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Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Added by Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is just a really good beer. A sweet flavor but not too cloying. There is no head after pouring, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter. Pours oily black. Small beige head, large bubbles linger along side of glass. Aroma is Toasted malt, touch of chocolate, touch of smoke. Taste is BlackBerry, blueberry raspberry, pomegranate, with a healthy dark chocolate kick at the end. Warming, I get a slight whiskey like finish, but the bottle does not say this is barrel aged. Must be the hickory.....I like it. Below avg carbonation, but very smooth, almost velvety mouth-feel. A nice stout. Now I am more excited to try my ""Flight of the Angry Beast"", which contains this beer in the mixture."

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

L: Deep, deep brown, with a tasty finger of chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Rich chocolate, smoke, booze, oak.

T: Chocolate, smoke, oak, booze. The oakiness is much more prominent in the taste than in the smell. Overall a nice smoky-tasting imperial stout.

F: Smooth, almost creamy. Light to moderate amount of carbonation. Medium-full to full body.

O: This is a great imperial stout.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque, seal brown color with a meager head of khaki suds. Aroma smells of roasted malt, molasses, burnt toast, toffee, and salted caramel. There’s also a whiff of herbal hops and something vaguely fruity.

The taste features roasted malt and molasses straight away, followed by a huge crescendo of smoked dates and prunes. Slightly minty, earthy, herbal hops lend sufficient contrast to balance out the robust sweetness. Some warming reveals currants and blackberries amongst the other dark fruits, along with some dark chocolate . Medium body feels more substantive up front before thinning out toward the back end. Mild carbonation makes for a slick, smooth mouthfeel that could still do with a bit more beef in my estimation. The reams of luxurious sugars leave a sticky residue on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a rich, bold, complex imperial stout that delivers all the essentials in the flavor department. The way the multifaceted malt profile morphs from sweet, to roasty, to fruity without anything ever becoming overbearing is a delight. A beefier body would really put this over the top, but there’s no denyhing this is another very competent stout from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a thick, opaque black with a medium-dark tan head. Initial impression is smoky malt, charred wood, smooth chocolate, maybe just a little dark fruit, and an astringent, slightly bitter finish. Very smooth and creamy; carbonation is spot on. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Nice, dry stout!

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong wood, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hops, alcohol, hint of chocolate, hint of pine, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, wood, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, great body, great blend, and goof feel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being able to call their smoked imperial stout the "vampire slayer" has apparently left a bad taste in the the mouths of Clown Shoes brewers- but fortunately for their fans, the beer that the new name represents will leave no such impression upon them. The stouts roasty, toasty and smoky side is certain to win fans of the dark and robust ales and is unequivocally "Undead".

Its depth of darkness is complete and absolute as a mocha-like froth slowly builds on top. Its earthen perfume of burnt toast, dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasting walnut and smoldering embers are robust to the nose and delicate like hickory. To taste, its the lavish roasted malt laying down a framework of espresso, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and walnut.

The middle palate shows full saturation of those dark and ominous flavors offering latte-like impressions in one sip and then roasted marshmallows the next- each with a after current of whimsical smoked charm. Bitterness is coffee-like and boldly woodish with impressions of cocoa, fennel and campfire growing sip by sip.

Full but modestly arid, the beer's body is remarkably smooth and creamy to give it a dry roast taste to accompany its lingering but fleeting sweetness. Its light roast-derived astringency is bolstered by the smoke's ashy impressions as its finish is whisky-like and of peppercorn.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in which no light may get through. Na one finger tan head. Sweet chocolate malt smell with a little licorice. The tastes follows the nose in which a nutty smokiness accompanies taste. A slight bitter hop in the end. Not an overly thick beer. A slight burn com the alcohol and dry finish.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a slight chocolate head that quickly reduces to the edges. The roasted malts highlight the nose, along with cocoa. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate, lactose and malt. The roastyness (?) gives it a nice buttering dryness. The mouth is medium and a bit creamy. This is a really nice dry stout.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. No bottle date.

