Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 139
Gots: 406 | FT: 31
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Clown Shoes visit their website
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 beepill
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown, as close to black as possible without being black. Solid tan head that started about 2 fingers high, but dissipating quickly to almost no head at all.

S - Coffee, raisins, whiskey, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and campfire (in the best way possible).

T - Roasty, smokey malt and strong alcohol presence hits at first. Suddenly, sweet maltiness, dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans. Bitter and sweet on the back end. Quite sweet on the lips as well.

M - Thick, syrupy with light carbonation. Alcohol and sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth.

O - Very good. I would buy again when in the mood for a strong imperial stout. That sais, I think it would be a good idea to sit on this one for a while. I have another one in the cellar that I will pop open sometime in the future. I'm thinking this one will probably age well.

Photo of srandycarter
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty close to black, not much head, some spotty lace. Tan small ring.

S - Nice. Cocoa. Coffee. Baked goods along the lines of brownies and cc cookies.

T - Taste pretty much emulates smell.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb, pretty good balance.

O - Was hoping for a bit more, but it's pretty good.

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

a: pitch black, slick looking. 2.5 finger solid beige head

s: roasted toasted malts, dark chocolate, some sweet dark fruit - fig, raisin, plum. dark toffee and sweet malt.

t: roasty toasty malt hit you right away. they fade into the sweet malt, fig, dark chocolate, and alcohol. there is a bitterness on the backend that comes from the toasted malts. the alcohol is pretty noticeable - i think this may need some time to cool off

m: heavy, almost syrup-like that coats your mouth.

o: i think this needs some time to let the alcohol mellow. its still an easy drinker, but the alcohol could be a little better harmonized. its not a bad imperial stout, but there are better ones out there

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a mini snifter.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a pocket of bubbles and a ring. Spotty lacing.

S: Syrupy malt, dark chocolate, coffee, oak, black licorice, and an indistinct floral sweetness.

T: Bitter and pungent roasted coffee malt. Licorice is prominent, gin or vodka also. Pecan shell.

M: Thick and hearty. The liquor infiltrates the nasal cavity and kind of lingers around. Bitter and dry finish.

D: Sip and savor. The liquor feel will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head and minute lacing. Nose is complex combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and something floral...I think. Pungent malt, roasted coffee, and a harsh liquor character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of dbossman
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight reddish tint and not much of a head; decent lacing

S: Roasty and slightly smoky malts; some slight booze in the finish

T: Slightly smoked up front with roasted coffee malts; the smoke grows along with the booze; some lingering dark fruits--really nicely done

F: Medium body-- a touch thin on the finish

O: This is a nice, big, smokey beer--I like it quite a bit

Photo of Jeffo
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at The Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter
2nd Anniversary Ale

APPEARANCE: A black, semi-transparent pour yields a 1+ finger, looser, tan head with good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a foamy cap, though only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, some sweet cream and some smoky notes. Light hints of smoked meat.

TASTE: Roasted and caramel notes, up front with smoked flavors and sweet cream at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is smoky with smoked meats, roasted and slightly burnt flavors, and some dark, bitter chocolate as balance. Very good and quite well balanced as well. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. I've enjoyed the handful of stouts I've had from Clown Shoes. This one was complex and well balanced, with a good combination of roasted and burnt malts and smoky flavors. Good stuff all around. Recommended.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, smoked malt and vanilla. Has a good sweet and burnt/roasty flavor overall. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's an enjoyable brew, I'd buy it again. $10.49 a bomber.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deeply brown color on the pour. A smaller to medium size head was produced but took some effort. Great lacing.
Aroma is rich and malty. Dark fruits and chocolate hints.
The taste is deeply roasted. I can also taste hints of smoke or char, espresso and chocolate. Anise is very sutle too.
Drinks smooth but not that smooth since I detect some grittiness or ash.
I like it a great find in the back of my frig.

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

A: Pours black with slightly reddish highlights. Quarter inch mocha head which fades quickly to the rim and a very thin cap leaving spotty lace.

N: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, vanilla, roast, charred wood, some coffee and faint dark fruits.

T: Smoky, char, roasty, wood, cocoa powder. More smoke on warming and vanilla fades.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Oily, slick and sweetish, smoky finish.

O: Addition of Vampire killing stakes takes this to another level. Die Vampires!

Photo of Smurf2055
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade out of a bottle.

Pours black with a finger of tannish head, typical of an imperial stout.

Smell is a lot of chocolate, malt, cinnamon, and coffee.

Taste is smooth fruity, espresso and a bit of chocolate

Very drinkable, smooth.

Pretty good.

