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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

965 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 45
Gots: 143 | 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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Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and opaque, with a light brown thick and frothy head that settles out slowly. Inviting aroma of cocoa and cabernet, some cherries.

Rich flavor upfront, chocolate milk, dark bread, honey and cherries, tending toward more of a sweet or milk stout rather than an imperial. Subtle peppery spice, but I was really expecting a nice smokey peppery kick from the description on the label. No hop flavors, and low bitterness. Alcohol strength is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is watery, a tad slick. Overall an okay beer, but it advertises better than it performs, and it's a little too pricey to not be too special.

far333, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Pug
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Pug, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lanstrum, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of sia478
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sia478, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of DaKur
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DaKur, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

williamjbauer, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of dtivp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dtivp, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

wrightst, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BourbonJersey
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

BourbonJersey, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Hendrick24, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev +3.9%

mrebeka, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Mattyb79, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of brasher503
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

brasher503, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of gatorlove
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

gatorlove, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of PriorDoubleDark
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

PriorDoubleDark, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

linnymtu, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Conway
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Conway, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of TruePerception
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes' Chocolate Sombrero, a Mexican-style chocolate stout. 9% ABV.

A: About half a finger's lopsided, tan head. Black in the glass. Deep red/cola in the light, and pours cola. A dot, here and there, of lacing.

S: Dark cocoa dominates the nose. Slight chile. The faintest hint of cinnamon, in the background.

T/MF: Nicely creamy feeling! Very dark cocoa flavor, bordering on coffee. A sharp sweetness along the sides of the tongue, near the back (where acidity is usually more noticeable). The flavors don't really pop, though. Actually, it's a very mellow beer. Probably a good gateway into darker beers! It's very easy drinking.

I'm a little conflicted. It has plenty of character, and tastes good, but doesn't have that wow factor. I'll have to mull it over as I finish the bottle...

I feel like this would work really well with food, but I couldn't say which. I picture Mexican food, in my head: Spicy, shredded beef, and Spanish/Mexican rice (the heavily seasoned red stuff that usually has little bits of peppers mixed in). Not sure if the flavors would compliment, though.

I can't wait to try the Luchador En Fuego, based on the nose, alone! I thing the bourbon barrel aging will work well with the base flavors. Hopefully I find it soon!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

TruePerception, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of twizzard
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

twizzard, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of mechamifune
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this to try to stave off my craving for more Huna, as that has become a hard to get and expensive drink for me in North Carolina. I've had Luchador En Fuego and wasn't too impressed, so I was hesitant to get this one, but for $8 a bomber, I figured what the hell.

Bottom line is this is a solid Chili Imperial Stout. The body is there, which I didn't feel it was in the BA version of this. The cinnamon and vanilla flavors don't pop the same way they do in Huna, but they at least have a presence. The spiciness if there too, just to the right level where it doesn't linger too long or become abrasive.

This is an all around solid beer and a nice easy to get example for a style that generally is hard to get and comes at a huge price point. On a blind tasting I have no doubt this would fall underneath Huna, Mexican Cake, and Abraxas, but I don't think the gap is as wide as one might think. Check this out for sure if you are a fan of the style.

mechamifune, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev +3.9%

vonnegut21, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a big solid 650mL brown bottle with a pretty awesome craft label.


Appearance: pours a solid, thick black with a two-finger tan head that drops to a creamy finger. Decent lacing too. A nice looking beer.


Aroma: a strong aroma of roasted malts with chocolate and spices - cinnamon and nutmeg.


Taste: the palate is predominantly chocolate with roast coffee malt, a hint of biscuit malt and caramels. Such a pleasant combination of malts makes for an easy-drinking sessional. I could have plenty of these.


Aftertaste: a pleasant sweet chocolate flavour on the finish, nice and crisp.


Mouth feel: wonderfully thick and full thanks to an intense fine sediment that lingers throughout the profile.


Overall: this is one of those fantastic top-end beers that one has only every so often. A great chocolate stout that's well worth the expense. At approx AU$20 a bottle, I won't be able to afford this all too often, but I'll definitely have to make it as regular as possible.

SmashPants, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Nihilistkid
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Nihilistkid, Jan 18, 2014
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.