Flight Of The Angry Beast
Clown Shoes

Flight Of The Angry BeastFlight Of The Angry Beast
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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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ThaneMcC from Germany

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

Pours a deep dark motor oil like consistency, minimal effervescence and less than 1FB of light tan head. Smells strongly of coffee, leather, smoke, burlap. Tastes of sweet roasted malts forward, chocolate, coffee, with transition to vanilla, wood and scotchy notes, smoke, peat - all subtle but very well balanced. Mouth feel is medium+ . Clean finish

Overall - a balanced blend of the Undead Stout, Blaecorn Unidragon and Billionare - the best attributes of each, aged in a scotch barrel and put in one bottle.

Dec 04, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with 9th level magic-user appropriate artwork adorning the bottle. I’d have lined these Clown Shoes bottles up like Trophies of Endless Winning on a shelf twenty years ago…& probably never have managed to get married. Split with my (understanding & tolerant) wife.

Pours blacker than the soul of C. Phillips & probably gets just as much head. The nose is two fingers of scotch & that chocolate brownie I just downed (OK, two), with a side of peat. Nice but light for what it is.

Flight of the Angry Beast brings memories of twenty-sided dice & Gyff the Flying General. That’s a funny story, even now. The beer brings strong scotch peat, less smoky, more Scottish moor. Nice notes of raw bloodwood, hearty roast, light chocolate, vanilla. The downslide is a light coconut, alcohol bite, & hazlenuts, lightly toasted over an open fire at about three hundred degrees. Slick & just the light side of heavy, I’d have been happy to take the bottle solo.

As a baseline for blending, this ain’t no Firestone Anni brew, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers. Very good beer.

Dec 27, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/14/15, about a month old.

Pours a decent darker creamy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, light sticky lacing, legs not as good as I thought.

Nose big stout and barrel, big roasty earthy char, little fudgey cocoa nougat, smells like acrid burnt roast, but big barrel, charred barrel, sweet whisky and rum like barrel, big sweet booze, whisky soaked raisin and dark fruit.

Taste thick rich heavy, little creamy, with big roasted malts, not as burnt or charred acrid as I expected from the nose, a little char, dark cocoa, little whisky raisin dark fruits again, big toasted oak barrel, little baking spices, woody esters, some whisky and hint of smoke, and some booze warmth and flavor. Finish sticky sweet, some booze, little smoke and light acrid roast and char, bitter roast and little earthy spicy hop.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy rich thick, nice carb, some booze warmth.

Overall eh, not what I expected.

Nov 21, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

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

22oz bottle - more crazy-ass fantasy-themed imagery on this one's label - getting soooo bored with that.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with the barest of red cola basal edges when pressed to the light, and two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some sidelong melting iceberg profile lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, biscuity toffee, prominent bittersweet chocolate, a musty earthy yeastiness, rather sweet oaken barrel notes - vanilla, caramel, and indistinct booze - sozzled raisins, black licorice root, and a further damp ashiness. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, savoury medium-dark cocoa, testy anise spice, more understated, but duly saccharine mixed barrel character - real vanilla, toffee, and zingy alcohol - cafe-au-lait, muddled black orchard fruit, free-range wet ash, and a small, kind of pithy weedy and earthy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and generally unobtrusive in its wan frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, in that heady, I don't really give a fuck anymore RIS manner. It finishes sweet - the booze, chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla, and sauced-up woodiness keepin' 'er at some near-insane level of reality.

Like the majority of this contract brewery's offerings, this is so over the bloody top, that the common vernacular verily wilts in its presence - so, in an ode to its geographical origins, all I can add to this is - fucking' hell, bro, I feel like I wuz just hit by a cah!

Nov 13, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

what in incredible blend this is, these guys deserve more credit I think generally speaking. a blend of stout and barleywine, but for me it ends up being more of the latter than the former, which is odd. I feel like whenever dark beers are part of a blend, they end up taking over, but that isn't the case here. it still has a copper hue to it, dark, but more red than black. almost no head in the glass, looks more like a cognac. on tap at prison city in auburn, a rad spot to check out with a good mix of house and guest brews.the nose is way more barrel than beer, and way more scotch than bourbon. I get the peaty boozy smoke, musty wet wood, and sweetness. hints of vanilla and roasted barley too, but the scotch barleywine aspect is the most forward. its got layers on layers in terms of flavor. the stout has deepend the barleywine, its rich and malty and thick and even a little bitter. coffee notes pushing through the scotch whiskey, marshmallow, molasses, even root beer or sarsaparilla or something going on in the finish with the whiskey. insanely hot on the booze though, this was a real slow sipper for me, I couldn't imagine tackling a bottle even half of it would be too much. I really like the blend though, and the heavy scotch influence. the big beers these guys do are excellent, im sure this will cellar with the very best of them...

Dec 24, 2015
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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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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 20, 2015
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Beersnake1 from California

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

Nov 21, 2015
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Dave2234 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 20, 2015
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

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

Jan 15, 2018
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TruePerception from California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes' Flight of the Angry Beast, blend of Bourbon barrel aged Undead Party Crasher (smoked stout), Scotch barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon (Russian imperial stout), and Scotch barrel aged Billionaire (barleywine). 10.75% ABV.

A: Black in the glass. Extremely dark brown in the dimple, nearly black, with a dark golden brown glow at the very bottom. Almost two fingers of chocolate milk colored head. Big sheet of lacing slowly slides down the side, leaving bits of lacing here and there. Decent sheeting.

S: Not as aromatic as I would have expected. Coffee with a bit of campfire char. A note of peat in the back. A bit of grass.

T/MF: Ooh, that's good! Definite Scotch influence. There's a good amount of extra whiskey sweetness, some more grassiness, more campfire, and some peaty smokiness. It settles into a nice dry cocoa. As I continue to sip, I notice a bit of caramel along with the initial sweetness. As it washes along the sides of the mouth, it gives off a big Bourbony chocolate burst, accompanied by more caramel and smokiness. Leaves a peaty/grassy air in the mouth. Chocolate and smoke linger along the back sides of the tongue and mouth. A bit of Scotch perfuminess along the front sides of tongue. A hell of a lot going on with this one. While not the best tasting beer I've had, it has way more complexity than most other beers I've had.

A little flat, bubble wise, but not really a problem for a big beer like this. It gives that alcohol feeling in the throat, like higher alcohol levels, even though it's under 11%.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Dec 02, 2015
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dataylor21 from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 06, 2015
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Pens1967 from Louisiana

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov 08, 2015
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Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 17, 2015
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JratBones from Massachusetts

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

Nov 20, 2015
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seifer1886 from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 11, 2015
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seangibbs60 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 07, 2015
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SonictheBeerhog from New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2015
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Jjski from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a scotch barrel beer that works. Smoky peat nose carries over with flavors of smoke, bourbon, dark malts. Only downside is slight perception of salty flavors from scotch. This brew is not sweet, which is a nice change ( sorta like Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego). Bold, brash and sharp like strong cheddar

Feb 07, 2016
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Shawner from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 12, 2015
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Jlabs from New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2015
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

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

Nov 19, 2015
IGOTASIXPACK from California

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2016
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PatrickKellyCT from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 01, 2015
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fthegiants from California

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

Jan 04, 2016
Flight Of The Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 393 ratings