Breakfast Exorcism
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.41 | pDev: 6.58%
Mar 08, 2021
Apr 17, 2015
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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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Rated: 4 by npendres from Wisconsin

Mar 08, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 20, 2021
Rated: 4.57 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 04, 2020
Rated: 3.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2020
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
01/26/20 draft @ 101 Bottles Kent, OH
Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Jan 25, 2020
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


Jan 20, 2020
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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.
Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 03, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 03, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Devonking from Massachusetts

May 03, 2019
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
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.
Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5%
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. You heard it from this REV first, there is nothing like starting your day with a breakfast exorcism
Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Apr 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by drunkenmess from Michigan

Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Juggerr from New York

Feb 04, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by robotic_being from Florida

Jan 22, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by KingTen144 from Illinois

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!
Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by epercuoco from Minnesota

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Dec 20, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by admonster00 from Illinois

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by scottyshades from Florida

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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.
Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by gardner254 from Ohio

Nov 24, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Nov 22, 2018
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.
Nov 16, 2018
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

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.
Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by user785335 from Florida

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by dogdrule from Massachusetts

Oct 09, 2018
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