Exorcism At Sunset | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels for 3 months.

Added by jhartley on 08-06-2014

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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by ryanjtravis:
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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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 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 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 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 braugon
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Photo of jaywoz
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of bitter dark roasted barley and sweet bourbon. I'm tasting sweet bourbon and then there's some of the bitter, dark roasted barley in the back of the palate. The mouth is thick, sticky, and chewy.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall this is an terrific RIS . . . However, as far as Clown Shoes os concerned, I know they are capable of much better. So what I'm saying is this is good but not what this Brewery can do on a better day.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmwhitehead
2.58/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

It tastes like someone poured chocolate liquor into a Guinness. I couldn't have more that a few sips.

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Photo of schinebd
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.48/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of BlueKurenai
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruddy & effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffy brown head. Decent lacing, average head retention

S: Chocolate & vanilla, faint booze when warm, pick as it aproaches room temp

T: Follows the nose, with a little oakyness, some char, & dryness, just a wisp Bourbon boozeyness up front. Caramel, a little Bourbon barrel & dryness as this warms, hint of mocha as well, slight smokeyness too. Finishes with a bit of booze bite, dryness , a little char, Baker's chocolate, & caramel

MF: Fairly thick with firm carbonation

Drinks very easy depsite the heft & complexity

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4.62/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mmorris15
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fjdelvalle
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Exorcism At Sunset from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 263 ratings