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 Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, dark brown head; decent retention leaves a burnt-marshmallow-looking topper on a deep black brew. Very nice lacing.

Fairly strong notes of roasted barley over overripe dark fruit and grapes. Cream, wheat, and a green earthiness.

Flavor follows, with a standard stout profile: roasted barley, dark cacao, cream, slight dark fruit, and lightly hot booze. There's actually a lot of flavor going on in this beer, and it's hard to pick it all out.

Fantastic mouthfeel: thick, almost chewy, silky. Definitely some alcohol heat, but this is a big, big stout. Tiniest amount of sting, and very lively. No foaming.

An excellent, straight-forward, no-frills imperial stout. This is a huge, huge beer, and it can't help but hide it...but it's very good. The emphasis is rightly on the roasted barley, and it comes through in big waves. Not the best or most creative stout, but a great beer. (900 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Ahh yessss! Meaty, beefy, big, and bouncy. A most excellent imperial stout. Deep and dark
black poring from the bottle with a nice tight beaded tan head that dies down to a fine pool
of fine foam and GREAT lacing. A fantastic nose of coffee, toffee, light smoke, and rich deep
roasted malts. Flavor abounds with deep roasted malts, light black licorice, molasses, coffee,
and chocolate malts. A light smoke mellows out the aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel with
moderate carbonation to keep it lively. Light cocoa and coffee aftertaste. Most excellent.

Cheers (570 characters)

Photo of sheeley
4.68/5  rDev +13%

Appearance: fantastic. Black as night with a great head and slightly colored.
Smell: Very pleasant, but not overpowering. Malts dominate, with hints of coffee and caramel.
Taste: Coffee, malts, caramel, and milk come to my palate.
Extremely pleasant overall, one of the better stouts I've had as a stout lover. Highly recommended for any stout fans of fans of clown shoes. (373 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out black with a light brown head

The flavor has lots of milk chocolate, dark fruit, with a hint of licorice and some ash on the back end. This beer exhibits a good combination of robust roast and chocolate qualities along with a refined hopping.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus. This is one of the better non barrel aged stouts on the shelves. (368 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured a pleasant head that rapidly dissipated over a dark brown to black in color stout.

S- Really nicely pronounced sweet coffee and chocolate, exceptionally rich.

T- The coffee and chocolate that I smell are there for a nice ride in the taste as well, absolutely zero booze burn. This stays delicious throughout the entire sip.

M- Velvety and sticky, luscious would be a fair assessment.

O- I have reviewed a fair amount of high end stouts in the past 6 months or so, this one stands up to the test. It's the kind of beer that makes you want to see what else the brewery has to offer and then drink the hell out of that too. (634 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black, ring of tan head, lace spots as well. Smell is big and roasty, chocolate, quite hoppy as well, when cold almost in Black IPA territory, dark fruit with smokey and lightly chared notes as it warmed. Taste is roasty and smokey almost peaty at points, chocolate and a big hop bitterness, cold coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, med-full chewey body. Good stuff here, a nice full flavoured imperial stout, would certainly have this again. (468 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The brew is extremely dark. Minimal head, but it makes up for quantity with its frothy consistency and mahogany coloration. Foam clings to the glass long after taking a sip. The beer itself looks darker than night, but does not have the expected thickness to match and only appears to be a medium bodied IRS.

Smell- Fresh coffee and soy sauce

Taste- Massive espresso and cocoa flavors mingled with smoke. Sweetness and spicy booze finish increases as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Silky mouthfeel, creamy and slightly chewy . Despite this, it has low carbonation and provides a peppery sensation mostly due to the slight booziness.

Overall- A solid RIS. Not my favorite, but very good. It would warrant another purchase sometime (at $11 per 22oz bomber) but I would still rank it below Old Rasputin, Founders Imperial Stout, Stone IRS, Great Divide Yeti, and Great Lakes Blackout (all readily available in my area for cheaper prices). I would rank this on par with the Brooklyn BCS, and there is some overlap in flavors between the two with the dominant chocolate and spicy booziness. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick and oily, pouring a very dark brown while ending up near-black in the glass, this beer produces a dark brown head, one of the darkest I've seen, one finger tall. It shows good retention and the lacing coats the glass's walls well.
The aroma showcases, foremost, sweet and creamy milk chocolate. There's a hint of coffee grounds, light wafts of smokiness, vanilla, and a meaty nuttiness, but this big stout seems to show off the sweetness as its primary aspect, with less focus on the roast than many.
The roast is certainly there, though for the most part the flavor meets the aroma's expectations very closely. There's lots of cocoa before the roastiness, which remains for the duration, with a light accompanying nutty flavor that's meatier than almond but drier than walnut. Also pulling through is a vaguely detectable note of dark fruits, not prominent and not as strong as many in the style, which suits this beer just fine. It's more like overripe very dark red cherry, maybe, than anything. It ends with barley notes leading and following into the finish.
The body is thick, full and very smooth. This beer is a treat all around. (1,143 characters)

