Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes
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3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight smoke, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, smoke, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.
10-29-2013 04:38:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
Seeing all things aggression- its roast, its booze, its intensity. Everything suggests that this is one angry beer!
As the beer settles into the glass, it does so with an inky-black body and a slight creme of froth that settles on top. Tawny brown about the edges, the beer's foam cap is light tan and dissipates soon into the session. A swirl of the glass specks the walls with spotty lace as the ale more and more prefers brandy-like appearances over that of beer.
Booze, roast and supporting malt kick off the aromas with bold roast espresso, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, toffee and walnuts- all woven together with a thread of unmistakable bourbon. Surprising whiffs of vanilla, cherry, licorice, campfire and coconut all weave into the mix, offering complex scents more and more as it warms.
Its taste is a seamless bridge from its scent as the roasted flavors dark-roast coffee grounds, smoky chocolate, heavy toast and roasted nuts rise to the foreground. Its burnt toffee taste supports its roast easily but without over-sweetening the taste. Somewhat brownie-like, the middle palate introduces caramelly bourbon, vanilla and charred fruit. The stout's dry-malt taste finishes off with extensions of burnt embers.
Its full body is assisted with its low-lying carbonation that allows the beer to sit weightily on the tongue and saturates the taste buds completely. Its light syrupy texture glides over the palate en route to a surprisingly semi-dry finish with echoes of smoke and char.
The tendencies are to detest beers from breweries who have gimmicky, mocking, or adolescent marketing and branding. But I soon forgot about all that "clown shoes" stuff and really opened up to this Imperial Stout, as it is complex, challenging and greatly rewarding.
11-11-2013 16:45:06 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle from Binny's - Lakeview. Served in a Fantôme snifter at Kan's place.
A - A thick collar and near-complete cap of tan foam tops a near-black body, with specks of lace dotting the sides of the glass.
S - Dark grains, dark chocolate, earthy bourbon, light oak, caramel, roasted malts, and perhaps a hint of tobacco to round things out. Not the most spirit-forward barrel-aged stout, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as I like the base beers.
T - The taste is quite similar to the aroma, with perhaps a bit more sugar cookie and caramel sweetness amid the darker and roastier flavors. Some nice elements of milk chocolate and vanilla, with less present barrel and bourbon notes. I'm guessing this brew didn't spend a ton of time in the barrels, but that's actually kind of refreshing with all the over-oaked and booze-heavy barrel-aged stouts out there.
M - Smooth medium-full body, pleasant lower carbonation, perhaps a bit thin for 11.5% but not offensively so. Booze is reasonably well-concealed. Quite nice on the whole.
D - I have to say that when Clown Shoes opened I was put off by the labels and the 'contract-brewing' stigma, but I'm becoming increasingly convinced that they have a successful model going here. Not quite as good as Porcine Unidragon, but nearly so. Love being able to buy a great beer without waiting in a line or chasing a truck.
09-30-2013 18:28:41 | More by MasterSki
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/18/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and roast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
08-22-2014 02:55:17 | More by superspak
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a solid black with a good sized tan head that persists for a while. Smells of fudge and chocolate with some caramel vanilla and a bit of woody oak. The flavor follows the aroma but the woody oak and a hint of alcohol are in the foreground while the chocolate caramel confections are an underlying base. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet silky mouthfeel. This is quite a nice stout I enjoyed sipping it for most of the night.
09-07-2013 00:20:15 | More by johnnnniee
4.34/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks go out to the gang at Craftshack for this bottle!
It looks the part, a pitch black brew that brings a +1 finger head of tan foam. The lacing is good.
The smell hit me as soon as I popped the cap. Huge aroma of bourbon. Getting past that, which is difficult, roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, yeah, I get 'em but again, that bourbon is almost overpowering. Did I mention alcohol? My bad if I didn't.
The taste seems to be another matter. The bourbon is there but it's nicely complimented by sweet chocolate and toffee an that cocoa, once it settles in is amazing. Holy crap, the alcohol is NOT hidden at all in this brew. 11.5% and I can feel every bit of it with each sip and swallow. This would make for an excellent nightcap, dontchyaknow.
Thick body with plenty of carbonation, the word chewy comes to mind.
A little less heat from the alcohol and I would do flips for Very Angry Beast but then again, they named it such for a very good reason, eh? Overall, a marvelous brew that despite its heat, won't get me out of the kitchen. Cheers to Clown Shoes.
10-20-2013 21:54:37 | More by Bitterbill
Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
95 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.