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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 379
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 79
Gots: 82 | FT: 16
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Neorebel on 08-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,767 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,513 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin, light brown head that stays as a persistent film, leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and light bourbon. Flavor is wonderfully integrated dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, oaky vanilla and light bourbon, smooth and mellow, finishing with nice bourbon and toasted malt; only a hint of char. Excellent, quite creamy body with moderate carbonation. Well, I accidentally had this in the basement for longer than I intended, but it is none the worse for the cellaring. I have not tried this fresh, so the the nice creaminess and balance may be partially due to short aging. In any case, this is a wonderfully balanced and mellow barreled stout, hiding the ABV until the very end where it is noticeable only as a pleasant bourbon kick in the finish. Very nicely done and flavorful. Wish I had picked up two of these. I buy Clown Shoes when I'm in California, but wish I would see it more often. Excellent. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why my beer review got deleted but all I had to say is I got it cheap (11.75 with 20 percent discount total 9.50) and pre aged (at least a year on it)

It was a very balanced Imperial stout smooth for the ABV and I would get it again if brewed. (253 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark. Hints of brown around the edge of he beer's body when held up to the light. Slim, tan head. Head isn't very thick but it. Leaves consistent speckled lacing all over the glass.

S-The aroma is like a deep, impending fog rolling into my nostrils. A mushroom cloud of boozy fudge. Roasty and Irish Coffee-like. You do get some bourbon but it's not as aggressive as some bourbon aged brews. It's more of a complement to the roast and fudgy chocolate.

T-The flavor is a liquified chocolate, fudgy, dark roast coffee medley with light bourbon accentuations. I get some tobacco which is cool. I'd like some more whiskey flavor here but VAB is a nice blend between the two base beers.

M-Plenty of body. Boozy and viscous. Just how it should be.

O/D-Clown Shoes makes some great beers. This one is very tasty and quite a giant beer. As for criticisms: 1) I'd like to see more bourbon in both the aroma and flavor. 2) the aroma was more impressive than the flavor. 3) Never happy when I spend over $12 for a bomber and am not blown away. (1,049 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (2,236 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured to four pint glasses from the 22oz bottle with an oily thick, pitch black body. Dark tan head forms atop the brew with a frothy, foamy consistency. Decent head retention leads to a thick, foamy ring. Lacing at the top has some nice webs and spotty below that.

S- Fudgey cocoa really jumps out to me here atop a beastly roast malt base and some good barrel feel. Authentic oaky, bourbon whiskey feel with some vanilla hints. Caramel sweets, burnt grains, smoke and slight alcohol.

T- Similar to the nose but the barrel feel really seems to jump out as well as some Scotchy, smoky seaweed whiskey feel. Bourbon barrels are probably second to only the roast base but it is close as they lay down a large portion of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes. Roast grains provide a base of dark fudge chocolate truffles, burnt grains, caramel sweetness and the sugar to make a slight alcohol flavor appear. Dark fruits appear from the yeast.

MF- Thick body with a creamy, somewhat oily overall texture. Carbonation is moderate and maybe even closer to lower end but this allows those decadent stout and whiskey flavors to sit on the palate. Alcohol warming lingers for quite a while but not hot.

Definitely a fan of the nice Bourbon feel combined with some Peat Scotch malt feel and smoke. It brings some huge flavors but not over the top at all for me. Fudgey, cocoa truffle sweetness works very well with the other things present. (1,431 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a motor oil black with thin tan head.

The aroma explodes of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon.

The flavor follows with dark chocolate, a figgy fruit note, lots of roasty malt, coffee, and a fudgey brownie note along with vanilla, oaky bourbon notes.

There's a creamy silky body along with this beer.

A truly amazing beer. (359 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't see a date but this was just released.

A: Pours a pitch black with a big dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly, leaving pretty substantial and heavy lacework behind. Nice retention too with a mini island floating around.

S: Big bourbon notes. Burnt sugars and caramel abound. Marshmallow and just a hint of toasted coconut. Mild roasted malt pokes through with some sweet chocolate, but the barrel dominates here. Not too boozy or anything, just heavy and sweet bourbon notes. It reminds me a lot of a FiftyFifty Eclipse variant in fact.

T: Again with the bourbon but not as strong as the aroma. Heavy toasted marshmallow, caramel and decadent chocolate. Rich and heavy flavors. Smooth chocolate with just a hint of coffee in the finish. A little charred oak and lots of bittersweet chocolate lingers between sips. Wonderful, like a bourbon brownie masterpiece.

M: Heavy, smooth and viscous.