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

bottle was purchased sometime last year

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a one finger tan head that is slow to fade and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a little smoke
T: taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and just a hint of smoke. swallow is roasted malt, chocolate and more smoke with a little coffee
M: this beer is on the heavy side with a smooth and silky mouthfeel. carbonation is there but is very subdued while the finish is just slightly on the drying side
O: This is a fantastic beer with great flavors and a killer mouthfeel. This one nails it in the American Imperial Stout category. (662 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/7/14

A black liquid with a thumbnails width of cola edge, some wide legs and color left behind on the glass, two fingers of mocha foam its around for a few sips leaving a pair of partial rings

S lots of bakers chocolate, charred wood and smoke, not quite peat but smoke has some earth too it, a little meaty, some chocolate covered raisins and cherry, a little fudge

T dark roasted coffees added to the mix, still smokey with heaps of dark chocolate, some licorice, typical dark roast but the smoke plays a part and plays it well

M rich and thick, the bubbles soften it up a bit, oily on the palate, well concealed booze, sticky on the lips, chocolate syrup and smoke linger for ages

O no complaints from this guy, lots of rich dark chocolate, smokes there but not over the top, well concealed booze, I'm digging it

Not cheap at 13$ a bomber but I don't feel ripped off, yet another welcome addition to the shelves in Alberta, let the good times roll!! (993 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into pint glass

A- dark as the night that spawns the undead. Thin tan head.
S- Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate
T - rich, roasted malt start...sweet coco finish
M - medium... Could be a bit thicker, but i like me thick
O- Nice stout for the price. Rich and malty... I could swear coco nibs were involved (315 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip

A - Motor oil black with a finger and a half of tan foamy head, thick lacing
S - Smoke, big massive roasted chocolate, coffee, malt, slight vanilla, black cherry.
T - Milk, whipped cream almost, then some tart cherry, fig, vanilla, coffee grounds, burnt chocolate sauce, roasted malt, light smoke, and definitely booze.
M - Boozy, a decent amount of burn, also thick and chewy.
O - Good Imperial Stout, but the booze can be a bit much, its rather complex too, has a lot to offer. (498 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bold flavor profile. You can taste the big chocolate notes, with the coffee notes. Some vanilla comes in, and it's like chocolate milk. I get a slight milky profile. Some roasty characters, not smokey. But huge flavors bursting. This is great for the price, and it feels like I'm drinking a barrel aged stout that should be marked up ten more bucks. (349 characters)

Photo of Rob23
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a half inch head.Smell is dark malt and coffee up front with chocolate lacing.A little boozy on first sip but actually well done and a great aftertaste.Melts in the mouth.Not as good as Fidy but a little better than a Stone.And they named this one an American Imperial Stout!Skal! (286 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to finally be able to sample the wares of this much-hyped contract brewery. Wannabe slayers of both the undead and lawyers - works for me!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, any thoughts of light-borne edges or streaks dead on arrival, with two fat fingers of puffy, seriously dense, and egregiously bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some thorough limestone cliff painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, wet ash, an additional bit of savoury smoke, bready caramel malt, dry coffee and vanilla notes, and leafy, earthy, and somewhat weedy hops - no real indication of the 10 points of ABV, just yet. The taste is kind of thin chocolate syrup, grainy caramel malt, rain-soaked smoking hickory embers, a soft lactic sourness, brown sugar-heavy molasses, and herbal, leafy, and lightly citrusy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, barely a subversive burble to be found throughout, the body a mere medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, with a small suggestion of veritable creaminess. It finishes off-dry, sort of, as the burgeoning smokiness takes a chunk out of the various cocoa and caramel notes bandying about, the hops staying true to form, and the alcohol somehow manifesting sans any overt heat.

Wow, and for a few different reasons - mostly, the overall lightness of being of this supposedly heady offering - there's just so little weight to it all - as well as the crazily integrated 20-proof booze - hard to sense any of it, at any time, a nervous tic inducing state, I can tell you. Tasty, and enjoyable overall, I suppose, but the hops are somewhat disappointing in their support of the term 'American', the result seeming less than worthy of said nation's better examples of the style. (1,795 characters)

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

Picked up a bomber, liked the label picture.

Looks pretty consistent with other Stouts, nice dark caramel color head, that hangs around at the edges. I will admit, that type of head on a stout gets me jowls ringing.

Great nose on this one. Coffee, booze, and vanilla in a well balanced way. If you are a fan of Imperial Stouts, then this nose should tingle your spider senses.

Typically I am not a fan at all of carbonation in Stouts, but the carbo in Undead is money. You get lots of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, smoke, and the booze. The carbonation acts like a sandblaster, almost abrasively grinding the flavors down into your taste buds. And I love it. I let it warm up, flavors even out, almost a creamy mouthfeel.

