Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Undead Party CrasherUndead Party Crasher

Educational use only; do not reuse.

345 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 345
Hads: 1,885
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 147
Gots: 430 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

Formerly: Vampire Slayer
View: Beers (44) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 345 | Hads: 1,885
Photo of Hahnin
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bitch will knock your socks off! Best beer I have had all week! I am on a stout kick and getting something new each night. Best of the bunch, this sweet bitch.
The look is red-black with an ombré Red brown head. It smells sweet and rich. The taste is bitter sweet chocolate with a punch of alcohol as this beer is 10%. Overall this beer is probably not a session beer, but for a one and done you can't do much better. Gorgeous beer.

 438 characters

Photo of antott0523
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up today. 3/17/14 bottle date. Excited to try this beer solo which has been blended into other fine Clown Shoes stouts that I've come to enjoy.

A: Viscous black liquid that fights the head I'm trying to draw from this pour. After somewhat succeeding my goblet is filled with an opaque black stout topped with a thick light brown head a quarter inch high. Carbonation may live somewhere in the depths but is not visible to the human eye.

S: The roasted, ashy and borderline meaty malts are alive in this one. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, and cinnamon teddy grahams (that's the red box) lurk beneath.

T: Semi sweet chocolate. Bitter, burnt sugar. Moderately dry finish with notes of walnut and bread.

M: Exceptionally smooth. Round. Airy. Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge.

D: Clown Shoes has set a high standard for me, mostly when it comes to barrel aged beers, but also in other areas. Their Pecan Pie Porter is tasty, and more recently their Mango Kolsch, and this Undead Party Crasher are delicious. This stout is of high quality, up there with the best of the best. It will crash the party of average stouts and go home with the most undead, lively, supreme stout seeking babe.

 1,212 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, .5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a viscous, opaque, pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick but thin legs. Pretty nice.

Nose has hints of prunes, anise, roasted malt, cocoa powder and fudge. A little coarse but pretty aromatic.

Opens with a touch of dark fruit. Some anise, prunes, plum, roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. A chewy cocoa in the middle with a sticky sweet end expressing bits of tobacco, ash and molasses. Ends with the light bitter, smokiness dropping out, leaving dark fruit and syrup. Pretty tasty.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and silky and thick going down. Finishes messy with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Excellent.

A beer that expresses great balance and flavor with mouthfeel that really carries the day. I hope this is representative of all of Clown Shoes' beers.

 955 characters

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Undead Party Crasher by Clown Shoes.

First brew outta this Mega hyped brewery. I'm quite excited to say the least and coming in at $11 a bomber I truly hope this is a top tier stout. Nearly a year of age on it, which should make it all the better ;).

Look - Pours an impenetrable black with a three finger deep dark mocha head that sticks around the longest I've ever seen in a stout. Carbonation is impossible to read due to the depth of this beast. Leaves massive , beautiful lacing all over the glass. This is the most impressive looking stout I have ever feasted my eyes upon. 5.

Smell - Loads upon loads of dark chocolates dominate the nose with dark ripened fruits and dark coffee. Just a touch of alcohol on the nose but seems muted given the ABV. 4.25.

Taste - Dark bready malts up front and dominating with a large dosage of dark chocolate and even a touch of vanilla bean. Dark coffee invites itself through the front door and it seemingly even has a small touch of rye bread. Very filling and the calorie levels are clearly high. The heat is undetectable. Wins extra points for smoothness. 4.5.

Feel - Probably the smoothest stout...If not the smoothest beer in general I have ever had. The body is very full and exceptionally creamy and sits for minutes without a trace of the ABV. Swallows like an absolute dream and leaves you awaiting the next sip. 5.

Overall - While this is certainly a fantastic beer, I enjoy feeling the heat from such a powerful stout and this one hid it completely. The smoothness on this beast is second to none and you will likely end up drinking it a lot faster than you intended.No, really. You'll be enjoying it writing up your review then look away for a second only to realize you are already buzzed. No need to age, it's ready NOW. Perfect for a winter night around the fireplace. The taste and the feel make or break the overall in my opinion, so I'll split the difference. 4.75 ..

