Flight Of The Angry Beast
Clown Shoes

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Strong Ale - American
4.26 | pDev: 7.28%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Flight Of The Angry BeastFlight Of The Angry Beast
Notes: For the fourth installment in our “Beast” series, Sir Walter Scott has finally tamed the creature, who was about to attack a group of innocent unicorns. To celebrate, we blended 1/3 Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels, 1/3 Blaecorn Unidgragon aged in scotch barrels and 1/3 Billionaire aged in scotch barrels. Hooray!
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/26/15. This is quite an old bottle and has been sitting on a shelf so already my expectations are not huge.

Pours thick and oily. Very dark brown almost black coloring. Minimal head. Not even worth measuring. Fades to a ring quickly.

Smell is a shadow of what this probably once was. Despite its age, this smells pleasant. Malt, some mild barrel notes, which is mainly bourbon, the sweetness from the barleywine creeps through. These are very weak though. Spin the glass to agitate as much scent as possible.

Taste is much more complex but still on the weak side. Malt is the dominant profile, no surprise there. Barrel notes, coffee, chocolate, reminiscent of pudding, cinnamon, mild honey, savory nuttiness perhaps from the bourbon and barleywine. A lot of nice flavors but all very weak and fades back into malt very quickly.

Full bodied with a light/medium amount of carbonation to cut through the density.

Overall...this beer is old. Plain and simple. If this was cellared properly, perhaps it could've survived and turned out to be more. But sitting on a shelf for almost 4 years has not done it any favors and still has a nice mix of flavors despite that fact. A shame that this one is retired. I would've liked to have tried it in its prime.

Oct 17, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 vintage tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 22 fl oz bottle on January 31, 2019. Blend of imperial stout and barleywine ale aged in bourbon and scotch barrels. Complex blend of flavors.

Feb 13, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 year old, properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, light coffee, dried plums and dates. Flavor is dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, bourbon, peaty smoke, dried plums and raisins, vanilla. A little fruit tartness and increasing astringent woodiness in the finish; a bit of oxidation. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A bit of a mess, really. Both the stout dark toasted malt and the barleywine dark fruit components are here, leaning towards the stout. The flavors seem to have mellowed and perhaps turned less deep, with the fruit notes getting a little tarter. The peat smoke is indistinct at this point, and adds to the wood flavors in the finish. This sounded so perfect, a blend of my two favorite styles, that I possibly aged it a little too long. I wish I had tasted this right away to see the changes. The basic blend is quite flavorful, but the finish is a little astringent at this point. Interesting.

Jan 21, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roastd malts and dark fruits.

T - The taste bounces between imperial stout and barleywine. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, toffee, coconut and roasted malts. The finish has a nice smokiness from the scotch barrels.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft dry finish.

O - This is a crazy beer. The mix of imperial Stout and Barleywine play well off each other creating some rich and complex flavors. Awesome beer.

Apr 30, 2017
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Pegasus from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep reddish amber body, verging on black, crowned by a small, but persistent tan head, with elegant lacing that rings the glass walls. The form is that of a coarse Belgian lace.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol dominates the aroma, Bourbon and wood notes are notably prominent, as well as licorice, bourbon soaked raisins, bitter cocoa, cold coffee, vanilla, and toasted malt.

Taste: Opens with a furious surge of bourbon and wood, the oak (?) notes being particularly prominent.
As the taste progresses, the bourbon and wood intensify. Cold coffee and licorice dominate the latter part of the taste, though the wood and bourbon remain omnipresent. Finishes with a lingering note of bourbon, wood, and spicy alcohol,

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, with the slightest hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A spectacularly excellent example, it seems perfect on a day when the weather is stormy, dark, and cool. Its a shame that is this a "one-shot", it should be an annual offering.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Apr 02, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some rum barrel. There's also some caramel sweetness and oak.
T: Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some rum barrel goodness. Chewy caramel and oak come in toward the middle with some more rum barrel influence. Swallow is roasted malts, espresso, charred wood and bitter dark chocolate. The scotch barrels come in a lot more toward the end as the beer warms with some tannic wood. The barleywine also provides an aged and old hop flavor too.
M: This beer is big and full in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really good beer. The blend is very interesting and both components are there. The rum barrel stout takes center stage though the barleywine does add some nice notes as well.

Jan 09, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-12-24 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle

A - Very dark, opaque brown with a 1-finger tan head that fades pretty quickly leaving moderate lace.

S - Dark cherries, medium-roasted grain, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, whiskey aroma leaning more towards scotch than bourbon. Rich and very inviting.

T - Tasty; leaning more to the Imperial Stout than the Barleywine. Nice chocolate, black coffee, vanilla, light coconut and roasted malt with some char initially before the molasses, caramel and dark fruit flavors kick in from the Barleywine. Alcohol heat is apparent but not objectionable. There are some light smoke/ash and medicinal spice notes as the beer warms. Morphs back to the Imperial Stout roasted/char flavors and corresponding bitterness in the finish.

M - Heavy body and light carbonation yield a smooth, creamy, thick brew.

O - Nice combination of an Imperial Stout and Barleywine. First time I've had a beer with this blend. It works. I'll have to do some experimental mixing on my own.

