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Very Angry Beast - Clown Shoes

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 75
Gots: 74 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Neorebel on 08-05-2013)
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Photo of neurobot01
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2013 into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: dark brown—light seeps through around the edges, but fades to near black in the center. Essentially no head, fairly light carbonation.

Smell: indistinct bourbon, milk chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of toasted coconut.

Taste: raisins, brown sugar/molasses, some savory smoked meat. A bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, and balanced by the savory (and some mild bitter) flavors. Very very little in the way of alcohol heat or (specific) flavor.

Feel: slick, medium bodied, fairly dry. Not very heavily carbonated, but pretty much ideal for the style.

Overall: a nice offering from Clown Shoes. Fits in the middle ground between something (widely available and passable) like Dragon's Milk and (limited and awesome) like Parabola. Totally respectable.

neurobot01, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of xJMFCx
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

xJMFCx, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Benesi88
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Benesi88, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of JonnyRebel
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

JonnyRebel, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dwagner003, May 24, 2014
Photo of JDM44
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JDM44, May 20, 2014
Photo of weaksauce
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

weaksauce, May 15, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

nmann08, May 11, 2014
Photo of JSBILK
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JSBILK, May 09, 2014
Photo of MattXT
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

MattXT, May 09, 2014
Photo of Phil_H
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Phil_H, May 07, 2014
Photo of nabit
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

nabit, May 06, 2014
Photo of layinbrix
4/5  rDev -6.8%

layinbrix, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of CaptainPancakes
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

CaptainPancakes, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of tmm313
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mostly black. Mahogany around the edges. Poured very little head with aggressive pour, but that's what its supposed to do. Good lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Sweet. Raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, bourbon, cherry, orange, earthy hop, and oats.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak and oats. Spicy finish. Pine and Espresso aftertaste. Got better as it warmed.

M- Medium thick body. Viscous, smooth, and drying.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The more it warmed, the better it got. Flavors everywhere, the way a good Imperial is supposed to be. Paired the second half of my bomber with some smoked brisket. Heaven.

tmm313, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

DaftPatrick, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Maillard, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of cpwalk456
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cpwalk456, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -6.8%

warnerry, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I should like this more; maybe I'm getting sick. Don't get me wrong I like it quite a but, I just feel weird about my rating. Anyway. Smells like dark fruit, roasty, alcohol, wood, little smoke, maybe anise. Definitely has some dark fruit flavors going on, just can't figure out exactly which ones. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I do get that sort of fumes through the nose feel on swallowing, and it kind of numbs my tongue temporarily. Dark chocolate, vanilla, definitely wood mostly towards the end.

Mikeluzzjr, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

PicoPapa, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of WTKeene
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

WTKeene, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of dazedandconfused
4/5  rDev -6.8%

dazedandconfused, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of cbutova
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

cbutova, Mar 31, 2014
Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
95 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.