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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
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1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 109
Gots: 273 | 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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Ratings: 1,169 | Reviews: 272 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a tan, finger width head. Good retention leads to a thin, but consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and all over the glass, showing excellent stick.

Smell - Smokey roasted malt is the most pungent quality. Woodiness. Raisin and distant milk chocolate. Light astringency.

Taste - Dark fruits hit first, with prominent of raisin and fig. Touches of char and some mild roast. Chocolate is in there somewhere. Finishes with more sweet dark fruit character and a faint mocha quality.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a bit of syrupy feel. Low carbonation, but delivers a light tingle. Goes down fair enough, with a light alcohol bite.

Overall - Nice beer, but for the price I'd sooner grab a 4 pack of Grand Teton Black Cauldron for my smokey impy fix. More roasted depth would've been nice. Likley a one and done for me due to the high price tag.

TheSixthRing, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of OneEye78
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wide mouth pint glass. Was a deep black with little transparency around the edges, and very little head. Smelled of chocolate, a hint of coffee and smokey alcohol. Taste was led with a dark chocolate flavor, followed by a mix of smoke and coffee with a tart cherry and cranberry finish. Really liked the complexity of the taste, which really came out as it warmed up. There was a little bit of carbonation in the mouth, but was still substantial. I really enjoyed this beer. It was balanced, yet complex. A very satisfying stout.

OneEye78, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of protex_blue
4/5  rDev -2.7%

protex_blue, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of ivorycannon
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

ivorycannon, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Swilligan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Swilligan, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

qcbrewer, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

cavemanlawyer1999, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes: Bottled 11/09/12. Serving at 40 degrees in a brandy snifter.

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows zero light to penetrate its walls. Head is a bit disappointing - started with a finger-thick, beige head that disappears quickly but managed to leave a bit of lacing behind. When tilting the glass reveals some nice legs.

Aroma:
An elegant array of smoked wood and toasty malts. Upfront you're greeted with a smoked hickory character that blends beautifully with a rich cocoa character. Bold coffee notes

Taste:
A lot of what was found in the nose can be found in the taste - bursting full of character, this one is! Vibrant cocoa laced with light, tart cherries hits right up front with a bitter bite that is spot on for the style. It's a bit sweet but it's not overkill. Plenty of peat on the finish and in the aftertaste. It's hard to believe this is 10% ABV as their is only the slightest burn on the tail end. Wow.

Mouthfeel:
Full bodied with light carbonation. Stupidly smooth - seriously, how can this be 10%? Semi-sweet finish is laced with rainbows and puppies. Joking aside, this is perfect!

Overall:
If there is such thing as the perfect imperial stout, in my eyes, this is it! This beer truly left me in awe. This bottle made it's way to my cellar from Alabama over a year ago when Clown Shoes wasn't available here in Iowa - oh how things change. Clown Shoes is now readily available here and if this beer is any indication of the quality they're capable of producing, consider me a fan for life. This is art, no question about it. With a few small tweaks to encourage head retention, this would be perfect! Do yourself a favor and grab this if you see it - you will not be disappointed!

alphagnome, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Furlinator, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Vampire Slayer is very nearly black in color with thick bone-white head. It settles quickly at first but leaves a good half inch that lingers.

Aroma is full of roasted and smoked malts. It also has nice coffee notes.

Flavor is a pleasant balance of malty sweetness, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and subtle smoked malts. Tobacco, cherries, and plums also come through.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's balanced, creamy, and perfectly carbonated. Full bodied and just short of syrupy.

Overall a fantastic stout and well worth a try.

GilGarp, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful stout. Tar black body, almost no highlights. Creamy, dark khaki head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Deep and roasty. Malted milk balls, toasted oats, toasted white bread, coffee grinds, milk chocolate, molasses.

T - Sweet and smooth with a roast coffee character. Oatmeal, cream, latte, dry grains, malted milk balls, brown sugar, hazelnut.

M - Smooth, silky, medium-full frame.

O - Nice, well balanced, roasty AIS.

vfgccp, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Ben7773, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Griffith, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

OKCNittany, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

TimBeaulieu, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

meanmutt, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Qwest_35, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Acuity, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ToadiesForCody, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

pveilleux, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ZachKelly, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

astronautjones, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

greymalkin, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bigbeerfan, Feb 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Corburk, Feb 12, 2014
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.