32:28 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of jwat


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-21-2012 19:42:01 | More by jwat
Photo of cdwil


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-20-2012 13:12:21 | More by cdwil
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black into an imperial nonic thick one finger deep beige crown atop that left multple ringes of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Chocolate,roast,smoke,and fruity esters in the nose,it's very nice if it packed alittle more puch it would be off the charts.Full chewey feel to the beer really enhances the flavor nuances.Lightly smoked and earthy rawness mixed with bitter chocolate and mild fruit on the palate provide for a well rounded brew.A great beer in my mind,the best Clown Shoes beer I have had,a tad above Hoppy Feet 1.5.As I drink more some alcohol induced and molasses-like sweetness comes into play more.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 21:45:39 | More by oberon
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 1pint 6oz. bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

The color is dark black and is not letting any light through so I won't even try. There is a nice finger of foamy brownish head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is big roasty malt flavor coming out and saying hi. There is some slight brown bread aroma in the nose with some slight caramel aroma and a touch of chocolate.

The taste is like burnt toast with some nice toffee flavor. There is some sweetness here that gives off some nice chocolate candy flavor. There is some dark fruit flavor with a slight plum flavor and then a bitterness at the end that just punctuates with a slight hop presence.

The feel of this beer is big but does not put on airs. It hides the amount of alcohol it has with some nice body that is smaller then the ABV would make you believe. It drinks real well and is a bit deceiving for a beer this strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 07:08:19 | More by Duhast500
Photo of wildcats10

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-18-2012 04:31:49 | More by wildcats10
Photo of jheezee


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-16-2012 20:24:15 | More by jheezee
Photo of ATXRyan


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-16-2012 17:45:46 | More by ATXRyan
Photo of hogrider


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-15-2012 19:31:49 | More by hogrider
Photo of ChugginOil


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

The look is almost completely black besides the cola edging around the edges. A small ring of tan head. A bit of lace.

The nose has un-sweetend chocolate, charred dark fruits, roasted malt, and smoked malt.

The taste is smokey, bakers chocolate, some burnt dark fruit, roasted malt, a touch of sweetness. Smokey and roasted.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and hefty but not full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, roast bomb, beast stout. Tasty, well-balanced. It will be purchased again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 08:13:24 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-15-2012 00:12:28 | More by THECPJ
Photo of BARFLYB


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Vampire Slayer goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Some old world character,dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 06:05:14 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ThirdEyePA


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-13-2012 00:18:31 | More by ThirdEyePA
Photo of TK5150


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

A- Pours very dark brown/black with a small light brown head made of tight small bubbles. Excellent lacing.

S- Smokey, caramelized dark fruits. coffee, yeasty esters. Smells interesting.

T- Ashy smoke (without being burnt), toffee, coffee, BIG TIME PURPLE GRAPE (I mean like Grape Soda), and finishes with what seems to be yeasty spiciness and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- Full bodied, yet nothing heavy. Very smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

O- I like this imperial stout, but it's nothing mind blowing. I've only had a few imperial stouts that have a big time grape flavor like this one, so it gets a little bonus for being a bit unique. The smooth mouthfeel stands out as well. I like this a bit more than my score indicates. I like this as much as other beers I have rated 4.2 or so, the problem is that no one rating category on this beer is super high.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 19:49:15 | More by TK5150
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.50 bomber from Abe's.

Body is total blackness, topped by lighter than expected tan head, four fingers tall and level. Pleasing scattered lacing.

Aroma of roast coffee wrapped with whiffs of smoke. Inviting and assertive though not overly aggressive.

Taste has the coffee and also a major hit of intense chocolate syrup running through it. Taste of smoke follows. Nice hop bite at the swallow. Another dollop of chocolate leads the aftertaste.

Good thick rich mouthfeel, if not quite classic level.

A highly enjoyable double stout, and the mld smokiness is a nice touch. Worth trying. But if you're really looking to slay vampires, it needs garlic.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:20:10 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of keanlacrosse

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-11-2012 20:26:00 | More by keanlacrosse
Photo of CasanovaCummins


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good stout. It is a solid offering by Clown shoes.

I'll admit their style of labels and names was a bit of a put off at first. But hey, they are kinda of funny once you really think about it. So I will admit i was reticent at first.

But after this, I'm really warming up quite nicely. This stout has a very nice nose, a little chocolate, but a little on the cool side as well. It doesn't want to give up to much unless fairly warm, but it does hint at vanilla and cocoa.

This has a nice, smooth body, a tad thin, but solid. The taste is surprisingly smooth and lacking any real edginess. It isn't extreme, but it is a good deal for the price. enough so for me to seek out other items from them. This hides the 10 abv very well.

I'll go find some unidragon to compare this too and re-visit this some time. Very promising.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:22:52 | More by CasanovaCummins
Photo of AndyD


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

03-10-2012 17:53:42 | More by AndyD
Photo of Bendurgin


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours black with just a small layer of khaki foam that settles down to nothing leaving a little bit of sticky lace.

Standard stout aroma with some big roasted malts and bitter chocolate and hints of dark roast coffee. The flavor really mirrors the aroma nice and roasty with big coffee and chocolate notes and hints of dark fruit. Seems to ahve a little bit of a grassy hop flavor in the finish.

The body if full and chewy with silky carbonation. Real nice bottle here from these guys. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:06:39 | More by Bendurgin
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.