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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12377) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph. Pours opaque deep black with a medium, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet chocolate, light chestnut, a hint of coffee, light blackberry. Low to medium carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lovely luscious chocolate, a smoked hint, nuts, light roasted. A bit of coffee and mild vinious notes. Very mellow and well balanced. By far Clown Shoes best Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shooter42 (132) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2013 Very well made American Imperial Stout that is rich and sweet with notes of coffee and chocolate. Very little head when poured into glass from a 22 oz bottle but nice lacing that lingers. Aroma is pure coffee and Bourbon. Color is pitch black and beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours a pitch black with a small khaki head with some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, smoked meats, espresso, and a little booze. Taste is roasted malts, smoked meats, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, anise, licorice, and some burnt caramel. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi bitter, moderately long finish with no noticeable alcohol. Ov Overall, a pretty nice Imp. stout that hides its abv very well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (2019) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2013
bottle. pours black with almost perfect tan head. big big chocolate and nutty aroma. taste is thick roasty sweet. burnt sugar and nice hop finish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GIJOE (1120) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 2, 2013
A delectable cauldron of blackness, this beast smells of roasted malt, coffee, anise, and booze. The flavor spectrum is complex with interwoven layers of sweetness and bitterness. Thick and creamy, lively carbonation. This is a tasty beast! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
Sweet, woody, toasty, and caramel. Very smooth and syrupy with a well hidden ABV. Better flavor and smoother, more syrupy palate than Blaecorn Unidragon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 28, 2013
Smell is not that smokey for a smoke beer. Smells more roasty and chocolately. Mouthfeel is very good, very velvity. I wish that the blaecorn unicorn had this type of mouthfeel. Alcohol burn not that present. Really balanced, also not as bitter as Blaecorn unicorn. I prefer Vampire Slayer. Would buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 No bottling information.
Appearance: This pours dark and appears black through the body. The head is thin and settles into a sparse tan coating with a bubbly ring.
Aroma: The aroma leans a bit sweet with chocolate, some dark cherry or raspberry notes, and hints of smoked meats. This is rather nice.
Taste: The flavor is very forward, especially in comparison to the slightly shy aroma. The intro is dominated by strong syrupy chocolate that only gets stronger through the mid-taste where it is greeted by a light smoke flavor that hints at meats. The finish gets a touch dry and bitter of dark chocolate and smoke, with the smoke lingering for a bit after the sip.
Palate: Thick with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a really solid imperial stout. I like the complexity to it as well as the balance of this. The chocolate flavors are dominate, but the smoke balances it nicely. This is a good beer!
Ratings: Ap: 4, Ar: 7, Ta: 8, Pa: 5, Ov: 15

On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Pitch black body even from the tap stream. The head is deep brown with good viscosity.
Aroma: The aroma hints at smoke with black cherry and chocolate aromas. Good strength and nicely balanced.
Taste: Big black cherry flavors along with a bold chocolate sweetness, near a syrup. The roastiness and smokiness is mild but accents the flavor nicely. The smoke is most prevalent on the back end. Really enjoyable.
Palate: Thick with mild carbonation.
Overall: My rating scores are damn near consistent with each other. This is a great imperial stout that has accents that really make it pop. Well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1184) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2013
650 mL bottle purchased from Learys for $8.50 earlier today. To snifter it pours a dark-dark brown with a trim khaki head one fingernail in length. Aromas of booze straightaway, followed by sorghum molasses, peanut brittle, sandpaper, burnt toast, cinnamon, and ale yeast. Tastes basically the same. Starts off with notes of charcoal, seaweed, and milk chocolate. From there, it kinda goes off in a very strange direction... very earthy: notes of sweat, soil, tea leaves, and hops. Dutched chocolate, refined sugar and ash by swallow. Good, but I wont be buying this again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4541) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 26, 2013
0.65l bottle bought by my kind girlfriend at Kihoskh as a surprise. This has a thick fat oily black pour and on top of that there is a nice small dark chocolate head that eventually sticks to the sides of the glass. The nose on this is really packed with lovely aromas. Thick dark and roasted with a strong sweetness, barreled dark Belgian chocolate, vanilla, half baked brownies and a subtle really suiting smoked touch. Really nice and fully packed with aroma. It has a nice small prickling carbonation level in a thick oily, yet light and almost cloudy mouthfeel. Loads of flavor also: The smoke is more present in the taste than the aroma, and I get loads of strong espresso coffee mixed with dark Belgian strong chocolate, dark honey, malty sweet biscuits and chocolate icecream. Its kinda sweet perhaps, a bit more than I fancy in a beer I want to drink loads of, but its not to cloying. The aftertaste is the same as if you have rushed twelve dark chocolate bars with a warming sensation down the throat. A fine fine sipper indeed! Thanks Ina! 21.01.2013


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