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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 356
Hads: 1,934
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 153
Gots: 456 | FT: 37
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

Formerly: Vampire Slayer
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Photo of sween100
2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very dark brown - almost black, with small beige head. Rich aroma consisting of malt, coffee, and caramel. Tasted very similar to a mocha. Included hints of roasted wood and malt. Slight tinge of hops and smoke in taste. If you like smokey flavored drinks this is the beer for you.

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Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with roasted dark malts balanced by some sweeter notes.  Hints of toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee along with smoked meat and subtle hops.  subtle lactic presence.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a strong roasted malt presence that is sligtly dry and acrid but not overwhelmingly so.  Hints of burnt toast, deeply roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal.  Very bitter with subtle hops complimenting the dry, roasted notes.  Subtle lactic presence and some chocolate sweetness. Finishes with boozy heat that gives off a lot of alcohol flavor.  Astringent dry boozy finish.  Looks and smells nice but the flavor doesn't follow through.

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Photo of santomark
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark black, chocolate, body with a small toffee off white head

S - Mild vanilla, molasses, sweet dark chocolate, and as weird as this sounds, a hickory scent reminiscent of BACON!

T - Very dark up front, nice roasted notes, mild fruit and ends on this hickory bacon flavor.

M - Very syrupy, but it's to be expected with this type of beer.

O - I'm going to pass on this one.

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Photo of CharlesRamsey
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Like Kim Kardasian, looks are deceiving. A full body apperance, with a trunk full of junk. That is a little too harsh as i know how well reviewed this offering is, but you get my point. Flavor complexities that still need to be worked out, with high points of coffee grinds, burnt chocolate but a thin, syrupy mouthfeel that missed the richness of some others. The dark, thin head stayed, with low carbonation that needed more balance for me to want to try it again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is decent given the ABV and a half finger of lacing is left.

3.25 S: This brewery can't seem to make a beer without throwing in way too many hops regardless of style. Roasted barley, smoky char, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Herbal and earthy hops with hints of citrus.

3.0 T: Tastes like it smells. Moderate hop bitterness. Roasted barley with extra burnt notes. Smoke, bitter chocolate, molasses, and hops. Earthy hop flavor with herbal and hints of citrus.

3.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 D: It's okay, but I prefer less hoppy stouts.

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Photo of SweetBrown
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't always drink stout, but when I do, it will most likely not be another Vampire Slayer. The color was a mix of dark raspberry and dark roast coffee beans, with a thin layer of foam, which on looks alone, seemed very promising. However, upon first sip, I found it somewhat syrupy and not as smooth as its looks, with taste notes that was a cross between black licorice and soy sauce. This was not a thirst quencher, but more like a meal. For these same reasons, it's probably a great drink for those who appreciate a good hearty imperial stout. As a fan of True Blood, glad I tried it, but may have been too big of a bite for this IPA-er.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with a coffee ice cream head. Bubbly like a cauldron.

Smells roasty, dark and acrid with sugary edges. More burnt wood than smoke. Tastes like roast malt chocolate frozen yogurt. Char in back gets to be a bit much. Not bad but I can think of 20 imperial stouts available at my local beer store that are better than this.

There's a big hubbub over the use of holy water in this beer. I don't know that it's any different than a kosher Hebrew beer but my girlfriends Catholic and says it is.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a small tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, some honey and a little cardboard.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with a lot of roast (bitter with some coffee) and a little vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout.

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Photo of spidermite
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

After spending some time with this beer. Im rather impressed that they took such a good ABV and made it taste as smooth as a good low ABV stout. I am officially a fan

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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 aleigator
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous, black color with a big, stable brown head.

Has aromas of toffee, fudge, smooth coffee and nougat, leading to a well balanced, slightly sweeter nose.

Tastes of molasses, glazed toffee, earthy malts with hints of bitter coffee, coated up by a decent creaminess. Roasted coffee beans provide an enjoyable balance to the sweet, warming toffee. Turns even sweeter during the finish, with sugary coca-cola, molasses and a gently, dry, bitter chocolate note.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good stout. It is a solid offering by Clown shoes.

I'll admit their style of labels and names was a bit of a put off at first. But hey, they are kinda of funny once you really think about it. So I will admit i was reticent at first.

But after this, I'm really warming up quite nicely. This stout has a very nice nose, a little chocolate, but a little on the cool side as well. It doesn't want to give up to much unless fairly warm, but it does hint at vanilla and cocoa.

This has a nice, smooth body, a tad thin, but solid. The taste is surprisingly smooth and lacking any real edginess. It isn't extreme, but it is a good deal for the price. enough so for me to seek out other items from them. This hides the 10 abv very well.

I'll go find some unidragon to compare this too and re-visit this some time. Very promising.

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Photo of redadevil74
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Black with a light white lace of head.

S- A sweet smell with some smokiness

T- Pretty sweet and smokey A very dark malty ale. a lot of smoke like a rauch beer but with a bitter backbone. For a 10% beer, didnt taste too much of the booze.

M- Not a lot of body in this one

O- I enjoyed this one, a nice balance of smoke flavor and body.

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Photo of teromous
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No date marking on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark black body with a medium brown creamy head that stays up for a long time. It's a georgious looking beer.

Aroma: Not much aroma from this beer. I get a hint of some wood and walnuts but it's very faint.

