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Undead Party CrasherUndead Party Crasher

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Added by Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a light tan head. There is not much retention but it does leave a small amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is very boozy mixed with deep roasted malt and a little cocoa. The taste is much like a dry stout but amplified. It also has a nice earthy quality to it. It is lighter on the palate and the finish is fairly dry.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. They nail everything I enjoy about the style in this one. Pours thick and black with tiny, but clingy brown head. Aroma is much molasses pushing forward through the semi-sweet malt roast and some chocolate notes. The flavor gets even better - pretty much ideal for my tastes - balancing the aforementioned sweet roast and molasses with just enough bitter in the finish. Said finish is not too dry, but pretty clean. Great stuff!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect looking stout, very dark colored with no light at all coming through below a frothy light brown head that won't go away and leaves a trail on the glass as you drink this Undead quaff.
Mixed aroma and taste of darkness with molasses, dark malts, and a bit of dark chocolates.
Dryish but not a dry aftertaste with a bit of the dark chocolates hanging around.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, roasted and smoked malt and coffee.
The taste is quite smooth and balanced. Mild coffee bitterness, slight chocolate sweet.
The texture is soft and thick.
A really enjoyable stout.

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Photo of predikit
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky dark brown, settles in the glass completely black, lets no light through at all. Left a thick, dark tan head, that stuck around for ages, literally painting the sides of the glass in lacing.

Smells rich, oat notes, chocolate malt, minor vanilla and molasses overtones.

Rich chocolate flavor without being bitter, a minor alcohol presence gets whisked away full the fullness of the rest of it. Moderately sweet throughout the experience, ends with a bit of milk chocolate on the tongue.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth. Leaves very clean. Some alochol warmth left behind as is goes down, but it is very well mellowed.

A winner in my book.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge tan head that leaves some good lacing for a stout. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and what seems like oak to me. It tastes like sweet chocolate, roasted malt, bitter chocolate with a peaty smokiness to it. The finish seems oaky and bitter. Such a good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of rocky caramel colored head. Good lacing & slightly above average head retention

S: Dark fruit & carob. Vanilla & figs once warm

T: Follows the nose, very dry & roasty up front, some Baker's chocolate as well. Some vanilla & more carob as this warms, some woody hops & slight smokeyness too, a little fig as well , a little oaky booze as well. Finishes dry, fruity, with carob & roastyness & just a bit of herbal bitterness

MF: Fairly chewy, semi-firm carbonation, slick, warming

ABV is fairly well hidden, but this not a beer to speed through, pretty complex & tasty

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle from 05/28/2015, poured into a stemmed glass.
Dark black appearance with a nice, white head on the beer.
Strong dark roasted malts and hints of coffee in the aroma and flavors.
It finishes very smooth, and Mercury Brewing Co. makes some outstanding stouts.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle with original Vampire Slayer label. My first time having this - nice roasty flavor, but the body is a bit thin. Not a bad stout, but I probably won't get this again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Opaque black color, mocha head, half finger that quickly dissipated
Smell - Smokiness, chocolate, roastiness, coffee, prunes, cherries
Taste - Espresso, chocolate, tons of roasted malts, some dark fruits, hints of booze but that's expected @ 10%
Feel - Silky, smooth, slightly warming

Overall - A very enjoyable imperial stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is nearly black, with a thick tan head and lacing. The smell features roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits, with a distinct booziness. The first taste I experienced is the fruit: dark cherry, plum or raisin, followed quickly by coffee, chocolate, and malt. The 10% ABV is fairly well-masked but there is a distinct alcohol burn at the finish. This stout is pleasantly carbonated and smooth as silk. Overall, it is a typical Clown Shoes offering: complex, interesting, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Hahnin
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bitch will knock your socks off! Best beer I have had all week! I am on a stout kick and getting something new each night. Best of the bunch, this sweet bitch.
The look is red-black with an ombré Red brown head. It smells sweet and rich. The taste is bitter sweet chocolate with a punch of alcohol as this beer is 10%. Overall this beer is probably not a session beer, but for a one and done you can't do much better. Gorgeous beer.

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Photo of antott0523
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up today. 3/17/14 bottle date. Excited to try this beer solo which has been blended into other fine Clown Shoes stouts that I've come to enjoy.

A: Viscous black liquid that fights the head I'm trying to draw from this pour. After somewhat succeeding my goblet is filled with an opaque black stout topped with a thick light brown head a quarter inch high. Carbonation may live somewhere in the depths but is not visible to the human eye.

