Undead Party Crasher
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,209
Ranked #4,259
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Jan 19, 2022
Dec 31, 2011
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Notes: Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Undead, beware! The Undead Party Crasher cares not for your festivities of the evil afterlife. Thou hast been vanquished before, and I shall vanquish thee again! Our big and bold American Imperial Stout utilizes holy water and a malt bill including smoked malts for an Imperial Stout that bursts with dark malt flavor. Rich notes of coffee, and chocolate mingle throughout an intense and full-bodied Stout.
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Poured into a Belgian style snulip glass.

L: 4.5. A very nice looking Stout beer. Nice head retention. Opaque black body.
S: 3.75. Sugarcane. Roasted malt. Very sweet smelling. Chocolate becomes apparent as it warms.
T: 4.5. Complex. Bitterness on par with a Russian Imperial. Coffee. Chocolate. Licorice. Hops. Smokey aftertaste. Actually, very reminiscent of a whiskey.
F: 4 Medium to thick bodied. A bit harsh for the uninitiated.
O: 4.25. An excellent Imperial Stout.

Jan 19, 2022
4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Jan 15, 2022
4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Dec 27, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

Lots of entertaining can art and reading, Package date on a beer like this doesn't matter to me unless it seems off somehow.
This pours pitch black with glints of garnet in the mocha colored head that rose 2 inches and fell as quickly leaving a thick ring of lace above smears and specks glued to the glass.
Severely stout-ish aromas of steeped black grains, wood smoke and ash with sweet notes of maple, raisins and burnt sugar. Not as pungent and more subdued than some Imp Stouts but still encouraging with just a whiff of alcohol.
The flavor is balls on style + smoke. The smoked malt really lends character to the beer w/out taking over.
Tasty caramelized sugar sweetness mixes with the chalky, scorched grain dryness for balance while a tickle of boozy heft adds to the solid hop bite at the back end.
There is a lot going on here - refined and full bodied, complex stout flavors of dark malted grains, figs and sour cherries, wood, leather and grassy hop bitterness swirl in compliment and contrast with more campfire lingering on the finish, complete with a bit of ash.
Really a fine robust stout.

Dec 25, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Peach63 from New York

Ebony with a 1" tan head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is roast malt, smoke, coffee.

Taste is smoky, roast malt, coffee, slight sweetness.

Full body, light carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

An excellent Imp Stout. A nice smokiness to it.

Dec 08, 2021
4.18 by Danzifer from Ohio on Oct 30, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kiiz

Poured into stemless bulb glass at around 55-65F. Packaged 1/18/21.

L: Very dark amber, appears black in the glass. Small tan head that mostly disappears quickly. A tiny head and lacing remains.

S: Cherry, oak, figs, coffee grounds, booze. No one smell dominates, lots of balanced complementary aromas.

T: Baker’s chocolate is at the forefront. Light but persistent coffee taste in the background with equal whiskey burn and taste. As it warms hints of cherry, oak, figs, citrus hops and brown sugar occasionally make appearances.

F: Big bodied, full, mean and creamy; similar to your shameful browsing history. All jokes aside this beer is the equivalent to a zombie sucker punching you in the teeth. In a good way. A strong whiskey burn somehow coincides with a strong creaminess.

O: A classic looking, mesmerizing smelling stout draws you in just to maul you with its taste. This is a beer I would only drink a couple times a year but it’s definitely a staple come mid fall. The artwork on the can is an added bonus.

Oct 23, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1696
Undead Party Crasher
Clown Shoes
Date: 27 July 2021
Imperial Stout
My first foray into Clown Shoes; should I be scared. I have wanted to try this beer for a while now. The artwork on the beer is frame-worthy; it is stellar. I used a tulip glass; the temperature was 46 degrees. A frothy and creamy two-fingered dark tan head with excellent retention. The slow dissipation left some lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 36, dark over-used motor oil brown. The beer is opaque. The appearance is excellent for this stout.
After I opened up the can, tons of chocolate and coffee emitted. My first smell, I got raisins, molasses, char, smoke, and tobacco. Nosing further, I detect figs, herbal, dark roasted malts, bready, vanilla, and leather. The malts in the beer are immense.
The flavors are smokey dark roasty malts, chocolate, dark coffee, raisin, molasses, char, burnt bread, vanilla, tobacco, leather, and floral.
The mouthfeel is dry and chewy. The body is heavy, has low carbonation, and has a delightful finish.
I love how they incorporate the smoke malts. This is what an imperial stout should be. The alcohol is well hidden in this enormous beer. A few issues; the malts are not rounded, and the balance is just a tad off-kilter. I feel the finish is just rough, giving you the brunt of the malt wallop. Overall a solid imperial stout, I am glad I got to consume it.

