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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%

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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Photo of wburch1967


4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brownish black with a fluffy white head. The Ancho Chile hits my nose first, then vanilla, not as much chocolate as I would have thought, but it is there, a dark cocoa, and roast. The taste and mouthfeel combine the subtle flavors of chile, cinnamon, and vanilla with the chocolate malts beuatifully, with an excellent texture. Great beer!!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 14:43:48 | More by wburch1967
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - big dark brew, a mocha cap that is a little watery but fairly resilient. Irregular lacing on the glass.

Aroma - light roast with a slightly sweet edge, indistinguishable at first, but some vanilla and cinnamon push through after a minute. Not sure I would have picked it up...well, maybe I would have. Actually gets stronger as it sits.

Taste - malts up front, cinnamon and vanilla mid-palate make a fantastic blend of chocolatey, Mexican cocoa flavor. The anchos have a perfect, subtle undertone of heat, letting you know they're there, warming the belly, but not adding any unwanted heat to the mix. Ends easily, with bittersweet chocolate, fading vanilla and a lingering cinnamon. Even the exhale breath is exotic. Nice beer!

Mouthfeel - smooth, big-bodied, lower carbonation, I like the levels where the flavor is unhindered by the bubbles but can ride the body.

Overall - a very well-done spin of an American Double. Fireside beer for sure. A fine beer to toast the Kentucky Wildcats and the Uconn Huskies on their championship run. No dog in the hunt either way but an excellent game, men. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 04:06:26 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Brad007


4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, another example of this style from Clown Shoes. I'm starting to warm up to their lineup.

Pours a wicked black with a one-finger brown head into my glass. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

Roasty, spicy, creamy with good interplay between the ancho chile and vanilla extract.

Mmmmm. Dark, roasty malt that's creamy with a mixture of spicy chile, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. There's plenty of balance as-is to keep any one flavor from dominating, etc.

Carbonation is ok and helps keep it from being a cloying mess. I can see this aging very well though to where the flavors come out better.

Very good! I'm buying another bottle for aging purposes.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:19:21 | More by Brad007
Photo of angusblackheart


4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am trying to catch up with the new Clown Shoes beers, as they keep releasing new ones so fast, I have missed a few.

This was bottled 2/2012

Big black beer with brown highlights and a nice tan head that fell slowly as I sipped. The smell was of mostly chocolate, but also some ancho spice. Did not get vanilla or cinnamon on the nose, but got all of the flavors in a surprisngly well balanced beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 12:08:39 | More by angusblackheart
Photo of Bighuge


4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking beer. Opaque body with a chocolate brown head that leaves nice lace. Aroma is very inviting. Chocolate and caramel malt. Roasted malt. Slight pepper. Flavor profile brings more of the same. The pepper is there, but very light. Perfect for this beer. Chocolate/caramel malt base is superb in this beer. Roasted, coffee like tones are subtle, but there. Light amounts of pepper heat. And a really nice milk sugar, milk stout like presence on the buds. Light-medium bodied and smooth and velvety. Quite enjoyable. Hitting 3 for 4 now with these Clown Shoes beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:47:48 | More by Bighuge
Photo of BeerMusketeer


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/2012

The beer pours black and a noticeable brown is apparent as you hold it to the light. Not a big head, but nice lace.

A faint chili reaches the nose first, then cinnamnon, chocoalte, and maybe some vanilla.

Taste is Mexican Chocolate! The slightly lighter body is appropriate, the carbonation good.

Another winner from Clown Shoes!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 19:07:11 | More by BeerMusketeer
Photo of gkatsoris

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black. Full, whispy, tan head. Deep.

S: Chocolatly for sure. No presence of the chili's.

T: Man this is tastey. Chocolate and coffee up front. And then a slight ting of heat at the very end. Cocoa. Delicious!

M: Thick and chewy, def not foamy. A real nice coat left on the tonge. And there is a slight tingle from the heat of the chili's.

O: A grand brew. Sure wish it wasn't 12 plus dollars a bottle tho.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:02:27 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this bomber

A - pitch black with a big, thick cap of brown, chocolaty head that has great retention

S - cinnamon, chocolate, faint coffee, roasted malts

T - roasted malts, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, big rich chocolate throughout

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really smooth stout with tremendous flavor. The spices blend nicely with the rich chocolate base. The coffee and roasted notes play nicely throughout. This was a really enjoyable stout. It's definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 13:44:51 | More by tdm168
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a rich, warm sable just a red tomcat whisker above black. Head is fairly thick, fine-bubbled, and toasty tan. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, nutty and earthy notes, very appealing. Flavor fills the mouth with semi-sweet chocolate, quality coffee, nutty and earthy notes plus hints of caramel and hops. Full-bodied texture has plenty of tingle and fizz. Now, how does one say "Excellent beer" in Mexican Spanish?

