Very Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

54 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Very Angry BeastVery Angry Beast

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Neorebel on 08-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 390
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark brown. Nearly opaque, some ruby highlights when held to light. Nice mocha head and lacing. Looks like an imp stout ought too.
smell: Roasty chocolate. Hint of bourbon and dark fruity sweetness to match the roasty character.
taste: Much like the nose. The charred roastiness is more prominent than in the nose. Nicely balanced with bourbon sweetness.
overall: Quite mellow. A nice sipper.

 410 characters

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.

 639 characters

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.

 804 characters

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!

 1,695 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Very Angry Beast from Clown Shoes
4.24 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.