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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 1,868
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.14%
Wants: 145
Gots: 419 | FT: 33
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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 aleigator
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,611 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much I can add to what's already been said about Undead Party Crasher . . . It's a well done and well put together R.I.S. Clown Shoes knows what they're doing with Stouts. (175 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a viscous motor oil black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head diminishes into a thin ring leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee.

T - The taste roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and faint dark fruit. The finish has a lingering coffee bitterness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy with a smooth finish.

O - This is a another excellent Imperial Stout from Clown Shoes. (458 characters)

Photo of spidermite
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
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 (166 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 outdoor7or24
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a dark reddish brown, mocha color +1 finger foam head, some stringy lacing
S: roasted malt, chocolate, smoked notes, hickory, toffee
M: medium thick body, carbonation
T: absolute delight! Roasted malt, chocolate, some tobacco, smooth malt, slight booziness, pepper
O: fantastic brew and one of the best I've had from clown shoes, great aroma, the roasted malt has a slight bite to it or sharpness. (441 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with no light permeating it. A fingernail of beige head covers the top. Brussels lacing. I smell plenty of dark malt and black licorice along with chocolate notes. I taste plenty of sweet dark malt and black licorice. There's some chocolate and bitter coffee flavor. The mouth is thick and viscous. (319 characters)

Photo of Los13
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark and smooth. Love the hickory taste that comes in. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Strong like bull. Already drank 1 and I'm buzzing lol. Review over! Haha go buy one! (186 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Opaque black with a finger thick tan head which receded to even surface foam and densely spotty lacing.

s: Sweet chocolate.

t: follows the nose, then some hop bite. Sweetish finish with a little lingering burn at the sides of the tongue. Later some smoky cold black coffee flavor becomes more prominent.

m; Light to medium, lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A flavorful and easy drinking IS, dangerous considering the high ABV, which is hardly evident except perhaps as part of the tongue burn. (562 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jet black with a nice dark tan head. The smell is roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter chocolate and coffee. The taste is malt forward. It's very roasty. Bitter chocolate and coffee compliment the roasted malts. Dark fruits balance the bitterness perfectly. Dark chocolate covered fruits linger with a pleasant smokiness. This is a very well made beer. Mouthfeel is sleek and its fairly easy to drink for a bigger beer. The bottle says 10%, but I think each batch varies.
Earlier today I had barrel aged Narwhal for the first time, so this beer had a lot to live up to.. This obviously wasn't quite as good, but I would like to see what barrel aging could do to this. Very nice beer. (683 characters)

Photo of MrWilliams
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L 4.25) Thick and oily with no sign of light shining through except when held directly in front of a lam, even then just the merest sliver of copper at the outer edge. A medium pour yielded no head to speak of just a faint slick of micro bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

S 4.5) Chocolate and booze, with an undertone of smoke and char. Very little of the dark fruit flavors found in other stouts

T 4.25) A bit sweet as I first take the sip chocolate and coffee are the first things I notice. The sweetness quickly slackens off leaving a slight acidity to it and very smoke forward flavors, burnt toast and charred wood.

F 4.0) My initial reaction was that this was a remarkably thin feeling stout. But as it warmed up it seems to thicken up a bit. There is a bit of carbonation that lingers on the tongue and burns the throat.

O 4.25) Overall this is a good stout. I'm not a huge fan of the smokey flavors that dominate and this keeps me from thinking it's exceptional, better than average yes, but not remarkable. (1,031 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Mainly roasted and burnt malt. Not much chocolate or coffee.

T-Lots of roasted and burnt malt. Mild dark chocolate. Some dark fruits?

M-Medium bodied, velvety, some carbonation.

O-Age seems like it did not do this beer any good, mainly malt flavors, little to no chocolate or coffee. (370 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours jet black without much head. While it is around it is a mocha colored head with a slightly creamy appearance and texture.

Smells mostly of bitter dark chocolate and anise. Roasty malt begins to take over. Being from Memphis where the smell of Hickory smoked BBQ permeates the air I can actually pull out hickory smoke from the distinct woody smells that come from the nose as the beer warms. I usually don't like smoked beers too much, but I really don't mind this, it is very subtle and takes more of a backseat to bitter chocolate.