Dec 24, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/2015 - been resting in the cellar for just over a year. Pours a rich, earthy dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is huge, both in depth and breadth - whiskey, roasted malt, dark fruit. Even after a year the whiskey-heat is strong. Taste vacillates between stout and barleywine with the powerful booziness being the bridge that connects the two. Roasted malt, burnt sugar, raisins, prunes, leather, vanilla and bitter hops. It's a huge, unpredictable and borderline pig of a beer.

Nov 20, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

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

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on 10/14/15
Served in a snifter

The somewhat thinner than anticipated, cola colored liquid was topped by a finger-plus tall, frothy, mocha colored crown. Solid retention. The head slowly fell to a thick, bubbly ring. Drippy patches of lacing trickled down the glass.

Smoky notes came through big time in the aroma. Peat smoked malts for sure. Bit of sweetness. Brown sugar was noticeable. Subtle dark fruit notes. Charred raisins perhaps. There was a big boozy quality. The Scotch barrels were definitely apparent. More fruity sweetness appeared as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was fairly similar to the nose. Malty and somewhat sweet on the front end. The smokiness kicked in next. Really peaty and dry. Subtle charred raisin notes. Hint of brown sugar. Touch of bakers chocolate. There was a big, smoky, boozy presence on the back end and in the finish. The alcohol warmth permeated my palate but it never turned overly hot. There was a good amount of roastiness too. Hint of earthy hops. Slightly bitter.

Solid mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. Creamy and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that frothed up nicely on the palate.

Flight Of The Angry Beast is a very solid beer that combines three interesting barrel-aged offerings into an even more complex concoction. Reading some earlier reviews, it seems that the alcohol really mellowed out with a year of aging. All in all, a notable effort for sure.

Oct 22, 2016
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brewskis from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber. Dated 10/8/15.

Pours a viscous midnight black color with over a finger of dense mocha head.

Aroma is highly complex with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, raisin, fig, carmel, toffee, sight tobacco, and slight licorice coming from the stouts and barleywine base beers. The barrel is big despite the year age on it. Get smooth bourbon and scotch (scotch is bringing a peat smokiness), tons of oak, and vanilla.

Taste is very complex, just like the aroma. Get roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits (raisin and fig), carmel, oak, bourbon, scotch (slight peat smoke), vanilla, slight black licorice, toast, carmel, and toffee.

Full body. Crisp carbonation in order to move the beer through the palate, but still very smooth. Creamy, chewy. Finishes oily, sticky, and slick.

A wonderfully blended beer. All three beers complement one another. The scotch and bourbon barrels were still prominent, but the age has mellowed them out. Just a smooth, complex blended beer.

Oct 16, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/20/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, whisky, bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, woodiness, bourbon, whisky, caramel and some smokiness. Has a nice amount of booziness, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit coating and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good overall brew, might have to grab another bottle at some point. Definitely worth trying!

Jul 29, 2016
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a one finger tan head. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, scotch, dark roasted malt, wood, and vanilla.

Taste is much like the smell with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, scotch, dark roasted malt, wood, and vanilla. The taste of the alcohol is not well hidden, which is unusual for Clown Shoes beers.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. This would have been a great beer to age.

Jun 29, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

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

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, chocolate, light bourbon, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with light bourbon notes and some sweetness.

Jun 21, 2016
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seemingly in the minority here, but this just came off as kind of a mess. Lots of bourbon+scotch barrel, tons of booze, initially only barleywine coming through for a base beer but later joined by chocolatey stout tones. Lots of vanilla and caramel throughout but mostly spirits and oak. Strong ale seems like a good category because it doesn't necessarily come off as a barleywine or imperial stout. Thin and too foamy of a feel. Some decent flavors coming through but this just seems like a lackluster blending of an excessive-to-begin-with blend. Even for the ABV the booze here is hot to the point of distracting.

Jun 17, 2016
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick with not much carbonation. Smelled sweet and caramely. The barrel notes were also rather pronounced giving it wood and booze but you could not pick up the differences between them. It was barrel rather scotch or bourbon. The taste was sweet but it was balanced out by the roasty nature of the stouts. Super complex and lots going on. It drank like a sweet syrupy stout but it was never too much just layers and layers of depth. I was very impressed by the complexity of this beer and how everything meshed so well.

Jun 12, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with a one finger head of dark tan foam that dissipates quickly. Looks oily, leaves a foamy ring. Smell brings malt, scotch, chocolate, a little brown sugar, a little caramel. Taste is more expansive. Malt, scotch, vanilla, some caramel, some bourbon, a little oak some chocolate. Mostly seems like a stout. A stronger bourbon presence when warm. Smooth for the ABV, great body. taste lingers.

There's a lot going on here, but the flavor is really good. Tough to pick out all the barrels. That said, you don't need too think too hard about it either. Well worth a purchase.

May 29, 2016
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MrHolden from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into snifter at Pinthouse Pizza South in Austin. Pours midnight black with a khaki head that quickly fades to a soapy collar with medium residual lacing. Aroma is dominated by Bourbon and Scotch with notes of dark fruit and malt. Thinner mouthfeel than anticipated, but the flavors are wonderful: obviously boozy up front, but it gives way to molasses, raisin, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel. Very good. Clown Shoes has really stepped up their game the last couple years.

