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RATINGS: 572   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2013
On tap. Dark black. Thin tan head. Nice chocolate and roast nose. Sweet malty creamy attack. Dry bitter finish. Yumm!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
htnicholas (50) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Purchased in a 22oz bottles at Corker Liquors in Costa Mesa, CA (great place to get Specialty Craft Beers BTW...). Pours a medium density one inch tan head that dissipates to a thin ring in a manner more appropriate to belgian yeast. Head retention is below average but by no means in the category of concerning or unacceptable. Aroma is of Chocolate, French Roast Coffee, Molasses, and very light vanilla. Carbonation is light but appropriate for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy but not thick. That feel does not stick to the roof of your mouth, If anything I wish that it could stick around a little longer to better convey the premium malt bill that is apparent in the taste. The taste is nicely balanced and far from cloyingly sweet despite the heavy chocolate and vanilla flavors. It has an initial taste of vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate, with a mild finish of molasses and coffee. It is frighteningly drinkable and hides it's 10%abv well. There is a little heat, but no more than what you would associate with an ordinary but moderately substantive 6.5% porter. The core of the taste justifies the Stout monicker. It is a complex mixture of what tastes like crystal and chocolate malts. Regardless of their origin, the choice of malts here convey's a subtle sweetness counterbalance to the burnt molasses bitterness and mild smoky-ness in the body. (I love this beer but I hate Rauchbier, so don't let the smokiness scare you off.) The finish is mostly of vanilla with mild coffee and burnt hickory overtones. I will buy and drink this beer again!!! I wish Clown Shoes were in California and and not in Massachusetts. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3082) - Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1066) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle. The pour is dark with a thin lace head. The aroma is all malt. The taste is rich in body and thick. The malt comes all the way through. A true stout that doesn't disappoint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danielcrozier (23) - Vacaville, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Dark color. Good head. Rich flavor. Taste of fruit, copper, and wood. Love the beer. ---Crozier

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (313) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Smells deep and chocolatey. Pours thick dark brown with a foamy tan head. Great flavor, bitter with a sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2143) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, dark chocolate, & coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Pretty decent - but somewhat underwhelming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, medium dissipating light brown head. Rich nose, lots of coffee and charred sugars, sweet, smoky, and vinous with notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. The first impression the body makes is charred notes and prickly, warming alcohol, subsiding into a lingering bitter, sweet dessert of dense dark sugars and roasted coffee. Nice interplay of smoky, sweet, and bitter elements. Very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a gorgeous deep opaque black with an average light brown head. Aroma is of vanilla, black chocolate, moka, liquorice, and maybe some dried fruits. Taste is pretty sweet and there’s some roast in there too which confers a slightly acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is wonderful. So slick, it’s really pleasant. The low carbonation is perfectly fine with me. Overall: one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever tasted! The balance and quantity of different perceivable aromas is just astounding. Very, very well done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Pours almost black, slight khaki head, good lacing. Aroma is molasses, roast malt, very slight chocolate and coffee, bit of alcohol astringency. Taste is molasses, roast malt, good amount of alcohol, ever so slight coffee and milk chocolate. Mouth feel is full, medium carbonation, lot of alcohol heat and astringency, fairly dry finish. Overall good, not as complex as I would like, a lot of alcohol presence.


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