Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,842
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.14%
Wants: 140
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

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Photo of DavidST
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 02/12. This pours a motor oil looking thick, pitch black color with a finger and a half thick mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark chocolate, coco, espresso and roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy, nice carbonination. The taste is very good, lots of dark chocolate, nice and bitter with a little mouth coating coco. This is an excellent dark chocolate tasting stout, far exceeding expectations. (506 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near midnight black, with a finger-width caramel-rust colored head.
Smells of cocoa, burnt roasted coffee.
Tastes nice, and unlike the smell, for me the smokiness comes through in the taste, along with the malt and bitter chocolate flavor. Cream is here. Syrupy linger.
Creamy, thick and smooth. Drinks easy for the abv. Nice. To me not as dry as some feel it is. Balanced quite well.
This is a solid stout, and I highly recommend it. It is well-made and has a nice complexity as it warms. May be in my top 5 for imperial stouts. (539 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After trying the Blaecorn Unidragon i didnt think they have another Stout in that calibre anyways lets find out hey and it pours the darkest kola hue with no highlights just pitch dark and leaves a very creamy three finger khaki head with similar lacing,the smell is coffee,smoked wood,bourbon,tobacco,booze and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is creamy full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,mocha,molasses,a nice hit of smokiness,brown sugar and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall its very nice and yeah id buy it again cheers. (593 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber sent by laymansbeerfan (thanks man!) poured into a tulip-shaped nonic.

A: Dense opaque pour with a creamy tan head and good lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and espresso, light smoke. Dark caramel and a light herbal hop presence.

T: Bit more chocolate here on the palate. Light alcohol presence is nice and not burning or distracting. Small hints of licorice and a faint suggestion of hickory smoothness. More coffee bitterness and dark caramel.

MF: Creamy, slightly viscous medium-to-full body. Adequate carbonation for a big stout.

O: A good big double stout, without adjuncts or barrels or any of the other bells or whistles. Smoke component was lighter than I thought it'd be (judging by the label). To my palate Blaecorn Unidragon is a bit better. (769 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A disappointing beer- I was expecting more from this very popular beer.

Poured in a snifter, the color was excellent- a very dark chocolate brown
with an attractive 3 finger head.

Great aromas from the head: chocolate complemented by lemon and vanilla.

The mouth feel was okay: very often it is quite carbonated in this style.

The taste was a let down: I was anticipating a continuation of the strong aroma flavors; instead, the taste is a pronounced burnt( over roasted) coffee. There is good chocolate present, but it is overwhelmed by the coffee.

no bottle date.

Overall, a very good beer, which needs to balance the taste with the aroma. A smoother flavor should come from the taste- the current finish offsets balance in the beer. (741 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/27/12

Note: No date on bottle, surprised to find this on the shelf two days ago. I didn't think this was a rotating release, but I doubt this bottle is actually from the second anniversary. BA claims this is now year-round, and the Clown Shoes site says this is "Limited," whatever that means.

Note 2: Reviewing this beer while listening to the "Castlevania 20th Anniversary Premium Music Collection." Necessary for killing vampires.

"But enough talk... Have at you!"

Appearance: Dark brown, with some clear, lighter brown around the edges when held up to the light - pours with a nice, tan head, fades to a small cap, small ring - leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Dark, burnt and roasty - burnt, lightly charred malts, with a really nice level of smoke and charcoal - some wood, and a ton of leather - some roasty coffee, nuts, chocolate, black licorice, spice, and dark fruits - some malty sweetness, and some alcohol in the background

Taste: Reminiscent of a torched coffin? - smoke, charcoal, burnt wood, and leather - dark, burnt, and roasty malts - not a ton of complexity in the malt profile, but the smokiness somewhat makes up for it - burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses - dark fruits and black licorice - a vague hint of oily citrus hops - moderate amount of bitterness overall - some alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, smooth, oily, with some alcohol dryness that combines with a smoky aftertaste - good, but could be better

Overall: "Die monster. You don't belong in this world!"

This is a very good beer. Sadly, I think I'm more amused by the holy water and vampire killing stake-smoked malt gimmicks than the actual beer. It tastes like a Castlevania game, but not the best in the series. In other words, this does not reach a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night or Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow level of excellence. But it's at least as good as Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. To the small percentage of the BA community that gets this analogy, I thank you. (2,026 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced a little and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity and vision of a few bubbles at the top of the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, smokey ash, alcohol, and some bread malts.

Taste: Smokey, vanilla, mocha, roasted coffee, bitterness, boozy alcohol, leather, sugary sweet, and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, silky smooth, warming booze, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: A very enjoyable ADIS that can be enjoyed over and over. Merry Christmas to me. This can be enjoyed any day of the year too. (680 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at World of Beer.

A: Darkest brown and totally opaque.

S: Creamy bitter-sweet.

T: Fruity, sweetish, and molasses. Heavy cream; quite rich. Flavor is only moderate and not unexpected.

