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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

855 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 855
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 37
Gots: 116 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-20-2014 22:22:10 | More by kyle86
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-20-2014 14:00:27 | More by markgugs
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Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

04-20-2014 00:34:42 | More by barhoc11
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-19-2014 00:34:43 | More by jemarent
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-18-2014 23:58:59 | More by Baab200
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-18-2014 01:28:00 | More by mpenning13
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-13-2014 11:21:34 | More by Rikdikulous
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-13-2014 04:00:32 | More by ilikebeer03
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rawfish

California

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown but sits a shade lighter than black in the glass. Forms a loose and rocky mocha head of three fingers but with poor retention and spotty lacing.

Solid amount of toasted malt and pure milk chocolate sweetness. I get cinnamon and some vegetative and peppery spice in the finish from the chile.

The dark cocoa and caramel sweetness from the malts is very dominant. Warming cinnamon and subtle vanilla appears near the end and without much chile presence. Very mellow flavors overall without the diversity yet it's pleasant and works.

A medium bodied stout, less carbonation than the pour indicated which might have brought out more complexity or pop to this beer. Pretty clean for a dark beer with moderate alcohol stoking the barely breathing heat of the chile and cinnamon.

On paper I was expecting something pretty great with the cinnamon, chile and especially vanilla extract in this chocolate heavy stout but the dark malts are overpowering and the beer just lies there, flat on the palate. The upside is that Clown Shoes is constantly evolving and tweaking so I'm sure this will get even better in subsequent years.

Serving type: bottle

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Georgia

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4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - big dark brew, a mocha cap that is a little watery but fairly resilient. Irregular lacing on the glass.

Aroma - light roast with a slightly sweet edge, indistinguishable at first, but some vanilla and cinnamon push through after a minute. Not sure I would have picked it up...well, maybe I would have. Actually gets stronger as it sits.

Taste - malts up front, cinnamon and vanilla mid-palate make a fantastic blend of chocolatey, Mexican cocoa flavor. The anchos have a perfect, subtle undertone of heat, letting you know they're there, warming the belly, but not adding any unwanted heat to the mix. Ends easily, with bittersweet chocolate, fading vanilla and a lingering cinnamon. Even the exhale breath is exotic. Nice beer!

Mouthfeel - smooth, big-bodied, lower carbonation, I like the levels where the flavor is unhindered by the bubbles but can ride the body.

Overall - a very well-done spin of an American Double. Fireside beer for sure. A fine beer to toast the Kentucky Wildcats and the Uconn Huskies on their championship run. No dog in the hunt either way but an excellent game, men. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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Georgia

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04-06-2014 16:38:03 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is what you'd expect from a beer this big and just a wisp of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The first thing I noticed is the chiles in this. Big ancho aroma going on. Malt profile in this is of the big roasty variety. Tons of roasted malts, chocolate underneath, molasses, and caramel. Cinnamon and vanilla play a smaller role in this, but complement the beer well.

3.5 T: Big roasty flavors in the taste, but balanced by rich chocolate and molasses notes. Degrees of caramel with a touch of char. Chiles are less prominent in the taste and the vanilla and cinnamon only add a touch of flavor.

4.0 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer overall. I wish the chiles and spices played a bigger role in this, but it's good enough to try once.

Serving type: bottle

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
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