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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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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 EricCioe
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at a chili beer tasting including Mexican Cake, Hunahpu's, Theobroma, Cocoa Mole, and Ghost Face Killah.

This pours deep brown with a little head. On the nose there is a foul mixture of hot chilis and roasted malt and chocolate. The best way I can think to describe it is as chili powder and chocolate powder. It just feels false. In the mouth the initial hit is very hot from the chili, with some chocolate and roast coming out after the attack, before settling into a long, hot and not altogether unpleasant finish. The body is medium.

Overall, I didn't care for this beer, and moreover, I found the quality to be lacking. I wasn't a fan of either of the three chili stouts at the tasting, but with the other two at least it seemed like the flavors just didn't sit well for me, whereas I can't picture people actually liking this one.

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Photo of mrandypandy
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta. Split with my buddy, Brad.

A - Pours a thick, dark black/brown. Nice mocha head with decent lacing.
S - Semi-sweet chocolate and some more chocolate. A bit one-dimensional.
T - Even more one-dimensional than the nose. Chocolate dominates, followed by a burnt bitterness. I don't get any vanilla, chilies or cinnamon. Tastes like an imperial stout with Swiss Miss thrown in.
M - Medium to full body. Decent carbonation.
O - Disappointed. I was really hoping to get some complexities from the vanilla and cinnamon, and some heat from the chilies, but if those hadn't been in the description on the bottle I would never have known they were in there. Neither of us were impressed, and we did not finish the bottle between us.

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Photo of teromous
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black body with a light khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Not much aroma. There's a light scent of chocolate milk but that's it.

Taste: Light roasted caramel flavor along with some hints of toast. Pretty average for a stout. I don't really get any chocolate flavor which is odd given the "chocolate sombrero" name. No alcohol flavor which is a plus for a 9% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: It's on the heavy side of a medium mouthfeel. Feels average.

Overall: It is an average stout, but below average for a chocolate stout. If you're looking for a chocolate stout I would give this one a pass. If you're looking for a higher ABV stout I would say flip a coin.

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Photo of Zraly
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black body with mocha head. Smells like a stout with a hint of spice.

I'm missing out on the chile flavor. There is clearly cocoa and chocolate notes, with a semi-dry bitter finish. There seems to be too much roasted flavor, which is overriding, perhaps, some of the other components. Cinnamon is barely detectable in the dry down.

I wanted to enjoy this more, but I'm afraid the advertised spices and flavors are not pulling through enough for me. Not horrible per se, but it is definitely not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Melbourne Bros. Stemmed Tulip
Tasted side by side with Cocoa Mole

A ~ Pours Black-Brown with a cocoa powder head with a thin layer of creamy white on top.

S ~ Milk chocolate, Chocolate candle, Vanilla extract, coconut oil, cinnamon. Not much pepper aroma.

T ~ Chocolate follows through with mild cinnamon. Chocolate & Brown Malts. Heavy cloy of vanilla extract that I absolutely hate. Ancho provides only mild spice on the finish. Vanilla just shouldn't be in the mix here. It makes the beer sing the same note every sip.

M ~ Chocolate malts are way too prevalent. I expected a bit of Dark Roasted Malt to balance things out, but it doesn't shine. Vanilla cloys, Cinnamon is awkward, & I have to dig for Ancho (one of my favorite peppers.)

D ~ One & Done. Wouldn't get again. Too broad of flavors. No focus. If they would've omitted the Vanilla & added more Roasted Malts than they would've gotten somewhere with this one. Not recommended. If you're looking for a Mexican Chocolate beer, then try Cocoa Mole.

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Photo of beerhan
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard about this beer today and saw it was getting talked up. I went out and bought a bottle, now I regret it.

A-thin bodied. Very black from far but upon further inspection it is more of a dark brown. Thick two finger head that just won't leave.

S-Smells like burnt barbecue turkey? Cheap cinnamon and mexican hooker. I have no idea what the hell this should smell like but this can't be right.

T-I get a little pepper and some smokey roast notes. I can almost taste burnt cinnamon and maybe some vanilla blanketed by a hint of clove. Dead leaf aftertaste.

M-Really not a pleasant beer to drink. I just want the taste to leave but it goes down relatively smooth.

O-I've had worse but this is probably the least impressive beer I have had in a while. I feel like it tries to be many different styles of stout at once but ultimately is just weird and not that good.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.50] Dark black beer. Forms about 1/2 finger of tan head. The head recedes down to a thin covering. The beer still leaves lacing on the glass after the head diminishes. The bottle is clearly marked bottled on 04/08/2015. The ABV is listed at 9%.

S: [2.75] The nose is not bold. Mostly getting mild dark fruits. No chocolate, vanilla, etc. Maybe a hint of alcohol smell too.

