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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 1,889
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 148
Gots: 433 | FT: 34
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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

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of StroppyMare
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Total Wine, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Nice, dark rich color. Slight tan head which left behind a nice bit of lacing.

S: Dark fruit dominated for me. Some malt and a bit of caramel. Not powerful, but promising.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and sticky like prunes, raisins, currants. Malt, just the slightest coffee, a nice warming finish.

M: Probably this beer's lowest quality, though that doesn't mean bad. The carbonation started prickly but mellowed with warming. Not as oily as Stone's IRS, which might be my standard for these Imperial Stouts.

O: Very nice take on the style. A warm, happy sip.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep dark black with a medium slightly off-white head, not as dark as Unidragon. Some spotty lace, nice look.

S: 80% dark cocoa count chocolate bar to a T. One-dimensional, but it does it well.

T: More classic on the flavour profile. Roasted malt, some dark bread, notes of dark chocolate with a hint of espresso.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium/full-bodied, easy drinking for its size.

O: Not as interesting as the Unidragon, but a solid effort nonetheless. I enjoyed trying this one from Clown Shoes, don't know why their bombers have to be so expensive.

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Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn

A - Jet black pour with a nice brown cola colored foam. Macing was impressive in rings on the glass.

S - smells of licorice, berries, dark fruits, and chocolate hit the nose. Very complex mix of scents, and extremely pleasant.

T - Flavors match the smell. There is many complex notes that just seem to come together well. Sweet blackberries and currants (or figs) combine with milk chocolate and a touch of anise in the finish. Maybe this was a good keg but this was really tasty.

M - Very rich and became more of a sipper over time. While not syrupy thick this was a rich beer that left its mark. One glass shouls be enough unless you have time to kill.

O - I'd buy a bottle of this. And if I did I'd let it sit for a while to see how it mellowed.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, poured into a Founders Brewery Snifter

A: Very dark, virtually no head, with some nice dark brown lacing

S: Coffee, roasted malts

T: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, no overly sweet and not a lot of bitterness

M: Very creamy that coats the tongue long after its gone; moderate carbonation, but definitely not too much. What bitterness there is hangs around for a little bit. Not too rough on the throat.

O: I enjoyed this. Would definitely like to grab another and send it for cellaring to see what a year or two could do to it. Nice job.

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Photo of zac16125
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/30/12

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing dark cola brown, with lightening on the edges and less than 1 fingers width of light mocha colored head. The head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves only slight patches of spotty lacing.

S: Very roasty and fairly sweet. Some dark fruit aromas. Lots of roasted malt, along with a charred wood character. Hints of vanilla and heavy cream. Pretty nice but could have a richer, more complex aroma.

T: Heavy cream, bakers chocolate, dark fruits up front with roasted malt on the backend. More balanced than the nose, which was prominently roast and char. Much sweeter than the nose implied. There is a non-distinct, almost syrupy sweetness, that is quite good and balances the roast nicely. Very tasty.

M/D: Full bodied but could be thicker. Very smooth though and absolutely no hint of the ABV. Drinkability is scary good. Feels much lighter than a 10% IS, which isnt necessarily a good thing, but would be nice if you plan on drinking multiple beers in one sitting. Its so smooth though, which gives it a nice mouthfeel even with the thinness.

O: Overall, this is a very good IS. I most apapreciated the unique sweet component and the smoothness. I would definitely drink this again. Recommend.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, Bottled on 10/18/12 printed on shoulder.

A - Despite the higher level of alcohol within this beer, a tall mocha head rises up and remains coating the sinister-looking black beer for quite some time. Dots of lace remain clutching the glass while legs of alcohol dribble around them.

S - Lush and dark, the aroma of Vampire Slayer starts with smooth milk chocolate and gooey melted caramel before opening up to light smoke notes which waft out ever so slowly. Sticky molasses and dark chocolate-covered espresso bean follow through creating a deep and intense aroma within Vampire Slayer.

T - Thick and rich like the aroma foreshadowed, this beer's ash-y smoke notes which underscore the bold roasted malt flavor elevate the smoothness of the milk chocolate presence and lingering flavor of a good old cup 'o joe.

M - Vampire Slayer's silky and seductive entry leads to a deep, dense feel that's thick and viscous in presence while not too sweet, nor bitter on the finish. It's balanced wonderfully, lingering with a trail of faint smokiness.

