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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
2,058
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
20.67%
 
 
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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with slightly reddish highlights. Quarter inch mocha head which fades quickly to the rim and a very thin cap leaving spotty lace.

N: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, vanilla, roast, charred wood, some coffee and faint dark fruits.

T: Smoky, char, roasty, wood, cocoa powder. More smoke on warming and vanilla fades.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Oily, slick and sweetish, smoky finish.

O: Addition of Vampire killing stakes takes this to another level. Die Vampires!

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker colored rich creamy 1/2 finger head that fades very slowly with some lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer, I don't really see light getting through.

Nose comes with plenty of dark malts, roasted malts first with a definite roasted barely aroma, light coffee grinds, a hint of smoke, and some chocolate with darker chocolate. I think I even get some black patent, and a light creamy baker's chocolate, as well as hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings more dark malts, roast and smoke mainly. Roasted barley brings some bitterness, a bit of coffee, very light briny burnt salty roast flavor. Then some smoke with hints of smoked meat and campfire, also bringing a bit of bitterness and briny taste. Also some black patent malt brings the darkness. That is all followed by a light nougat flavor and chocolate, with hints of caramel remind me of a Milky Way candy bar. It's got a big fluffy rich malty feel with the nougat, and a bit of milk chocolate, some oats, and a light earthy hop kick. A light powdered cocoa rounds off the beer as it finishes drier but sticky and mouth coating, plenty more dark malts roasty and little smoke, little caramel on the finish. Then the hops and bitterness kick in again, a strong spicy hop and briny bitterness from the roast and smoked malts linger for a long time, which seem to sink into the mouth as it just sits there coating every surface.

Mouth is huge, big full rich bodied, mouth coating, think, fluffy nougat and almost syrupy but not quite, a hint of booze is there somewhere but most drowned out by all the malts and bitterness, and decent carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of dark malts blended well, light smoke, plenty of roast, chocolate, caramel, then earthy spicy hops, all help to down out the alcohol as it's 10% but doesn't drink like it. The only downfall is the briny light burnt bitterness from all the roasted malts in it, but this is much better than most at that. I think a few of these in the cellar will be nice. This reminds me a lot of Goose Island Night Stalker.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 2/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a rich-looking, ebony-hued body topped with a tan layer of foam. Thin, tenuous lacing as it goes.

Smell: A hearty, stout roastiness with some forward fruit notes housing jagged notes of licorice, cinnamon-spiced walnuts, alcohol, and a thoughtful, slow-pouring drizzle of smokey-scented molasses.

Taste: Roasty coffee, dark chocolate-tasting maltiness, blackstrap molasses, a little burnt grain, very low nuttiness, and scattered powdered anise. Moderately fruity giving flavors of black cherry and plum throughout. Smokey, woodsy character perks up midway. Spritz of booze, a tiny pinch of sea salt. Pushes the fruit and spice (and alcohol) ahead of the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Paired well with a revisit of Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, one of the few games from my aging childhood gaming systems that doesn't require too much in the way of blowing out or Q-tip rubdowns.

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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 superspak
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 12/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, toffee, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt notes with moderate smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with moderate smoke balance and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked imperial stout. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of rocky caramel colored head. Good lacing & slightly above average head retention

S: Dark fruit & carob. Vanilla & figs once warm

T: Follows the nose, very dry & roasty up front, some Baker's chocolate as well. Some vanilla & more carob as this warms, some woody hops & slight smokeyness too, a little fig as well , a little oaky booze as well. Finishes dry, fruity, with carob & roastyness & just a bit of herbal bitterness

MF: Fairly chewy, semi-firm carbonation, slick, warming

ABV is fairly well hidden, but this not a beer to speed through, pretty complex & tasty

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Watching some 40oz Crew vids on YouTube and rockin' a new smoked stout. Good times. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of dark tan foam. ...Maybe it's light sienna... Anyway, the nose comprises heavy chocolate syrup with a twinge of smokey peppers in the distance. Simple, but damn enjoyable! The taste holds notes of dark chocolate/cocoa, mild mesquite smoke, roasted malts, light char, and a nice vein of molasses. Nice. The body is a strong medium/light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy/lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one whose smokey components are subdued without being fully subservient (humble, perhaps, is a better word) and the whole thing coming together tastily. Good times, indeed.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a figer tall dark mocha head which reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer, a thicker patch, and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts in the aroma of this beer, this is the dominant smell. Additionally I get some dark chocolate and a very light note of smoke.

T: There is a nice complexity to the flavor of this beer that includes a body of dark roasted malts. In additional there are some pretty significant notes of coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate with some smokey hints as well. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish of this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.

O: Very little presence of alcohol in this beer - not really detectable in the smell, taste, or mouthfeel - which is surprising considering the high ABV. The beer has a very nice flavor and aroma with a significant amount of complexity. I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and would gladly have it again in the future.

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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 billab914
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer. Really nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy, milk chocolate and caramel presence to it with some roasted malts and a little smoke to it.

The taste has chocolate and caramel to it up front with the roasted, bitter malts come out more in the finish. I get some vanilla to it as well. Pretty nicely balanced and flavorful for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer of the style. Nicely balanced and relatively easy drinking. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass, looks great.

s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, smoked malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Surprised by the hops and smokey qualities, not quite as nice as the taste.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light smokey malts, dark fruits, and coffee. Less smoke and hops than the nose, and a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty nice stout; I liked it a little better then their Blaecorn Unidragon. Some smoke in the nose but I liked the taste better. Would have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a half inch of tan head. The aroma is a bit sweet, lightly roasted, a hint of coffee and chocolate - smells fine. Nice flavor. Rich and medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. A light bitterness in the finish with a hint of coffee. Overall, this was enjoyable. I would have this again.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe thanks are owed to BA rowingbrewer who extra'd me this bottle during our in-person trade last year. The brew pours black in color with a creamy finger of silky brown head. The cap retains fairly well for the strength and a light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is roasty like coffee and espresso mixed with some dark fruity alcohol esters like raisins. More smells reveal a bit more focus on chocolate. Overall a fine smelling brew without fault and very pleasant.

