Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast Review

Name: Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 10.75%

Another new Clown Shoes beer has arrived on store shelves, but this is an interesting concoction this one is. According to the brewery, Flight of the Angry Beast is a mix of their Blaecorn Unidragon Imperial Stout, Undead Party Crasher Imperial Stout & Billionaire Barleywine. All of these beers have been aged in either bourbon or scotch barrels.

Since this is a mix of 3 different beers, I initially had no idea what to classify this as so I'll go along with Beer Advocate's classification of an American Strong Ale.  I'll be totally honest too, I have never been into beer cocktails and the idea does sound like one but on a much....grander scale.

Appearance - Black color with a mild amount of visible carbonation climbing up the sides of the glass. Head is dark khaki in color and quite thin in appearance. As for the lacing, it is very sparse and barely there.

Aroma - Strong chocolate malt, whiskey and vanilla notes, paired with some mild citrus and grapefruit hoppiness. Also some mild roasted barley and oak notes towards the end

Taste - Strong chocolate malts and vanilla once again upfront, plus I'm picking up on some peated scotch and whiskey notes. That grapefruit and citrus hops are much stronger in the back and more present than in nose. Aftertaste is a mix of oak, bitter hops, vanilla and roastiness. It's worth noting too that the barrel aged aspects of the flavor (scotch, bourbon) are quite powerful here

There's obviously more Imperial Stout going on here than Barleywine...but I like this. Yes, the mixture of two strong but polarizing styles is somewhat bizzare and will turn some people off to this beer but if you're looking for a good variety of flavors, then I would highly recommend checking this beer out. Plus if you enjoy barrel aged beers, you will find plenty to love here.

Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast - 9.25/10

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