Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,843
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 141
Gots: 413 | FT: 32
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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 billab914
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, creamy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer. Really nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a creamy, milk chocolate and caramel presence to it with some roasted malts and a little smoke to it.

The taste has chocolate and caramel to it up front with the roasted, bitter malts come out more in the finish. I get some vanilla to it as well. Pretty nicely balanced and flavorful for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer of the style. Nicely balanced and relatively easy drinking. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening. (729 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with moderate mocha head. Smells of roasted malt and faint smoke. Head fades away after a few minutes. Taste is a blend of equal parts roasted/bitter malts, chocolate and smoke. Warming alcohol is felt but not tasted. Lightly carbonated leaving a smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised with this one, will recommend. (369 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled November 30th 2012.

A real nice even poured head. Creamy and razor thin bubbles all around, with a light tan and mocha color. Body color is classic walnut black, and hardly anything to see through. A real impressive looking stout.

Nose has real nice variety of classic stout qualities. Ripping toasty grain, wonderful roast notes of dark bitter chocolate, and a nice raspberry like fruit quality to match. All nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

Silky palate on first sip, with the flavors from the nose all coming forward. Silky dark chocolate with a moderate sweetness. Roast character and mild warmth to match come later with surprisingly no smokey qualities that I can discern. Still very light with the silky feel, and the finish is very fruit red berry in taste, hinting at cherries and raspberries.

All the flavors blend really nicely, in a rich stout that has some easy drinking lightness without any boozy character either. This is very well made and put together, very impressive. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark brown with a tan head. Dark oily looking brew. The head laces the glass well. Overall, this has the ominous look of a fine imperial stout.

SMELL: Delicious chocolate malt aroma, along with coffee, charcoal and roast. Smells like a nice full, roasted assed stout.

TASTE: Mocha, espresso, dark chocolate and a bit of cream. A bit of hop bitterness is perceived, and the citrus and pine almost tasted, but the big malt bill overpowers these forces. Just a hint of heat in the finish, this drinks more like a regular stout rather than the imperial beast that this is. There is a full, chewy body and medium carbonation. This is a smooth devil of a beer, I mean, a smooth Vampire slayer.

OVERALL: Smooth operator...smoooth vampire slayer! (747 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jacob Wirth's
Pours a solid black color with a creamy white head that shows great retention and lace. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roast mostly. A modest earthy hop provides little balance. Tastes is roasty and chocolatey as advertised in the aroma. Creamy smooth silky mouthfeel. medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice stout, like a creamy mocha shake, I need to find some bottles of this. (420 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber purchased for me from Slowbeer by my brother Sam. I then cracked open the bottle and shared it with him, so you know, what comes around goes around.

Pours a deep dusty brown-black, with a solid frothy head of mocha, that collapses to form a crackly large-bubble crust. Lacing is solid and streaming. Body is fluid but quite thick, with immensely static carbonation forming in columns when the beer is tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is rich, dark and sweet, with some smoky overtones. Solid, classic American Impy Stout richness of chocolate, molasses, and mild coffee—perhaps missing the rounded richness that would come from some aging in oak, say—but making up for it with that definite smoky roastedness. It's either a profoundly dark brew, or it has a purposeful smoked malt addition. Either way, it's very clever and pleasant.

Taste is smooth, roasty and rich. Vanilla and chocolate make a dichotomous choreograph on the palate, balancing wonderfully the sweetness and light with the richness and dark. Deep toasted cocoa, smooth malt richness is always leavened and lightened by that sweetness—it creates a dance, a freshness, a sense of good overcoming evil. It's a very pleasant and refreshing take on an Impy Stout.

Overall, this is definitely very good stuff. I love how expressive it is, and yet how it manages to make something new of a well-established genre. The lightness in the feel and the balance that it brings to the palate is very pleasant indeed. Very, very good stuff. (1,527 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown ale with a normal sized brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong Kahlua aroma. Booze and patent malt with a trace smoke and char. Quite a bit of ethanol and it does a good job of freeing up aroma. Caramel, coconut and chocolate mix to the point you can smell German Chocolate Cake with a cup of coffee in this.

Starts out mildly sweet and smooth with a bittersweet burnt sugar taste. Thinner than you would think, bakers chocolate and Starbucks coffee. Tastes OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. Smells better than it tastes. (568 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose prototypical RIS goodness, with considerable dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice. The licorice is a bit more prominent than usual for a RIS, and that's even more the case on the palate. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, which seemed to bring out all the more the licorice I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, which surprised me given the abv. in this beer. Otherwise, the finish was long, sweet and licorice filled.

Was excited to try this beer when I saw it on the menu at TJ's. However, I can't say I was exactly bowled over by the beer, though it was decent. Oh well... (731 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 biegaman
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vampires can only live in darkness; Vampire Slayer, correspondingly, doesn't allow even a sliver of light to pass through it. A creature of the night in its own right, this stout is too dark to cast a reflection. It's also too weak to sustain a head. Essentially it looks like a shadow of a beer.

Beer that can be smelled immediately upon opening - even before being poured, and then from several feet away once it's actually in the glass - is either because something's gone horribly wrong or the brewery's done something wonderfully right. In this case it's definitely the latter.

The aroma has rich, dark notes of espresso and fudge and faint port-like esters. These flavours are repeated on the palate; it tastes like dark chocolate-covered coffee beans. The use of hickory smoked malt lends a subtle hint of barbecue. The aftertaste coats the mouth like tar.

The beer surprisingly maintains its composure even as it reaches room temperature. Alcohol is a non-issue (at least for the palate, verdict is still out on what this 10% bomber will do to my head). It drinks like a bittersweet combination of Kahlua and Fudgee-o cookies; it'll likely pair favorably with dessert or could just as well sub-in as one.

