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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 1,931
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 152
Gots: 452 | FT: 37
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
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Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/27/12

Note: No date on bottle, surprised to find this on the shelf two days ago. I didn't think this was a rotating release, but I doubt this bottle is actually from the second anniversary. BA claims this is now year-round, and the Clown Shoes site says this is "Limited," whatever that means.

Note 2: Reviewing this beer while listening to the "Castlevania 20th Anniversary Premium Music Collection." Necessary for killing vampires.

"But enough talk... Have at you!"

Appearance: Dark brown, with some clear, lighter brown around the edges when held up to the light - pours with a nice, tan head, fades to a small cap, small ring - leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Dark, burnt and roasty - burnt, lightly charred malts, with a really nice level of smoke and charcoal - some wood, and a ton of leather - some roasty coffee, nuts, chocolate, black licorice, spice, and dark fruits - some malty sweetness, and some alcohol in the background

Taste: Reminiscent of a torched coffin? - smoke, charcoal, burnt wood, and leather - dark, burnt, and roasty malts - not a ton of complexity in the malt profile, but the smokiness somewhat makes up for it - burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses - dark fruits and black licorice - a vague hint of oily citrus hops - moderate amount of bitterness overall - some alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, smooth, oily, with some alcohol dryness that combines with a smoky aftertaste - good, but could be better

Overall: "Die monster. You don't belong in this world!"

This is a very good beer. Sadly, I think I'm more amused by the holy water and vampire killing stake-smoked malt gimmicks than the actual beer. It tastes like a Castlevania game, but not the best in the series. In other words, this does not reach a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night or Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow level of excellence. But it's at least as good as Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. To the small percentage of the BA community that gets this analogy, I thank you.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, dark brown head; decent retention leaves a burnt-marshmallow-looking topper on a deep black brew. Very nice lacing.

Fairly strong notes of roasted barley over overripe dark fruit and grapes. Cream, wheat, and a green earthiness.

Flavor follows, with a standard stout profile: roasted barley, dark cacao, cream, slight dark fruit, and lightly hot booze. There's actually a lot of flavor going on in this beer, and it's hard to pick it all out.

Fantastic mouthfeel: thick, almost chewy, silky. Definitely some alcohol heat, but this is a big, big stout. Tiniest amount of sting, and very lively. No foaming.

An excellent, straight-forward, no-frills imperial stout. This is a huge, huge beer, and it can't help but hide it...but it's very good. The emphasis is rightly on the roasted barley, and it comes through in big waves. Not the best or most creative stout, but a great beer.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

stellar and stunning...hate to say it, but worth the $$ for the bomber

deep/dark...roasty/chocolaty....flavorful, viscosity abundant

smooth and powerful....buckle up and enjoy the ride

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Photo of mountdew1
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/17/14
Poured into an oversized wine glass. Color was a completely opaque dark brown with a very thin (basically lacings) light brown head. Aroma was a nice dark chocolate, seemed to shift notes a bit, but mostly chocolate/cocoa. Taste had a bit of bitter alcohol up front, but shifted to a nice sweet cocoa flavor that lingered in the mouth for while. Coated well, a bit overly tingly from the carbonation. Overall, not bad at all. Flavor wasn't as complex as I was hoping for, but nice and solid.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Black, opaque.
S- Chocolate, toffee, raisins.
T- Strong bitter espresso taste followed by slight raisin fruit character. The finish is bitter and alcoholic.
M- Creamy like a milk stout.
O- An awesome brew. I'd drink it, but not for 10$ a pop. I'd go Lagoo Capp Stout. Awesome brew though.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured a pleasant head that rapidly dissipated over a dark brown to black in color stout.

S- Really nicely pronounced sweet coffee and chocolate, exceptionally rich.

T- The coffee and chocolate that I smell are there for a nice ride in the taste as well, absolutely zero booze burn. This stays delicious throughout the entire sip.

M- Velvety and sticky, luscious would be a fair assessment.

