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

Poured black as night from a 22 oz bomber (2nd anniversary), with ABV on the label.
One finger mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Lots of peat malt upfront in the aroma; almost like a bonfire. Hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate to go with the peat.
The aroma translates in the taste perfectly. Robust stout built on a smokey backbone. Just a perfect balance of smoke and roasted malt. Delicious and full bodied stout from Clown Shoes.
Drinkability is surprisingly good, even though it's a big beer.
This is a 'must-try' beer for every stout lover.
Highly, highly recommended. (605 characters)

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

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate syrup, and some dark fruits in the background. Smells wonderful although it's a lot like Chocolate Sombrero.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with nice chocolate and cocoa flavors along with an earthy coffee and roasted malt bitterness. There's a touch of hops on the finish and as it warms there are a lot of smokey flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a creamy finish.

O: This is a tasty stout and something I'd like to see with a year of age or more. Some of that dark roasted flavor needs to be rounded out to make this really good. (749 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. bottled 03/2012.

A: i would call this more of a dark brown than black. head is frothy and also dark brown. retention is good and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

S: bitter dark chocolate. definitely get some smokey notes as the beer warms. big wiffs of brown sugar.

T: chocolate dominates the palate from the get-go. there is a bitterness there as well. sharp. comes right at the middle of the palate. very minor star anise flavors. smokey notes as well, but also minor. coffee and chocolate linger into the finish. definitely coffee. the bitter grains really linger long.

M: the mouth is surprisingly un-cloying. carbonation is just right. below moderate, but still there. full bodied.

D: certainly a well-made stout from clown shoes, but im not exactly blown-away here. maybe i just had some higher expectations from some other high reviews/past clown shoes beers. worth trying, but not worth going out of your way for. (952 characters)

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

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with tan head and great lacing. Initial aroma note is alcohol, with smokey malt, cocoa, and coconut. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, slight licorice. Mouth feel has a kick while at the same time smooth with nice aftertaste which leaves you wanting more. Overall a very solid Imperial Stout, complex, smooth, and highly drinkable. (383 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. There is a huge one inch head; the beer is thick and black.

The aroma has a nice hoppiness to it in addition to the malt aroma that hints at coffee.

The taste is full of mocha with a subtle hop finish that is drier. This is nicely balanced. Halfway through my glass I taste a little more of the burnt character.

The mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Another really good thick stout from Clown Shoes. Yum. (425 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of dense light brown head that slowly recedes to a nice film atop the beer.

S: Strong roasted malt aromas dominate the beer with dark chocolate not too far behind. There is also a light smokiness and a bit of toffee and nuttiness.

T: Roasted and burnt malts dominate the flavor of this beer. I get some hop and dark chocolate bitterness in the beer along with a fudgy sweetness to balance. Certainly on the bitter side of stouts, but pretty well balanced between dry and sweet. I get a faint nuttiness and caramel sweetness in the background. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Quite thick with creamy carbonation.

O: Overall a very nice Imperial Stout. Great roasted malt flavor balanced by a nice sweetness. A bit on the bitter side, but not over the top bitter. Nothing really wows me about the beer, but it's quite nice overall. (902 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks you CasanovaCummins for this
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Smokey, roasted malts, coffee, some dark chocolate.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, smoked wood, chocolate.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium to full body.

O- This is my first beer from Clown Shoes and it is a good one. There is a good amount of smokiness, and it is not overwhelming. (386 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and an impenetrable texture. There as an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of malt, coffee, and a burnt element.

T: Tasted of malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate, some dark fruit, and the aforementioned burnt quality. This last element works surprisingly well. A big, powerful, complex flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This beer is definitely drinkable. It's a potent, enjoyable brew. (576 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: whaddya think? pitch black, thick head, foam persists, laces the glass

S: cocoa, licorice, roasted malt

T: what you smell, but there's also a vague nuttiness; boozier than their Blaecorn Unidragon (their RIS)

M: sharp, probably related to the boozy taste, not as mellow as their RIS - a little more bold, not as smooth; more acidic, too; fairly light-bodied (for an imperial stout that is) and carbonated

O: I loved it, but I might be slightly partial to their RIS, Blaecorn Unidragon, even though it has a sillier name (but from Clown Shoes brewing, what should I expect?). I feel like this is exactly how an American imperial stout should copare to a Russian Imperial stout: sweeter, harsher, and boozier.
Until this month, never even heard of these guys, but they sure know their business when it comes to imperial stouts - Russian and American. (855 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,181 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 One2Remeber
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter

A: Pitch black. Thick, bubbly mocha colored head.

S: Rich chocolate malts, hint of roasted, toasted bready grain. Herbal hops.

