Exorcism Of Rachel Wall
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #287
Ranked #1,552
4.33 | pDev: 4.85%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Exorcism Of Rachel WallExorcism Of Rachel Wall
Notes: Unfortunately there was another incident in front of Sunset Grill in Allston and this time the ghost of Rachel Wall emerged from the wreckage. She was a true pirate, and the last woman to be hanged in Massachusetts, and we felt a fitting remembrance would be to fill 14rum barrels with Undead Party Crasher and add Tahitian vanilla beans. Rachel, we know you have fury from beyond the grave, but cut it out with the possessions please.
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, roasted malts, rich chocolate, some smoke, dark fruits, tobacco, char, oak barrel, rum, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla beans, caramel, dark toffee, with some earthy piney hops

Apr 23, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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

22oz bottle. Bottling date of '01/03/17'.
Black colored body, with mahogany back lit edge. One finger of tan head. Leaves a few spots of lacing.
Rum barrel is apparent in the aroma, with dark roasted malts, but also the vanilla appears.
Taste is dark roasted malts, with a touch of char. The rum barrel coats all. Has the lighter touch of vanilla.
Toward a thicker mouth feel, with some mouth coating texture. Good carbonation.
The higher ABV% is evident but not hot. The beer drinks rather smooth, and without impediment.

Jun 26, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of rich vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa, slight coffee, and some roasted malts with some slight rum funk.
T: Taste is vanilla with some rum barrel funk, dark chocolate, roasted malts, Italian roast coffee, and some more hints of vanilla. On the swallow this beer is a little more rum, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and some slight oak.
M: This beer has a slightly creamy and silky body with a mouthfeel that is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is well executed. The barrel influence is subtle and the vanilla notes are still pretty evident despite me hanging onto this beer for about two years. The complexity of the beer and the flavors work well together which makes this one an enjoyable drink. Probably a little better fresh to really let the vanilla shine but worth a try.

Feb 14, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Feb 19, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Aug 30, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

May 24, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

May 21, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

May 06, 2017
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 14, 2017
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful black beer with a reddish brown head that sticks around. The aroma is vanilla, chocolate and rum. Absolutely love the flavor of this beer which follows the nose. Nice thick feel, overall an outstanding beer.

Feb 26, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Sunset Grille in Allston. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla and whiskey. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and whiskey. Lots of richness. Feel is light and smooth with light carbonation. My first taste of the Exorcism series and I am excited for more.

Feb 26, 2017
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morimech from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous stout that is dark and mysterious. Two fingers of mocha color head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap leaving behind solid lacing. Mild rum aroma compliments the roasted malt, caramel, and vanilla notes. The flavor is a little too boozy for my liking as it overpowers the rest of the beer. Besides the alcohol heat I taste rum, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, and vanilla. Big body and nicely carbonated only hurt by the thinning affect of the ethanol. Enjoyable barrel-aged stout by Clown Shoes. Could use more barrel character and a little age to tame the alcohol heat down a bit, but quite nice fresh.

Feb 25, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive dark black, with an equally impressive dark tan head, in both size and retention - especially for a BA brew.

Aroma is lovely: cocoa and vanilla, with a boozy, woody complement which could easily be bourbon or rum. Leans toward the latter in the deepest tones. Inviting and intoxicating without taking a single sip.

Remarkably smooth for a BA stout; the rum barrel influence is noticeable, especially on the back end, but well integrated throughout. All along, strong cocoa notes from the malt and a wonderful vanilla component provide a very solid base. Red grapes and a very light but still present bitter roast round out the overall profile.

Thick, smooth, creamy - full bodied. One of the stronger, heftier bodies for a BA stout. The 11.5% is virtually invisible, a crowning achievement by itself.

Clown Shoes is well regarded for their use of barrels. This is one of their best overall efforts at integrating the barrel with the overall experience. It's hardly different than if they had used bourbon - but it is different, and that slight delta is very pleasant. I am very impressed with the overall execution of this beer, from top to bottom. A BBA stout (vice rum BA) might have amped up their ratings more among most beer advocates, but this is a phenomenal beer overall.