O- I have reviewed a fair amount of high end stouts in the past 6 months or so, this one stands up to the test. It's the kind of beer that makes you want to see what else the brewery has to offer and then drink the hell out of that too.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a dark tan, bubbly, foamy head. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, cream sweetness, bitter roasted coffee, subtle boozy notes, vanilla, crème, and earthy notes. Flavors are heavily roasted, with bittersweet chocolate forward, mocha notes, cream and vanilla highlights, earthy tones, hints of booze, and subtle molasses notes. This beer is heavy and tasty. The body is huge, but dry, which increases the drinkability. Wow! The aftertaste is more of the roasted and bitter notes, with chocolate leading the way. The finish is smooth, velvety, but at the very end, turns dry, which teases you to drink more. I should have bought more than one. Wow!!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$9 Bomber poured into snifter at basement temperature

Appearance - as black as the souls of the people involved in ridiculous law suits regarding beer name trademarks. Thank God they do though, because we are clearly not educated enough to tell the difference. Also, a nice mocha head that leaves a ring throughout.

Aroma - very boozy, chocolate, deep roasted malt, hint of tobacco. Reminds me a little of Founders Imperial

Taste - surprisingly, the alcohol is really not noticeable. Would have lost that bet. Fudge like dark chocolate, smokey/ashy,and a slightly sour sweetness that is noticeable the whole time. Cherries or maybe raisins I would guess.

Feel - pretty creamy and full bodied. I would say a little on the plus side of medium. Nice

Overall - one of the few beers in this style that I think is better colder. The dark fruit aspect is a little too strong for me, but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vampire Slayer label from the 2nd Anniversary release.

Appearance: Pours black. Some dark browns at the edges. Head is a darkish khaki and disappears almost immediately. Small collar persists for a bit but drops out completely after a few sips. Pours viscous and smooth. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Smoked malt is right up front. It's a bit muted after the years, but it's still around. Malts are deeply roasted. The smoked malt pretends at some char. Slightly burnt. Sweet dark fruit. Raisin in abundance with some fig and a touch of dark cherry. Hops are minimal with a slight earthy backing. Some grassy notes. A deep woodiness that reads as something other than oak. A slight push of alcohol through the back. A mild backing spiciness, from wood and alcohol.

Taste: Dark fruit dominates. Raisin and dark cherry. Touches of fig and plum. Minimal hop presence. Mildly earthy with some grassy backing notes. Malts are sweet and slightly syrupy with some deeply roasted elements. Smoked malt runs through the back. Very mildly burnt. Sweet. Raisins soaked in alcohol. Cola syrup. Some mild spiciness from the various woods used and the alcohol. Some alcohol heat on the back. Smoke increases as the beer warms and adds some meaty elements. Almost jerky-like. Some soy sauce.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushing toward full. Mild carbonation. A touch of creaminess. Mostly smooth with some mild rough edges. A touch of astringency from the alcohol.

Overall: Worked better as a component.

It's a solid smoked stout. It's a bit underwhelming on its own, but it has some character. A bit sweet overall.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Fat, dark tan head with frosty top that reminds me of Wendy's milkshake. The opaque, deep brown body promises something rich.

Smell: the milkshake theme continues. No doubt about t, this beer's main perfume is that of a milky chocolate shake, with plenty of powdery, malty sweetness. Secondary scents consist of lightly roasted malt, a dash of bourbon, and a petite handful of dates. The combo makes for a simple, yet yummy bouquet

Taste: It starts out as sweet milk chocolate, then roasts its way into delicious mocha as bitterness enters into the finish. There exists a bit of sweetened dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries in particular. Some earthy and spicy hop flavors and The tiniest pinch of white pepper white pepper give the blend a some hoppy liveliness. The bitterness doesn't go above moderate, however. This is a beer that could convert non beer drinkers with a sweet tooth. any girly girl would like this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium-light carbonation and medium-light body feel a bit too sessionable for the style. A satiny texture brings back a bit of luxury.

