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Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,310
Reviews:
411
Ratings:
2,204
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
182
Gots:
538
Trade:
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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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 markallmon
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williahd
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 heddar33
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KempCulbreth
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, well balanced. Carries its alcohol with a satisfying bitter bite that does not overwhelm. I really like this one!

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Photo of Curt3
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manthon
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoarerDave
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mordath
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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 KMcGrath
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twloco
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
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 -2.7%
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 I_Like_Beer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jurcab788
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LazyDog
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -9.4%
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

76/100

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,204 ratings