Breakfast Beast
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Stout - American Imperial
4.16 | pDev: 6.25%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Breakfast BeastBreakfast Beast
Notes: The Beast of Clown Shoes legend has been angry, very angry, and extremely angry. The Beast has flown from volcanic fire pits to fields of galloping unicorns. Now? The Beast wants a cup of coffee. We bourbon barrel aged Undead Party Crasher, Blaecorn Unidragon, and an experimental new Stout to blend together with Cold brewed coffee added from Barrington Roasting Company. Enjoy the morning, friends!
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black color, healthy tan head. Creamy head. Good retention.
AROMA: malt, wood, coffee. Also, some peat and bourbon mustiness.
TASTE: mostly roasted malt with a bitterish coffee finish. hints of raisin, wood, leather.
FEEL: thinner than expected. Smooth. a touch warming. a bit of astringency in finish.

Very nice overall, but some aspects disappoint compared to other "Clown Shoes Beasts"


Apr 05, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/20/17, somehow this got lost and didn't get around to reviewed it, should still be good

Pours a thick inky black beer, no light getting through, mocha colored thick rich smaller head with good retention and lacing, and good legs.

nose is very rich, fills the area during the pour, loads of rich chocolate, dark chocolate, creamy ganache, fudgey, some cookie dough and fluffy nougat, then espresso and some roasted coffee with roasted malts, baking spices and a little licorice, some perfumey alcohol as well, light bourbon and vanilla barrel

Taste brings more of the same, thick lush chewy creamy, layers of chocolate, dark, ganache, fudge, etc, then more malt characters, cookie dough, caramel, roasted malts and a little roasted coffee but not charred or acrid, roasty almost smokey note too, then spices, some baking spices and burnt notes, hint of licorice, little perfumey alcohol and warmth with it, fluffy nougat and burnt marshmallow, mild roasted coffee and espresso notes, starting to hint at acrid but not quite there, a flash of bourbon, but some vanilla barrel to go with the baking spices and licorice. Finishes a little sweet mostly dry, lingering fudge cocoa, little coffee and alcohol

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy but not as thick as I expected, decent fluffy carb, some warming tingly alcohol

Overall not bad, coffee likely faded but isn't too bad, otherwise a really nice stout, as Clown Shoes seems to do well most of the time

Apr 06, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Stamped bottling date on bottle neck is '10/17/2017'.
Black colored body, with medium brown back lit highlights. Half a finger of light tan head, settles back to thin cap. Strings of lacing left on glass.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee, and bourbon barrel.
Taste is dark roast coffee, with dark roasted malts, and the influence of oak bourbon barrel. Dark and whiskey influenced but not overly bitter.
Medium plus mouth feel. Very smooth. Good carbonation.
Even with bottle age, this is an excellent coffee stout, and so smooth.

Feb 06, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Random 10/20/17 bottle, conveniently store-aged on the shelves at Total Wine... Opaque black pour and glassful with a thin finger of dark foam that slipped quickly into a flimsy collar... Aromas of charred chocolate, woody oak, old coffee, and bourbony molasses on the nose... Sip is sweet up front with chocolate syrup, molasses, bourbon vanilla, and sweet black coffee, but dries out with a bittersweet char, some ash and oak on the finish... Full-bodied and smooth, with smoky, wet molasses coffee aftertaste... Very nice bourbon barrel coffee stout - I imagine the coffee has faded a bit over the year and the bourbon has mellowed and melded into the body - for better or for worse, I don't know... Certainly a worthy grab if you spot one...

Nov 12, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a decent tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is dark malt, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Feel is thick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall another fine beer from a brewery that can't seem to fail with their barrel aged beers.

Oct 06, 2018
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Viaduck from California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark as a moonless night with light tan head that only only manages to rise up 1/2 inch. Very pretty aroma of chocolate, caramel,coffee & bourbon. Taste is sweet & bitter. Very pretty flavor too: plenty of chocolate, vanilla, oak, toasted malt & a strong finish of coffee & bourbon. I really like the chocolate & strong sweetness. Nice thick feel, a little weak on carbonation. Breakfast Breast for breakfast, soused for lunch. Yum!

Jul 14, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, quite thick and syrupy. Great foamy kakhi head, 2 fingers. Boozy aroma, roasted malts, loads of coffee. Big bourbon presence. Robust coffee flavor followed by dark chocolate, sweet molasses. Nice bitter espresso finish that lingers. Full bodied, thick and creamy. Carbonation is spot on. Overall a great beer, a touch on the sweet side.

Bomber dated 10/20/17
4.5 rating

May 28, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead on 1-7-18 for $14.99. Bottled on 10-17-17.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some good hang time.

Nose is a nice dose of coffee and cream over a mildly roasted malt base.

Taste is coffee forward over a mild roast base, no barrel flavor or alcohol heat overtly noticeable. Finish is decently hopped to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer that is pretty pricey due to the blending done. Lack of barrel flavor is disappointing for the price point but overall a solid brew.

May 05, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/20/17, had 1/5/18.

