Extremely Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
How do you create an Extremely Angry Beast? Mix one part bourbon barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon, one part bourbon barrel aged Undead Party Crasher, one part rum barrel aged Hammer of The Holy, then add a massive dose of incendiary rage.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
585
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
199
Trade:
24
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 585
Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of intense dark chocolate and oak with a hint of smoke. Slight coffee as well with a little hint of funky rum
T: Taste is chocolate, oak and rum up front with some caramel and smoke, slight roasted malts, hints of oxidation, more funky rum. On the finish this beer is more chocolate, a little heat, rum, oak, and creamy vanilla with a little more coffee and smoke.
M: This beer has a full and velvety feel on the mouth but it isn't super heavy. Carbonation is about where it should be for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. It has some nice flavors and complexity which make it an interesting drink. The blend of beers is also well executed as each one brings a little bit to the taste. The oxidation notes cleared up after the first couple sips and this one tastes pretty solid. A little boozy and a little hot but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a small creamy dark khaki head that has great retention after the pour

S- big smoky note on the nose; chipotle, bbq, wood smoke. Undertones of bourbon & rum barrel, dark fruits & chocolate

T- plenty of barrel up front, equal parts bourbon and rum. Smoky Chipotle notes at the mid-palate, the finish gives more smoke and hints of dark fruit and caramel

M-medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- lots of smoke throughout, has aged well

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, ripe dark fruits and molasses. Finishes with some nice bourbon barrel notes and a touch of char.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This has held up extremely well for being cellared for two years. The flavors are big and rich. Well done Clown Shoes.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Great beer. Pours jet black with very little head. Nose is all bourbon. Taste begins with Bourbon and finishes with rum on the finish. It is too bad this is not being brewed anymore.

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Photo of Sak3
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch black perfection with barely any head detected on my extremely gentle slow pour with my typical inadequate low levels of lighting situation.
Smell: Mostly coffee with subdued notes of chocolate. As this beverage has warmed I am able to smell more of an alcohol smell to it as opposed to a sweeter and softer smell of coffee.
Taste: Coffee loudly speaks it's presence upon the first time it touches my taste buds all the way to swallowing it. That statement holds it's truth when first drank after being poured and as the beer has warmed over the course of time.
Feeling: Surprisingly soft for a cool cellar-ed drink with a high alcohol percent. Meanwhile, it's important to mention that after maybe 10 minutes of being out in room temperature with my dinner the alcohol has started to be noticeable in an enjoyable fashion.
Overall: I am very thankful that I was privileged enough to drink this awesome beer that was brewed only once thanks to Beer Advocate's beer trading system!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin, brown, foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Big strong chocolate flavor with roasted malts and hints of java. Taste is very smooth. Big, big chocolate, roasted malts and mild coffee. Very good and smooth. Hides alcohol very well. Heavy bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like your BA stouts big and boozy, this is your ticket to ride. If you're familiar with the base beers, you'll be in for a treat, as the blend still maintains recognizable character from all three of its constituents. On the nose, there is foreshadowing of the alcoholic heat to come, bittersweet dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and hints of bitter pecan, vanilla, and almond extract. A chilled sip yields a strong rum influence with a bit of smoke from the Hammer of the Holy, residual bitterness and dark roasted malts from the Unidragon, and root chicory, stonefruit, and whisky from Crasher. Coming up on two years old, and I get very little oxidation; at the same time, this is better than I remember it when freshly released.

Bottle is from October 2014.

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Photo of marieli
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Started at 53 degrees. Date on bottle was October 2014. I thought the taste of alcohol was a little to present. Rum was barely detectable for me. Not a bad beer, but it just didn't fee like it came together as perhaps intended. The person I shared this with liked it a lot more. I have a second bottle also from October 2014 and will see what it's like at the two year mark in October.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice blended BA stout from the fine folks at Clown Shoes. This one has a really nice rich, complex nose. Caramel, smoked malt, bitter chocolate, and lovely spirit barrel character. Taste mostly follows. Creamy chocolate, caramel, subtle smokiness, getting rum barrel which is real nice, along with bourbon barrel. Not as complex and deep as FW 19, but it doesn't need to be. Stands on its own as a damn good beer. Liked the feel on this too, really creamy and smooth. Good job guys, keep em comin!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Appearance) Pours a short-lived medium brown head over a near black body. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3.5

(Smell) Mildly sweetened earthy black roast malt, toasted chocolate and coffee bean acidity, with wafts of bourbon and grain malts trailing. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor is much the same as the aroma, with slightly more enhanced sweetness and body than the aroma gives off. Moderately roasted grains, toasted chocolate malts, tangy coffee bean character with a finish of bourbon whiskey. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately syrupy, sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) A tasty stout, but a little hot and boozy with quite a bit of bourbon whiskey flavor, and what I consider an appropriate, but underwhelming specialty malt base that keeps this stout a bit short of reaching exceptional status. I'm not expecting Clown Shoes' multiple stouts to all be phenomenal, but this is one of my lesser favorites, and I can really feel the "angry" in the alcohol heat alone. 3.75

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color like oil with khaki colored head. Bourbon, lots of bourbon on the nose, some cocoa, and light sweetness, and a bit of oak; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with bourbon and cocoa.