The taste is roasty like espresso mixed with dark unsweetened chocolate. Some earthy quality and hints of citrus like fresh coffee beans. The earthen elements are flavored like raw cacao nibs. Overall a pretty solid take on the style with a pleasant array of character.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount if carbonation. It is chewy and slick in the feel almost oily like cacao nibs or an imperial version of an oatmeal stout. Pretty dexent and worth seeking out. The alcohol is hidden very well. Now that I know I cak acquire this within the state, I might pick oke of these up again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jacob Wirth's
Pours a solid black color with a creamy white head that shows great retention and lace. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roast mostly. A modest earthy hop provides little balance. Tastes is roasty and chocolatey as advertised in the aroma. Creamy smooth silky mouthfeel. medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice stout, like a creamy mocha shake, I need to find some bottles of this.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's after hearing good things. Served in a plastic cup at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled December 2011.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some splotches of lace. Dark brown body with some chestnut transparency to it.

S - Dark chocolate, light smoke, caramel, nuts, roasted grains. Delicious, with well-hidden alcohol.

T - Nice semisweet chocolate, light smoke in the finish, caramel, mild bitter nuttiness, char, and perhaps a hint of astringency. In any case, I liked this more the Blaecorn Unidragon.

M - Chewy, medium body, lower carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. Soft, smooth, and sticky in the finish.

D - This is quite good - definitely the best Clown Shoes beer I've had. I'd buy this one again and hope they continue to produce it regularly.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black with a soft, dense, dark brown head with great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

T - chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, smooth, great carbonation

This is a fantastic beer. It has great chocolate notes throughout and great complementary roasted malt and coffee notes. The drinkability is pretty high considering the ABV. Overall, I give this a must try.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled November 30th 2012.

A real nice even poured head. Creamy and razor thin bubbles all around, with a light tan and mocha color. Body color is classic walnut black, and hardly anything to see through. A real impressive looking stout.

Nose has real nice variety of classic stout qualities. Ripping toasty grain, wonderful roast notes of dark bitter chocolate, and a nice raspberry like fruit quality to match. All nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

Silky palate on first sip, with the flavors from the nose all coming forward. Silky dark chocolate with a moderate sweetness. Roast character and mild warmth to match come later with surprisingly no smokey qualities that I can discern. Still very light with the silky feel, and the finish is very fruit red berry in taste, hinting at cherries and raspberries.

All the flavors blend really nicely, in a rich stout that has some easy drinking lightness without any boozy character either. This is very well made and put together, very impressive.

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Photo of rab53
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with moderate mocha head. Smells of roasted malt and faint smoke. Head fades away after a few minutes. Taste is a blend of equal parts roasted/bitter malts, chocolate and smoke. Warming alcohol is felt but not tasted. Lightly carbonated leaving a smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised with this one, will recommend.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this with the wife yesterday, my half was served in a Clown Shoes pint glass because I don't have or know there to be in existence a Clown Shoes tulip glass.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, nice lacing, decent carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak, thin, sweetness mild roast.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the palate, it is nice, a little coffee like bitterness on the end but both my wife and I enjoyed this beer. I'd even have it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a dark tan, bubbly, foamy head. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, cream sweetness, bitter roasted coffee, subtle boozy notes, vanilla, crème, and earthy notes. Flavors are heavily roasted, with bittersweet chocolate forward, mocha notes, cream and vanilla highlights, earthy tones, hints of booze, and subtle molasses notes. This beer is heavy and tasty. The body is huge, but dry, which increases the drinkability. Wow! The aftertaste is more of the roasted and bitter notes, with chocolate leading the way. The finish is smooth, velvety, but at the very end, turns dry, which teases you to drink more. I should have bought more than one. Wow!!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful stout. Tar black body, almost no highlights. Creamy, dark khaki head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Deep and roasty. Malted milk balls, toasted oats, toasted white bread, coffee grinds, milk chocolate, molasses.

T - Sweet and smooth with a roast coffee character. Oatmeal, cream, latte, dry grains, malted milk balls, brown sugar, hazelnut.

M - Smooth, silky, medium-full frame.

O - Nice, well balanced, roasty AIS.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/2012. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front. Smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee round out a really inviting nose.

T - Big roasted malt profile up front that is complimented by big sweet molasses, chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of coffee. Smoke is present but doesn't dominate ... the perfect proportion. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a dense finger worth of brown head with good retention and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of roastiness coming out of the aroma with a bit of chocolate, hints of piney hops, coffee bitterness is noticeable, a little malty sweetness and some underlying booze is barely there.

T: the chocolate character was more dominate on the flavor alongside a little hop bite, plenty of roastinesss, maybe a little brown sugar, the booze was well balanced and not over done, a little coffee but plenty of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slightly hoppy, mild astringent and silky finish

O: I thought it was a solid imperial stout and would have another go at it if I could. Good lookin out hopbrizio for bringing this brew.

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong wood, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hops, alcohol, hint of chocolate, hint of pine, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, wood, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, great body, great blend, and goof feel.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate and some alcohol thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of roasted malt and a slight bit of char, as well as some dark chocolate and alcohol. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is similar to molasses. Medium carbonation and thick, full mouthfeel.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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