RATINGS: 709   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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4329) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1719) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a small tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, some honey and a little cardboard.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with a lot of roast (bitter with some coffee) and a little vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1912) - California, USA - APR 23, 2013
22oz bottle pours a very dark brown with not much head. Lot of hops and burnt malt flavors. A bit of sweetness to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of fine brown head, some thin lacing. Aroma is dark malt, roasted, burnt malt, dark chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, dark malt with a mildly smoky, chocolaty finish, pretty sweet throughout. Roasted, bitter chocolate, smoky aftertaste that lingers. Wish it were heavier on the smoked malt. Alcohol is well masked. Moderate carbonation, medium body and a smooth finish. Rich, strong, but sweet and approachable. Subtle smokiness adds a little complexity, though it could be significantly smokier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13886) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bomber bottled on 2/2012 poured aclear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, light mocha and a hint of graininess. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, milk chocolate and light coffee with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 brown, frothy tan head. chocolate, roast, lots of smoke, raisin, alcohol. very sweet, medium bitterness, salty. full body, creamy. a bit fatiguing to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2205) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a medium tan head that left loads of lacing. Aroma is smokey with undertones of vanilla, dark chocolate, and freshly cut wood. Taste is smokey up front with bitter dark chocolate and espresso coming through in the finish. Also notes of anise and a touch of vanilla throughout. Some spicy wood notes come through as it warms, complimenting the smoke. Full bodied and rich with a thick mouth coating and a lingering smokey aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottled on 12.27.12. Overtones of chocolate and dark, dried fruit dominates the aromas and flavors, with subtle savory nuances. Chocolate, roasted malt, prunes, rum raisins, roasted coffee, with subtle savory saline nuances and a whiff of ash. Though my favorite part might be the mouthfeel.. Not to heavy, not to light, with a wonderful creamy, round, mouthfeel and low carbonation. Lingering notes of semi-sweet dark chocolate, mildly bitter coffee, sweet cream and dark, dried fruit. Overall, well balanced and flavorful. Good stuff.... Would drink again. No complaints.. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

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