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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 145
Gots: 423 | 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
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Photo of alphagnome
4.91/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes: Bottled 11/09/12. Serving at 40 degrees in a brandy snifter.

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows zero light to penetrate its walls. Head is a bit disappointing - started with a finger-thick, beige head that disappears quickly but managed to leave a bit of lacing behind. When tilting the glass reveals some nice legs.

Aroma:
An elegant array of smoked wood and toasty malts. Upfront you're greeted with a smoked hickory character that blends beautifully with a rich cocoa character. Bold coffee notes

Taste:
A lot of what was found in the nose can be found in the taste - bursting full of character, this one is! Vibrant cocoa laced with light, tart cherries hits right up front with a bitter bite that is spot on for the style. It's a bit sweet but it's not overkill. Plenty of peat on the finish and in the aftertaste. It's hard to believe this is 10% ABV as their is only the slightest burn on the tail end. Wow.

Mouthfeel:
Full bodied with light carbonation. Stupidly smooth - seriously, how can this be 10%? Semi-sweet finish is laced with rainbows and puppies. Joking aside, this is perfect!

Overall:
If there is such thing as the perfect imperial stout, in my eyes, this is it! This beer truly left me in awe. This bottle made it's way to my cellar from Alabama over a year ago when Clown Shoes wasn't available here in Iowa - oh how things change. Clown Shoes is now readily available here and if this beer is any indication of the quality they're capable of producing, consider me a fan for life. This is art, no question about it. With a few small tweaks to encourage head retention, this would be perfect! Do yourself a favor and grab this if you see it - you will not be disappointed! (1,708 characters)

Photo of angusblackheart
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled December, 2011

Black. No light shines through. Big milk chocolate head. Tons of lace!

Smells of chocolate, roast, and smoke.

The taste is an amazing combo of sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, balancing bitterness, and the hickory smoke shines through.

Thick and creamy.

I have enjoyed all I have tried from Clown Shoes so far. This might be the best one yet! (375 characters)

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 1/2012

Pours a deep balck with a thick tan head. Lace is nice.

Smells of chocoalte, licorice, roast, and smoke.

Taste is amazing! Very forward cofee, licorice, dark cocoa, and the smoke is not like bacon, but more like an oakey flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Another impressive stout from clown shoes! (323 characters)

Photo of BenjieK
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled February 2012

Brewed with real holy water!!

A: Dark black, dark head, good lace. Perfect.

S: Chocolate and syrupy coffee goodness, with a hint of smoke.

T: Holy crap! Very rich, chocolate, licorice, a hint of smoke, and a kind of neat fruitiness. Awesome!

M: Slick and creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Fantastic!! (324 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle date 3/17/14.
Dark-black color in nature with a pretty big creamy mocha-colored head most likely due to the unintended aggressive pour. No lacing to speak along the glass. Smell of licorice, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits are noticeable in the aroma. Nice, big flavor of dark cocoa, coffee, and anise. Taste of some bitter hops are present too but in a good way. Really smooth; like velvet. Thick, creamy, smooth and so easy to drink. Picked this up on a whim cause of the really sweet label and now glad I grabbed two of these. My first Clown Shoes brew and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend this to any Imperial Stout lover! (654 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 02/12. This pours a motor oil looking thick, pitch black color with a finger and a half thick mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark chocolate, coco, espresso and roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy, nice carbonination. The taste is very good, lots of dark chocolate, nice and bitter with a little mouth coating coco. This is an excellent dark chocolate tasting stout, far exceeding expectations. (506 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a thick pitch black color with a thick tan head with great lacing and retention. Looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is intense dark roasted malts along with some smokiness, bittersweet chocolate and some warmth from the alcohol in the finish. The aroma intensifies with increased complexity as the beer warms in the glass. Smells great, can't wait to try this beast.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously dark and roasty. The smoked roasted malts are complimented by some espresso flavors and warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, just like an imperial stout should be.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and hope Clown Shoes adds it to their regular lineup or at least makes it a seasonal. Happy Second Anniversary! (865 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bold flavor profile. You can taste the big chocolate notes, with the coffee notes. Some vanilla comes in, and it's like chocolate milk. I get a slight milky profile. Some roasty characters, not smokey. But huge flavors bursting. This is great for the price, and it feels like I'm drinking a barrel aged stout that should be marked up ten more bucks. (349 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (186 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of sheeley
4.68/5  rDev +13%

