RATINGS: 723   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.

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Dredd (940) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2016
Hard not to like from the packaging through to the beer itself. Jet black pour with thin tan head. A massive range of aroma - licorice, prunes, chocolate and more. Flavor is a massive burst of flavor, again, licorice, chocolate, coffee dried fruit and more. Long finish which exhibits a touch of heat to remind you how boozy this is.

olsvammel (7225) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Dark malty smell with bourbon, dark chocolate and roasted aromas. Similar taste, sweet with caramel. Well hidden ABV. Nice!

magicmn (170) - Moscow, RUSSIA - SEP 14, 2016
Bottled at Beergeek store St Peterburg. Dark brown with, hoppy aroma of berries and trace of coffee. Taste is bit dull, hoppy enough, body is medium-light, bit water for a imperial stout, not enough maltiness - just bit coffee. Completely disappointing for such a high-rated beer.

GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. As Vampire Slayer, bottled in 2012. Black with tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roast, light booze. Tastes of light floral notes, dark chocolate, light dark fruit. Medium-full body with a dry finish.

Andrew196 (1902) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle to glass - pours black with a very appealing camel head, sticky lace. Aroma of chocolate bars, coffee, earthiness, and smoke. Very full and rich on the tongue.... Flavor goes on forever, sweet chocolate meshes wonderfully with the dark roasted malts... Nice vegetable touches in the aftertaste. Well done.

thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2016
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a head of fine to medium sized bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque and a good lacing. The weak aroma was malty. The mildly vinous thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering mild roasted malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of black malt root beer strong malt mildly vinous sweet burnt malt and brown malt.

abemorsten (3615) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2016
650 ml flaske av Vampire Slayer delt på RBHD-samling på Fjøløy. Klar dyp mahogni kropp med flott lysbrunt skum. Vanilje og røstede noter av kaffe og sjokolade i nesa. Nydelig søt og røstet malt i smaken. Kjempegod ettersmak. Fyldig og myk å drikke.

Holmen2 (3651) - NORWAY - SEP 3, 2016
Shared bottle at RB/HD at Fjøløy 03.09.16. Bottle is labelled "Clown Shoes: Vampire slayer". Mahogany. Small, brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Similar taste, fairly dry and with hints of chocolate sauce and chili.

gunnar (9096) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2016
Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Lots of aroma, dark chocolate, roast and cocoa. Taste is sweet dark malty, chocolate,light roasted malts, bitter liquorice. Full bodied, moderate carbonated. Finishes off with a weak alcohol burn with dark chocolate .

Shared bottle at local tasting, ØL øy, saturday 3.session. Last beer of this small session..

GoufCustom (2004) - HONG KONG - AUG 10, 2016

650 ml bomber bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Opague blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet rich dark malt, with strong smoke, hickory, ash, bacon, light brandy, liquorices, strong plums, raisins, strong caramel, sticky toffee, rich chocolate, vanilla, cream, floral, sugar, spices, earth, bread, yeast, lemon and grass. What a blast!

Taste: Strong sweet rich dark malt, with strong roastyness, nuts, moderate Brandy, strong liquorices, strong plums and dark fruits, caramel, strong sticky toffee, chocolates, vanilla, floral, tasty sugar syrup , spices, herbs, bread, yeast, strong lime, strong bitter hops and sharp grass. Fantastic!

Body: Mid to full body. Very slick and quite oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Full-on dark maltyness in a solid and smooth background, very roasty with lots of peanuts. Nice liquor-ish Brandy with equally strong liquorices to compliment the strong plums, caramel, sticky toffee, vanilla and chocolates. Strong sweet but in a nice way, well balanced by limey herbal spicy hops. Blistering yet well balanced!

Booze: the 10% abv doesn’t hit as hard as I expected. It’s there with full liquorices glory but in a pretty comfy way as long as you sip instead of gobbling down. Good!

Hoppiness: Floral, spices, earth, lemon and grass in nose. Herbs, floral, spices, lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet-bitter malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, boozy and bitter to mouth.

Comments: When an Imperial Stout is well-made, you know it with well-balanced sweetness, well-rounded booze, and strong hoppiness. This one hits the bulls eye and then some, with great smoky aroma, strong roastyness , dark fruity and vanilla herbal spicyness. It’s immensely rich but in a compact way. Brilliant!

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