 1,933 characters

Photo of rorykanderson
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Pours a deep black with a porous tan lacing that slowly dissipates. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, toffee and roasted oats. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the oat, barley and malt flavors; an overall toasty flavor that makes you think of breakfast and coffee. It works very well. A really well-balanced stout that never crosses the line to cloying sweetness. It's a great beer with hints of chocolate and coffee, not the other way around.

 455 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/11/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/bomber at the Lager Mill
Aroma of roasted malt and coffee
Head small (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing – Fair – many tiny islands and archipelagoes of tiny to small bubbles
Body – dark brown, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

 519 characters

Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times, also had the Vampire Slayer iteration when that existed. Good ol Clown Shoes stout.

A - Bomber pour into a tulip glass. Black beer with about a finger of brown head. A thin ring and spots of lace remain at the end.

S - Lots of roast with a definite smoky ashiness to it, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, decent amount of alcohol. A little hot but pretty nice.

T - Pretty nice balance between sweet and roast, but actually a bit more on the sweet side here. Chocolate, dark fruit and licorice intertwine with roast and woody campfire smokiness, nothing really overpowering anything else. Good complexity and a standout smoke flavor.

M - A bit on the lighter side for an imperial stout, medium-low carbonation, intense flavor and booze heat make this a sipper. Maybe a bit on the overly sweet side for a smoked stout.

O - The complexity of this one always surprises me a bit, it kind of reminds me of Stone IRS in that it captures all sorts of great straight-up imperial stout flavors, balances em out pretty nicely, and the alcohol warmth is kind of a flavor element in itself. The smoked malt works great here too.

 1,147 characters

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark reddish brown to black with a fb of tan foam which resolves to a fine lacing with scant carbonation. Smells of cocoa, coffee, leather, a bit smoky, roasted malts. Tastes sweet malts forward, mid not of unsweetened cocoa, expresso, smoky/leathery and nice piney twang as the final note with a bit of alcohol tingle and fairly clean finish with just a bit of sweet malty tackiness that lingers pleasantly (like a sweet port or sherry). Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy and just the right amount of alcohol to add a tingle and warmth.
Overall, easily one of the best American Imperial Stouts, complex flavor profile without all the complicated barrel aging, additional (nontraditional ingredients – cocoa nibs, expresso beans, panther blood).
Another great beer from Clown Shoes – between this beer and chocolate sombrero – easily two of my favorite stouts.

 937 characters

Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a big 10%, this one was easy to drink with hints of smoke and licorice. Very well balanced without alcohol burn. I have more respect for this brewery with every beer I try.

 176 characters

Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark, chocolate brown with a hefty 3 finger beautiful, tan head that linger for a bit and then dissapates, leaving a small amount of tan, sticky lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee(especially espresso) and leaves an alcohol tingle in the nose and on the throat. Taste is sweeter than I anticipated, with lots of malt sweetness up front. Afterwords, the coffee and chocolate come through, along with a pleasant amount of bitterness. Alcohol feel is pretty light until the beer starts to warm, and then the alcohol burns slightly and the flavors start to flow back and forth between each other, balancing and unbalancing, very interesting...Mouthfeel is decent and a lot cleaner than anticipated. Overall, nice beer but not as complex and balanced as I was looking for..

 786 characters

Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite imperial stouts that isn't barrel-aged or loaded up with adjuncts, because its complexity could easily fool you into thinking it's either or both if tasted blind. The smoked malts give the impression of being aged in barrels from a peated scotch whisky, with the closest comparison I can offer being Meantime's Naval College Old Porter in this regard. In contrast to the porter's sublimely creamy head, Undead Party Crasher gives very little foam retention on the pour. It also suggests the addition of phantom cacao nibs, with a strong nose of dark cocoa powder alongside the iodine and smoky notes.

