Breakfast Exorcism
Clown Shoes

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #99
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Ranked #391
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.56%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
473
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Notes: The base beer is Undead Party Crasher (an imperial stout), aged in 16 rye barrels with Barrington Coffee Roasting Company espresso beans.

After barreling, the brewery blended Breakfast Exorcism with 7 gallons of concentrated cold brew coffee.

Clown Shoes Breakfast Exorcism will be available in 22oz bottles in Massachusetts, and on tap at Sunset Grille in Allston.

1st release: Stout aged in rye barrels with espresso.

2nd release: Stout aged in bourbon and rye barrels with espresso.

3rd release: Stout aged in bourbon barrels with espresso
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4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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01/20/2020

Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: dark black, small creamy , tan head, different shades of brown and tan fizzle around upon josling, looking like the head of an espresso.

AROMA: coffee first, with hints of charred barley, grains, oatmeal.

TASTE: Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla.

FEEL: A touch flat, and thin for the style, but smooth sipping.

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Jan 20, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and scant lace. The aroma has hints of espresso (I get coffee and milk), along with something akin to dark fruits like figs/prunes, but mostly I get booze and a lot of it to be honest. Smooth, slightly creamy at times, interesting beer as there are quite a few things going on in this slick yet heavy-bodied beer. At times it's too boozy, other times I don't notice the booze, at times it is real dry thanks to strong coffee presence and other times I get tastes of vanilla, chocolate and/or dark fruit sweetness. I thoroughly enjoyed this slow sipper and would recommend it anyone to try.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Sep 15, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into a snifter

jet black liquid, pencil thin creamy , small bubble brown foam cap that quickly recedes to a bubbly ring, some lacings

bourbon aroma on the pour, coffee,

taste is bourbon without the bite, espresso without the bitterness, coffee taste that lingers

low sudsing, near creaminess, semi dry ,

good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Sep 06, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The description of this beer seems absolutely perfect. Undead party crasher agree in bourbon barrels and enriched with espresso. Really outstanding beer and I have always loved Clown Shoes. Dark rich stout with bourbon, coffee, toffee, caramel and chocolate/fudge. At 11% abv it's a bit of a zipper and it's very rich. That is the one drawback of there is any of that it is very very rich. That being said it is outstanding. Best at cellar or room temp.

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GStone899 from Minnesota, Apr 14, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Have always found clown shoes to be underrated, really like their craft, and I finally got my hands on this one, worth the hunt. Thick black body with a tan ring of foam up top. Great espresso, bourbon, wood, fudge and leather in the nose. Taste reminds me a lot of kbs, booze is strong, but paired in intensity by a coffee and fudge combo. Supporting wood, leather, molasses, smoke, tobacco, vanilla and roasted malts. Feel is percolated yet smooth, heavy, boozy yet balanced, rich and full.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 12, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty malts with hearty coffee, chocolate - milk and dark - and rye whiskey. Very well rounded. Flavor profile is dark and milk chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, rye whiskey and roasty, toasty, nutty malts. Sweet with the rye spice and heat rounding out the balance. Mouth feel is velvety and lightly creamy. It has a medium-thick to thick consistency. Overall, big and flavorful. Coffee is well done and folded in beautifully between the chocolate and rye whiskey.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 22oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Mar 09, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best "breakfast stout" I've had so far.. Great blend of flavors; the espresso contributes nicely without being overbearing. Pleasant smell, smooth texture. Very much enjoyed this one!

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KingTen144 from Illinois, Dec 24, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch, opaque black with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.
S - Chocolate, molasses, sweet, rich bourbon, malts and oats - however, the smell is somewhat faint.
T - Tons of chocolate and molasses up front mixed with slight notes of coffee, followed by and throughout by rich, sweet bourbon, roasted malts and oats with slight notes of caramel and vanilla.
F - full bodied with a light amount of carbonation - full, luscious, silky, smooth - a really great mouthfeel to pair with the style.
O - overall, a very well done bourbon barrel aged stout. It's unfortunate that it doesn't really deliver on the espresso flavors, but otherwise it checks most of the boxes - but doesn't really stand out from the crowd in my opinion. Great and well worth a try - I think more coffee flavor would really benefit this one as otherwise, it's fantastic. One of the best stout mouthfeels I've had in a long time.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a hefty tan head. Initial impression is chocolate, coffee, molasses, bourbon, and smoky roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is more of the same, with a slight stickiness.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Nov 16, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*Bottled on 3/30/18