M: Rich.

O: Good imperial stout, but fairly plain. Wouldn't recommend it, but it's definitely serviceable. (321 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep, dark black with three fingers of fluffy tan foam on top that makes an odd, barely audible rice krispies crackling noise as it dies back. O.O That's the first time I've been able to *hear* the individual bubbles in the head popping like television white noise. I think it might come from the thickness and richness of the body. There's a lot of heft and substance in there to chew on, they really nailed down a beautiful texture. Lighter side of medium carbonation.

Wow. It's carries a really nice three-way balance between smoked malt, charred malts, and sweet dark fruits. The smoke almost makes for a sort of psuedo-tartness that fades out as the smoke vacates in the finish, leaving just the char and sweet to linger in the mouth. If I had to pick something to criticize, it would be the nose, which does NOT display all of the flavor elements as faithfully as it could have. MIA from nose but present in the flavor: nuttiness, a faint olive oil background garnish, a majority of the dark fruit sweetness, and almost all of the chocolate malt tones. Even so, it's worth saying that the nose isn't terrible per se... it's just muted and not as complex as the flavor. (1,185 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky jet black with an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a puddled film and large collar with extremely excellent sheeting of lacing which engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was bold and robust of burnt dark bread malts, a moderate dose of resin hops and a strong leathery yeast with notes of bakers' chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, vanilla, ash and a powerful alcohol presence.

The taste was bold, roasty, bitter-sweet and very malty with a touch of bitter chocolate early on, becoming powerfully bitter and hoppy with a huge dose of dark roast coffee, a bit of smoke and an intense alcohol finish. The flavor stuck around what seemed like an eternity, with a bold alcohol coffee bitterness left lingering on for quite some time.

Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a dry, oily and rather creamy texture and an almost medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very strong tasting brew with a multitude of flavors all blending together, thus creating one exceptional beer. Although I thought the big alcohol presence took away slightly from the fantastic flavor this brew has to offer...

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Happy Gnome.

Served in a tulip, solid black, minimal head of dark colored foam. Sweet and mildly roasted malt nose. The flavor has a nice medium sweetness to it. Light chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with a hint of smoked malt. Very smooth and feels lighter than 10%. Surely would not have guessed this to be that high of an abv because the alcohol is not detected at all. Overall a very nice imperial stout that drinks quite easily. (449 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 jjanega08
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/2012

A= Pours a deep black color with a thin brown head on it that holds some steady retention for being so small. There is a decent amount of lacing as well for how small the head is.

S= The smell has a bit of a hop character to it as well as a nice big chocolatey aroma. A bit of a soy sauce smell to it and a good roast.

T= The taste is about what I would expect from an American Imperial Stout. It is hopped pretty well for a imperial stout and there is a great amount of roast and chocolate character. The flavors meld very well making a quite enjoyable drink expessially for a 10% beer.

M= The mouth is a little thin but still great.

O= This is another great imperial stout from Clown Shoes. I will say I think the other one I had is a little more impressive but this is a fabulous beer regarless. Check this out if you can. It's a fine beer. (864 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a finger-length tan head. There are some visible bubbles along the underside of the head and along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and some of that 10% alcohol comes up to the nose. I get some of that smoke as well from the smoked malt. The flavors are very complex in this stout. There's nice dark roasted malt flavor with creamy chocolate, black coffee, dates, smoked malt, and some alcohol. It's a wonderfully balanced flavor. The body is full with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate. This is a very easy beer to drink despite the alcohol presence. This is an excellent beer. (786 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cfh64, thanks again!

Pours a beep flat black color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of very dark ripe fruits, cocoa, cream, and coffee.

Taste is of heavily roasted malts, slightly smokey, with some black coffee, and bitter bakers chocolate notes. Finish is warm, and hoppy, mostly with pine needle bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, full, with nice body,

Overall, a very solid beer from Crown Shoes. I really like the hints of smoke, works well here. (478 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: not quite opaque. Cola highlights. Slight tan head.
Smell: rich, roasty, full, smoky. Slaps you in the nose.
Taste: surprisingly mellow. Creamy and rich.
Overall: rich but harsh as hell nose. Mellow, creamy and complex taste. Interesting, decadent imp stout. (270 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cola black. Pretty little capuccino foam lacing the edges

Weak nose. Mostly roasty malts, though.

The weak nose belies a complex and delicious brew. Roasty dark malts with some cappucino and chocolate.

A little spice on the backend may actually be leftover from the gwack-a-mole, but either way it's enjoyable. I was excited for this beer, and it was warranted. Definitely one to find and drink if it's around. (413 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cask Republic, served in an oversized snifter.

A: PItch black body with clear crimson highlights around only the very edges when held up to direct light; on top lies a half-inch of dense light-brown head that settles into a thin cap and solid ring, leaving spotty lace. Quite nice.

