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Undead Party Crasher - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 1,931
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 152
Gots: 452 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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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 BigRedDog
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours jet black without much head. While it is around it is a mocha colored head with a slightly creamy appearance and texture.

Smells mostly of bitter dark chocolate and anise. Roasty malt begins to take over. Being from Memphis where the smell of Hickory smoked BBQ permeates the air I can actually pull out hickory smoke from the distinct woody smells that come from the nose as the beer warms. I usually don't like smoked beers too much, but I really don't mind this, it is very subtle and takes more of a backseat to bitter chocolate.

Taste is roasted, bitter chocolate. Wood notes and a definite rauch-esque quality are present. I honestly don't perceive too much depth to this beer and I am a little disappointed. Looked forward to trying this, and at least I am getting my allotment of Holy Water for a little while. Maybe this will stave off the Flu...

Mouthfeel is rich and slightly creamy. Pretty standard for the style.

Overall the disappointment doesn't take away from the fact that this is a good beer. The smoked malts don't overwhelm this beer in the least. In fact if I looked at this as a smoked beer instead of as a stout it would recieve high marks from me in that category. As a stout though I would reach for something else next time.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle shared in little plastic hotel cups.

Pours black with a small beige head, medium-low carbonation. Smell is roasty, black licorice. Some chocolate. Surprisingly mild.

Taste is sweet, but deep. Black licorice, chocolate, coffee. Deep roast. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light and surprisingly crisp. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of Big_V
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A-dark dark brown minimal head
S-coffee dark fruits chocolate
T-raisins, figs, mocha coffee. Very creamy smooth not much alcohol at all
O-very impressed Clown Shoes has yet to let me down

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

10 oz pour on-tap into a stemmed pokal.

Pitch black with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. No light penetration.

Roasted barley, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee.

Dark fruits take the forefront with raisin, fig, and date. Chocolate syrup, roasted barley, caramel, and dark roast coffee grounds. Touches of roasty earthiness.

Medium bodied, smooth, silky, sweet, and warming.

11%? REALLY?? Excessively smooth. Traditional Imperial Stout flavors with the dark fruits taking the foreground.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great example Of an American imperial stout to be enjoyed by hopheads and neo-maltists.. First off clown shoes artwork is intriguing enough to buy a bottle then when you drink one it's highly rewarding. Hard pour into a thick almost cherry colored head which recedes quickly but has a permanent ring all the way through with medium to heavy lacing. The smell is toasted and roasted sugar the taste is all about what u want to focus on the intro is burnt sugar , dark chocolate , dark fruit slight espresso then the hops come in and apply the perfect amount of silky bitterness that somehow stays creamy to the finish or is that cocoa bitterness?Every thing is amplified as it warms bringing forth a whole new layer of flavors to find. Oh did I mention it's complex? Clown Shoes knows how to craft big stouts without creating sugary messes. Anyone knew to American stouts realize hops ride shotgun with malts so don't expect your traditional Russian flavor with a malt driver and slight hop in the distant background they are both here alive and well.... Undead...

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Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/2014:
Pours black and yields a fairly thin amount if head on a lighter pour. The head is foamy and dark tan, and remains on the surface for a while. A few sips shows decent lacing. Nose is dark, dark roasted malt, actually a little more chocolatey in nature, although I get a bit of smokiness in the mix. It's a nice deep smell, even if slightly one-sided.

The taste more or less follows the nose. It starts a bit bitter when there's still a chill in the beer. The front taste with this bitterness is a bit more mocha (coffee) than chocolate. The mid taste brings a light heat to the party from somewhere, perhaps enhanced or caused by some carbonation. As the beer warms, the front taste lightens a bit, and the taste has a bit more chocolate. The end taste seems to tend towards dark roast, slightly astringent coffee, regardless of the temp. The body is pretty full, the feel slightly slick.

This tends a bit towards a coffee flavor than sweet or chocolate, and is pretty well done. The flavors are like a bold dark roast, with some light hints of cream and sweetener, and a light bite of alcohol, both accentuating the main taste well.