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Photo of mabermud
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Hard pour. 1.5 inch darker mocha colored head that is extremely puffy, fine, and persistent. The body is pitch brown. As the beer poured from the bottle, I did not pay attention to the consistency of the liquid. I gather it is medium to heavy. This beer has very noice curtains that provide broad coverage, and leaves behind noice lacing. Much noicer than many of the high end stouts I have had. Noice head retention. Sticky continents are left behind on the sides of the glass as I reduce this beer.
Smell: First comes malts, then come a balance of dark chocolate and sweet mocha. Mmmmmm....deep draws through the nose reveal lactose or cream, a touch of nuttiness, some coffee grounds, and booze or alcohol, your call.
Taste: Not bad. This is better than I expected. Everything above, with an almost sweet cloying flavor. This leaves behind a cloying taste with something green...There is an imbalance here...Unripe dark fruit is somewhat apparent...something green does not agree with my taste buds.
Feel: Meh. Substantial, but nothing to write home about. Maybe syrupy and tacky in the mouth.

Overall - This is pretty good. This is my first full experience with Clown Shoes. I get the whole 22 to myself. I have had a sip or two of a couple of their other beers. I would have this again, it is strong enough to move me.

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Photo of nhindian
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This may be an angry beer, but it doesn't look like how I expected fire and brimstone to translate to a beer. It definitely has a pitch black body but the head is a light tan and not overly thick. Nice amounts of lacing spatter the glass.

Aroma - Ah - in the nose I can get a sense of how foreboding this beer can be. The barrel notes are front and center that mix a bit of alcohol heat with the sweetness of the liquor underneath of it. Next comes the roasted character of the trifecta of stouts that went into this. It has a burnt quality around the edges but it is enticing and not unwelcome at all.

Taste - Clown Shoes is an interesting brewery to me because they pump out tons of big stouts and then barrel-age them, which is right up my alley. However, I have found in their previous beers that while they sound great, the execution leaves a little to be desired, usually because the resulting beers are just way too hot in alcohol burn to enjoy. I expected just as much with this beer since it has three high-ABV stouts as its base, but to my surprise it's actually not that hot. To be fair, this particular bottle is from November of last year, so it has had some time to mellow, but even when the beer is cool the alcohol isn't imposing and only improves as it warms. Obviously the flavor is stout in steroids; the roast is insane and there really isn't much sweetness to be had at all besides what the bourbon and rum contribute. I actually notice the rum flavors much more prominently than the bourbon barrel in this beer, which I would attribute to it being more contrasting with the stout flavors. As it warms some chocolate and vanilla flavors peek through, but for the most part this is more focused on the bitter, roast malts.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is not as thick as I anticipating. It is still a full beer but not heavy on the palate. I think the liquor helps thin this out a little.

Closing Arguments - Overall I think this is the best beer I've had from Clown Shoes to date. The flavors are spot on and I like the double-barrel feature. I don't think this is available anymore though, so now I'm kicking myself for not picking up a spare bottle or two.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very opaque in the glass with the slightest hint of some light coming through along the edges. Dark khaki colored head that dissipates to a thin film on the surface. The aroma was very inviting; a little on the sweet side which I assume is from the rum barrels. Caramelized cane sugar, fudge brownie, light smoke, a touch of bourbon, burnt toffee, roast, and pecans? A lot going on. Full, chewy mouthfeel with absolutely no alcohol burn. Surprising and impressive. The smell carries over well in the taste. Much of the same burnt sugars, milk chocolate fudge, smoked/roasted malt, oak, and dark fruits. An excellent beer and very well balanced. Reminds me most of Evil Twin's Double Barrel Jesus, toned down slightly.

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Photo of mig100
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great head and retention for a barrel aged imperial stout. Smell is very phenolic bourbon, light chocolate and rum. Taste is the same with light chocolate and bourbon being the most prominent. Mouthfeel is decent, a lot of rum/alcohol coming through on the aftertaste and making the finish a little harsher than your standard bourbon barrel aged stout. This is good, but not really worth what I paid for it, which = $16.99.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DAMN! This one is soooooo good. This one still drank a little hot, but the flavor profile is so amazing with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and toasty malts. There is also so much character from the bourbon and rum barrels. Wow.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stoutfest IV reviews.

Thanks DanN05 and Emma. Retired but still drinking like its somewhat fresh.

