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BEER INFO

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
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372
Ratings:
2,059
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
20.67%
 
 
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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 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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Vampire Slayer goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Some old world character,dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

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

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: 2/2012

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice, malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, nice vanilla scent, roasty, nutty. The taste is exceptional, malty, very nice vanilla note, chocolaty, toffy, with some coffee notes. Medium body, kinda chewy, ABV hidden very well. Love these Clown Shoes brews, thanks Ben.

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

LOOK: Dark brown with a tan head. Dark oily looking brew. The head laces the glass well. Overall, this has the ominous look of a fine imperial stout.

SMELL: Delicious chocolate malt aroma, along with coffee, charcoal and roast. Smells like a nice full, roasted assed stout.

TASTE: Mocha, espresso, dark chocolate and a bit of cream. A bit of hop bitterness is perceived, and the citrus and pine almost tasted, but the big malt bill overpowers these forces. Just a hint of heat in the finish, this drinks more like a regular stout rather than the imperial beast that this is. There is a full, chewy body and medium carbonation. This is a smooth devil of a beer, I mean, a smooth Vampire slayer.

OVERALL: Smooth operator...smoooth vampire slayer!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep dark black with a medium slightly off-white head, not as dark as Unidragon. Some spotty lace, nice look.

S: 80% dark cocoa count chocolate bar to a T. One-dimensional, but it does it well.

T: More classic on the flavour profile. Roasted malt, some dark bread, notes of dark chocolate with a hint of espresso.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium/full-bodied, easy drinking for its size.

O: Not as interesting as the Unidragon, but a solid effort nonetheless. I enjoyed trying this one from Clown Shoes, don't know why their bombers have to be so expensive.

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Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vampires can only live in darkness; Vampire Slayer, correspondingly, doesn't allow even a sliver of light to pass through it. A creature of the night in its own right, this stout is too dark to cast a reflection. It's also too weak to sustain a head. Essentially it looks like a shadow of a beer.

Beer that can be smelled immediately upon opening - even before being poured, and then from several feet away once it's actually in the glass - is either because something's gone horribly wrong or the brewery's done something wonderfully right. In this case it's definitely the latter.

The aroma has rich, dark notes of espresso and fudge and faint port-like esters. These flavours are repeated on the palate; it tastes like dark chocolate-covered coffee beans. The use of hickory smoked malt lends a subtle hint of barbecue. The aftertaste coats the mouth like tar.

The beer surprisingly maintains its composure even as it reaches room temperature. Alcohol is a non-issue (at least for the palate, verdict is still out on what this 10% bomber will do to my head). It drinks like a bittersweet combination of Kahlua and Fudgee-o cookies; it'll likely pair favorably with dessert or could just as well sub-in as one.

I don't know that Vampire Slayer was actually brewed with holy water or malts smoked over stakes that were used to kill vampires, but whatever Clown Shoes did, it worked. The world may not need more vampires but it can never have too many roasty, chocolatey, high-gravity stouts so far as I'm concerned. This anniversary ale should have been made eternal.

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Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown ale with a normal sized brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong Kahlua aroma. Booze and patent malt with a trace smoke and char. Quite a bit of ethanol and it does a good job of freeing up aroma. Caramel, coconut and chocolate mix to the point you can smell German Chocolate Cake with a cup of coffee in this.

Starts out mildly sweet and smooth with a bittersweet burnt sugar taste. Thinner than you would think, bakers chocolate and Starbucks coffee. Tastes OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. Smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose prototypical RIS goodness, with considerable dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice. The licorice is a bit more prominent than usual for a RIS, and that's even more the case on the palate. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, which seemed to bring out all the more the licorice I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, which surprised me given the abv. in this beer. Otherwise, the finish was long, sweet and licorice filled.

Was excited to try this beer when I saw it on the menu at TJ's. However, I can't say I was exactly bowled over by the beer, though it was decent. Oh well...