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Photo of woemad
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber received via a trade with ShroudOfDoom. No obvious freshness date to be found, but an Impy Stout that’s 10% ought to have some legs on it, so I’m not worried.

Poured a viscousy dark brown, nearly black, with a big, creamy mocha colored head. Said head took it’s sweet time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Initially the aroma was of molasses and brown sugar, but as it warmed some dark fruits, booze and tobacco came out to play. Some sharp hops were in the background as well.

Whoa! Classic taste for the style, starting out sweet with notes of brown sugar and dark chocolate. These are quickly thrown against a fig-like dark fruit flavor, followed hard upon by a warming booziness. Way in the background is a flavor not unlike pipe tobacco, and the whole thing ends on a dry zap to the palate.

Well-carbonated for the style, with a thick, velvety mouthfeel that makes it seem like a dessert as much as a beer.

A nice, big old-fashioned Imperial Stout, what I used to think was the best kind of beer. I’m a lot more well-rounded now, but I still greatly dig a beer like this. The only flaw I can think of is that I think it could hve used a tad bit more bitterness, like maybe some coffee notes , but it's still extremely tasty. Reccomended, and I’m a little bummed that it’s retired (though it wouldn’t be available where I live anyway). Thanks again, Nathan!

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Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger mocha head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving a fine ring of lace around the outside edge. Some patches of larger bubbles remain. Poured into an SA Perfect Pint glass.

S: Roasted malts are present up front with notes of dark fruits, some light coffee and chocolate notes. A little bit of smoked hickory is present as well.

T: Dark malts are immediately present in the taste, the malts smoked with hickory and ash (per the label) take somewhat of a backburner and are minimally present. There are bready notes and a slight hint of sweetness, maybe vanilla notes. Dark coffee is present on the finish.

M: Slick and viscous on the tongue with a minimal amount of carbonation. This beer definitely hangs around for a while.

O: Overall, very tasty. I would definitely get this one again, worth the price ($9/22oz).

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a dark black with a tan head that trails the glass. The smell is full of coffee and dark chocolate with some floral notes on the end. The taste is full of the same notes. Very deep flavors of bitter espresso with sweet chocolate hints through out. Wonderful mouthfeel, thick but not syrupy, thought it was a very nice beer.

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

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, oily thick, with a dark tan, bubbly, foamy head. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, cream sweetness, bitter roasted coffee, subtle boozy notes, vanilla, crème, and earthy notes. Flavors are heavily roasted, with bittersweet chocolate forward, mocha notes, cream and vanilla highlights, earthy tones, hints of booze, and subtle molasses notes. This beer is heavy and tasty. The body is huge, but dry, which increases the drinkability. Wow! The aftertaste is more of the roasted and bitter notes, with chocolate leading the way. The finish is smooth, velvety, but at the very end, turns dry, which teases you to drink more. I should have bought more than one. Wow!!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$9 Bomber poured into snifter at basement temperature

Appearance - as black as the souls of the people involved in ridiculous law suits regarding beer name trademarks. Thank God they do though, because we are clearly not educated enough to tell the difference. Also, a nice mocha head that leaves a ring throughout.

Aroma - very boozy, chocolate, deep roasted malt, hint of tobacco. Reminds me a little of Founders Imperial

Taste - surprisingly, the alcohol is really not noticeable. Would have lost that bet. Fudge like dark chocolate, smokey/ashy,and a slightly sour sweetness that is noticeable the whole time. Cherries or maybe raisins I would guess.

Feel - pretty creamy and full bodied. I would say a little on the plus side of medium. Nice

Overall - one of the few beers in this style that I think is better colder. The dark fruit aspect is a little too strong for me, but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

This starts with a thick inky pour and a short lived dark brown head. The nose is rich and presents cocoa powder, lactose-sweetness, marshmallow, whipped cream, caramel malt, light char and molasses. On the tongue it's thick and dry with char, embers, cocoa powder, roasted coffee bean, a strip of marshmallow sweetness(very light), some dark fruit and a finish of charred oats. Clown Shoes has not impressed me but I must say they know how to make a stout!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Fat, dark tan head with frosty top that reminds me of Wendy's milkshake. The opaque, deep brown body promises something rich.

