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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 72
Gots: 69 | FT: 13
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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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Dope, Aug 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DanGeo, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%

Thanks to Kevin for splitting his bottle with us. Pitch black body, pretty staunch and evil looking with a light tan colored head that rises up slowly but fades away much faster. Not much lacing is expected from a 11.5% ABV imperial stout, and not much is presented. After a few moments, the foam is all gone, leaving behind only the dark and oily brew.

Quite the aroma on this one; unabashed with lots of stuff going on... Bourbon, sweet dark fruits (think prunes and dates, borderline anise-like), big-time vanilla and coconut barrel induced aromas with a solid amount of roasted malt and a nice, wet oak finish. Not quite as "well put together" as some of the other big dogs out there, but extremely solid nonetheless.

Oak staves soaked in bourbon is the first thing that comes to mind with each sip, followed and lightened up by a sweeter inclusion of vanilla and semi-sweet baker's chocolate (and even some very lightly bitter dark cocoa). Dark prunes are prevalent throughout, without pushing the boundary of anise and black licorice too hard (thankfully... I'm not too fond of those flavors).

There's a touch of astringent cola on the very back on the tongue that I'm not really keen on, but it isn't robust enough to ruin the brew for me. A mild, back-end residual brown sugar finish sweetens things up, almost a la Dark Lord, only scaled down about 100:1. Bourbon-oak in the front, cocoa-vanilla in the middle, prune-sugar in the end... I can dig that.

One of my biggest gripes with Clown Shoes' stouts is the lack of a substantial mouth feel for the style they supposedly represent. Unfortunately, Very Angry Beast suffers the same way, feeling a little thin for being the boisterous stout that it really is. There's a nice creamy and slick feel to it, but it could use some beefing up. Ample carbonation helps the feel from being completely lost.

I'll be honest, I wasn't really expecting much, if anything, going into this one... Not sure why, really, as I have no problem with Clown Shoes. I guess I just haven't been overly impressed with the offerings I've tried thus far. I quite enjoyed this one though, and while it doesn't become a regular pick-up due to the price (15$/bomber), it's definitely worth a try once.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

tbryan5, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TimBeaulieu, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Ben7773, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DaftPatrick, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

warnerry, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Callmecoon, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

mctizzz, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%

On tap at Imbibe. Pours a jet black with a really short head and minimal lacing. The nose is that of chocolates and oak. I get some coffee notes in the taste on top of the chocolate notes. A really well done IS. I would order this all the time if it was available.

aquazr1, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, Sep 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

TKEbeerman, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

HoppySeb, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

whoneeds8, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

striker2160, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Reappropriated, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

roostor07, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JamesStreet, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

whatname, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Snow81, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Zach1251, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beergorrilla, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of IKR
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beioe head that slowly faded to a ring.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, coffee/roasted malt aromas, brown sugar and some vanilla notes. Nice nose but it doesn't "pop out" like some beers do.

Taste: Bourbon, coffee/roast malts, caramel/brown sugar, mild vanilla, and some oak notes. The finish is fairly dry with Bourbon, roast malts notes and mild oak and hop notes. Some sweetness from the Bourbon and possibly the malts, but the roast/coffee notes, oak, and hop notes provide a solid counter. *As the beer warmed up closer to room temperature, the flavors came across more vibrant and I upped the initial taste score.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. Let's hope it's re-brewed.

IKR, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Acuity, Sep 01, 2013
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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
95 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.