Overakk: A pretty typical chocolate stout for the most part. And yet, the rich mocha and spicy hop notes make it a little bit more of a standout.

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

Picked up a bomber, liked the label picture.

Looks pretty consistent with other Stouts, nice dark caramel color head, that hangs around at the edges. I will admit, that type of head on a stout gets me jowls ringing.

Great nose on this one. Coffee, booze, and vanilla in a well balanced way. If you are a fan of Imperial Stouts, then this nose should tingle your spider senses.

Typically I am not a fan at all of carbonation in Stouts, but the carbo in Undead is money. You get lots of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, smoke, and the booze. The carbonation acts like a sandblaster, almost abrasively grinding the flavors down into your taste buds. And I love it. I let it warm up, flavors even out, almost a creamy mouthfeel.

This was a pleasant surprise. I am now a fan.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger mocha head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving a fine ring of lace around the outside edge. Some patches of larger bubbles remain. Poured into an SA Perfect Pint glass.

S: Roasted malts are present up front with notes of dark fruits, some light coffee and chocolate notes. A little bit of smoked hickory is present as well.

T: Dark malts are immediately present in the taste, the malts smoked with hickory and ash (per the label) take somewhat of a backburner and are minimally present. There are bready notes and a slight hint of sweetness, maybe vanilla notes. Dark coffee is present on the finish.

M: Slick and viscous on the tongue with a minimal amount of carbonation. This beer definitely hangs around for a while.

O: Overall, very tasty. I would definitely get this one again, worth the price ($9/22oz).

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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

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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

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Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured jet black into an imperial nonic thick one finger deep beige crown atop that left multple ringes of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Chocolate,roast,smoke,and fruity esters in the nose,it's very nice if it packed alittle more puch it would be off the charts.Full chewey feel to the beer really enhances the flavor nuances.Lightly smoked and earthy rawness mixed with bitter chocolate and mild fruit on the palate provide for a well rounded brew.A great beer in my mind,the best Clown Shoes beer I have had,a tad above Hoppy Feet 1.5.As I drink more some alcohol induced and molasses-like sweetness comes into play more.

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Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Kevin. Extremely dark. Densely sucking up all available light kind of dark. Nothing's shining through this dark bastard. Huge, pluming, creamy, long-lasting tan cap that froths up like a geyser and leaves copious sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. To hell with those big imperial stouts that can't leave behind any residual head - take notes on this one.

The aroma is a concoction of a chocolate malt mountain, light roasted malt rain, a hint of sweet smoke (almost like that liquid barbecue smoke) and a good bit of dark fruit sweetness. There's a shrill, sharp anise sweetness in the tail end, too, that cuts through everything else with ease. Can;t tell if this is going to be roasty or sweet, but it seems like it's leaning towards the sweet side.

Yep, it's pretty sweet. Not quite Dark Lord sweet, but still darn sweet. Heavy plum-y or grape-like fruitiness at first, that attacks that "dark fruit" sense, only not quite as dark as your typical imperial stout would imply. Milk chocolates beam through and heap on some more sweetness, as does a touch of that sweet, almost mesquite smokiness.

Roasty wood and a staunch, ashy and nearly-citric hoppiness in the middle do all they can to balance the sweetness. And while their efforts are valiant, they are indeed futile. Black licorice abound in the finish with more milky sweet maltiness. Needs more balance between the elements, I'm not all the way on board with this one yet.

The mouth feel is a bit too thin for such a heavy stout, and the booze becomes noticeable with a little bit of warmth, hindering the drinkability just a little bit more. Kind of a shocking meld of flavors; not at all bad or anything, just... well, not the best execution in my mind. The sweetness, while not necessary *over*done, just isn't piquing my interest of particular flavors.

I think this'll be a pass from me from now on, not only because of the price, but because I enjoy some of Clown Shoes' other available offerings much more than this one. The sweetness was more on the anise, dark fruit kind of side (though chocolate was still a big factor), but I really was yearning for more brown sugar, vanilla, etc... Not bad, just not exactly my thing.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.