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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 1,983
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 163
Gots: 488 | FT: 35
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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of Kadonny
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter glass. I've been wanting to try this for some time now, thanks Hanzo for the bottle.

A: A dark black color with a one finger light brown head. Not super thick, but nice. Glass lacing is ring style but only sticking at the top of the glass.

S: Loads of dark chocolate smell with roasted notes and a bit of vanilla and slight herbal hops.

T: The dark chocolate flavor was heavy up front with some nice roasted flavors mixing in. Some vanilla and cream flavors continue to mix with the dark chocolate and allow some sweetness to creep in. There is a slight flavor of coffee, but it comes and leaves quickly. Finish turns dry with herbal and slight citrus hops that make the finish really nice. Great stout.

M: Medium mouthfeel with some prickly notes, dry and some slight alcohol but nowhere near what you would expect. Nice carbonation.

O: This is a real nice complex impy stout that is very, very drinkable and enjoyable. A top notch stout that I'll drink anytime.

Overall a very impressive beer from Clown Shoes, easily their best I've had to date. Nice.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compared to the pitch black Blecorn Unidragon I pored yesterday, this beer looked lighter in color. It was almost ruby red to dark brown with a beige head. The aroma was quite smoky with lots of chocolate and hops coming through as well. The taste was astringent bitter at the tip of tongue, tempered immediately with a mocha like sweetness which lingered. The finish was dry and smoky. Very easy drinking for a double digit ABV beer. The buffy (heh) body was quite chewy, with a grainy palette. Very good take on the style, with a creative label embellishment. Since it contains holy water, all sins I commit before, during, and after will be washed right away.

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Photo of amread4
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: black with little light able to shine through the glass. Half a finger of head the color of coffee with cream that clutches nicely to the side of the glass as it dissipates.

S: a little underwhelming overall. Some malts with a little sweetness. No alcohol, which is a positive.

T: very good. Roasted malts with a hint of smokiness. A bit nutty with a nice finish of sweetness, vanilla.

M: a bit thin for the style. Not overly chewy at all.

O: an impressive beer that improved as I continued to drink it. A fine effort from the folks at Clown Shoes. Cheers.

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Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alefish for this beer. Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter:

Pours a deep dark burnt coffee color with an edge of ruby clarity. Finger of medium brown head that subsides to a thin cap and collar. Precise lacing.

The nose sort of reminds me of Stone's IRS - big on the smoke character. Beneath that there is dark fruit, chocolate, some vanilla as well, spicy alcohol comes after a good snort.

The taste takes a similar direction. Big smoke with some instant coffee, bitter chocolate, a bit hot but not overly aggressive. Pretty unique I have to say. Definitely becomes more agreeable as I go. Tasty.

Overall, very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one - thanks man!

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Photo of JMad
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a huge foamy coffee colored head that left a lot of lacing and you could float a bottle cap on. The smell has lots of coffee and milk chocolate with an herbal hoppy background. It tastes of sweet molasses and bitter dark chocolate with coffee grinds and a slight citrusy bitterness. It's thick with low carbonation and a dry finish. This is an awesome beer, up there with the best imperial stouts.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 2012.

A - Pours bistre in color, with one finger of mocha colored head. Good retention and a great lacing lines the glass following consumption.

S - Smells of baker's chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, toasted almond, and sweet vanilla. Very fragrant; makes me anticipate the first sip.

T - Wow! Follows the nose in a delicious blend of roasted malts, chocolate, fig, nuts, and vanilla. The roastiness intensifies as it warms. No booze comes through in this big beer.

M - Medium feel with a light carbonation give it a very smooth feel with a moist finish.

O - I was looking forward to trying this beer and snagged one on a recent trip to Total Wine in Claymont, DE. I thought it was fantastic and I ill seek it out again. At $6.99/bomber it's a steal.

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Photo of dtivp
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a one finger dark tan head, good retention and light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt,coffee and dark fruits.

Taste starts slightly sweet of dark fruits, raisins and cocoa then light notes of dark coffee and malts.

Mouth feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, sweet with a slight roasty finish. The 10% abv is well hidden as there is only a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a nice stout, a little sweeter than I prefer in a stout, however, very drinkable and I hope to enjoy one again.

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Photo of redadevil74
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Black with a light white lace of head.

S- A sweet smell with some smokiness

T- Pretty sweet and smokey A very dark malty ale. a lot of smoke like a rauch beer but with a bitter backbone. For a 10% beer, didnt taste too much of the booze.

