Exorcism At Sunset
Clown Shoes

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #207
Ranked #932
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels for 3 months.
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 266 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Doug6322:
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bottle from buking21 (thanks for the hook up!). Bottled 9/18/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours midnight black with a finger and a half khaki head. The foam fades to some splotches on the surface and a modest ring around the edges that leaves several spots of lace.

Smells incredible. Huge sweet vanilla bourbon up front followed by milk chocolate, caramel and a whiff of smoke/ char. I can't get enough.

That nose doesn't dissapoint. Oaky vanilla, bourbon sweetness, fudgey chocolate, soft but present smoked malt, caramel, charred wood, brown sugar, molasses, a hint of black coffee and a little booze. The bourbon is a sweet and flavorful compliment rather than the boozey shroud that I encounter with some barrel aged brews. The smoked malts become more apparent as it warms but it maintains its beautiful balance. This drinks much smoother than it's 12.5% abv would imply, making it dangerously easy to singlehandedly demolish the bomber.

Smooth, creamy, full feel with soft carbonation. Sweet, smokey aftertaste of vanilla, wood smoke, chocolate and caramel.

Since my first sip of Clown Shoes when they started Georgia distribution I have been a big fan and they've continued to elevate their game. Exorcism at Sunset takes the base beer to a whole new level and beyond. I can taste Undead Party Crasher but the added barrel sweetness makes it outstanding. Super glad that I traded for a couple bottles and seriously considering lining up a few more. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this beer!

A - Pitch black pour from the bottle with thin dense toffee colored lacing. Sticky on the sides of the snifter glass.

S - Nice roasted chocolate on the nose, a small amount of oak, bourbon, and some smoke/char.

T - Balanced throughout with dark roasted chocolate, some oak tannin, smokey char, bourbon, very little warming on the way down. Lingering dark chocolate on the back side with some bourbon booziness.

M - Thick, full bodied, chewy, very sticky on the lips, silky.

O - The 12.5% is very well hidden with a low amount of heat on the way down. Recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh man I do enjoy their stouts, been sitting on this one for a while.
Pours a dark creamy thick frothy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, and long legs as well, super dark pitch black beer with no light getting through.

Nose is all dark malts, lots of fluffy nougat, carafa soft creamy chewy fluffy nougat, with a little roasty charred malt, as well as some licorice, a touch of very dark bitter chocolate and over roasted coffee, mo re licorice as it warms, wiht nice vanilla and toasty oak barrel in the background, with a faint bourbon in the background, just a touch of booze wafting out, and some wafer cookie like notes. Reminds me a lot of fresh Abyss or some different Bruery stouts.

Taste brings lots more of the same, super dark malts, some black malt with lots of roasty char, over roasted coffee notes, as well as some fluffy nougat carafa again, chewy creamy fluffy nougaty flavor, with a little bitter super dark chocolate bitter choc, and touch of cookie wafer again. Also the licorice, less than the nose but definitely some there, candy like licorice with more candy bar flavors but not too sweet. Some bitterness, mostly from the roasted malts, but not a ton, as well as a little bit from earthy spicy hops. Barrel notes as well, some toasty slight vanilla, mild bourbon, wish the bourbon was a bit more. Finish is dry a little sticky sweet, touch of booze but not a lot, bit more licorice and charred roasty malts, fair bitterness and touch of acrid, little cocoa and nougat all lingering, and hint of barrel.

Mouth is full rich bodied, little creamy thick and fluffy, nice carb, etc for this level of stoutness, and a little booze warmth.

Overall pretty nice, this is one that def needs to sit for a couple years though. Maybe I'll get another bottle or two and age it cause I think this will turn out more like Abyss, lots of licorice and over roasted acrid tannins up front, nice background nougat and chocolate, but barrel def could have come through more. A bit more aging might mellow out those messy flavors and allow the nice ones to shine. Also booze is hidden very well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured an oily, almost viscous, appearance. There was no head.
Aroma of vanilla, booze, and roasted malt.
Tasted better than the aroma suggested. Vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate. A little bit of coffee.
Medium to heavy bodied.
Nice beer.