I don't know that Vampire Slayer was actually brewed with holy water or malts smoked over stakes that were used to kill vampires, but whatever Clown Shoes did, it worked. The world may not need more vampires but it can never have too many roasty, chocolatey, high-gravity stouts so far as I'm concerned. This anniversary ale should have been made eternal. (1,576 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is slightly sweet smoky chocolate. Decent imp stout. High ABV is hidden. $10.35 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH (307 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: 2/2012

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice, malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, nice vanilla scent, roasty, nutty. The taste is exceptional, malty, very nice vanilla note, chocolaty, toffy, with some coffee notes. Medium body, kinda chewy, ABV hidden very well. Love these Clown Shoes brews, thanks Ben. (523 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/2012. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front. Smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee round out a really inviting nose.

T - Big roasted malt profile up front that is complimented by big sweet molasses, chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of coffee. Smoke is present but doesn't dominate ... the perfect proportion. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation. (520 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful stout. Tar black body, almost no highlights. Creamy, dark khaki head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Deep and roasty. Malted milk balls, toasted oats, toasted white bread, coffee grinds, milk chocolate, molasses.

T - Sweet and smooth with a roast coffee character. Oatmeal, cream, latte, dry grains, malted milk balls, brown sugar, hazelnut.

M - Smooth, silky, medium-full frame.

O - Nice, well balanced, roasty AIS. (476 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a dense finger worth of brown head with good retention and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of roastiness coming out of the aroma with a bit of chocolate, hints of piney hops, coffee bitterness is noticeable, a little malty sweetness and some underlying booze is barely there.

T: the chocolate character was more dominate on the flavor alongside a little hop bite, plenty of roastinesss, maybe a little brown sugar, the booze was well balanced and not over done, a little coffee but plenty of malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slightly hoppy, mild astringent and silky finish

O: I thought it was a solid imperial stout and would have another go at it if I could. Good lookin out hopbrizio for bringing this brew. (874 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with faint ruby edges and a fluffy mocha cap. Good head retention and sticky, clumpy lacing. Roast and milk chocolate aroma, a bit of smoke and citrus, alcohol, cocoa and sugar. Sweetness and alcohol up front with bitterness dominating later on the palate. Caramelized sugar, smoke and roast, slight fruity notes towards the end, caramel and milk chocolate. Full bodied and smooth in texture, alcohol warmth, lowish carbonation, slight astringency. I enjoyed it, though I wonder whether it's made much of an impression on me since there was nothing that really stood out. (577 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is opaque. Thin light brown head leaves spotty lace. Aroma is molasses, dark chocolate and cherry. Flavor is solid. Great base of roasted malts and chocolate tones. Roasted malts even bring a nice little bitter astringency to the profile. Also some dark fruits, anise oil and leaf tobacco. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Somewhat velvety. Alcohol is barely present and incorporated nicely into the whole context of the beer. Nice beer. (451 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 HuskyinPDX
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/7/14

A black liquid with a thumbnails width of cola edge, some wide legs and color left behind on the glass, two fingers of mocha foam its around for a few sips leaving a pair of partial rings

S lots of bakers chocolate, charred wood and smoke, not quite peat but smoke has some earth too it, a little meaty, some chocolate covered raisins and cherry, a little fudge

T dark roasted coffees added to the mix, still smokey with heaps of dark chocolate, some licorice, typical dark roast but the smoke plays a part and plays it well

M rich and thick, the bubbles soften it up a bit, oily on the palate, well concealed booze, sticky on the lips, chocolate syrup and smoke linger for ages

O no complaints from this guy, lots of rich dark chocolate, smokes there but not over the top, well concealed booze, I'm digging it

Not cheap at 13$ a bomber but I don't feel ripped off, yet another welcome addition to the shelves in Alberta, let the good times roll!! (993 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 5, 2014.

This is a nice looking stout with its black pour and endless, lingering tan head that laces as it fades a bit. Never goes away. I like heady beers that remain heady.

Aroma of dark malts. No real chocolate or coffee but an otherwise sweet aromatic stout that smells very full and enticing.

The body is medium to full and quite smooth.

The taste has a wonderful toasted dark malt character with a token sweetness as well and a low to moderate hop finish. This beer is not hoped up but it is very well balanced and I wish I had another. (588 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have plenty of good things to say about Clown Shoes. They have some very interesting ales to offer.

Pours a sorrowful black with a thick brown head into my glass. I'm thinking chocolate milk.

And cocoa it is! It's also creamy with just the right amount of roasted coffee. Some people think that there isn't much to differentiate this style from the Russian Imperial Stout. I digress. I'll explain at the end.

Is this an echo chamber or what? Lots of creamy cocoa notes. Not as refined as WWS but with some age?

I feel like my throat has just been bit. No wait, that's just the new Koffin Kats album.

What an excellent example of the style. The Russian Imperial Stout places a bigger emphasis on the roasted malt while the American version gravitates more towards sweet, dominant cocoa notes. (800 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color. Quick tan head. Looks like the black blood of a very evil person!

Rich mix of milk and dark chocolate. Heavily roasted and elegantly smoked malted barley. Smells roasted, smokey maybe durnt, but overall... It smells warm and DARK!

Starts chocolate, milky and bitter cacoa with warmth from the abv. Then some mild coffee bitterness and more chocolate. The malts add that smokey finish and super roasty, maybe burnt middle.

Warm from start to finish. Bitter from the alcohol and the malts. Great sipper though. Would recommend (544 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, smoked malt and vanilla. Has a good sweet and burnt/roasty flavor overall. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's an enjoyable brew, I'd buy it again. $10.49 a bomber. (533 characters)

Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.