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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7682) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head and a cola aroma. There is a hearty roasted malt flavor with a warm alcohol finish. Very earthy and tasty.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Extremely dark. Pitch black with a huge, creamy, long lasting tan head; some nice sheety lace. Aroma is plentiful chocolate malt, light roast, some sweet smoked malt, and a bit of dark fruit sweetness. A little bit of sweet anise, too. Taste is quite sweet, almost like plum-y or grape like, with some milk chocolates that beam through and add sweetness. Light smoke, light roasty wood. Quite hoppy in the middle, ashy and almost citric. Some black licorice in a milky sweet, malty finish. Mouth feel is a little thinner than expected. Little boozy with warmth. Decent stout, but better options exist.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
roott333 (2) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013 does not count
Sweet caramely with a smooth finish with little aftertaste. Surprisingly smooth for EBV @ 10.00

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6749) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2013
22. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that falls quickly away to next to nothing. Big roasty sweet nose, a little earthy coffee, plenty of baking chocolate and milk chocolate. Creamy thick milkshake body. Roasty and sweet, very malty, lots of residual sugars. Long roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2049) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Pitch black pour with a light brown foamy head that left lace. Smooth and dark. Coffee and chocolate. Liquorice. Leatherette. Quite sweet. Well blended. Probably the best Clown Shoes offering out there but reads average compared to the wealth of great Imperial Stouts out there.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2127) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
This is a very nice impy stout, but not one that I would go out to the store looking for. It was very drinkable and smooth, but the flavors were a bit off-balance and didn’t really jive. The beer poured a black color with a subtle tan head. There wasn’t much lacing around the glass, either. The nose was mostly of sweet malt, chocolate and a hint of vanilla and alcohol. The flavors were very smooth and drinkable, though. For the most part, the alcohol level was pretty-well hidden. I tasted a chocolate milkshake, with a dose of vanilla, alcohol, cream and light hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2859) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bomber. 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. This beer is pretty intense and I really like it. Drink it fast though because it starts getting hot.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Deuce. Pours an oily black with a thin layer of tan head. Tastes of roasted malt, burnt bitter coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate and a bit of black licorice. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6106) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2013
22oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with some thin, sudsy, off white head. Standard nose, malty, sweet, brown sugar, licorice, dark chocolate, a little plum, coffee. Flavor is malty and chocolatey, licorice, brown sugar, some coffee, a nice lick of smoke and a distinct black pepper note. Full, sweet finish. Very likable.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bitter vanilla delicious flavor. Rich, but bitter. Nice mouth feel , low carbonation. Good, but not great


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