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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

888 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 129 | FT: 7
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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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

1/5  rDev -74.1%

07-09-2013 20:30:34 | More by TheMrFarnham
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ATXRyan

Texas

1/5  rDev -74.1%

03-16-2012 17:42:51 | More by ATXRyan
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lacey13

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

06-11-2013 03:46:48 | More by lacey13
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Rappaman

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.2%

02-19-2013 01:00:05 | More by Rappaman
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StoutSlut

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.2%

08-20-2013 00:10:06 | More by StoutSlut
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JessxSpikes

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -48.2%

12-11-2012 01:02:20 | More by JessxSpikes
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PopGun

Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

08-26-2012 20:59:44 | More by PopGun
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

07-07-2013 04:49:19 | More by Zbeetleman
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EricCioe

Montana

2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:14:37 | More by EricCioe
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Shafaegalo

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-13-2014 01:06:36 | More by Shafaegalo
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

03-23-2013 18:20:12 | More by BGsWo22
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Nick4444

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

06-14-2014 02:13:39 | More by Nick4444
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

02-19-2013 01:53:08 | More by mmsimmons
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

08-07-2013 03:08:57 | More by facesnorth
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

03-19-2012 01:25:00 | More by SenorHops
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Mlawrence

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

04-22-2014 00:28:18 | More by Mlawrence
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mrandypandy

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 14:07:30 | More by mrandypandy
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:09:48 | More by chocosushi
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

04-01-2012 22:49:05 | More by Massbmx
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jeff1973

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

06-27-2013 03:27:25 | More by jeff1973
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

03-11-2012 16:48:49 | More by JustinMatthew
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beerhan

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:17:28 | More by beerhan
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 16:49:11 | More by ShanePB
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:40:22 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

10-11-2013 02:38:50 | More by DWolf
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.