Flight Of The Angry Beast
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
American Strong Ale
4.25 | pDev: 7.29%
Feb 13, 2020
Sep 01, 2015
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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Rated by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2915 bottle
Feb 13, 2020
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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
Rated: 4.22 by sd123 from Georgia

Feb 01, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Rated: 4.3 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by brewnme from Maine

Feb 06, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by CoreyC from Wisconsin

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Aug 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 09, 2017
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Rated: 3.9 by Jofroi from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by BigMFDaddy from Massachusetts

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by SoCal_Matt from California

Feb 01, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by Scepter from Texas

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Rated: 4 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by MattMorin from Illinois

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by TheLefty1616 from New York

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 4.67 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Nov 25, 2016
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Rated: 4.29 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by changdulla from Rhode Island

Nov 15, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Nov 07, 2016
Rated: 4.57 by crobinso from Colorado

Oct 29, 2016
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Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by brewskis from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.02 by BakaGaijin from Canada (ON)

Oct 15, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by thoglund from New York

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by muskiesbadgersnbeer from Minnesota

Sep 25, 2016
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