Crasher In The Rye
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #300
Ranked #1,230
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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Photo of stephens101
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.

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Photo of jopezu
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
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.


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Photo of larryarms847
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.

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Photo of jhamp9
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
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

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Photo of Boccu
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.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
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.

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Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of HattedClassic
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
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.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of gatornation
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
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

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Photo of darktronica
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.

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Photo of davidperez
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dommys
A. Pitch black brown with a finger of tan head thick lacing.
S. Aroma Is kinda weak. Toffee and toasted caramel spicy rye, light bourbon.
T. Sweet milky chocolate goodness followed by some bourbon and a hint of tart dark fruit, hint of rye, light smoke.
M. No trace of alcohol at all, goes down smooth, silky and deep.
O. Really good beer but it leaves a little more to be desired.

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

This is a great barrel aged stout that reminds me why this is one of my favorite styles.
a dark brown to black tone with tan to copper head that leaves soon leaving a bit of lacing
smells of wood, vanilla and whiskey
in a word delicious, caramel malt, bourbon, but not too sweet
so thick you almost want to chew it , this coats the throat like cough syrup, in a good way
I'm not sure why this is not one of the whale BA stouts

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Deep murky brown with thick tan head that fades pretty quickly, some lace. Can tell this ones gonna taste great by the aroma. Roasty chocolate and vanilla with bourbon. Taste is rich, chocolate, vanilla, the bourbon is there but not sharp, ends with some subtle spice and a lingering sweetness. Lots of flavor and very well done. Thick chewy mouthfeel, velvety. Wish I had another bottle of this one, maybe my favorite by CS so far.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice dark espresso brown black color with a mocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - roasted malts, bourbon, rye spiciness, vanilla, oak
T - whiskey, rye spice, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, some dark fruits
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is rye whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate
O - nice barrel aged stout, similar in flavor to Black Betty by Nebraska Brewing, I'd probably buy it again if I could

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Crasher In The Rye from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 482 ratings