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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 118
Gots: 276 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

(Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-31-2011)
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large dark tan head.
Nose shows vanilla, roasted malt, spicy hops, oatmeal and milk chocolate.
Flavours include a strong sweetness, vanilla, spicy hops, alcohol, chocolate liqueur and hazelnuts. Good stuff.
Nice moderate carbonation and syrupy body.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, with a tan head, which is not too thick.

The scent is not particularly strong, considering this beers octane, though there's a chance I'm losing my sense of smell.

The flavor is...well...unbalanced. It's got that bitterness you'd expect from an imperial stout, but the body is a bit lacking. It's also lacking in the complexity one has come to expect in the genre.

It's not a bad beer, but it's got a lot of, if you'll pardon the pun, stiff competition. Perhaps barrel-aging might help...when it returns as the Undead Party Crasher.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with an unreadable bottled on date printed on the side. Either way, I decided to grab a bottle of this beer, Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer, before the name is changed, after being subject to lawsuit. It's been quite a while since I've had anything from Clown Shoes, and I think this might be my first review of one of their beers. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Aggressive pour down the center manages to conjure just over a finger of luscious mocha colored head on top of an opaque black body.

S - Smell is fairly simplistic, but hits it's mark. Cold bitter coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Faint soft leather, brown sugar, some faint anise, and smoked malt comes out more as the beer begins to warm.

T - Velvety creamy dark chocolate, bitter coffee bean roast, soft leather, a touch of smoke, and just a hint of spice / peppery heat on the finish. Again, fairly simplistic in it's approach, but it hits it's mark indefinitely. Figs, dates, and raisins make an appearance as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some bitterness lingering on the palate. Very light bodied and easy drinking for being such a big beer.

Overall, a smooth and easy drinking stout at 10.00% abv. Any heat present is from the peppers and not the alcohol. A classic example of a solid, well-made stout. Definitely a beer worth seeking out, and I will be looking into trying more from Clown Shoes, since I tend to overlook them far too often.

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer ---4/5.

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Photo of Alextricity
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

$10 bomber purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan... from what I can tell, that's a very fair price, as other places around sell a bottle for $12. Bottled 6/22/13. I decided to get this beer because it appeared to be Clown Shoes' highest rated beer. Decanted into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a slight tinge of ruby at the edges of the glass. Beautiful, creamy, tan head on it. Lacing is spotty, but that's not surprising. Not the best Imperial Stout I've seen, but still looking pretty gorgeous.

Smell: It changes a lot depending on its temperature and whether or not there's a head on top (surprise, surprise!). With the head stuck on top, a pretty sweet chocolate is most dominant on the nose. Maybe a little bit of char as well. Dark fruits open up a bit as the head slowly goes away. To my shock, I don't pick up any alcohol whatsoever in the aroma. To be fair, I tend to get more of an alcohol presence in an RIS as opposed to an American Imperial. Really just getting that super nice roast and chocolate character you'd expect from a great imperial stout. My only knock is that it's not making me jump for joy -- seems to be a bit toned down.

Taste/feel: Very first thing I notice is an insane amount of creaminess... holy hell is it pleasant. Absolutely killer. A kiss of carbonation wakes up your taste buds, and you're hit with the chocolate. The coffee. The touch of dark fruits. There's not so much a taste of alcohol in this beer as there is an essence... you definitely get the feeling that this is an imperial stout. After you swallow you're left with a bit of a slick feel, and a warmth. With that, there's the roast, chocolate, and dark, dried fruit again. As far as bitterness, I gotta be honest, it's not harsh at all. It just drinks so damn nicely with such an outstanding balance. Really an incredible beer. As this beer warms, you really get the full experience. Being out for about 30 minutes and sipping on it, I'm actually enjoying it more. The smoke/ash sort of flavor is coming out in full force, which is a great thing, as it adds a bit more bitterness to make this feel more appropriate for the style.

Overall, $10 for 22oz equates to... I don't know. $5.40 or something like that for 12oz. Given that, it's not exactly worth that price, considering there are some Imperial Stouts that are nearly as good (or better) for quite cheaper. Take for instance, FBS. Because of the price, I give this beer a 4.25 overall, but the look, taste, and feel are all on point. I'm impressed. One of the very best beers I've had.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
93 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.