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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 62
Gots: 69 | FT: 14
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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jrallen34

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -47.6%

01-04-2014 22:07:53 | More by jrallen34
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -30.1%

08-25-2013 20:37:58 | More by Rekrule
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

05-11-2014 02:53:15 | More by nmann08
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-14-2013 23:13:43 | More by Peter1977
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JonnyRebel

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

06-17-2014 23:44:53 | More by JonnyRebel
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Wayne17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

07-26-2014 20:00:55 | More by Wayne17
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

09-20-2013 08:07:53 | More by drewone
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

02-09-2014 02:09:54 | More by N_Schleret
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

11-06-2013 03:39:23 | More by corby112
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-01-2013 02:08:49 | More by duff247
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first clown shoes beer and I have passed them up for a couple months but I've been a sucker for barrel-aged stouts lately. I think this was $14 which I normally wouldn't pay sight unseen but I had read good reviews here. Appearance is standard for the style and while the head is short it lingers. First whiff off the bottle is chocolate. Subsequent sniffs at the glass are mostly subtle smoke. Flavor is a bit of candy and booze, easily stands out as barrel-aged. This is pretty decent but it is no BCBS or Parabola. I don;t think I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:03:22 | More by ArrogantB
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on 07/18/13
Served in a snifter

Thick and oily, near pitch black appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, bubbly, one-finger crown of tan colored foam. Spotty, drippy lacing coated the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished. The head eventually faded to a lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was rich and robust. Quite sweet with chocolate fudge notes coming through strong. Lots of bourbon and brown sugar. Oaky. Intense dark fruit notes appeared as well. Raisins and plums were most noticeable.

The flavor profile was tasty but rather harsh. Roasted malts came through strong on the front end. Hefty dose of char. Good amount of brown sugar-like sweetness. Fruity with notes of raisins and prunes. Hints of espresso and smoke appeared in the center. The finish was really hot and bitter. Between the boozy, whiskey-like notes and the copious amounts of piney hops, finishing my glass was a bit of a chore.

The mouthfeel was much thinner than I anticipated for a beer of this magnitude, but nevertheless creamy and smooth. Frothy and supple on the palate.

I love supporting local breweries, but I am consistently disappointed by Clown Shoes's "big beer" releases. Most are overly boozy, astringently roasty and far too thin in body. Why they continue to get such solid reviews is baffling.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 17:19:28 | More by Damian
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krl2112

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-06-2013 22:11:42 | More by krl2112
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BigBlueShep

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-20-2013 15:22:51 | More by BigBlueShep
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Raziel313

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

10-09-2013 11:37:31 | More by Raziel313
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-22-2013 06:40:06 | More by Rollzroyce21
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guido19

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-14-2013 02:00:32 | More by guido19
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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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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-12-2013 02:55:01 | More by PEIhop
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

02-09-2014 02:11:50 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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Renegrenade

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-22-2013 05:40:46 | More by XmnwildX12
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a beautiful near black with a one inch mocha head, that settles fairly quickly into a thin layer of foam, with a collar of lace. Smell is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, smoke, leather, and dark fruits. Taste is lots of bourbon and smoke from beginning to end, with the other flavors blended in and it is still very tasty, but if a bourbon smokyness isn't your thing you may not be ready for this. Body is medium, the amount of life is as expected for its heft, a touch dry, and a sipper for sure. This is very good, really a bourbon lovers stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 00:39:36 | More by SawDog505
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been picking up new Clown Shoes beers on a pretty regular basis. Despite the hefty price tags on some, they always seem just a titch away from hitting one into the Bay. I'm a kayaker, I suppose. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

We have the beer on the big screen: black. Lowly carbonated. Nose isn't as frontal as the name suggests: subdued bourbon, roast, chocolate, even a wisp of smoke. Subtle isn't a characteristic I associate with this brewery.

Very Angry Beast surprises with a smokey halo; reading the label & dipping my nose, I arrived unprepared. Good swath of burnt forest hits the tongue immediately. Beyond the pall is a classic barrel-aged stout: sweet malts, vanilla, boozy bourbon, with a tactile, drying woodiness on the end. The smokiness really adds a nice dimension: not overwhelming, but nicely balanced (I hate that word). Heavy & viscous, but seems to be sliding home just fine.

A beer that doesn't shatter the sound barrier, but arrives with a nice kabang. Bourbon is a bit understated; a little ampage might have lifted this into the troposphere. As is, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 04:00:52 | More by maximum12
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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
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