1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Very Angry BeastVery Angry Beast

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

299 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 299
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 61
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)
View: Beers (27) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 299 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:38:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

05-11-2014 02:53:15 | More by nmann08
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:45:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-22-2014 21:47:56 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-24-2013 02:32:49 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of MasterSki
MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 18:28:41 | More by MasterSki
Photo of SocalKicks
SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-23-2013 03:34:14 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-01-2014 19:30:41 | More by oline73
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-08-2014 20:04:17 | More by GClarkage
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

11-22-2013 05:40:46 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

11-06-2013 03:39:23 | More by corby112
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-17-2013 03:36:11 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

09-05-2013 10:17:01 | More by zestar
Photo of duceswild
duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-04-2014 02:35:21 | More by duceswild
Photo of drewone
drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

09-20-2013 08:07:53 | More by drewone
Photo of Kelp
Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-07-2013 05:31:42 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer
sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

02-06-2014 15:50:31 | More by sendbeer
Photo of PEIhop
PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

09-12-2013 02:55:01 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Zaphog
Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

08-08-2013 16:01:36 | More by Zaphog
Photo of tobelerone
tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-17-2013 02:08:28 | More by tobelerone
Photo of johnnnniee
johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:20:15 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -47.6%

01-04-2014 22:07:53 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Bitterbill
Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:54:37 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of ShanePB
ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-06-2013 13:11:56 | More by ShanePB
Photo of ArrogantB
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
95 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.