Oct 21, 2021
4.14 by Skabiski from Maryland on May 01, 2021
4.58 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina on Apr 22, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

16oz can - 4 pack at a reasonable price.

Poured nicely - good head, carbonation and look. Very dark dark brown, really nice head.

Taste was very good, not exceptionally rich, but still very good. Slight nice dryness, good overall flavor. Definitely a bit of hoppiness.

Overall good, but not great.

Apr 11, 2021
3.78 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Apr 01, 2021
4.07 by HopHead_ from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2019 vintage (10% ABV). Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly pitch black pour with big mocha brown head. Lasts awhile and leaves great lacing.

S: Rich and roasty. Coffee and cocoa.

T.F: Semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted malts. Espresso, cream, and burned sugars. Modest roast bitterness for balance. Sticky on the tongue. Creamy carbonation and medium bodied. Complex roasty finish. Hides its booze.

O: Hits all the notes you're looking for in an Imperial Stout. Great flavor... perfect winter brew.

Feb 13, 2021
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Feb 06, 2021
4.17 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jan 01, 2021
4.23 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Nov 04, 2020
4.34 by StoutsAllDay from Iowa on Oct 16, 2020
3.63 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Oct 10, 2020
3.53 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin on Sep 27, 2020
4.75 by bconnors820 from Massachusetts on Sep 16, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by steve_littrell from Florida

Can poured into snifter

L- Black pour with thick tan head that laces nicely
S- Not overpowering, subtle with a note of boorishness
T- Bit of booze bite, nothing of definite substance, easy to drink with a good taste
F- Full bodied without being creamy or thick
O- Not bad but not a favorite, good to try but I doubt you will be blown away by it

Sep 14, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DIM from Pennsylvania

This is on the drier side, a nice change of pace from all the sweet stouts I've been drinking. Slightly charred cocoa and espresso with a hint of smoke. I expected a slightly beefier body, but that quibble aside I'm really liking this one.

Aug 31, 2020
3.76 by eppie82 from Illinois on Aug 17, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

once upon a time, when you said the word "stout" out loud, like a dozen people resembling common field gophers would pop their heads up and scream "Guinness" back at you. you could then try and get a different name in there, but there again would be the wall of screams barely articulating the word "Guinness" along with a trail of barks and murmurs of "the perfect pour" as foamed mouths clamored in feverish unison.
then, at some point, this beer was made - along with others - and blew those peoples' opinions out of the damn "fact can" and squarely in the realm of the "what"
this brew crashed a party, and that party was elegant, but ultimately (and comparatively) lame.
like, imagine never really hearing bout zombies and then you see Rick Grimes and freakin Crossbow Boy Wonder for the first time. or, Harry Potter yelling about you-know-who being back and the ministry of defense taking major-bookoo offense to it and then being like "o snap, no, you right" and acting like it was their thing from the get-go.
that is all to say, it's a beautiful stout, and if you managed to be on board back when this thing got mass distribution, it was a party-rocker. err. "crasher"

Aug 11, 2020
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Aug 02, 2020
4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 08, 2020
4.13 by blevinsaj from Ohio on May 31, 2020
3.97 by sbuck from New Mexico on May 18, 2020
4.68 by deg from New Hampshire on Apr 25, 2020
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2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Wow - powerful stout, too much for me even on St. Pattys Day.

Mar 21, 2020
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4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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.


Mar 08, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Argail from Louisiana

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.

Feb 17, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

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...

Feb 01, 2020
3.74 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Jan 31, 2020
4.25 by Tiernan from Texas on Jan 13, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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.

Jan 07, 2020
4.25 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2020
4.33 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Dec 18, 2019
Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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