Undead Party Crasher
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #782
Ranked #2,032
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Undead Party CrasherUndead Party Crasher
Notes: Formerly: Vampire Slayer
Reviews: 418 | Ratings: 2,228 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Undead Party Crasher (2019 is 9%) has a medium, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and a bit of lacing. The aroma is of brown bread crust, dark cherry, cream, & coffee. The flavor is similar, with low bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety & high medium, and Undead Party Crasher finishes somewhat sweet.


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Photo of Argail
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottom of the 1 pint can 08/12/19 - on the can ABV 9% - refrigerator > Snifter Glass. Opened the can and immediately felt the buzzzzz!
Look - dark brown - black beautiful look, not transparent to light, little tan head (6 7 mm) - poured half a can, not aggressively.
Smell - buzzz in my nose (booz on the nose not on the taste), a little smokiness.
Taste - creaminess little buzz roast toasty sweet chocolate.
Feel - it feels like you eat not sweet jerky, no carbonation.
Overall - in my opinion (I admit that I have not tried many American Imperial Stouts from different breweries, where I live breweries don't make Imperial Stouts - that's some kind of sadness - since I really like "dark - black" beer) very tasty beer (want to buy more) ABV here 10% but on the can from last year august 9%. I really liked this beer. Be sure to drink from a glass nor can or bottle.

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Photo of philbe311
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly more than fingers worth of dark brown froth... Decent retention... Inky black color... The nose is of milk chocolate with hints of roasted malts and coffee... Things are flipped on the palate a bit with dark roasted malts and bitter coffee at the forefront with only some faint glimpses of chocolatey sweetness... Dense and full bodied... Sleek with some bristling carbonation... Each sip is even and consistent... Overall, a rock solid enjoyable stout that is really really good in all categories, but isn't quite exception in any particular area...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of brown colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a caramel and molasses smell mixed with a whole lot of cocoa and roasted malt aromas. Along with these smells comes some big smells of smoke and char as well as an intense smell of booze and oak.
Taste – The taste begins with a a rather sweet and roasted malty taste with the sweet being mostly of a sweet caramel and molasses tastes as depicted in the noes, but also containing sweetness of a dark chocolate flavor. As the taste advances the caramel and molasses get even stronger and are joined by some other sweet tastes of toffee and brown sugar. Also as the taste advances there is a hit of oak and char that comes to the tongue and along with a decent warming boozy taste as well as some flavors of an earthy hop and a touch of vanilla and smoke, one is left with a rather sweet and dark warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thicker and chewy with a carbonation level that is low. For the big sweet and dark boozy tastes of the brew the feel is great and makes for a sweet slow sipper.
Overall – Robust and sweet for sure. Not the most balanced, but it does have a nice flavor profile and if looking for a sweeter imperial stout this is a good go to for the price point. Overall a good go to imperial stout.

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Photo of mntlover
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pretty darn black no light showing through the house lights anyway. Coco colored head is big fluffy two fingers high of slow falling foam that laces well. Nice Looking brew.

Aroma is big on roasted malts, good chocolate notes, light coffee or charred wood notes, molasses sweetness some earthy hints. Pretty basic big stout nose.

Taste is not as smooth as the nose charred malts and woody notes, bitter coffee and dark chocolate that adds to the bitterness. Not as sweet as the aroma leads you to believe.

Mouthfeel is only a hair over medium with fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall looks great, smells pretty good and the taste is ok. Seems to go down a notch on down the list. Easy drinking I guess but better big stouts out there to be had.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black engine oil color. Not sure if it was the way I poured it, but man what a large and dense foamy and bubbly mocha head! It retains well, while lathery lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma opens with sweet notes of dark chocolate and roasted malts.
A light alcohol spice hits the nose gently, balanced with notes of dark roasted and biscuity malts, dark caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit.
The taste is rich with a balanced sweetness that evokes flavors of dark chocolate, raisins, brown sugar and a touch of maple syrup. The alcohol spice is quite manageable, not too hot, and somewhat bourbon like. Notes of coffee, vanilla bean, cherries, lightly charred malts, and a gentle hops and espresso bean bitterness.
Full bodied, smooth and mildly carbonated. The finish is dry and roasty with a gentle alcohol warming going down. Well balanced overall and with well masked alcohol, making for easy drinking.
Complex yet drinkable and not too boozy. Nice imperial stout overall.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ever since I embarked on a Clown Shoes brewery horizontal as part of New "Don't Call Me a 'Clown' Until You've Drank a CAN of Beer in My Shoes" Beer Sunday (Week 736), I CAN't seem to stop! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Our Mission: To Produce Beer without Pretension while Being Free and a Little Crazy"; "Welcome, Trademark Attorneys!"; "In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold us back, do we need the undead and trademark attorneys too? Clown Shoes says, NO, DIE MONSTERS DIE! Forces of darkness brought about a change in the name of this beer, which was released to celebrate our second anniversary, but it still sports signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory and ash."

