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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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very good

1,313 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 61
Gots: 256 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 02-26-2012

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!
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Ratings: 1,313 | Reviews: 245
Photo of outdoor7or24
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 1-24-2014.
A: pours a deep dark brown, one finger mocha colored head
S: roasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, very light hint of chile
M: full body and sticks to your tongue
T: chocolate, roasted malt, spice, not much chile
O: good brew, was expecting more chile spice

Photo of detroitpat
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with a light tan head. Leaves little to no lacing in the glass
Aromas of the chocolate roasted malts and not much else.
Tastes of the chocolate roasted malts with some coffee, not getting much of the chilies. Tastes better as it warms up.
Kind of a thin mouth feel, but a lingering bitterness with some of the chocolate on the end.
Overall, a beer that I have wanted for some time and while it is not disappointing, it's not quite what I expected. Lacking is the chili flavor and not quite enough chocolate. Wanted a little bit more. Still this is an easy drinking beer and there is only a small semblance of the 9% abv. Worth a try though.

Photo of SjEzE
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've tried many stouts and porters and I believe I found the one. This beer doesn't give any bursting scents for the nose but let me tell you it's worth it! What you smell will not determine how this beer is. The first sip it blasts you with flavors: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a little fruity taste. I didn't pick up on the spice so much because I myself can tolerate spicy stuff. The mouth feel is silky and full I like it a lot. Overall this beer is a must try if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAFoley
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark body with thin tan head. Didn't get a good head on it.

S - Chocolaty, caramel, and nutty.

T - Nice dark smokey malts, chocolate, coffee, nutty, and doughy.

M - Full body with find light/moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and refreshing.

O - This was really great. Lots of great flavors and an incredible mouthfeel.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is black with a tan head. Produces pretty much no head even on a aggressive pour. Aroma has lots of roasted malt and sweet chocolate. The taste has roasted malts upfront followed by vanilla and sweet chocolate in the middle. Very mild cinnamon and pepper show up in the finish with roasted malt for a somewhat bitter finish. Full bodied, creamy texture to this, no booze at 9%, and very little carbonation. Overall, a very well balanced stout with the roastiness/pepper/cinnamon evenly matched with chocolate/vanilla flavors. Only complaint is I wish the peppers were more prominent, but this is still a great, flavorful stout at a great price too.

Photo of scottr4073
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerdrifter
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Pitch black pour with a nice two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. Roasty, chocolaty nose with hints of cinnamon, cocoa, licorice, espresso, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with big roasty chocolate fudge notes with hints of cinnamon, espresso, cocoa, licorice, and as it warms, the chilies finally emerge but don't overpower. The mouthfeel is maybe a little thin for a stout, with a mouth-coating finish and a subtle burn from the chilies. Overall, this is a really flavorful and extremely drinkable chocolate stout.

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraJosh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of datalager
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - I expected a bit thicker for an imperial stout but it is quite dark very pitch in black. Very good 1/2 inch of head that settles to a good lace ring. Mocha in color.
S - Mild pepper spice, good level of roast, some bittering hops, and some dark chocolate.
T - Well it's no "Chocolate Yeti" but it does have its perks. Mild pepper heat is masked pretty well never really getting overbearing. Chocolate bitter, hops equally, and the roast is overbearing at first but balances out pretty good. Slight skunked twang in the finish reminds me of a Mexican lager.
M - Medium bodied not chewy but ABV isn't too outrageous. Bitter and abrasive.

Overall I don't think I will get this again I like my stouts sweet and this one is peppery, skunky, and bitter with overbearing roasts. Curious to see what age would do to this but frankly I really don't care. Pass

Photo of enelson
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hilgart1
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of doom_deluise
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

by far my favorite chocolate stout.

that i can get it in 4x 12oz bottles makes me like it even more.

Photo of bigboobstracy69
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
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