Exorcism Of Rachel Wall | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in rum barrels with vanilla beans.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 06-28-2016

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Ranking:
#1,280
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
98
pDev:
4.86%
 
 
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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I purchased my bottles of Exorcism of Rachel Wall (and Exorcism at Sunset), one of the liquor store employees recommended that I wait a few months before opening it. He cautioned me that it was still pretty hot. Natch - so I waited.

I had a day off, so I opened my first bottle 2/19/18. The rum presence is quite noteworthy - the nose is sweet, syrupy rum. There's plenty of heat in your chest, and a lingering barrel presence in the finish. Like many rum barrel-aged beers, it's slightly thin - but still quite laden with tasty complexity. The vanilla is still hanging on, but isn't quite as present as I might like. Carbonation is mellow, but definitely adequate. Not much of a head on the beer though.

All in all - given what Clown Shoes asks for their bombers, Exorcism is more reasonably priced than Pirate Bomb or Pirate Noir. I'm not sure which I would jump at first, given a choice... probably the Prairie beers, given my crush on Prairie. But, Exorcism is tremendously good for the price point. Very much recommended.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A really nice blend of the chocolate, vanilla and rum. Aroma is actually quite boozy, but the taste not so. Starts with noticable vanilla and a rum lingering finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyed this one quite alot.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emottram
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraFlight
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gaddabble
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a thin head. The aroma features vanilla, praline, marshmallow fluff, roast hazelnut, chocolate, and candied fruit. The flavor is full but less rich than I anticipated, with vanilla, praline, and chocolate most prominent, with some craisin, plum, raisin. The mouthfeel is actually medium bodied, with mostly small and light carbonation. Overall this is a tasty beer, very ayered, and it manages to avoid being too rich. Clown Shoes does know stouts.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from CraftBeerLos (thanks man!). Bottled 1/3/17. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours jet black with two and a half fingers of tan head. The light foam settles to a patchy haze across the surface, a modest halo and some speckled trails of lace.

The aroma of roasty, lightly smoked malt is first to greet my nostrils. Dark chocolate, rum-soaked wood, cooked sugar and a faint whisper of vanilla.

The Undead Party Crasher base is immediately apparent in the flavor. That smokey, roasty chocolate is joined by subtle, sugary rum, cooked caramel, coffee, molasses, mild vanilla and a slight nip of alcohol.

Creamy, medium full body with supple carbonation. The aftertaste is like rum-kissed, lightly smoked dark chocolate covered vanilla-infused coffee beans.

Clown Shoes continues haunting the Sunset Grill with their delicious variants. This time the sweetness imparted by the rum and vanilla beans play a great counterpoint to the bitter, roasty base. After several attempts to connect with this brew I quite happy to have tried it. Not the vanilla extravaganza I'd hoped for but still well worth trying.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterLambic
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dark tan head. Head disappears quickly.
Smell is boozy, malty, whiff of vanilla, not much else.
Taste is malty, boozy, hints of caramel, nuts, vanilla, faint though they are.
Full bodied, rich, warming. Definitely a sipping brew.
Another hit from Clown Shoes.

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer that educates! Well, if you count learning that Rachel Wall was the last female hanged in Massachusetts via Wikipedia. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pours dark, minimal visible carbonation. The nose is all rum & Caribbean sugar.

The Exorcism of Rachel Wall is right in that Clown Shoes sweet spot - good without being memorable. Rum has the upper hand here, & it’s of the sugar-laced variety with only a pinch of spicing, perhaps cinnamon. Vanilla taste is subtle & presents more as another layer of teeth-eating sweetness than true vanilla. Caramel, molasses, booze contribute. Certainly thick, but heavy enough that I’d have been content with a big taster.

This is all about the barrel, to the point where it crushes whatever the base beer is under its Shrek-like heel. Good beer.

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Photo of Wenzl
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very strong offering from Clown Shoes. These guys do a ton of barrel aged stouts and BWs and while they're never bad they don't always rise above "good," in my opinion. This one does. I didn't find it A+ great but i did think it was very good.

My knock on this beer is the same as many of their others; the barrel character isn't as pronounced as it could be. There is a vague oakyness and some welcome and warming alcohol heat imparted but nothing is screaming "rum". You can definitely tell it's barrel aged but there isn't a lot to distinguish beyond that (like, you could have told me it was bourbon aged and I wouldn't have blinked an eye).

What I liked (a lot): perfect appearance for style, with a huge cap of tan head and lots of clingy lacing. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, burnt sugar, light roast. Well rounded flavor - sweet but tempered by present alcohol and subtle hop bitterness. Full bodied and creamy smooth, lowish carbonation but just enough to give the beer some life.

One of the better CS beers in recent memory, at least in my experience. Swap labels with one of the "it" breweries of the moment (or limit bottle count to 500) and this would probably trade pretty high.

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Exorcism Of Rachel Wall from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 98 ratings