Pours a dark brown, mostly, with a half inch creamy head and some foamy lacing. The aroma is lots of coffee, dark roast malt, smoke, vanilla, chocolate, some caramel. The taste is coffee, roasted malt, light bourbon, molasses, and lesser amounts of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The coffee is certainly the star here, and this probably the only CS barrel aged I have had, that isn’t barrel forward. Very good aroma and flavor, but overall it ranks down the list of their BA’s. Still well worth a purchase at a good price point.

Mar 27, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and bourbon.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of hops (mostly in the finish), a bit of caramel, some roasted malt, a tinge of bourbon (not as much as expected, lots of dark chocolate, and some light coffee notes. A nice flavor that grows on you after awhile. While it could have used more of some ingredients (coffee, in particular), it still manages to be pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has some minor flaws, but is still likable. Worth a try.

Mar 02, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Good retention and lacing. Bourbon aroma dominates on the pour. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, ash and of course bourbon. Smooth and creamy texture, moderate carbonation. Clown Shoes usually do a nice job on bid stouts. No exception here.

Feb 25, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin, fizzy head. Head is khaki in color, with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is bourbon and booze right up front, with a hint of chocolate and coffee behind. Flavor profile is hearty, hitting notes of bourbon, barrel, char, coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted and toasted malts. It has a full, thick, and velvety mouth feel. Overall, a hearty stout. It smells a bit boozy, but drinks a little smoother than the aroma would suggest. It's a doozy of a beer, even though it just cracks into the double digit ABV spectrum.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Feb 10, 2018
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a lighter black color, in the world of dark stouts this is a 2-3 in darkness, 10 being pitch black. Pours a small head with ok retention and it gives off some lacing.

I get a somewhat aged not, bringing out some almost sherry like notes at the finish. Dark chocolates (or more maybe even a chocolate extract...bakers chocolate more perhaps), light touch of dark fruit, citrus light roast coffee.

Breakfast beast really gives almost no focus on the sweetness. The showcase is the dark chocolates, coffee, and really nicely done dark malts. I get a bit of a narwal malt bill here where the beer stays somewhat dry and very much focused on roasted characters. The bourbon barrels are in the background and I feel like the sweetness was mostly imparted form the barrels, which begs the question about what the base beer would be. I'd love to know what the base tastes like.

Lighter body than I'd expected. Still it has more than enough body and carbonation.

This is just short of a must buy bottle and at 15 bucks, I'm not sure I'll chase another bottle. Still this is REALLY good. Well worth it for one purchase.

Feb 06, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/20/17 bottling date

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall frothy dark brown head. Awesome head retention. Not a whole lot of lacing but it's there, somewhat spotty at times.

S: Loads of bourbon and coffee, as expected. Some caramel and oak and a bunch of acrid coffee. A lot of caramel, now that I really pay attention.

T: Bourbon up front, plenty of sugary caramel and some oak as well. Coffee kicks in immediately afterwards, it's not super bitter like I was expecting - the bourbon really sweetens it up. Great grainy and toasty maltiness afterwards, cannot overstate this it's super nice! Aftertaste has some coffee and cocoa, with a touch of charred oak and hints of that bourbon caramel.

M: Heavy and thick, though the bourbon cuts it a bit along with the slight bitterness from the coffee.

O: Really excellent barrel-aged breakfast stout. Great strength and combination of flavors, great complexity, great balance. Really cannot complain. Well done yet again, Clown Shoes.

Feb 04, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/20/2017. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, wood smoke, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, charcoal, leather, tobacco, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/smoked malts, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, wood smoke, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, charcoal, leather, tobacco, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness; with some bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, wood smoke, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, charcoal, leather, tobacco, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malts, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10.5%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged blended imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malts, coffee, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Tastes just like the label described. Great balance between smoked stout and Russian imperial stout; nice nutty/fruity coffee presence and awesome barrel integration with no booze. Still has a good amount of hop presence after the barrel aging as well. Wasn't as big on the coffee as I expected, but it was definitely adequate. A really enjoyable offering.

Feb 03, 2018
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle dated 10/20/17 into the test glass,
A - Deep, dark and intriguing. A very thin mocha colored ring clings to the glasses interior.
S - Muted blend of coffee, vanilla, charred oak are the beginning, With a rise in temperature, bakers chocolate, some dark fruit, and hints of anise are added to the mix.
T - That dark fruit element is up front, fig and cocoa pudding, coffee, bourbon touch with vanilla, all in a narrow band. No sign of the 10% alcohol anywhere.
M - On the lite side of medium in body, Semi sweet start , palate response swings to dry almost immediately. This aspect I really enjoy. Linger has a hint of booze to it but a gentle hint.
O - A fine offering from Clown Shoes, the beast part is hidden well, as a total package this is best at or near room temp, allowing the aromatics to take wing. The body is relatively lite, and pleasant. Worth the effort to find for certain.