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 22:52:07 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight oil is burning as we speak, I'm working hard on drinking this high quality Mexican American hybrid, it's a beautiful beer that more folks need to get to know! An intimate combination of black patent, chocolate malts with mole' esque experience serving the vanilla/cinnamon/ancho chile experience in a glass. This beer is new to Ohio and Pittsburgh markets, I'm blessed to have options of good beer. These Clown Shoes folks are dark beer specialists, thus far if it's dark and it's from Ipswich, MA the beer can do no wrong for me. Dark bountiful body with a tan head forming froth fully above the rim of my chalice, leaving behind layered intricate lacing patterns. Aromatics offer up dark chocolate notes, hints of vanilla and smoked chiles, cinnamon spice combo that works so well together. Flavors bring the dark chocolate and adjuncts together to form somewhat of a liquid mole' suauce, I'm in love. Mouthfeel is amazing silky smooth even flowing carbonation big medium to full bodied perfect finish. Overall buy this beer and share it with good beer drinking friends and admire the beauty!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:03:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/23/12. I thought I was getting something fresh, but alas, I didn't.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a Gordon Biersch half liter pint glass. Pours pitch black and topped with a cuban coffee colored head. Quite frothy and creamy, looks nice.

Aroma is filled with dark chocolate nibs and roasted coffee. Really nice. The malts and chocolate are about the only thing that hits the nose, but although this beer is six months old, the aromas seem to be rather fresh.

I love the dark chocolate flavors present, almost like eating bakers chocolate. I know this may sound heretical, but this one is kind of close to what Sexual Chocolate used to be like. Heavy, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, Caramel malts, light hoppiness, slight bitterness.

Silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a little more body and chewiness would put this one in the upper echelon.

I was really surprised by this one. Despite the age, this one is really delicious. If you like dark chocolate and a bitter roastiness, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 20:00:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at Wines and More in Mansfield, MA. Shared with my father and grandfather. Poured into tulips.

Pours dark brown, almost but not quite black. Good sized, fluffy brown head.

Smells like strong dark malt. A bit of chocolate comes thru as well.

Tastes awesome. Strong dark chocolate and cocoa flavors, creamy vanilla, bit of cinnamon, with a awesome chili pepper twang at the back end of each sip.

Slightly thin for an imperial stout, but nice enough anyway. Creamy mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

Love some of these Clown Shoes stouts. This is a great effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:26:11 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of IronLover


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a thick, dark beige foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet, powdery chocolate malt aromas are dominant with roasted malts in tow. Vanilla and ground cinnamon aromas in the background with funky roasted hot pepper expanding as this warmed. Nice complexity in the aroma. Full bodied with rich carbonation and a chewy feel up front and a tangy bite in the middle. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front followed by hop bitterness into the middle. Hop bitterness transitions to tangy, hot chili presence to the end. Finished with roasted malt aftertaste along with hop bitterness and a touch chili heat. An interesting variety of aromas and flavors that work very well together. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:29:09 | More by IronLover
Photo of Casey10


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great little beer here and not to be missed. Cool artwork and and a great stout at a decent price as well !!

The appearance is really nice dark and wispy head.

The Smell is spot on with chocolate notes comming through.

The Taste is right on with a super chocolate and spice notes throughout.

The Mouthfeel stays with you it has a bit of a bite but a good one with the chile really standing out.

overall this is a great representation of a chilie beer. I would have it again and recomend it as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:19:08 | More by Casey10
Photo of Quincey

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass.
No head.
Smell very mild.
Taste exceptional.
Texture is very smooth with a slighlty bitter after taste.
I do not taste the cinnamon, vanilla is very slight but the chocolate is very obvious.
This is my first time drinking it and I fell in love with the first sip and definately recomned to anyone who drinks stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:21:55 | More by Quincey
Photo of WanderingFool


4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Sombrero pours black into the glass with a small tan head on top. As the foam disappears a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, dark fruit and medicinal alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins malty with chocolate and roast malt. Quickly some smoke and jalapeno heat appears. A touch of cinnamon is also present. It finishes with an earthy nuttiness and moderately bitter. Once gone the cinnamon, chocolate and roast malt linger on the palate.

This is a big beer with expanding flavors as it warms. Definitely sip to fully enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 21:02:50 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Small blotches of lacing.

S- chocolate, chile peppers, and roasted malts.

T- sweet chocolate, spices, cinnamon, pepper not as strong as aroma.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness from the pepper.

O- nice chocolate and pepper combo and drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:29:05 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Label says bottled 3/2012.

A- Pours a hauntingly pitch black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains slightly before retreating to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Full ring of drippy lacing.

