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Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy Feet guy extinguished evil via a sharp stake through an undead chest. Now, Blaecorn Unidragon, mad as hell, has expelled another blood sucker from Earth. No, we do not like Vampires, but we love Vampire Slayer, which was blended with bourbon barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon to beget Angry Beast.

Added by Dope on 06-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
15.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 82
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, with a compact layer of tan foam that resembles the color of tea stained parchment. Creamy surface texture, and a sticky halo of lacing in the glass. Long lasting coverage on the surface.

Smells vaguely like marshmallows, woody barrel, vanilla and a bit of dry chocolate.

A hefty dose of charred black malt, mild carob and soy, woody barrel notes with a light bourbon bite. Nicely blended and well integrated, medium bodied but not overly sweet, comes across a bit lighter than it is. Mild notes of ash, tobacco, leather, oak, coffee, charred marshmallow, dark bakers chocolate. Drying finish with lingering traces of woodiness and hints of whiskey. Overall this drank pretty good.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Bottled in 05/2012. Poured in to CBS snifter.

A -Black with one finger of espresso coloured head that immediately dissipated to a ring around the glass with a few scattered bubbles.

S - Roast and a noticeable hop bitterness up front. A big sweet milk chocolate aroma is present as well. The barrel qualities are barely noticeable. Light oak and bourbon in the background.

T - Follows the nose. Huge roast presence and a noticeable bitterness (from the Blaecorn) that gives way to milk chocolate, charred oak, molasses and a light coffee flavour. The barrel is extremely subdued and I didn't know to look for the barrel flavours, I doubt I would have guesses that this was barrel aged. Very faint vanilla and bourbon in the background.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - A well made and tasty imperial stout but a poorly made barrel aged RIS. Would love to try this one with more barrel character.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shoppe (Marietta, GA). 12.99. Bottled 05/2012. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. 

Pours deep near black with a finger and a half tan head. Patches of lace left from the head, but few others. 

Smells roasty, smoke, cocoa, vanilla and wood. 

Many layers of taste. Cocoa, charred smokey malt, burnt wood, vanilla, bittersweet cherry pits, coffee, caramel and booze. The barrel aging opens up smoothly as it warms. 

Thinner than I'd prefer but medium creamy with slight carbonation. A nice sharp nip of booze on the tip of the tongue. Long dry aftertaste finally showcases the bourbon barrel aging. 

Further evidence that Clown Shoes knows how to make a good stout. I think standard Blaecorn Unidragon is still my favorite so far but this is mighty tasty and I believe some time will make it even better. 

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to goblinmunkey7 for a chance at this guy, won recently through his lif. As agreed I split this guy with some cool ba's, and as usual- a review for beerswin through lif, but not as usual- this was with tasting notes, I dont often review at tastings.

Had side by side with its components, unidragon and vampire slayer (both thanks to boogercrack!) while watching some cool movies.

A-Completely dark, small mocha head

S- chocolate sweet malts, slight roast, much less than vampire slayer but a bigger punch than regular unidragon.

T- relatively smooth, especially compared to the 2 base beers.  Pretty tasty, barrel flavor is light, probably due to the mixing but I am really enjoying this. Right amount of matinees with good balance.

M- medium to thick, nice for the sweetness 

O- a lot less barrel than I was hoping for but tasty nonetheless. Dont expect a full on ba expierence (like eclipse or ba ptf) but you can expect a solid impy stout with lots of flavor, my favorite of the 3. Recomeneded, expect air soon!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 6/1/2015 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, roasted malts and some coffee.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The barrel-aging is essence is prevalent. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid big beer to drink for a while.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opaque black color, tan head

smells roasty, chocolatey, with faint traces of bourbon as it warms

pretty good mouthfeel, could be a bit more thick, really coats the teeth and lingers

not too much bourbon flavor, but you get just enough, more as it warms obviously. every flavor i want in a stout, though I'd personally enjoy some coffee in there, but its roasty, chocolatey, not very smokey, faint traces of alcohol, but pretty well covered

Its pretty much just flat out delicious to me, I can see what others mean by it having potential to get better, but for me, I'd have no problem drinking a bunch more of them right now and in the near future.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly darker colored fluffy 1 finger head with big bubbles popping but fades slowly otherwise, nice lacing and nice legs to go with it, pitch black thick beer.

