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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 1,931
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 152
Gots: 452 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

Formerly: Vampire Slayer
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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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!!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of Omnium
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Rob23
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Men_of_the_Beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of zachary80
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of sween100
2.78/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.
The aroma dark and sweet, heavy with coffee and chocolate, mild figs and light raisin. The alcohol is nicely drawn out.
A strong coffee and chocolate flavor dominates the palate, sweetness completely envelopes your tongue.
This is a full bodied ale, thick and warming to the drink
Smooth, relaxing and fun to drink, this is a good stout.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 5, 2014.

This is a nice looking stout with its black pour and endless, lingering tan head that laces as it fades a bit. Never goes away. I like heady beers that remain heady.

Aroma of dark malts. No real chocolate or coffee but an otherwise sweet aromatic stout that smells very full and enticing.

The body is medium to full and quite smooth.

The taste has a wonderful toasted dark malt character with a token sweetness as well and a low to moderate hop finish. This beer is not hoped up but it is very well balanced and I wish I had another.

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Photo of cvm4
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - For an American stout (non RIS), it's impressive. Black body and espresso brown head. Great lacing and retention.

S - Light roasted malts, milk chocolate notes and faint licorice.

T - A little smokey, roasted malts, char and earthy.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easily drinkable and a bit of heat.

O - Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottled on 11/30/12. 15 months old when I drank this. Poured into a chalice.

A good imperial stout but too chocolaty and maybe a bit too sweet. Too much alcohol almost to the point of being solventy. Difficult to drink an entire bomber solo. 3.5

A – Poured a reddish brown with a half-finger dark tan head (both rocky and mousey). Opaque. Head dissipates quickly. Above average lacing. Definite alcohol legs. 4

S – Huge dominating dark chocolate followed by some whiskey and prune notes, some bonfire. 4.25

T – Roasty sweet, not burnt, chocolate, some faint alcohol in the finish, too sweet. 3.5

MF – Medium-heavy body, semi-slick, viscous, warming. 3.75

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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While the pour yields over three fingers of foam, it is almost all big, delicate bubbles which are able to sustain longer than you’d think, surface looks like the top of a milkshake, the glass sides are all but fully covered in lacing, as if spray painted. Completely black liquid, no sign of any other color, no way you can see any bubbles, solid. The nose slowly builds, not aiming to knock you out with one blow, milk chocolate toffee, vanilla layers itself like a thick cake, plum, black cherry fruit, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, there’s a grainy bite and a sweet smokiness too, does kind of lurch as it dissolves but the alcohol isn’t vicious, just clumsy. Full-bodied, dense and making it slow to react. The plum, cherry fruit sweeter here, like a fruit cake. Not to downplay the milk chocolate, coconut, caramel, oatmeal notes. The carbonation starts to lend it creaminess then oddly stops. Very light citrus and flower accents, has a tea leaf to tobacco leaf smokiness. Its weakest point might be its lack of flow and thirst quenching capability, both of which seem within its reach. Enjoy how the sweetness trails off through the finish, making it fresher and potentially more food friendly.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
Bottled: 02/2012

Appearance: Vampire Slayer appears pitch black in the glass, with a back light revealing only a sliver of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a large darker tan coloured head that lasts fairly well and leaves a few small patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Based on the description on the bottle I was expecting a smoke / roasted malt centered beer, however my first few sniffs indicate that this will not be the case. Rich dark chocolate and sweet creamy caramel dominate the nose with roasted malt, smoke and dark fruits present in smaller quantities.

Taste: The flavour isn't quite as sweet as the nose suggested, however it still leans towards the sweet chocolatey side as opposed to roasted and smokey. Notes include: Dark chocolate, sweet caramel, some brown sugar, roasted malt and a little smoke. The finish is lightly bitter and there is no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with a medium-high level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: I haven't had Vampire slayer fresh, but this bottle was absolutely delicious so I can't imagine the age did anything but improve it! I will have to get a hold of a fresh bottle to see if this is indeed the case.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, nearly black body with a lasting yet somewhat thin head. Plums, figs, and booze comprise the aroma; cocoa and some coffee. Taste closely mirrors the aroma. Body comes across medium-heavy, a little bubbly, somewhat sugary.

Overall, a pretty good imperial stout with most components playing nicely with each other yet with a slightly disjointed feel. Still, the beer is rich and flavorful, keeps the ABV reined in nicely, and generally fits the bill for the style.

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Photo of tmm313
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pitch black. Poured a nice, creamy 1 finger head. Awesome lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Dark fruits: plum and dark cherry. Caramel, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, booze and some smoke. Smell's like there's some oatmeal in there, too. Just a touch of band-aid, but in a good way.

T- Plums, cherry, smoke, and caramel, followed by decadent bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, and a nice balance of booze. Nice smokey aftertaste.

M- Thickish, creamy, slightly syrupy. Taste melds with the mouthfeel beautifully! Drying and oily. Smokiness lingers a bit.

O- This was an awesome beer! I usually drink half of a bomber before sitting down to review, but this time, I only had about a cup left before it even crossed my mind. I loved how the mouthfeel complimented the flavors. I can't really explain how it did, but they went together wonderfully to me! I would drink this again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a tan, finger width head. Good retention leads to a thin, but consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and all over the glass, showing excellent stick.

Smell - Smokey roasted malt is the most pungent quality. Woodiness. Raisin and distant milk chocolate. Light astringency.

Taste - Dark fruits hit first, with prominent of raisin and fig. Touches of char and some mild roast. Chocolate is in there somewhere. Finishes with more sweet dark fruit character and a faint mocha quality.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a bit of syrupy feel. Low carbonation, but delivers a light tingle. Goes down fair enough, with a light alcohol bite.

Overall - Nice beer, but for the price I'd sooner grab a 4 pack of Grand Teton Black Cauldron for my smokey impy fix. More roasted depth would've been nice. Likley a one and done for me due to the high price tag.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a wide mouth pint glass. Was a deep black with little transparency around the edges, and very little head. Smelled of chocolate, a hint of coffee and smokey alcohol. Taste was led with a dark chocolate flavor, followed by a mix of smoke and coffee with a tart cherry and cranberry finish. Really liked the complexity of the taste, which really came out as it warmed up. There was a little bit of carbonation in the mouth, but was still substantial. I really enjoyed this beer. It was balanced, yet complex. A very satisfying stout.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.