Angry Beast - Clown Shoes
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2.85/5 rDev -28.8%
Chilled bottle into glass -- thanks, KevSal!
A: Pours black with a finger of tan head.
S: Roasted coffee and earthy hops dominate here -- the influences of Vampire Slayer are quite evident. I have a hard time picking out any bourbon here; this comes off as a more anise-driven version of Vampire Slayer (likely the effect of Blaecorn) with mild vanilla (likely the effect of the barrels).
T: The barrel-aging is pretty subtle, for those who are looking for a restrained approach to the style. That wasn't quite what I wanted, especially having moved on to bourbon over the past year, so I found this disappointing. I liked the way Vampire Slayer's hoppiness and roasted coffee flavors expressed themselves, but I found Blaecorn Unidragon to be a pretty weak beer to begin with, and it has the effect of watering down this blend. It contributes some anise and dark fruit in the finish, but that's about it.
M: Just under medium-bodied; it has dried out to its detriment. The carbonation supports it fine, but I think the beer could stand some more heft.
O: Definitely a situation where the sum is less than its parts. Interesting to try, as I think Clown Shoes makes some fantastic beers in general; but this wasn't their best showing.
07-16-2012 05:00:33 | More by Arbitrator
3.2/5 rDev -20%
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.
07-28-2013 01:31:02 | More by Juuroumaru
3.55/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...
A - Pours virtually black with a minimal 1/2 finger of light brown head. Spotty lacing.
S - Has a nice chocolatey, roasty aroma. Notes of charred oak, and vanilla are present as well. Very inviting.
T/M - The chocolate takes a back seat to the char. There are secondary notes of coffee, wood, and a hint of bourbon. Not the bourbon bomb that I was expecting. Medium-creamy mouthfeel, but bordering on slightly watery.
O - Clown Shoes usually doesn't disappoint, and this one follows suit. The flavors aren't as bold and up front as I was expecting, but they do blend very well together. Glad I bought 2.
08-15-2012 03:51:33 | More by Rizalini
3.6/5 rDev -10%
A: pour is a deep black, moderate viscosity, pours a solid 1 finger worth of tan head with very strong and nice lacing. Just a couple swirls of the glass gets the head to re-create and slowly settle again.
S: very big coffee/expresso notes dominate the nose with a smoky character. I also pick up on a solid chocolate, toasted malts, and very mild bourbon (but it is there). Definitely wish more bourbon came out on this one
T: I get mild hints of similar aspects as in the nose. Mild expresso, chocolate, bourbon sweetness. Oak is more noticeable here in the after taste and there is a vanilla finish. Alcohol is undetectable, but immediate starts to warm the insides.
M: Very surprised on how light this beer is on the palate. Actually, just a tad too light for me. The pour and the appearance doesn’t match up with the mouthfeel. But because its light, it drinks very fast.
O: My first offering by Clown Shoes, and I thought it was alright. Pretty decent drinkability, nice appearance, decent smell. The biggest surprise though was the taste. I went into expecting to get hit with a punch of expresso and chocolate, but instead, I found the flavors all mild but very well balanced. The only issue is that the flavors never really came out and made themselves present, and it left me desiring for more bourbon notes
07-16-2012 03:21:08 | More by tut2528
3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
01-06-2013 03:32:30 | More by jlindros
3.79/5 rDev -5.3%
May 2012 bottling. Four months old. Bottle to tulip. Served initially cool.
A - 4 - Standard opaque black, somewhat textured tan head.
S - 4 - Milk chocolatey, slightly winey, faint hint of coffee, something buttery and baked - a crust or cookie. Something unidentifiably savory.
T - 3.75 - Initially that winey note from the aroma shows up, transmuting into dark chocolate. If I really work for it, I can get the faintest hint of bourbon, which teeters on the edge of being a faint fruit note. The usual acrid char note in stouts is there but subdued. At the end you're left with some generic booze fumes wafting up the throat with a bit of chocolate and a light mix of wood and char that could easily pass as just the usual char.
M - 3.5 - Surprisingly light bodied compared to what you'd expect. South of medium. Finishes just shy of dry, and that may be more of a wood/cocoa effect.
O - 3.75 - A good stout with nice flavors, but missing some depth in my opinion. I was expecting it to have more of a rear end and to be thicker and more viscous given its parentage of Vampire Slayer and Blaecorn Unidragon. I think both of those are better than this. Also, the Blaecorn Unidragon used in this blend is said to have been aged in bourbon barrels. I'm a fan of a lighter touch with wood than a heavier, but I don't really detect much wood or any bourbon in this one, and I wanted to.
09-17-2012 03:49:01 | More by BrownNut
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Bottled in 05/2012. Poured in to CBS snifter.
A -Black with one finger of espresso coloured head that immediately dissipated to a ring around the glass with a few scattered bubbles.
S - Roast and a noticeable hop bitterness up front. A big sweet milk chocolate aroma is present as well. The barrel qualities are barely noticeable. Light oak and bourbon in the background.
T - Follows the nose. Huge roast presence and a noticeable bitterness (from the Blaecorn) that gives way to milk chocolate, charred oak, molasses and a light coffee flavour. The barrel is extremely subdued and I didn't know to look for the barrel flavours, I doubt I would have guesses that this was barrel aged. Very faint vanilla and bourbon in the background.
M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
O - A well made and tasty imperial stout but a poorly made barrel aged RIS. Would love to try this one with more barrel character.
11-16-2012 03:07:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
May 2012 bottling.
Pours a beastly shade of black, tan head, good retention, decent lace.
Solid stouty scent of chocolate, roast, some caramel, not getting much bourbon but it's good.
Taste is similar - milk+dark chocolates and vanilla are most prominent, with some roast there as well. Some alcohol heat but not much bourbon or oak unfortunately. Seems like the Vampire Slayer half dominates here, but it is quite tasty.
Smooth mouthfeel, some booze but drinks well for 11%.
Good imperial stout, I like the chocolate/vanilla interplay, wouldn't guess it was barrel-aged though. I imagine regular Vampire Slayer tasting just like this, the intense roast and barrel-aging of the Blaecorn seems lost. I have another bottle in the cellar I originally bought for a tasting so we'll see how it ages.
07-23-2012 16:45:34 | More by Chico1985
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured aggressively into a 16 oz snifter, bottled 5/2012. Pours a slick completely black, with a two inch tan head, that leaves patches of lacing. Smell is massive, roasted expresso, bourbon, anise, dark fruit, smoke, and dark chocolate. Taste is all of those things, with expresso, bourbon, and dark chocolate, standing out most. Body is maybe medium, nice amount of life for its hefty ABV, a little dry, and a sipper that goes down kind of easy. This is a nice beer, I am a fan of Clown Shoes, and they did it again.
11-16-2012 01:40:28 | More by SawDog505
Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.