Exorcism Of Rachel Wall | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by PorterLambic:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of fitzy84
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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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 Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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

Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice overall beer, pretty heavy into the vanilla side of things with a total of rum sweetness. The only thing I see with this beer is the lack of barrel. But the counter to that is would you really want a heavy rum flavored stout with vanilla. Probably not. Well done BA beer which is typical of Clown Shoes.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aknalley
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steve_Tkachuk
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Boccu
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with nice head that fades but leave a small light head till the end. Nice rum chocolate and roast aroma. Ok nice rum start not harsh very subtle tone. Turns to a sweetness of raisins to a chocolate that turns to a roasted coco with a light rum and vanilla finish. Exceptional very complex yet smooth. Another great brew from clown shoes.

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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 redsahx
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 fehrminator
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 98 ratings