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Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Added by Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

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Reviews: 368 | Ratings: 2,031
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with a tan ring of head, not much lacing, looks mostly still.

The smell is textbook stout, nice and roasty and chocolate in the malt, just a touch of coffee and anise as well. I enjoy the touch of smokiness to the malt in the smell, it's very good and rich.

The taste follows the smell with a very nice layered taste of smoky peat, roasted barley, cocoa, and a ripple of hop ester. A bit of raw ground coffee beans as well. Overall a solid taste but not very unique or notable. The feel is also good but not amazing.

Solid beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a half inch of tan head. The aroma is a bit sweet, lightly roasted, a hint of coffee and chocolate - smells fine. Nice flavor. Rich and medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. A light bitterness in the finish with a hint of coffee. Overall, this was enjoyable. I would have this again.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a nice dark brown foamy head. Starts with a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly to a blotchy patch of head.

S: Nice aromatics here, i can smell it as soon as I pop the cap. Nice sweet and toasted malts with alot of burnt sugar, smokeyness, chocolate and some coffee tones.

T: Very mellow sweet malt off the bat leads into the bitter chocolate and some smokeyness. Some molasses notes here as well but everything is very mild and subtle, nothing overpowers the next.

M: Light carbonation, left with a creamyness in the mouth and an aftertaste that lingers with a hint of dryness.

O: Very nice imperial stout here. All the flavors blend into each other well and are noticeable with no one particular note overpowering the other. Clown Shoes does it again!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a Bottled 2/2012 on the side. Pours a dark black color with an inch of brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and earthiness. Taste is smokey with some chocolate and roasted malts. The smoke flavor sticks around for awhile. Dark chocolate and smoke finish. Somewhat boozey but drinks fairly easy considering the ABV, chocolate and smoke flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. I would be intersted in seeing how this one ages. Overall, a nice smokey and chocolatey Imperial Stout.

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Photo of beesy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from. 22oz bomber with a bottle date f 12-2011

A - pours a deep brown, almost black with a 2 finger mdium btown had. Some lacing.

S - malty, roasty, lots of chocolate, small note of a nutty aroma.

T - awesome. Thr booze is not apparent at all for 10% abv. Creamy, sweet caramel malts wth some toast and maybe a touch of smoke mixed in. The malt and sweet caramels and roast are tund almost perfectly. No hops really detected anywhere.

M - creamy. A little thick but it does well with the abv.

D - way easier to drink than it should be. Sneaky.

Overall, I love this stout. Easy to drink and full flavored
Just wish I wish had bought another bottle to cellar a bit. I wish it had eithet a bit more hop bitternss or roasty bitterness, but its a damn fine beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black with a soft, dense, dark brown head with great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

T - chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, alcohol

M - warm, full bodied, smooth, great carbonation

This is a fantastic beer. It has great chocolate notes throughout and great complementary roasted malt and coffee notes. The drinkability is pretty high considering the ABV. Overall, I give this a must try.

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Photo of korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Anniversary Ale
Bottled 2/2012 into DFH snifter.

A- Totally opaque black pour with a finger width, creamy dark tan head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted espresso, brown sugar, vanilla and licorice. I'm only getting the slightest smoke aroma, nothing really distinguishable. Exceptionally decadent and complex smelling. I keep going back for another whiff.

T- Sweet chocolate, dark bitter espresso and than the smoked malts kick into action. Dark and smokey, but far from overpowering. More of a slight smoke flavor and a lingering bitter char finish. Brown sugar and molasses sweeten the back end.

M- Full and creamy, decent carbonation.

O- I'm not a smoke beer fan, this is an exception though. This would really go well with a dessert of some sort or a nice BBQ meat choice.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Hunahpu snifter. Bottled 2/2012

A- Pours a an opaque pitch black not allowing any light to pass trough. About a quarter of a finger of creamy mocha brown head that quickly recedes to leaving almost no head and some lacing around the sides. About average carbonation, a little bit above average carbonation for a stout.

S- Very aromatic smell of sweet chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, subtle smoked malts. Definitely one of the better smelling imperial stouts I've smelled.

T- The roasted malts and smokiness definitely come out a little bit more on the taste mixed with light sweet chocolate, espresso beans, some very light hickory in the background.

M- On the lighter side for an imperial stout, a little bit above average carbonation for a stout, not too syrupy but full bodied, abv very well hidden, smooth + goes down easily.

O- This was a very good imperial stout. I think its pretty much up there (especially in aroma) with stone's RIS, Speedway Stout, and other imperials in the top 100. The light smokiness definitely added a nice complexity to the beer. Along with Blaecorn Unidragon, Clown Shoes definitely makes some great imperial stouts. I definitely recommend trying them, they are among some of my favorites.

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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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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.