Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 1,465
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 68
Gots: 303 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 256 | Hads: 1,465
Photo of jgido759
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was looking forward to trying this for a while. Finally found it and was not disappointed.

Pours dark brown/black, almost like a cola, with about a 3/4" foamy head that hangs around for a bit. Very subtle chocolate flavor up front with a slight cinnamon/chile burn at the finish.

While it didn't "wow" me, I would buy this again. (331 characters)

Photo of Sleepy_Conscience
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes decent but leaves a strange aftertaste that I'm not too fond of. Can't really taste the chili pepper, at least not in a way that I was expecting to. It's okay, but I was a little underwhelmed and disappointed, especially considering they're the company that brought me Undead Party Crasher, one of my favorite stouts. (324 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a cola brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light hint of chilies, hint of licorice, vanilla, earthy hops.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts then goes into the chocolate syrup, hint of licorice, vanilla, and earthy hops. The chilies are hidden in the taste. Flavours are very mild considering the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness from the roasted malts.

Overall - A stout that has a good base but lacks in the flavour. The chilies are lost in translation and the flavours seem watered down to me. Some modifications need to be made to make this more true to the style. (715 characters)

Photo of Matonika
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: very dark brown, thin head that disappears quickly. Smell: creme brulee, faint coco. Not a big aroma on it. But what is there is nice. Taste: bitter chocolate, vanilla , a very subtle Chile taste but not spicey. Dark cherry. Pretty sweet but not cloying. Feel: is smooth, lasting carbonation. Overall: this is really good, a excellant chocolate stout but none of the Mexican qualities stand out which is a bummer. (421 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger thick dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, damp cloth, mocha, and dark roast malts. Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla, some pepper spice, I don't pick up the cinnamon but I might be masked a bit with the pepper. I expected it to be a bit more bold for a spiced stout. Otherwise pretty tasty. Medium body and light carbonation. Chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. (390 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Sombrero pours about the darkest shade of opaque brown possible, and is crowned with a beautiful tan, frothy head. It appears to be lightly carbonated. A nice foamy lacing is left on the glass and the head remains at about a quarter inch throughout drinking. The aromas coming off this brew are wild - raisin and dark fruits, milk chocolate, bourbon, noticeable peppers and spices, and vanilla extract are all present in unique harmony.
Tasting this baby is like a visit to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! It's much more chocolate forward than the aroma hints at - it's got that bold bittersweet chocolate presence that I have only seen in big beers such as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Ten Fidy. The midpoint of the taste washing over the tastebuds reveals a marriage of sweetness and chili pepper that I have not had the pleasure of anywhere else. A decent pinch of cinnamon comes into play there too, as advertised.
The roastiness and vanilla bean reveal themselves in the finish, which tapers off slowly and lovingly. It's got moderate body and pleasantly warms as it goes down. Overall, this is a very creative and special beer, for stout fanatics and also for the average person who likes a beer to taste like a real treat. Glorious indeed! (1,266 characters)

Photo of Lard_City
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very different from Undead Party Crasher, more chocolatey and less sweet. Lots of toasted malt gives a slight ashy note. Very good but I would only drink this one occasionally. (176 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a lace of head. Nice aromas of chocolate malts not too sweet. Taste is very complex. Starts off smooth and chocolate, then goes down with hints of roasted malts and bitterness. The 9% alcohol is very hidden here. Very good imperial chocolate stout, recommended. (278 characters)

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was very on the fence about this beer the first few sips.The more it warmed up, the more I warmed up to it. I really picked up on the ancho chili....that gave it a unique smack. Oddly attractive......but don't write home. (223 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz, bottled 9/17/14, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black in color with a very small fizzy head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- dark and roasty up front with lots of dark fruit aromas, notes of chocolate kick in with a hint of coffee and cinnamon, slight chili burn on the nose as it closes

T- dark chocolate malt with traces of fresh coffee, slight smoke gives flavors of dried pork, barely picking out some cinnamon & vanilla, more chocolate on the finish with just a trace of chili flavor on the linger

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that transitions into a creamy finish, quite drinkable for 9%

O- the base chocolate stout is good, but it was hard to pick out the rest of the adjunct ingredients, was hoping for at least a bit of chili heat on the flavor (841 characters)

Photo of teromous
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black body with a light khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Not much aroma. There's a light scent of chocolate milk but that's it.

Taste: Light roasted caramel flavor along with some hints of toast. Pretty average for a stout. I don't really get any chocolate flavor which is odd given the "chocolate sombrero" name. No alcohol flavor which is a plus for a 9% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: It's on the heavy side of a medium mouthfeel. Feels average.

