Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
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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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jnorton00 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight smoke aromas. There is also a cinnamon aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, and coffee bean flavors. The alcohol comes out more as the beer warms. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a slight crispness with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout that rises above its gimmicky description for a really tasty beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

single finger thick tan head on a jet black body with no light getting through. Nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, some roasted malts, smoke and licorice. Flavor follows with a fairly sweet flavor with mostly chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, and brown sugar. Thick full body and lightly carbonated. Very good and complete/complex imperial stout. Its a tough genre to be memorable in but this one is solid.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger-high tan dense tan head that died down but left patches of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The alcohol in this beer is remarkably well hidden, which makes it quite easy to drink compared to others in the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this tittle. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a thin off white head and a touch of lacing. Thin lacing. The nose has a good bit of chocolate and some faint roast. The flavor is fairly similar with good chocolate and a bit of booze. Medium body with adequate carbonation and a slightly-boozy finish. Pretty good.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color. It had a thin brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer gave off some nice roasted malt aromas along with some interesting chocolate and coffee note. The taste was roasted with a light sweetness up front along with some bitter coffee notes finishing it off. The mouthfeel had a good amount of body to it, there were some light bubbles in there to break up the oily texture just a bit. Overall it's a good beer and I would enjoy having it again some day.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to finally be able to sample the wares of this much-hyped contract brewery. Wannabe slayers of both the undead and lawyers - works for me!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, any thoughts of light-borne edges or streaks dead on arrival, with two fat fingers of puffy, seriously dense, and egregiously bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some thorough limestone cliff painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, wet ash, an additional bit of savoury smoke, bready caramel malt, dry coffee and vanilla notes, and leafy, earthy, and somewhat weedy hops - no real indication of the 10 points of ABV, just yet. The taste is kind of thin chocolate syrup, grainy caramel malt, rain-soaked smoking hickory embers, a soft lactic sourness, brown sugar-heavy molasses, and herbal, leafy, and lightly citrusy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, barely a subversive burble to be found throughout, the body a mere medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, with a small suggestion of veritable creaminess. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as the burgeoning smokiness takes a chunk out of the various cocoa and caramel notes bandying about, the hops staying true to form, and the alcohol somehow manifesting sans any overt heat.

Wow, and for a few different reasons - mostly, the overall lightness of being of this supposedly heady offering - there's just so little weight to it all - as well as the crazily integrated 20-proof booze - hard to sense any of it, at any time, a nervous tic inducing state, I can tell you. Tasty, and enjoyable overall, I suppose, but the hops are somewhat disappointing in their support of the term 'American', the result seeming less than worthy of said nation's better examples of the style.

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with slightly reddish highlights. Quarter inch mocha head which fades quickly to the rim and a very thin cap leaving spotty lace.

N: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, vanilla, roast, charred wood, some coffee and faint dark fruits.

T: Smoky, char, roasty, wood, cocoa powder. More smoke on warming and vanilla fades.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Oily, slick and sweetish, smoky finish.

O: Addition of Vampire killing stakes takes this to another level. Die Vampires!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 2/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a rich-looking, ebony-hued body topped with a tan layer of foam. Thin, tenuous lacing as it goes.

Smell: A hearty, stout roastiness with some forward fruit notes housing jagged notes of licorice, cinnamon-spiced walnuts, alcohol, and a thoughtful, slow-pouring drizzle of smokey-scented molasses.

Taste: Roasty coffee, dark chocolate-tasting maltiness, blackstrap molasses, a little burnt grain, very low nuttiness, and scattered powdered anise. Moderately fruity giving flavors of black cherry and plum throughout. Smokey, woodsy character perks up midway. Spritz of booze, a tiny pinch of sea salt. Pushes the fruit and spice (and alcohol) ahead of the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Paired well with a revisit of Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, one of the few games from my aging childhood gaming systems that doesn't require too much in the way of blowing out or Q-tip rubdowns.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Watching some 40oz Crew vids on YouTube and rockin' a new smoked stout. Good times. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of dark tan foam. ...Maybe it's light sienna... Anyway, the nose comprises heavy chocolate syrup with a twinge of smokey peppers in the distance. Simple, but damn enjoyable! The taste holds notes of dark chocolate/cocoa, mild mesquite smoke, roasted malts, light char, and a nice vein of molasses. Nice. The body is a strong medium/light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy/lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one whose smokey components are subdued without being fully subservient (humble, perhaps, is a better word) and the whole thing coming together tastily. Good times, indeed.

Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body, dark tan head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Thick malt up front with dark milk chocolate and lots of coffee. Medium thick body, average cqrbonaatin, and a fairly sweet finish. Nicely done, very rich aroma and a flavor profile to match.

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker colored rich creamy 1/2 finger head that fades very slowly with some lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer, I don't really see light getting through.

Nose comes with plenty of dark malts, roasted malts first with a definite roasted barely aroma, light coffee grinds, a hint of smoke, and some chocolate with darker chocolate. I think I even get some black patent, and a light creamy baker's chocolate, as well as hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings more dark malts, roast and smoke mainly. Roasted barley brings some bitterness, a bit of coffee, very light briny burnt salty roast flavor. Then some smoke with hints of smoked meat and campfire, also bringing a bit of bitterness and briny taste. Also some black patent malt brings the darkness. That is all followed by a light nougat flavor and chocolate, with hints of caramel remind me of a Milky Way candy bar. It's got a big fluffy rich malty feel with the nougat, and a bit of milk chocolate, some oats, and a light earthy hop kick. A light powdered cocoa rounds off the beer as it finishes drier but sticky and mouth coating, plenty more dark malts roasty and little smoke, little caramel on the finish. Then the hops and bitterness kick in again, a strong spicy hop and briny bitterness from the roast and smoked malts linger for a long time, which seem to sink into the mouth as it just sits there coating every surface.

