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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 73
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 Pahn:
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4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to BA ClownShoesDreams for sending me this bottle.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a tight, frothy tan head with great retention. Pours black and leaves sweeping lacing.

Smell: Piercing cocoa and coffee aroma--very very nice. Sweet but complex, like the flavor of a good coffee liqueur. Some boozy alcohol aroma cutting through cake just out of the oven and various coffee and almond aromas. Definitely some oak and bourbon. Changes with time, but like the best big stouts, every time you bring the glass to your nose you get something you want.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a great mouthfeel to back it up. Sweet and creamy up front with vanilla oak, hot estery alcohol and cake, drying out with some roasted malt and a long oaky and malty aftertaste. Hard to put the glass down.

This is a fantastic beer. I've hated Blaecorn Unidragon in all its forms (e.g. Porcine)--tastes like ashtray to me... but apparently when you add some Angry Beast and bourbon barrel age it it becomes sublime. The smoke really works here... usually the "ashtray" impression I get is just too much smoke/roasted malt, but here the softer, cake-like and American oak flavors provide the perfect balance (and the smoke/heavy roasted malt keeps the sweet, dessert notes from going too far as well).

Just excellent, I'm literally saying shit outloud like "Mmmm!" and "Damn!" after every sip, and I haven't drank enough to be drunk yet. This beer is absurdly good. Reminds me of a souped up version of the better bottles of Firestone Walker Parabola I've had.

Mouthfeel: Better than the usual Clown Shoes BA beer: thick and creamy, with perfect (read: high) dryness cutting through the thickness. Moderate carbonation. I'm shocked that for once the feel is even better than the flavor (and the flavor is world class).

Overall: When you buy a bourbon barrel aged stout (and you know what you're doing), you're hoping to get something like this. Big complexity, every note working together, lots of oak, lots of the great nuances that make 2oz of good bourbon worth sipping on for an hour, intoxicating aroma--just great. For some reason it reminds me of being in the Bahamas and having really good rum cake; the alcohol heat is there, but it's not just punching you in the face, it's taking the sweet pastry flavors and elevating them, exposing everything they have to offer and delivering it to you.

World class beer. Compares favorably with the big shots, ie Parabola, BCBS, the better Eclipse variants, etc.

Pahn, Jul 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DanGeo, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 16, 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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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