Smell: the milkshake theme continues. No doubt about t, this beer's main perfume is that of a milky chocolate shake, with plenty of powdery, malty sweetness. Secondary scents consist of lightly roasted malt, a dash of bourbon, and a petite handful of dates. The combo makes for a simple, yet yummy bouquet

Taste: It starts out as sweet milk chocolate, then roasts its way into delicious mocha as bitterness enters into the finish. There exists a bit of sweetened dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries in particular. Some earthy and spicy hop flavors and The tiniest pinch of white pepper white pepper give the blend a some hoppy liveliness. The bitterness doesn't go above moderate, however. This is a beer that could convert non beer drinkers with a sweet tooth. any girly girl would like this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium-light carbonation and medium-light body feel a bit too sessionable for the style. A satiny texture brings back a bit of luxury.

Overakk: A pretty typical chocolate stout for the most part. And yet, the rich mocha and spicy hop notes make it a little bit more of a standout.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Nearly opaque black brew with a rich, creamed coffee colored head. Aroma is chocolate milk, coffee, malt candy, raisins, vanilla, toffee, and faint whiff of wood char, smoke, and rum-like booze. Rich and sweet. Like a milk stout on steroids, creamy and smooth, the sweet elements on the nose translating very well on the palate. Each sip features a tripartite chocolate milk/coffee/toffee beginning, dried fruit in the middle, and an earthy, pungent, boozy coda. Cacao powder and mellow ash in the rather dry finish. Alcohol does not burn although one certainly knows its there in spades. Almost a curry-like spice at times (!). The wicked cool label doesn't hurt either. A smokiness does develop over time as the sweetness subsides a little. I might consider sharing this with a buddy next time ... Body on the thick side which amplifies the sweetness, gentle carbonation. A beer for the bold intrepid stout fan, to be sure. I continue to celebrate the arrival of Clown Shoes in this province and this is a more than fitting toast. I could stash a few crates of this and Crunkle Sam and do just fine on an island for a week or two.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Black, opaque.
S- Chocolate, toffee, raisins.
T- Strong bitter espresso taste followed by slight raisin fruit character. The finish is bitter and alcoholic.
M- Creamy like a milk stout.
O- An awesome brew. I'd drink it, but not for 10$ a pop. I'd go Lagoo Capp Stout. Awesome brew though.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.15/5  rDev 0%

22oz Bomber.Nice stout with a great kick to it.I could taste a little Chocolate and some Raisins in this.It was going down real good last night listening to some Black Sabbath.Very soild stout with a 11.0 ABV.Give it a try.I would drink again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, dark brown head; decent retention leaves a burnt-marshmallow-looking topper on a deep black brew. Very nice lacing.

Fairly strong notes of roasted barley over overripe dark fruit and grapes. Cream, wheat, and a green earthiness.

Flavor follows, with a standard stout profile: roasted barley, dark cacao, cream, slight dark fruit, and lightly hot booze. There's actually a lot of flavor going on in this beer, and it's hard to pick it all out.

Fantastic mouthfeel: thick, almost chewy, silky. Definitely some alcohol heat, but this is a big, big stout. Tiniest amount of sting, and very lively. No foaming.

An excellent, straight-forward, no-frills imperial stout. This is a huge, huge beer, and it can't help but hide it...but it's very good. The emphasis is rightly on the roasted barley, and it comes through in big waves. Not the best or most creative stout, but a great beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Ahh yessss! Meaty, beefy, big, and bouncy. A most excellent imperial stout. Deep and dark
black poring from the bottle with a nice tight beaded tan head that dies down to a fine pool
of fine foam and GREAT lacing. A fantastic nose of coffee, toffee, light smoke, and rich deep
roasted malts. Flavor abounds with deep roasted malts, light black licorice, molasses, coffee,
and chocolate malts. A light smoke mellows out the aftertaste. Excellent mouthfeel with
moderate carbonation to keep it lively. Light cocoa and coffee aftertaste. Most excellent.


