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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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very good

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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 45
Gots: 144 | FT: 6
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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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

skaboom420, Friday at 11:43 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Chocolate Sombrero succeeds in its simplicity. Soft, light feel with nearly identical aroma and flavor. This is disguised as a mocha stout with charred malt and lactose properties. Dry chocolate, cinnamon and an ancho chile kick it's an enjoyable and easy drinking ride.

KYGunner, Friday at 11:32 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Doug6322, Friday at 12:43 PM
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a bottling date of 7/18/14 stamped on the neck in yellow ink. Poured into a 33 oz oversized snifter glass.

Appearance (4.0) - So far so good, with the liquid coming out of the bottle an oily, viscous walnut bark brown that borders on straight black. No light is able to pass through, so I don't even get any lighter shades when held up to the light. Atop the body is a finger of frothy mocha tan head that holds it's shape for a few minutes before melting into the black liquid, leaving just a few pockets of film across the surface and only a couple spots of light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.75) - Predominantly notes of rich bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt char make up the overall aroma, with perhaps just the faintest hint of the spice from the ancho chilis, but it's ethereal, almost like it isn't there. There are some nice sweet notes of vanilla as well that play well with the bitter notes of baker's chocolate and roasted malt. However, I'm disappointed that there really is no cinnamon to be found, seeing as how that's one of my favorite components of these so-called "Mexican" imperial stouts. Especially when it comes the aroma.

Taste (3.5) - Much like the smell, my favorite elements of the style seem to be conspicuously absent. I still don't get any cinnamon, only getting just the faintest suggestion of the spice as the beer warms, and the faint chili that I picked up in the aroma doesn't seem to provide even the lightest of kicks in the aroma. All that said, the taste does have the makings of a nice chocolate stout, with bittersweet cocoa and light char from the roasted malt providing a nice, if one-dimensional flavor profile.

Feel (4.0) - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slightly viscous feel to provide some heft on the tongue.

Overall (3.75), this is a fine beer in its own right, but I can't help but be a bit disappointed by the failure to deliver on the spiced portion of this stout. The cinnamon was all but nonexistent and the vanilla was barely detectible, making it a decent, but not particularly remarkable chocolate stout. I'd drink it again if it were readily available in my area, but as it stands I have to get all my Clown Shoes through the mail, so I'm not likely to drink this one again.

LambicPentameter, Friday at 08:56 AM
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Shared by AZ brother. Thanks bro.

Near black appearance with a beige cap. Chocolate, roast, laugh spice aroma. Chocolate dominates the flavor. Chili heat is mild. A touch of vanilla, cacao, distant coffee. Sweetness throughout, perhaps a little much. This was ok, but could certainly stand a few improvements.

Huhzubendah, Sep 10, 2014
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.