Crasher In The Rye
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #326
Ranked #1,296
4.26 | pDev: 7.28%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Crasher In The RyeCrasher In The Rye
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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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +7%
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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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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
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jopezu from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


"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
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil black and very viscous with a head that blossoms into a two finger thick crown.

Smoky and spicy rye notes mingle with notes of chocolate, oak, and a heavily roasted character.

Chocolate comes out strong in flavor with a chocolate syrup like finish while the barrel adds some depth lending oak, rye, and alcohol heat.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, rich, smooth, chewy.

Overall, quite an outstanding and well rounded sipper.

Aug 23, 2017
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jhamp9 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near black with a khaki head that fades to a ring. Oily lacing. Aroma is whiskey, licorice, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and wood. Taste is whiskey, caramel, chocolate, char, wood, and some dark fruit. Medium full body. Booze is a little hot.

Aug 12, 2017
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Clown Shoes classic!

Pours an inkly black with copious khaki head - smells of smokey malts, wood, vanilla and whisky . Taste is sweet malts forward, smoky, leather, sweetened coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla with a smooth transition and clean finish. Full bodied, almost syrupy with a little carbonation to cleanse the palate.

All the deliciousness of the Undead party crasher aged in rye whisky barrels - smooth. . . another solid clown shoes brew

Aug 03, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Nice one finger brown head. Aroma of rye and coffee. Taste is coffee roast, milk chocolate middle to a rye finish. Medium mouth feel. Excellent oatmeal stout. Not alchol over Bering at all. Big fan of clown shoes.

Jul 18, 2017
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dar brown, nearly opaque. plush mocha head on the pour that mostly recedes.
smell: smoke, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon hints. nice nose.
taste: most of the characteristics in the nose. quite mellow. an interesting bittersweet thing in the finish.

Jul 02, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, a little charred grain, plus plenty of vanilla & chocolate as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plenty of barrel, dryness, vanilla & chocolate up front. Dryness, vanilla, some spicy rye & oakyness as this warms, Finishes dry, oaky, with chocolate & vanilla

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, super smooth carbonation as this warms

A very good take on the style, as usual, Clown Shoes delivers

Jun 19, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice looking cocoa brown head that dissipates a bit quickly. The beer itself is a very nice looking dark chocolate black with a particular nice and shiny texture to it that really works.

The smell and taste are very good but the taste has a match better result from the mixture of different notes. The smell has a delicious lactic and sweet chocolate notes with a bit of a rye nose to it. The smell is predominantly milk chocolate with a very well blended creamy lactic note to it. The sweet bourbon note is nice and moderate that adds a unique sweetness to it and mixes well in the smell. The taste is much more intense than the smell. The taste has the same notes as the smell but the rye whiskey is slightly more intense and there is more alcohol to it. The alcohol doesn't detract and definitely adds a little something to it. There is also a slight roast that comes out as well.

The feel is pretty good. It's a nice creamy feel with a heavy body and a slight thickness to it with some light carbonation. The mixture of the thinness and creamy works because it comes off with a nice heft for the style.

Overall, this is a really good beer from Clown Shoes and definitely worth getting and drinking fresh.

Jun 16, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 version - Poured a black body w/ one-finger dark brown head that dies quickly. A touch of spice in the aroma but mostly oats and lactic qualities along with some wood in the aroma (hints of roasted dark chocolate and malts as well). Really smooth thanks to the wood/oatmeal aspects and the lactic qualities make it almost creamy and hides the ABV. A touch of chocolate sweetness adds another flavor as well and it's a bit sticky so makes for a slow sipper that is easy to drink.

Jun 08, 2017
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark and black yay.

What's nice about this beer, in comparison with other double stouts, is that there's huge dark fruit notes on the nose. Of course there's also rye and chocolate.

Great-tasting beer! I love how this one has oatmeal in it, and I think that it wouldn't be as balanced without it. The rye notes are on the forefront, but they're subdued by the heavy chocolate and creaminess of the oats and lactose (I'm assuming lactose is used since it says "milk stout"). Caramel is also present I guess.

It's mostly creamy and thick, but as it warms it's a bit syrupy, which is not good but not really bad? I'll take it over a thin mouthfeel.

Overall, this is great. I don't know how to compare it to many other Clown Shoes stouts other than their year-round typicals. But comparing to any other double stout, this one will likely beat it.

Jun 08, 2017
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jakecattleco from California

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter.

L: Pours jet black with ribbon of tan head that had minimal retention and left no lacing.
S: All barrel, char followed by subtle vanilla.
T: Follow nose, hardly any attributes of base beer detected, all barrel. Finishes very clean with just a hint of lingering bitterness.
F: Thin bodied, low carbonation.
O: Good, but expected more from a Clown Shoes barrel offering.

