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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

335 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 76
Gots: 73 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Neorebel on 08-05-2013)
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2.25/5  rDev -47.7%

jrallen34, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Rekrule, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

nmann08, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Peter1977, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

JonnyRebel, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Wayne17, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

drewone, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

N_Schleret, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

corby112, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -17.2%

treeslothguy, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

ArrogantB, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Damian
3.61/5  rDev -16%
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.

Damian, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

krl2112, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

BigBlueShep, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Raziel313, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Rollzroyce21, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

guido19, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

duceswild, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

PEIhop, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Chriscrundwell12, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

2beerdogs, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Renegrenade, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

SawDog505, Sep 20, 2013
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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
96 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.