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Vampire Slayer - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1065
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%

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:
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 metter98

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger-high tan dense tan head that died down but left patches of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The alcohol in this beer is remarkably well hidden, which makes it quite easy to drink compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:59:23 | More by metter98
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Thanks to Jnorton00 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight smoke aromas. There is also a cinnamon aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, and coffee bean flavors. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a slight crispness with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout that rises above its gimmicky description for a really tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:08:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of thydarkprevails


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber in a duvel tulip. Pours black with a 2 inch beige head that slowly recedes to a finger with great sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted barley, dark coffee, smoke, and there's a sweetness to it. Taste is tons of toasted barley. Semisweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and sweet cream is there too. Mouthfeel is kinda chewy and alcohol is well hidden. Will buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 11:24:12 | More by thydarkprevails
Photo of TheFightfan1


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

Bottle date of 2/2012.

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Opague black in color a rather heavy pour leaves a generous two finger heading, but settles quickly to just a thin edging around the glass.

Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt mix. Slight hot boozey kick,with a nice anise like finish. After this warms up it turns completely south for me. The nose turns to an earthy, manure aroma very unimpressive here. I even washed my hands to make sure I didn't touch baby poo and no it is the aroma from this beer. Very odd.

Even for the odd occurence of this warming aroma of manure in the nose it still manages to taste well. Dark chocolates and a touch of smoke, nice dark fruits and no manure !.

Medium to full bodied not as heavy as I would like my double stouts, a little thin in the mouth than I am used to. Good carbonation.

Overall a touch above average. After hearing so many good things and the local stores selling out immediately. I figured this was exceptional but in the end just a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 20:16:19 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of scottfrie


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Thanks for this one, Bryin!

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense dark mocha colored head that faded into a decent film and collar. Fuzzy patches of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very inviting and rich notes of toasted wood, char, earth, dark chocolate, herbal hops, and a hint of peat. Smells excellent.
T: Follows the nose with a characteristic kind of earthy, smokey, peat/wood taste combined with herbal and dank hops. The finish is lightly bitter like that of dark chocolate, and the aftertaste is roasted and slightly sweet with caramel or molasses. Smoked imperial stout is the perfect description.
M: This beer is just a tad on the thin side, but it is far from watery. I would say the body is thicker than medium, but it could be fuller. Carbonation is on the low side but isn’t bad. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the thin side but I’m splitting hairs. This beer goes down very smoothly, and I get no trace of the double digit alcohol.
O: Great smokey flavor and a highly recommended imperial stout. This one was very easy to drink and really hit the spot. Thanks again Rizalini!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:55:47 | More by scottfrie
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 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 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 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 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 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
Photo of KSac4115


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a half inch dark brown foam head. The smell is hoppy with chocolate and coffee. Tastes exactly how it smells with a stronger kick. Hops are more prevalent that most stouts and the finish it a little bit more bitter than expected. A very spectacular blend of sweet flavors with hop bitterness. The beer is a slightly thicker consistency with mild carbonation making it fairly drinkable. Overall a very delicious beer with complex flavors. veer enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:21:55 | More by KSac4115
Photo of Vonerichs


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

Entering a review from some shorthand notes taken a few weeks ago...

Poured into a pint glass.

Black color with 1/2" of sandy colored head.

Smells were heavy on the roast, slightly campfire-smokey, coffee, and bakers' chocolate.

Robust flavors of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, brownies, and smoke. The smoke is not overdone, but gives it a nice complimentary dimension to the other roast flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation about right.

This is the best beer I've had from Clown Shoes and the most recent I've had since Blaecorn Unidragon. I'm beginning to think they should put out some more stouts, because they do them exceedingly well.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 04:00:28 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of ThickNStout


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 8.99. Bottled 2/2012. Served in my favorite snifter. 

Pours near black with almost a full finger dark tan head that quickly fades. Several dots and lumps of lacing left behind all the way down the glass. 

Sweet, malty, roasty nose with hints of cocoa and mocha java. Nice. 

Smooth sweet roasted malt flavors dominate. Bitter coffee, dark chocolate, smokey wood, moderate vanilla, a little leather and is that...holy water? Nah, that particular gimmick doesn't show in the taste but there's alot of good stuff to be had here and the high alcohol is masked well by several great flavors. 

Medium full bodied with mild carbonation. Could afford to be a little thicker but it still coats the with a nice slick film. 

Another satisfying brew from Clown Shoes. Happy 2 years to them. I look forward to trying even more of their lineup now that they've expanded distribution in Georgia. It was probably even better than I reviewed but had the distinct misfortune of following a glass of Abyss. Nonethess, I had zero problems putting away the entire bomber myself, enjoying every drop. I'm glad to have tried it and plan to age a few to see how it evolves.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:39:49 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of steve8robin


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found one of these bottles at a local beer store and looked interesting. Let's pour this bad boy. 22oz bottle, bottled 02/2012...

A: A beautiful super dark brew with a great 2 inch fluffy mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Perfect!

S: I immediately get some smoky raisin and vanilla upfront quickly giving way to some bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop. Smells delicious.

