Breakfast Exorcism | Clown Shoes

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4.41/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#403
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
455
pDev:
6.58%
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
68
Trade:
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Photo of drunkenmess
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Juggerr
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manthon
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingTen144
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of epercuoco
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of admonster00
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottyshades
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of buzzy
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gardner254
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of MaximalC
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of ian_graf
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dogdrule
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of loganburgh
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Nunya
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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