Very thin, very dark pour. Milk chocolate head. Smells super sweet, but the taste is spot on. Finishes fairly clean for a style that usually leaves a lot behind. Nice carbonation

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a light tan head. There is not much retention but it does leave a small amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is very boozy mixed with deep roasted malt and a little cocoa. The taste is much like a dry stout but amplified. It also has a nice earthy quality to it. It is lighter on the palate and the finish is fairly dry.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. They nail everything I enjoy about the style in this one. Pours thick and black with tiny, but clingy brown head. Aroma is much molasses pushing forward through the semi-sweet malt roast and some chocolate notes. The flavor gets even better - pretty much ideal for my tastes - balancing the aforementioned sweet roast and molasses with just enough bitter in the finish. Said finish is not too dry, but pretty clean. Great stuff!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect looking stout, very dark colored with no light at all coming through below a frothy light brown head that won't go away and leaves a trail on the glass as you drink this Undead quaff.
Mixed aroma and taste of darkness with molasses, dark malts, and a bit of dark chocolates.
Dryish but not a dry aftertaste with a bit of the dark chocolates hanging around.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, roasted and smoked malt and coffee.
The taste is quite smooth and balanced. Mild coffee bitterness, slight chocolate sweet.
The texture is soft and thick.
A really enjoyable stout.

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Photo of predikit
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky dark brown, settles in the glass completely black, lets no light through at all. Left a thick, dark tan head, that stuck around for ages, literally painting the sides of the glass in lacing.

Smells rich, oat notes, chocolate malt, minor vanilla and molasses overtones.

Rich chocolate flavor without being bitter, a minor alcohol presence gets whisked away full the fullness of the rest of it. Moderately sweet throughout the experience, ends with a bit of milk chocolate on the tongue.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth. Leaves very clean. Some alochol warmth left behind as is goes down, but it is very well mellowed.

A winner in my book.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge tan head that leaves some good lacing for a stout. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and what seems like oak to me. It tastes like sweet chocolate, roasted malt, bitter chocolate with a peaty smokiness to it. The finish seems oaky and bitter. Such a good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of rocky caramel colored head. Good lacing & slightly above average head retention

S: Dark fruit & carob. Vanilla & figs once warm

T: Follows the nose, very dry & roasty up front, some Baker's chocolate as well. Some vanilla & more carob as this warms, some woody hops & slight smokeyness too, a little fig as well , a little oaky booze as well. Finishes dry, fruity, with carob & roastyness & just a bit of herbal bitterness

MF: Fairly chewy, semi-firm carbonation, slick, warming

ABV is fairly well hidden, but this not a beer to speed through, pretty complex & tasty

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

22 oz bottle from 05/28/2015, poured into a stemmed glass.
Dark black appearance with a nice, white head on the beer.
Strong dark roasted malts and hints of coffee in the aroma and flavors.
It finishes very smooth, and Mercury Brewing Co. makes some outstanding stouts.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle with original Vampire Slayer label. My first time having this - nice roasty flavor, but the body is a bit thin. Not a bad stout, but I probably won't get this again.

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

Look - Opaque black color, mocha head, half finger that quickly dissipated
Smell - Smokiness, chocolate, roastiness, coffee, prunes, cherries
Taste - Espresso, chocolate, tons of roasted malts, some dark fruits, hints of booze but that's expected @ 10%
Feel - Silky, smooth, slightly warming

Overall - A very enjoyable imperial stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is nearly black, with a thick tan head and lacing. The smell features roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, with a distinct booziness. The first taste I experienced is the fruit: dark cherry, plum or raisin, followed quickly by coffee, chocolate, and malt. The 10% ABV is fairly well-masked but there is a distinct alcohol burn at the finish. This stout is pleasantly carbonated and smooth as silk. Overall, it is a typical Clown Shoes offering: complex, interesting, and a pleasure to drink.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ..

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.