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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Added by Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

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372
Ratings:
2,058
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
20.67%
 
 
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Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, trace tan head, ok lacing

S: mild chocolate, hint of roasted nuts, malt

T: mild chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee,
hint of roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: Love the style and brewery, but
this offering is just ok.

SOLID; NOT A MUST HAVE!

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours jet black without much head. While it is around it is a mocha colored head with a slightly creamy appearance and texture.

Smells mostly of bitter dark chocolate and anise. Roasty malt begins to take over. Being from Memphis where the smell of Hickory smoked BBQ permeates the air I can actually pull out hickory smoke from the distinct woody smells that come from the nose as the beer warms. I usually don't like smoked beers too much, but I really don't mind this, it is very subtle and takes more of a backseat to bitter chocolate.

Taste is roasted, bitter chocolate. Wood notes and a definite rauch-esque quality are present. I honestly don't perceive too much depth to this beer and I am a little disappointed. Looked forward to trying this, and at least I am getting my allotment of Holy Water for a little while. Maybe this will stave off the Flu...

Mouthfeel is rich and slightly creamy. Pretty standard for the style.

Overall the disappointment doesn't take away from the fact that this is a good beer. The smoked malts don't overwhelm this beer in the least. In fact if I looked at this as a smoked beer instead of as a stout it would recieve high marks from me in that category. As a stout though I would reach for something else next time.

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Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a snifter

A - Pours black with a medium to big body and a nice two finger head that stays for a few minutes.

S - Dark fruits and roasted malts

T - Medium body with sweet raisins up front followed by a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. The finish has a light sweet roasted flavor.

M - A little lighter than I would prefer for this beer.

O - Very good but lacks in body and would be better if some more of the flavors came out.

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Photo of mscudder
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Dark black with a mild brown tint. Poured with a relatively thin tan head. Good lace retention.

S - Light roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee. All these aromas are soft and while innate, could be more robust.

T - Two things dominate this brew: sweet notes from cocoa and dark fruits. They compliment each other well and the the dark fruits are almost as prominent as in a Quad. There is a light warmth from the ABV and a bit of a smoked taste wraps it up.

M - Heavy brew with a medium body, less than I would like in an imperial, and moderate carbonation. This helps the dark fruits jump on the palette. I feel the high carbonation (for a stout) hurts the drinkability and smoothness. Not at all bad, just not my cup of tea.

O - This is an interesting stout with a unique composition. I heard many good things about the brews from Clown Shoes, namely that this was their signature beer. That said, I paid around $10 for a 22oz and I cannot justify such a steep price for a beer I see as average amongst the wide selection of quality stouts, of which are much more widely available.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottled on 11/30/12. 15 months old when I drank this. Poured into a chalice.

A good imperial stout but too chocolaty and maybe a bit too sweet. Too much alcohol almost to the point of being solventy. Difficult to drink an entire bomber solo. 3.5

A – Poured a reddish brown with a half-finger dark tan head (both rocky and mousey). Opaque. Head dissipates quickly. Above average lacing. Definite alcohol legs. 4

S – Huge dominating dark chocolate followed by some whiskey and prune notes, some bonfire. 4.25

T – Roasty sweet, not burnt, chocolate, some faint alcohol in the finish, too sweet. 3.5

MF – Medium-heavy body, semi-slick, viscous, warming. 3.75

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clown Shoes makes a decent beer, but I really don't like their labels. Anyway, this beer pours a remarkable head considering the strength of a beer. On that alone I have to give it the 5 for appearance because I can't recall ever seeing such a thick head on a beer of this strength. Smell is of burnt malts, taste of bitter chocolate. A little syrupy feel. Overall, it's a tasty beer. Any fan of imperial stouts will enjoy this, but they may also have a hard time remembering it.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do like this beer. I pours nice and dark dark brown with a thin tan head. Caramel and campfire come through on the nose. A little roast astringency intertwined with spicy hops create a little twang in the nostrils. A little hot on the tongue, but the caramel and hints of smoke come through nicely. Not overly long but pleasant and drinkable. Good mouthfeel, a little thick a little oily. I would have expected hoppier from an "American imperial stout", but perhaps the "American" is the smoky twist. Good stout.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, nearly black body with a lasting yet somewhat thin head. Plums, figs, and booze comprise the aroma; cocoa and some coffee. Taste closely mirrors the aroma. Body comes across medium-heavy, a little bubbly, somewhat sugary.

Overall, a pretty good imperial stout with most components playing nicely with each other yet with a slightly disjointed feel. Still, the beer is rich and flavorful, keeps the ABV reined in nicely, and generally fits the bill for the style.