O: Wow, seriously good. Clown Shoes' best beer to date...by far. It really does remind me a lot of the FiftyFifty Eclipse series. Very similar. Probably the Bernheim one comes the closest. Very rich, decadent, sweet and smooth. Drinks wonderfully. No booze at all for 11.5%. Barrel character adds tons of complexity but does not overpower, just melds perfectly. It's like a half priced Eclipse basically. I don't know who would buy anything from FiftyFifty if this were readily available from them, that's for sure. Great job, Clown Shoes. (1,455 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This was bottled on 07/18/13 which is a little over a month ago.

Appearance: Pours a nice, thick, very dark brown/black and leaves a finger of medium brown/coffee colored head, which fizzles out quickly to just a very thin layer, primarily around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Lots of cocoa, light coffee, light bourbon, figs, plums with a hint of caramel and vanilla. The cocoa and coffee are most prominent but the others give it a nice complex aroma.

Taste: Bitter coffee beans, lots and lots of oak, semi-sweet chocolate, malts, a hint of bourbon.

Mouth-feel: Nice creamy, thick body with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a quality imperial stout. Complex aroma and a nice flavor, but just a tad too much oak in this, and for me, not quite enough bourbon. Nice mouth-feel though. (833 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Jet black with 1 finger of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Fudge, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and raisin.

Taste
Chocolate fudge, dark chocolate and molasses. Nicely blended bourbon character with hints of vanilla and charred oak. Notes of espresso and raisin.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and warming.

Overall
Clown Shoes does some nice work with Barrel Aging. Highly recommended for fans of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stouts. (494 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled On 07/18/13

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head

S: Dark roasted malts, quite a bit of dark chocolate and bourbon, and some anise in the background. Get hints of vanilla and oak as well along with some booziness

T: Nice and complex. Starts off with the roasted malts, a hint of smoke, and dark chocolate. This is shortly followed up by bourbon, vanilla, oak, and light booze. Finishes with an unexpected bitterness and lightly roasted coffee

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy

O: A very nice example of a BBA imperial stout. The blend of the blaecorn and vampire slayer is great, combining a light hint of smoke from the vampire slayer with the boldness of the unidragon. A must-try if you can find it (758 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from 22 oz bottle

A-pours a semi-thick brown/ black color with a tan 1 finger head that recedes to a nice fresh collar
S- cocoa,coffee,bourbon,roasted malts some dark fruit
T- superb with cocoa/coffee and nice mellow bourbon rich with semi sweet chocolate a touch of fruit with light vanilla and oak many layers of flavor
M-superb creamy rich complex as this stout is very tasty
O-a great BB IS rich and robust a nice blend of CS brews that are BA good stuff (460 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head, which quickly fades to a small disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. Nice aroma with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, and dark roasted malt.

Tastes sweet with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark roasted malt, smoke, and vanilla. The dark roasted malt provides some bitterness for balance. The alcohol is well disguised for 11.50 % abv. This is a nice sipper.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Has a chocolate syrup aftertaste with a hint of Bourbon. Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Very nicely made. (553 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split between three pint glasses. If there's a bottle code, I can't see it.

Pours black and smooth with a tiny ring of pale head. Slightly translucent around the edges, so not entirely opaque. Smell is chocolatey, pruney, licoricey, a little bit of alcohol.

Taste is smooth and well integrated, Starts out sweet and fruity and goes through some smokey chocolatey bittersweetness, roasty bitterness, and then maybe a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry. Overall, this is pretty good. (514 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (1,414 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4 inch of brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is booze, dark chocolate, brownie batter, and hints of roasted malts. The taste is bourbon upfront followed nicely by chocolate syrup and fugdey brownies. Earthy notes. Finishes nicely with more bourbon and more sweet chocolate syrup and brownies. Tastes rich, but not cloyingly sweet. Pretty big alcohol presence as expected. Heavy mouthfeel. Clown Shoes is great at making big beers and this is no exception. Overall, a bit pricey but worth grabbing. (548 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense tan foam. Good retention and lacing.

S: Malted milk balls, milk chocolate, and butterscotch are quite strong in this beer with a bit of roasted malts in the background.

T: Strong dark chocolate and sweet caramel dominate this beer with a nice amount of bourbon. Roasted malts and bitter hoppiness help balance this beer. Quite boozy.

M: On the thick side with moderate carbonation.

O: A very good beer. The aroma is decent, but the flavor is intense, complex, and quite tasty. Very enjoyable. I'd like to see what some age does with this beer. It's quite boozy. (640 characters)

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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.