Clown Shoes Beer is a client brewer that has operated since 2009 via Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswitch, Mass. With 48 different beers on the books, Clown Shoes is consistently known for big and boozy demonstrations of well-known styles.

Its development of each product shapes an approach to craft beer that most breweries tend to adopt: take what you already like, and make it better. Gregg Berman and company strive to maintain a product line that demands your curiosity but also satisfies both humble and elite beer geeks. It is an approachable, yet complex line-up of conversation-provoking beers.

Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast bottle

As for this review, let’s examine Clown Shoes’ fourth distro from its Beast Series called Flight of The Angry Beast. It is an imperial stout and a barleywine ale, comprised of one third Undead Party Crasher, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels; one third Blaecorn Unidragon, a Russian imperial stout aged in scotch barrels; and one third Pierre Ferrand Billionaire, an English barleywine aged in scotch barrels.

In a nutshell, Flight of the Angry Beast is huge and complex in flavor and nomenclature.

The pour is an opaque dark brown liquid that looked like you could stand a spoon in it. Atop the luxuriously-crafted body is a dense and rocky tan colored half inch head, with retention generally moderate. The aroma is very alcoholic in character, hot, and finished with a sweet balance of vanilla, raisins, and chocolate. Notes of earth and a bready (i.e. grain) influence are consistent throughout.

Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast

I feel like that Flight of the Angry Beast misses the mark was in the carbonation level. There just isn’t enough delivery in the mouthfeel to help make sense of the rather chewy and silky nature of this beer. Overall, the tasting notes are dominated by moderately dark fruity esters and bitters, roasted grains, and coffee. The finish is more bourbon-centric than scotch, however the sweetness of both does maintain a presence to the final sip.

Clown Shoes Flight of the Angry Beast
BREWERY: Mercury Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Ipswitch, Mass.
STYLE: Imperial Stout / Barleywine
ABV: 10.75 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $14.99
RELEASE DATE: October 2015
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One
Flight of the Angry Beast is a very complex and flavorful beer that is unique among its many bourbon or scotch aged peers. The scotch sweetness really separates the flavor profile from other varieties, and the dark fruit & coffee balance is intriguing. If the mouthfeel was improved upon to help contrast each of its base beers, the whole would be greater than the sum of its parts.
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