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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

965 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 45
Gots: 143 | 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 mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this to try to stave off my craving for more Huna, as that has become a hard to get and expensive drink for me in North Carolina. I've had Luchador En Fuego and wasn't too impressed, so I was hesitant to get this one, but for $8 a bomber, I figured what the hell.

Bottom line is this is a solid Chili Imperial Stout. The body is there, which I didn't feel it was in the BA version of this. The cinnamon and vanilla flavors don't pop the same way they do in Huna, but they at least have a presence. The spiciness if there too, just to the right level where it doesn't linger too long or become abrasive.

This is an all around solid beer and a nice easy to get example for a style that generally is hard to get and comes at a huge price point. On a blind tasting I have no doubt this would fall underneath Huna, Mexican Cake, and Abraxas, but I don't think the gap is as wide as one might think. Check this out for sure if you are a fan of the style.

mechamifune, Jan 22, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

oberon, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

tectactoe, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

OhioBobcat, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

npala86, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Ben7773, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

supa0525, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DBix, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

warnerry, Jan 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

DWolf, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

barhoc11, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Boxerjay, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JakerLou, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mctizzz, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

aquazr1, May 05, 2014
Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

Motleydrunk56, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Skye1024, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Mattco, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.