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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold us back, do we need the undead and trademark attorneys too? Clown Shoes says, "No, die, monsters, die!" Forces of darkness brought about a change in the name of this beer, which was released to celebrate our second anniversary, but it still sports signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory and ash.


2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4615) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. Dense black pour, tan head. Chocolate, heavy roast, bitter, light smoke, and sweetness. A good imp stout, but a bit one dimensional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hops1234 (3) - ft washington, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2012 does not count
I really enjoyed this american imperial stout its full bodied .thick motor oil goodness hints of coffe and bitter chocolate mmm cheers to craft beers

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2970) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours black like oil with a thin tan head. Nose is roasty, charred malt, vanilla, and sharp rubbing alcohol. Taste is nutty, charred roast, light smokiness, espresso, and dark chocolate. It’s pretty sharp and angular, with roast that’s strong and bitter. Heat isn’t too present, but warms through the finish. Not bad, but just not my style anymore.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ExpendableHero (766) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Ever since the Twilight movies started to show up I have wanted to be a vampire slayer. But if the vampire I were to face was not a Twilight "vampire" and he was to unleash this beer from his putrid cape I might be in trouble. In trouble of being disappointed with a beer which is quite overrated. It looks awesome: black brew with a muddy brown, frothy head. Smells nice too: strong cocoa aromas mix with some dark coffee. The flavor is where it all falls apart for me. Tastes of extremely strong, dark coffee. I pick up some mild cocoa, and even wee bits of vanilla here and there, but the bitter coffee flavors dominate. I was expecting something much sweeter, it is a bitter, heavy, brutal beer. All flavors are muted except the aforementioned coffee house crammed in the flavor profile. Ends unsurprisingly bitter. It sounds like I am bashing it, but I’m really not: this is still a quality beer. It just happens to be completely one dimensional when dealing with its flavors. Not bad, but I wont be trying this one again anytime soon.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2719) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours unclear pitch dark coffee black in color with a light cocoa head. The aroma bring sweet and roasted chocolate notes blended so well and pure in the nose. The flavor is sweet roasted malts, super smooth unbitter cacao nibs with light bittersweet malts to settle on the tongue. The body is creamy, but not overboard, just right. This is my favorite selection from Clown Shoes hands down and a personal favorite micro impy stout!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
A smack in the face of roasted flavors, some burned, coffee notes. Tasty. Well balanced and generally solid. This beer went down nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3864) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pours really dark and with a smallish head. Has a lot of roasted flavors which give hints of coffee flavors. Also tastes like a barrel aged stout. Good find...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1182) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2012
22oz bottle from Antioch Fine Wine, bottled 12/2011. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, a little smokey. A little heavy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, smokey, Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, molasses, with a sweet, molasses finish. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7146) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
22oz bomber pours deep dark chocolate with tall tight impressive looking mocha head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, dark malt like earthiness, some earthy chocolate and then a bit of black licorice near the end of the draw. The taste is similar starting with a mix of dark roasted malts and firm malt like earthiness. To midway some chocolate comes forward and leads into fairly burnt malts. This is pretty nice with pleasing earthy, chocolate and dark roasted to burnt maltiness.


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