Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes

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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 noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a snifter.

Syrupy chocolate in color beneath a creamy, porous light brown head that recedes inside out. Very nice thin and condensed lacing.

Dark chocolate with a bitter nose. Notes of oak with a light smokey quality. A whiskey type of alcohol quality compliments the woody aspect.

Milk and dark chocolate with a very hefty bitter quality from beginning to end. The oak and wooden quality is reinforced at all turns: stiff floral hops, almonds/peanuts, scotch, etc. The alcohol presence is apparent, but not overpowering. Dry and bitter in the finish, with a nutty aftertaste.

Full bodied; predominantly dry on the palate.

An atypical Double Stout, but no less exciting. Unique and definitely one that I would return. Watch out for the 10% ABV, the dry, nutty, bitter flavors really mask it.

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled December, 2011

Black. No light shines through. Big milk chocolate head. Tons of lace!

Smells of chocolate, roast, and smoke.

The taste is an amazing combo of sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate, balancing bitterness, and the hickory smoke shines through.

Thick and creamy.

I have enjoyed all I have tried from Clown Shoes so far. This might be the best one yet!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Watching some 40oz Crew vids on YouTube and rockin' a new smoked stout. Good times. This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by over a finger of dark tan foam. ...Maybe it's light sienna... Anyway, the nose comprises heavy chocolate syrup with a twinge of smokey peppers in the distance. Simple, but damn enjoyable! The taste holds notes of dark chocolate/cocoa, mild mesquite smoke, roasted malts, light char, and a nice vein of molasses. Nice. The body is a strong medium/light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy/lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one whose smokey components are subdued without being fully subservient (humble, perhaps, is a better word) and the whole thing coming together tastily. Good times, indeed.

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

pours a dark brown that settles to black with a sizable big-bubbled head thats a darker mocha color, sticks around a bit and laces well.

heavily roasted malts bring on a cacao powder scent. a bit of char and smoke and some woody and earthy hops bring memories of a campfire deep in the woods. smoke takes a back seat which is good as I'm not a fan of overly smokey beers. some coffee and caramel and burnt grains.

a very powdery cacao flavor starts things out very nicely. gets sweetened up by some caramel and molasses flavors, goes a bit bitter with coffee and chocolate. the earthy and woody hops get an herbal kick as well. Finishes dry and charred, but not smokey (at least not in the bacon-y way that I despise).

not the thickest stout I've had (must be the holy water) with a subtle carbonation that suits the style well.

Another excellent beer from Clown Shoes. I prefer the blaecorn unidragon better, but this one is tasty in its own right.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this yesterday at Harringtons, the 22oz bottle costing me $8.95 (though the net was only $5.60 after my bottle-return refund was factored in!). Digging in today while watching some NFL playoff action.

Poured into a small tulip, the bier color was an opaque black, dense and dark, and the head was a creamy layer of mocha-hued foam. The topping ebbed to leave some mousse-like wisps here and there, mostly at the edges, with some solid lacing left behind. The aroma is lovely, with enticing roasty notes mixed up with some dark choco. Mouthfeel was quite good, with a medium-plus body and a silky smoothness on the tongue. I do wish it had more heft to the body, though.

The flavor kicks-off like a chocolate shake infused with mocha. There's a touch of bitter coffee action, but the sweetness prevails in the end. A very subtle smidge of smokiness is detected if you look for it. I might not have noticed had the label not mentioned its presence. The hopping found here is quite floral, with a pronounced hop bitterness lingering long on the palate. And, about three-quarters through the bottle, I am having a hard time finding the 10% ABV listed here. Whoa!

This 2nd Anniversary Clown Shoes offering is pretty damn tasty, though I wish it were a touch cheaper (I'll take Smutty RIS at $3 less per bottle!). Prosit!!

4.35/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of pwsoldier
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a modest tan head. Lacing is plentiful.

S - Smokey with undertones of vanilla, dark chocolate, and freshly-cut wood.

T - Very smokey up front with bitter dark chocolate and espresso coming through in the finish. Complexity is enhanced by notes of anise and a touch of vanilla throughout. Some spicy wood notes come through as it warms, complimenting the smoke nicely.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a lingering smokey aftertaste.

O - A very well-done smoked impy stout. It's a shame that this is a one-time release. I'll definitely be buying more of this stuff while it's around.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with a coffee ice cream head. Bubbly like a cauldron.

Smells roasty, dark and acrid with sugary edges. More burnt wood than smoke. Tastes like roast malt chocolate frozen yogurt. Char in back gets to be a bit much. Not bad but I can think of 20 imperial stouts available at my local beer store that are better than this.

