Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by kbuzz:
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my oversized snifter. Bottled 2/2012...not too much age on this.
A: pours a thin looking brown/black body with a thin half finger tan/mocha colored head that disappears rapidly. Still a solid looking beer...fairly opaque, small carb bubbles and plenty of alcohol legs.
S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts up front...confectionary sweetness...toffee, vanilla. No cinnamon, no pepper. Smell is very sweet, thick and tilting in the direction of chocolate/roasted malts for sure. And you get the vanilla extract in there as well.
T/M: Mostly chocolate again. Bitter baker's chocolate. There is an acidic quality to the beer and a slight spiciness. Peppers were used, but the qualities that I'd want to get from them aren't there. Instead, I'm getting acidity and a ramped up booziness/burn from them. Not a fan of the vanilla extract...it's a sweet vanilla instead of the tannic vanilla you might get from some barrel aged stouts. Mouthfeel is medium to medium/full bodied, definitely coats the palate. Carbonation is lowish...finish is viscous and sweet.
O: I don't know...this is a good beer, but I'm a HUGE pepper fan...was hoping for a bit more pepper flavor, but all I got was a touch of heat and that was pretty much it. Other than that, this is a good Imperial Stout at best.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2012 02:37:27 | More by kbuzz
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3.74/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle. The marketing blurb performs well enough in its description of its own label, that I don't really have to riff on anything here #softlysobbinginthecorner.
This beer pours a solid, near light-destroying black, with the barest of cola syrup basal edges, and two fingers of restrained in its puffiness, tightly foamy, and verily creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some violently cleaving iceberg profile lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.
It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, spicy salted pretzels (in the chili garlic paste sense - fuck that weak-ass Sriracha stuff), slightly smoked pale and caramel malts, vanilla crackers, metallic cinnamon, and some indistinct vegetal and bitter leafy astringencies. The taste is rather dry chocolate, pleasantly toasted chili peppers, grainy, bready caramel malt, a waning salted licorice character, diluted brown sugar, more increasingly metallic cinnamon spice, boozy fake vanilla, and a continuing vegetal note, that may be hop, may be pepper - just too hard to say, pendejo!
The carbonation is tame, but supportive enough for the task at hand, the body a genial medium weight, with a plucky attempt at smoothness which is admirable, given the circling spicy vectors. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate sweetness doing well to assert itself, as the salty, smoky, and uber alles, spicy pepper character reloads and comes back atcha for more.
Disjointed (I'm certain that I've used this word in relation to this brewery of late - just sayin'), engaging, furtive, and frustrating - those are the associations I have with this offering. More specifically - chocolate, chili spice, vegetation, bread, and in the end, sweet alcohol. Curtains for that wack Mexican clown wrestler, and curtains for me.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 05:47:26 | More by biboergosum
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured down the middle from bomber to tulip. Not pitch black by any means.
Achieved a rich, tan two finger head that dissipates quickly. Nose is bitter coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and roasted malt. First taste strikes me as very complex and not necessarily in a good way. The tastes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, and bitter roastyness are all there, but they run together to give a cardboard-like taste and there's really no order to what's going on. The aftertaste is lingering and by far the highlight of the beer for me, this is where the BS goes away and a nice lingering bitter chocolate dominates. Nice mouthfeel, just a little carbonation which is good. Not a stellar offering from Clown Shoes. To be fair as the beer warmed it was considerably more palatable and at room temperature was not unlike chocolate milk.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 05:00:46 | More by slackattack
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.