Flight Of The Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

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4.25/5
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Flight Of The Angry BeastFlight Of The Angry Beast
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by superspak on 09-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
386
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
140
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 386 |  Reviews: 97
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Black with a short off-white head that fizzles out quickly.

Nose
Caramel, bourbon, nuts, scotch, Cognac, red grape, and charcoal.

Taste
Caramel, toffee, Cognac, raisin, and red grape. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, charcoal, and peat smoke. Mixed notes of very smooth scotch and bourbon. Finishes somewhat drying with charred oak and vanilla tones.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, semi-silky, sticky, and warming.

Overall
Surprisingly the Billionaire Barleywine stands in the front white the two Imperial Stouts take a backseat. Decent notes from the scotch barrels keep the beer with a smoky undertone. Goes down easy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown in my tulip. There was a small tan head.
Boozy aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt. Some dark fruit.
The taste followed the nose. Scotch whiskey, chocolate, toffee, a little bit of plum.
This was a big-hitter, but in a nice way. The alcohol added to, rather than detract from, the beer.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bomber poured into a Stone glass.The look is a very dark brown.Smell of Bourbon mostly.The taste is Bourbon up front with Chocolate and fruit tastes in the background.It is a very good tasting beer.The Bourbon isn`t so strong that your thinking you have a mixed drink.I recommend this beer.Give it a try.

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Photo of Justin8mypants
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a quarter inch of densely packed brown foam resting on top. Moderate lacing. I smell an obscene amount of dark malt and roasted barley along with sweet bourbon and a light smokiness from the scotch. I taste plenty of dark malt, roasted barley, sweet bourbon, and lightly smoky scotch. I let it warm a bit and I'm now detecting plum and plenty of scotch. It's shockingly well balanced and dialed in. The mouth is very thick, slightly oily, and viscous.

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Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tilly
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Black with limited head. Pretty decent lacing around the edges.
A: Deep coffee, chocolate and bourbon.
T: Dark roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, oaky Bourbon, vanilla undertones with a slight hint of berries.
M: Bold medium body, chewy, definite bitterness. Almost an overbearing alcohol presences.
O: This is an extremely complexed beer. A lot going on here. If not for the high alcohol presences, this is an outstanding IS/BW

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Photo of acurtis
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewcycler
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawner
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours a muddled dark brown color with a finger-sized off-white head. Little retention and little lace.
Smell - bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, licorice
Taste - oak, chocolate, caramel, toffee, booze, butterscotch, some heat.
Feel - heavy-medium body, creamy on the palate. Sweet.
Overall - another really good barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of imbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scliff27
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 386 ratings