The Barista | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Patches826 on 12-01-2015

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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 MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Robertas
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of arizcards
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -3.8%
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 rsuarez1982
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Satsuma
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gdobber
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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 cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Patches826
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Agriverbear
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 JohnofUpton
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bb-magic
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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