Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,842
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.14%
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 Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times, also had the Vampire Slayer iteration when that existed. Good ol Clown Shoes stout.

A - Bomber pour into a tulip glass. Black beer with about a finger of brown head. A thin ring and spots of lace remain at the end.

S - Lots of roast with a definite smoky ashiness to it, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, decent amount of alcohol. A little hot but pretty nice.

T - Pretty nice balance between sweet and roast, but actually a bit more on the sweet side here. Chocolate, dark fruit and licorice intertwine with roast and woody campfire smokiness, nothing really overpowering anything else. Good complexity and a standout smoke flavor.

M - A bit on the lighter side for an imperial stout, medium-low carbonation, intense flavor and booze heat make this a sipper. Maybe a bit on the overly sweet side for a smoked stout.

O - The complexity of this one always surprises me a bit, it kind of reminds me of Stone IRS in that it captures all sorts of great straight-up imperial stout flavors, balances em out pretty nicely, and the alcohol warmth is kind of a flavor element in itself. The smoked malt works great here too. (1,147 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark reddish brown to black with a fb of tan foam which resolves to a fine lacing with scant carbonation. Smells of cocoa, coffee, leather, a bit smoky, roasted malts. Tastes sweet malts forward, mid not of unsweetened cocoa, expresso, smoky/leathery and nice piney twang as the final note with a bit of alcohol tingle and fairly clean finish with just a bit of sweet malty tackiness that lingers pleasantly (like a sweet port or sherry). Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy and just the right amount of alcohol to add a tingle and warmth.
Overall, easily one of the best American Imperial Stouts, complex flavor profile without all the complicated barrel aging, additional (nontraditional ingredients – cocoa nibs, expresso beans, panther blood).
Another great beer from Clown Shoes – between this beer and chocolate sombrero – easily two of my favorite stouts. (937 characters)

Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a big 10%, this one was easy to drink with hints of smoke and licorice. Very well balanced without alcohol burn. I have more respect for this brewery with every beer I try. (176 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark, chocolate brown with a hefty 3 finger beautiful, tan head that linger for a bit and then dissapates, leaving a small amount of tan, sticky lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee(especially espresso) and leaves an alcohol tingle in the nose and on the throat. Taste is sweeter than I anticipated, with lots of malt sweetness up front. Afterwords, the coffee and chocolate come through, along with a pleasant amount of bitterness. Alcohol feel is pretty light until the beer starts to warm, and then the alcohol burns slightly and the flavors start to flow back and forth between each other, balancing and unbalancing, very interesting...Mouthfeel is decent and a lot cleaner than anticipated. Overall, nice beer but not as complex and balanced as I was looking for.. (786 characters)

Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite imperial stouts that isn't barrel-aged or loaded up with adjuncts, because its complexity could easily fool you into thinking it's either or both if tasted blind. The smoked malts give the impression of being aged in barrels from a peated scotch whisky, with the closest comparison I can offer being Meantime's Naval College Old Porter in this regard. In contrast to the porter's sublimely creamy head, Undead Party Crasher gives very little foam retention on the pour. It also suggests the addition of phantom cacao nibs, with a strong nose of dark cocoa powder alongside the iodine and smoky notes.

Flavors are roasted malt, anise, vanilla, chicory, and milk chocolate, again suggestive of lactose where there is none. The finish is long and makes me wonder what roasted maraschino cherries would taste like if glazed with an Ardbeg reduction. A very nice, full mouthfeel, without sliding into the oily territory inhabited by many of the reigning barrel-aged stouts. Love it. (997 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled 07Nov14) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of brown foam that dissipates to half a finger's worth within 30 seconds. Bubbles are mild and lacing is moderate. Black in color with a brownish red tint. Has strong milk chocolate aromas, mild coffee and alcohol aromas, and a hint of wood (hickory). Initial taste is of strong milk chocolate flavors that combine exquisitely with mild coffee flavors. Subtle alcohol and hickory flavors enter the palate gradually after intial taste as chocolate flavors gradually fade and coffee flavors grow stronger. Medium-bodied, incredibly smooth with barely any carbonation (almost seems like a nitro beer), with a dry finish. An amazing imperial stout. I love the fact that even though it was 10% alcohol, Clown Shoes was able to hide it pretty well (because I would rather not have alcohol flavors in my beer).
NOTE: Be warned when drinking from a Spiegelau stout glass. All the alcohol sinks to the bottom and that last sip is dreadful unless you enjoy pure alcohol. Could possibly be why the alcohol flavors were so hidden during the rest of the drink. (1,151 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable stout. Alcohol is well hidden. A little smoky on the finish which was the only drawback for me. Didn't feel too heavy or syrupy. Will drink again. (162 characters)

Photo of Estefania_Tarin
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Visual (A) – Very dark beer, almost as black coffee, opaque. Has minimal head where the head is light brown. Lacing is medium where it runs down the side fairly fast.

Aroma (S) - smells associated with roasted malt. Grain smells like coffee and chocolate. Fermentation is butterscotch

Taste (T) – I think it is well balanced as I get a bit of bitterness with some sweet from the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel (M) – Very It has a full-bodied mouthfeel. Has little tail as it washes away quickly making you want more! Very little carbonation, instead is a bit creamier.

Overall (O) - did not mind it, but I didn’t love it. I do not like porters or stouts but this imperial stout is not very strong on the coffee or chocolate flavors so it is okay for me. (771 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter (dated 10/16/14). Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of mocha colored foam. Very strong aroma - I could smell it across the room. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, hickory, molasses, maple syrup..the list could go on, but you get it. Infinitely dense on my palate, at least first thing in the morning. Very creamy and easy to drink. This beer just wants to slide past your lips straight into your stomach. Bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, malt, and coffee on the taste. Slightly watery finish, and leaves a sticky, bitter goodness to occupy your taste buds until the next sip.

This beer kicks ass. Undead ass, but ass none the less. Looks good in the glass, smells amazing, tastes great, and I'm going to be sad when it's gone. (750 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle of this and split it with a friend earlier tonight, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is not interested in letting in any light at all. Has a nice tan head that is about an inch thick when poured that settles to a solid 1/3 inch with good retention and pretty good lacing. Has a nice roasted caramel malt aroma with strong hints of chocolate and some coffee notes. Lots of roasted malt, perhaps one of the most roasty and malty smelling imperial stouts I have come across. Has a nice toasted caramel and chocolate flavor upfront that gives way to bitter black coffee and a nice hop presence as well. A very nice balance of flavors. Has a a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink for a 10% ABV stout.

Eric (826 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer overall. Tastes like dark fruit (plums and cherries) with chocolate and light espresso. Decent amount of smoked char, but has plenty of sweetness behind it. Contrasting hop brightness; spruce, pomegranate.
Not cloying or an excessively heavy body. I could actually drink this in the summer. Color approaches black, but more of a burnt walnut and dark mocha head with plus lacing. (394 characters)

Photo of OGShotzy
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (332 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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 (1,294 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Enjoy (846 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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. (268 characters)

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)

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