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Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
89
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hoppy Feet guy extinguished evil via a sharp stake through an undead chest. Now, Blaecorn Unidragon, mad as hell, has expelled another blood sucker from Earth. No, we do not like Vampires, but we love Vampire Slayer, which was blended with bourbon barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon to beget Angry Beast.

(Beer added by: Dope on 06-11-2012)
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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

jlindros, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

AgentZero, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

sendbeer, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, with a compact layer of tan foam that resembles the color of tea stained parchment. Creamy surface texture, and a sticky halo of lacing in the glass. Long lasting coverage on the surface.

Smells vaguely like marshmallows, woody barrel, vanilla and a bit of dry chocolate.

A hefty dose of charred black malt, mild carob and soy, woody barrel notes with a light bourbon bite. Nicely blended and well integrated, medium bodied but not overly sweet, comes across a bit lighter than it is. Mild notes of ash, tobacco, leather, oak, coffee, charred marshmallow, dark bakers chocolate. Drying finish with lingering traces of woodiness and hints of whiskey. Overall this drank pretty good.

emerge077, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bsuedekum, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Massbmx, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SawDog505, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev 0%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

THECPJ, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of FullObs
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

FullObs, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

rab53, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/2012
Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of chocolate, caramel. molasses, roasted grain, brown sugar, light bourbon and vanilla, with a hint of vanilla and licorice. The flavor is fairly sweet with lost of sugary caramel, brown, and candy sugar. Roast, lots of vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate provide some depth then there's a hint of warming alcohol and a bit of earth. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is a blend of beers I think, it's got a lot going on and I really enjoyed it. Somehow I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of this.

johnnnniee, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

BrownNut, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bassist286
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

bassist286, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of bryang002
4/5  rDev 0%

bryang002, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan head in a jet black body and scattered lacing. The whiskey is strong with this one but it's more sweet with the sharpness mellowed out of a straight whiskey pour. Fruits and terpentine in there as well. Sniff this one enough and prepare for a headache. Flavor is heavy on the whiskey side so not necessarily well balanced but it tastes good. The whiskey is mellow proving a smokey presene as well and hits up front then tapers to coffee, roasted malt and some dark chocolate sweetness in the finish. Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. Smokey, whiskey and coffee all make this dynamic and flavorful. This one gets better and better as you drink it.

kylehay2004, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev 0%

nmann08, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

BeerOps, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky, oily aroma has notes of licorice, chocolate, bourbon and brown sugar. It pours a rich, deep sable with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor fills the mouth with quality coffee, licorice and bourbon tones plus subtle chocolate, nutty and toffee notes. Firm, full body has a sturdy and persistent tingle. Catch this beast while you can!

Cyberkedi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev 0%

kaelingirl, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shoppe (Marietta, GA). 12.99. Bottled 05/2012. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. 

Pours deep near black with a finger and a half tan head. Patches of lace left from the head, but few others. 

Smells roasty, smoke, cocoa, vanilla and wood. 

Many layers of taste. Cocoa, charred smokey malt, burnt wood, vanilla, bittersweet cherry pits, coffee, caramel and booze. The barrel aging opens up smoothly as it warms. 

Thinner than I'd prefer but medium creamy with slight carbonation. A nice sharp nip of booze on the tip of the tongue. Long dry aftertaste finally showcases the bourbon barrel aging. 

Further evidence that Clown Shoes knows how to make a good stout. I think standard Blaecorn Unidragon is still my favorite so far but this is mighty tasty and I believe some time will make it even better. 

ThickNStout, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rizalini, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. Bottled 5/2012.

A - Pours black with a steady finger of beige head. Leaves behind tiers of circuitous lace. Looks as a big stout should.

S - Big roasty aroma with hints of oak and whiskey. Char and vanilla offer complexity over a bitter coffee backdrop. The alcohol is strong on the nose, unsurprising for a beer this big.

T - Charred oak flavors follow the nose closely. Some pine hops add to the bitterness. Sweetens considerably as it warms with bursts of mocha and vanilla. The bourbon flavors are discrete, but contribute to a great flavor profile.

M - The body stands up to the big flavors in this beer. Carbonation is light and smooth, fitting for the style. The alcohol warms, but does not burn.

O - I have been anticipating this beer for a while, so I was pleased to see it on the shelf at my local store. It encompasses the great toasted character of Blaecorn with the sweet mocha deliciousness of Vampire Slayer. The barrel adds oak complexity, but this beer isn't big on the bourbon. Overall, this beer isn't significantly better than it's parts, but it is tasty. Another great effort from Clown Shoes, who, for my money, make some of the best readily available stouts out there.

NoLeafClover44, Aug 09, 2012
Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.