Jan 28, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This bottle of the beast pours a standard setting
Clown Shoes murky and muddled blackish brown with a very nice head of light brown foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and shows some excellent lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla,
oak, char, chocolate, coffee, and earthy malts. Flavors show a deft of character with dark coffee
and deeply roasted malts adrift in vanilla and dark chocolate with rich boozy bourbon that saunters
into layers of mild char and oak. Subtle dark fruit notes appear with warmth showing touches of
dark ripe berries. Excellent mouth feel; full body, lightly slick, coating, warming, subtly creamy,
low carbonation, and a rich bourbon laced chocolate and coffee finish.

One of the best of Clown Shoes---easier drinking and smoother than some of their
offerings, but that is what makes them great---BIG and BOLD flavors.


Jan 27, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

Jan 08, 2018
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date of 10/17/17.

Pours super thick like syrup and aggressively yields nothing... no head or lacing. Aroma of vanilla and oak wood rise to the nose. Thick, smooth feel coats very well and the sweetness is a little sticky. Flavors of roast, bourbon, vanilla, transition to ash, caramel toffee and slight coffee. Again, a barrel aged stout mixture from Clown Shoes excels and excites! Literally nothing they do goes wrong! Well done, enjoy!

Jan 07, 2018
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice medium tan head that dissipates at a nice and moderate pace. The beer itself is dark chocolate black that borders on a black coffee note. The texture is pretty good looking and definitely seems that the beer has enough heft.

The smell and taste are both pretty darn good. The strongest note is the nice bitter and roasted coffee note with a good sweet dark chocolate. There is a slight wood note that comes out in the smell but not in the taste. The malt is fairly smoky in the taste and smell; and is a bit dominating in that it mixes with the other notes. The bourbon notes are muted and extremely light in the smell but come out a bit more in the taste with a moderate strength.

The feel is pretty good. It's heavy but smooth with a nice, consistent texture. There is no thinness that one expect from a barrel aged beer like this. The carbonation is light and almost non-existent.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer that almost on the level of Founder's. This one is definitely worth repeat as a seasonal or rotational. I highly recommend going for it should you ever come across this.

Dec 25, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and roasted malts. Tastes of bourbon, oak, coffee. Light chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and dark fruits. Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. Overall a very tasty breakfast RIS.

Dec 20, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 15.00. Bottled. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter. Enjoyed 12/10/17.

The ruby highlights seen while pouring vanish, resting jet black in the glass with a three quarter finger cap of pale tan head. The foam fades, leaving behind some spotty surface retention, a modest crown and some fairly attractive sheets of lace.

Aromas of that familiar UPC smoked malt, mild coffee, faint bourbon, cocoa, burnt sugar and a little wet oak.

The Undead Party Crasher portion of the blend continues asserting itself in the flavor. Smoked malt, burnt dark chocolate brownies, caramel, bittersweet coffee, cherry skin, over cooked molasses, faint citrus, some lightly bourbon-soaked oaken char and a little alcohol.

Smooth feel but much lighter body than expected with moderate carbonation. Smoked malt is still the dominant note in the aftertaste, along with a little burnt coffee and a whisper of barrel char.

Over the years I've enjoyed both the Beast series and the many variants of Undead Party Crasher I've tried but UPC earns its name and then some in this blend. The overbearing smoked malt truly crashes the party of Breakfast Beast, overpowering not only the Blaecorn Unidragon but both the coffee and bourbon barrel that I was really looking forward to. I've been beating the Clown Shoes drum at near fanboy levels since my first taste of Eagle Claw Fist six years ago but this is an unfortunate disappointment. Don't get me wrong, it's not at all a bad beer- it's just mostly Undead Party Crasher instead of the barrel aged imperial coffee stout that was advertised on the label.

Dec 18, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma of coffee and light bourbon. Taste of milk chocolate, light espresso, nutty middle with a light bourbon finish. Tasty Bourbon stout.

Dec 12, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with the typical CS D&D artwork. I’ve really been enjoying the D&D references on Stranger Things, though I have to explain them to my wife as she grumbles “you knew girls when you were young?”

The pour IS BLACK. Smells like Starbucks. Roast, vanilla, lactose, caramel. Bourbon seems to be lurking elsewhere.

Breakfast Beast – I’ve had coffee that was less coffee. Or something. Searingly acidic roast dominates the front, mid-palate, & finish for about twenty minutes after the pour. Coffee. The additives peeking through the nose show eventually: creamy lactose, vanilla, nutty chocolate, with a flash of bourbon right at the end. Harsh up front with a finish that smooths out via adjuncts. Hard to believe the alcee in this hits double digits. I can’t taste it. I can feel it right in the feels.

I don’t drink that Devli’s Spittle most call “coffee” but whatever the hell this is, I might try it, ‘cause the roast in this is wonderful. Very good that might splatter on the ceiling with more than a passing bourbon presence.

Dec 05, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a goblet ink black with a deep mocha colored head atop.Sweet alcohol and deep coffee roast in the nose,smells like a beast.Slick in the mouth with a fuller feel,glides down pretty easy.Sweet tootsie-roll like chocolate and alcohol over top of deep coffee roast on the palate,both come together pretty well after a few sips,the alcohol is bigger than even the ABV. in my opinion.It's big and brash,the coffee flavor is more subdued than expected but everything comes together well.

Dec 03, 2017
Breakfast Beast from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 148 ratings