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Chocolate Sombrero | Clown Shoes

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Chocolate SombreroChocolate Sombrero

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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!

Added by rab53 on 02-26-2012

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Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Pours near black with a thin light brown head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smell is cinnamon, milk chocolate, and some subtle hints of chile peppers. Not quite as much depth as the best Mexican chocolate stouts I've had, but the components are all there and pretty well balanced.

Taste is similar to the smell - milk chocolate, ancho chiles, and cinnamon in an even mix. Could use a bit more of a dark chocolate base to bring it over the top, but all of the components are there and reasonably balanced. Finish is bittersweet with a touch of earthy hops coming in to mix with the chiles and cinnamon. Very solid flavor profile.

Medium-bodied with medium to high carbonation for the style. This is the weakest dimension of the beer to me - comes off over-carbed and a little too thin.

Very solid example of the style. It probably won't blow you away, but it has everything you want in a Mexican chocolate stout for a fraction of the price of the big names out there.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 09/17/2015 into a tulip glass. More brown than black color with thin layer of head. Nose is chocolaty and boozy. Taste is sweeter than desired, with a boozy finish. Mouthfeel is a ltitle thin. Prefer Xocoveza.

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Photo of Brownc923
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have never been a fan of a Chocolate Beer. This beer rocked my world. The look is warm and inviting. A deep color that says, "I am chocolate." The taste is a deep chocolate that has the finish of a very sophisticated brew. I am eternally grateful to Roszi's in Lakewood OH for tasting this beer one fall evening when my son and I just stopped in for a quick 6pack before a Brown's game. I share it with select friends by telling them that they will have the best desert ever

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Photo of kjlcm
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Second time trying, I like so much I felt I should review. Very dark pour with a minimal chocolate head. A great blend of chocolate and a hint of spicy heat on the nose. Love the nose. The taste follows the nose. Just love it. A bit thin for a 9% beer but I am not complaining. This will definitely be part of my normal rotation, especially now that the colder months are rolling around.

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Photo of Strike00
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours black with a coffee color head, dissipates pretty quickly

the smell is dark chocolate with a roast scent too it

The taste is a deep with a big bite of dark chocolate. There is a sweet underlying taste to this stout but not overpowering. A nice bitterness that lasts a bit.

a nice medium bodied stout

Overall it is a pretty good stout. The Chocolate is very prominent and I could have used a little less of it. I am glad I picked this up though.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I love clown shoes, great Northern Mass beer. I also love chocolate stouts, I would have liked this more with a lower alcohol content and sans vanilla. But that is what I would have liked. This is a respectable beer and is probably many drinkers favorites. Great beer and will be loved many I expect. Certainly worth a try. The second one was much better!!!haha, the third should be dayleshushhh

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black with ruby edges and a half finger of head. The nose has some chocolate essence. The flavor profile dials up a decent dose of chocolate flavor with bitter cocoa finish. All-in-all, the body is a trace thin.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dang tasty. As with many other beers in this style, there was a slight copper taste on the backend, but there is lots of chocolate and vanilla on both the nose and taste. Overall this is a very good beer, but not amazing.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/30/15

Pours near black with reddish tan highlights. Little head forms but disappears.

Nose is slight chocolate, and dark fruit.

Taste follows with a good chocolate base up front and the cinnamon is just there enough in the background to be known. Some slight hop bitterness lingers a bit. Very little spiciness but it's blended in just right. Adds some bite to the smooth chocolate but doesn't overwhelm it by any means

Medium body and somewhat mouth-coating. Good bit of carbonation but goes pretty good with the blend of flavors in it.

I was a little nervous when i picked this up but the price was right. Not sure how I would feel about potential spiciness and chili pepper heat. I'm surprised as to how much I like this. The pepper and cinnamon are definitely there but way backstage of the chocolate and decent hop kick within.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a wispy, thin, bubbly, halo of tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, chili pepper spice and heat, vanilla, heavy cinnamon, and subtle mocha and earthy tones. Flavors are pepper spice and heat forward, with a follow of rich Mexican chocolate, both milky and gritty, followed by a blend of milk, heavy dose of cinnamon, some earthy undertones, and hints of roasted coffee. Pretty dynamic on the palate, but the cinnamon comes off slightly heavy handed. It works though. The body is big and chewy, with a dry undertone, all supporting a solid linger of chocolate, vanilla, chili pepper, and cinnamon for the aftertaste. The finish is slow, dry, and with a solid linger of chocolate and spice. Pretty decent brew.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stem glass. Bottled on 7/30/15

LOOK: Almost pitch black, cola brown at the edges, with a thin, short lived brown head.

SMELL: A mix of bitter cocoa and sweet dark chocolate, with some extra creamy vanilla sweetness rounding it out. Faint spicy herbal/pepper notes tickle the nasal passages, allow with some licorice, brown sugar, and smokiness.

TASTE: Nice taste! Even better than the small. Lots of different types of chocolate; dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and baking cocoa, creamy vanilla, woody oaky notes, brown sugar, licorice, and burnt toast. Very faint herbal, black pepper and spice notes keep it interesting, but never distracting or overpowering. Faint coffee notes on the back end as well.

FEEL: Medium-full bodied. Easy drinking up front, but turns creamy in the middle. Nice medium-light carbonation. Finishes fairly clean, only a lightly chocolate aftertaste.

OVERALL: I was pretty impressed by this, my first Mexican hot chocolate-style stout. Very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this and buy it again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, burnt notes, vanilla sweetness, cinnamon, and the chiles come thru nicely with some spice/heat on the back end. You get hints of the booze but nothing crazy. And you get some lingering bitterness from the coffee as well but nothing overwhelming.

