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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%

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:
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(Beer added by: Neorebel on 08-05-2013)
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Photo of t420o


4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Very Angry Beast

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger mocha head. Retention is below average. Beer is pitch black. Decent lacing. 3.5

S- big woody bourbon barrel notes, chocolate, cocoa, espresso, light vanilla. 4.25

T- this pretty much matches the nose with woody bourbon barrel up front and very nicely done. Dark chocolate, espresso, very nice roasted malts and some vanilla. Very well done. Hides the abv well. 4.5

M- nice and hefty body like a big beer like this should have. Medium carbonation. 4.5

O- a phenomenal barrel aged stout. Best at room temp, as are most beers. Love it. 4.75


Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 05:16:10 | More by t420o
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 00:39:36 | More by SawDog505
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: not quite motor oil black but more of a dark brown. a finger plus of a tan head that leaves a lacing on the edges. opaque

Smell: kinda weak for a big beer. chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon some alcohol, hint of cocoa

Taste: starts of with strong roasted malts, mixed with chocolate. gives way to the backend with mixed amounts of cocoa, bourbon, wood and alcohol. quite complex

Mouthfeel: fairly bitter, very full bodied. good warmth

Overall: a great beer to crack and sip on for hours. strong complex and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 21:50:02 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of 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 Resuin


4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:32:05 | More by Resuin
Photo of incogpraecox


4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown/black with only a half finger head. there's a dark ruby color around the top edges when held to light. excellent lacing throughout.

S: big bourbon hits the nose, followed immediately by hints of chocolate, vanilla and a nice malty character.

T: starts off with a nice dark chocolate, followed by vanilla. The finish is bourbon; has a really nice bite to it. smoooottthhhh. when cold the chocolate is a bit more pronounced, and when warm the bourbon packs a really nice punch on the finish.

M: creamy with medium carbonation. A really nice heat going down as it warms.

O: this is a great beer. not boring and not obnoxiously complex. would love to see what this beer is like aged for a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 00:32:23 | More by incogpraecox
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.46/5  rDev +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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 06:00:31 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Jasonrm72


4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Less bourbon than I was expecting considering Angry Beast.But this is solid.
I found much more chocolate in the flavor than bourbon. But the bourbon provided a nice softness that is rarely attributed to bourbon aged beers.
I wouldn't truly put this on the level of BCBS or KBS, but it is MUCH easier to get a hold of and tastes fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 00:23:17 | More by Jasonrm72
Photo of ArrogantB


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
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:56:22 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Dope


4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:49:47 | More by Dope
Photo of davey101


4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a pitch black body with a fingers worth of light mocha foam. Faint lacing with light retention. Seems a bit thin with some noticeable alcohol legs. I found that this one really needs a bit of time to open up to get the full effect.

S - Fudge brownie against a backdrop of rich bourbon notes of oak, char and vanilla. Lightly roasted but predominantly on the sweeter side of things. Large booze presence. Just excellent with a massive and inviting bourbon presence.

T - Dry cocoa powder, sweet vanilla, oak, sweet and decadent fudge brownie, and a lingering bourbon burn. Not as great as the nose but highly effective in capturing the stereotypical BA stout notes. The mouth feel is a bit too thin leaving all of the flavors to just sort of fall flat towards the end.

O - The first Clown Shoes beer to really impress me, which makes me happy considering this beer has zero hype and is somewhat reasonable at $12 for a bomber. The taste and mouth feel aren't perfect here, but damn is that aroma sexy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:01:14 | More by davey101
Photo of justintcoons


4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

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

Fudge, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and raisin.

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

Medium bodied, smooth and warming.

Clown Shoes does some nice work with Barrel Aging. Highly recommended for fans of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 14:46:02 | More by justintcoons
Photo of ThickNStout


4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 7/18/13. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half tan head that fades to a thick halo and leaves beautiful lacing.

Sweet aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Very inviting.