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Photo of dtivp
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a one finger dark tan head, good retention and light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt,coffee and dark fruits.

Taste starts slightly sweet of dark fruits, raisins and cocoa then light notes of dark coffee and malts.

Mouth feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, sweet with a slight roasty finish. The 10% abv is well hidden as there is only a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a nice stout, a little sweeter than I prefer in a stout, however, very drinkable and I hope to enjoy one again.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Woo. Somebody burned some pork rinds and threw them in the stout. This is a big nasty stout with a crazy amount of some flavor. This is smoked as much as a full rauch beer and the stout is fully suppressed by the smoke.

It pours nicely to a black foamy loveliness. The aroma only barely gives away the smoked taste that's going to follow. The taste is so smokey everything else is lost. The aftertaste is a burnt bitterness.

O would put this in a line up of rauch beers, where it would fare well. As an imperial Stout, not so much.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Farmhouse in Burlington, Vermont.

Looks wonderful. Near-black with a bubbly mocha head. Great retention.

Big smoky nose with a hard hitting burnt malt.

Massive espresso flavours right up front are pretty quickly overrun by hot alcohol. Dark chocolate eventually shows up in the finish.

Whew, this tastes big and I'm not sure if the cask does it any favours. A bit more body might have helped to round things out. As is, the low carbonation let the alcohol run a bit wild.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at World of Beer.

A: Darkest brown and totally opaque.

S: Creamy bitter-sweet.

T: Fruity, sweetish, and molasses. Heavy cream; quite rich. Flavor is only moderate and not unexpected.

M: Rich.

O: Good imperial stout, but fairly plain. Wouldn't recommend it, but it's definitely serviceable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, but modest head. Leaves streaks of lace...a bit of webbiness. Near black where no light shines through.

Soft mocha aroma. Relatively mild.

The alcohol comes through in the taste. The body is neutral for the style. The carbonation is similar. Semi-sweet chocolate is the predominant flavor. I do not detect much hop. The alcohol warms the swallow, but the aftertaste is short with a touch of chalkiness.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small snifter filled from a large bottle.
Full body with light but OK carbonation. High ABV evident.

Flavor & Aroma: Some dark fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Lasting, rich aftertaste. Alcohol evident but not objectionable.

Main gripe: a bit too sweet.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to finally be able to sample the wares of this much-hyped contract brewery. Wannabe slayers of both the undead and lawyers - works for me!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, any thoughts of light-borne edges or streaks dead on arrival, with two fat fingers of puffy, seriously dense, and egregiously bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some thorough limestone cliff painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, wet ash, an additional bit of savoury smoke, bready caramel malt, dry coffee and vanilla notes, and leafy, earthy, and somewhat weedy hops - no real indication of the 10 points of ABV, just yet. The taste is kind of thin chocolate syrup, grainy caramel malt, rain-soaked smoking hickory embers, a soft lactic sourness, brown sugar-heavy molasses, and herbal, leafy, and lightly citrusy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, barely a subversive burble to be found throughout, the body a mere medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, with a small suggestion of veritable creaminess. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as the burgeoning smokiness takes a chunk out of the various cocoa and caramel notes bandying about, the hops staying true to form, and the alcohol somehow manifesting sans any overt heat.

Wow, and for a few different reasons - mostly, the overall lightness of being of this supposedly heady offering - there's just so little weight to it all - as well as the crazily integrated 20-proof booze - hard to sense any of it, at any time, a nervous tic inducing state, I can tell you. Tasty, and enjoyable overall, I suppose, but the hops are somewhat disappointing in their support of the term 'American', the result seeming less than worthy of said nation's better examples of the style.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes' Vampire Slayer, Imperial American Stout. 10% ABV.

A: Black with tan head. Root beer brown in the bottom. Just the slightest lacing and sheeting.

S: Cocoa. Sweet toffee. Some woody notes. Slight cigar, maybe. Very faint licorice.

T/MF: A lot of bitter cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Light licorice. Slight sweet creamer.

Fairly good. I could see this being quite good with bourbon barrel aging. I must admit, hype had me expecting more, but I'm still glad to have tried this. ...Especially before the name and label change!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice

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Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick black color. Produced a nice tan head with good retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice roasted bread and raisin bit with a little cocoa and coffee.

(T)- Tons of raisin and roasted bits. Tiny hint at smoke and tobacco elements. Some cocoa too.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Definitely heavier on the raisin and dark fruits, but a good balance and feel nonetheless.

(D)- Overall, a solid stout. Definitely heavy towards the dark fruits realm, but it is well-done.

