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Happy Halloween and welcome the nightcap portion of my today’s double feature!  Tonight I am sharing with you all a beer I’ve enjoyed in two incarnations. The details are below, but definitely don’t miss the fantastic can art on this one that can perhaps clue you in on some of the story.

Beer Name: Undead Party Crasher

Brewery: Clown Shoes Beer (Boston, MA)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.0%

Description: Originally known as Vampire Slayer, Clown Shoes changed the name in late 2013 after being unable to afford a pricy legal battle against an overzealous trademark infringement suit (you can read their statement about it here).  As a means of expressing its frustration, the company decided to create can art that included a not so subtle tribute to patent attorneys.  The recipe, however, remained the same and features beer features the brewery’s “signature” dark malts smoked with hickory and Ash combined with a sprinkling of “holy water” (for continued protection against vampires, presumably).

Appearance: A full, foamy tan head formed atop a thick black body.

Smell: Rich, creamy dark malt alternating between sweetness and roast.

Taste: The sip began with a strong dose of creamy dark malt.  Following this were notes of dark chocolate and espresso before the beer came to a bitter, roasty close.  As the beer sat the ending roast gradually gave way to alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body with low carbonation.

Hype: Elevated, at least personally.  I had high hopes for this one, so much so that I picked it out as my Halloween beer.  Also, as someone who works with attorneys all day, I can appreciate the humor.

Overall: A very nice throwback to a flavor profile I was absolutely in love with early on in my beer adventures, this really worked for me as something to sip on.  The beer’s creamy sweetness stood up to what would otherwise have been a bit too much roast for my current tastes. All in all a solid pick up that really made for a nice addition to my evening.