This was a pleasant surprise. I am now a fan. (779 characters)

Photo of fgmiele
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark black silk..thick and viscous..oily almost with a dark toffee/caramel colored head that dissipates quickly. Dark and aroma..following the toffee/caramel head to the flavor as well. Coffee and molasses. Mouthfeel is not too thick but is creamy and full. A sweeter Russian imperial. Overall pretty legit! (318 characters)

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

Served from an ice cold bottle into a glass, such class I know.

Appearance: dark as night, cant see through it. A half inch tan head with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Smell of chocolate and a Smokey smell, might be the vampire stakes.

Taste: Bitter, chocolate and Smokey, like sucking on a chocolate dipped piece of wood.

Mouth feel: Very thick and right on track for a imperial stout.

Overall: I am a fan of clown shoes, but this is just a little strong even for me, I'm going to say its the Smokey aspect. It's worth a bottle to try and clown shoes makes many fine beers. (581 characters)

Photo of zachary80
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber side-by-side comparison of Vampire Slayer (VS) @10% ABV and Blaecorn Unidragon (BU) @ 12.5% ABV. No visible dates but purchased on the same day. Poured into New Belgium Globes.

L: Both the VS and BU pour dark brown to black, VS maybe a little darker, but they are the same in the glass. Beige head on both is the same, okay retention on both.
S: Here is where the biggest difference shows through. BU has strong roast in the aroma, chocolate and light sweetness. VS has much more sweetness and a more full aroma without the strong and slightly rough bitterness of BU, also get some vanilla and similar flavors, maybe from the smoked malt.
T: BU is actual pretty moderate despite the stronger aroma, the roast and hops play a prominent role. VS is a lot sweeter than than BU
M: BU is a little thinner with less carb. Neither is overly full feeling.
O: Both very good and somewhat different imperial stouts. (913 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle date 3/17/14.
Dark-black color in nature with a pretty big creamy mocha-colored head most likely due to the unintended aggressive pour. No lacing to speak along the glass. Smell of licorice, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits are noticeable in the aroma. Nice, big flavor of dark cocoa, coffee, and anise. Taste of some bitter hops are present too but in a good way. Really smooth; like velvet. Thick, creamy, smooth and so easy to drink. Picked this up on a whim cause of the really sweet label and now glad I grabbed two of these. My first Clown Shoes brew and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend this to any Imperial Stout lover! (654 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is decent given the ABV and a half finger of lacing is left.

3.25 S: This brewery can't seem to make a beer without throwing in way too many hops regardless of style. Roasted barley, smoky char, molasses, and bitter chocolate. Herbal and earthy hops with hints of citrus.

3.0 T: Tastes like it smells. Moderate hop bitterness. Roasted barley with extra burnt notes. Smoke, bitter chocolate, molasses, and hops. Earthy hop flavor with herbal and hints of citrus.

3.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 D: It's okay, but I prefer less hoppy stouts. (719 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip with a moderate hand. Bottled on 2/14/14. My label reports 10% ABV.

A: Essentially black, opaque body. 1 finger of caramel-colored head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Chocolate. Oak. Wood. Roasted malt. Smoke with a unique, sourish character. Booze. Some dark fruit.

T: Roasted and tastefully smokey malt initially with the subsequent development of a well-balanced hop bitterness. Good chocolate and coffee notes. Alcohol is present, but not bad for 10%. Good depth.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate-to-full body. Nice feel.

O: This showed up as a surprise gift in my fridge. My first Clown Shoes and color me impressed. Interesting malt - nice acidity and tartness. The subtle smoke is great. Recommended.

Prost! (772 characters)

Photo of sween100
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very dark brown - almost black, with small beige head. Rich aroma consisting of malt, coffee, and caramel. Tasted very similar to a mocha. Included hints of roasted wood and malt. Slight tinge of hops and smoke in taste. If you like smokey flavored drinks this is the beer for you. (289 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark brown to black color with a finger of beige head. There is a slight roastiness to the nose. The flavor profile leads and finishes with healthy roast and the finish has a sweet quality to it. The body is robust and substantial, but this offering is not quite as big as the best double stouts around. (319 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Dark body, almost pitch black, in fact all light seems to get trapped in its inner core much like a black hole. The head is a nice thick and fluffy tan organism that reminds me of the sirens of old, singing to me as if to draw me in just to feed on me.
Smell:
The aroma dark and sweet, heavy with coffee and chocolate, mild figs and light raisin. The alcohol is nicely drawn out.
Taste:
A strong coffee and chocolate flavor dominates the palate, sweetness completely envelopes your tongue.
Mouthfeel:
This is a full bodied ale, thick and warming to the drink
Overall:
Smooth, relaxing and fun to drink, this is a good stout. (636 characters)

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