Mar 18, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking each and every spicy and acceptable flavor to the brewing would and weaving them into an imperial stout seems to be the mental makeup of the brewers as they embark upon a strongly roasted backbone and a stern grip on the gullet.

Crasher in the Rye strikes the nose immediately with burnt, smoke and spice with a sharp tingle as the beer approaches. Its slightly bleached black allows for the slimmest garnet crevices to show. A mid stern head caps then collapses under the power of its rye and whisky influence. Burnt sugars seem like roasted marshmallows, sweet mesquite, and molasses on the tip of the tongue.

It doesn't take long for the spice of rye, whisky and wood to make a grand showing as the middle palate billows with roast and the sweetness swiftly steps back. The spice of rye brings an acrid peppercorn, husken grit to the taste and highlights the beer's ash and burnt character. Oak, caramelized whisky and smoke roll onto the finish with their own abrassive bite and a bitter, peppery zing that shocks and tantalizes the senses.

Sharp, spicy and dry, the imperial stout leaves a powdery ash texture on the finish- exacerbated by the fusal whisky spice and peppery grains. As a rustic stout, the beer's unrefined taste and texture is also part of its masculine charm- likely suitable best for aggressive cigar lovers and those for a taste for Turkish coffee.

Jan 31, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Mahogany color with some crimson highlights a frothy khaki head with streaks of lacing. smell of vanilla ,wood and bourbon, taste is very good smokey bourbon with toffee molasses combo hints of wood and roasted malts, wow mouthfeel has very little ABV with loads of barrel nice rye pice with a creamy finish. Wish i bought more of this one i have no more left, this is one of CS better offerings.

Aug 14, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in Rye and Bourbon Barrels, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a caramel brown over a very deep brown, near black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Bitter chocolate malts, mild roastiness, black patent malts, soft breadiness and mild lactic acidity. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Creamy chocolate malts with a mildly roasted back end complimented with tanginess and acidity and a gentle touch of barrel tannins, a waft of smooth alcohol on the back end. Nicely balanced, with an unexpected acidity and tanginess that manages to contrast the chocolatey sweetness nicely. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, moderately residual, lightly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is evenly sweet and residual to tangy, acidic and light roasted grain. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This beer takes an interesting direction as a barrel-aged stout, with the barrel aging supposedly creating a moderate acidity and tanginess that generates an unexpectedly enjoyable contrast to the otherwise straightforward malt profile. I consider this beer one of Clown Shoes' better
stout "experiments". 4

Clown Shoes'
Crasher In The Rye

Jul 26, 2016
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darktronica from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2015, and drinking mighty fine right now. Marshmallow toasted over the bonfire, caramel malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, and subtle spice from the barrel treatment. Full bodied from the oatmeal, giving it a silky smooth mouthfeel. I had a few bottles fresh and again on draft at a special event about a year later, but this is even better now. It wasn't one of their cheaper barrel releases (in my local area, at least), but it's definitely coming into its own and is now, in my opinion, worth every penny.

Jun 17, 2016
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davidperez from Mexico

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/11/15

Served in a snifter, it pours black with a very thin layer of dark brown foam that dissipated quickly. A ring of such foam develops at the slightest movement of the glass, and disappears again quickly.
Swirling the glass reveals a decent lacing and alcohol legs.
Nice looking beer.

The bouquet is of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, milk chocolate, wood, roasted malts, a hint of dark fruits, and a very distinctive spiciness coming from the rye.
Very delicious and assertive.

The flavor is scrumptious.
Upfront slightly hot, but such sensation quickly fades and the flavor parade begins. A very nicely done blend of vanilla, molasses, bourbon, rye spiciness, roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate. Predominantly sweet, this is a clearly unbalanced beer, yet a prime example of how to do so effectively.
As it warms up the flavor becomes dominated by the bourbon and the molasses note, and the rye spiciness disappears.
The aftertaste is long, sweet, and full with chocolate and bourbon.
High carbonation considering the style. Full body, velvety mouthfeel, almost chewy.

Just as other BA IS, Crasher in the Rye paints the glass with a light, diaphanous brown hue.
Outstanding beer for sure.

May 11, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head. The head recedes to a thin ring leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is light bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and milk chocolate.

T - The flavor is milk chocolate and lactose upfront followes by bourbon, vanilla, and some dark fruits. The rye gives a nice light spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Sticky finish.

O - Another great barrel-aged beer from Clown Shoes. Highly recommended.

Feb 07, 2016
Crasher In The Rye from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 492 ratings