A- Midnight black release from the bomber to a bunch of glasses. Medium tan head makes it to a finger with decent retention dying to a frothy ring. Many legs but only a few spots of lace.

S- A whole bunch of things going on but for me the main ones are really roasted barley malts, dark fruit like raisins and cherries, cocoa and nutty tones. Light oak and rum brown sugar, very deep chocolate and some boozy spirits.

T- Rather hot, even more so than the Bourbon Biscotti for me which is 13%. Complex flavor profile led off by bitter dark cocoa nibs followed by toasted sugar coated nuts, vanilla, spiced cherry fruitiness, rum caramelized sugars, alcohol, marshmallow, slight coconut and smoked grains.

MF- Slick and massively thick body that is really oily and hot. Carbonation medium-high and it is certainly bitter in the end from the roastiness; acrid.

This beast truly is angry. Hot, yet complex and delivers a that massive roast and barrel feel I expected. Clown Shoes rocks out those stouts.

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Photo of Sundrifter
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a Clown Shoes Extremely Angry Beast sitting patiently in my fridge for a few months before I cracked it open during my summer vacation and it was everything I hoped it would be. It poured a beautiful deep black color with a very light tan head and I got some very strong notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and bourbon immediately after I opened the bottle. It was sweet, extremely creamy and very easy to drink which was surprising for an imperial stout with such a high alcohol content. This beer definitely makes my list as one of my favorite imperial stouts of all time.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottled 11/05/14

A: pours a deep black with a nice tan head.

S: roasted malt, slight chocolate and coffee. soft oak, bourbon vanilla notes mixed in nicely. a slight fruitiness

T: dark roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, the fruity rum notes are not as prevalent as the bourbon. nice warming alcohol that can be felt...hidden nicely though in the taste.

M: wonderfully thick, creamy low/medium carbonation.

O: delicious!

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Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary frothy beige head. Superb blanketing on the glass. No light passes through the near black color.

Smells of deep semisweet chocolate. Lots of malt as in chocolate malt balls. Like a dessert--extremely inviting.

Super rich, super cocoa. Lots of alcohol and semisweet chocolate in the taste. Coats the tongue. Long lasting aftertaste with notable alcohol warmth.

Overall, a superb imperial stout.

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Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Dark pour, thick and rich looking, with a small head and not much lacing. Smell leads off with roasted malts, followed by chocolate, some bourbon, rum and oak. A hint of a funky sulphur aroma. Taste follows the nose with the malt, chocolate, bourbon and rum. Some oak and vanilla. Slight bitterness, some booziness. This is a very well blended beer. Smooth, good body, maybe a touch thinner than expected.

This is a very good beer, complex and flavorful. The double barrel aging is understated, but really well executed.

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Photo of Jjski
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of dark raisins, cocoa, roasted malts and bourbon

The flavor is somewhat subdued yet balanced. The rum comes across as pleasant dry sourness. This my second bottle ( cellared). The first was fresh upon release, and this one reinforces my initial impressions.

Not fantastic, but quite good. Very Angry has a stronger bourbon heat. This had balance but lacks a definitive unique character. I like most of their stuff: Luchador was quite good. I feel like the newness is wearing a bit thin and their barrel aging is becoming moderate. Some people like that. I prefer to be blasted by bourbon and vanilla notes. Won't happen here.

Drink Fresh, as aging clown shoes has not seemed to benefit the taste IMHC ( in my humble cellar)

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead in early February for $11.99. Bottled on 11/05/14.

Beer poured black with a lovely brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has a touch of booze, some roastiness, and a touch of chocolate.

Taste was a kiss of bourbon with cocoa and a nice roasted malt baseline. Hopping is sufficient to keep the sweetness even keeled.

Mouthfeel is full and viscously smooth.

Overall this is a nice brew at a reasonable price. I am always impressed with the quality control of their beers - nice job Clown Shoes!

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Photo of cloverdaddy
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours an opaque black, dark as the devil's soul. Beautiful dark khaki head lingers for a long while. Good retention with each sip.
S: Sweet bourbon and dark chocolate.
T: Much the same as the smell. Some roasted coffee-esque flavors are present as well.
M: Thick with a mildly crisp finish.
O: Hot damn is this beast angry. Approach with caution. Great, great, great barrel aged stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up for 13.99 today originally my first choice for a birthday beer long delayed. Pour was just like Very Angry Beast viscous dark deep beer blackness with a frothy deep mocha hue that takes forever to pull back to great lacing. Smell is smooth bourbon, semi sweet chocolates and a touch of coffee roasts. Taste was good not much improvement over the base beer with the bourbon aging even after warming up to 60+ degree's. Mouthfeel good not overlay sweet and the hops still bite a bit with the roasts.

Overall it's a nice Bourbon stout which doesn't overtake the base beer since it's already massive and heavy. Worth picking up every once in a while.

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Extremely Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 585 ratings