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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 51
Gots: 200 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
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