T: [2.75] Very mild chocolate. Sweetness late. Like a milk stout. That is really it.

M: [2.50] The body is a little light. There is just no weight to the beer.

O: [2.75] Big disappointment. This beer was just a flop for me. The smell, taste and mouthfeel were all totally lacking. I let it warm for a bit and still nothing popped on the flavor or taste. Would not buy again. Would not drink again,

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Photo of ShanePB
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle
Served into a tulip pint

A: Deep dark brown/black looking body with a bubbly and sudsy tan head atop. Sticky lacing and a nice retention cap are left behind giving it an overall good looking appearance.

S: Bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted coffee, chocolate/dark malts and perhaps even a slight vegetal element. Pretty strange although it's a very generic smelling "chocolate" stout.

T: Good amounts of artificial chocolate up-front and as it turns out the focus of this beer. Chiles, cinnamon, vanilla extract? No, I don't really get any at all. There's plenty of heat but it's from the alcohol notes; creeping down the throat to the chest. Something about this tastes very "amateur" - perhaps not as refined or polished as I expected it to be.

M: Way too thin for an "Imperial Stout." Also, no real body here expect some fizziness on the palate. Oh well.

Well, Clown Shoes got me to at least buy this beer. The label was cool, it sounded really delicious and tasted nothing more than a mediocre stout with chocolate and plenty of booze.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of thick dark tan foam. Retention is great.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma with light vanilla sweetness and a bit of chili pepper spiciness.

T: Roasted and burnt malts dominate the flavor with quite a bit of booziness. I get a bit of toffee sweetness, but burnt malts and booziness really dominate the flavor. I get a bit of cinnamon as the beer warms up, but not much.

M: On the light side with good carbonation.

O: The burnt malts really dominate this beer creating an acrid flavor that is not very pleasant.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was getting excited. Stout, no question how much I love them. Then add some heat from chiles. Now we are talking, I hove hot chiles
The pour was getting good. Typical stout with a nice semi dark head.
I didnt get much out of the aroma. In fact, I felt it was a bit on the slight side.

Then the first sip. Full like I wanted a stout to be, but bit off with the chiles. It had almost a bitter aftertaste. On my second and third sops, I kike the little heat, but still the chiles used were not some of my favorites

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Forced to write notes due to an outlier rating.]

This stout lacks the roasted barley core it needs, and has an odd imbalance of overly sweet malted milk balls/whoppers, bitter baker's chocolate, and chili powder. Its uneven lumpy chewy feel on the palate doesn't help, and there's no harmony of texture to taste. Unrefreshing and overcarbonated, with fair drinkability.

I find none of the ostensible vanilla flavour, though I suppose that's a good thing as it'd be artificial anyway.

A shallow, plain beer with low intricacy for the style, and little to no subtlety or nuance.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled in 03/2012. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of medium brown head formed an immediately reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Artificial vanilla aroma up front. Chocolate, chillies and a touch of roast. A very sweet overall nose.

T - Vanilla and chocolate are dominant and the vanilla is very artificial tasting. Some cinnamon and chilli spice and flavour show up in the finish. Extremely sweet.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Too sweet for me. Was impossible to finish the bomber.

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Photo of leaddog
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a cola brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light hint of chilies, hint of licorice, vanilla, earthy hops.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts then goes into the chocolate syrup, hint of licorice, vanilla, and earthy hops. The chilies are hidden in the taste. Flavours are very mild considering the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts.

Overall - A stout that has a good base but lacks in the flavour. The chilies are lost in translation and the flavours seem watered down to me. Some modifications need to be made to make this more true to the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer is pretty sloppy, i dont think all the interesting flavors are particularly well integrated or balanced, but the base stout is quite large and tasty, i just dont think it needed all they did to it here. comes across confused. dark as night, thick and viscous, heady too. the nose is a weird mix of dry and sweet dark chocolate, as well as cinnamon spice and chili pepper, all very muddled. the complexity and richness of the base stout is lost with all these additives i think. chocolate is robust in the flavor all the way through, and the peppers come out mostly just in the finish. they arent super hot, but there is a warming sensation for sure. combined with the hotly alcoholic thickness of this beer, its tough to drink very much of. maybe something to try again in colder weather, but the promise of something interesting and unique here gave way to a lackluster brew bogged down by mediocre use of strange ingredients. not worth what they ask for it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A slightly above average imperial stout that delivers the expected flavors of dark chocolate, light cocoa, Bosco chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and cream. I was expecting the chocolate to overpower the roastiness but that was not the case. Worth a try, but I have other favorites in the style.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- black chocolate with light brown head.

