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Starbucks tries offering beer-flavored Dark Barrel Latte

Starbucks tries selling a beer-flavored latte, just to see if people like it

As it kicks off pumpkin spice season, Starbucks is also trying out a beer-flavored coffee drink, the Dark Barrel Latte.

The nonalcoholic beverage includes a chocolaty, stout-flavored sauce, whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle, and it’s being tested in some locations in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times. 

People who have tried the drink seem to agree that it tastes like beer, but there’s no consensus on whether it’s good. People said on Twitter that it tastes “like drinking a Guinness in the early morning... So yuck,” “like a beer but with espresso #notbad,” like “this icky mix of molasses and almost beer taste” or “just like beer & I might be in love.”

No word on when or whether it’ll be offered in other markets.

The Dark Barrel Latte isn’t the only thing Starbucks is testing. Ten-ounce mini Frappuccinos have appeared in Denver and Houston, and the chain plans to open an express store -- a small location with limited offerings -- in New York City next year.

Actual beer is available at several Starbucks locations, including four in the Los Angeles area, through the chain's Evenings menu.

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9:33 a.m. Sept. 23: This story has been updated with Starbucks' confirmation that the Dark Barrel Latte is nonalcoholic.

The first version of this story was published at 4:46 p.m. Sept. 22.

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