Crasher In The Rye
Clown Shoes

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From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #799
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,214
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.31%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
412
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 22, 2021
Added:
Dec 20, 2014
Wants:
  45
Gots:
  144
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Ahhh, what better smell is there than chupacabras, defeated, burning in a field of rye? Ummm, perhaps the complex aromatics of Crasher in the Rye? Texas oak smoked malt, from Blacklards Malt Company, as well as a touch of rye malt, complement the roasted bittersweet care of the brew. Aged 100% in Rye and Bourbon barrels.
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Rated: 3.85 by hophugger from Virginia

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2017 Bottle. Pours dark brown/black. Thin brown head. Leather, mahogany, tobacco, chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, vanilla on nose. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, wood. Feel is light medium carbonation and slightly creamy. Overall, a solid offering from clown shoes perfect for sipping.
Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
flippin gosh-darn beautiful, she is. no "phonies" plaguing this jazz, that's for sure.
rye and chocolate. killer combo that I managed to not see until this brew popped on my radar and proceeded to blow my mind. it's black bodied, packed with chocolate and tinges of dark stone fruit and coffee bean stuffed in a leather bound book dipped in red wine tannins peppered with the spice of rye and roasted sweet dark sugar-burnt-caramel malt.

it's a killer stout with a complicated kick. that's this brews thing. and it's ****ing good at it.
Aug 11, 2020
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2017 Vintage
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense chocolate with a hint of coffee, a little barrel with some vanilla and caramel along with some slight rye spice
T: Taste is chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malts along with some smoke and charred wood. Hints of burnt sugar with a touch of vanilla, caramel and oak. Hints of spicy rye coming in at times as well. On the swallow there's more chocolate and coffee with some more oak, smoke, char, roasted malts, and slight lingering rye spice.
M: This beer has a silky smooth and full body. Carbonation is soft but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish which is expected for the style and the ABV.
O: Overall this really nice. The beer has some great complexity and everything plays really well together. The silky smooth mouthfeel on this stout is also perfection. Very well executed and well worth a try if you can find it.
Aug 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by gshak from Texas

Jun 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by 5EKF from Illinois

Apr 28, 2020
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
*Bottled 5/12/17

Pours seal brown with a meager cap of khaki foam that disperses almost instantly. Rich, sweet aroma smells of dates, plums, toffee, peat, and rye.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely, featuring molasses, dates, toffee, prunes, rye, and earthy hops. The whisky barrel is well represented but not cloying. Some soy sauce notes are present, possibly due to sitting on the store shelf for nearly three years... Warming reveals roasted malt and burnt toast. Medium-heavy body and mild carbonation make for a smooth, sturdy mouthfeel.

What can I say? This is another stellar stout from Clown Shoes. Complex, robust, and sophisticated, one might even argue it's their best.
Mar 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Feb 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Msp004 from New York

Feb 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.68 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by walt5 from Delaware

Oct 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by vfgccp from New York

May 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Apr 12, 2019
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Reviewed by stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A dark brown brew with a dark tan lacing.

Aroma is heavy with quite distinct notes of molasses, black cherry, fusel alcohol and plum.

Sweet and hot up front with the ripened dark fruits succumbing to the barrel aging and booze after a short bit before a wave of caramel and black licorice introduce themselves. Some grain and pine noticed as it warms, but remains on the sweet side overall.

Medium in body and no doubt a sipper that goes to work fast.

Another quality brew from CS that doesn't hit the pocket book too hard. And that's fucking rad because overpriced beer is becoming so totally sad.
Jan 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Dec 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.51 by roarkty from Ohio

Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
pours a dark opaque mahogany with a thick medium head. nose; baker’s chocolate, vanilla, oak, sweet tobacco, dates, & brown sugar. taste; roasted dark malt, spicy rye, cocoa/dark chocolate, whiskey, oak, light char, lactose, vanilla, dates, & mellow earthy hops. heavy carbonation, and the milk definitely adds to a dense velvety mouthfeel. another decadent clown shoes sipper with satisfying complexity.
Nov 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22oz into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a pitch black with a thin tan head.

Aroma is vanilla oak bourbon with a rich roast malt.

Taste is very hot bourbon with a sweet roast malt.
Nov 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by keithv70 from Texas

Sep 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by Muss42 from Michigan

Sep 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

Jun 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

May 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by billbeers from Pennsylvania

May 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Apr 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by KevinMc from Illinois

Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by Mikexw from New York

Feb 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by Bum4ever from California

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Nov 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 12, 2017
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Solo cup beside the fire pit. The perfect environment for this flavorful sipper.

Black body with a tightly packed, beige two finger head that lingers. Great looking beer.

Aroma brings to fore the different elements - roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, oak, toffee and cocoa powder. If I wasn’t familiar with rye BA beers I don’t think I could have picked it out, but it does have that familiar whiskey-spice element. Chocolate Whoppers make an appearance.

Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, lactose, cocoa and bourbon. Decadent but not quite dessert-beer. Smoky and light char.

Super smooth, slightly sweet with a refined barrel kicker. Missing the vanilla and toasted coconut notes that I love in BA beers. Outstanding beer regardless.
Oct 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Oct 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by mattboyer182 from Indiana

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
**
09/02/2017

"Chupacabras, defeated, burning in a field of rye?" ..... Nuff Said, I love it.

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, thick. Big beige head that reforms well.
AROMA: rye whiskey and oak are apparent, but not overpowering. Also, smoke, cocoa, coffee. Very nice.
TASTE: coffee, cocoa and whiskey. A little harsh on the whiskey on the back end, but otherwise tasty.
FEEL: Velvety smooth, full body, excellent carbonation for the style.

Great job Clown Shoes. I was thinking that this had disappointment written all over it, but it is a smooth sipping, slightly sweet, flavorful stout with a velvety texture. Very Enjoyable.

**
Sep 02, 2017
Crasher In The Rye from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 492 ratings