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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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87
very good

1,386 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,386
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 69
Gots: 285 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 02-26-2012

Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus organic vanilla extract plus a chocolate eating, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero!
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Ratings: 1,386 | Reviews: 258
Photo of fscottkey
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.50] Dark black beer. Forms about 1/2 finger of tan head. The head recedes down to a thin covering. The beer still leaves lacing on the glass after the head diminishes. The bottle is clearly marked bottled on 04/08/2015. The ABV is listed at 9%.

S: [2.75] The nose is not bold. Mostly getting mild dark fruits. No chocolate, vanilla, etc. Maybe a hint of alcohol smell too.

T: [2.75] Very mild chocolate. Sweetness late. Like a milk stout. That is really it.

M: [2.50] The body is a little light. There is just no weight to the beer.

O: [2.75] Big disappointment. This beer was just a flop for me. The smell, taste and mouthfeel were all totally lacking. I let it warm for a bit and still nothing popped on the flavor or taste. Would not buy again. Would not drink again,

Photo of uvachief
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Pours pitch black with little to no head. Minimal lacing throughout. Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is watery and disappointing. Very thin. Little spice detected. Decent but not what I expected. It's not bad just not Heir Apparent or Huna. Not close.

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Forced to write notes due to an outlier rating.]

This stout lacks the roasted barley core it needs, and has an odd imbalance of overly sweet malted milk balls/whoppers, bitter baker's chocolate, and chili powder. Its uneven lumpy chewy feel on the palate doesn't help, and there's no harmony of texture to taste. Unrefreshing and overcarbonated, with fair drinkability.

I find none of the ostensible vanilla flavour, though I suppose that's a good thing as it'd be artificial anyway.

A shallow, plain beer with low intricacy for the style, and little to no subtlety or nuance.

C+

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours an incredibly dark brown with ruby tinges, appears pitch black, gotta hold this one to the light to see any color. Formed up a finger and a half of extremely dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, medium/low head retention. Decent lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of roasted malt, medium-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of pepper and cinnamon.
T - 3.75 - Medium sweet malt and chocolate with a fair amount of coffee. Vanilla, lactose sugar creaminess, and a whisper of cinnamon and pepper.
F - 4.75 - Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - This is a good representation of the pepper stout style, not great but not just okay, its good. There could definitely be more pepper and cinnamon, probably twice to thrice the amount, but the heat is definitely felt and is lightly tasted. All in all, a pretty good beer.

Photo of Shade1951
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was hesitant about trying this beer. "Mexican" suggests hot chilies, and while I **love** hot chilies in food, I have had very bad experiences with them in beer - such as that Cave Cove or whatever puke.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The smell and taste are robust enough, but not overwhelming. Nothing is cloying. Nothing burns the tongue or throat. This is a very nice stout - and it packs a nice ABV punch as well!

Photo of bassfishingguy
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was very similar IMO to Blaecorn Unidragon with one major difference; spices. I could definitely smell some cinnamon/peppers on this one, and taste both the flavors as well. Both flavors could have been more pronounced, but either way, I definitely enjoyed this one. I'm starting to like Clown Shoes' beers more and more.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! Pours inky black, light brown head with strong lacing. Dark malt, chocOlate bouquet. Smooth, malty, nice coffee, cocoa flavor with just the barest heat. Well hidden abv, very smooth and easily quaffable. I enjoyed and another solid clown shoes beer

Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny and black with one-finger of tan froth.

Smells of milk chocolate and bitter dark fruits.

Tastes of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, a hint of espresso and oatmeal.

Goes down mostly thick and creamy. Thins as it warms. Has a fairly potent, lingering chili and alcohol heat.

I could get to this one again without a doubt.

Photo of ruzzal
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not that flavorfull.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours just as you would expect it with a dark, almost black body, and a small chocolatey brown head. The little bit of head retains pretty well and laces adequately.

S- Huge fudge and chocolate notes are the first scents on the nose. Some cinnamon spiciness and ancho chilis kick in next with subtle, but still noticeable, additions to the smell. Lingering scent is a touch sweet, but mostly roasted malts.

T- Burnt malts lead off the sip with chocolate and spices coming next. The cinnamon is less prominent on the tongue than the nose, but the anchos ramp up their flavor component in the taste when compared to the scent. Burnt malts kick back up towards the end of the drink with a good dose of bitterness that linger on the tongue.

