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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

751 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%


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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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with tan tint, 1/2 creamy head with plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Wow, very strong aroma, Malts, pepper, chocolate, some added brown sugar, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, a little milk/lactose near the finish. Smells real good.

Taste - Starts out much like a milk stout, maybe a milk stout on steroids, sweet chocolate, spices and roasty malts. Some minor bitter fruits are mixed in along with some brown sugar and cinnamon. The pepper notes come in at the finish and add a little warmth.

Mouthfeel - Malts, and chocolate really coat the tongue at first sip. Some bitter fruits and a little coffee gets the palate. Peppers come in at the finish for a little heat. The aftertaste is warm, malty and a little bitter.

Overall - This is pretty good, a nice spin on a stout for sure. Its actually balanced well, not too malty, not too sweet or too hot. Might be my favorite clown shoes so far. Very easy to drink, drinks closer to a American stout then a ris. Good stuff, worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 21:44:01 | More by wvsabbath
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My last beer run has provided me one pretty good beer and a couple a HUGE disappointments but given I've got a chocolate stout to wrap things up for the weekend, I think I'm in good hands.

A firm pour provides a white cream foam cap over a dark and rich looking body. Think mid level darkness and density for the style.

Another pour to bring out the aromas and I'm getting plenty of chocolate, a touch of cinnamon, lactose, and some light coffee grinds.

Chili in beer is almost always game over for me, but here they seem to have found a way of keeping it out tame enough to just add a bit of "what's that" vs. "oh hell not chili". The beer brings out so much chocolate, dark roast, light coffee, and then the entire malt back is mixed with cinnamon at a level that once again doesn't over power, it just sits perfectly with the malt. The end result of all these spices and flavors being mixed together is a really unique and challenging beer. Is it great? Well, no it isn't great, but it's pretty tasty and certainly a beer I'd want to share with friends due to the unique flavors and as I recall the price was around 10 for the bomber so not cheap but nothing you have to hide your credit card bill from your significant other over either.

OK the chili in the flavor is great but it is a bit hot in my gut. The body is however creamy and really smooth. A shame about the chili punch in the gut, but I'm not really into spices so you may not notice at all.

Unique and pretty tasty. Worthy of a try but not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 10:55:17 | More by bobhits
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero a couple weeks ago for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I've had my eye on this for a little bit and while i was at the store picking up some of Oddside's Mayan Mocha Stout I thought I would get a bottle of this for comparison and to review since I think Clown Shoes is a solid Brewery, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is good looking, in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's pretty eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of mocha colored that faded to a thin ring that left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts with some dark roasted malts, a little coffee and lots of dark chocolate and milk chocolate like aromas. Up comes a light spice aroma with no single spice seeming to stick out more than the others with some noticeable alcohol in the background. There's also a pretty big vanilla aroma also. The aroma is pretty good, but it's a little on the sweet side and the spices could show up just a little more.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart some dark roasted malts and lots of dark chocolate and milk chocolate aromas with a little bit of coffee in the background. Up next comes a nice vanilla flavor along with a lighter amount of mixed spices and some noticeable and slightly warming alcohol. On the finish comes a slight smokey Ancho flavor and a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it was fairly complex and none of the aspects were too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, a little warming, creamy, full bodied, with a slightly lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a good example of the style, it does a good job of showcasing the added complexity that some of these Mexican styled stouts have with none of the aspects being too overpowering. It was very chocolaty and the spices and peppers took a back seat. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, creamy, a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention but I couldn't see myself wanting anymore after drinking a bomber of this and I think it's a nice bottle to share. I liked how chocolaty this beer was the most. What I liked the least about this beer was how light the spice and pepper flavor and aromas were, I think this beer could have handled more of both. I might get this again when I want a very chocolaty beer, but I think if I'm in the mood for a Mexican style Stout I'll grab Mayan Mocha Stout instead. I would recommend this to anybody who likes this style of beer. All in all I thought this was a pretty nice beer, it wasn't as unique as I thought it would be but it still turned out to be pretty nice. When comparing this to Mayan Mocha Stout I prefer the chocolate and malt base of this beer, but I think Mayan Mocha Stout does a better job at showcasing the spices and peppers, so overall I think I prefer Mayan Mocha Stout. Good job clown shoes, this was a nice beer and I appreciate the effort, Keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 20:48:45 | More by StoutHunter
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 6 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This is a very dark beer. No light is getting through this beer. It is topped with a dark mocha head about an inch in height.

S - The aroma is dark roasted malt and dark chocolate.

T - The taste mirrors the smell. I cannot pick up any chilies or cinnamon. It's roasted malt and dark chocolate.

M - Thick and smooth.