Mouth is huge, big full rich bodied, mouth coating, think, fluffy nougat and almost syrupy but not quite, a hint of booze is there somewhere but most drowned out by all the malts and bitterness, and decent carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of dark malts blended well, light smoke, plenty of roast, chocolate, caramel, then earthy spicy hops, all help to down out the alcohol as it's 10% but doesn't drink like it. The only downfall is the briny light burnt bitterness from all the roasted malts in it, but this is much better than most at that. I think a few of these in the cellar will be nice. This reminds me a lot of Goose Island Night Stalker.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's after hearing good things. Served in a plastic cup at West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled December 2011.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some splotches of lace. Dark brown body with some chestnut transparency to it.

S - Dark chocolate, light smoke, caramel, nuts, roasted grains. Delicious, with well-hidden alcohol.

T - Nice semisweet chocolate, light smoke in the finish, caramel, mild bitter nuttiness, char, and perhaps a hint of astringency. In any case, I liked this more the Blaecorn Unidragon.

M - Chewy, medium body, lower carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. Soft, smooth, and sticky in the finish.

D - This is quite good - definitely the best Clown Shoes beer I've had. I'd buy this one again and hope they continue to produce it regularly.

Photo of DrBier
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 2nd Anniv. Vampire Slayer. Aged really nicely. Wish I had a couple more.

Photo of mdfb79
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass, looks great.

s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, smoked malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Surprised by the hops and smokey qualities, not quite as nice as the taste.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light smokey malts, dark fruits, and coffee. Less smoke and hops than the nose, and a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body.

o - Overall a pretty nice stout; I liked it a little better then their Blaecorn Unidragon. Some smoke in the nose but I liked the taste better. Would have it again.

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, but modest head. Leaves streaks of lace...a bit of webbiness. Near black where no light shines through.

Soft mocha aroma. Relatively mild.

The alcohol comes through in the taste. The body is neutral for the style. The carbonation is similar. Semi-sweet chocolate is the predominant flavor. I do not detect much hop. The alcohol warms the swallow, but the aftertaste is short with a touch of chalkiness.

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

Split this with the wife yesterday, my half was served in a Clown Shoes pint glass because I don't have or know there to be in existence a Clown Shoes tulip glass.

Beer is black with a tan head of small bubbles, nice lacing, decent carbonation.

Aroma is a little weak, thin, sweetness mild roast.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the palate, it is nice, a little coffee like bitterness on the end but both my wife and I enjoyed this beer. I'd even have it again.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 12/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, toffee, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt notes with moderate smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with moderate smoke balance and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked imperial stout. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small snifter filled from a large bottle.
Full body with light but OK carbonation. High ABV evident.

Flavor & Aroma: Some dark fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Lasting, rich aftertaste. Alcohol evident but not objectionable.

Main gripe: a bit too sweet.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2012

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a figer tall dark mocha head which reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer, a thicker patch, and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts in the aroma of this beer, this is the dominant smell. Additionally I get some dark chocolate and a very light note of smoke.

T: There is a nice complexity to the flavor of this beer that includes a body of dark roasted malts. In additional there are some pretty significant notes of coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate with some smokey hints as well. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish of this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some dryness in the finish.

O: Very little presence of alcohol in this beer - not really detectable in the smell, taste, or mouthfeel - which is surprising considering the high ABV. The beer has a very nice flavor and aroma with a significant amount of complexity. I really enjoyed sipping on this beer and would gladly have it again in the future.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malts with a little bit of chocolate and some alcohol thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get a lot of roasted malt and a slight bit of char, as well as some dark chocolate and alcohol. There is also a little bit of sweetness that is similar to molasses. Medium carbonation and thick, full mouthfeel.

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

I believe thanks are owed to BA rowingbrewer who extra'd me this bottle during our in-person trade last year. The brew pours black in color with a creamy finger of silky brown head. The cap retains fairly well for the strength and a light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is roasty like coffee and espresso mixed with some dark fruity alcohol esters like raisins. More smells reveal a bit more focus on chocolate. Overall a fine smelling brew without fault and very pleasant.

The taste is roasty like espresso mixed with dark unsweetened chocolate. Some earthy quality and hints of citrus like fresh coffee beans. The earthen elements are flavored like raw cacao nibs. Overall a pretty solid take on the style with a pleasant array of character.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount if carbonation. It is chewy and slick in the feel almost oily like cacao nibs or an imperial version of an oatmeal stout. Pretty dexent and worth seeking out. The alcohol is hidden very well. Now that I know I cak acquire this within the state, I might pick oke of these up again.

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

The beer is black with a half inch of tan head. The aroma is a bit sweet, lightly roasted, a hint of coffee and chocolate - smells fine. Nice flavor. Rich and medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. A light bitterness in the finish with a hint of coffee. Overall, this was enjoyable. I would have this again.

Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black with a soft, dense, dark brown head with great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

T - chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, smooth, great carbonation

This is a fantastic beer. It has great chocolate notes throughout and great complementary roasted malt and coffee notes. The drinkability is pretty high considering the ABV. Overall, I give this a must try.

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep dark black with a medium slightly off-white head, not as dark as Unidragon. Some spotty lace, nice look.

S: 80% dark cocoa count chocolate bar to a T. One-dimensional, but it does it well.

T: More classic on the flavour profile. Roasted malt, some dark bread, notes of dark chocolate with a hint of espresso.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium/full-bodied, easy drinking for its size.

O: Not as interesting as the Unidragon, but a solid effort nonetheless. I enjoyed trying this one from Clown Shoes, don't know why their bombers have to be so expensive.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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