Very Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

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Very Angry BeastVery Angry Beast

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Neorebel on 08-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MistahBeah
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours completely black with a quarter inch of tan head. Decent retention. Spots of sudsy lacing on the glass. No visible carbonation

Aromas of semisweet dark chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. A hint of smoke. Heavy roasty notes. Toffee and sweetened coffee. More wood notes. Great balance of sweet and earthy.

Flavors burst with dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Boozy bourbon with plenty of oak character. Dark roasted coffee, toasted coconut. Finish is dryer with earthy and oak notes shining.

Feels incredibly smooth. Full bodied. A touch of heat from the alcohol which is otherwise covered very well. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall another fantastic stout in an awesome lineup of stouts from Clown Shoes. I am beyond impressed. This is better than BCBS in my opinion. I wish I had more...even just another sip. Well done Clown Shoes. Lifetime fan here!

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Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours black with a thin, tan head. The nose has a lot of bourbon along with some vanilla and dark chocolate. I also get some of that barrel character from the bourbon barrels. The flavor isn't as heavy on the bourbon or booze as the aroma would indicate, but it is there. It blends very well with the dark roasted malts. I get the vanilla and dark chocolate. I get some of that oakiness from the barrel and some mild sweetness. The body is full and smooth with moderate carbonation. The alcohol warms the back of the throat in the finish. This is an excellent beer that would get much better with age.

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Photo of Buannaich
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber.
Pours axle grease dark.
Bourbon, chocolate whatever this is like a thermonuclear explosion of taste.
Silky smooth for an imperial.
Mouth-feel is rich I dare you not to smile.
I’ve seen reviews asking for more bourbon, and that would be interesting. As it stands I think the complex flavors work just fine. Beer of this nature can be hit or miss with Clown Shoes hitting a grand slam on this beast.

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Photo of Pahn
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to BA ClownShoesDreams for sending me this bottle.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a tight, frothy tan head with great retention. Pours black and leaves sweeping lacing.

Smell: Piercing cocoa and coffee aroma--very very nice. Sweet but complex, like the flavor of a good coffee liqueur. Some boozy alcohol aroma cutting through cake just out of the oven and various coffee and almond aromas. Definitely some oak and bourbon. Changes with time, but like the best big stouts, every time you bring the glass to your nose you get something you want.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a great mouthfeel to back it up. Sweet and creamy up front with vanilla oak, hot estery alcohol and cake, drying out with some roasted malt and a long oaky and malty aftertaste. Hard to put the glass down.

This is a fantastic beer. I've hated Blaecorn Unidragon in all its forms (e.g. Porcine)--tastes like ashtray to me... but apparently when you add some Angry Beast and bourbon barrel age it it becomes sublime. The smoke really works here... usually the "ashtray" impression I get is just too much smoke/roasted malt, but here the softer, cake-like and American oak flavors provide the perfect balance (and the smoke/heavy roasted malt keeps the sweet, dessert notes from going too far as well).

Just excellent, I'm literally saying shit outloud like "Mmmm!" and "Damn!" after every sip, and I haven't drank enough to be drunk yet. This beer is absurdly good. Reminds me of a souped up version of the better bottles of Firestone Walker Parabola I've had.

Mouthfeel: Better than the usual Clown Shoes BA beer: thick and creamy, with perfect (read: high) dryness cutting through the thickness. Moderate carbonation. I'm shocked that for once the feel is even better than the flavor (and the flavor is world class).

Overall: When you buy a bourbon barrel aged stout (and you know what you're doing), you're hoping to get something like this. Big complexity, every note working together, lots of oak, lots of the great nuances that make 2oz of good bourbon worth sipping on for an hour, intoxicating aroma--just great. For some reason it reminds me of being in the Bahamas and having really good rum cake; the alcohol heat is there, but it's not just punching you in the face, it's taking the sweet pastry flavors and elevating them, exposing everything they have to offer and delivering it to you.

World class beer. Compares favorably with the big shots, ie Parabola, BCBS, the better Eclipse variants, etc.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a motor oil black with thin tan head.

The aroma explodes of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon.

The flavor follows with dark chocolate, a figgy fruit note, lots of roasty malt, coffee, and a fudgey brownie note along with vanilla, oaky bourbon notes.