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Photo of bobhits
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

15 dollars for 22 oz. I need a better hobby.

Pours opaque black, this is legit about as black as beer gets. Great legs but no lacing.

Dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of either caramel or butter scotch with a lot of heavy whipped cream. A bit of char and perhaps some light oak chips. Very chocolate bar meats almost a creme brulee but not so much vanilla.

At first I got a lot of dark chocolates but now I'm getting that and milk chocolate. I get almost a 3 Mustageers bar meets a caramel drizzle that was aged in oak. The bourbon notes integrate flawlessly in this dessert inspired beer. Unlike most barrel aged beers the bourbon seems to be soaked up in the other flavors and is just adding vs adding a booze and liquor type influence.

The beer drinks very well for a 12.5% beer. The mouth is creamy and full while the beer doesn't sit overly heavy (for the style). There is a hint of an alcohol burn that could almost be confused with a slight sour note and the carbonation as expected doesn't last long.

Overall this is an exceptional beer. It lacks some of the complexity that the true master pieces of the style have, but that's likely why one can find this on shelves. Absolutely worth it. Even if it is 15 bucks.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: medium bodied as far as thickness is concerned pouring an ultra dark almost opaque black. Dark tan head rising a notch below a finger's length. Settles slowly after two or three sips with almost zero lacing.

Smell: Deep whiskey scent with hints of warm brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet molasses and whiskey feel. Complex brew has an almost special feel which makes you think of dessert in a bottle. The alcohol notes overpower the brew a bit but offset with the brown sugar feel.

Mouth: Sticky, slightly on the thin to medium body with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice pick up, little pricey but if you never had it and like aged bourbon barrel beers it might be worth the pick up. Salud!

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of wburch1967
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of avisong
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tall glass. bottled 2/2/17, so 5 months old.

looks fantastic. jet black body, generous coffee with a dash of cream head. Excellent lacing throughout.

nose is quite muted. faint aromas of bourbon and dried fruit.

On tasting, the bourbon is present, but not intense, which i appreciate. there are some coffee tones, dried fruit, only faintly roasted malt, which i also appreciate in this particular drink.

mouth is a tad below medium, which is surprising. lightly roasted malt and bourbon on the finish. there is also a slight slickness to it, which i could do without.

overall, despite the muted nose and slightly off finish, this is a very enjoyable BBA imperial stout.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look is textbook imperial stout - a pitch black body topped off by a creamy, soft, long lasting tan-colored head. Even better, the roast-laden, smoky aroma wonderfully befits something so damn dark. Additional qualities of dark chocolate, raisin, licorice, and espresso add to the experience. The barrels are there, but subtly so: letting this open up will create a more assertive barrel presence. It's very hard to fault the aroma being offered, and the flavor (thankfully) follows closely. It starts off with notes of smoke and roasted malt, before a surprising middle of dark fruit appears. Oak barrel and vanilla notes show up near the finish. There is a touch of alcohol, but I'm surprised how well it integrates with everything going on. It doesn't have the thickest feel ever for a stout, but it goes down with surprising ease considering it's 12.5%. This is an excellent offering, one where I can only nitpick on instead of throwing a billion different complaints. I'll gladly get this again - it can hang with the big boys quite well, and should be more available than them.

4.26/5: An excellent no-frills BA stout

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rekrule
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle. Something was way off about this beer. It smelled slightly metallic and quite sour. The taste followed that same nose, tart, thin, metallic twinge on the finish. I may have gotten a bad or infected bottle. No real stout or bourbon characteristics, something else had taken this beer over.

I'll revisit and give this one a go soon.

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Photo of sd123
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goldfishman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Exorcism At Sunset from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 266 ratings