Taste delivers on the nose. Toasted oak, vanilla tinged bourbon, lightly smokey malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamed medium roast coffee, burnt caramel, licorice, brown sugar and a nice little kick of alcohol. So many great things going on in this. The booze isn't entirely lost but blends in well with the myriad of charred, roasty malts and barrel goodness.

Creamy and fairly heavy bidy with moderate carbonation, this lingers on the palate. Bourbon, cocoa and a little smoke in the finish.

I've gotta hand it to Clown Shoes for making fantastic stouts. I enjoy Vampire Slayer, I really like Blaecorn Unidragon and was a big fan of Angry Beast but this blows them all away. The melange of roasty, smokey, sweet malty goodness blended with bourbon and barrel character is excellent. This is right up there with Luchador En Fuego and I'm not sure which is my favorite that Clown Shoes has produced. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:17:25 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


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

appearance: Very dark brown. Nearly opaque, some ruby highlights when held to light. Nice mocha head and lacing. Looks like an imp stout ought too.
smell: Roasty chocolate. Hint of bourbon and dark fruity sweetness to match the roasty character.
taste: Much like the nose. The charred roastiness is more prominent than in the nose. Nicely balanced with bourbon sweetness.
overall: Quite mellow. A nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 21:56:11 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of acevenom


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thin, tan head. The nose has a lot of bourbon along with some vanilla and dark chocolate. I also get some of that barrel character from the bourbon barrels. The flavor isn't as heavy on the bourbon or booze as the aroma would indicate, but it is there. It blends very well with the dark roasted malts. I get the vanilla and dark chocolate. I get some of that oakiness from the barrel and some mild sweetness. The body is full and smooth with moderate carbonation. The alcohol warms the back of the throat in the finish. This is an excellent beer that would get much better with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:16:02 | More by acevenom
Photo of boogercrack


4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, into tulip

a: pours a super dark nearly black color, with a thin tan/khaki head that recedes quickly, to a ring with a few islands. standard pour vigor, not as much head as expected. ok lacing.

s: semi-sweet chocolate, barrel, faint vanilla, whiskey.

t: huge bitter/dark chocolate, the bourbon note is quite distinct, but only slightly hot. roasted malts on the finish, touch of coffee maybe? could be the roastyness playing tricks. as it warms, it definitely gets a lot hotter than at colder temps.

m: velvety consistency, plays with the chocolate well. while not chewy, is definitely not thin. carb is appropriate. coats the mouth with a subtle alcohol burn on the gums.

o: very solid offering by clown shoes, which i'm honestly usually somewhat let down by. definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:42:32 | More by boogercrack
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm super excited to be tasting Clown Shoes Very Angry Beast today, which is a mix of Vampire Slayer, and Blaecorn Unidragon, aged in Bourbon barrels. Two phenomenal beers in their own right, should be stellar as an aged blend. Let's go into the appearance: It's a deep, dark midnight hue, and although brown, it's indistinguishable from black. A power pour produces a ample tan head, between 1/2 and 1 inch tall. The froth eventually subsides a bit, but holds steady somewhere between 1/4" and 1/2". Great retention. The beer produces notable amounts of lacing on the glass as it's drank. A great look! One whiff indicates a very robust roasted malt profile, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of dark fruits, walnut, and vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. After a taste, I will say the flavor actually outmatches the aroma, as it's so pleasantly powerful, it's almost staggering! The bourbon aspect is dominant, which washes over the taste buds with a certain sharpness to it. Roasty and chocolatey are the malts, and there's a nice crispness of unknown origins happening here. Also a slight woodiness, similar to that which would be detected in a good neat glass of Scotch. What I like the best about this beer is the full, velvety mouth feel that is on par with something like Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. There aren't many beers that can produce this type of coating effect. That baker's chocolate taste is uniquely delicious as well- Its as if this beer is chocolate lava cake dipped in bourbon! This would seriously be great to stock up on and cellar too, if you have that kind of willpower... Anyway, big beer fans need to take notice! Indulge in this sublime libation and celebrate the good life!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 21:01:11 | More by Neorebel
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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
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