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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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355 Reviews
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Reviews: 355
Hads: 1,931
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 152
Gots: 453 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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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 OGShotzy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: love the artwork on the 22oz bomber bashing the TM attorneys from prior litigation with Vampire Inc. gross beer and wine corp. Pours a nice black with 3cm head after a straight-down hard pour.

S: nice roasty, smokey

T: sweet and smokey. A little roasted malt. So smooth to the palette.

F: great mouthfeel; smooth, but gripping

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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 mothmanscott
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep brown that appears ink black (deep ruby highlights when held to bright light) producing barely a finger of frothy, shortlived, mocha head that leaves only splotches & motes of lacing. Aroma is smokey bittersweet chocolate, like smoked Hershey's chocolate syrup (if there was such a thing), toffee, bitter coffee & cream, a hint of anise, char & booze. Taste starts as a bittersweet balance of burnt & smokey malts, Hershey's chocolate syrup, creamed coffee & charcoal developing a phenolic/plastic character mixed with chocolate cherry cordials at or just after mid-sip & finishes with a intensifying burnt, chocolate, charcoal bitterness & alcohol that becomes a decreasingly bitter, roasted, slightly burnt, chocolatey, yet slightly phenolic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with light carbonation, alcohol spiciness, very chewy, silky & creamy. Complex. This would definitely get an even higher rating if it were not for the cloyingly odd, plastic/phenolic taste.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as knight, I'm getting some cherry at about a foot away from the glass. Also getting the alcohol and roasted malts in the smell as well. Excellent taste with sweet cherry and nutty and just the right amount of roasted malts to finish. Great beer

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Dark brown to black under a 2” pillowy tan head, lacy. Smell: Malt and smoke on the nose. Taste: Very creamy, chocolate, some roast, spice, some alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel: Chewy, fine soft carbonation.

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

Purchased at Champange's in MI for $8.99 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Super dark black color.

S- Goodly amount of chocolate and malt. Heat present but not overpowering. Light nose considering the nature of this brew

T- A touch bitter coco. Has a nice malt backbone that is complex. Some hops present but it's not anywhere near enough for my liking which took this rating down a quarter point.

M- Dry and a touch bitter.

O- Pretty good beer. Has the complexity it needs but is a bit simple on the hop end. Will buy again as the price point to flavor is acceptable.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little beer went well with..... Roasted chicken. This beer overpowered the chicken a touch even though there was a healthy amount of thyme on the chicken.


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

Really creamy and terrific mouthfeel. Flavor is great. You can taste the oak chips but its so subtle that it works great and balances the sweetness. As a year-round offering, this puts Clown Shoes on the map for a lot of folks.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I generally like Clown Shoes, I haven't yet been really impressed by one of their stouts. With that in mind as I opened this bottle, I was very happily surprised at the rich chocolate taste of this stout. Sweeter than I expected also, but doesn't cross into the sweet stout territory. Alcohol very well hidden. This would be dangerous on draft. For me, best Clown Shoes stout this far.

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

2 year old Vamp Slayer
Look 4
Smell 4
taste 4.25
feel 4.25
overall 4.25
Surprisingly even at two years has allot of alcohol on it.. Thats ok though I like some beer in my booze.
Freaking awesome smoked stout. makes the new version undead party crasher a must try now.

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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 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 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 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 GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of dd43
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly good beer, always a treat when I get it. Beautiful dense dark brown head, like a frothy milkshake. Laces nicely, a ring after each sip.

Big chocolate notes, vanilla, moderate roast level, creamy mouthfeel and despite being fairly boozy this goes down real easy. Maybe too easy. Sweetness is there and some might find that part overdone but I think it's great. Barrel qualities in the nose as well as the finish, with a slightly oaky smell and taste. Priced fairly, don't pass this up.

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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 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 outdoor7or24
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Los13
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of MrWilliams
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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