The Barista
Clown Shoes

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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #63
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,292
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
336
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  70
SCORE
89
Very Good
The BaristaThe Barista
Notes: A Clown Shoes legend, Brown Angel, put away her dancing shoes to focus on extracting espresso, brewing coffee, and pouring latte art with zen-like focus. The Barista Breakfast Brown is crafted with Maris Otter malt, flaked oatmeal, cold brewed espresso, milk sugars and the spirit of angel wings.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Bottling date stamped on bottle neck is '02/22/16'.
Clear, amber brown colored body. One finger khaki colored head, settles back to bubbles and cream. Leaves behind a scattered pattern of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts, slight coffee, and milk sugar.
Taste of roasted malts and muted coffee (similar to a coffee with lots of milk and sugar added). Toasty but not bitter.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This is a mellow brown ale infused with coffee. Still quite a pleasure to drink in its old age. There is a bit of cocoa that arrives as the beer warms. Easy sipping brown ale that delivers a very pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy to turbid brown, but not quite opaque. Visible carbonation just on the low side of average. A thin tan head gives way to a narrow ring of foam.

S: Rich dark roasted coffee, caramel, and creamy lactose. Mild vanilla, toasted malts, and some toffee as well. A nice coffee aroma, but nothing groundbreaking here.

T: Coffee and mild lactose, burnt toffee and caramel. Toasted maltiness in the middle with more vanilla. A dry black coffee with a mild hop bitterness in the hang.

M: The body is on the light side for a brown ale, though not quite watery. Average carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: It’s fine I guess. Nice coffee flavors and all. Ultimately nothing I’d seek out again, as I don’t think I like it any better than several other easily available coffee brown ales or porters, and several of those come in more convenient sized containers.

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Photo of arizcards
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from the Lake Pleasant BevMo for $9.79 on 4-28-18. Bottled on 03-20-17...whoops i missed that.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that has some hang time.

Nose is light coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is faded coffee, light chocolate folded into a large toasted malt base. Hops are there, balancing the sweetness well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but unfortunately it is past its peak.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: semi sweet, milky coffee, nutty, malt, hint of brown sugar, oats, creamy smooth. Same with the nose. Copper hue semi opaque, delicate head with lacy lattice on glass. medium body. Good after dinner ale for dessert. 60 IBUs

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz split 2 ways- pours rich mahogany brown with short lived off white head, but lively carbonated throughout. I have had this bottle a while, and frankly came off as a Belgian double (or similar to a Jubeale I had aged a year) - aroma is caramel malt - sweet, bit of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar - I did not get coffee/espresso. Taste follows with sweet caramel malt, hints of milk chocolate, toffee - sweet but not cloying - again did not get coffee out of this. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with ample carbonation. This was great aged, though think I would like to try fresh also.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hotel room in houston. pours a medium brown with some translucence.thin light brown head Smells chocolate, spicy, coffee beans, chocolate syrup. tastes chocolate hershey syrup, coffee, roasted malts. smooth mouth feel. very enjoyable.
Overall, great beer. wish i can get it in washington.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper-brown, clear, beer with a beige head. Almost no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Nuts, toffee, coffee, brown sugar, caramel and oatmeal.
Taste: A great taste of coffe, caramel malt, brown sugar, biscuit, nuts, toffee and lactose.
Mouth: Medium body. Light carbonated. Sweet and smooth. Light bitter at the end.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like this being a brown ale instead of a stout or porter, let the coffee do the roasted flavoring, and be the low end by itself without the roasted barley, but this might not be the best big brown ale underneath the coffee, and so the beer is good but not amazing, but has been my experience more often than not with clown shoes, always seem to be a shade off of exceptional for one reason or another. the success of this one is definitely the coffee, through the murky mostly flat pale brown liquid i get a rich dense dark roasted espresso element, made sweet a little but by some chocolate malt and the milk sugar, but lots of deep almost burnt coffee character, low acid though, and fresh enough. the flavor is similarly coffee driven, its in front of the grain even, and pretty concentrated and intense in here, a post fermentation blend i would think. dark chocolate and sweeter milk chocolate in the grain profile, and then some cola sort of complexity before molasses, vanilla, and dry cocoa take it home with the coffee. good flavor trajectory but for me its a little thin and flat in terms of feel, and the brown ale could use a little more oomph to it from a malt standpoint. the coffee though makes this for me, and its a pleasant after dinner sipper even with its shortcomings. i like these guys, their beers always interest me and intrigue me and seem inspired, wherever they may land on execution...