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Photo of MrWilliams
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L 4.25) Thick and oily with no sign of light shining through except when held directly in front of a lam, even then just the merest sliver of copper at the outer edge. A medium pour yielded no head to speak of just a faint slick of micro bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

S 4.5) Chocolate and booze, with an undertone of smoke and char. Very little of the dark fruit flavors found in other stouts

T 4.25) A bit sweet as I first take the sip chocolate and coffee are the first things I notice. The sweetness quickly slackens off leaving a slight acidity to it and very smoke forward flavors, burnt toast and charred wood.

F 4.0) My initial reaction was that this was a remarkably thin feeling stout. But as it warmed up it seems to thicken up a bit. There is a bit of carbonation that lingers on the tongue and burns the throat.

O 4.25) Overall this is a good stout. I'm not a huge fan of the smokey flavors that dominate and this keeps me from thinking it's exceptional, better than average yes, but not remarkable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I actually had the pleasure of getting this poured out of the original Vampire Slayer bottle.

Dark brown with a frothy mocha ring.

Deep roasty malts with chocolate are showcased on the nose.

Smokey flavors with peat, bacon, and frothy chocolate. Overall this is very rich and flavorful.

Easily my favorite Clown Shoes brew yet.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with a few friends. Pours a midnight black color with no visibility to speak of. A velvet darker tan head color with good retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The aroma is roast forward with some malt backing. Light soy sauce and caramel and bready notes. Some estery notes with plum and raisins and strong rose peddles. A light licorice, nutty and and vanilla extract notes. Some noticeable yeasty notes with a light dirty drains.

The taste is similar. The roast comes out up front but not as dominant as the nose. More chocolate and munich malt notes come out. Some off nutty characters as well. The esters are more expressive with a sweet plum and raisin with a sweet cherry undertone. There is a molasses character as well, that leaves a hint of metallic that lingers. Soy sauce in the finish is a bit of a distraction but the yeast undertones back off.

The body is full with a lingering sweetness. A bit boozy with some lingering heat. Carbonation is light but ok for style. Some metallic and soy sauce in the finish but overall a decent Imp Stout.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with faint ruby edges and a fluffy mocha cap. Good head retention and sticky, clumpy lacing. Roast and milk chocolate aroma, a bit of smoke and citrus, alcohol, cocoa and sugar. Sweetness and alcohol up front with bitterness dominating later on the palate. Caramelized sugar, smoke and roast, slight fruity notes towards the end, caramel and milk chocolate. Full bodied and smooth in texture, alcohol warmth, lowish carbonation, slight astringency. I enjoyed it, though I wonder whether it's made much of an impression on me since there was nothing that really stood out.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate syrup, and some dark fruits in the background. Smells wonderful although it's a lot like Chocolate Sombrero.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice chocolate and cocoa flavors along with an earthy coffee and roasted malt bitterness. There's a touch of hops on the finish and as it warms there are a lot of smokey flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a creamy finish.

O: This is a tasty stout and something I'd like to see with a year of age or more. Some of that dark roasted flavor needs to be rounded out to make this really good.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle shared in little plastic hotel cups.

Pours black with a small beige head, medium-low carbonation. Smell is roasty, black licorice. Some chocolate. Surprisingly mild.

Taste is sweet, but deep. Black licorice, chocolate, coffee. Deep roast. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly crisp. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 26th April 2013, consumed 6 months -1 day later, 25th October 2013

A - Treacle-black, carrying a (too) thin but resilient head with a mound-covered and pockmarked surface.

S - Classic stout scents billow into the nostrils. Smiling with anticipation.

T - Not as much flavour a I'd hoped for. Generally expecting a 'bigger' beer; whether that be chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hoppy finish, charcoal, whatever. Also had a pronounced vinous (red wine) finish. Weird. Despite this it's still highly drinkable at 10% (+.25) which I always appreciate.

M - A bit fluffy, by which I mean that as it first rolls into your mouth you expect a wholesome and filling experience but when you get your mouth around it just sort of disappears, a bit like candy floss.

O - Slightly disappointing and definitely not worth $10 (this is Maui though, so everything's pretty pricey). Maybe it wasn't stored appropriately for the 6 months before it met me. Who knows. Good not great, but I'd still be interested to try it fresh, if only for comparisons sake.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber in a duvel tulip. Pours black with a 2 inch beige head that slowly recedes to a finger with great sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted barley, dark coffee, smoke, and there's a sweetness to it. Taste is tons of toasted barley. Semisweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and sweet cream is there too. Mouthfeel is kinda chewy and alcohol is well hidden. Will buy this again for sure.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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