S: The roasted, ashy and borderline meaty malts are alive in this one. Chocolate, toffee, coffee, and cinnamon teddy grahams (that's the red box) lurk beneath.

T: Semi sweet chocolate. Bitter, burnt sugar. Moderately dry finish with notes of walnut and bread.

M: Exceptionally smooth. Round. Airy. Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge.

D: Clown Shoes has set a high standard for me, mostly when it comes to barrel aged beers, but also in other areas. Their Pecan Pie Porter is tasty, and more recently their Mango Kolsch, and this Undead Party Crasher are delicious. This stout is of high quality, up there with the best of the best. It will crash the party of average stouts and go home with the most undead, lively, supreme stout seeking babe.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, .5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a viscous, opaque, pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick but thin legs. Pretty nice.

Nose has hints of prunes, anise, roasted malt, cocoa powder and fudge. A little coarse but pretty aromatic.

Opens with a touch of dark fruit. Some anise, prunes, plum, roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. A chewy cocoa in the middle with a sticky sweet end expressing bits of tobacco, ash and molasses. Ends with the light bitter, smokiness dropping out, leaving dark fruit and syrup. Pretty tasty.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and silky and thick going down. Finishes messy with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Excellent.

A beer that expresses great balance and flavor with mouthfeel that really carries the day. I hope this is representative of all of Clown Shoes' beers.

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Photo of Raime
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Undead Party Crasher by Clown Shoes.

First brew outta this Mega hyped brewery. I'm quite excited to say the least and coming in at $11 a bomber I truly hope this is a top tier stout. Nearly a year of age on it, which should make it all the better ;).

Look - Pours an impenetrable black with a three finger deep dark mocha head that sticks around the longest I've ever seen in a stout. Carbonation is impossible to read due to the depth of this beast. Leaves massive , beautiful lacing all over the glass. This is the most impressive looking stout I have ever feasted my eyes upon. 5.

Smell - Loads upon loads of dark chocolates dominate the nose with dark ripened fruits and dark coffee. Just a touch of alcohol on the nose but seems muted given the ABV. 4.25.

Taste - Dark bready malts up front and dominating with a large dosage of dark chocolate and even a touch of vanilla bean. Dark coffee invites itself through the front door and it seemingly even has a small touch of rye bread. Very filling and the calorie levels are clearly high. The heat is undetectable. Wins extra points for smoothness. 4.5.

Feel - Probably the smoothest stout...If not the smoothest beer in general I have ever had. The body is very full and exceptionally creamy and sits for minutes without a trace of the ABV. Swallows like an absolute dream and leaves you awaiting the next sip. 5.

Overall - While this is certainly a fantastic beer, I enjoy feeling the heat from such a powerful stout and this one hid it completely. The smoothness on this beast is second to none and you will likely end up drinking it a lot faster than you intended.No, really. You'll be enjoying it writing up your review then look away for a second only to realize you are already buzzed. No need to age, it's ready NOW. Perfect for a winter night around the fireplace. The taste and the feel make or break the overall in my opinion, so I'll split the difference. 4.75 ..

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer. Pours a deep black with a porous tan lacing that slowly dissipates. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, toffee and roasted oats. The sweetness blends incredibly well with the oat, barley and malt flavors; an overall toasty flavor that makes you think of breakfast and coffee. It works very well. A really well-balanced stout that never crosses the line to cloying sweetness. It's a great beer with hints of chocolate and coffee, not the other way around.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/11/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/bomber at the Lager Mill
Aroma of roasted malt and coffee
Head small (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and layer
Lacing – Fair – many tiny islands and archipelagoes of tiny to small bubbles
Body – dark brown, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had this a few times, also had the Vampire Slayer iteration when that existed. Good ol Clown Shoes stout.

A - Bomber pour into a tulip glass. Black beer with about a finger of brown head. A thin ring and spots of lace remain at the end.

S - Lots of roast with a definite smoky ashiness to it, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, decent amount of alcohol. A little hot but pretty nice.

T - Pretty nice balance between sweet and roast, but actually a bit more on the sweet side here. Chocolate, dark fruit and licorice intertwine with roast and woody campfire smokiness, nothing really overpowering anything else. Good complexity and a standout smoke flavor.

M - A bit on the lighter side for an imperial stout, medium-low carbonation, intense flavor and booze heat make this a sipper. Maybe a bit on the overly sweet side for a smoked stout.

