Undead Party Crasher
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #960
Ranked #2,320
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
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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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tradershmulie from Connecticut

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

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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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steve_littrell from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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.


Mar 08, 2020
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Argail from Louisiana

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.

Feb 17, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

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...

Feb 01, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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.

Jan 07, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

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.

Oct 16, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Jul 09, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 03, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

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.

Feb 16, 2019
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Mordath from California

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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twloco from Washington

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.

Dec 23, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Dec 23, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

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.

Sep 15, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Aug 09, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

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.

Jul 19, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

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.

May 09, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Mar 21, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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!

Mar 18, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

Mar 12, 2018
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leekainen97 from Arkansas

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.

Feb 24, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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!

Feb 16, 2018
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