Very Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

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4.27/5
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415 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Neorebel on 08-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,363
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
415
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
75
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage bottled 7/6/18 with an 11% abv... Solid entry in the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout field, with a black pour and thin, fleeting head of dark tan foam; shows a little obsidian brown translucence around the edges... Aromas and flavors pair nicely, with chocolate, vanilla, and molasses at the fore, backdrop notes of espresso and bourbon, and a slight woody char on the finish... Body is smooth and soft, medium-full-bodied and bittersweet - with more sweet up front, bitter on the mid-palate, and a little dryness on the finish... The more I sip it, the more I like it... Yesterday I had their Breakfast Beast - which is (presumably) this, but with actual coffee used in the brewing, and aged a solid 12 months whereas this is aged just a few - and to my tastes, this is the superior drink...

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Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpolewan
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sethmeister
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and oily with a creamy bubbly taupe head.

The nose is immediately chocolate cherries. Vanilla. Bourbon.

Taste is coconut, caramel, milk chocolate. Bourbon. Dark chocolate, coffee and molasses. Roasted notes and a hint of char. It's quite remarkable how many delicious flavor notes can be found here.

Mouth feel is soft and weighty with some viscosity.

Drinkability is quite good. There is a touch of alcohol warming in the throat but otherwise the relatively high ABV is borne stealthily.

I've now bought this 3 seperate times and each time it just gets better. What a magnificent stout.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Along with Vampire Slayer, the original Angry Beast was one of the beers that first turned me on to Clown Shoes. I still have a bottle of the first Very Angry Beast release that I look forward to trying soon side-by-side with the 2018 batch, but for now, this rating is for the 2018 revival.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is big and deep dark brown with a moderate dark tan head with good retention. Malt and alcohol lead the aromas and flavors supported by bourbon, chocolate and a hint of coffee. A delicious delight to drink.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via Growler Stop in a snifter. This
very nice imperial pours a rugged blackish brown with a nice head of
light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, this light wispy pool, and
showcases some light sudsy lacing. Nose of bourbon, dark chocolate
fudge, subtle vanilla, and hints of oak and char....very muted for the
Clown folk. Flavors hit the mark for the wearers of the big funny
shoes. Dark fudge and touches of dark coffee mix and dance about a
boozy bourbon barrel with moderate amounts of vanilla and light char
notes showing flavors of cherry and peppery alcohol with touches of
anise that is mulled in black strap molasses. Nice mouth feel; medium
full body which drinks light for a stout of such heft, moderately coating,
warming, smooth, and with low carbonation that finishes hot and lightly
dry with a sweet char laden edge.

Overall, a SOLID brew worthy of the Clown folks.

Improves with warmth as does the nose. Solid!

Cheers

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Photo of JerryHelper
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kdivers
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 415 ratings