Overall - This is a nice stout. The ancho chiles really add to the flavor. The chocolate doesn't come thru as much as I was expecting though. I would drink this again.

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Photo of leantom
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good. A little lacking in the chili peppers and cinnamon departments, but it's still a good stout nonetheless (just an underwhelming Mexican stout). Here goes:

A: Just alright. Pours pitch black but without head or lacing. Probably a specific gravity issue.

S: Starts off slow but opens up in the glass. Mostly darkened malt: chocolate, coffee, etc. A hint of cinnamon and chili peppers, but this is underwhelming.

T: Follows the nose and tastes good. Only problem is that the beer's not nearly spicy enough. Lots of chocolate, cacao, coffee. Leaves a sweet taste at the back of the palate, which is good considering the style. Hints of cinnamon and chili peppers linger moments after consumption, but these were the only spices I had detected.

F: Nice and thick. Great.

O: A good beer, but I wouldn't classify it as a Mexican stout.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint from a 12oz. Bottle here at tapcity grille in cape cod, MA.

Appearance: Thin black body with brown tints. (Light tan) Head is subtle maybe half a finger's length with a vigorous pour. Settles after one sip.

Smell: Mocha scent, comes off pretty potent considering the different smells of food that are hovering through my nostrils.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee with a sweet bitterness. Like the kind you get when you chew off roasted coffee bean. Very good and a level or so above the beer I had yesterday...considering they are the same style.

Mouth: Medium bodied and super sticky.

Overall: Very good brew, to not recommended it is just evil. Drink with love and paired with football, just feels even better. Salud!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled on 05/01/2015
A - near black body with a very thin, foamy, tan head
S - dark chocolate, roasty malt, caramel, raisin, vanilla, very faint chili
T - roasted barley, dark chocolate, raisin & dark fruit, caramel, pumpernickel bread crust, vanilla, a hint of cinnamon, not overly spicy but you can tell the ancho chili is in there, which adds to the complexity and brings out the chocolate
M - full body, creamy and smooth, modest carbonation, finishes roasty with some spicy heat on the end
O - I really dig this one. Great use of the added ingredients creating a uniquely complex and flavorful imperial stout!

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Photo of kgammell1
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I found it thin, sweet and too cinnamon forward. The chocolate doesn't shine through like I'd like. The sweetness is delivered but not the toasty qualities I'd like to see.

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Photo of aoampm
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like this beer! This isn't the best crafted stout by an means but it is still a very good chile/spice stout. The mouthfeel is fairly thin which is the only downside but the vanilla, malt, roasted wood, cinnamon and spice all make up for the lacking mouthfeel. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of smb
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice head for an imperial stout, then quickly settles to just some larger bubbles and about a 1mm thick ring around the glass.

Smells incredible... cinnamon, chocolate, chili spice and sugar cookies. You don't get all those on the drink down, but you do get some robust imperial stout chocolate roastyness and cinnamon spice, finishing with a little but of a phenolic burn going down. Overall, this is a great beer, especially for the 12oz bottle price point.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks. Dark mahogany, thin head.
Smell. Once it warmed a bit, some toasted sugar, molasses, a touch beery.
Taste. Tangy, malty, sweet touch. No hoppiness. Feel. Thick and syrupy, a touch puckery at the end.
Overall. Another one very high on the list. Love the malty, dark brews.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good imperial stout. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of cinnamon, with the latter being not as pronounced as the bottle would indicate. The chile flavor is appropriately faint, but noticeable, and it nicely compliments the chocolate and vanilla notes to give the beer a little something different. Roasted malt combines to create a balanced, not-too-sweet taste that masks the ABV. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was black in color with some light messy brown lacing after the head died off.
The smell started off with the chocolate and then some cinnamon, peppers (like ancho chili ones, not sure if that was what was added) but its real nice.
The taste stays sweet and adds the spice and the heat nicely. Light cream helps to balance. The aftertaste was slightly balanced through the chocolate and the spice. The finish was really quick.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good carbonation for a Double stout.
Overall, yeah, I really liked this one and as far as I know I would love to have again.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Appears black with brown lacing, very little head even when aggressively poured. Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, hot peppers, and a little roasted malt. Taste follows the aroma: a little pepper, cinnamon spice, chocolate, malt, and a little cream. It has a a medium body and could be a little fully. Overall a nice spicy stout.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pitch black with a creamy tan head, head lots of bubbles streaming up the glass's side, head vanished after a few minutes, poured like motor oil.

A: Chocolate, chiles, cinnamon, roasted malts, lots of aromas, really pungent, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Chocolate, cinnamon, slight heat from the chiles, dark roasted malts, coffee notes, a little heat from the chiles in the aftertastes, slight alcohol burn, really dry.

M: Thinner than it looks, about a medium mouthfeel, finishes very dry.

O: Well done, love all the flavors in this stout, chocolate, cinnamon, heat from some chiles, a little thin, but overall an outstanding stout, definitely pick up another bottle if I see it again.

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Photo of stompilator
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured jet black, thin, beige head.

S - Booze, chocolate, and chili spice.

T - An intense plethora of chocolate malts hit right up front, giving a multi-faceted chocolate flavor. The vanilla swims around subtly, and the chilis simmer up mid-to-late-palate, giving a slightly juicy flavor, but mostly provide a light sting that hangs in the aftertaste.

M - Nice and thick, light carbonation. The chilis leave a nice sizzle.

O - Wonderfully chocolatey stout. Uses hot peppers better than any other beer I've had.

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Photo of Chris-MOC9
4.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like the chocolate that comes through from the malts as well the cinnamon and peppers.Good balance on the spice. Great black color and nice smell of spice and malts.

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