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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Neorebel on 08-05-2013)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't see a date but this was just released.

A: Pours a pitch black with a big dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly, leaving pretty substantial and heavy lacework behind. Nice retention too with a mini island floating around.

S: Big bourbon notes. Burnt sugars and caramel abound. Marshmallow and just a hint of toasted coconut. Mild roasted malt pokes through with some sweet chocolate, but the barrel dominates here. Not too boozy or anything, just heavy and sweet bourbon notes. It reminds me a lot of a FiftyFifty Eclipse variant in fact.

T: Again with the bourbon but not as strong as the aroma. Heavy toasted marshmallow, caramel and decadent chocolate. Rich and heavy flavors. Smooth chocolate with just a hint of coffee in the finish. A little charred oak and lots of bittersweet chocolate lingers between sips. Wonderful, like a bourbon brownie masterpiece.

M: Heavy, smooth and viscous.

O: Wow, seriously good. Clown Shoes' best beer to date...by far. It really does remind me a lot of the FiftyFifty Eclipse series. Very similar. Probably the Bernheim one comes the closest. Very rich, decadent, sweet and smooth. Drinks wonderfully. No booze at all for 11.5%. Barrel character adds tons of complexity but does not overpower, just melds perfectly. It's like a half priced Eclipse basically. I don't know who would buy anything from FiftyFifty if this were readily available from them, that's for sure. Great job, Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:49:47 | More by Dope
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tmm313

Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mostly black. Mahogany around the edges. Poured very little head with aggressive pour, but that's what its supposed to do. Good lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Sweet. Raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, bourbon, cherry, orange, earthy hop, and oats.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak and oats. Spicy finish. Pine and Espresso aftertaste. Got better as it warmed.

M- Medium thick body. Viscous, smooth, and drying.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The more it warmed, the better it got. Flavors everywhere, the way a good Imperial is supposed to be. Paired the second half of my bomber with some smoked brisket. Heaven.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 23:05:38 | More by tmm313
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-21-2014 04:03:31 | More by DaftPatrick
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-19-2014 09:54:48 | More by Maillard
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cpwalk456

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-14-2014 01:38:42 | More by cpwalk456
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-14-2014 01:36:07 | More by warnerry
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I should like this more; maybe I'm getting sick. Don't get me wrong I like it quite a but, I just feel weird about my rating. Anyway. Smells like dark fruit, roasty, alcohol, wood, little smoke, maybe anise. Definitely has some dark fruit flavors going on, just can't figure out exactly which ones. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I do get that sort of fumes through the nose feel on swallowing, and it kind of numbs my tongue temporarily. Dark chocolate, vanilla, definitely wood mostly towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 06:49:14 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4 inch of brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is booze dark chocolate, brownie batter, and hints of roasted malts. The taste is bourbon upfront followed nicely by chocolate syrup and fugdey brownies. Earthy notes. Finishes nicely with more bourbon and more sweet chocolate syrup and brownies. Tastes rich, but not cloyingly sweet. Pretty big alcohol presence as expected. Heavy mouthfeel. Clown Shoes is great at making big beers and this is no exception. Overall, a bit pricey but worth grabbing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:14:44 | More by PicoPapa
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WTKeene

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-01-2014 22:56:42 | More by WTKeene
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-01-2014 19:34:34 | More by dazedandconfused
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured to four pint glasses from the 22oz bottle with an oily thick, pitch black body. Dark tan head forms atop the brew with a frothy, foamy consistency. Decent head retention leads to a thick, foamy ring. Lacing at the top has some nice webs and spotty below that.

S- Fudgey cocoa really jumps out to me here atop a beastly roast malt base and some good barrel feel. Authentic oaky, bourbon whiskey feel with some vanilla hints. Caramel sweets, burnt grains, smoke and slight alcohol.

T- Similar to the nose but the barrel feel really seems to jump out as well as some Scotchy, smoky seaweed whiskey feel. Bourbon barrels are probably second to only the roast base but it is close as they lay down a large portion of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes. Roast grains provide a base of dark fudge chocolate truffles, burnt grains, caramel sweetness and the sugar to make a slight alcohol flavor appear. Dark fruits appear from the yeast.

MF- Thick body with a creamy, somewhat oily overall texture. Carbonation is moderate and maybe even closer to lower end but this allows those decadent stout and whiskey flavors to sit on the palate. Alcohol warming lingers for quite a while but not hot.

Definitely a fan of the nice Bourbon feel combined with some Peat Scotch malt feel and smoke. It brings some huge flavors but not over the top at all for me. Fudgey, cocoa truffle sweetness works very well with the other things present.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:03:18 | More by cbutova
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-18-2014 13:16:23 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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jwswigs

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-16-2014 21:13:16 | More by jwswigs
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Blahstarr

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-16-2014 19:44:22 | More by Blahstarr
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-15-2014 18:41:14 | More by steamboatbrewer
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ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/18/13

A - Pitch black

S - Bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate

T - Sweet bourbon and oak. Pretty damn smooth for 11.5%. Maybe a slight, tiny, microscopic alcohol burn, but by no means overpowering. A warming sensation in your chest.

M - Not as thick as I would like and some decent carbonation.

O - I feared this was going to be a boozy mess, but it is really good. Great bourbon and oak smell/taste and it goes down smooth. Really solid stuff. Would buy again if I could.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 23:14:45 | More by ThrewRedButter
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Reappropriated

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-12-2014 00:15:14 | More by Reappropriated
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Fern13

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-11-2014 16:50:53 | More by Fern13
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-10-2014 16:06:45 | More by CGMLS3
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-09-2014 23:39:41 | More by TKEbeerman
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MykeJ

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-08-2014 03:27:41 | More by MykeJ
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-06-2014 21:57:37 | More by csfcmitchell
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reyna311

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-04-2014 02:35:21 | More by duceswild
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BeerMusketeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-02-2014 16:34:23 | More by BeerMusketeer
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