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Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

God = Yes, I love Breakfast beers. Y’all should know by now - coffee and me are joined at the hip, or more accurately caffeine and me are joined at the brain. So it’s hardly unsound that coming up to the big 1,000 I would throw in a Breakfast beer such as this Clown Shoes The Barista... even seems predictable. I like Clown Shoes [not to wear of course]. Clementine has been the stand out for me, though The Barista is only the 4th brew I’ve tried of theirs, which is hardly a decent sample size, but in my world of rash decisions and beer review opinions it’s enough for me to form the above assessment of their capabilities. Brewed with: Maris Otter malt, flaked oatmeal, cold brewed espresso and lactose... sounds yum!

Poured from a 650ml US bomber sized bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a nice turbid dark brown with a tan cappuccino foam head that drops back to a thin lace blanket. Sorta looks like a beer, and sorta looks like a black cold drip coffee at the same time, which is a bonus given the nature of this product being sorta both things (sorta not) [sorted!]. 8/10.

S: Oh yeah! Coffee and beer, back together again, like Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber [those guys!]. Initial aroma is cold drip coffee with a hint of espresso, then oatmeal comes in and gives it a cereal overtone, hints of biscuit (as in the Aussie use of the word - it’s sort of like a cookie but better) bit of toffee as well (it’s sort of like caramel but better). There’s sugar in the aroma, will be interesting to find out if the flavour is drier whilst I (not so) secretly hope it’s not. 8/10.

T: SOOo good! Flavour profile is as above: cold drip coffee, hint of espresso, oatmeal, cereal overtone, hints of biscuit, toffee and nutty tones. What Clown Shoes does superbly is balance the sugar so that it’s not cloying or too dry, it’s at the exact level it needs to be. Coffee could be more prominent, it’s drowned out by the non-coffee flavours. Boy is this a tasty drop though - 8.5% ABV isn’t even noticeable, I almost drank this like it was a chocolate milkshake, DA-YAMN! 9/10.

M: Lacking a bit here given the indicated oatmeal and lactose, have you heard of Founders? They do wonders here. Medium bodied, creamy carbonation. 7/10.

D: Well. I am. Sold. Apart from a teensy-weensy lack of coffee this is a rather, I mean raa-ther *British toff accent* tasty bloody drop, and at the end of the 24hr cycle of the earth spinning on its axis isn’t that enough? Yes, the answer is: Yes. 9/10.

Food match: Toasted ham and cheese on rye, with a pickle, and a dash of mustard.

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, dark brown color. Light passes along the edge easily. Smallish head which leaves little lace, a few spots only.

Chocolatey with a sour milk aroma. Slightly metallic smell as well.

The taste is more sweet while retaining a semisweet chocolate element. The carbonation is elevated and the body is typical for a brown ale, leaning thin. The finish is mild with a light dollop of hop bringing a bit of balance to this malty beer. The aftertaste has a touch of metal to it.

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Photo of puck1225
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich translucent dark brown with decent lacing. Comforting pumpernickel bread smell with a bit of cocoa. The taste is of dark toast, coffee, chocolate and honey. A pleasant beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with a big pillowy khaki head. Good retention.

The aroma is of brown bread, honey, and caramel. Some earthy wet wood with a hint of powdered espresso.

The taste is of bark and burnt pumpernickel. Powdered espresso that is used on desserts. Sweetness from the milk sugars and a ribbon of caramel. Has an ashy bitterness in the finish.

The feel moderate with semi soft carbonation. Sweet and sticky on the palate. Finishes with an earthy bitterness.

Quite sweet. The espresso provides an earthy bitter offset but doesn't necessarily blend well. Need more espresso flavor.

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Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown up top and amber brown at the bottom of the glass with a creamy 1 finger head that faded slowly and left decent lacing.

