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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 356
Hads: 1,933
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 152
Gots: 454 | FT: 37
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:
Beer added by: Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

Formerly: Vampire Slayer
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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of beechner224
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRamsey
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of SweetBrown
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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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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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.