The Barista
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #66
Ranked #7,772
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
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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Reviews by qchic:
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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 REEK
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip glasses. Bottle was $7.99:

Appearance: dark brown, but translucent. Not the opaque black that is common with darker, coffee-based brews. Spotty khaki-colored lacing, with a ring of khaki foam sitting around the glass.

Aroma: burnt sugar, first of all, with a lot of sweetness. Kind of one-note in that regard. I didn't get much coffee or roast aroma, but lots of sweet, caramelly scent.

Taste: more deep and complex than the smell, undoubtedly. My first thought was cold-brew coffee, followed by a little touch of heat. Some spices in there; cinnamon and vanilla predominantly. Finishes very sweetly, with lots of milk sugar and burnt sugar. Almost cloyingly sweet on the finish....

Feel: a little thin for an eight-and-a-half percenter, but fills the palate with flavor and leaves a little bit of heat. Satisfying.

Overall: a darned good beer. I would've liked maybe a TOUCH more roast and coffee character on the nose and taste to balance the sweetness, but as far as brown ales go, it was very nice.

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Photo of stephens101
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with some dark cherry hues and a thin tan froth.

Brown bread and cherry take over the aroma.

Brown bread, grain, cherry, other dark fruits, milk chocolate and faint espresso on the tongue.

Lighter in body than expected, and a bit thin, but not a bad brew when all is said and done.

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

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 brayton
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of coffee.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty malts and coffee along with subtle bits of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of smoothness.
O: This would definitely make for a good breakfast beer. Despite the infusion of espresso, it still tastes like a brown ale and stays true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of lemmy187
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale brown color with just over a finger of dense head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Faint aroma of espresso, sweet chocolate, and cookie dough. Not enough espresso in the flavor for my tastes. Sweetness is the permeating quality of this beer. Notes of caramel, bread, cream, and wood notes from the hops. The body feels light for the ABV but it is superbly carbonated that allows the beer to coat the palate.

Just not enough coffee in the aroma or flavor for me. Also a little too sweet as well.

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Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not that inspiring of a brown ale

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Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 fitzy84
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a light brown, coffee-like appearance with no head and minimal lacing. Aromas include some cocoa and caramel and a little bit of espresso. Taste is really nice with some sweet malts, chocolate, and cream-rich coffee. The mouthfeel does a great job to give this beer a creamy texture with just the right amount of crisp carbonation near the end of each sip. Overall, really great mouthfeel and flavors.

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Photo of mlockman
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is perhaps the lightest-colored brown ale I've ever encountered; in fact, it is nearly translucent. The nose follows the palate and both are more breakfast stout-like in character than that of a brown ale. Nonetheless, this is significantly lighter bodied than a breakfast stout and phenomenally delicious in its own right.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice breakfast beer, or Sunday afternoon. Bottled 1/18/16

Pours a smaller fizzy head that fades at a med pace, decent messy lacing, super dark coffee brown color with just a bit of light getting through.

Nose fresh coffee, a cold brew coffee, lighter roasted espresso bean, toasted coffee bean and a little fruity coffee, toasted malts, creamy lactose like milky aromas, caramel and toasted brown malts, a little biscuity cookie wafer.

Taste brings plenty of malts, toasted brown malts, more biscuity cookie wafer with more caramel and a little nutty toffee, a little coffee mild cold brew coffee with touch of roasty note but not much. It has a little creamy toasted oat in the center, with a faint Kahlua like coffee thing. A little bitterness kicks in from some mild earthy hop note, and a little creamy dried lactose on the back end. Finish is dry with more creamy lactose sugar, little coffee, bitter hop, and toasted brown caramel malts lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy but not a ton, decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall not bad, expected more esp from Clown Shoes, or maybe thye were trying to dial this back a bit so it wasn't too over the top.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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