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Move over pumpkin spice latte, there’s a new coffee in town – and it tastes like beer. That’s right, the coffee behemoth that popularized the beverage that puts fall in a cup is reportedly testing out a new latte that tastes like stout beer. Or a pint of Guinness to be more precise.

As reported by Buzzfeed and a handful of Twitter users, Starbucks is pilot testing a Dark Barrel Latte made with a blend of espresso, chocolate stout-flavored syrup and steamed milk, all topped with whipped cream and a dark caramel sauce.

The drink, which can also be made as a frozen Frappuccino, is alcohol-free and is reportedly being trialed in stores in Columbus, Ohio and parts of Florida.

The din of online excitement on Twitter, meanwhile, is mixed with some heaping praise on the innovative new flavor, and others giving it a thumbs down.

“DarkBarrelLatte is cozy but not sweet- like a bonfire on a chilly autumn night. @Starbucks please keep it around!,” tweeted one fan.

But those who may not be able to stomach the idea of drinking a beer-like beverage for breakfast may want to heed another customer’s review:

“The dark barrel latte at Starbucks literally tastes like drinking a Guinness in the early morning…so yuck,” wrote one customer.

Meanwhile, earlier this year the coffee giant began rolling out an evening menu at stores across the US that includes cocktail, beer and wine offerings — a strategy aimed at drawing the after-work crowd and filling up stores in the evening.

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