Having Crack!ed open the vent, I beCAN a slow, gentle Glug, but the intense foaming caused me to quickly back off. I watched in rapt fascination as a pseudo-cascade occurred, finally settling into two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a smoky roastiness, more toward dark chocolate & charcoal as opposed to the previous coffee-driven beer. Mouthfeel was medium, but a tad thin for the style. The taste was very chocolaty with a slightly burnt aspect and a sweet cherry flavor. The latter was quite unexpected but also very pleasant. It kind of put me in mind of Kirsch liqueur CANbined with a chocolate liqueur. The CANbined tastes rendered it a bit sweet for my taste, but it was still quite tasty. In fact, it was a tad dangerous since it was quite easy-drinking. I was really putting it away until I suddenly realized what I was doing & slowed my roll. Finish remained a bit more sweet than I would prefer, but certainly in keeping with the style.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Rings of tan lace.
Smell is molasses and bready malts.
Taste is coffee molasses chocolate some bitterness. Dark malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a tasty and dark Imperial Stout. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Mordath
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Disclaimer: Just opened a can dated 9/7, so its not as fresh as it could be.

Pours an oily black, with a tiny toffee colored thin head and next to no lacing.

The smell is somewhat offputting: i smell freshly poured asphalt and some hints of cappucino, though this isnt advertised as a coffee stout. Also reminiscent of tobacco, probably due to the smoke.

The taste is fine, malty and rich enough but not overly so. Slight lingering bitterness (think dark chocolate) and more coffee on the finish. The label touts its locally smoked malt using hickory and ash, and yes some of the smokiness comes through. Not strong like a rauchbier, but still present.

The feel is a bit thin and not as dry as you’d expect for a 10%, but not bad by any means.

All in all its a very average example of the style, nothing exceptionally good or bad about it. I’d pick it up again if it was on sale.

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Photo of twloco
2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

I loved this beer in the past, was happy to find a relatively fresh 4 pack--Oct. 2018.
Apparently, it's nothing like it was, Clown Shoes was sold, and who knows what state it was even brewed in-the label shows two possible locations.
It's a totally different recipe, this was 11%, now it's 9%!!! Clearly a totally different recipe. This is very thin and has a cheap after taste. Nothing like what this was. It's not horrible but not worth the $. Very disappointing, I know to avoid Clown Shoes now.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/9/18

Pours an oily blackish brown with over a finger of thicker, creamy dark khaki head; good retention and plenty of spotty lacing, along with some thicker segments, wall the glass with nice longevity.

Aroma is a smooth balance of heavy roast, milk chocolate creaminess, and somewhat syrupy dark fruits; slight booziness alongside toasted wood and smoke on the finish.

Taste bursts with a deep, oaky, smoky roast blend with bitter coffee and faint milk chocolate; light booze and jammy stone fruit are more prominent toward the finish, along with some lightly smoked toasted oak and barley.

Mouthfeel shows a dry medium body with silky carbonation and hints of roasty bitterness, as well as a semi-sweetness via the dark fruits coming through in the finish; some booze is present, but this ultimately carries very delicately on the palate for a bigger beer. Really nicely done, as it enables the flavor to be easily enjoyed.

Big hits of roasty bitterness are offset nicely by smoother notes of syrupy stone fruits and faint booze; a robust imperial stout, for sure. The mouthfeel really contributes to how enjoyably it all comes together, though, as the dryness and soft carbonation allow the profile to shine.

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Photo of matcris
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Jet black, frothy tan head. NIce, thick lacing.
AROMA: Dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, jam/red wine (Irish stout quality,) smoke, leather, and tobacco.
TASTE: Big! Dark roasted malt, black, dark roasted coffee, smoky, Dark chocolate, and a slight jammy vibe. NICE!! Way minor alcohol in the taste.
FEEL: Well carbonated, Full bodied, sticky, and dry on the finish.
OVERALL: A viscous luxury of a stout.