Aroma- sweet chocolate with strong alcohol esters.

Taste0 A strong imperial stout. Starts roasty and smokey in the middle, roasted peppers make an appearance in the middle, and finishing with dry coffee and dark bitter chocolate notes. The high alcohol is not masked at all and my rating reflects that fact.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 8/24/2013.

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Photo of LeRose
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, bottled on 8/13/12.

Appearance: typical dark brown to lack with a finger of beige head,minimal retention.

Aroma: alcohol seemed pretty prevalent for the age. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, slight whiff of the pepper. Did not find the cinnamon.

Taste: boozy even at the 9%, very nice bittersweet chocolate enhanced by the sweetness of vanilla. Decent flavor kick from the pepper on the finish. Moderately bitter, sweetness not overwhelming. Fail to find the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: thought the feel was quite harsh up front, alcohol. Smooth n the middle with the sweetness balancing things, just a little tingle from the pepper.

Overall: I did not enjoy the harsh bite up front. I liked the silky chocolate and vanilla taste and feel in the middle and the hint of heat from the pepper at the end. Good beer, will drink again, but what I assume is a harshness from the alcohol up front leaves it wanting a bit in my estimation.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Pours a nice black with a little tan colored head on top which dissipated rather quickly. No lacing to speak of either.

S: Definitely some chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. The chile and cinnamon are there, but are rather faint. Was hoping for a bit of a stronger aroma here.

T: The flavor profile was a bit more subdued, some dark chocolate and a little roast, but where was the peppers and cinnamon? Extremely faint, and only there because I was expecting it to be there probably.

M: Medium bodied, rather smooth, with moderate carbonation.

O: Was hoping for a bit more with this one. Probably a pass for me.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark brown black with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells ok and tastes like a typical dark stout. Can't detect much chocolate, ancho chiles or cinammon at all. Slightly sweet at the end. Goes down well but I am not that impressed for a beer that touts all these different ingredients, it has a very generic taste.

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Photo of jera1350
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thinner black with a light brown head of foam on top.

The smell is very light and one dimensional. Chocolate malt is about all I get and again, it's very light.

Taste is pleasant. Overall, tastes like chocolate cake. Lots of chocolate, light on the vanilla and cinnamon and the chile is non-existent. Not much depth to the taste. It's nice, but more flavor please, especially the chile.

Thinner for the style, but still pretty smooth. I would call this medium bodied.

A decent beer overall, but lacks in several areas. I wouldn't buy this one again at the bomber price of $8.69.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Hazy brown, pretty light for a stout- or even a porter. Half a finger of dense beige head on the pour, falls quickly leaving no lace.

Smell- Spicy, milk chocolate, rum balls. Vaguely English-y malt presence, something nutty, but overwhelmingly smells of chocolate syrup and booze.

Taste- Loads of spice, cocoa, and booze with an interesting rich malt backbone. Kind of tastes like a snickers bar dusted with chili powder.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, minimal carbonation. Lighter than expected, but fairly boozy. Smooth on the sip, almost silky. Finishes warm and slightly powdery.

Overall- Well, the name sounds like something you'd look up on urbandictionary, and it comes off as a little boozy, but for a choco-holic's brew it's not bad. Certainly better than 90% of the chocolate stouts out there, but really, really suffers in the style and drinkability departments. Actually, I'm considering snagging another of these to sit for a few months- I've got a feeling it'd be spectacular. As it is, though, it's worth trying but not worth revisiting.

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Photo of kgammell1
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I found it thin, sweet and too cinnamon forward. The chocolate doesn't shine through like I'd like. The sweetness is delivered but not the toasty qualities I'd like to see.

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Photo of jhartley
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with a light tan head. Leaves little to no lacing in the glass
Aromas of the chocolate roasted malts and not much else.
Tastes of the chocolate roasted malts with some coffee, not getting much of the chilies. Tastes better as it warms up.
Kind of a thin mouth feel, but a lingering bitterness with some of the chocolate on the end.
Overall, a beer that I have wanted for some time and while it is not disappointing, it's not quite what I expected. Lacking is the chili flavor and not quite enough chocolate. Wanted a little bit more. Still this is an easy drinking beer and there is only a small semblance of the 9% abv. Worth a try though.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, near black, a thin coffee tinted head.

Smells of moderately roasty chocolate, some chili pepper and spice, faint vanilla.

Taste is chocolate, faded pepper, hints of vanilla. As with many chili beers there's a faint vegetable taste in the finish but that's not really a bad thing. Pretty good but would really like some more pepper.

Mouthfeel is okay, fairly thick and creamy but a little under carbed.

A good stout, I love any stout with vanilla or chili, but this would really benefit from more pronounced flavors.


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