M- Not a lot of body in this one

O- I enjoyed this one, a nice balance of smoke flavor and body.

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Photo of mscudder
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Dark black with a mild brown tint. Poured with a relatively thin tan head. Good lace retention.

S - Light roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee. All these aromas are soft and while innate, could be more robust.

T - Two things dominate this brew: sweet notes from cocoa and dark fruits. They compliment each other well and the the dark fruits are almost as prominent as in a Quad. There is a light warmth from the ABV and a bit of a smoked taste wraps it up.

M - Heavy brew with a medium body, less than I would like in an imperial, and moderate carbonation. This helps the dark fruits jump on the palette. I feel the high carbonation (for a stout) hurts the drinkability and smoothness. Not at all bad, just not my cup of tea.

O - This is an interesting stout with a unique composition. I heard many good things about the brews from Clown Shoes, namely that this was their signature beer. That said, I paid around $10 for a 22oz and I cannot justify such a steep price for a beer I see as average amongst the wide selection of quality stouts, of which are much more widely available.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick black color. Produced a nice tan head with good retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice roasted bread and raisin bit with a little cocoa and coffee.

(T)- Tons of raisin and roasted bits. Tiny hint at smoke and tobacco elements. Some cocoa too.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Definitely heavier on the raisin and dark fruits, but a good balance and feel nonetheless.

(D)- Overall, a solid stout. Definitely heavy towards the dark fruits realm, but it is well-done.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours almost completely black with a big, but short-lived, tan head that leaves little lacing.

Lots of roasted malts, bakers chocolate and a little bit of dark fruits. There is vanilla and smoke in the background.

Taste is a tad sweeter than the aroma with some initial fruity esters combined with roasted chocolate malts and light espresso notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with moderate carbonation. Roasty in the finish.

This is probably the best Clown Shoes beer I've had. Very drinkable impy stout.

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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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served at 52 degrees in my KTG snifter. Pours about a shade darker than cola with a frothy, half-inch, khaki-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a thin tight band around the shoulders and a creamy dollop across the center. Some spots and thin arcs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly average - a suggestion of dark malts, a hint of char and a slightly metallic quality. Taste follows nose - malt profile is a bit more evident. There's also a bit of sugary sweetness (brown sugar and/or molasses) that peaks out towards the middle, but is quickly replaced by an earthy bitterness at the finish. There's also a bit of an artificial sweetener character, and the slightly metallic quality evident in the nose also re-asserts itself. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to medium), with a slightly oily consistency and somewhat of a coarse carbonation. Overall, not sure what the hype is about this beer. At $9.99 for a non-BA bomber, I was expecting something a bit more than what was offered, but what I found was a fairly lackluster stout that doesn't really come together for me.

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

2nd Anniversary Ale!

A: Black as night and with a 1/8 finger head. It looked totally dangerous!

S: Fresh coffee grounds for sure, along with bittersweet chocolate. It has a bit of an ash-like quality that I personally thought was awesome.

T: A bit sweet and dark fruit, tempered by bittersweet cocoa. The balance was astounding here: Malt, bitter elements, and a tinge of hops totally made this one great for me!

M: A tinge of bitterness at the end, but overall the chocolate compound was fresh, intense, and quite good! The lacing was mild overall.

O: I actually dug this one more that their RIS and I think it will be much more acceptable to people.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has notes of licorice, quality coffee and molasses plus a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Pours a deep, warm sable with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Lip-smacking smoky flavor has firm chocolate, coffee, molasses and toffee notes with hints of licorice and caramel. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Smooth texture has above-average body and a decent amount of fizz that leaves a fairly persistent tingle in the mouth and on the lips. I’m a big stout lover, and this is now on my list of faves.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was black in color with a medium-sized tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit. Nice, but not quite there.

Ah, but the taste more than made up for that. Dark chocolate primarily, but also a strong coffee taste. Some raisins also. Very nice.

Rich, with nice depth. I want more of these.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled February 2012

Brewed with real holy water!!

A: Dark black, dark head, good lace. Perfect.

S: Chocolate and syrupy coffee goodness, with a hint of smoke.

T: Holy crap! Very rich, chocolate, licorice, a hint of smoke, and a kind of neat fruitiness. Awesome!

M: Slick and creamy. Light carbonation.

O: Fantastic!!

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of coldriver
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.