Feb 24, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the more widely released batch two, January 2017. Being well-versed in Clown Shoes BA offerings, I was a bit surprised by how muted the nose is upon pouring. Then again, I'm a bit congested. In any case, the rum comes through with plenty of boozy heat; the flavor profile is also a bit warm, so I might suggest sitting on this for a while to let it mellow out. The vanilla notes are pretty prominent now, however, and they combine with the rum to bring out some thick fudginess from the base stout; any ageing will be a balancing act between smoothing out the heat and potentially losing some of the vanilla.

Feb 15, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms Market, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on 07/15/16
Served in a snifter

Dark brown/black appearance. Super slick and oily in the glass. The body was topped by barely-there cap of tan froth that quickly dissolved. A few streaks of lacing trickled along the glass.

Interesting aroma. Roasted malts came through strong. Bit of char. Smoky notes were apparent. Some molasses and dark fruits too. Light barrel notes. I would not peg this for being rum barrel aged but perhaps bourbon or even port. Touch of vanilla. Moderate sweetness. There was a savory quality as well. Soy sauce came to mind. As the beer sat, the vanillla and the sweetness intensified.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but slightly more interesting initially. Roasty on the front end. Somewhat sweet. Brown sugar and molasses were noticeable. Strong dark fruit notes in the center. Currants and charred raisins perhaps. Light barrel notes. Bit of licorice. Like the nose, a savory, soy sauce-like quality was apparent. The finish contained notes of booze, smoke, char and a subtle sweetness. As the beer sat, I picked up a fruity, semi-oxidized, port-like quality.

Nice rich, thick, viscous mouthfeel. Full bodied for the style. Creamy and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence. Velvety smooth.

While not all of their beers are particularly impressive, Clown Shoes use interesting barrel treatments on many of their imperial stouts and barleywines. Exorcism Of Rachel Wall might not contain much rum barrel or vanilla, but it was enjoyable nevertheless. Fans of sweet and savory, dark fruit-forward stouts (a-la Abyss) should certainly give this a try.

Feb 11, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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

Opaque, black beer with a nice fluffy brown head that takes a while to fade and leaves a band of lacing behind. The aroma is a lot of rum, vanilla, oak and a ton of dark chocolate. Big chocolate and rum in the taste with the vanilla and toasted oak coming in late. There is a nice bitter chocolate finish with some sweet and a tiny bit of boozy heat. This is a really nice stout that definitely showcases the rum and vanilla.

Jan 29, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of dark brown head. Moderate amount of lacing. Lots of vanilla and rum in the nose along with espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is vanilla upfront followed by the heat of the rum that mellows into roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. More vanilla and rum barrel at the finish with some espresso. Boozey as expected but pretty smooth. Velvety mouthfeel with little carbonation and a lighter than expected mouthfeel. I've said this about 100 times by now but Clown Shoes knows how to make great barrel aged beers and this is another example. Worth seeking out.

Jan 28, 2017
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours looking medium thick with a half inch of head from an aggressive pour that quickly dissipates and leaves a thin intermittent dark khaki ring around the edges of the glass. Smell is not very barrel forward unfortunately. Smells dark and roasted at first but as it warms the smell becomes much more chocolatey. I really don't get much vanilla, just a generalized sweetness. A very little bit of booze and barrel. The taste is roast forward with a sweet middle where you finally get a hint of that vanilla complemented nicely by the rum notes. It finishes dry which is a nice contrast to the sweet middle. You also get some nice chocolate notes but not the holy grail of chocolate and vanilla at once; it is a progression of flavors as opposed to an almagamation. Feel is very light in carbonation, moderately thick though a touch thin for the style, and Silky. Overall this beer is solid but I was really expecting more from it. More barrel, more adjunct, more body, and just more flavor.