O - It is an enjoyable stout. I was hoping for some chile spice, but it was still a good experience. Maybe I need a fresher bottle next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 22:17:26 | More by buschbeer
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into 33 cl tulips.

Look- Hazy brown, pretty light for a stout- or even a porter. Half a finger of dense beige head on the pour, falls quickly leaving no lace.

Smell- Spicy, milk chocolate, rum balls. Vaguely English-y malt presence, something nutty, but overwhelmingly smells of chocolate syrup and booze.

Taste- Loads of spice, cocoa, and booze with an interesting rich malt backbone. Kind of tastes like a snickers bar dusted with chili powder.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, minimal carbonation. Lighter than expected, but fairly boozy. Smooth on the sip, almost silky. Finishes warm and slightly powdery.

Overall- Well, the name sounds like something you'd look up on urbandictionary, and it comes off as a little boozy, but for a choco-holic's brew it's not bad. Certainly better than 90% of the chocolate stouts out there, but really, really suffers in the style and drinkability departments. Actually, I'm considering snagging another of these to sit for a few months- I've got a feeling it'd be spectacular. As it is, though, it's worth trying but not worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:49:39 | More by Lawl3ss
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small snifter filled from a large bottle.
Hazy brown body is nearly opaque; topped with a weak head.
Full body with light carbonation.

Flavor and Aroma: rich with ample dark chocolate. Starts mildly sweet but ends mildly bitter. High ABV is partly evident in both the taste and feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:45:00 | More by chinchill
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention for the tyke with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with peppery spicy and silky dessert-like chocolate notes. Prominent ground chili powder with pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar followed by robust coffee bean, burnt sugars, oatmeal, toast and dark chocolate. Sweeter chocolate notes as well with fudge, flour less chocolate cake and bakers chocolate. Peppers and especially vanilla bean are faded at this point but this beer still smells really complex and interesting.

Medium bodied but not as thick/viscous as expected with a prominent spicy chili pepper presence up front that lingers over the roast and sweeter malt notes into a dry finish. Unfortunately, it's not as complex as the nose suggests, but the chili presence is more prominent with lingering spicy heat. Cinnamon and peppery spice compliment the ancho chilies and adds another layer of flavor to the already complex malt bill. There's a nice roasted malt character providing some dry bitterness but its not acrid or over the top. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, robust coffee/espresso bean and bittersweet chocolate. Again, I'm not getting much vanilla. It must be pretty faded at this point but there is plenty of dessert like chocolate malt sweetness to balance things out. Silky milk chocolate with lactose and baker's chocolate rounding things out in the finish. The high ABV is very well masked with little to no alcohol flavor, huts some warmth in the chest. Overall, this is a really solid beer. I'm not a big fan of Clown Shoes but they did a really good job with this beer. Complex and easy to drink with great flavor. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:09:35 | More by corby112
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from early 2013 poured into a Teku
A: not quite jet black but close, fully opaque little coffee brown head with no real legs left
S: roasted coffee with a hint of cocoa in the background. not much from the chilli's
T: bitter coffee and chocolate blend with a hint of spiciness that mixes into a slight booziness but not overpowering. Lacks a bit of depth but overall decent. I enjoy more layers of flavors whereas this one you just get a blend that is hard to pick out any defining characteristics
M: Leans toward the thick side with medium/low carbonation

Overall slightly better than OK on this one, would definitely buy again but not seek it out or have to have it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:35:17 | More by alaimoa
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, coffee, vanilla, dark bread, light cinnamon/chile, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and chocolate, notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, dark bread, light coffee, light cinnamon/chile, and roasted earthiness. Slight touch of chile heat on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, dark bread, light coffee, light cinnamon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt and vanilla flavors; cinnamon/chile notes must have diminished over age. Great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to sip on. May have to pick up a fresh bottle to see if the chile/cinnamon is more pronounced; but it was still very enjoyable offering otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:06:53 | More by superspak
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Sombrero pours black into the glass with a small tan head on top. As the foam disappears a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, dark fruit and medicinal alcohol.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor begins malty with chocolate and roast malt. Quickly some smoke and jalapeno heat appears. A touch of cinnamon is also present. It finishes with an earthy nuttiness and moderately bitter. Once gone the cinnamon, chocolate and roast malt linger on the palate.

This is a big beer with expanding flavors as it warms. Definitely sip to fully enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 21:02:50 | More by WanderingFool
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.9.13
Bottled 02/2012

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, with a brown mixed-bubbled head with good retention.

S - Chocolate and cinnamon, some heat is detected as well.