Appearance: fantastic. Black as night with a great head and slightly colored.
Smell: Very pleasant, but not overpowering. Malts dominate, with hints of coffee and caramel.
Taste: Coffee, malts, caramel, and milk come to my palate.
Extremely pleasant overall, one of the better stouts I've had as a stout lover. Highly recommended for any stout fans of fans of clown shoes. (373 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has notes of licorice, quality coffee and molasses plus a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Pours a deep, warm sable with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Lip-smacking smoky flavor has firm chocolate, coffee, molasses and toffee notes with hints of licorice and caramel. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Smooth texture has above-average body and a decent amount of fizz that leaves a fairly persistent tingle in the mouth and on the lips. I’m a big stout lover, and this is now on my list of faves. (559 characters)

Photo of ambluhm
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

The appearance on this beer is a dark brown, almost black color. The head is a dark taupe or medium brown that dissipated quickly and left a slightly oil-like shimmering lace.

The aroma is all things roasted. Beautiful dark chocolates and coffee. There is also a nice level of smoke in the nose that is not too dominant (I tend to dislike super smoky things like Rauchbier). There are also some lighter aromas like citrus and candied fruits of some kind.

The taste resonates the aroma perfectly. The same dark chocolate comes through along with beautiful bitter espresso notes. And best of all...BACON!

The mouthfeel, to me, is the most shocking part of this beer. I know its 10% alcohol, but this beer is amazingly well balanced. There is not too much bitterness either. It's really mouth-coating (probably from the alcohol) but incredibly smooth. There is also a really cool tannin-like texture to it that probably stems from the wood-ageing. I like the complexity in this beer a lot!

Overall, I think it rocks. I am generally skeptic when trying such big and monstrous beers, but this one really shocked and impressed me. I may be more willing to try and big ones more often now. (1,218 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by Beer Lady at Tully’s in Wells, ME - THANK YOU! This is a very nice stout. Not much of a head on the pour - kind of a smallish khaki/tan head, nice mahogany tints. Expectation was for a whallop of flavor, but found it more subtle and with a lot going on. Cocoa, some smokiness,, a bit of vanilla hiding in there, just enough hops to keep the flavor interesting. Nice malts, good "undertones" of the coffee/roast flavors. Not as "thick" on the tongue as other imperials, but very nice. Minimal aftertaste. Definitely high on the list of faves. No doubt about the 10% ABV...it isn't shy. A lot of complexity and subtle flavors going on, yet it isn't "work" to drink. Good effort from CS! (701 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out black with a light brown head

The flavor has lots of milk chocolate, dark fruit, with a hint of licorice and some ash on the back end. This beer exhibits a good combination of robust roast and chocolate qualities along with a refined hopping.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus. This is one of the better non barrel aged stouts on the shelves. (368 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a finger-length tan head. There are some visible bubbles along the underside of the head and along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and some of that 10% alcohol comes up to the nose. I get some of that smoke as well from the smoked malt. The flavors are very complex in this stout. There's nice dark roasted malt flavor with creamy chocolate, black coffee, dates, smoked malt, and some alcohol. It's a wonderfully balanced flavor. The body is full with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate. This is a very easy beer to drink despite the alcohol presence. This is an excellent beer. (786 characters)

Photo of randylangford
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow,

This is my third great stout of the night and Vampire Slayer really holds it own.
A: Very black like motor oil as the style dictates.
S: Smells like a good stout but there isn't anything that stands out.
T: Clean with the alcohol totally covered up.
M: My favorite part of this beer, the exact consistency that I look for in a great RIS.
O: I wish this beer was easier to get is western PA. It has exactly what I want in a stout. Guess I'll just have to wait for Stone RIS to get here. (492 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from a few nights ago. Going off of some notes I took on BeerCitizen (when will there be a bA app?)

APPEARANCE: All RIS are the same. Black, thick, oily with a slim head. It looks like something that would be drank by a character in a film about slaying vampires (maybe the hero would be drinking this while decimating all the characters of Twilight?)

AROMA: Great, sweet aroma on this. Dark malts, lots of chocolate (milk and baker's chocolate). The alcohol is prominent and there's also some subdued smoke, coming from the malts smoked with hickory, ash, and "vampire killing stakes". I think the smoke is a good addition here.

TASTE: As to be expected with the style, there are sweet malts, dark/milk/baker's chocolate, and some coffee. The smoke is nice - not overbearing, but noticeable. It lingers in the shadows of my palate. Also some low alpha hops are in there among it all. I'm not sure what Holy Water tastes like, but I'll assume it's in there.

