Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes
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4.93/5 rDev +28.1%
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!!
03-16-2012 14:43:48 | More by wburch1967
4.85/5 rDev +26%
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!
04-08-2014 04:06:26 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
02-27-2012 02:19:21 | More by Brad007
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.