Smells and tastes of brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt coffee grinds, caramel, sweet malt, chocolate milk, smoked malt, oatmeal, faint vanilla and nutty notes. All the brown ale basics with coffee and chocolate milk added and bringing a lot of depth, especially to the flavor. Nice roasty bitterness in the finish that helped mask the ABV. A really good brown ale.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cream soda color and similar carbonation. Aroma is caramel candy with a coffee background. Taste is identical,malt,caramel,sweet coffee. Medium feel, made a good after dinner,dessert beerr

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Photo of Crackblind
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a foamish coffee cup (because glass wasn't allowed by the pool).
Picked up two of these on the way to vacation on Cape Cod

based on a recommendation by someone at the store. I was not misled. While I'm not a big coffee drinker, this was totally balanced and malty, with the espresso enhancing the oatmeal and milk sugars. As a brown ale instead of a stout that usually comprises this makeup, the lack of roast in the mouth added to its enjoyability (not knocking stouts here, just noting the difference). The 8.5% was only noticeable by the fact that it lasted longer as a drink. I really enjoyed this and highly recommend it. I'm bummed I only grabbed two, especially at the $5.99 price point.

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Photo of Roguer
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown ale with modest had production and retention .

On the nose, coffee and cream, brown sugar, toasted malt and caramel. Not overpowering with any coffee scent.

Flavor is similar. There is a smooth brown sugary malt base, laced with cream and coffee. Like the nose, the coffee is smooth and not particularly strong.

Full bodied but smooth and crushable; the alcohol is present in both heat and taste, but barely.

Tasty and easy going for a big beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that allows a light ruby through with very little head. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Tastes of coffee/espresso, some milk sweetness, and roasted malts. Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Overall this is a delicious coffee based brown ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant brown with ruby highlights under a thin ivory cap with fair retention.

S: rich espresso lightly sweetened with brown sugar with some brown malts, grains and oatmeal in the background.

T: mildly sweet with espresso with light chocolate in the background. The added espresso is just a little bit bigger than the malt flavors but the oats and malts provide a nice balance. The hops provide just enough bitterness to balance the added milk sugars. The added milk sugars are just enough to make the coffee and chocolate flavors pop but not enough to be cloying.

F: exceptionally creamy, silky texture really puts this beer over the top and has you wanting another glass. The body is medium to medium full and the carbonation is at average levels but is very soft.

O: Drink this beer for its exceptional texture and the balance between the added espresso, the grains, the added milk sugar and the hops.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, thick head, and very sticky lacing. Getting notes of burnt molasses/sugar, some coffee, toffee, little oak/smokey tones. Taste is very smooth and full of flavors, nice malty sweetness, can taste that molasses in there, some minor coffee in the background, some oat tones, little char feel. This is a medium beer, very easy to drink, zero bite. Excellent flavors and feel, would recommend.

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Photo of Csikic93
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown with a decent head. Can smell the espresso and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a bit of a caramel taste on the backside. Smooth tasting, easy drinking brown ale.

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Photo of mkh012
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass. Reddish-brown with thin lacing.

The nose is coffee, cherry, and chocolate, and the taste follows. Lighter than expected. Chocolate-covered red fruits and malts.

The mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, well-balanced and tasty.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, dated bottled on 12/30/16

dark brown color, thick off-white head. good head retention. mild coffee aroma, mixed with brown sugar. taste is similar, on the sweeter side, but good depth of flavor. thicker bodied, but still easy drinking.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass. Pours medium brown, with a finger head that dissipates over a few minutes.
Smells a little bready, with a bit of coffee..nothing overpowering. Tastes the same, with no major influences. The alcohol is not prevalent at all. Very smooth, a tad sweet.. with a touch of bitterness on the back end. Very pleasant. Overall, this is a tasty even-keeled beer. Except for stouts, I rarely drink anything with higher ABV's, but this could break the mold. Yup.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a nice take on a brown ale. The espresso plays really well with the natural roastiness in a brown ale with a slightly thicker mouthfeel from the oats and lactose. It's a bit sweet, but it's good. It's not my favorite, but it's definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of GStone899
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, medium head and moderate lacing. Has a sweet note that comes off the bat. Must be those milk sugars. Not too sweet but you definitely taste it. Espresso taste is moderate although you'd think there would be more based on the name. Smell is deep espresso n coffee notes along with some chocolate. I don't feel or taste the oatmeal at all... I don't think. It's a well balanced beer with slightly too much sweetness at the end.

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The Barista from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 336 ratings