Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. (Speaking of Massachusetts, you guys see that Boston Beer made a Boston Marathon beer and wont share it with the rest of the country? Pfft! LOL.) Anyway, Vampire Slayer is their American Imperial Stout. I'm sure you remember the rave review I gave of their Russian Imperial Stout just a few weeks ago, right?
So Vampire Slayer as a name? Yeah, I was thinking that too. Pretty tame for a brewery that usually combines words that don't go together or makes them up to suit their needs. I guess the fact that they are calling this their Second Anniversary Ale might make them want to be a little more normal. You know, so when they look back in 20 years they aren't like WTF!
The art work depicts a guy wearing jeans and enormous Clown Shoes putting a stake through a Vampire's heart. Unfortunately the room is only candlelit and the artwork is much too dark. I get that it's supposed to be dark in there, but for the purpose of showing us what's going on, they need to brighten it up a little. Even sex scenes in dark bedrooms in movies are well lit, if you catch my rationale. There is a story on the side which you can read below, but my favorite part is that they brewed this with Holy Water and malt smoked with Vampire Killing Stakes. Haha. Bottled 2/2012.
I mentioned those secondary flavors above. The 10% alcohol really does a good job bringing those to the forefront. Yes, there's a little booze and heat in the chest, but this beer tastes deceptively weaker than the stated alcohol content.
After drinking the entire bottle and looking back, I was at first going to say this was on the sweet side. But by the end of the bottle, a hoppy profile started to stand out. And along with the alcohol and light bitterness from the roast, I feel this beer was pretty well balanced.
Good body, clean, not syrupy. Lacing was really terrific if that's one of your fetishes. And you know what? I could really taste the Holy Water and effects of smoking over Vampire Killing Stakes. Mmm. Really nice beer, though I give an edge to the Russian Imperial Stout. Darn Ruskies! :)