Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

Angry BeastAngry Beast
BA SCORE
85.5%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 83 ratings
Angry BeastAngry Beast
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
83
Liked:
71
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
8.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 27
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4.96/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky, oily aroma has notes of licorice, chocolate, bourbon and brown sugar. It pours a rich, deep sable with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor fills the mouth with quality coffee, licorice and bourbon tones plus subtle chocolate, nutty and toffee notes. Firm, full body has a sturdy and persistent tingle. Catch this beast while you can!

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Photo of OldTime
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip. Reviewed from notes

A - Pours a nice oily black hue with a half a finger mocha head that fades to a light blanket.

S - Very nice bourbon and chocolate. Big notes but smooth, good barrel notes. Super, super inviting. Really digging this.

T - Taste is great. Definitely have both the characteristics of the base beers. Nice bourbon and chocolate followed by roasted malts and some of that light smoke. Some soft vanilla too.

M - Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and silky. Excellent.

O - This was a delicious stout from clown shoes. The bourbon really works well with this. Kind of wish it wasnt limiited.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Hunahpu Snifter. Drank directly after trying Vampire Slayer. Bottled 5/2012

A- Pours very similar to the Vampire Slayer- opaque dark black, very little mocha brown head (even less then Vampire Slayer) that quickly recedes to leave no head, average carbonation for a stout (slightly less then Vampire Slayer).

S- Definitely a presence of both brews coming out the Blaecorn and Vampire. Similar characteristics as Vampire Slayer- lightly sweet chocolate, a little bit of espresso, roasted malts, a hint of smokiness, and hints of hickory. Also has a light bourbon presence due to the BA Blaecorn. Not as aromatic as the Vampire Slayer, but a little bit more complex with the light bourbon smell.

T- Lightly sweet and bitter chocolate, espresso beans, lightly roasted/smoked malts coming from the Vampire, very light Bourbon presence (however not as much as I was hoping for), a tiny bit of hickory, lightly sweet chocolate aftertaste with a hint of sweet bourbon. Not as roasty/smokey as the Vampire Slayer, but a little bit sweeter + more chocolate from the Blaecorn.

M- Light carbonation, a little bit heavier then the Vampire Slayer but not too heavy or syrupy. ABV extremely well hidden, no alcohol burn at all. Extremely smooth and very drinkable, especially considering it's high abv. I could easily knock back a few of these. I liked the mouthfeel a little bit better then the Vampire Slayer.

O- This was a fantastic imperial stout. It combined the elements of the blaecorn and Vampire Slayer perfectly. I actually liked it slightly more then Vampire Slayer. It had a nice balance between all the flavors. Could have used a slightly higher bourbon presence, but there was still a light noticeable bourbon presence that added a nice complexity to this beer. I definitely recommend picking this stuff up while you still can. If you like Imperial Stouts, you will definitely like this one.

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Photo of Hopstout
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger tan head in a jet black body and scattered lacing. The whiskey is strong with this one but it's more sweet with the sharpness mellowed out of a straight whiskey pour. Fruits and terpentine in there as well. Sniff this one enough and prepare for a headache. Flavor is heavy on the whiskey side so not necessarily well balanced but it tastes good. The whiskey is mellow proving a smokey presene as well and hits up front then tapers to coffee, roasted malt and some dark chocolate sweetness in the finish. Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. Smokey, whiskey and coffee all make this dynamic and flavorful. This one gets better and better as you drink it.

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Photo of kevgod
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Seakyden
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bassist286
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +6%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. Bottled 5/2012.

A - Pours black with a steady finger of beige head. Leaves behind tiers of circuitous lace. Looks as a big stout should.

S - Big roasty aroma with hints of oak and whiskey. Char and vanilla offer complexity over a bitter coffee backdrop. The alcohol is strong on the nose, unsurprising for a beer this big.

T - Charred oak flavors follow the nose closely. Some pine hops add to the bitterness. Sweetens considerably as it warms with bursts of mocha and vanilla. The bourbon flavors are discrete, but contribute to a great flavor profile.

M - The body stands up to the big flavors in this beer. Carbonation is light and smooth, fitting for the style. The alcohol warms, but does not burn.

O - I have been anticipating this beer for a while, so I was pleased to see it on the shelf at my local store. It encompasses the great toasted character of Blaecorn with the sweet mocha deliciousness of Vampire Slayer. The barrel adds oak complexity, but this beer isn't big on the bourbon. Overall, this beer isn't significantly better than it's parts, but it is tasty. Another great effort from Clown Shoes, who, for my money, make some of the best readily available stouts out there.

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Photo of nachos
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 85.5% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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