T: First thing that hits the palate is a sweet chocolate which subtly gives way to a bitter chocolate with some smoky raisin and vanilla coffee notes. Some more sweet smoke lingers on the back. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. A nice sweet smoky finish. Awesome.

O: All in all, this is probably the best beer I've had from CS. It's definitely a smoked stout, but it has some nice roasty porterish notes blending well with the smoke. If you like your stouts roasty, give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:50:48 | More by steve8robin
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Bomber with no freshness dating. Pours a deep black body with a one-finger dark tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing for a high abv stout.

The aroma is typical RIS, roasted malt, toffee, and light chocolate. A very light note of hops.

The flavor is also very representative of the Imperial Stout style with strong notes of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate flavor. A light note of citrus hops breaks through in the finish of the flavor and adds an extra degree to the flavor profile.

Dense mouthfeel that shows very little of alcohol for the high abv. A very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:19:08 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of obrike


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber at Specs in Round Rock for around 7-8 bucks.

An almost black pour...some tinges of brown and red...a decent head that doesn't last too long, some spotty lacing left behind. Not a show stopper, but ok.

Getting some smokiness, chocolate, marshmellow(?), coffee...let this one sit a while...the scent gets a bit more pronounced after time.

Man...again, if let this sit a while, you'll thank yourself. The flavors begin to really pop about halfway through the drink...if you're patient enough to wait 20-30 minutes or so into it. Must be the burnt hickory vampire stakes that make this one so unique...a wonderful aftertaste that stays with you. The typical chocolate and coffee of a stout are complimented by that smokey malt that kicks this one up a notch. Pretty smooth, not uber hot considering how boozy this one is.

Certainly the favorite Clown Shoes release that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:24:13 | More by obrike
Photo of BeerMusketeer


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

Bottled 1/2012

Pours a deep balck with a thick tan head. Lace is nice.

Smells of chocoalte, licorice, roast, and smoke.

Taste is amazing! Very forward cofee, licorice, dark cocoa, and the smoke is not like bacon, but more like an oakey flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Another impressive stout from clown shoes!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 19:12:43 | More by BeerMusketeer
Photo of cjgator3


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a thick pitch black color with a thick tan head with great lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is intense dark roasted malts along with some smokiness, bittersweet chocolate and some warmth from the alcohol in the finish. The aroma intensifies with increased complexity as the beer warms in the glass. Smells great, can't wait to try this beast.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously dark and roasty. The smoked roasted malts are complimented by some espresso flavors and warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, just like an imperial stout should be.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and hope Clown Shoes adds it to their regular lineup or at least makes it a seasonal. Happy Second Anniversary!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:06:02 | More by cjgator3
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bible black heavy libation cascaded into the glass.
Slight let-down short lived head-- laced the glass, collapsed leaving a ring at the perimeter and that's about it.
Nose is of toasted malt, a hale of hops, with what I might call sweetness.

But the flavor-- ah the flavor! But it's not just the flavor it's how this beer behaves on the palate.. Perhaps one of the finest RIS's I've sampled. Everything in perfect proportion-- hops, malt, alcohol, density, effervescence, finish.

Mouthfeel- is an alive blanket of licorice, raisins, hops, malt, toasted malt and a finish that glides and soars. Ok I'm under the influence of the 10% ABV!

Overall-- I rarely or never award a 5.0!

If you're ready for an RIS, this is one to try-- walk a mile for it!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:47:10 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. sturdy black pour, layer of tan. Retention fairly good.

Aroma, roast malt, heavy chocolates. Some peatiness.

Taste, robust dark chocolate and roast. Hint of woody smoke. Earthiness, vanilla, cocoa. Pretty good balance of flavors here. Roast and smoke balance the sweetness more than hops.

Just right of mid bodied. Not quite creamy, needs a tad more body for that. Barely a warming to it though, drinks very easy for the size.
First one I had from Clown Shoes I liked, next 2 not much at all, this one gets them back to .500 for me in a nice way.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:36:49 | More by Bung
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black as black can be with a nice two-finger light brown head of sea foam consistency. Lacing coats every inch of the glass.

S – Moderately strong aroma of chocolate, burnt coffee, and a bit of wood. Smells inviting.

T – Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Also strong overtones of graham cracker, smoke, and marsh mellow. Very rich. Kind of like drinking a campfire S’more. Sweet, but nicely balanced with some bitter esters from the charred grains. Hint of anise, but JUST a hint. Sweet milk chocolate aftertaste lingers. 10% abv CRAZY hidden. Delicious. Dangerous.

M – It is here where this beer truly is a marvel, as it is full bodied, but has a very creamy, smooth feel which keeps it from being overbearing or syrupy. All this is managed with very low carbonation (although maybe a little more than other 10% abv Imperial Stouts) Too bad this category doesn’t go to “six”.

O – If you like Imperial Stouts on the sweet side with a lot of chocolate character, pick this up immediately! I can’t get over how much this actually tastes like a S’more. Obviously couldn’t drink more than one, but that’s like saying you couldn’t eat more than one chocolate cake; it’s that rich. Overall, an exceptional effort. This will now be my dessert beer of choice. Kudos to Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 05:44:53 | More by TempeBeerMan
Vampire Slayer from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.