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Clown Shoes "Vampire Slayer"
Clown Shoes Beer - Ipswich, Massachusetts USA
Imperial Stout (ABV 10%)

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]


Rating: 3.9/5.0

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 16/20

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...

Sampled: 12/13/2012
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