MOUTHFEEL: Big bodied and heavy in the mouth. The alcohol feels strong in this one, but it's not too hot. It leaves a nice warming sensation in the throat.

OVERALL: A fantastic Russian Imperial Stout. I've had so many bourbon barrel-aged stouts lately I almost forgot what the regulars tasted like. Solid example of the style, it hits all the right notes, and the subtle addition of smoke adds some depth.

92/100 (1,392 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears jet black, as expected. The 22 oz bottle was split/shared into 2 big snifters. It was poured slowly to get even split so it was hard to get a read on the head. Snifters were almost too big. But what little head I got was tan in color.

Aroma is big on vanilla and hickory smoke, with some espresso and faint baker's chocolate.

I tasted big roasted, charred grains up front with a touch of bitterness and booze. This was followed by notes of hickory, oak, peet moss, and a touch of brown sugar in the finish once the beer came to room temperature.

Mouthfeel was moderate in weight. Not too syrupy - actually a tad on the dry side.

I really liked this brew. The sweetness is refined and subtle. It mixes with the woodsy notes VERY well. I just bought the one bottle a few months ago, and now I wish i bought a bunch :( (830 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black. Poured a nice, creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Dark fruits: plum and dark cherry. Caramel, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, booze and some smoke. Smell's like there's some oatmeal in there, too. Just a touch of band-aid, but in a good way.

T- Plums, cherry, smoke, and caramel, followed by decadent bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, and a nice balance of booze. Nice smokey aftertaste.

M- Thickish, creamy, slightly syrupy. Taste melds with the mouthfeel beautifully! Drying and oily. Smokiness lingers a bit.

O- This was an awesome beer! I usually drink half of a bomber before sitting down to review, but this time, I only had about a cup left before it even crossed my mind. I loved how the mouthfeel complimented the flavors. I can't really explain how it did, but they went together wonderfully to me! I would drink this again in a heartbeat! (901 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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 beechner224
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large pint glass. Pours rich black with just enough head. Looks like a large stout should. On smell I get chocolate, caramel, and coffee - very nice.

On first sip it is really good. I still get the chocolate and coffee. It is nicely balanced and mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect. There are several light flavors in there: vanilla, hint of booze, and very smooth.

Starting to really like clown shoes - several of there latest samplings have been great. (478 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black as black can be with a nice two-finger light brown head of sea foam consistency. Lacing coats every inch of the glass.

S – Moderately strong aroma of chocolate, burnt coffee, and a bit of wood. Smells inviting.

T – Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Also strong overtones of graham cracker, smoke, and marsh mellow. Very rich. Kind of like drinking a campfire S’more. Sweet, but nicely balanced with some bitter esters from the charred grains. Hint of anise, but JUST a hint. Sweet milk chocolate aftertaste lingers. 10% abv CRAZY hidden. Delicious. Dangerous.

M – It is here where this beer truly is a marvel, as it is full bodied, but has a very creamy, smooth feel which keeps it from being overbearing or syrupy. All this is managed with very low carbonation (although maybe a little more than other 10% abv Imperial Stouts) Too bad this category doesn’t go to “six”.

O – If you like Imperial Stouts on the sweet side with a lot of chocolate character, pick this up immediately! I can’t get over how much this actually tastes like a S’more. Obviously couldn’t drink more than one, but that’s like saying you couldn’t eat more than one chocolate cake; it’s that rich. Overall, an exceptional effort. This will now be my dessert beer of choice. Kudos to Clown Shoes. (1,360 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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 gueuzeonhigh
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bible black heavy libation cascaded into the glass.
Slight let-down short lived head-- laced the glass, collapsed leaving a ring at the perimeter and that's about it.
Nose is of toasted malt, a hale of hops, with what I might call sweetness.

But the flavor-- ah the flavor! But it's not just the flavor it's how this beer behaves on the palate.. Perhaps one of the finest RIS's I've sampled. Everything in perfect proportion-- hops, malt, alcohol, density, effervescence, finish.

Mouthfeel- is an alive blanket of licorice, raisins, hops, malt, toasted malt and a finish that glides and soars. Ok I'm under the influence of the 10% ABV!

Overall-- I rarely or never award a 5.0!

If you're ready for an RIS, this is one to try-- walk a mile for it! (761 characters)

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.