May 14, 2016
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MJSFS from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Infinitely black with a mocha head, great retention, and lacing. The Scotch and Bourbon barrels are present on the nose and palette. A bit thin in mouthfeel and sweet on the tongue, but a solid blended Strong Ale. This is the second time I have had this beer, and I hope it's far from the last.

May 09, 2016
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nawpnawp from California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have heard so many good things about Clown Shoes, but this is the first time I've had a bottle. It certainly lives up to the praise.

This is quite a unique beer. The barrel aging is very apparent, as the nose is very woody and the bourbon is strong. The taste is where it shines; the blend works and you can pick out different flavors from each. On each sip, there is of course bourbon and booze up front, but it is followed by just enough sweetness and all sorts of flavors: molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

Overall, I would definitely recommend it if you see it on the shelf.

May 05, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Flight OF The Angry Beast for $14.99 at The Lager Mill. As soon as I heard about this one I knew I had to try it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice black color that took on more of a darker brown color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a little bit of molasses and brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by the malts which impart a nice mixture of dark, roasted, slightly charred, dark chocolate and smokey aromas with the smokiness sticking out just slightly more than the rest. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which imparts nice bourbon, oak, vanilla and noticeable alcohol aroma with a little more sweetness coming through in the background. Towards the end there's a little bit of a fruity yeast aroma with some chocolate and cocoa aromas to round things out. This beer has a very nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness with that same brown sugar and molasses aspect that it had in the aroma and this time it's followed by the barrels being the first to show up, i don't pick up any scotch flavors and it seems to be the bourbon barrel which show up the most and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma and it's followed by a noticeable alcohol flavors. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the roasted and chocolate aspects are a little lighter and on the finish comes a little more sweetness and smokiness with a little amount of bitterness and a little bit of warming alcohol and it had some nice bourbon barrel flavors and roasted malts flavors in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors comes together to make for a nice flavors and no aspect was too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, not too boozy, a little sticky, slightly cloying,a little velvety, full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, and it works well with is beer.

Overall I thought this was very nice beer and I thought it was a great example of the style, all the different blending that went on with this beer made for a nice complex flavor that was a little subtle and no aspect ever got too overpowering. This beer had nice drinkability, one glass is the perfect amount for me, it might get a little too sweet for me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the taste, it's a very nice tasting beer and all the flavors work well together. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness, I wish it was just a little less sweet. I would buy this beer again, if they make it again and I would recommend it to anybody who likes big and complex barrel aged beer. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, they were a lot of different parts to this beer, but they all came together to make for one tasty beer. It's not a favorite Clown Shoes beer, but it's up there as one of the better ones they make and I would say it's a great example of the style. Great job guys, this is one tasty and complex beer.

Apr 21, 2016
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

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

Look - An opaque black color, thin mocha/khaki head
Smell - Bourbon, scotch, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt
Taste - Tons of chocolate on the palate for me. Followed by bourbon and scotch. Vanilla and caramel flavors in there as well. Very nice

Overall - An amped up Undead Party Crasher! Cant go wrong! An excellent beer by Clown Shoes.

Apr 18, 2016
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Chcshammonde from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was phenomenal for a blended BA beer. I actually picked up a little bit of peat smoke from the scotch barrel used, and some really nice smoked malt to blend with all of the sweetness. I would not hesitate to buy this again, as it was really delicious. IMO, this deserves to be compared side by side with Firestone XIX.

Apr 17, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, nearly black, with a small foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, caramel, peaty scotch, a little bit of bourbon, some smoke, and roasty coffee.

I'm not usually the biggest fan of Clown Shoes, but this is quite nice. It's got a nice level of peaty, from the 2/3rds of it that was aged in Scotch barrels. There's some nice chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt, maybe a little bit of roasty and sweet coffee. There's just a tiny bit of oak. This surprisingly pretty deft and delicious.

This is medium bodied, pretty thick, with a good creaminess to it.

Probably my favorite beer yet from Clown Shoes.

Apr 15, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
6 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger of medium khaki colored head, creamy and thick, dissipates quickly. Lots of sticky alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Whiskey, oak. Lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Moderate chocolate notes w/ a little bit of char and smokiness.

Taste- Dark fruits, chocolates, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar. Roasted malt, toasted spicy oak, whiskey, smoke.

Feel- Medium feel, creamy and sticky, not overly thick. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Well blended and balanced beer. Get lots of the barleywine characteristics even though it’s a lesser portion of the blend. Lots of creaminess and sweetness, barrel is very forward and adds some nice alcohol notes to balance sweetness, as well as a drying spicy, smoky oak character.

Mar 26, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Pitch black pour with a thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Oak, chocolate, and boozy.

T - Heavy oak, boozy, dark fruit, and spicy.

M - Medium heavy body with boozy effervescence.

O - Fantastically odd and wonderfully complex. I'd drink another one of these!

Mar 25, 2016
Flight Of The Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 393 ratings