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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #84
Ranked #12,312
3.97 | pDev: 7.05%
Apr 17, 2022
Dec 01, 2015
Very Good
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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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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beersnake1 from California

2016 bottled opened in 2022. Probably not the best way to review a beer with espresso! Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice dark and murky brown. Very thin layer of head that quickly dissipates. The nose is coffee, toffee, oatmeal, bread, a touch of black licorice, roasted malts. The taste nicely follows the nose. The espresso notes are still there. This has held up amazingly well at 6 years! Toffee, chocolate, slight oaky bitterness, leather, dark German bread, oatmeal, graham crackers. Nothing is too dominant here. Nice mix of espresso, chocolate, and toffee. This is very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol isn't really detectable. I would love to compare this to a fresh bottle.

Apr 17, 2022
3.95 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Apr 03, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz can, wine glass, best by 1/21/23.

The color is a nice middle brown ale brown with a small crema swirling on top.

Lactose, cedar, medium roast coffee beans.

It’s sweet and spicy, in a woody, herbal way, like the smell of cedar. The coffee flavors play lightly near the finish with slightly stale wood, bean, and cardboard flavors. The finish is relatively clean, but features the usual lactose aftertaste and some alcohol bitterness.

Light-medium body and light carbonation that do achieve creaminess.

The coffee is a minor part of this enjoyable brown ale.

Mar 12, 2022
3.71 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Mar 03, 2022
3.82 by ccryder from New York on Feb 28, 2022
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Way out of my comfort zone here! A flavored up brown ale!: oats, espresso and milk sugar.

The flavor definitely has roasted chocolate malts, toasty oats and slick, smooth malty vibe the whole way. A minimal amount of spicy hops kick rounds out everything. One word comes to mind overall: Decent.

Jan 18, 2022
3.75 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Jan 16, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jayrocks88

I enjoyed it thoroughly it was nutty and smooth as a brown ale should be with just enough hops to give it an ipa taste

Jan 16, 2022
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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by izraelc from New York

Pours an amber brown. Thick foam. Sweet aroma. Not very good. A few different flavors but it's all very muddled. Roasted malt finish. Pretty disappointing.

Jan 16, 2022
3.99 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Jan 14, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it pours a slightly hazy brown color with a nice off-white head that lasts. The nose gets some coffee. The mouth gets some alcohol, coffee and roasted malts.

Jan 09, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by schoolboy from Ohio

Well this is a surprise. I guess I really should set higher expectations for Clown Shoes. This one is way better than most of the style.

One of the 12 beers of Christmas, this baby pours a nice brown with a bit of coffee aroma poking right through. I immediately knew I had a winner! A great bitter brown ale thanks to a bit of coffee enhancement. First rate stuff with a nice big finish. A nice thick feeling brown.

Recommended. This is a nice winner amongst the 12 days of Christmas. It keeps pretty well too - this sample is probably not very fresh.

Jan 02, 2022
3.7 by RBorsato from Virginia on Dec 31, 2021
3.97 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2021
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Dec 30, 2021
4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Dec 27, 2021
3.5 by McBraniel from Virginia on Dec 27, 2021
3.93 by animal69 from Louisiana on Dec 24, 2021
4 by Stengelfoot from California on Dec 17, 2021
3.56 by hophugger from Virginia on Dec 14, 2021
4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Dec 14, 2021
3.77 by Boone757 from Virginia on Dec 14, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has coffee and roast aromas. It has a bit of nut notes with very low fruit.

Taste: It has roast and coffee flavors with some nuts and fruity elements well into the background. The alcohol is noticeable.

Feel: It has a medium body with slight sweetness and strong bitterness.

Overall, beer has nice balance and plenty of flavors that work well together.

Dec 06, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Reminds me more of a porter. Very enjoyable!

Dec 05, 2021
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 05, 2021
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3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

I guess some people like it but this one is really not for me. Not much to look at or smell, and it’s really malty and strong. Sort of a headache producer.

Dec 05, 2021
4.04 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 04, 2021
3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Dec 04, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Profundobaso from New York

Look - 12 oz can, poured into a standard pint glass. Coffee brown in color, clear, with not much head but moderate lacing.

Smell - dark roast coffee, with some syrupy like sweetness and vanilla. reminiscent of a vanilla cold brew.

Taste - coffee and lactose comes through right away, with light malty flavors that follow. finish is surprisingly clean.

Feel - medium-full bodied, high carbonation, and a heavy hitter at 8.5% ABV. Alcohol is fairly well masked, even as the beer warms.

Overall - a delicious boozy brown ale with robust coffee flavors that is clean and easy to drink.

Dec 02, 2021
3.81 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Nov 29, 2021
3.67 by Happyyb from New Hampshire on Nov 26, 2021
3.97 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Nov 14, 2021
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Nov 13, 2021
4.07 by Danzifer from Ohio on Oct 30, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Jan 03, 2019
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jan 01, 2019
3.74 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 22, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Nov 26, 2018
4 by Robertas from Lithuania on Nov 15, 2018
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Oct 08, 2018
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