There's a creamy silky body along with this beer.

A truly amazing beer.

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Photo of appetiteforparis
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured directly from the bottle into a "Dora the Explorer" sippy cup. This beer is readily available right now, but I would advise everyone to not take this for granted. It pours jet black...smells strongly of oaky-bourbon and chocolate. It tastes much the same. It is a phenomenal brew! It is in its own right, up there with Parabola and BCBS. Just go out and get you some!!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 7/18/13. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half tan head that fades to a thick halo and leaves beautiful lacing.

Sweet aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Very inviting.

Taste delivers on the nose. Toasted oak, vanilla tinged bourbon, lightly smokey malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamed medium roast coffee, burnt caramel, licorice, brown sugar and a nice little kick of alcohol. So many great things going on in this. The booze isn't entirely lost but blends in well with the myriad of charred, roasty malts and barrel goodness.

Creamy and fairly heavy bidy with moderate carbonation, this lingers on the palate. Bourbon, cocoa and a little smoke in the finish.

I've gotta hand it to Clown Shoes for making fantastic stouts. I enjoy Vampire Slayer, I really like Blaecorn Unidragon and was a big fan of Angry Beast but this blows them all away. The melange of roasty, smokey, sweet malty goodness blended with bourbon and barrel character is excellent. This is right up there with Luchador En Fuego and I'm not sure which is my favorite that Clown Shoes has produced. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of Dope
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't see a date but this was just released.

A: Pours a pitch black with a big dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly, leaving pretty substantial and heavy lacework behind. Nice retention too with a mini island floating around.

S: Big bourbon notes. Burnt sugars and caramel abound. Marshmallow and just a hint of toasted coconut. Mild roasted malt pokes through with some sweet chocolate, but the barrel dominates here. Not too boozy or anything, just heavy and sweet bourbon notes. It reminds me a lot of a FiftyFifty Eclipse variant in fact.

T: Again with the bourbon but not as strong as the aroma. Heavy toasted marshmallow, caramel and decadent chocolate. Rich and heavy flavors. Smooth chocolate with just a hint of coffee in the finish. A little charred oak and lots of bittersweet chocolate lingers between sips. Wonderful, like a bourbon brownie masterpiece.

M: Heavy, smooth and viscous.

O: Wow, seriously good. Clown Shoes' best beer to far. It really does remind me a lot of the FiftyFifty Eclipse series. Very similar. Probably the Bernheim one comes the closest. Very rich, decadent, sweet and smooth. Drinks wonderfully. No booze at all for 11.5%. Barrel character adds tons of complexity but does not overpower, just melds perfectly. It's like a half priced Eclipse basically. I don't know who would buy anything from FiftyFifty if this were readily available from them, that's for sure. Great job, Clown Shoes.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm super excited to be tasting Clown Shoes Very Angry Beast today, which is a mix of Vampire Slayer, and Blaecorn Unidragon, aged in Bourbon barrels. Two phenomenal beers in their own right, should be stellar as an aged blend. Let's go into the appearance: It's a deep, dark midnight hue, and although brown, it's indistinguishable from black. A power pour produces a ample tan head, between 1/2 and 1 inch tall. The froth eventually subsides a bit, but holds steady somewhere between 1/4" and 1/2". Great retention. The beer produces notable amounts of lacing on the glass as it's drank. A great look! One whiff indicates a very robust roasted malt profile, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of dark fruits, walnut, and vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. After a taste, I will say the flavor actually outmatches the aroma, as it's so pleasantly powerful, it's almost staggering! The bourbon aspect is dominant, which washes over the taste buds with a certain sharpness to it. Roasty and chocolatey are the malts, and there's a nice crispness of unknown origins happening here. Also a slight woodiness, similar to that which would be detected in a good neat glass of Scotch. What I like the best about this beer is the full, velvety mouth feel that is on par with something like Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. There aren't many beers that can produce this type of coating effect. That baker's chocolate taste is uniquely delicious as well- Its as if this beer is chocolate lava cake dipped in bourbon! This would seriously be great to stock up on and cellar too, if you have that kind of willpower... Anyway, big beer fans need to take notice! Indulge in this sublime libation and celebrate the good life!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/18/13

A - Pitch black

S - Bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate

T - Sweet bourbon and oak. Pretty damn smooth for 11.5%. Maybe a slight, tiny, microscopic alcohol burn, but by no means overpowering. A warming sensation in your chest.

