Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

Angry BeastAngry Beast
BA SCORE
4/5
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
pDev:
8.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased a while back from Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and spotty lace. Dark brown-black body. No real surprises here.

S - A nice mix of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, roast, anise, and some hints of smoke and charred malts. Bourbon character is mild, but present in the periphery.

T - The taste is similar, with nice chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oaky vanilla. Bourbon character is again quite mild, belying the blended nature of this beer. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a nice creamy texture and some oaky dryness in the finish. Drinks lighter than the listed 11%, as the alcohol is very well-concealed, a trend I noticed with these Clown Shoes stouts.

D - I could have stood for more barrel and bourbon presence, but this is still about as enjoyable as regular Vampire Slayer. Not sure if I'd pony up the extra few bucks for what appears to be a very small percentage of barrel-aged Blaecorn Unidragon added to the mix, but I wouldn't turn this down either.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle. Poured out a dark ruddy brown. Sits in the glass black. A lot of that standard Clown Shoes big roasted bitterness coming through. Oaky dryness. Smooth. Not much bourbon barrel presence or smoke. Holding up well for 4 plus years.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev 0%

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 Dope
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a good sized and very dense chocolate milk colored head. Lacing left behind is an almost completely unbroken wall. Nice.

S: Hickory smoke. Touch of bourbon with a little toffee but not much. Sweet, creamy milk chocolate mainly. Hints of char and coffee bean but the chocolate dominates here.

T: Again, hickory smoke up front with just a touch of bourbon, very mild. Turns into anise and chocolate in the middle. Finishes with big bitter char and smokiness.

M: Heavy but quite smooth and creamy.

O: Not bad, honestly it tastes a lot like regular Vampire Slayer. Very smoky throughout. Only the lightest hint of bourbon, if that. The Blaecorn seems to add a bit of chocolate and creaminess, that's about it. Otherwise it's about 80% Vampire Slayer.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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