Flavors are roasted malt, anise, vanilla, chicory, and milk chocolate, again suggestive of lactose where there is none. The finish is long and makes me wonder what roasted maraschino cherries would taste like if glazed with an Ardbeg reduction. A very nice, full mouthfeel, without sliding into the oily territory inhabited by many of the reigning barrel-aged stouts. Love it.

 997 characters

Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled 07Nov14) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of brown foam that dissipates to half a finger's worth within 30 seconds. Bubbles are mild and lacing is moderate. Black in color with a brownish red tint. Has strong milk chocolate aromas, mild coffee and alcohol aromas, and a hint of wood (hickory). Initial taste is of strong milk chocolate flavors that combine exquisitely with mild coffee flavors. Subtle alcohol and hickory flavors enter the palate gradually after intial taste as chocolate flavors gradually fade and coffee flavors grow stronger. Medium-bodied, incredibly smooth with barely any carbonation (almost seems like a nitro beer), with a dry finish. An amazing imperial stout. I love the fact that even though it was 10% alcohol, Clown Shoes was able to hide it pretty well (because I would rather not have alcohol flavors in my beer).
NOTE: Be warned when drinking from a Spiegelau stout glass. All the alcohol sinks to the bottom and that last sip is dreadful unless you enjoy pure alcohol. Could possibly be why the alcohol flavors were so hidden during the rest of the drink.

 1,151 characters

Photo of Brondeau
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable stout. Alcohol is well hidden. A little smoky on the finish which was the only drawback for me. Didn't feel too heavy or syrupy. Will drink again.

 162 characters

Photo of Estefania_Tarin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Visual (A) – Very dark beer, almost as black coffee, opaque. Has minimal head where the head is light brown. Lacing is medium where it runs down the side fairly fast.

Aroma (S) - smells associated with roasted malt. Grain smells like coffee and chocolate. Fermentation is butterscotch

Taste (T) – I think it is well balanced as I get a bit of bitterness with some sweet from the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel (M) – Very It has a full-bodied mouthfeel. Has little tail as it washes away quickly making you want more! Very little carbonation, instead is a bit creamier.

Overall (O) - did not mind it, but I didn’t love it. I do not like porters or stouts but this imperial stout is not very strong on the coffee or chocolate flavors so it is okay for me.

 771 characters

Photo of do_ob
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter (dated 10/16/14). Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of mocha colored foam. Very strong aroma - I could smell it across the room. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, hickory, molasses, maple syrup..the list could go on, but you get it. Infinitely dense on my palate, at least first thing in the morning. Very creamy and easy to drink. This beer just wants to slide past your lips straight into your stomach. Bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, malt, and coffee on the taste. Slightly watery finish, and leaves a sticky, bitter goodness to occupy your taste buds until the next sip.

This beer kicks ass. Undead ass, but ass none the less. Looks good in the glass, smells amazing, tastes great, and I'm going to be sad when it's gone.

 750 characters

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle of this and split it with a friend earlier tonight, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is not interested in letting in any light at all. Has a nice tan head that is about an inch thick when poured that settles to a solid 1/3 inch with good retention and pretty good lacing. Has a nice roasted caramel malt aroma with strong hints of chocolate and some coffee notes. Lots of roasted malt, perhaps one of the most roasty and malty smelling imperial stouts I have come across. Has a nice toasted caramel and chocolate flavor upfront that gives way to bitter black coffee and a nice hop presence as well. A very nice balance of flavors. Has a a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink for a 10% ABV stout.


 826 characters

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer overall. Tastes like dark fruit (plums and cherries) with chocolate and light espresso. Decent amount of smoked char, but has plenty of sweetness behind it. Contrasting hop brightness; spruce, pomegranate.
Not cloying or an excessively heavy body. I could actually drink this in the summer. Color approaches black, but more of a burnt walnut and dark mocha head with plus lacing.

 394 characters

Photo of OGShotzy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: love the artwork on the 22oz bomber bashing the TM attorneys from prior litigation with Vampire Inc. gross beer and wine corp. Pours a nice black with 3cm head after a straight-down hard pour.