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Photo of dvmin98
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, poured into a Founders Brewery Snifter

A: Very dark, virtually no head, with some nice dark brown lacing

S: Coffee, roasted malts

T: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, no overly sweet and not a lot of bitterness

M: Very creamy that coats the tongue long after its gone; moderate carbonation, but definitely not too much. What bitterness there is hangs around for a little bit. Not too rough on the throat.

O: I enjoyed this. Would definitely like to grab another and send it for cellaring to see what a year or two could do to it. Nice job.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is slightly sweet smoky chocolate. Decent imp stout. High ABV is hidden. $10.35 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber purchased for me from Slowbeer by my brother Sam. I then cracked open the bottle and shared it with him, so you know, what comes around goes around.

Pours a deep dusty brown-black, with a solid frothy head of mocha, that collapses to form a crackly large-bubble crust. Lacing is solid and streaming. Body is fluid but quite thick, with immensely static carbonation forming in columns when the beer is tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is rich, dark and sweet, with some smoky overtones. Solid, classic American Impy Stout richness of chocolate, molasses, and mild coffee—perhaps missing the rounded richness that would come from some aging in oak, say—but making up for it with that definite smoky roastedness. It's either a profoundly dark brew, or it has a purposeful smoked malt addition. Either way, it's very clever and pleasant.

Taste is smooth, roasty and rich. Vanilla and chocolate make a dichotomous choreograph on the palate, balancing wonderfully the sweetness and light with the richness and dark. Deep toasted cocoa, smooth malt richness is always leavened and lightened by that sweetness—it creates a dance, a freshness, a sense of good overcoming evil. It's a very pleasant and refreshing take on an Impy Stout.

Overall, this is definitely very good stuff. I love how expressive it is, and yet how it manages to make something new of a well-established genre. The lightness in the feel and the balance that it brings to the palate is very pleasant indeed. Very, very good stuff.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 5, 2014.

This is a nice looking stout with its black pour and endless, lingering tan head that laces as it fades a bit. Never goes away. I like heady beers that remain heady.

Aroma of dark malts. No real chocolate or coffee but an otherwise sweet aromatic stout that smells very full and enticing.

The body is medium to full and quite smooth.

The taste has a wonderful toasted dark malt character with a token sweetness as well and a low to moderate hop finish. This beer is not hoped up but it is very well balanced and I wish I had another.

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Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with roasted dark malts balanced by some sweeter notes.  Hints of toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee along with smoked meat and subtle hops.  subtle lactic presence.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a strong roasted malt presence that is sligtly dry and acrid but not overwhelmingly so.  Hints of burnt toast, deeply roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal.  Very bitter with subtle hops complimenting the dry, roasted notes.  Subtle lactic presence and some chocolate sweetness. Finishes with boozy heat that gives off a lot of alcohol flavor.  Astringent dry boozy finish.  Looks and smells nice but the flavor doesn't follow through.

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

Purchased at Julio's and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice oily black hue with a good two finger mocha head that left a thick blanket and thick, creamy side lacing.

S - Tons of rich, deep roasted malts. That almost smokey roast quality just slightly overpowers the nice chocolate and light anise qualities of the nose.

T - Like the nose this is full of a nice rich roast chocolate malt qualities, nice strong chocolate and light coffee. Some slight bitterness and brown sugar/molasses on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional for a stout of this ABV. Super smooth, rich, and creamy. The ABV is not noticeable in the mouth.

O - Overall this is a definate winner from Clown Shoes. These guys can really make a tasty stout. Well worth the pick up.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small foamy head that quickly fades to a ring. Aromas are burnt wood, citrus hops, brown sugar, dark roast malt, light smoke, and dark fruit. Taste has a very nice brown sugar sweetness up front with a strong bitter, hoppy finish. Burnt wood, roasted coffee, and dark fruit show up strong as well. Medium body, nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with one finger tan head and slight lacing around glass. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with some chocolate and a touch of coffee mixed in. Smooth, slightly sweet due to chocolate malts, easy to drink with decent balance, a little bit of caramel and vanilla as well. Not the most active stout but balanced with no overpowering malts and the booziness is kept to a minimum.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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