T - Chocolate, cinnamon, then vanilla with a warming finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Nice, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of heat from the chilies.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:37:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

So Clown Shoes finally decided to start distributing their beers to Michigan, and their stuff has been showing up everywhere. Naturally, the cocoa, chile, cinnamon, vanilla stout is the one I must try first. Chocolate Sombrero pours the deepest possible shade of brown with some very faint, dark ruby trim. The thick, tan, micro-bubble head shows great retention and leaves some webbed lacing all around the top of the glass.

The aroma is an excited boxer bouncing in the corner; it comes out and hits you with a chocolate uppercut, comes back with a roasted malt left hook, cheap shots you with a vanilla knee in the abdomen, then teabags you on the ground with a sack of light cinnamon and even lighter chilies. Order of strength follows that schedule: chocolate, roast, vanilla, cinnamon, and lastly, chile. A nice aromatic balance of roasty and sweet with a touch of spice to mix things up.

A good, roasted malt backbone solidifies itself right off the bat with some sweet cocoa nib flavors that come steadily creeping in before long. A strong note of vanilla extract pulls through shortly thereafter; it's slightly disheartening to say I can actually "taste the extract", but you can tell it doesn't have the pure vanilla bean flavor. Still good, but maybe a touch too syrupy and sweet if it's not blended in perfect proportion.

Cinnamon comes out about halfway through each sip, and gets stronger over the course of the brew, adding a nice layered effect to the flavor. Basically no chilies with the first sip. Or the second. Or third. Not until nearly the last quarter of the glass do I notice a slight tingle on the back of my tongue with and insanely faint chile flavor. I think I prefer the fact that the chilies aren't overpowering... Or powering at all.

The one thing where this beer differs from other cocoa-vanilla-cinnamon-chile beers, like Mexican Cake or Hunahpu's, is the mouth feel. It's depressingly thin compared to the other two beers I mentioned, and overall just very vapid and thin for a stout in general. Carbonation is on the low side, which is okay, but I would prefer some kind of creamy, silky, and sexy-smooth body to accompany these flavors.

Hmm... Well, color me a little bit impressed. Good balance of flavors, and Chocolate Sombrero abides by the one (personal) rule I have when it comes to chile beers: do not overuse the chile peppers! Though the mouth feel can't compare to some of the big name stouts out there, it's nice to know that I can tide over my Mexican Cake and Hunahpu's cravings with a bomber of this stuff from my local store.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 11:35:33 | More by tectactoe
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RossCain

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a relatively fresh 22oz into a pint glass:

A: dark, dark brown with a small khaki head. Looks like iced coffee. Low retention, a bit frothy looking.

S: dark roast coffee beans, extra dark chocolate with a fresh cocoa powder vibe.Touch of spicy-sweet cinnamon, much like that in Mexican hot chocolate.

T: big, bitter wallop of the aforementioned chocolate used for Mexican hot chocolate. Slow fade to sweetness mixed with a cappuccino coffee profile. Finish bittersweet with a bit of a bite from the high abv.

M: creamy, smooth, and big bodied with low carbonation. Heat from the alcohol is evident.

O: not a bad spiced stout.definitely got the chocolate, cinnamon flavors that they were going for but the ancho chili and vanilla seemed absent. All together, a decent stout to try for 7.99

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:58:22 | More by RossCain
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served at cellar temp in a duvel tulip

A - pours an opaque chocolate brown, thick mocha head, fades to nothing

S - smells of chocolate ad cinnamon with malt in the backbone

T - big amount of chocolate and coffee initially, undertones of cinnamon with a hint of chili, complemented by a small hint of alcohol burn

M - medium body, smooth

O - this is a different slant on a chocolate stout, quite drinkable, I would try this one again

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:12:29 | More by ncketchum
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a medium frothy tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is subdued - roasted grains with a little cinnamon and chile.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little spice and some heat from the chile in the finish with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK stout. It's pretty subdued, and there are better alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 05:05:56 | More by Beaver13
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head and nice silky lacing left behind. smells of licorice, toasted grain, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla/bourbon. the flavor is of a slightly spicy chocolate.. coffee notes, definitely getting the flavor of the chili without the heat you'd expect from it. licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate.. all blend nicely together. medium body, moderate carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel with a bit of fizz to give it that "beer" feel.

finally, a bottle of clown shoes i can get behind. this is a very nice stout, but falls short in the chili compared to the last few of the style i had (elysian, ska, new belgium).. still a very nice subtle imperial stout. can't feel or taste the abv, which could be dangerous!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:27:14 | More by facundoCNB
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seand

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a fair amount of tan head, which dissipates to a thin ring fairly quickly, but retains enough to leave decent lacing.

S: Strong roasted malt with a fair amount of sweet booze.