O - Congratulations on the excellent Second Anniversary, Clown Shoes. This beer is a dark and voluptuous treat with deep malt character and chocolatey nuances for a thoughtful, involved drinking experience that will pair well with most any dessert.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark and mysterious; perhaps a subtle blood hue seeping out. A light, wandering head that morphs into tiny bat bubbles.

S: licorice, anise, smokey wood (perhaps a stake being sharpened).

T: Coffee, chocolate, raisins. Robust. Smoother as it warms. Makes the blood pump as the hidden alcohol becomes more alive. A smokey sensation envelops the drinker.

M: Medium with light carbonation. A gentle kiss that opens up the pallette for more, more.

O: A fine addition to the Clown Shoes stable. Welcome it into your household. Its bite makes you want to become one with the night.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with some thick tan head.
S: It smelled like smoky roasted barley and coffee, with some bitter dark chocolate and pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like espresso and smoky roasted barley and bitter dark chocolate, with some chili powder and Worcestershire sauce. It had a smoky and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice chewy body.
D: This was more like a smoky RIS than a hoppy American stout. Either way, I really liked the scent and taste and body. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. Could probably age well, but nice fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber purchased for me from Slowbeer by my brother Sam. I then cracked open the bottle and shared it with him, so you know, what comes around goes around.

Pours a deep dusty brown-black, with a solid frothy head of mocha, that collapses to form a crackly large-bubble crust. Lacing is solid and streaming. Body is fluid but quite thick, with immensely static carbonation forming in columns when the beer is tilted. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is rich, dark and sweet, with some smoky overtones. Solid, classic American Impy Stout richness of chocolate, molasses, and mild coffee—perhaps missing the rounded richness that would come from some aging in oak, say—but making up for it with that definite smoky roastedness. It's either a profoundly dark brew, or it has a purposeful smoked malt addition. Either way, it's very clever and pleasant.

Taste is smooth, roasty and rich. Vanilla and chocolate make a dichotomous choreograph on the palate, balancing wonderfully the sweetness and light with the richness and dark. Deep toasted cocoa, smooth malt richness is always leavened and lightened by that sweetness—it creates a dance, a freshness, a sense of good overcoming evil. It's a very pleasant and refreshing take on an Impy Stout.

Overall, this is definitely very good stuff. I love how expressive it is, and yet how it manages to make something new of a well-established genre. The lightness in the feel and the balance that it brings to the palate is very pleasant indeed. Very, very good stuff.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic imperial stout darkness. Thin rootbeer head that ebbs quickly clinging to the edges with decent lacing.

Candied dates first to hit the olfactory nerve. Oak sawdust with smoky, roast malts. Brown sugar, hard candy and toasted marshmellow. Trace vanilla and cream.

At colder temp., smoke is dominate and then wanes as temp. rises. Roast dark sorghum malt. Raw vanilla bean. Hops in the back end with splendid alcohol heat that lingers through the nose. Sweet cream with rootbeer extract.

Thinner than what I was expecting. Yet a velourish cream that I enjoy. Smoky notes dominate entire session that I really don't care for, but others may love.

Overall, I am not picking up on any coffee and really minimal milk chocolate tones. Also I'm not getting any licorice or anise flavoring that I have been reading about and expecting, which I love in a stout. Nonetheless, this is delicious and definetly worth a try to see what you may get out of it. This is coming on-tap soon in my area and I'm looking forward to it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated 9/12/12

appears solid black. tan head, with decent head retention. smell is a bit acidic, sharp. smoke, charcoal, bitter espresso. but the taste is not as bitter or dry as expected. good balance between sweetness and dryness. a bit of sweet milk chocolate flavor sneaks in there. body is , lower carbonation. nice and smooth.

overall - a good beer for their 2nd Anniversary, but doesn't top their other stouts, or the 1st Anniversary beer, the Hoppy Feet 1.5

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled in 9/2012.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that quickly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and fairly sweet robust stout aroma. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, coffee, charred caramel, toffee, and smoked malt. A fair scent of molasses sweetness. Big hints of black licorice anise spice. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some raisin, fig, and prunes. Hop presence is subtle but there are some earthy and herbal hints. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Big, rich, and roasty like the nose hints. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate and cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a good kick of smoke. Moderate molasses sweetness. A quite noticeable taste of black licorice from the anise spice. Undertones of dark raisin, prune, fig, and cherry. Light earthy hop presence towards the finish. A pretty solid stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side but a little thinner than expected for the style. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, slick, silky, and fairly smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty solid imperial stout. Good chocolate and smoked malt flavor. Body could of been a little heavier.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a two finger tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cocoa.