O - The complexity of this one always surprises me a bit, it kind of reminds me of Stone IRS in that it captures all sorts of great straight-up imperial stout flavors, balances em out pretty nicely, and the alcohol warmth is kind of a flavor element in itself. The smoked malt works great here too.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark reddish brown to black with a fb of tan foam which resolves to a fine lacing with scant carbonation. Smells of cocoa, coffee, leather, a bit smoky, roasted malts. Tastes sweet malts forward, mid not of unsweetened cocoa, expresso, smoky/leathery and nice piney twang as the final note with a bit of alcohol tingle and fairly clean finish with just a bit of sweet malty tackiness that lingers pleasantly (like a sweet port or sherry). Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy and just the right amount of alcohol to add a tingle and warmth.
Overall, easily one of the best American Imperial Stouts, complex flavor profile without all the complicated barrel aging, additional (nontraditional ingredients – cocoa nibs, expresso beans, panther blood).
Another great beer from Clown Shoes – between this beer and chocolate sombrero – easily two of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a big 10%, this one was easy to drink with hints of smoke and licorice. Very well balanced without alcohol burn. I have more respect for this brewery with every beer I try.

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Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark, chocolate brown with a hefty 3 finger beautiful, tan head that linger for a bit and then dissapates, leaving a small amount of tan, sticky lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee(especially espresso) and leaves an alcohol tingle in the nose and on the throat. Taste is sweeter than I anticipated, with lots of malt sweetness up front. Afterwords, the coffee and chocolate come through, along with a pleasant amount of bitterness. Alcohol feel is pretty light until the beer starts to warm, and then the alcohol burns slightly and the flavors start to flow back and forth between each other, balancing and unbalancing, very interesting...Mouthfeel is decent and a lot cleaner than anticipated. Overall, nice beer but not as complex and balanced as I was looking for..

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Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite imperial stouts that isn't barrel-aged or loaded up with adjuncts, because its complexity could easily fool you into thinking it's either or both if tasted blind. The smoked malts give the impression of being aged in barrels from a peated scotch whisky, with the closest comparison I can offer being Meantime's Naval College Old Porter in this regard. In contrast to the porter's sublimely creamy head, Undead Party Crasher gives very little foam retention on the pour. It also suggests the addition of phantom cacao nibs, with a strong nose of dark cocoa powder alongside the iodine and smoky notes.

Flavors are roasted malt, anise, vanilla, chicory, and milk chocolate, again suggestive of lactose where there is none. The finish is long and makes me wonder what roasted maraschino cherries would taste like if glazed with an Ardbeg reduction. A very nice, full mouthfeel, without sliding into the oily territory inhabited by many of the reigning barrel-aged stouts. Love it.

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Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (bottled 07Nov14) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of brown foam that dissipates to half a finger's worth within 30 seconds. Bubbles are mild and lacing is moderate. Black in color with a brownish red tint. Has strong milk chocolate aromas, mild coffee and alcohol aromas, and a hint of wood (hickory). Initial taste is of strong milk chocolate flavors that combine exquisitely with mild coffee flavors. Subtle alcohol and hickory flavors enter the palate gradually after intial taste as chocolate flavors gradually fade and coffee flavors grow stronger. Medium-bodied, incredibly smooth with barely any carbonation (almost seems like a nitro beer), with a dry finish. An amazing imperial stout. I love the fact that even though it was 10% alcohol, Clown Shoes was able to hide it pretty well (because I would rather not have alcohol flavors in my beer).
NOTE: Be warned when drinking from a Spiegelau stout glass. All the alcohol sinks to the bottom and that last sip is dreadful unless you enjoy pure alcohol. Could possibly be why the alcohol flavors were so hidden during the rest of the drink.

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Photo of Brondeau
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable stout. Alcohol is well hidden. A little smoky on the finish which was the only drawback for me. Didn't feel too heavy or syrupy. Will drink again.

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Photo of Estefania_Tarin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Visual (A) – Very dark beer, almost as black coffee, opaque. Has minimal head where the head is light brown. Lacing is medium where it runs down the side fairly fast.

Aroma (S) - smells associated with roasted malt. Grain smells like coffee and chocolate. Fermentation is butterscotch

Taste (T) – I think it is well balanced as I get a bit of bitterness with some sweet from the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel (M) – Very It has a full-bodied mouthfeel. Has little tail as it washes away quickly making you want more! Very little carbonation, instead is a bit creamier.

Overall (O) - did not mind it, but I didn’t love it. I do not like porters or stouts but this imperial stout is not very strong on the coffee or chocolate flavors so it is okay for me.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,108 ratings.
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