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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

Chocolate SombreroChocolate Sombrero

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BA SCORE
87
very good

744 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: rab53 on 02-26-2012)
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is fairly dark (nearly black), not very viscous, and with about a finger of khaki head that dies down quickly. The nose has some of the vanilla and cinnamon and a few roasty notes, but none of the chile. It's rather subdued and not as assertive as I hoped it would be

The body on this one is just a little thin, but the flavor is really nice. I get some sweet, chocolatey, malty notes up front accentuated by the vanilla and just a whisper of cinnamon. Roastiness comes in at mid-palate and the peppers are just barely evident in the back of the mouth. There's no trace of alcohol on this one. Very drinkable and tasty.

This is the first time I've had one of these mole-inspired ``Mexican Stouts'' and the flavor is really nice. I've had (and enjoyed) Chocolate Oak-Aged Yeti, but the little hints of vanilla and cinnamon enhance the flavor really nicely. I'd like for this flavor combination to catch on and for more brewers to experiment with this style. It offers a new kind of complexity that I'd definitely like to explore more of.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:28:32 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Aroma - light roast with a slightly sweet edge, indistinguishable at first, but some vanilla and cinnamon push through after a minute. Not sure I would have picked it up...well, maybe I would have. Actually gets stronger as it sits.

Taste - malts up front, cinnamon and vanilla mid-palate make a fantastic blend of chocolatey, Mexican cocoa flavor. The anchos have a perfect, subtle undertone of heat, letting you know they're there, warming the belly, but not adding any unwanted heat to the mix. Ends easily, with bittersweet chocolate, fading vanilla and a lingering cinnamon. Even the exhale breath is exotic. Nice beer!

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3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is what you'd expect from a beer this big and just a wisp of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The first thing I noticed is the chiles in this. Big ancho aroma going on. Malt profile in this is of the big roasty variety. Tons of roasted malts, chocolate underneath, molasses, and caramel. Cinnamon and vanilla play a smaller role in this, but complement the beer well.

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.