Nose is pure dark malts, black malt and roast mostly I think. It has a light baker's chocolate and fluffy nougat as well. Some roasted malts, with a bit of coffee, caramel and very dark crystal malts, syrupy dark sweet malts, some booze, and a bit of earthy spicy hops.

Taste starts with syrupy semi sweet rich dark malts. Some fluffy nougat and caramel out front, with dark heavy crystal malts, and a bit of a chalky black malt char. The black malt really dominates, with that powdery char flavor, wants to go acrid but doesn't quite get there. A bit of cocoa nibs in there combines with the chocolate for a little candy bar action, with some roasted malt bringing light coffee as well. Booze is there with some warmth but doesn't seem like 11% as the big malts and some sweetness balance well. Hops bring light earthy and hint spicy flavors, with some bitterness, but just as much bitterness coming from the charred malts. Finish is sticky and syrupy but fairly dry, lingering dark malts, little syrupy, with light cocoa and caramel, little black malt and char as well, a bit more of the spicy hops coming through with medium bitterness lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and thick, decent fluffy carb, some warming booze that is hidden fairly well.

Overall OK but not great. More like a hodgepodge of lots of dark malts just thrown together, which gets borderline acrid and overpowering. A bit of chocolate and caramel saves it for being at least a decent beer, and fluffy carbonation and nougat flavors are nice as well. Hops don't destroy either which is nice. The booze is hidden well for 11% as it's balanced fairly well. However, just a meh kinda beer overall, and gets boring very quickly.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 2012 bottling. Four months old. Bottle to tulip. Served initially cool.

A - 4 - Standard opaque black, somewhat textured tan head.

S - 4 - Milk chocolatey, slightly winey, faint hint of coffee, something buttery and baked - a crust or cookie. Something unidentifiably savory.

T - 3.75 - Initially that winey note from the aroma shows up, transmuting into dark chocolate. If I really work for it, I can get the faintest hint of bourbon, which teeters on the edge of being a faint fruit note. The usual acrid char note in stouts is there but subdued. At the end you're left with some generic booze fumes wafting up the throat with a bit of chocolate and a light mix of wood and char that could easily pass as just the usual char.

M - 3.5 - Surprisingly light bodied compared to what you'd expect. South of medium. Finishes just shy of dry, and that may be more of a wood/cocoa effect.

O - 3.75 - A good stout with nice flavors, but missing some depth in my opinion. I was expecting it to have more of a rear end and to be thicker and more viscous given its parentage of Vampire Slayer and Blaecorn Unidragon. I think both of those are better than this. Also, the Blaecorn Unidragon used in this blend is said to have been aged in bourbon barrels. I'm a fan of a lighter touch with wood than a heavier, but I don't really detect much wood or any bourbon in this one, and I wanted to.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this bottle of beer is about to be enjoyed as of December 10 2015 and who knows when it was brewed several years ago. I have high hopes of it holding up gracefully against the rigors of time.

Onto the review -This bold concoction appears as a pitch black pool in my snifter, capped off with a fluffy tan head of foam. There is some very light carbonation present, as is just right for this style.

The aroma of my glass of Angry Beast is heavy on the sweet malts, with a fair bit of dark fruit and some toasted or lightly smoky essence as well. I have waited to deeply ponder this flavor until the present moment, where the beer has reached slightly above room temperature. At the core, there is a faintly bourbon-coated, smoked, slightly savory, and highly bitter chocolate heart, enveloped in a creamy vanilla malt.

The bourbon is very faint, likely due to the bottle's age, but in this particular case I find the current state of this brew to be quite charming in its own right. The bourbon barrel leaves a light trace, perhaps a bit more in the finish. The mouth feel is creamy and velvety. Pairing with raisins brings out some tanginess to the brew's bitter center, and with chocolate, the beer actually makes the chocolate pop more, rather than the other way around.

Overall I am so happy to have tasted this first entry of the 'Beast series from Clown Shoes not once, but twice, and after some age this time around I am still in awe of those involved with this creation over at Clown Shoes. Cheers!

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/2012
Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of chocolate, caramel. molasses, roasted grain, brown sugar, light bourbon and vanilla, with a hint of vanilla and licorice. The flavor is fairly sweet with lost of sugary caramel, brown, and candy sugar. Roast, lots of vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate provide some depth then there's a hint of warming alcohol and a bit of earth. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is a blend of beers I think, it's got a lot going on and I really enjoyed it. Somehow I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of this.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.
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