T: Strong and roasty, with a thick malt base, and more bitter towards the finish. The finish is wet and has a slightly acidic note towards the back.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent, but not amazing. The balance doesn't seem quite right; it does change a fair amount at different temperatures, though, so perhaps this could be great if chilled just the right amount.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 06:03:45 | More by seand
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Opened like Vesuvius.
Pours black with a quickly fading head.
Heavy chocolate on the nose along with vanilla and sweet malt. A fair hit of roast malt too. Tempting.
Equally sweet flavours with a lot of artificial seeming chocolate. More roasted malt and booze. A bit too sweet.
Needs more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:40:03 | More by CrazyDavros
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 16:01:20 | More by TMoney2591
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William85

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on the other reviews and the beer's marketing, I was expecting an unusual flavor profile with a strong finish (from the ancho chiles). However, I was a bit surprised by the subtlety of the flavors. The chiles were detectable, but their contribution was fairly minor; and I found the chocolate notes to be only slightly more prevalent than I would expect in any given American stout.

Overall, this is a very drinkable imperial stout which I would certainly recommend to anyone who likes the style; but its flavors weren't nearly as unusual/interesting as I had hoped they would be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 20:20:49 | More by William85
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ksimons

New York

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with no highlights and a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves some lace on the glass

S-rich malt, lots of chocolate, and spicy cinnamon

T-chocolate malt, dark and milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, bit of vanilla sweetness, and chile spiciness to give it a bit of a kick at the finish

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall I think Clown Shoes does some great beers and this is another one. Really love the chiles in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 21:30:17 | More by ksimons
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take_it_sleazy

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from pint bottle into hill farmstead pint glass.

A: deep deep coffee color, almost black. pretty lively head that mellows out as soon as its poured. No real carbonation visible.

S: mild smokiness and not much else. Similar smell to otter creek's smokehouse porter, maybe not quite as strong.

T: a lot more pungent than the nose on this puppy. After an initial hit of chocolate, malty goodness, the chiles and vanilla make an appearance a bit later and mix extremely well with the malt to finish it off. Dont really get too much cinnamon coming through in this one. Overall, the flavor isn't too overpowering. A bit boozy at the end, which doesn't hurt.

M: pretty standard, but still great. Characteristic stout taste lingers on the tounge for a while, and isn't too thick. Very enjoyable and suprisigly drinkable stout at nearly 10 percent.

O: would recommend if it's available. Picked her up at a local beverage warehouse for 3 bucks and change. A nice, rich stout when enjoyed at an appropriate age. The rich cocoa is really the feature of this beer while chiles and vanilla sing in the background.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:01:24 | More by take_it_sleazy
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with a freshness date that I really can't remember.

look is dark, almost black, brown with a creamy mocha head that lasts and lasts. smell is dark, roasty, malted leather oak (?). taste starts big and black an malty, with an almost coffee like bite. finish is straight up Mexican chocolate cake. I can almost taste the cheap sprinkles.

super tasty stuff

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 03:14:45 | More by jimmah120
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Worthy Burger Sniffer

A: dark brown like black coffee with little to no head there is some brown foam but it goes away quickly with no lacing. It pours thick like motor oil and is opaque as can be with no light coming through.

S: There is some smoked malt in there but it is not a really much power behind it. There really aren't many other smells I really can't take much else out there is some vanilla maybe but the chilies are not there at all.

T: Fortunately this is nothing like the nose, there is a nice chocolate flavor upfront that mixes with the spice of the chilies that has a nice presence that is not too overpowering in fact it is just right. The vanilla then starts to come through with a smooth creamy sweet taste that blends in well with the spice of the chilies. There is a bit of smokiness in background with a little hints of cinnamon.

M: The feel is smooth but actually pretty thin considering the style it does go down pretty easy but that is definitely helped by the low abv. You can also definitely feel the spice but it does not effect the smoothness which is impressive, but it is kind of watered down for a stout.

O: In total other then the smell and the sort of lacking feel this is a pretty impressive beer. The taste is well balanced with a whole bunch of different flavors. Its like a super ultra baby version of hunapu's but its definitely worth a try I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:38:05 | More by Pinknuggets
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/23/12. I thought I was getting something fresh, but alas, I didn't.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a Gordon Biersch half liter pint glass. Pours pitch black and topped with a cuban coffee colored head. Quite frothy and creamy, looks nice.

Aroma is filled with dark chocolate nibs and roasted coffee. Really nice. The malts and chocolate are about the only thing that hits the nose, but although this beer is six months old, the aromas seem to be rather fresh.

I love the dark chocolate flavors present, almost like eating bakers chocolate. I know this may sound heretical, but this one is kind of close to what Sexual Chocolate used to be like. Heavy, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, Caramel malts, light hoppiness, slight bitterness.

Silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a little more body and chewiness would put this one in the upper echelon.

I was really surprised by this one. Despite the age, this one is really delicious. If you like dark chocolate and a bitter roastiness, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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