M- This beer isn't overly thick or smooth, but has just enough weight to hold up the strong flavors of the beer. It really hides its ABV well.

Overall, this is a poor man's version of Abraxas. It is solid in all flavor aspects, from the chocolate and cinnamon, to the chili and vanilla sweetness. This is a solid beer.

Photo of themind
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is like the poor mans Prairie Bomb! it's a decent beer and I enjoyed it. Not very hot, a good amount of chocolate and hidden ABV.

Bottom Line: Good brew.

Photo of jgido759
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was looking forward to trying this for a while. Finally found it and was not disappointed.

Pours dark brown/black, almost like a cola, with about a 3/4" foamy head that hangs around for a bit. Very subtle chocolate flavor up front with a slight cinnamon/chile burn at the finish.

While it didn't "wow" me, I would buy this again.

Photo of jco3
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

easiest drinking 9% I've ever tried. Less spice than I thought it would have, but very tasty.

Photo of seabeetastetest
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not Xocoveza but pretty good!!

Photo of Swa73
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label was better than the beer.

Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes decent but leaves a strange aftertaste that I'm not too fond of. Can't really taste the chili pepper, at least not in a way that I was expecting to. It's okay, but I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed, especially considering they're the company that brought me Undead Party Crasher, one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of Genie
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you liked the Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout, you will enjoy this. Good balance of spice and chocolate taste mixed in.

Photo of leaddog
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a cola brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light hint of chilies, hint of licorice, vanilla, earthy hops.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts then goes into the chocolate syrup, hint of licorice, vanilla, and earthy hops. The chilies are hidden in the taste. Flavours are very mild considering the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts.

Overall - A stout that has a good base but lacks in the flavour. The chilies are lost in translation and the flavours seem watered down to me. Some modifications need to be made to make this more true to the style.

Photo of AuntBea
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice color but, didn't care for the taste. Seemed a little watered down.

Photo of Matonika
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: very dark brown, thin head that disappears quickly. Smell: creme brulee, faint coco. Not a big aroma on it. But what is there is nice. Taste: bitter chocolate, vanilla , a very subtle Chile taste but not spicey. Dark cherry. Pretty sweet but not cloying. Feel: is smooth, lasting carbonation. Overall: this is really good, a excellant chocolate stout but none of the Mexican qualities stand out which is a bummer.

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't compete with the other beers in this style. Lacks chili peppers and spices. Too much chocolate.

Photo of papat444
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/09/2014.

Ultra smooth but the flavors don't come out. Maybe if it was a bit colder but a true stout shines as it nears room temperature.

Photo of GregJ
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger thick dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, damp cloth, mocha, and dark roast malts. Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla, some pepper spice, I don't pick up the cinnamon but I might be masked a bit with the pepper. I expected it to be a bit more bold for a spiced stout. Otherwise pretty tasty. Medium body and light carbonation. Chocolate and vanilla aftertaste.

Photo of capuchinpilates
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Is there actual Mexican chocolate in it,
Yes, from where I sit.

Photo of Neorebel
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Sombrero pours about the darkest shade of opaque brown possible, and is crowned with a beautiful tan, frothy head. It appears to be lightly carbonated. A nice foamy lacing is left on the glass and the head remains at about a quarter inch throughout drinking. The aromas coming off this brew are wild - raisin and dark fruits, milk chocolate, bourbon, noticeable peppers and spices, and vanilla extract are all present in unique harmony.
Tasting this baby is like a visit to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! It's much more chocolate forward than the aroma hints at - it's got that bold bittersweet chocolate presence that I have only seen in big beers such as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Ten Fidy. The midpoint of the taste washing over the tastebuds reveals a marriage of sweetness and chili pepper that I have not had the pleasure of anywhere else. A decent pinch of cinnamon comes into play there too, as advertised.
The roastiness and vanilla bean reveal themselves in the finish, which tapers off slowly and lovingly. It's got moderate body and pleasantly warms as it goes down. Overall, this is a very creative and special beer, for stout fanatics and also for the average person who likes a beer to taste like a real treat. Glorious indeed!

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,386 ratings.