Jan 02, 2017
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a short glass.
L: Dark black, very little head.
S: Malts, vanilla/chocolate roast
T: Vanilla up front, but not too strong - you can taste the base stout and the rum doesn't hit you til the end. Rum isn't overpowering by any means.
F: soft & creamy
O: Very enjoyable RBA stout.

Dec 29, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick rich dark 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing, and long legs, pitch black thick beer.

Nose brings loads of dark malts and roast, roasted barley, burnt malts, burnt caramel, a little nougat and baking spices, a little burnt coffee and charred barrel notes, a little earthy rich vanilla, faint rum in the background with nice dark chocolate cocoa too.

Taste brings loads of vanilla out front, rich creamy earthy vanilla, with a little rum, like molasses rum but smooth, thick rich creamy beer, some roasted malts, a little charred caramel, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, super bitter cocoa, some bitter spicy earthy hop notes, faint baking spices and vanilla pudding, fluffy nougat. Finish is sticky but dry, a little booze warmth, mild bitterness, lingering vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malts.

Mouth is super creamy lush rich almost chewy, velvety, nice carb, and very little booze.

Overall pretty nice beer, I expected more flavors to come through as many seemed a bit muted, but great vanilla, incredible mouth feel, rum a bit light but maybe a good thing.

Dec 12, 2016
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redsahx from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had in a tulip glass on draft. Pours pitch black like a good imperial stout. Tiny head but retains some lacing. Solid smell of barrel aged booze you look for in the style. Vanilla & coconut in the smell, but can't distinguish the booze as rum. Still the smell indicates good flavor soaked from the barrel. Mouthfeel not too fizzy, even though slightly more carbonated than some in this style. You can tell a good base stout was used. Some roasted bitterness hiding in the taste, but coated by the vanilla/oak/booze of the barrel. Overall another solid barrel-aged stout. If you like the style, this works. Tastes different from other rum-barrel aged beers I've had before, which seemed to get a certain sourness from the rum. This tasted closer to a whiskey barrel aged stout.

Sep 15, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Sunset Grille, Allston MA.

A- Ghastly pitch black tap to tulip pour with a deep mocha tan head. Tiny cap with low retention. A small ring drops large sheets of lacing.

S- Massive chocolate, massive vanilla and plenty more dessert notes beyond that. The rum adds a smoothness to compliment the vanilla with toasted oak, brown sugar, caramel, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate and charred barley.

T- The beer is once again all about those desserts and truffles. Chocolate is again beyond a beast with everything from cocoa powder to cassis bitter dark chocolate coming to mind. Wet worn out toasted oak wood, brown sugar, caramel, burnt barley, spiced raisin, coconut and vanilla bean bomb.

MF- Thick body with an oily slickness and creamy consistency. Medium high carbonation and beyond silky smooth. Ends warm.

Brilliant interplay between the vanilla, rum and chocolate. Give me a dessert to pair with this rich beast and I'll be all set.

Aug 30, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

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

7/15/16 bottling

A: Pitch-black pour with a very tall and very dark brown head. Excellent head retention but little to no lacing.

S: Great rum aroma. Sweet chocolate and a touch of char underneath.

T: Oh yeah. Lots of rum in this one. Great spiced rum of some sort. Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate behind it with a side of cherries. Turns bitter with char and cocoa in the finish and into the aftertaste. Long-lingering charry aftertaste.

M: Heavy and smooth with a bitter, drying finish.

O: Might be the best rum barrel ANYTHING I've had. Great bold rum flavors and sweet vanilla/maltiness. Huge contrast with a super dry aftertaste though. Pretty interesting overall.

Aug 22, 2016
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Beer pours jet black with a thin medium-color brown head. One can smell that sharp vanilla flavoring that comes from the aging in the aroma. Really sharp and sweet aromas of vanilla with chocolate, malts, and alcohol. The taste follows the nose with a strong booze-rum blast to the palate mixed with sharp vanilla and some cherry and similar fruits. Mouthfeel is generally balanced with a good creamy texture but enough good carbonation to make it crisp. Overall, I loved the flavor mix and the complimentary mouthfeel and aromas with this beer.

Aug 19, 2016
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