Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
3.63/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle into a (512) 3rd Anniversary tulip.
Pours with a thin, toffee-brown body that reminds me more of a robust porter. Thin head of dark khaki bubbles quickly dissipates to a thick ring of foam. The aroma is that of booze-laden dark chocolate cake. With coffee. Cinnamon and chili are there, but take a backseat to the malt and alcohol combination. Vanilla is almost non-existent in the nose.
Both the body and flavor of Chocolate Sombrero are sadly much thinner than expected. Lots of chocolate, for sure, but the other ingredients get pushed aside. Slightly vegetal flavor in the middle and lots of dusty cocoa in the finish. The heat I was so looking forward to results more from the booze than the chilies, unfortunately. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and low in carbonation. I really want to like Clown Shoes, but I've slowly come to the conclusion that their exciting-sounding releases are just, well, slightly disappointing. Chocolate Sombrero is another 'hat' which fits that bill.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2012 04:43:29 | More by wagenvolks
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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.