Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 117
Gots: 280 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vampires can only live in darkness; Vampire Slayer, correspondingly, doesn't allow even a sliver of light to pass through it. A creature of the night in its own right, this stout is too dark to cast a reflection. It's also too weak to sustain a head. Essentially it looks like a shadow of a beer.

Beer that can be smelled immediately upon opening - even before being poured, and then from several feet away once it's actually in the glass - is either because something's gone horribly wrong or the brewery's done something wonderfully right. In this case it's definitely the latter.

The aroma has rich, dark notes of espresso and fudge and faint port-like esters. These flavours are repeated on the palate; it tastes like dark chocolate-covered coffee beans. The use of hickory smoked malt lends a subtle hint of barbecue. The aftertaste coats the mouth like tar.

The beer surprisingly maintains its composure even as it reaches room temperature. Alcohol is a non-issue (at least for the palate, verdict is still out on what this 10% bomber will do to my head). It drinks like a bittersweet combination of Kahlua and Fudgee-o cookies; it'll likely pair favorably with dessert or could just as well sub-in as one.

I don't know that Vampire Slayer was actually brewed with holy water or malts smoked over stakes that were used to kill vampires, but whatever Clown Shoes did, it worked. The world may not need more vampires but it can never have too many roasty, chocolatey, high-gravity stouts so far as I'm concerned. This anniversary ale should have been made eternal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow haven't had such a thick stout in some time! Pitch black for real no escapable light and so thick I only got a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head from a moderate pour.
S - Has a good balance of roast to dry cocoa smells. Black strap licorice, some chocolate notes, and maybe some brown sugar. Great smell.
T - An intense mixture of roast and hops right off the bat. No so overly bitter like say fresh Old Rasputin but still pretty piney. The roast has a sort of chalky hit in the finish like a smooth porter and its far from sweet just somewhere in the middle. Really good.
M - Not as thick as I expected drinks with a medium to heavy body. Easy to sip or take big swigs of.

Overall these guys really do make a good imperial that makes me wonder how much better the Bourbon aged version of this would be. On the other hand it's kind of an expensive so its defiantly not an everyday beer. I love imperial stouts and this ones a winner.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 26th April 2013, consumed 6 months -1 day later, 25th October 2013

A - Treacle-black, carrying a (too) thin but resilient head with a mound-covered and pockmarked surface.

S - Classic stout scents billow into the nostrils. Smiling with anticipation.

T - Not as much flavour a I'd hoped for. Generally expecting a 'bigger' beer; whether that be chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hoppy finish, charcoal, whatever. Also had a pronounced vinous (red wine) finish. Weird. Despite this it's still highly drinkable at 10% (+.25) which I always appreciate.

M - A bit fluffy, by which I mean that as it first rolls into your mouth you expect a wholesome and filling experience but when you get your mouth around it just sort of disappears, a bit like candy floss.

O - Slightly disappointing and definitely not worth $10 (this is Maui though, so everything's pretty pricey). Maybe it wasn't stored appropriately for the 6 months before it met me. Who knows. Good not great, but I'd still be interested to try it fresh, if only for comparisons sake.

Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.