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Photo of sheeley
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance: fantastic. Black as night with a great head and slightly colored.
Smell: Very pleasant, but not overpowering. Malts dominate, with hints of coffee and caramel.
Taste: Coffee, malts, caramel, and milk come to my palate.
Extremely pleasant overall, one of the better stouts I've had as a stout lover. Highly recommended for any stout fans of fans of clown shoes.

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Photo of dar482
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out black with a light brown head

The flavor has lots of milk chocolate, dark fruit, with a hint of licorice and some ash on the back end. This beer exhibits a good combination of robust roast and chocolate qualities along with a refined hopping.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus. This is one of the better non barrel aged stouts on the shelves.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured a pleasant head that rapidly dissipated over a dark brown to black in color stout.

S- Really nicely pronounced sweet coffee and chocolate, exceptionally rich.

T- The coffee and chocolate that I smell are there for a nice ride in the taste as well, absolutely zero booze burn. This stays delicious throughout the entire sip.

M- Velvety and sticky, luscious would be a fair assessment.

O- I have reviewed a fair amount of high end stouts in the past 6 months or so, this one stands up to the test. It's the kind of beer that makes you want to see what else the brewery has to offer and then drink the hell out of that too.

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Photo of peensteen
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black, ring of tan head, lace spots as well. Smell is big and roasty, chocolate, quite hoppy as well, when cold almost in Black IPA territory, dark fruit with smokey and lightly chared notes as it warmed. Taste is roasty and smokey almost peaty at points, chocolate and a big hop bitterness, cold coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, med-full chewey body. Good stuff here, a nice full flavoured imperial stout, would certainly have this again.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The brew is extremely dark. Minimal head, but it makes up for quantity with its frothy consistency and mahogany coloration. Foam clings to the glass long after taking a sip. The beer itself looks darker than night, but does not have the expected thickness to match and only appears to be a medium bodied IRS.

Smell- Fresh coffee and soy sauce

Taste- Massive espresso and cocoa flavors mingled with smoke. Sweetness and spicy booze finish increases as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Silky mouthfeel, creamy and slightly chewy . Despite this, it has low carbonation and provides a peppery sensation mostly due to the slight booziness.

Overall- A solid RIS. Not my favorite, but very good. It would warrant another purchase sometime (at $11 per 22oz bomber) but I would still rank it below Old Rasputin, Founders Imperial Stout, Stone IRS, Great Divide Yeti, and Great Lakes Blackout (all readily available in my area for cheaper prices). I would rank this on par with the Brooklyn BCS, and there is some overlap in flavors between the two with the dominant chocolate and spicy booziness.

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

Thick and oily, pouring a very dark brown while ending up near-black in the glass, this beer produces a dark brown head, one of the darkest I've seen, one finger tall. It shows good retention and the lacing coats the glass's walls well.
The aroma showcases, foremost, sweet and creamy milk chocolate. There's a hint of coffee grounds, light wafts of smokiness, vanilla, and a meaty nuttiness, but this big stout seems to show off the sweetness as its primary aspect, with less focus on the roast than many.
The roast is certainly there, though for the most part the flavor meets the aroma's expectations very closely. There's lots of cocoa before the roastiness, which remains for the duration, with a light accompanying nutty flavor that's meatier than almond but drier than walnut. Also pulling through is a vaguely detectable note of dark fruits, not prominent and not as strong as many in the style, which suits this beer just fine. It's more like overripe very dark red cherry, maybe, than anything. It ends with barley notes leading and following into the finish.
The body is thick, full and very smooth. This beer is a treat all around.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle was purchased sometime last year

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a one finger tan head that is slow to fade and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a little smoke
T: taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and just a hint of smoke. swallow is roasted malt, chocolate and more smoke with a little coffee
M: this beer is on the heavy side with a smooth and silky mouthfeel. carbonation is there but is very subdued while the finish is just slightly on the drying side
O: This is a fantastic beer with great flavors and a killer mouthfeel. This one nails it in the American Imperial Stout category.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.