S- Immediate dark chocolate and coffee aroma with a high amount of roast. Some caramel sweetness.

T- Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate the flavor but there's an admitted sweetness and, after multiple sips, a noticeable capsaicin burn from the chilies. Alcohol is certainly present but melds with all the other characteristics well. A tad bit of licorice.

M- Probably the most exciting part. Creamy and slick but with a lingering bite from the chilies. Medium low carbonation and an intensely robust body.

O- Although it's an idea that's been done before, Clown Shoes hit the nail on the head with this one. I'm going to be pretty bold in saying that it ranks up there with the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, that's how nice it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:11:47 | More by Immortale25
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a mostly black color with a pretty nice cap of tan head. Nice retention and has some draping lace that is nice.

Nose is some dulce de leche candy rolled in some crushed hop cones. Light caramel and sugar with a decent amount of milky richness.

Taste is nice and toasty with lots of caramel. For those that dont get traditional Mexican candies, this beer doesn’t stray too far from the intended flavour. Man...You might be able to simmer some shredded chicken in this and pass it off as mole! Good beer, great concept and the Clowns have executed this one damn near perfectly! Props on this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:49:07 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with no highlights and a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves some lace on the glass

S-rich malt, lots of chocolate, and spicy cinnamon

T-chocolate malt, dark and milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, bit of vanilla sweetness, and chile spiciness to give it a bit of a kick at the finish

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall I think Clown Shoes does some great beers and this is another one. Really love the chiles in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 21:30:17 | More by ksimons
Photo of MattyG85


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottled in 5/2012.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that fades away into a few tiny side patches. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big dark and sweet aroma. Roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla, and coffee. A fair amount of burnt sugar and molasses. Spicing is fairly subtle but there are some noticeable hints of chili, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. Subtle hints of dark fruit in the background along with a slight earthy hop hint. A pretty good dark aroma.

Taste: Roasty and chocolate driven like the aroma hints. Roasted malts with a big taste of cocoa and dark chocolate. Burnt caramel, toast, toffee, coffee, and some vanilla. Anise licorice and burnt molasses. Light taste of spices including chili peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Light undertones of dark raisins and fig. Subtle presence of hops giving a earthy taste. A nice tasting stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. A little lighter than expected for an imperial stout. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A nice tasting imperial stout. Good roasty chocolate flavors. The spicing could of been a little stronger. Good overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 07:26:15 | More by MattyG85
Photo of SmashPants


4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a big solid 650mL brown bottle with a pretty awesome craft label.

Appearance: pours a solid, thick black with a two-finger tan head that drops to a creamy finger. Decent lacing too. A nice looking beer.

Aroma: a strong aroma of roasted malts with chocolate and spices - cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste: the palate is predominantly chocolate with roast coffee malt, a hint of biscuit malt and caramels. Such a pleasant combination of malts makes for an easy-drinking sessional. I could have plenty of these.

Aftertaste: a pleasant sweet chocolate flavour on the finish, nice and crisp.

Mouth feel: wonderfully thick and full thanks to an intense fine sediment that lingers throughout the profile.

Overall: this is one of those fantastic top-end beers that one has only every so often. A great chocolate stout that's well worth the expense. At approx AU$20 a bottle, I won't be able to afford this all too often, but I'll definitely have to make it as regular as possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 10:20:15 | More by SmashPants
Photo of cjgator3


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black color with light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, chiles, cinnamon and vanilla. It is rare that I can smell every single ingredient in a beer with so many different things in it, but each individual ingredient really does stand out. That is impressive!

T- The taste is dark roasted malts up front with some chocolate flavors. The cinnamon and ancho chiles leave a faint but lingering spiciness on the tongue. The finish also has some warmth from the alcohol as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 

O- Overall, this was an enjoyable brew that gets extra points in my book for being so unique. The flavors of the ingredients come together almost magically at times. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:06:45 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass (also had in a nonic and a chalice within my three day reviewing standards, nothing changed):

A: pitch black body yielding a half finger tan head that concaves gently into the body, no carbonation is seen rising. Some light foamy lacing is left around the sides.

S: dominated by milk chocolate. Some toasty vanilla and coffee come in second place and some slight earthy hops come very gently in the background.

T: centered around most of the same smells, but some light cinnamon and nutmeg come in more so as the beer warms.

M: medium to heavy, with a nice creamy feel all around. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. I would say this is one bomber and done for me.

O: as long as I've been wanting to try this, I'm glad I tried it, however, I was hoping for more spiciness to come, perhaps some jalapenos, or chilis or something of that nature, and I don't think I could let this get any warmer to perhaps drive out those smells or tastes. I still liked it for the most part, and would probably eventually come back to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:17:57 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 19:14:17 | More by mechamifune
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.