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of mocha foam. Aroma smells of molasses and coffee with notes of toffee, peanut brittle, and warming alcohol. Fine, speckled lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste features molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, and roasted malt up front, accompanied by fairly tame, earthy hops for contrast. The bourbon barrel is at once present and well-integrated, making itself known in more than name only. Alcohol remains fairly well-concealed for its ABV. Warming reveals notes of toasted bread, marshmallow, and even some red wine. Coffee characters is surprisingly bare considering it's supposed to be one of the headliners. Medium body and mild carbonation make for a smooth, drinkable mouthfeel, even if it could benefit from a bit more heft. A sweet, syrupy residue lingers on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a well-executed BA stout. It doesn't stand out in any particular way, but it checks all the boxes and manages to keep your taste buds engaged. Not quite as good as Breakfast Beast, but very respectable in its own right, as most Clown Shoes stouts are.

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MaximalC from Illinois, Nov 03, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a small brown head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. A lot of java in the aroma. Very roasty and boozy aroma. Roasty taste with heavy java. Medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good head production and retention for the style.

Bourbon mixes on the nose with a prominent roast, the coffee notes blended into the overall malt profile. Caramel and red grapes round out the aroma.

Ridiculously smooth up front on the palate, with bourbon, coffee, and chocolate malt blending harmoniously. It starts to break apart in the middle third into a bitter, disparate melange of burnt coffee, oak, caramel, and grapes. Manages to reunite the flavors by the end, but never quite delivers on the promise of that moment when it first touches your lips. The smoke and bitterness from Vampire Slayer/UPC are obvious to anyone with familiarity with CS stouts.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Shocking for 11%, but not at all surprising for CS.

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Roguer from Georgia, Sep 18, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have not tasted a Clown Shoes brew that I'm turn away from-- this one's no exception.
Everything about this beer is first rate. Flavor is very cordial but powerful upfront and center stage.
A long finish, a wonderful experience on the palate-- kind of like snuggling up under a warm blanket on a cold winter day.
A complex flavor that one can discern the flavors that keep evolving-- I have also yet to tire of a Clown Shoes Brew--
My only criticism is the high alcohol content-- I could also be somewhat sensitive to the alcohol because by the penultimate drop I'm welded to my chair. Nevertheless it's worth the punishment!

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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/30/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge brownie, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, wood smoke, raisin, cherry, marshmallow, herbal, tobacco, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge brownie, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, wood smoke, raisin, cherry, marshmallow, herbal, tobacco, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge brownie, dark/brown bread, coconut, light molasses/licorice/dark fruit, wood smoke, marshmallow, herbal, tobacco, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 11%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BBA imperial coffee stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the very mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Very rich imperial stout malts and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with perfect barrel integration. Minimal booze/tannins. Not overly roasty/bitter. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected of the brewery.

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superspak from Michigan, Jul 28, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Shop, NYC.
Pours a pitch black color with a large and foamy tan mocha head. Awesome to look at, great retention that yields sticky creamy lacing.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla, oak, rye and bourbon, hint at a rich and boozy taste to come.
Lush and wonderfully complex. Sweet and boozy with a bitter roasty finish that is redolent of espresso bean. The full flavored malts dark fruit malt evoke dark fruit, a hint of cherry, brown sugar, nutty, and toffee like. Oak like flavors from the barreling emit bourbon, vanilla, and a cozy alcohol warmth.
Full bodied, robust, smooth and creamy. The carbonation is moderately gentle and just about perfect. Boozy but without much of an alcohol burn; dangerously drinkable.
A delicious decadent treat.

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Gajo74 from New York, Jul 24, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve really had 24 Clown Shoes beers? I might have a problem. 22 oz. bottle with typical Gary Gygax bottle art split with my wife.