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Photo of Holderness
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes is now releasing this in cans

L -- Black body with two fingers of light brown produced with fairly gentle pour. Good retention and some lacing
S -- Cacao powder, stone fruit, coffee, booze, smoke
T -- Bittersweet chocolate, char, brown sugar, apple, earthy hop
F -- Lightly velvety and smooth drinking. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium carb. Booze is hidden pretty well
O -- Roasty, intense stout


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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/7/18, consumed 7/18/18

Good, solid all-around imperial stout, but nothing that really stands out. Alcohol is decently hidden, feel could stand to be creamier and more substantial. Pretty terrific price at $3 for a 16oz. can.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours as dark brown as you can get before it ventures into black category. The smell is smoke, brown sugar, and dark chocolate. The taste is similar: heavy on the dark malts, smoke, and dark chocolate. It doesn't fall into the trap of having too much sweetness to cover up the alcohol. Perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. This was one of my contributions to the event.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown from a 16oz can. Smells of cocoa and burnt malt. Taste is similar with a bit of coffee, think`n chewy. Off to buy more in the am!

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Photo of jkblr
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz undated bottle poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours dense black with light brown head. The head recedes to a medium ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is roasty malts and baker's chocolate. The taste follows the nose with more smooth dark cocoa and roasted malts. There is a subtle smokiness in the taste that is drying and adds a hint of complexity. No alcohol presence in the aroma or taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. The bitterness is very subdued without allowing the taste to tilt to sweet. Overall, excellent. I do wish I knew the beer's age as I suspect it sat for a while before I purchased it. Whatever the age or condition, it was delicious in my glass.

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Photo of leekainen97
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-Poured from bottle into tulip glass
-Nearly pitch black in color with little to no head.
-Strong roasted malt smell, coffee, caramel, some molasses sweetness.
-Taste follows smell more or less. Could use more punch. Found myself smelling more than drinking.
-Very smooth heavy bodied mouthfeel.
-Overall a great stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/30/14
Beer pours very dark brown and then appears pitch black in glass. Dense mocha/caramel colored head.
Smell is sweetness. Some molasses, vanilla & caramel.
Taste is like the nose. It's a mix of the different sweetness. Some slight Tobacco.
The feel is very creamy and soft. Especially with the head staying in like it did.
Overall, I like it a lot. Don't know how it compares to a fresh one but it sure does hold up well for not knowing if you ask me!

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Photo of sjrider
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with little to no head, faint lacing and appears mostly flat. Bottled 9/28/17. Nose is roasty malt,bitter chocolate and coffee with a faint sourishness. Taste pretty much follows the nose with a thinner than I prefer mouthfeel. A middle of the pack IS, wouldn't turn it down but wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aged 2 years in the dark.

Coffee brown to black, with a beige-brown head that sticks around. Nice display.

There was no spill-over when i uncapped it, so im surprised to get the cherry notes that i do. Light sour cherry notes underneath some light acidic coffee and roast malts. As it warms it develops hot chocolate and fudge notes.

Taste is of burnt cardboard, oak, molasses, burnt toast, leather - quite a bit of it, edamame, rolled tobacco, light chocolate cake, and a finish of dark coffee.

Feel is slick, with mild carbonation and a mildly roasty finish.

Overall, it's something I'd like to try fresh some day, but I'm not incredibly impressed with this beer anyways.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of caramel-colored head. Head retention is fair, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is roasty, and toasty malts with medium-roast, milk chocolate, lactose, and caramel showing up behind. Lovely dark and hearty aroma. Flavor profile is smooth milk chocolate that swells to roasted and toasted malts. Medium-roast coffee finishes this beer well, just giving it a slightly bitter sting on the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a slightly water edge at the start. It firms up, forming a bolder, thicker feel as the beer warms. Overall, a great stand-by stout featuring coffee and chocolate. It strikes a nice balance between the thin, crushable stouts and the hearty, 5-course meal stouts.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An ephemeral head and lacing of the same nature. The body is dark with absolutely not light breaking through its contents. Smells of dark aged malt, a slight coffee booze with a dry woodiness. The taste is of the same nature with all traits excepts a slight cocoa flavor before a powerful dry polish which lasts for a long duration. Not for the sweet stout lovers by any means.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has roasted malt, molasses, milk chocolate and some liquorice. Taste is rich and roasty with chocolate malt and some savory notes. Medium plus body with soft carbonation. A legit american style imperial stout.

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