Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by kbuzz:
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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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3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No apparent date on bottle.
Beer is black with a small tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving some bubble.
Nose contains chocolate and vanilla.
Chocolate is the dominant flavour. The chile is there, but not overstated - it's a nice level, providing a bit of additional flavour but not taking the focus. I would say the same for the cinnamon - actually, it is not easy for me to distinguish the chile powder from the cinnamon. The vanilla is stronger than the chile and cinnamon, but also not overpowering. All in all, quite easy drinking and (unsurprisingly) firmly on the sweet side.
Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth.
Overall, a nice beer. Very much a dessert beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 00:28:16 | More by jrenihan
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.