Limited Release (Brewed Once).
22 fl. oz. / $8.49 USD / 10% ABV
About: "In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold us back, do we need Vampires, too? Clown Shoes says, “No! Die, monsters, die!” Right about now I'm thinking Die Clown Shoes Die. "Our second anniversary ale incorporates signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory, ash, and vampire killing stakes."
Thoughts: I christened my new Jason Voorhees Pint Glass with Vampire Slayer, a deep dark stout made with... holy water?! Vampire Slayer poured a near black with a hard to distinguish dark brown or burgundy during. The one-finger milk chocolate head started to fade and left a black crescent moon in the corner of the glass.
The smell is sweet, malty, and sugary. There's a toasty hint, kind of woodsy and there's a nice level of smokey chocolate. It basically smells like a heavily alcoholic ice cold chocolate milk.
Well, let's sink our teeth into this one. Hopefully my insides don't liquify and my body turns to dust! Taste is of roasted malts up front, as they diminish there's a high tinge of alcohol that buzzes around... then a very low level of grassy hop, and after that, almonds. That's probably the hickory. I already like this a hell of a lot better than their First Anniversary Ale. The dusty grass of the hops are so incredibly low and just let the malt bomb go free. The smokiness is what really gives this stout a little bit more of something special.
Mouth feel is a medium with a bit of froth that leaves a clean swallow with no residue.
I like this stout as it doesn't taste at all like coffee, but the chocolate isn't a huge overwhelming factor. This is a mellow beer for a 10% ABV, but it is so incredibly sweet and enjoyable. I guess the main thing is that I enjoyed it and feel good about the purchase. And with that, it's time to move on.