M - Not as thick as I would like and some decent carbonation.

O - I feared this was going to be a boozy mess, but it is really good. Great bourbon and oak smell/taste and it goes down smooth. Really solid stuff. Would buy again if I could.

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Photo of incogpraecox
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown/black with only a half finger head. there's a dark ruby color around the top edges when held to light. excellent lacing throughout.

S: big bourbon hits the nose, followed immediately by hints of chocolate, vanilla and a nice malty character.

T: starts off with a nice dark chocolate, followed by vanilla. The finish is bourbon; has a really nice bite to it. smoooottthhhh. when cold the chocolate is a bit more pronounced, and when warm the bourbon packs a really nice punch on the finish.

M: creamy with medium carbonation. A really nice heat going down as it warms.

O: this is a great beer. not boring and not obnoxiously complex. would love to see what this beer is like aged for a couple years.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled On 07/18/13

A: Pours a pitch black color with almost no head

S: Dark roasted malts, quite a bit of dark chocolate and bourbon, and some anise in the background. Get hints of vanilla and oak as well along with some booziness

T: Nice and complex. Starts off with the roasted malts, a hint of smoke, and dark chocolate. This is shortly followed up by bourbon, vanilla, oak, and light booze. Finishes with an unexpected bitterness and lightly roasted coffee

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy

O: A very nice example of a BBA imperial stout. The blend of the blaecorn and vampire slayer is great, combining a light hint of smoke from the vampire slayer with the boldness of the unidragon. A must-try if you can find it

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Photo of justintcoons
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Jet black with 1 finger of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Fudge, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and raisin.

Chocolate fudge, dark chocolate and molasses. Nicely blended bourbon character with hints of vanilla and charred oak. Notes of espresso and raisin.

Medium bodied, smooth and warming.

Clown Shoes does some nice work with Barrel Aging. Highly recommended for fans of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin, light brown head that stays as a persistent film, leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and light bourbon. Flavor is wonderfully integrated dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, oaky vanilla and light bourbon, smooth and mellow, finishing with nice bourbon and toasted malt; only a hint of char. Excellent, quite creamy body with moderate carbonation. Well, I accidentally had this in the basement for longer than I intended, but it is none the worse for the cellaring. I have not tried this fresh, so the the nice creaminess and balance may be partially due to short aging. In any case, this is a wonderfully balanced and mellow barreled stout, hiding the ABV until the very end where it is noticeable only as a pleasant bourbon kick in the finish. Very nicely done and flavorful. Wish I had picked up two of these. I buy Clown Shoes when I'm in California, but wish I would see it more often. Excellent.

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was an outstanding beer! Bought in a bottle shop not expecting a whole lot. About three years old. Nose was very boozy but well hidden in the taste. Taste dark choclate, vanilla and nutmeg. Definitely pick this one up if you come across it.

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Photo of t420o
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Very Angry Beast

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger mocha head. Retention is below average. Beer is pitch black. Decent lacing. 3.5

S- big woody bourbon barrel notes, chocolate, cocoa, espresso, light vanilla. 4.25

T- this pretty much matches the nose with woody bourbon barrel up front and very nicely done. Dark chocolate, espresso, very nice roasted malts and some vanilla. Very well done. Hides the abv well. 4.5

M- nice and hefty body like a big beer like this should have. Medium carbonation. 4.5

O- a phenomenal barrel aged stout. Best at room temp, as are most beers. Love it. 4.75


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Photo of Jasonrm72
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Less bourbon than I was expecting considering Angry Beast.But this is solid.
I found much more chocolate in the flavor than bourbon. But the bourbon provided a nice softness that is rarely attributed to bourbon aged beers.
I wouldn't truly put this on the level of BCBS or KBS, but it is MUCH easier to get a hold of and tastes fantastic.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: not quite motor oil black but more of a dark brown. a finger plus of a tan head that leaves a lacing on the edges. opaque

Smell: kinda weak for a big beer. chocolate, roasted malts, some bourbon some alcohol, hint of cocoa

Taste: starts of with strong roasted malts, mixed with chocolate. gives way to the backend with mixed amounts of cocoa, bourbon, wood and alcohol. quite complex

Mouthfeel: fairly bitter, very full bodied. good warmth

Overall: a great beer to crack and sip on for hours. strong complex and delicious.

