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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky jet black with an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a puddled film and large collar with extremely excellent sheeting of lacing which engulfed the entire glass. The aroma was bold and robust of burnt dark bread malts, a moderate dose of resin hops and a strong leathery yeast with notes of bakers’ chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, vanilla, ash and a powerful alcohol presence. The taste was bold, roasty, bitter-sweet and very malty with a touch of bitter chocolate early on, becoming powerfully bitter and hoppy with a huge dose of dark roast coffee, a bit of smoke and an intense alcohol finish. The flavor stuck around what seemed like an eternity, with a bold alcohol coffee bitterness left lingering on for quite some time. Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a dry, oily and rather creamy texture and an almost medium carbonation. Overall this was a very strong tasting brew with a multitude of flavors all blending together, thus creating one exceptional beer. Although I thought the big alcohol presence took away slightly from the fantastic flavor this brew has to offer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (261) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours thick black with a dense foamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, blackcurrant. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, more blackcurrant notes, vanilla, roasted finish. Sticky mouthfeel, chewy, oily, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Solid imperial stout. The beer is wall to wall black. The head is medium brown and looks nice and creamy. Some lacing. Big chocolate flavor in the aroma. Caramel and brown sugar base below that big fudge note. Milder smoke with some tobacco-y roastiness provides some good depth to the sweetness. Sweet with a nice earthy quality. Lots of good sugariness knocking around in the taste. More chocolate with a bit more roast. Dries out some in the finish. Lingering smokey dark chocolate flavor. The body is full and pretty creamy. Not bad at all. Pretty easy to drink. Some booze but not too much and what’s there is warming and nice. This doesn’t blow me away, but it’s a good imperial stout and a hit from a brewery with a number of misses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, ashy, caramel, vanilla, liquorice and some tobacco. Flavour is lactose sweetness and bitter dark chocolate. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is roasted, coffee and hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
On tap at The Wursthaus in Lake Jackson. Clown Shoes seems to have really stepped it up lately. Poured a black body with tan head that left patchy lace. Aroma has roasted malts, hints of coffee,vanilla, some chocolate,and figs. Beer is smooth, woody, chewy, full of roasted malts that give off a coffee dryness. Overall the best stout they have made yet, pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head. Bitter malt aroma, with a lot of coffee notes, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, brown sugar, and wood. Taste has more thick sweetness, of brown sugar, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Lingering bittersweet roasted malt. Nice imperial stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1209) - Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bomber into snifter glass, opaque deep dark brown color with very minimal dark tan head. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt, soy, dark chocolate, smoke, molasses, liquorice and earthy hops. Taste adds coffee, brown sugar, cocoa, cream, some dark fruits and light herbal hop bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, soft, rich with lingering chocolate, earthy roast finish. Wood smoke seems to be more in the aroma, pretty excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanhunter_4 (114) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
1 pt. 6 oz. bottle poured at my brother’s place in Methuen, MA. Pours black with a brown head that died quickly. Smelled like the mexican clown shoes I rated the other day, so I was worried. For the record, that was chili powder and chocolate. However, I was pleasantly surprised; it started sweet but had a nice finish of chili and chocolate (as it should be). This beer tells me I need to drink the other one again. I had ice cream before and think it ruined the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7853) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2015
Bomber. Black with pretty tan lace. Huge nose or uamami, vanilla, soy, chocolate. Rich malt flavor, brown sugar, molasses, umami with a little soy. Very rich, a bit boozy, but well integrated. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tapthis (173) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours dark black. With a strong chocolate and malt aromas. Has an off white head and lacing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (5777) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Many thanks to BeersIveKnown. Viscous black caramel coloured pour with a fleeting tan head. Aroma is smoked meat, ham, dark malts, molasis. Flavour is composed of hiney ham, berry, rounded caramle, smooth roast. Palate is sweet and viscous. Tasty stuff.

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