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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,144 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 51
Gots: 198 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chocolate Sombrero opens to a rich, chocolate aroma that brings instant comparisons to artisan milk and dark chocolate bars, but touched with hints of spice from the ancho chilies, which add a mild green pepper and very light red pepper flake overtone. Though the chocolate is the dominant aroma, there are still very large touches of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, coffee cream, and even toffee in here, as well as orange, berry, and even a hint of banana fruit esters. Thick brown breads and toast crust underlie all of this, as well as light ash and tobacco, the darker notes here a nice counterpoint to the chocolates and mild chili pepper spice. As a whole, the nose is very nice, heavily sugary with just enough ash and tobacco to balance things out, and the anchos, while adding their own spicy note, aren’t overpowering, and at least on the nose don’t give any hint of dominating or detracting from the underlying stout.

On the tongue, the beer is far more ashy than the nose let on, with tobacco and ash washing immediately across the tongue, the sugars somewhat struggling to keep up. There are a good number of sugars in here to counter the ash, including a very strong heavy cream note, as well as milk and dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Fruit esters are harder to locate here, but touches of fig and date seem to be the most present, the strange banana notes from the nose thankfully absent. The ancho chilies do come through nicely, adding not so much a flavor as a burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate, the way delicately spiced food still tastes much the same, but has a slightly larger peppery burn. The aftertaste is heavy on ash and tobacco, with some remaining heavy cream and chocolate, as well as a mild spice afterburn, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a strange medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are some good notes in here, and they’re nicely balanced and flavorful, but what the beer ultimately needed was simply a bit more oomph from the sugars, the medium-range 9% ABV simply not enough to create the full mouthfeel and flavor power of a good-quality stout. The ancho chilies were, however, an excellent choice, and very nicely play off of the chocolates and dark breads.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into my imperial nonic,a thinner deep beige colored head atop.Alot of vanilla and chocolate in the nose,as it sat more the alcohol sweetness along with some dark fruit came into play,not much ancho presence.Flavors of vanilla and bakers chocolate were nice but the ancho chilli flavors were very light wich I was hoping to get more of,nicely roasted in the finish.It's a double stout with rich flavors just lacking the chilli flavors wich was the main reason I bought the beer.

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

So Clown Shoes finally decided to start distributing their beers to Michigan, and their stuff has been showing up everywhere. Naturally, the cocoa, chile, cinnamon, vanilla stout is the one I must try first. Chocolate Sombrero pours the deepest possible shade of brown with some very faint, dark ruby trim. The thick, tan, micro-bubble head shows great retention and leaves some webbed lacing all around the top of the glass.

The aroma is an excited boxer bouncing in the corner; it comes out and hits you with a chocolate uppercut, comes back with a roasted malt left hook, cheap shots you with a vanilla knee in the abdomen, then teabags you on the ground with a sack of light cinnamon and even lighter chilies. Order of strength follows that schedule: chocolate, roast, vanilla, cinnamon, and lastly, chile. A nice aromatic balance of roasty and sweet with a touch of spice to mix things up.

A good, roasted malt backbone solidifies itself right off the bat with some sweet cocoa nib flavors that come steadily creeping in before long. A strong note of vanilla extract pulls through shortly thereafter; it's slightly disheartening to say I can actually "taste the extract", but you can tell it doesn't have the pure vanilla bean flavor. Still good, but maybe a touch too syrupy and sweet if it's not blended in perfect proportion.

Cinnamon comes out about halfway through each sip, and gets stronger over the course of the brew, adding a nice layered effect to the flavor. Basically no chilies with the first sip. Or the second. Or third. Not until nearly the last quarter of the glass do I notice a slight tingle on the back of my tongue with and insanely faint chile flavor. I think I prefer the fact that the chilies aren't overpowering... Or powering at all.

The one thing where this beer differs from other cocoa-vanilla-cinnamon-chile beers, like Mexican Cake or Hunahpu's, is the mouth feel. It's depressingly thin compared to the other two beers I mentioned, and overall just very vapid and thin for a stout in general. Carbonation is on the low side, which is okay, but I would prefer some kind of creamy, silky, and sexy-smooth body to accompany these flavors.

Hmm... Well, color me a little bit impressed. Good balance of flavors, and Chocolate Sombrero abides by the one (personal) rule I have when it comes to chile beers: do not overuse the chile peppers! Though the mouth feel can't compare to some of the big name stouts out there, it's nice to know that I can tide over my Mexican Cake and Hunahpu's cravings with a bomber of this stuff from my local store.

Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DBix
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was black in color with a tiny light brown head.

The aroma was mostly chocolate, with a bit of spice, all with a background of roasted malt.

The taste was also mostly chocolate, but there was a noticeable chile undercurrent, as well as a bit of cinnamon.

Despite the disparate ingredients, this beer worked well. The chile taste began in a subtle fashion, and intensified as the beer was sipped. Very enjoyable, and a nice change of pace.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a medium frothy tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - roasted grains with a little cinnamon and chile.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little spice and some heat from the chile in the finish with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK stout. It's pretty subdued, and there are better alternatives.

Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Boxerjay
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%

I got to say that this is a great stout.Nice chocolate taste and at 9.0 abv you have to try it.Looked at the ratings and i have to say i think it`s a bit low.Not much of a head but the smell is a fantastic chocolate.I love what this beer did for me.Shitting out on the porch listening to led zeppelin and i really liked what i was tasting.Give this a try and you will not be disappointed.Would i drink this again.Yes and again and again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The first thing I get in the aroma is a ton of chocolate, with a little bit of roasted malt. I also get some nice cinnamon notes in the aroma. The flavor is a little more complex. The chocolate notes go very well with some nice heat and flavor from the peppers. There is also a little cinnamon, but it is stronger in the aroma than the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer, glad I got to try it.

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
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