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Photo of tmm313
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mostly black. Mahogany around the edges. Poured very little head with aggressive pour, but that's what its supposed to do. Good lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Sweet. Raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, bourbon, cherry, orange, earthy hop, and oats.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak and oats. Spicy finish. Pine and Espresso aftertaste. Got better as it warmed.

M- Medium thick body. Viscous, smooth, and drying.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The more it warmed, the better it got. Flavors everywhere, the way a good Imperial is supposed to be. Paired the second half of my bomber with some smoked brisket. Heaven.

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Photo of hardy008
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head, which quickly fades to a small disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. Nice aroma with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, and dark roasted malt.

Tastes sweet with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark roasted malt, smoke, and vanilla. The dark roasted malt provides some bitterness for balance. The alcohol is well disguised for 11.50 % abv. This is a nice sipper.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Has a chocolate syrup aftertaste with a hint of Bourbon. Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Very nicely made.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (7.8.13)
Consumed: 11.20.15

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a small tan head.

S: 4.5 Roasted malt, maple syrup, and molasses come through most with moderate bourbon and vanilla coming behind. Some chocolate, coffee, and charred oak show up as the beer warms.

T: 4.25 Starts off with a bit of sweetness moving quickly into roasty, darker flavors. There’s molasses, licorice, coffee, and dark chocolate. Like the nose, bourbon and vanilla are present, but a bit mild compared to the other flavors. Finish is smooth and a little boozy in a nice way.

M: 4.25 Body is a little thin for the style. Carbaonation, on the other hand, is on point.

O: 4.25 This is a really strong BA stout from Clown Shoes. While not up to the level of BCBS or Parabola, it’s really tasty, has great roasty character, and is pretty easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/18/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and roast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to the gang at Craftshack for this bottle!

It looks the part, a pitch black brew that brings a +1 finger head of tan foam. The lacing is good.

The smell hit me as soon as I popped the cap. Huge aroma of bourbon. Getting past that, which is difficult, roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, yeah, I get 'em but again, that bourbon is almost overpowering. Did I mention alcohol? My bad if I didn't.

The taste seems to be another matter. The bourbon is there but it's nicely complimented by sweet chocolate and toffee an that cocoa, once it settles in is amazing. Holy crap, the alcohol is NOT hidden at all in this brew. 11.5% and I can feel every bit of it with each sip and swallow. This would make for an excellent nightcap, dontchyaknow.

Thick body with plenty of carbonation, the word chewy comes to mind.

A little less heat from the alcohol and I would do flips for Very Angry Beast but then again, they named it such for a very good reason, eh? Overall, a marvelous brew that despite its heat, won't get me out of the kitchen. Cheers to Clown Shoes.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from 22 oz bottle

A-pours a semi-thick brown/ black color with a tan 1 finger head that recedes to a nice fresh collar
S- cocoa,coffee,bourbon,roasted malts some dark fruit
T- superb with cocoa/coffee and nice mellow bourbon rich with semi sweet chocolate a touch of fruit with light vanilla and oak many layers of flavor
M-superb creamy rich complex as this stout is very tasty
O-a great BB IS rich and robust a nice blend of CS brews that are BA good stuff

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Photo of boogercrack
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, into tulip

a: pours a super dark nearly black color, with a thin tan/khaki head that recedes quickly, to a ring with a few islands. standard pour vigor, not as much head as expected. ok lacing.

s: semi-sweet chocolate, barrel, faint vanilla, whiskey.

t: huge bitter/dark chocolate, the bourbon note is quite distinct, but only slightly hot. roasted malts on the finish, touch of coffee maybe? could be the roastyness playing tricks. as it warms, it definitely gets a lot hotter than at colder temps.

m: velvety consistency, plays with the chocolate well. while not chewy, is definitely not thin. carb is appropriate. coats the mouth with a subtle alcohol burn on the gums.

o: very solid offering by clown shoes, which i'm honestly usually somewhat let down by. definitely worth a try.

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