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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4697) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
Une bouteille de 65 cl.  Une robe presque noire et un col mousseux beige qui s’éteint à petit feu.  Un nez qui s’ouvre sur des parfums de torréfaction et de chocolats fourrés aux amandes.  Il évoque également des effluves de caramel foncé et d’agréables arômes de cuir vanillé.  En bouche, le liquide s’exprime davantage comme un porter impérial fouetté par la douceur.  Des points positifs pour les saveurs chocolatées et pour l’alcool délicat et floral.  Au palais, un liquide bien mené mais peu sensationnel.  Une texture plutôt crémeuse et des bulles suffisantes.  Une finale résineuse dans laquelle se manifeste, à retardement, des notes de cacao presque tièdes. Rien de merveilleux dans cette bière noire qui reste malgré tout assez savoureuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerGuy84 (17) - - DEC 3, 2013
Thick and dark. Nice head with moderate lacing. Smells of smoke, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is similar with the addition of heavy roasted malts and bitterness. Maybe not everyone’s style but this fit the bill for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoForShlomo (47) - - NOV 17, 2013
Malty aroma; inky black appearance with an almost creamy tan head; sweet, but not cloying, toasted caramel taste that finishes with coffee; silky on the palate with a light fizz; overall, a very good imperial stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at Bocktown. Nice average imperial stout. Aroma was roasted malt and a slight coffee note. Pour was an ink black with a thin tan film for a head. Taste hid the alcohol very well. I was guessing it was around 8% before I looked it up. Roasted malt, stale coffee and a slight milkiness. Light carbonation. Not bad, not great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richie747 (39) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2013
On tap @ Wheatsheaf $10 pint. Complex syrup and bitter flavours, with a mild smoke aroma. minimal lacing and tan colored head. The perfect imperial stout to finish the night on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mkel07 (4873) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2013
650ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Everything about this beer is awesome from the great artwork on the label to the pitch black colour, chocolate aroma and burnt malt flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3814) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, citrus, bread, licorice, chocolate, ash and smoke. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of ash, coffee, dark fruit, raw sugar and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2013
Pours black with a large dark tan head. Nose shows vanilla, roasted malt, spicy hops, oatmeal and milk chocolate. Flavours include a strong sweetness, vanilla, spicy hops, alcohol, chocolate liqueur and hazelnuts. Good stuff. Nice moderate carbonation and syrupy body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozarkspops (368) - - NOV 10, 2013
Pitch black pour. Thick mocha head. Aroma is smoky, roast, chocolate, raisin, and plum. Flavor is bitter chocolate, smoke, plum, and charcoal. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
$10 bomber purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan... from what I can tell, that’s a very fair price, as other places around sell a bottle for $12. Bottled 6/22/13. I decided to get this beer because it appeared to be Clown Shoes’ highest rated beer. Decanted into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Appearance: Almost pitch black with a slight tinge of ruby at the edges of the glass. Beautiful, creamy, tan head on it. Lacing is spotty, but that’s not surprising. Not the best Imperial Stout I’ve seen, but still looking pretty gorgeous. Smell: It changes a lot depending on its temperature and whether or not there’s a head on top (surprise, surprise!). With the head stuck on top, a pretty sweet chocolate is most dominant on the nose. Maybe a little bit of char as well. Dark fruits open up a bit as the head slowly goes away. To my shock, I don’t pick up any alcohol whatsoever in the aroma. To be fair, I tend to get more of an alcohol presence in an RIS as opposed to an American Imperial. Really just getting that super nice roast and chocolate character you’d expect from a great imperial stout. My only knock is that it’s not making me jump for joy -- seems to be a bit toned down. Taste/feel: Very first thing I notice is an insane amount of creaminess... holy hell is it pleasant. Absolutely killer. A kiss of carbonation wakes up your taste buds, and you’re hit with the chocolate. The coffee. The touch of dark fruits. There’s not so much a taste of alcohol in this beer as there is an essence... you definitely get the feeling that this is an imperial stout. After you swallow you’re left with a bit of a slick feel, and a warmth. With that, there’s the roast, chocolate, and dark, dried fruit again. As far as bitterness, I gotta be honest, it’s not harsh at all. It just drinks so damn nicely with such an outstanding balance. Really an incredible beer. As this beer warms, you really get the full experience. Being out for about 30 minutes and sipping on it, I’m actually enjoying it more. The smoke/ash sort of flavor is coming out in full force, which is a great thing, as it adds a bit more bitterness to make this feel more appropriate for the style. Overall, $10 for 22oz equates to... I don’t know. $5.40 or something like that for 12oz. Given that, it’s not exactly worth that price, considering there are some Imperial Stouts that are nearly as good (or better) for quite cheaper. Take for instance, FBS. Because of the price, I give this beer a 4.25 overall, but the look, taste, and feel are all on point. I’m impressed. One of the very best beers I’ve had.

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