There's a big hubbub over the use of holy water in this beer. I don't know that it's any different than a kosher Hebrew beer but my girlfriends Catholic and says it is.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker colored rich creamy 1/2 finger head that fades very slowly with some lacing, over pretty much pitch black beer, I don't really see light getting through.

Nose comes with plenty of dark malts, roasted malts first with a definite roasted barely aroma, light coffee grinds, a hint of smoke, and some chocolate with darker chocolate. I think I even get some black patent, and a light creamy baker's chocolate, as well as hints of earthy hops.

Taste brings more dark malts, roast and smoke mainly. Roasted barley brings some bitterness, a bit of coffee, very light briny burnt salty roast flavor. Then some smoke with hints of smoked meat and campfire, also bringing a bit of bitterness and briny taste. Also some black patent malt brings the darkness. That is all followed by a light nougat flavor and chocolate, with hints of caramel remind me of a Milky Way candy bar. It's got a big fluffy rich malty feel with the nougat, and a bit of milk chocolate, some oats, and a light earthy hop kick. A light powdered cocoa rounds off the beer as it finishes drier but sticky and mouth coating, plenty more dark malts roasty and little smoke, little caramel on the finish. Then the hops and bitterness kick in again, a strong spicy hop and briny bitterness from the roast and smoked malts linger for a long time, which seem to sink into the mouth as it just sits there coating every surface.

Mouth is huge, big full rich bodied, mouth coating, think, fluffy nougat and almost syrupy but not quite, a hint of booze is there somewhere but most drowned out by all the malts and bitterness, and decent carb.

Overall pretty good, lots of dark malts blended well, light smoke, plenty of roast, chocolate, caramel, then earthy spicy hops, all help to down out the alcohol as it's 10% but doesn't drink like it. The only downfall is the briny light burnt bitterness from all the roasted malts in it, but this is much better than most at that. I think a few of these in the cellar will be nice. This reminds me a lot of Goose Island Night Stalker.

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Photo of rab53
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with moderate mocha head. Smells of roasted malt and faint smoke. Head fades away after a few minutes. Taste is a blend of equal parts roasted/bitter malts, chocolate and smoke. Warming alcohol is felt but not tasted. Lightly carbonated leaving a smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised with this one, will recommend.

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into a st. feuillien goblet.

a: pitch black in color (completely opaque) with a fluffy coca power colored head that quickly subsides into a thin lacing around the glass.

s: lots of roasted malt and smoke. notes of burnt biscuit and hickory. interesting.

t: lots of sweet chocolate syrup-like malt flavor quickly followed by wave after way of smokey roasted malt goodness. nice and complex. this tends to lean towards the sweet and smokey side. low bitterness and the alcohol is very well hidden. i love it.

s: great mouthfeel.

i did not expect to enjoy this beer as much as i did. one of the most unique and memorable stouts i've had in a while. recommended.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour, almost pure black. Beautiful dense bubbly chocolate milk colored head. Good lacing. Excellent retention.

S: Very smoky up front but not unpleasant. Smells like hickory, not old cigars like too many other smoky beers. Followed by some strong roasted malt. Coffee notes and a little bit of chocolate. Great combination - a treat to smell.

T: As in the smell, lots of hickory smoke. Nice roasted malt and bitter coffee and chocolate to round it out. The hickory is a bit over the top unfortunately, the smoke is trying to overpower the other delicious flavors.

M: Smooth, clean, creamy. Not as heavy as I would expect from a 10% beer to be honest.

O: Good, but I'm not a fan of smoky beers. I tried to be objective at not mark it down too badly. If you like big stouts and smoke, this beer is for you. Could easily be all 4.5s/5s for a smoke lover.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle picked up last week and enjoyed extremely fresh. Poured from the bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip and enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pitch black in color with a one finger, creamy light brown head. Recedes into a nice thin lacing on top.

Aroma: Lots of smokey ash notes, hints of milk chocolate, and coffee beans upfront. The smoke notes are definitely big, but the underlying sweetness balance it out well.

Taste: The smoke notes again dominate. Milk chocolate and roasted coffee notes balance out everything nicely. Nice slightly roasted finish. Balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with lower than average carbonation, but not flat at all.

Overall, a nicely balanced stout with a great smoke character and great balance. The idea behind the holy water might be a bit gimmicky, but the beer delivers. The ABV is really hidden well. I will definitely seek this out again. Probably best fresh based on how smooth it is.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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