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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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277 Reviews
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Reviews: 277
Hads: 1,571
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 25.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 349 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 02-26-2012

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!
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Photo of wburch1967
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
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!!

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A nice chocolate flavor with just a hint of spice. Great beer experience. There is a lot of interesting flavor happening in this beer. I only wish it was a little smoother.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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!

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Photo of Chris-MOC9
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like the chocolate that comes through from the malts as well the cinnamon and peppers.Good balance on the spice. Great black color and nice smell of spice and malts.

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Photo of Brownc923
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have never been a fan of a Chocolate Beer. This beer rocked my world. The look is warm and inviting. A deep color that says, "I am chocolate." The taste is a deep chocolate that has the finish of a very sophisticated brew. I am eternally grateful to Roszi's in Lakewood OH for tasting this beer one fall evening when my son and I just stopped in for a quick 6pack before a Brown's game. I share it with select friends by telling them that they will have the best desert ever

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

I really love this beer every time I have it.

A: This beer is super dark. It pours with a large head for suck a dark beer, but that dissipates soon to leave a wonderful layer of foam that sits gracefully on the surface. Beautiful.

S: It starts with an initial chocolate punch that is just fantastic. In the back is a sweet sugary-cinnamon aroma, and it all finishes with a subtle chili heat.

T: It starts with dark chocolate, and lots of it. The taste of good - quality coffee accompanies it. The cinnamon is still there, along with a very tiny alcohol note. The chili is always present, possibly getting slightly more prominent as the beer warms up a bit.

F: I would love to give this beer a five, but I can't, based on this category. This beer is not light in feel, but I just wish it stuck around in your mouth a touch longer so the chili could really shine. The carbonation is on point, but I wish it were just a touch thicker.

O: I love this beer....period. If you find it, buy it, then drink it. You'll enjoy it. Or you won't. Either way, you'll agree it's a freakin' trip.....and one worth taking (at least once).

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Photo of Brad007
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of SjEzE
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've tried many stouts and porters and I believe I found the one. This beer doesn't give any bursting scents for the nose but let me tell you it's worth it! What you smell will not determine how this beer is. The first sip it blasts you with flavors: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a little fruity taste. I didn't pick up on the spice so much because I myself can tolerate spicy stuff. The mouth feel is silky and full I like it a lot. Overall this beer is a must try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
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.


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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black with a short tan head. A little bit of brown/garnet visible when held to the light.

Aroma: This beer has a huge array of aromas - a bouquet, as it were. Dark chocolate, cocoa, chiles, dark fruits, even a bit of cinnamon. Also lots of dark malts.

Taste: Happy to say the taste follows the nose. This is a big, chocolatey stout with a burn of alcohol and chilis on the finish. There's also notes of spices and coffee. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: This is a sipper, but it's surprisingly approachable for a big stout. It's a good dessert-type beer; a good beer to enjoy after having a thick stew or some other thick, hearty meal.

Overall: This rules. The goofy cartoon on the label made me balk a bit, but this is a top-notch chocolate stout. Get into it.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a lace of head. Nice aromas of chocolate malts not too sweet. Taste is very complex. Starts off smooth and chocolate, then goes down with hints of roasted malts and bitterness. The 9% alcohol is very hidden here. Very good imperial chocolate stout, recommended.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into almost no head what-so-ever, except a few wispy clouds of foam.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuff up. I get some faint notes of roasted malt, and some notes of dark chocolate and spices, but every aroma is very subtle.

Taste: Wow! Nothing subtle in the flavors though! There’s tons of roasted malt up front, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, lots of dark chocolate, and lots of spices such as cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chipotle and adobo. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and nicely carbonated which really sets off the spices. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a subtle, alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice stout. Spicy, malty, and sweet. Not outstanding, but really, really nice. Definitely worth a drink and a repeat visit!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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!!!

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! Pours inky black, light brown head with strong lacing. Dark malt, chocOlate bouquet. Smooth, malty, nice coffee, cocoa flavor with just the barest heat. Well hidden abv, very smooth and easily quaffable. I enjoyed and another solid clown shoes beer.

update: every time I drink this beer, I find another layer of its complexity. Incredible beer - and definitely one to stock up on -

update update: its fall again and this incredible beer has appeared on local shelves in VA - hello old friend - a tasty and complex winter warmer - not spicy, but the heat from the ancho chiles and the vanilla provide an pleasant counterpoint to the malt and chocolate. solid, well balanced stout. . .

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of dot_tod
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, coffee-like appearance. Thin lace. Rich, malty, and spicy scent. Nice, full malts and chile up front. Semi-sweet chocolate and malt gives way to a nice, mildly bitter and spicy finish that holds. Nicely done. I would recommend as a unique chocolate stout. The chiles really excel in this beer.

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Photo of RodneyHolt
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero pours a dark color almost black. It has a dark tan head and leaves nice lacing around the glass. the aroma is of chocolate and coffee. It has a slight scent of chili pepper and vanilla. The flavor is chocolaty with some coffee. The vanilla and the Ancho chili is subtle. There is no heat to the pepper in the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy. Overall a good stout.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass. Very dark with some carbonation. It had a very small head with an aggressive pour.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla, fruity. It has a thick mouth feel with some bitterness and some smoky notes.

The taste is another winner for Clown shoes, love it the colder the better this is a nice Sunday sipper.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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?

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Photo of Neorebel
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Sombrero pours about the darkest shade of opaque brown possible, and is crowned with a beautiful tan, frothy head. It appears to be lightly carbonated. A nice foamy lacing is left on the glass and the head remains at about a quarter inch throughout drinking. The aromas coming off this brew are wild - raisin and dark fruits, milk chocolate, bourbon, noticeable peppers and spices, and vanilla extract are all present in unique harmony.
Tasting this baby is like a visit to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! It's much more chocolate forward than the aroma hints at - it's got that bold bittersweet chocolate presence that I have only seen in big beers such as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Ten Fidy. The midpoint of the taste washing over the tastebuds reveals a marriage of sweetness and chili pepper that I have not had the pleasure of anywhere else. A decent pinch of cinnamon comes into play there too, as advertised.
The roastiness and vanilla bean reveal themselves in the finish, which tapers off slowly and lovingly. It's got moderate body and pleasantly warms as it goes down. Overall, this is a very creative and special beer, for stout fanatics and also for the average person who likes a beer to taste like a real treat. Glorious indeed!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was black in color with some light messy brown lacing after the head died off.
The smell started off with the chocolate and then some cinnamon, peppers (like ancho chili ones, not sure if that was what was added) but its real nice.
The taste stays sweet and adds the spice and the heat nicely. Light cream helps to balance. The aftertaste was slightly balanced through the chocolate and the spice. The finish was really quick.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good carbonation for a Double stout.
Overall, yeah, I really liked this one and as far as I know I would love to have again.

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.