Photo of Vec2267
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - jet black with ample tan head, great lacing

S - heavy roast, smoke, fruit, booze

T - cocoa, molasses, char, dark fruits (cherries/plums), a sour note probably from the char keeps this well balanced and adds a great deal of complexity

M - medium to full, not in the least bit syrupy

O - a very complex beer, the smoke adds some accents without detracting from the stout base

Photo of beechner224
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large pint glass. Pours rich black with just enough head. Looks like a large stout should. On smell I get chocolate, caramel, and coffee - very nice.

On first sip it is really good. I still get the chocolate and coffee. It is nicely balanced and mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect. There are several light flavors in there: vanilla, hint of booze, and very smooth.

Starting to really like clown shoes - several of there latest samplings have been great.

Photo of CharlesRamsey
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Like Kim Kardasian, looks are deceiving. A full body apperance, with a trunk full of junk. That is a little too harsh as i know how well reviewed this offering is, but you get my point. Flavor complexities that still need to be worked out, with high points of coffee grinds, burnt chocolate but a thin, syrupy mouthfeel that missed the richness of some others. The dark, thin head stayed, with low carbonation that needed more balance for me to want to try it again.

Photo of SweetBrown
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't always drink stout, but when I do, it will most likely not be another Vampire Slayer. The color was a mix of dark raspberry and dark roast coffee beans, with a thin layer of foam, which on looks alone, seemed very promising. However, upon first sip, I found it somewhat syrupy and not as smooth as its looks, with taste notes that was a cross between black licorice and soy sauce. This was not a thirst quencher, but more like a meal. For these same reasons, it's probably a great drink for those who appreciate a good hearty imperial stout. As a fan of True Blood, glad I tried it, but may have been too big of a bite for this IPA-er.

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

Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep black, 3/4 inch head, decent lacing. Thick and nice.

Milk chocolate, citrus, caramel, cherry and candy sugar make up most of the smell. This is going to be a sweet stout.

Wow! Tons of flavor. Creamy milk chocolate, slight roasted coffee, vanilla and cumquat at the start. Some earthy hops round the middle, hint of booze with a creamy chocolate finish. Smooth and creamy body. Very, very silky in the mouth.

Another score from Clown Shoes. I can't wait to age some of this goodness!

Photo of Oxymoron
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared with a few friends. Pours a midnight black color with no visibility to speak of. A velvet darker tan head color with good retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The aroma is roast forward with some malt backing. Light soy sauce and caramel and bready notes. Some estery notes with plum and raisins and strong rose peddles. A light licorice, nutty and and vanilla extract notes. Some noticeable yeasty notes with a light dirty drains.

The taste is similar. The roast comes out up front but not as dominant as the nose. More chocolate and munich malt notes come out. Some off nutty characters as well. The esters are more expressive with a sweet plum and raisin with a sweet cherry undertone. There is a molasses character as well, that leaves a hint of metallic that lingers. Soy sauce in the finish is a bit of a distraction but the yeast undertones back off.

The body is full with a lingering sweetness. A bit boozy with some lingering heat. Carbonation is light but ok for style. Some metallic and soy sauce in the finish but overall a decent Imp Stout.

Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a small tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, some honey and a little cardboard.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt with a lot of roast (bitter with some coffee) and a little vinous alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cold April night calls for something dark before the summer weather starts to roll around.

A: Supreme black body, juxtaposed to the thinner-than-usual texture on the pour (in other words, it doesn’t look like molasses). Small, dark tan head with little lacing.

S: Deep sugars dissipate into the room’s atmosphere as soon I open the bottle: melted baker’s chocolate, syrupy vanilla, and chewy brownie batter, all enticing. As it warms, burnt sugar, charred oak, and raisin appear, rounded off with warm aroma of dark liquor – spiced rum, maybe? At any rate, this thing is dominated by chocolate; a monster of a sugary nose.

T: Built for the sweet tooth within all of us, the palate arrives with a sophisticated crème brulee-type flavor of burnt, syrupy vanilla. From there, a taste of dark chocolate signals a transition, paving the way for a bitter display of leafy hops (tea-like in their astringency), burnt biscuit, and Irish coffee. And with that, the smoke begins to appear: like a traditional rauchbier, there’s a liquid bacon quality all the way through, but the dominant tastes is a sawdusty, metallic smokiness. It’s very well-received by the palate, bouncing off the hops and roasts to keep the sugars from conquering the taste buds. Surprisingly, it finishes like it started, with a sugar buzz; this time, though, it’s like that aftertaste you get with Coca-Cola.

M: This is light for an imperial stout, but medium-heavy overall. There’s just a small amount of fizzy carbonation as it goes down, with an oily texture and no discernible heat.