Taste: After drinking this for a bit I thought I'd mention up front that I don't get any alcohol flavor from this beer which is fantastic for a 10% ABV beer. It has a nice mellow roasted flavor to the beer, some toasted bread crust, and a bit of a coffee-like flavor. It's enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied, thick, robust, and it coats the mouth like milk. It's fantastic. Really easy to drink with just a bite of bitterness.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable beer to drink. It wasn't the most flavorful but at the same time it had enough flavor to make it tasty. The real winner is the drinkability of this beer. It's nice and smooth, and easy to drink. If you like stouts I would recommend it.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 2/2012.

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Opague black in color a rather heavy pour leaves a generous two finger heading, but settles quickly to just a thin edging around the glass.

Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt mix. Slight hot boozey kick,with a nice anise like finish. After this warms up it turns completely south for me. The nose turns to an earthy, manure aroma very unimpressive here. I even washed my hands to make sure I didn't touch baby poo and no it is the aroma from this beer. Very odd.

Even for the odd occurence of this warming aroma of manure in the nose it still manages to taste well. Dark chocolates and a touch of smoke, nice dark fruits and no manure !.

Medium to full bodied not as heavy as I would like my double stouts, a little thin in the mouth than I am used to. Good carbonation.

Overall a touch above average. After hearing so many good things and the local stores selling out immediately. I figured this was exceptional but in the end just a decent stout.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.8.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a large foamy dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Coffee, roasted, slight chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate, burnt malt, bitter.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Bitter and thin. Ok, at best.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my KTG snifter. Pours about a shade darker than cola with a frothy, half-inch, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a thin tight band around the shoulders and a creamy dollop across the center. Some spots and thin arcs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly average - a suggestion of dark malts, a hint of char and a slightly metallic quality. Taste follows nose - malt profile is a bit more evident. There's also a bit of sugary sweetness (brown sugar and/or molasses) that peaks out towards the middle, but is quickly replaced by an earthy bitterness at the finish. There's also a bit of an artificial sweetener character, and the slightly metallic quality evident in the nose also re-asserts itself. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with a slightly oily consistency and somewhat of a coarse carbonation. Overall, not sure what the hype is about this beer. At $9.99 for a non-BA bomber, I was expecting something a bit more than what was offered, but what I found was a fairly lackluster stout that doesn't really come together for me.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter (Momar42 to the rescue!) From notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The tan-colored head had no real chance to form given the smallish pour.

S: Notes of soy, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and smoke abound. Really a nice aroma in general.

T: A smoky opening turns chocolaty in the midtaste and finishes with licorice and umami qualities. Nothing crazy, but a damn solid smoked IS.

M: It could use a bit more density and creamy smoothness. On the plus side, the alcohol is hidden from the palate quite well.

O: This one is very good, but not great. I prefer Blaecorn Unidragon to this.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/24/13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with just a little light getting through; khaki head that slowly fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate along with some smoke. The flavors are loaded with smoke and ash. They deliver on the hickory as well, in a subtle way. Tons of malts and grains. Lots of dark chocolate. Some hints of vanilla. There's a subtle bitterness. Earthy and woodsy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's very creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. This is a nice beer to sip on and relax with.

Not bad at all. It's not exactly anything unique or out of the ordinary, in my opinion, but it's well crafted and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of beershlitz
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased bottle at Beer Outlet in Philly. Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with no head.
S: deep roasted malt, smoky with coffee notes
T: bitter heavy coffee flavor with chocolate and a black licorice aftertaste, in a word delicious. 10% alcohol content is completely hidden by great flavor.
M: Full bodied and creamy, a smooth stout.
O: This is an exceptional stout, and although I have a weakness and bias toward Guinness...this is a stout on a completely different level of complexity. I will surely buy this again.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at The Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
2nd Anniversary Ale

APPEARANCE: A black, semi-transparent pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, tan head with good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy cap, though only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, some sweet cream and some smoky notes. Light hints of smoked meat.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel notes, up front with smoked flavors and sweet cream at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is smoky with smoked meats, roasted and slightly burnt flavors, and some dark, bitter chocolate as balance. Very good and quite well balanced as well. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. I've enjoyed the handful of stouts I've had from Clown Shoes. This one was complex and well balanced, with a good combination of roasted and burnt malts and smoky flavors. Good stuff all around. Recommended.

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Photo of cvm4
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For an American stout (non RIS), it's impressive. Black body and espresso brown head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Light roasted malts, milk chocolate notes and faint licorice.

T - A little smokey, roasted malts, char and earthy.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easily drinkable and a bit of heat.

O - Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black glass shows a razor thin ruby edge. Holds a thin brown cover that leaves some major lace in its wake.

Smell: First blush is hoppy, earthy and pine with some citric notes. While this tries hard to distract you from the potent alcohol, it doesn't completely succeed. There's also whiffs of seriously deep malt levels, black bread and soy sauce.

Taste: The alcohol has a slight solvent aspect to it that manages to not be completely offensive, kind of like someone put a shot of vodka in your beer. Kind of gets on top of the smokey, malty rich beer flavors. As you adjust, more citric hop and leather flavors start to show up that keep things interesting. Hard to get past that vodka shot though.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body speaks to the massive alcohol content, carbonation is light-medium and there is an airy feel to the whole package that is a bit unsettling.

Overall: Monster beer. The alcohol is a bit hot and it has me wondering what a year or 3 in the cellar might produce. As it stands today, I'm not sold. Still, a bold and generally clean beer that I would like to try again... when I don't have to wake up the next day.

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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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Vampire Slayer goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Some old world character,dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.