T/M: Aroma carries over to taste with a hint of hops on the back end before turning to a carbonation lingering feel. Thick, syrup viscous mouth feel with a refreshing hop profile and milk chocolate tastes make for a smooth slide down the pallet.

O: Tastes like a chocolate milk shake. Not sweet or heavy. Very rich in flavor sitting right between complex and simple. Perfect beer for dessert after a hearty meal. (551 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber in a duvel tulip. Pours black with a 2 inch beige head that slowly recedes to a finger with great sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted barley, dark coffee, smoke, and there's a sweetness to it. Taste is tons of toasted barley. Semisweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and sweet cream is there too. Mouthfeel is kinda chewy and alcohol is well hidden. Will buy this again for sure. (383 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 2/2012.

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Opague black in color a rather heavy pour leaves a generous two finger heading, but settles quickly to just a thin edging around the glass.

Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt mix. Slight hot boozey kick,with a nice anise like finish. After this warms up it turns completely south for me. The nose turns to an earthy, manure aroma very unimpressive here. I even washed my hands to make sure I didn't touch baby poo and no it is the aroma from this beer. Very odd.

Even for the odd occurence of this warming aroma of manure in the nose it still manages to taste well. Dark chocolates and a touch of smoke, nice dark fruits and no manure !.

Medium to full bodied not as heavy as I would like my double stouts, a little thin in the mouth than I am used to. Good carbonation.

Overall a touch above average. After hearing so many good things and the local stores selling out immediately. I figured this was exceptional but in the end just a decent stout. (1,014 characters)

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

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Thanks for this one, Bryin!

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of dense dark mocha colored head that faded into a decent film and collar. Fuzzy patches of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very inviting and rich notes of toasted wood, char, earth, dark chocolate, herbal hops, and a hint of peat. Smells excellent.
T: Follows the nose with a characteristic kind of earthy, smokey, peat/wood taste combined with herbal and dank hops. The finish is lightly bitter like that of dark chocolate, and the aftertaste is roasted and slightly sweet with caramel or molasses. Smoked imperial stout is the perfect description.
M: This beer is just a tad on the thin side, but it is far from watery. I would say the body is thicker than medium, but it could be fuller. Carbonation is on the low side but isn’t bad. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the thin side but I’m splitting hairs. This beer goes down very smoothly, and I get no trace of the double digit alcohol.
O: Great smokey flavor and a highly recommended imperial stout. This one was very easy to drink and really hit the spot. Thanks again Rizalini! (1,140 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 Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (504 characters)

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

A-Pours an inky black. Head is excellent. Head retains oh so well for a stout. Head is mocha in color. Zero light penetration.

S-Rich nose of espresso and chocolate syrup. Nice smoky notes. Alcohol is evident. Nothing very unique, but it is a very nice and strong aroma.

T-The smoke mixes very well with the bitter chocolate/cocoa and roasted coffee grounds. Rich and sweet. I will use the word 'abrasive' as a positive adjective here. Light vanilla extract and burnt toastiness. Overall a very tasty brew especially with the underlying smokiness.

M-Creamy but somewhat light as far as a Imperial Stout goes. This bomber will go quick (compliments to the feel). Alcohol is drying. Soft, subtle carbonation.

O/D-Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Another good anniversary beer. Very flavorful, and the smoke is great. Clown Shoes creates awesome beers, and this is one of my favorites. (892 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, trace tan head, ok lacing

S: mild chocolate, hint of roasted nuts, malt

T: mild chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee,
hint of roasted bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy mouth

O: Love the style and brewery, but
this offering is just ok.

SOLID; NOT A MUST HAVE! (287 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pint 6oz. bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

The color is dark black and is not letting any light through so I won't even try. There is a nice finger of foamy brownish head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is big roasty malt flavor coming out and saying hi. There is some slight brown bread aroma in the nose with some slight caramel aroma and a touch of chocolate.

The taste is like burnt toast with some nice toffee flavor. There is some sweetness here that gives off some nice chocolate candy flavor. There is some dark fruit flavor with a slight plum flavor and then a bitterness at the end that just punctuates with a slight hop presence.

The feel of this beer is big but does not put on airs. It hides the amount of alcohol it has with some nice body that is smaller then the ABV would make you believe. It drinks real well and is a bit deceiving for a beer this strong. (916 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

The look is almost completely black besides the cola edging around the edges. A small ring of tan head. A bit of lace.

The nose has un-sweetend chocolate, charred dark fruits, roasted malt, and smoked malt.

The taste is smokey, bakers chocolate, some burnt dark fruit, roasted malt, a touch of sweetness. Smokey and roasted.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and hefty but not full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, roast bomb, beast stout. Tasty, well-balanced. It will be purchased again. (519 characters)

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