O: At first sip, this beer was great; the more I started drinking it, though, the rauch tastes really cut into the impact of the roasts and the residual sugars, leaving the whole palate a bit subdued. That said, even at “subdued” levels, this beer does not disappoint, and not only because it’s one of the only stouts like this I’ve tasted – it really is satisfying.

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid, but modest head. Leaves streaks of lace...a bit of webbiness. Near black where no light shines through.

Soft mocha aroma. Relatively mild.

The alcohol comes through in the taste. The body is neutral for the style. The carbonation is similar. Semi-sweet chocolate is the predominant flavor. I do not detect much hop. The alcohol warms the swallow, but the aftertaste is short with a touch of chalkiness.

Photo of Neorebel
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the second in the Anniversary Ale series. If I'm not mistaken though, this will be generally available year round. The appearance is nearly perfect, black as night with a pillow of fluffy tan sitting on top, coating the glass with sticky lace all the way through. It smells beautiful, with vanilla extract and dark fruits being subdued by roasted grains and dark chocolate. The aroma does nothing to suggest how smoky this brew really is. As a fan of Rauchbier, this was much to my delight. The initial punch of bittersweet chocolate, caramel and dash of espresso is followed by an even more bitter dryness and charred feel. It's very boozy, I am feeling slightly buzzed already after drinking down this bomber myself. Perhaps I rushed a bit because it's so good! Recommended to share with or a friend or when you are feeling like staying in and enjoying a rich & decadent treat!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours pure jet black with a medium to large brown head. Retention and lacing are awesome, keeping more than just a thin film on top and leaving a lattice pattern down the side of the glass. Thick and enticing to look at.

S- Lots of dark chocolate hits the nose immediately. Huge semi-sweet scents from the chocolate. Chocolate is so dark that there is definitely a fruity scent going on too. Hints of dark malts at the end of the scent bring back some big stout bitterness.

T- Follows the scent to the tee. Starts with some sweet and semi-sweet chocolate intermingled with dark fruit. Dark fruit flavors meld into some more sweet chocolate flavors before turning darker and bitter with deep malt flavors. Ends with a slight, coffee-like bite.

M- Thick and not terribly creamy for an impy stout. The high level of carbonation makes it feel less heavy and thick. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, a very good imperial stout with big chocolate flavors. Dark fruit flavors made this one a little different and interesting. I couldn't taste the holy water that the label promised.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter (Momar42 to the rescue!) From notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The tan-colored head had no real chance to form given the smallish pour.

S: Notes of soy, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and smoke abound. Really a nice aroma in general.

T: A smoky opening turns chocolaty in the midtaste and finishes with licorice and umami qualities. Nothing crazy, but a damn solid smoked IS.

M: It could use a bit more density and creamy smoothness. On the plus side, the alcohol is hidden from the palate quite well.

O: This one is very good, but not great. I prefer Blaecorn Unidragon to this.

Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown ale with a normal sized brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong Kahlua aroma. Booze and patent malt with a trace smoke and char. Quite a bit of ethanol and it does a good job of freeing up aroma. Caramel, coconut and chocolate mix to the point you can smell German Chocolate Cake with a cup of coffee in this.

Starts out mildly sweet and smooth with a bittersweet burnt sugar taste. Thinner than you would think, bakers chocolate and Starbucks coffee. Tastes OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. Smells better than it tastes.

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We've had Clown Shoes around here for awhile, but I never have seen this one on the shelves until very recently. Snagged up a bottle as soon as I saw it as this is one I've wanted to try for awhile. Poured into a snifter.

I let this warm up for about 15 minutes out of the fridge before I poured. Pours hesitantly out of the bottle - a slow glug. A pleasant dark tan head sits on top, but fleets away quickly. Leaves tiny bits of lace stuck to the glass. Sweet aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla cookies, booze, roasted nuts. A nice profile for sure.

This beer is a little disappointing in the mouth. Drinks much thinner than I expected from a big bold beer. Light carbonation, slick finish. Needs more "chew" to this to stand up to the flavors and ABV. This is one of the sweeter Impy Stouts I've had in awhile. Milk chocolate is for sure the main player, sweet from start to finish. Light char flavor melds in well, and finishes with a whisper of boozy aftertaste.

Good beer for sure that I'd revisit as I loved the flavor. But they need to tweak the mouthfeel a bit to give this one just a little more girth.

Photo of JackieTH
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark brown-black, translucent around the edges, transient head and no lace. Smells of roasted caramel malt and chocolates. Taste is toasted marshmallows, charred toast, semisweet chocolate, hint of anise, dark roast coffee, dark cherries, interplay of light bitterness and light sweetness. Medium body, velvety mouthfeel, mildly carbonated. Very tasty although the body is a little lighter than I expected. Good one.

Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.