S: Intense, roasty, and smoky. Lots of wood smoke, dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Some earthy hop notes, too. Really well-integrated and impressive.

T: Opens with bitter coffee and smoke, followed by burnt molasses, bakers chocolate, and a relatively bitter finish that combines hoppiness and brownie batter. Some hints of dark fruit dance in the background, but this is mainly about the smoke, roast, and hops. Impressively devoid of booze. I'm really, really enjoying it.

M: No thicker than medium-bodied, but with plenty of creamy mouth-filling carbonation. All right.

O: I've been generally underwhelmed by Clown Shoes offerings since they came into CT, but thought I'd give this a shot given its solid reviews. I wasn't disappointed - it's an extremely good imperial stout.

Cheers! (1,091 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by Beer Lady at Tully’s in Wells, ME - THANK YOU! This is a very nice stout. Not much of a head on the pour - kind of a smallish khaki/tan head, nice mahogany tints. Expectation was for a whallop of flavor, but found it more subtle and with a lot going on. Cocoa, some smokiness,, a bit of vanilla hiding in there, just enough hops to keep the flavor interesting. Nice malts, good "undertones" of the coffee/roast flavors. Not as "thick" on the tongue as other imperials, but very nice. Minimal aftertaste. Definitely high on the list of faves. No doubt about the 10% ABV...it isn't shy. A lot of complexity and subtle flavors going on, yet it isn't "work" to drink. Good effort from CS! (701 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml. bottle.

A: Black as night with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the surface. Retention and lacing are minimal, which strikes me as odd because a beer of this strength should still retain some head.

S: Earthy hops actually show up first, followed by dark fruits, molasses, licorice, coffee, and a touch of smoke.

T: Much like the aroma. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and dried dark fruit, along with hints of licorice. Hops lend a dry, earthy, and floral finish to the beer. Slightly smoky, but more prominent on the nose.

Notes: Full bodied and very flavorful, with incredible balance. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, except for a slight warming sensation with each sip. I really enjoy this beer, and wish I would have bought some more to age. With this being my first experience with Clown Shoes, I can say I am thoroughly impressed. Well-done! (907 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 ZirconTweezer
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bomber poured into my Tucher 300ml glass.

A: Black, opaque with tan head that grew to 2" on first pour, then dissipated to a thin cap; good lacing.

S: Roasty malts and dark fruitiness, very nice, inviting.

T: Nice, malty front, pretty much follows the smell; slight bitter chocolate and roastiness in the back; little hops presence that I could detect, the alcohol taste is nonexistent.

M: Smooth and silky, goes down easy, almost too easy.

O: This is a damn good stout that drinks easy and makes me wish I had bought more. Strongly recommend this one. I may go outside here in a minute and try to slay some vampires... (638 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber dated 09/2012 into a central waters snifter on a sunday afternoon watching some football and relaxing

a- poured black with just a little tan head rising and falling fairly quickly. no light getting through at all. looks like an imperial stout alright

s- milk and some bittersweet chocolate, a bit of coffee, roasted malt and dark fruit. nice rich nose

t- taste follows the nose quite a bit. rich chocolate, some roasted coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate on the finish. a lot of roasted malt and just a hint of hop bitterness. a very rich, sort of subtle imperial stout. the booze doesnt show up in the taste at all which was sort of surprising. was thinking of cellaring one of these, but i dont know how much it would improve with age.

m- nice creamy texture. again, the booze doesnt really present itself at all. beer feels thick, but not heavy like other stouts. carbonation is not high, but thats the way i prefer my imperial stouts.

overall, i thought it was a well made imperial stout. nothing that blew me away, but an enjoyable drink. nice creamy texture and rich flavors, but seems a bit muted and not terribly complex. still, the price wasnt terrible at $9 a bomber and i might pick it up again. a good imperial stout, but nothing that makes it stand out and take it to the next level. (1,325 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rouge black near to midnight with a light tan quarter fingers width head. It sits in the glass completely opaque, which is quite encouraging. Lacing is thin and splotchy along the sides of the glass. On the nose the beer smells of a mélange of different things. Slight roasted malt sits alongside dark chocolate, coffee, a damp bready smell, and the faintest hint of citrus hops and an even fainter hint of sweet alcohol. This beer tastes rich and creamy with great splashes of coffee, chocolate, and the faintest hint of smoked malts and woods. The beer begins as sweet cream and slight alcohol before opening into cream and coffee with chocolate side notes and a lingering faint bitter note of citrus, pine, and smoky camp fire. This beer feels fantastic of on the mouth. Thick and creamy with a soft carbonation that caresses the tongue in a beautiful embrace. This beer has a light chewiness to it as well, and leaves the mouth slightly wet, but the tongue feels dry with coffee and smoke. Overall this is a great success from Clown Shoes. The mouthfeel is succulent and smooth, and overall this beer is delicious for sipping with nice complexity, and great full flavors. This beer is worth drinking for sure! (1,231 characters)

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