Crasher In The Rye 2017
Clown Shoes

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.37%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
78
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  15
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: Ahh, what better smell is there than chupacabras, defeated, burning in a field of rye? Ummm perhaps the complex aromatics of Crasher in the Rye? For 2017, we brewed the base beer, Undead Party Crasher, and replaced the smoked malt with rye malt to complement the roasted chocolate core of the brew. Then we aged the beer in 100% rye barrels to create a new version of Crasher in the Rye.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ThaneMcC:
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky 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. There is a spicy twang from the rye – offsets the sweet milk stout. Full bodied, almost syrupy with a little carbonation to cleanse the palate.
Another solid clown shoes beer

Sep 16, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a goblet jet black...no light getting thru this,a thin creamy mocha colored head atop.Spicy rye malt,alcohol dipped fruit,and bitter chocolate really stand out in the nose along with quite an alcohol zing.The rye malt and barrel are the main flavor components wich I'am very happy about,spicy as all get out with underlying nuttiness, chocolate and dark fruit,sweet syrupy alcohol sweetness hits in the finish.It's a sipper but very well crafted,a great beer.

Jul 20, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Surprisingly little head on a fairly aggressive pour. Jet black - really nice looking beer. Nose is huge chocolate, rye, vanilla, licorice, coffee, and some dark fruits. Raspberry chocolate notes. Taste is amazing. Super smooth rye and chocolate. Toasted malts, marshmallow, slight dark chocolate bitterness, vanilla, licorice, molasses, figs, cherries, blackberries. Super smooth - not too bitter and not too sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick.

Nov 18, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 21, 2017
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 31, 2017
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 31, 2017
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TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mar 16, 2018
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 09, 2017
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zachary80 from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Starts off great - nearly perfect appearance for the style. Could maybe use a little more head retention

Smell is the first sign of trouble. The rye spice seems to hit the same notes as the roast. Not bad, but not great.

The taste continues down the road. Big rye and stout hit together. Unfortunately the whiskey influence lingers way too long, almost like someone put a shot of sazerac in your regular party crasher.

Big and smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

Overall I like this beer more than the sum of its parts, but it is one of my least favorites from Clown Shoes. The whiskey is far too present.

Oct 07, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle date or anything but the label does say "CRASHER IN THE RYE 2017"

Appearance: Opaque black body with a minimally thin light khaki head that very shortly fades out to a thin khaki ring with a film. The label does state this to be an "Alc11.5% by Volume" beer so it looks pretty good for a beer sporting such a high content.

Aroma: Alcohol. Pure and simple, the first thing that is smelled is alcohol. There is a light touch of chocolate liqueur but even that contributes to the overall scent of alcohol. Once more I really can't fault it for what it is, but beware the faint of heart. Honestly the chocolate liqueur scent starts to warm up to the nose and a bit of creme joins the party. It starts to become more inevitable the more the aroma is sampled.

Taste: A strong mix of cocoa assaults the palate. It is like cocoa powder from Hershey's joined up with a Belgian chocolate shoppe and invaded the shores of your tongue. Tons of delicious chocolate flavor are everywhere. I am at a complete loss as to why this beer has the statement "IMPERIAL OATMEAL MILK STOUT AGED IN RYE BARRELS" on the label. It doesn't taste anything at all like rye beer or liquor. At times there is a black licorice flavor that jumps in but it is mostly dominated by chocolate.

Mouthfeel: On the "drinkability" side of the house this beer is definitely a sipper. The beer feels thick and a bit oily at times. It finishes with a coat across the palate. The thick texture really works for this beer. While most beers are aiming for an "oatmeal feel" this one is more of an "oatmeal plus." It delivers what is expected and then some.

