Angry Beast - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by jaasen64:
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle poured into Hunahpu Snifter. Drank directly after trying Vampire Slayer. Bottled 5/2012
A- Pours very similar to the Vampire Slayer- opaque dark black, very little mocha brown head (even less then Vampire Slayer) that quickly recedes to leave no head, average carbonation for a stout (slightly less then Vampire Slayer).
S- Definitely a presence of both brews coming out the Blaecorn and Vampire. Similar characteristics as Vampire Slayer- lightly sweet chocolate, a little bit of espresso, roasted malts, a hint of smokiness, and hints of hickory. Also has a light bourbon presence due to the BA Blaecorn. Not as aromatic as the Vampire Slayer, but a little bit more complex with the light bourbon smell.
T- Lightly sweet and bitter chocolate, espresso beans, lightly roasted/smoked malts coming from the Vampire, very light Bourbon presence (however not as much as I was hoping for), a tiny bit of hickory, lightly sweet chocolate aftertaste with a hint of sweet bourbon. Not as roasty/smokey as the Vampire Slayer, but a little bit sweeter + more chocolate from the Blaecorn.
M- Light carbonation, a little bit heavier then the Vampire Slayer but not too heavy or syrupy. ABV extremely well hidden, no alcohol burn at all. Extremely smooth and very drinkable, especially considering it's high abv. I could easily knock back a few of these. I liked the mouthfeel a little bit better then the Vampire Slayer.
O- This was a fantastic imperial stout. It combined the elements of the blaecorn and Vampire Slayer perfectly. I actually liked it slightly more then Vampire Slayer. It had a nice balance between all the flavors. Could have used a slightly higher bourbon presence, but there was still a light noticeable bourbon presence that added a nice complexity to this beer. I definitely recommend picking this stuff up while you still can. If you like Imperial Stouts, you will definitely like this one.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2012 01:32:53 | More by jaasen64
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3.2/5 rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A-pours a black with brown edges and a nice 1in tan head. Head dissapates with 1min leaving a strong lacing thought the glass.
S- Chocolate malts and what seems to be bourbon barrels.
T- Im getting some smoke that ive never gotten from this beer before. nice malts on this one.
M- mild to medium with a solid carbonation.
O- I fell like this one went a little downhill since the last time i tried it. still a solid offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 01:31:02 | More by Juuroumaru
3.68/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a slightly darker colored fluffy 1 finger head with big bubbles popping but fades slowly otherwise, nice lacing and nice legs to go with it, pitch black thick beer.
Nose is pure dark malts, black malt and roast mostly I think. It has a light baker's chocolate and fluffy nougat as well. Some roasted malts, with a bit of coffee, caramel and very dark crystal malts, syrupy dark sweet malts, some booze, and a bit of earthy spicy hops.
Taste starts with syrupy semi sweet rich dark malts. Some fluffy nougat and caramel out front, with dark heavy crystal malts, and a bit of a chalky black malt char. The black malt really dominates, with that powdery char flavor, wants to go acrid but doesn't quite get there. A bit of cocoa nibs in there combines with the chocolate for a little candy bar action, with some roasted malt bringing light coffee as well. Booze is there with some warmth but doesn't seem like 11% as the big malts and some sweetness balance well. Hops bring light earthy and hint spicy flavors, with some bitterness, but just as much bitterness coming from the charred malts. Finish is sticky and syrupy but fairly dry, lingering dark malts, little syrupy, with light cocoa and caramel, little black malt and char as well, a bit more of the spicy hops coming through with medium bitterness lingering.
Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and thick, decent fluffy carb, some warming booze that is hidden fairly well.
Overall OK but not great. More like a hodgepodge of lots of dark malts just thrown together, which gets borderline acrid and overpowering. A bit of chocolate and caramel saves it for being at least a decent beer, and fluffy carbonation and nougat flavors are nice as well. Hops don't destroy either which is nice. The booze is hidden well for 11% as it's balanced fairly well. However, just a meh kinda beer overall, and gets boring very quickly.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2013 03:32:30 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle purchased a while back from Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and spotty lace. Dark brown-black body. No real surprises here.
S - A nice mix of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, roast, anise, and some hints of smoke and charred malts. Bourbon character is mild, but present in the periphery.
T - The taste is similar, with nice chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oaky vanilla. Bourbon character is again quite mild, belying the blended nature of this beer. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden.
M - Smooth, medium body, with a nice creamy texture and some oaky dryness in the finish. Drinks lighter than the listed 11%, as the alcohol is very well-concealed, a trend I noticed with these Clown Shoes stouts.
D - I could have stood for more barrel and bourbon presence, but this is still about as enjoyable as regular Vampire Slayer. Not sure if I'd pony up the extra few bucks for what appears to be a very small percentage of barrel-aged Blaecorn Unidragon added to the mix, but I wouldn't turn this down either.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2012 20:35:44 | More by MasterSki
Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.