Overall: It is an average stout, but below average for a chocolate stout. If you're looking for a chocolate stout I would give this one a pass. If you're looking for a higher ABV stout I would say flip a coin. (691 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a porter/stout goblet. Bottled on 11-4-14 printed on the bottle

Pours a viscous, dark, onyx color with a nice thick head that dissipates slowly. Decent head retention and beautiful lacing all around the glass. Smells of dark chocolate, pepper oil, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla latte. Tastes almost like mole, the Mexican wedding sauce...in fact...this beer would go great with a dish made with mole sauce! Very drinkable dispite the abv and overall a solid brew. Would get this again for sure!!

Cheers! (540 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Sombrero brewed by Clown Shoes, with an ABV 9.00% This brew pours out a dark brown color, with a light brown head. Looks like coffee or cola. The smell is sweet with Chocolate. You also pick up on grains, malts and hops. The taste is bold with flavor. You pick up on a hops and the chocolate. There is a mild bitterness in the taste of this brew. You do not pick up on the high ABV in this brew, not saying that is a bad thing. The mouthfeel is bitter sweet. This Clown Shoes, brew has a nice smoothness to it. There is a lot going on in this brew, but it has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Overall I'm giving Chocolate Sombrero a a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. (728 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into my Spiegelau tulip glass, this has got a 2.5 finger thick tan head, secular lacing, and a very close to black,clear body.

I can smell very roasted, nearly TOASTED malts. Of course, chocolate. Also a faint chili note bringing up the rear. Very interesting and inviting scent going on here.

This beer's taste is smooth chocolate, along with that "toasted" malt profile I picked up in the smell. Again, the chili is almost an after-effect as I exhale post sip. Very delicious and refreshing

The mouthfeel is silky and very surprisingly clean. This is VERY drinkable! I'll try not to let that get the best of me with the 9% ABV content.

Overall, I'll give Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes a 4.25. For a brewer that makes loads of IPA's , Clown Shoes delivered with this offering. Me gustsa el Sombrero de los Chocolate! (893 characters)

Photo of dot_tod
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, coffee-like appearance. Thin lace. Rich, malty, and spicy scent. Nice, full malts and chile up front. Semi-sweet chocolate and malt gives way to a nice, mildly bitter and spicy finish that holds. Nicely done. I would recommend as a unique chocolate stout. The chiles really excel in this beer. (299 characters)

Photo of oldmankoch
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too much lacing and a tad thin although the beer does go down velvety smooth. Loads of Chocolate, malt, a touch of vanilla been, and backing of char/smoke......wish the chile was more pronounced as I find it only faintly coming out in the char finish. (255 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 09/17/2014 so reasonably fresh. Sampled on January 15, 2015.

Dark brown pour with a modest tan head. Opaque.

Aroma of rich chocolate malts, Chile peppers, and maybe some other herbs/spices.

Medium to full body.

The taste is full of semi-sweet chocolate goodness that ends with an abrupt but highly enjoyable pepper and bitter sensation. (373 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with a dense, rich mocha head that lingers.

Notes of vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, and a hint of smoky pepper are evident initially. Vanilla dominates, followed by cocoa and cinnamon, with roast malt surfacing late, and chili spicing up the finish.

Flavor is sweet initially, with cocoa and vanilla carrying into roast malt and cinnamon, finishing with a touch of smoky spice and lightly bitter roast malt. As it warms, the flavors mingle better. There's a touch of acrid character that surfaces.

Wish the vanilla were less pronounced and the acrid character didn't exist. Fruity specialty malt and phenolic notes also become evident and clash. Body is lighter than it should be. I held out a lot of hope for this beer, and it's slightly disappointing. (764 characters)

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Head was small and went away quickly.
Color is very close to black.
Taste is strong in coffee hints and dark chocolate. Goes down smooth.
Overall, good stuff. (160 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A slightly above average imperial stout that delivers the expected flavors of dark chocolate, light cocoa, Bosco chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and cream. I was expecting the chocolate to overpower the roastiness but that was not the case. Worth a try, but I have other favorites in the style. (295 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours exceedingly dark brown with a very dark brown head. Good retention before dropping to a thin film.
Smell is malty with the whole fruitcake, wheat, dark fruits, rum.
Taste is what the nose was promised but a little more pronounced. Add raisins and toast the malt. Astounding balance.
Full bodied, smooth and creamy with aa hint of drying. (346 characters)

Photo of Zraly
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black body with mocha head. Smells like a stout with a hint of spice.

I'm missing out on the chile flavor. There is clearly cocoa and chocolate notes, with a semi-dry bitter finish. There seems to be too much roasted flavor, which is overriding, perhaps, some of the other components. Cinnamon is barely detectable in the dry down.

I wanted to enjoy this more, but I'm afraid the advertised spices and flavors are not pulling through enough for me. Not horrible per se, but it is definitely not a repeat purchase for me. (523 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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 (310 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of SjEzE
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (497 characters)

Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.