S: nice roasty, smokey

T: sweet and smokey. A little roasted malt. So smooth to the palette.

F: great mouthfeel; smooth, but gripping

 332 characters

Photo of dmgeng
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I loved Blaecorn Unidragon and I had heard good things about this beer too.

A - Settles into a deep black with a brown colored head with moderate lacing.

S - Layered and rich aroma with soft smoked malt, roast, dark chocolate and sweet coffee tones. Some sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol is also present. The smoked character is there but only on top of a huge imperial stout base.

T - The roastiness from the smell is first but closely accompanied by the soft smoke, richer cocoa, malt, and pleasant coffee tones. This beer doesn't have the hops or the base of Blaecorn but has a delicious imperial stout that is slightly sweeter. Not nearly as smoke (hickory/bacon) flavored as many of the smoked beers I've had before. I definitely like that they go for a more complimentary smoke flavor instead of a full on bacon tasting beer.

M - Big mouth-feel. low to moderate carbonation. Overall balanced but slightly sticky.

Overall, this is a very delicious imperial stout. It reminds me of Ten Fidy if you backed off the roastiness and increased the smokiness. I really liked this but I probably wouldn't pay $15 a bomber for this again. I would recommend this if you haven't had a smoked beer and would like to try a more balanced example before jumping into a full Rauchbier.

Glass- Snifter

 1,294 characters

Photo of mothmanscott
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep brown that appears ink black (deep ruby highlights when held to bright light) producing barely a finger of frothy, shortlived, mocha head that leaves only splotches & motes of lacing. Aroma is smokey bittersweet chocolate, like smoked Hershey's chocolate syrup (if there was such a thing), toffee, bitter coffee & cream, a hint of anise, char & booze. Taste starts as a bittersweet balance of burnt & smokey malts, Hershey's chocolate syrup, creamed coffee & charcoal developing a phenolic/plastic character mixed with chocolate cherry cordials at or just after mid-sip & finishes with a intensifying burnt, chocolate, charcoal bitterness & alcohol that becomes a decreasingly bitter, roasted, slightly burnt, chocolatey, yet slightly phenolic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with light carbonation, alcohol spiciness, very chewy, silky & creamy. Complex. This would definitely get an even higher rating if it were not for the cloyingly odd, plastic/phenolic taste.

 992 characters

Photo of E-McFarden
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as knight, I'm getting some cherry at about a foot away from the glass. Also getting the alcohol and roasted malts in the smell as well. Excellent taste with sweet cherry and nutty and just the right amount of roasted malts to finish. Great beer

 252 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Dark brown to black under a 2” pillowy tan head, lacy. Smell: Malt and smoke on the nose. Taste: Very creamy, chocolate, some roast, spice, some alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel: Chewy, fine soft carbonation.

 242 characters

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champange's in MI for $8.99 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Super dark black color.

S- Goodly amount of chocolate and malt. Heat present but not overpowering. Light nose considering the nature of this brew

T- A touch bitter coco. Has a nice malt backbone that is complex. Some hops present but it's not anywhere near enough for my liking which took this rating down a quarter point.

M- Dry and a touch bitter.

O- Pretty good beer. Has the complexity it needs but is a bit simple on the hop end. Will buy again as the price point to flavor is acceptable.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little beer went well with..... Roasted chicken. This beer overpowered the chicken a touch even though there was a healthy amount of thyme on the chicken.


 846 characters

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really creamy and terrific mouthfeel. Flavor is great. You can taste the oak chips but its so subtle that it works great and balances the sweetness. As a year-round offering, this puts Clown Shoes on the map for a lot of folks.

 232 characters

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I generally like Clown Shoes, I haven't yet been really impressed by one of their stouts. With that in mind as I opened this bottle, I was very happily surprised at the rich chocolate taste of this stout. Sweeter than I expected also, but doesn't cross into the sweet stout territory. Alcohol very well hidden. This would be dangerous on draft. For me, best Clown Shoes stout this far.

 391 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.