Overall: I'm drinking this during the Summer and the whole time I am thinking about how awesome this beer would be during the Fall. I would really recommend saving this beer for when the leaves are turning and things are starting to get a bit cold. It doesn't hide the alcohol very well but it would make a great substitution for a Winter Warmer. It would be perfect to drink for Halloween. While I wouldn't buy this beer regularly I will most likely buy another bomber and store it until October and crack it open with the jack-o-lanterns. Most chocolate flavored beers taste like tootsie rolls but this one has a far more authentic taste. I would buy it again and I highly recommend it for those who are willing to wait for the right time to consume this beer. I will most likely buy it again and cellar a few for the fall.

Jun 16, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/19/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, spicy rye, oak, whiskey, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/rye malt, rye whiskey barrel, and lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, spicy rye, oak, whiskey, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate rye/whiskey/oak spiciness and light roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, spicy rye, oak, whiskey, toasted oats, dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/rye malt, rye whiskey barrel, and lactose flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and rye/whiskey/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from roast bitterness and rye/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild increasing warmth, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial oatmeal milk stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/rye malt, rye whiskey barrel, and lactose flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Definitely more spicy rye/whiskey presence from the recipe change, and a creamier/silkier mouthfeel than the original. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 08, 2017
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2017
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bshefftz from California

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 31, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black with a small foamy khaki colored head that has decent retention

S- heavy sweet chocolate aroma up front, followed by a big peppery spicy note, wet wood and plenty of caramel

T- lots of peppery rye up front quickly followed by milk chocolate, vanilla & lactose. Mid-palate gives some woody barrel notes, the finish is more peppery rye and chocolate

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- the spiciness of the rye and sweetness of the milk stout compliment each other well

Sep 15, 2017
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archero from Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I do like rye whiskey, so I'm not surprised that i like what the barrel's imparting to this here stout, officially an imperial oatmeal milk stout. The pour was unremarkable, and cold into the center of a goblet, it produced very little head. after a sip, some lace motes trailed behind, but that's about it. Aforementioned head persisted as naught bu a thin collar the rest of the way.

Aromas were suggestive of vanilla and rye, followed by more chocolaty and molasses-like impressions... I found the flavors to be similar, with the rye whiskey barrels appropriately represented. Sweet, but with some drying as a bit of oakiness crept in; very little bitterness or char... Smooth and soft, relatively light-bodied for an imperial stout but not at all as off-putting as I have sometimes found such a characteristic to be. Probably because I am enjoying the hell out of this beer.

I feel like they kept it simple despite the seemingly complex style descriptor, and the beer delivers exactly what I hoped: strong but smooth, with ample rye whiskey influences, while avoiding being over-the-top or cloying.

Well-done.

Aug 14, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/12/17 bottling date

A: Pours pitch-black with a huge and very dark brown head. Excellent head retention as it slowly lightens up and fades away - takes a few minutes. Quite a bit of lacing to boot.

S: Certainly smells like rye. Rye whiskey for sure. Vanilla and chocolate underneath it.

T: Oh yeah. Big spicy rye right up front with some alcohol harshness. In the middle there is a nice sweet vanilla and creaminess from the oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate too. Rye overlays everything and continues to contribute it's spicy harshness all along the way. Aftertaste is lightly sweet and creamy, that oatmeal milk stout quality really gets to stand on its own for a few seconds. Rye mixes back in with a belly-warming finish.

M: Heavy, spicy and slightly harsh.

O: A must-try for the rye lover. I was thinking this would end up balanced due to the sweetness of the oatmeal milk stout but whew, this thing has rye all over it. Great combination of flavors. I feel like a bourbon and rye barrel blend would be absolutely perfection - it could use just a little more sweetness. Maybe next year.

Aug 17, 2017
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heysuz from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 04, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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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smaddock from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 13, 2018
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 05, 2017
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 06, 2017
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wanderingwheelz from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first Clown Shoes offering and I am very impressed. I would gladly have it again.

Nov 03, 2017
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 16, 2017
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admonster00 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 18, 2017
Crasher In The Rye 2017 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 78 ratings