The pour is…wait for it…black. And suggestion is a powerful drug because this smells like…wait for it…breakfast. Okay, like Irish breakfast, with coffee & whiskey. Very nice.

Breakfast Exorcism tastes like it would keep me up at night. The coffee/espresso is like getting slapped in the face with a cold fish, which would also keep me up. Belly-warming whiskey in the mold of Laphroaig, with an earthy peatiness that lends a lovely complexity. Other stuff in lower quantities include vanilla, decent shot of oak, chocolate, mild bitterness. Thinner than most big stouts, but that helps plenty with the sluggability.

Lovely use of a barrel. Not sure if there is beer underneath or not, but who cares? Excellent beer.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Jun 30, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber from Chalet with Lisa at home.

Was excited to try this one, but it's a bit weird. An odd dark fruit nose dominates - can't tell if it's the coffee or dark crystal malts. Flavor is better, fairly sweet with lots of vanilla. Don't get much barrel and just a touch of bourbon on the back end.

Good, not great.

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grover37 from District of Columbia, Jun 30, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite coffee forward beer.

Look- Awesome dark body with half finger of head. No light, early lacing.

Smell- Chocolate muffin and banana bread. Nice desert notes of caramel, toffee, raisin, prune and vanilla even out of the fridge.

Taste- Outstanding. Starts with the syrupy body and molasses character typical of their beers. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon essence. This transitions into a lasting espresso smokiness which clings to the palate. Super smooth and rich.

I feel like this masters the style of a coffee forward BA stout. Putting this on my top 10 list, cheers!

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CycloneBeers from Massachusetts, Jun 28, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head that lingers and leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. Flavor follows the nose and the body is full and rich. Outstanding brew.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Jun 23, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & vanilla, nice boozey barrel notes

T: Mocha, a touch of Rye Barrel dryness/rawness up front. Rye barrel dryness/boozeyness dominates as this warms, some Espresso sneaks around the edges with vanilla accents, a scoosh of banana taffy as well. Finishes with Rye spicyness/dryness, faint coffee & vanilla notes, a touch of raw boozeyness too

MF: Medium body, uber-firm carbonation. Carbonation becomes a little creamy once warm, warming boze as well

Another great Big Beer from these guys, so thrilled they are in such wide distrubution around here. Drinks pretty easy depsite the complexity & ABV

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russpowell from Arkansas, Jun 17, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An attractive looking stout with a mocha colored head and plenty of lacing left down the glass. Aroma of espresso, coffee, mocha, and vanilla. The espresso is not as strong in the flavor and not as much as I want. The bourbon barrel is a nice compliment. The barrel also imparts nice vanilla quality. Standard Clown Shoe stout base which is quality. Good body and carbonation which I have come to expect from this brewery. Besides the aroma, nothing outstanding, but still very good.

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morimech from Minnesota, Jun 16, 2018
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4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 3/30 18

Black in color with a tan head. Actually getting some chocolate mixed in with the coffee. Boozy flavors of espresso, bourbon, vanilla and cocoa. Nice coating feel on the palate and overall an amazing Clown Shoes barrel aged stout!

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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire, Jun 13, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my snifter it is pitch black with a teensy tan head.
Aroma is all booze and coffee. Both strong aromas, almost like they are competing with each other.
Taste follows the nose. Bourbon and espresso. I think the bourbon is less apparent than the aroma suggested. The coffee is stronger and it lingers on the palate.
This is a full-bodied beer. It tastes better than the aroma implied.
Another great beer from Clown Shoes.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, May 20, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/30/18..Nose is chocolate , coffee and bourbon ...Nice head with an aggressive pour that doesn’t last long . As this beast warms the Booz and chocolate are prevalent with a slight coffee finish .. Overall solid but not the best IMp stout from Shoes ...

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4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a solid one inch tan head over a dark brown, not quite black body, with some nice lacing. Head dissipates down to a ring in a few minutes but comes back with a swirl or two. Nose of coffee, dark roasted malt, some chocolate, and just a tad of vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrel. Flavors of all of the above with the 11% abv present but not oppressive. Good feel and overall, a nice bourbon barrel aged stout to share and enjoy. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Apr 28, 2018
Breakfast Exorcism from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 473 ratings