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RATINGS: 694   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (2725) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2016
Beer tasting @ fillepolo 160219. Bottle (650 ml) from Mikkeller Bottle Shop. Roasted malty with chocolate and liquorice, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and roasted with chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - FEB 15, 2016
650 ml bottle shared with friends at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of Costantin. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with dark fruity notes, some smoked notes too and cocoa. Med to full oily silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duchammer (186) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle from Matt: poured black with a espresso head. Aroma molasses,vanilla light smoke oak. This was a super smooth beer with nice balance malt back bone!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
After one of these beers, I will probably turn into an undead chap myself and cease to appreciate what a wondrous potion it is. Gargantuan aroma and flavours are found in this last-nail-in-the-coffin Stout; smokey business, freshly dug earth, bitter chocolate, espresso, burnt fruitcake, cherries, vanilla. Such potency could make one rise from his grave and shortly after, head right back. The sort of fireside beauty you share with a beauty, fireside. Syrupy enough, this necro-elixir is a fine example of why Clown Shoes is awesome and some other things are not.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (4423) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2016
Bomber @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Jan 16, courtesy of Simon F. Many thanks. Pours very dark with tan head. Fantastic chocolate fudge cake aroma with a decadently rich and smooth stout character. Good bitter hop presence too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
partchapol (96) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Smell of smoky coffee bean, malt, medicine stock, come deep dark brown with thin tan crown, taste of espresso, vanilla, thick slimy body, smooth, balanced bitterness and carbonate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (462) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bomber into a tulip. Pours black, with a minimal brown head that quickly disappears. Nose is cocoa and dark roast malt. Taste follows the nose. Soft carbonation with a creamy mouth feel and a long smooth finish. Excellent Imperial Stout, and hides the 10% ABV very well. Delicious.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2016
The aroma is malt, hay, kind of a cleaning aroma. Pours black with light brown head mostly diminishing, good lacing. The taste is bitter with a slight sweet/sour. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2016
Clown Shoes’ take on the nowadays overexposed imperial stout style, but explicitly profiled as an ’American imperial stout’ rather than a ’Russian imperial stout’ - intriguing. Thick, dense, creamy, very regular, lacing, pale beige head over a jet black beer which, in pouring and after the head has diminished, shows a beautifully warm deep rusty brown hue. Strong and inviting aroma of espresso and cold black coffee, wet leather, beef stock, black olive, dried seaweed, biltong, black chocolate bars, bourbon, pepper, bayleaf, fresh paint-like phenols, candied fig, mocha ice cream, faint vanilla, black tea and walnut. Restrained candied, raisin-like sweetness in onset paired with a ’deaf’, deep dark fruit sourishness and meaty umami accents, very full from the start with soft carbo fit for the style, thick and oily, creamy mouthfeel, plunging me effortlessly into an abyss of caramelly and chocolatey bittersweet malts with a strong, coffeeish roasted edge filling the mouth cavity and sticking to it for a long time; finish adds further bitterness with deep, leafy, spicy hops and a friendly glow of warming, bourbon-like alcohol. The bittersweet, roasted ’black chocolate’-like maltiness lingers in the throat along with the hop bitterness. In spite of the rebellious attitude and name of this beer, it is in fact quite ’friendly’ (for an imperial stout, that is) and pretty typical for the style; it has no obvious flaws and shows a high drinkability, with a surprisingly supple and smooth (yet obviously still very ’beefy’) body for a 10% stout. Lovely and whether American or Russian, I’d recommend this one as a relatively ’easy’, but very accomplished introduction to this particular (sub)style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJack (52) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Draft pour, rich boozy aroma. Sweet malts backed with plenty of hop bitterness is nicely balanced. Thin palate doesn't linger. Gravity well masked. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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