Tastes sweet with no hop bitterness. there is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke. and cocoa. There is some bitterness from the dark roasted malt for balance. the smoke was not as easy to detect in the taste as it was in the aroma.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Has a bittersweet aftertaste from the chocolate and dark roasted malt. The alcohol is well disguised for 10.00 % abv. A nice beer, which I would gladly buy again.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer

Appearance: Three fingers of beige colored head crowns an extremely dark brown, nearly black viscous liquid; there is slight redness around the boundaries of the beer. The head has an extremely foamy, even consistency and leaves great swaths of lacing all over the glass. The carbonation is evident and active, and there are slight alcohol legs as the beer slides around the glass. Just another great looking imperial stout.

Aroma: Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, and hints of dark fruit, with no hop presence whatsoever. Alcohol comes through in the tail end of the nose, as well as a touch of molasses and maybe a bit of smoke. This mostly smells like a sweet, syrupy bomb. Hopefully it has more complexity than that.

Taste: The taste, as it often does, follows the nose with what is there, but deviates in the prevalence. Coffee bitterness hits a lot harder and immediately, but it is followed by creamy vanilla and chocolate that add a great sweetness. Then, the beer transforms again into the smokiness that did not show itself much in the nose. Finally, dark fruits and more coffee bitterness finish up the beer with a nice dryness. The smoke is a great addition and is restrained just enough, as smoke seldom is. This is a superb stout.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for an imperial stout, unfortunately. The carbonation is at a perfect level, however, and the alcohol just slightly warms the mouth, something this reviewer is always looking forward to, especially during the winter months. Not only is the finish dry in terms of flavor, but the smokiness adds an actual drying feeling to the mouth, which is surprisingly not a negative quality.

Overall: Clown Shoes is two-for-two for me. I cannot wait to try Blaecorn Unidragon and their other offerings as well after this and Muffin Top. The factor that stands out about this beer is how well done the smoking is. Typically, smoke overpowers everything else and mutes other flavors, but here it helps the coffee bitterness and mingles well with the chocolate. The folks in Ipswich really know what they are doing. 17/20

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Photo of DavidST
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, bottled on 02/12. This pours a motor oil looking thick, pitch black color with a finger and a half thick mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark chocolate, coco, espresso and roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy, nice carbonination. The taste is very good, lots of dark chocolate, nice and bitter with a little mouth coating coco. This is an excellent dark chocolate tasting stout, far exceeding expectations.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near midnight black, with a finger-width caramel-rust colored head.
Smells of cocoa, burnt roasted coffee.
Tastes nice, and unlike the smell, for me the smokiness comes through in the taste, along with the malt and bitter chocolate flavor. Cream is here. Syrupy linger.
Creamy, thick and smooth. Drinks easy for the abv. Nice. To me not as dry as some feel it is. Balanced quite well.
This is a solid stout, and I highly recommend it. It is well-made and has a nice complexity as it warms. May be in my top 5 for imperial stouts.

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Photo of ADZA
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After trying the Blaecorn Unidragon i didnt think they have another Stout in that calibre anyways lets find out hey and it pours the darkest kola hue with no highlights just pitch dark and leaves a very creamy three finger khaki head with similar lacing,the smell is coffee,smoked wood,bourbon,tobacco,booze and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is creamy full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries,mocha,molasses,a nice hit of smokiness,brown sugar and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall its very nice and yeah id buy it again cheers.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber sent by laymansbeerfan (thanks man!) poured into a tulip-shaped nonic.

A: Dense opaque pour with a creamy tan head and good lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and espresso, light smoke. Dark caramel and a light herbal hop presence.

T: Bit more chocolate here on the palate. Light alcohol presence is nice and not burning or distracting. Small hints of licorice and a faint suggestion of hickory smoothness. More coffee bitterness and dark caramel.

MF: Creamy, slightly viscous medium-to-full body. Adequate carbonation for a big stout.

O: A good big double stout, without adjuncts or barrels or any of the other bells or whistles. Smoke component was lighter than I thought it'd be (judging by the label). To my palate Blaecorn Unidragon is a bit better.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.