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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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874 Ratings
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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 121 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black pour, with small retained head. Chocolate and sweet spicy aroma. A quality chocolate in liquid form, with spiciness and some heat. Fuller mouthfeel.Good drinkability, but woe to the one who drinks it all, a la me. I was burping up the chile and Cinnamon eight hours later.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 03:28:29 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-15-2012 22:54:03 | More by t0rin0
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Bottled 12/20/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. Taste is much the same a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:50:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-01-2012 22:32:19 | More by djrn2
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Distillery, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with wispy tan bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste has mostly flavors of chocolate along with notes of vanilla and roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present. Hints of spiciness from the chili peppers are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you really like dark chocolate malts, this is a nice stout that is 't too bitter or toasty. The chili peppers are very subtle and are only noticeable in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 19:41:21 | More by metter98
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a tan head. Heavy on the roasted malt with mild coffee and, despite the name, only a moderate chocolate aroma. The flavor is somewhat bitter, perhaps even astringent. There is some mild vanilla, a bit of chocolate and coffee, and quite a bit of roast. Another mediocre beer from Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 21:35:25 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-01-2012 23:07:51 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-07-2012 00:32:50 | More by kjkinsey
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 5/2012.

Appearance: Pours out an unassuming black body with a couple inches of mocha-toned foam. Only a bit of lacing present.

Smell: Cinnamon dusted and chocolate glazed chiles yielding some earnest promises of spice and a slight vegetal undertone, plus vanilla and a fair amount of roastiness throughout.

Taste: Roasty, chocolaty malts and plenty of them served with a chilled shot of vanilla-infused coffee. Also, a generous dose of ground cinnamon corralling the moderate amount of sweetness present. Ancho chiles are present, but, at least a few sips in, it isn't knocking me over with any heat. On the latter half of the bottle, the heat still isn't manifesting itself into anything overblown. Chocolate, spicy finish with little hints of lingering heat, spice, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I dug it! I do enjoy cinnamon, and I do enjoy some chile heat, but, at some point, both can get summarily ghastly quickly. Thankfully, I found the levels of both to be pleasant and well-incorporated within the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:54:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-11-2013 02:06:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-20-2012 01:50:28 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2013 05:52:02 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-09-2014 05:40:18 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into my imperial nonic,a thinner deep beige colored head atop.Alot of vanilla and chocolate in the nose,as it sat more the alcohol sweetness along with some dark fruit came into play,not much ancho presence.Flavors of vanilla and bakers chocolate were nice but the ancho chilli flavors were very light wich I was hoping to get more of,nicely roasted in the finish.It's a double stout with rich flavors just lacking the chilli flavors wich was the main reason I bought the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 13:21:30 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-28-2012 04:06:26 | More by GRG1313
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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

This seems like a good companion to my spicy pork sandwich... It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, though here the spices take a back seat to the stronger contingents of cocoa and roast. There ain't any peppers to be seen, though... The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice spiced stout, but the lack of any chile character leaves me wanting a bit. Still, good times.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 16:01:20 | More by TMoney2591
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/2012.

Pours black into a dimpled mug with a crown of lacing inside the glass. Foam subsides after the initial pour, fizzling a little bit. Surface has a creamy texture, and the skim breaks after the first sip or two.

Roasted malt aroma, basic and straightforward. Not picking up much ancho or vanilla yet.

Tastes alright but still not much in the way of complexity. Roasted malt and some light vanilla traces and a little earthy sweetness that could possibly be attributed to ancho chilies, but not for certain. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. A slight tingle in the aftertaste that points to ancho again, though chocolate dominates. A good stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 01:53:21 | More by emerge077
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-29-2013 02:47:58 | More by JAHMUR
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-30-2013 23:15:15 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. The marketing blurb performs well enough in its description of its own label, that I don't really have to riff on anything here #softlysobbinginthecorner.

This beer pours a solid, near light-destroying black, with the barest of cola syrup basal edges, and two fingers of restrained in its puffiness, tightly foamy, and verily creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some violently cleaving iceberg profile lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, spicy salted pretzels (in the chili garlic paste sense - fuck that weak-ass Sriracha stuff), slightly smoked pale and caramel malts, vanilla crackers, metallic cinnamon, and some indistinct vegetal and bitter leafy astringencies. The taste is rather dry chocolate, pleasantly toasted chili peppers, grainy, bready caramel malt, a waning salted licorice character, diluted brown sugar, more increasingly metallic cinnamon spice, boozy fake vanilla, and a continuing vegetal note, that may be hop, may be pepper - just too hard to say, pendejo!

The carbonation is tame, but supportive enough for the task at hand, the body a genial medium weight, with a plucky attempt at smoothness which is admirable, given the circling spicy vectors. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate sweetness doing well to assert itself, as the salty, smoky, and uber alles, spicy pepper character reloads and comes back atcha for more.

Disjointed (I'm certain that I've used this word in relation to this brewery of late - just sayin'), engaging, furtive, and frustrating - those are the associations I have with this offering. More specifically - chocolate, chili spice, vegetation, bread, and in the end, sweet alcohol. Curtains for that wack Mexican clown wrestler, and curtains for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 05:47:26 | More by biboergosum
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-20-2013 05:48:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-09-2014 05:47:17 | More by nickfl
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:03:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dr G. for sharing this on my birthday -enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is an opaque black shade with thin tap cap and average sized bead with decent retention and little lace. The smell is very strong with cocoa in the nose and lots of sweet roasted notes with earthy ester from the yeast however the spice is there and low alcohol aroma. The feel is good with sweet, creamy and moderately carbonated and light alcohol tinge with warming from both the spice and a mild bitterness is present in the finish.

Taste of the chocolate malt is high in this stout with cocoa presence and slight creamy spicy flavor with vanilla and noticeable heat with pepper and cinnamon coming through. The alcohol is noticeable but the cinnamon flavor is pleasant when blended with the cocoa and pepper. The strong toasted flavors create a backdrop for the slight cocoa lingering in the finish. Overall this is a pretty good beer all in all it is mild in spice though which is better than going overboard most of the time. I would drink this again since it has a nice amount of cocoa flavor and is quaffable, even if not the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 16:26:52 | More by Slatetank
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Clown Shoes, excited!

Pours a darker but not very dark colored head of about a finger, fluffy head fades slowly with nice lacing, over pitch black thicker colored beer.

Nose starts with chalky powdered chocolate, cocoa, a candy fluffy chocolate like that soft creamy chocolate whip, a light roasted malt and coffee, hint of caramel, a biscuity malt and nutty and a cinnamon like spice aroma, a light creamy milk chocolate, and a hint of a chili like aroma.

Taste starts with more chocolate malt, chalky powdered cocoa, a cocoa butter like or chocolate oil that went bad a bit and maybe slightly curdled. Creamy milk chocolate, blended with a hint of soft candy chocolate. Nutty flavors again, with a light biscuit malt, and hints of cinnamon and chili pepper again. Then caramel, vanilla, and a light bitter earthy like hop taste, light spicy hops and earthy almost herbal, and light roasted malt with a bit of coffee and bitterness. A bit of booze kicks in, with a warmth and touch of tingle. Finish is creamy with more milk chocolate that went slightly bad, and cocoa butter, light spices and nutty malts, a bit of booze, and bitter hops linger.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb, some booze.

Overall not bad, interesting malts and chocolate flavors, but a bit of a bad spoiled chocolate like flavor, bit of hops, bit of booze, somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:43:17 | More by jlindros
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
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