Taste is roasted, bitter chocolate. Wood notes and a definite rauch-esque quality are present. I honestly don't perceive too much depth to this beer and I am a little disappointed. Looked forward to trying this, and at least I am getting my allotment of Holy Water for a little while. Maybe this will stave off the Flu...

Mouthfeel is rich and slightly creamy. Pretty standard for the style.

Overall the disappointment doesn't take away from the fact that this is a good beer. The smoked malts don't overwhelm this beer in the least. In fact if I looked at this as a smoked beer instead of as a stout it would recieve high marks from me in that category. As a stout though I would reach for something else next time. (1,269 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle shared in little plastic hotel cups.

Pours black with a small beige head, medium-low carbonation. Smell is roasty, black licorice. Some chocolate. Surprisingly mild.

Taste is sweet, but deep. Black licorice, chocolate, coffee. Deep roast. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly crisp. Overall, nice beer. (335 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A-dark dark brown minimal head
S-coffee dark fruits chocolate
T-raisins, figs, mocha coffee. Very creamy smooth not much alcohol at all
O-very impressed Clown Shoes has yet to let me down (187 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

10 oz pour on-tap into a stemmed pokal.

Appearance
Pitch black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. No light penetration.

Nose
Roasted barley, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste
Dark fruits take the forefront with raisin, fig, and date. Chocolate syrup, roasted barley, caramel, and dark roast coffee grounds. Touches of roasty earthiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, silky, sweet, and warming.

Overall
11%? REALLY?? Excessively smooth. Traditional Imperial Stout flavors with the dark fruits taking the foreground. (542 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/2014:
Pours black and yields a fairly thin amount if head on a lighter pour. The head is foamy and dark tan, and remains on the surface for a while. A few sips shows decent lacing. Nose is dark, dark roasted malt, actually a little more chocolatey in nature, although I get a bit of smokiness in the mix. It's a nice deep smell, even if slightly one-sided.

The taste more or less follows the nose. It starts a bit bitter when there's still a chill in the beer. The front taste with this bitterness is a bit more mocha (coffee) than chocolate. The mid taste brings a light heat to the party from somewhere, perhaps enhanced or caused by some carbonation. As the beer warms, the front taste lightens a bit, and the taste has a bit more chocolate. The end taste seems to tend towards dark roast, slightly astringent coffee, regardless of the temp. The body is pretty full, the feel slightly slick.

This tends a bit towards a coffee flavor than sweet or chocolate, and is pretty well done. The flavors are like a bold dark roast, with some light hints of cream and sweetener, and a light bite of alcohol, both accentuating the main taste well. (1,167 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber received via a trade with ShroudOfDoom. No obvious freshness date to be found, but an Impy Stout that’s 10% ought to have some legs on it, so I’m not worried.

Poured a viscousy dark brown, nearly black, with a big, creamy mocha colored head. Said head took it’s sweet time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Initially the aroma was of molasses and brown sugar, but as it warmed some dark fruits, booze and tobacco came out to play. Some sharp hops were in the background as well.

Whoa! Classic taste for the style, starting out sweet with notes of brown sugar and dark chocolate. These are quickly thrown against a fig-like dark fruit flavor, followed hard upon by a warming booziness. Way in the background is a flavor not unlike pipe tobacco, and the whole thing ends on a dry zap to the palate.

Well-carbonated for the style, with a thick, velvety mouthfeel that makes it seem like a dessert as much as a beer.

A nice, big old-fashioned Imperial Stout, what I used to think was the best kind of beer. I’m a lot more well-rounded now, but I still greatly dig a beer like this. The only flaw I can think of is that I think it could hve used a tad bit more bitterness, like maybe some coffee notes , but it's still extremely tasty. Reccomended, and I’m a little bummed that it’s retired (though it wouldn’t be available where I live anyway). Thanks again, Nathan! (1,417 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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). (865 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a dark black with a tan head that trails the glass. The smell is full of coffee and dark chocolate with some floral notes on the end. The taste is full of the same notes. Very deep flavors of bitter espresso with sweet chocolate hints through out. Wonderful mouthfeel, thick but not syrupy, thought it was a very nice beer. (329 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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!! (734 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (910 characters)

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