Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher
Brewed by: Clown Shoes Beer
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Stout
- Variation: American, Imperial (Double)
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 10%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Brewed as Clown Shoes’ second anniversary ale, now available year round.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
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.
Additional: Holy water, and malts smoked with hickory and ash
More Undead Party Crasher Images
Artwork: A comic book / graphic novel style action sequence filled with monsters, and a clown shoes wearing, crossbow wielding, hunter of the undead staking a werewolf through the heart.
Color: Very dark, but not quite pitch black.
Aroma: Smoked black licorice.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Glass
We started putting our blog together last fall, and wanted to review this beer. Unfortunately we never got around to it, since we had our hands full with our own little 6 month old party crasher.
Actually, last Halloween this beer was called Vampire Slayer, until Clown Shoes was forced to change the name. A trademark infringement lawsuit was filed against them by a vampire themed wine distributor, who was importing Vampire Pale Ale from Belgium.
They alleged Clown Shoes’ vampire name harmed their brand. You can read more about the lawsuit, and Clown Shoes’ A+ reaction here.
Wow, how stupid. It would be the equivalent of Brewing Company A suing Brewing Company B for using the word “hop” in a clever beer name.
Now if you take a second look at the label artwork the creativity behind their contempt of that frivolous lawsuit really pops – “Welcome Trademark Attorneys”, with a stake in the chest. Clown Shoes summed it up best: “The new label expresses our feelings about the legal process and monsters.”
We also included the old brewer’s notes below (and picture above) for comparison, in case you are interested:
In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold us back, do we need Vampires, too? Clown Shoes says “No! Die, monsters, die!” Our second anniversary ale incorporates signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory, ash, and vampire killing stakes.
After Undead Party Crasher was poured, its minimalistic tan head died off quickly like the werewolf being staked through the heart on the label.
This was a medium-bodied stout, that did not quite reach the level of gooey-ness many imperials can often attain. But it delivered an extremely smooth, milkshake-like mouthfeel akin to a more dense stout.
One of Undead Party Crasher’s most impressive, yet surprising characteristics, was its source of sweetness. It was not barrel aged (although you would assume it was), or a milk stout, but showcased a heightened sweetness atypical to the classic, plain ’ol stout.
The “party” started with a mouthful of unfiltered alcohol vapor, similar to a sugary, dark red wine. From there, it hazed its way into the malty, and hickory smokiness.
Undead Party Crasher had a deep, bitter sweetness to it, like cordial cherries and dark chocolate. After the smoke, it transitioned back to sugary sweet again, and reminded Sara of a root beer hard candy.
Regardless of what candy you compare it to, Undead Party Crasher definitely became more flavorful as it warmed up.
Looking back on last year’s (as Vampire Slayer) it seemed to be more of a raw stout, with unfinished edges. This year was harmonius, with more balance between the sweet and smokey.
This was an improvement over an already quality stout…
Final Score: 4/5
Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher was as intense in flavor, as the sci-fi / horror sequence depicted on its label. This faux-barrel-aged stout delivered robust sweet and smokey notes, we thought were only possible by sitting in a wooden vessel.