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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 81
Gots: 84 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: Neorebel on 08-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My second beer from Clown Shoes and both have been killer! This is a heavy duty brew and there is a lot going on. Smell I got chocolate, peanut butter, fudge, salt, tobacco, and hay. Taste is similar, with tons of coffee but is not overly sweet. I really love the faint tobacco notes, like the molasses and rasins of Red Man. Really good beer!

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4.12/5  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.

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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beioe head that slowly faded to a ring.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, coffee/roasted malt aromas, brown sugar and some vanilla notes. Nice nose but it doesn't "pop out" like some beers do.

Taste: Bourbon, coffee/roast malts, caramel/brown sugar, mild vanilla, and some oak notes. The finish is fairly dry with Bourbon, roast malts notes and mild oak and hop notes. Some sweetness from the Bourbon and possibly the malts, but the roast/coffee notes, oak, and hop notes provide a solid counter. *As the beer warmed up closer to room temperature, the flavors came across more vibrant and I upped the initial taste score.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. Let's hope it's re-brewed.

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3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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3.97/5  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.

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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
95 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.