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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

855 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 37
Gots: 116 | 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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-06-2013 22:50:19 | More by oriolesfan4
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Distillery, Savannah, GA

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with wispy tan bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste has mostly flavors of chocolate along with notes of vanilla and roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present. Hints of spiciness from the chili peppers are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you really like dark chocolate malts, this is a nice stout that is 't too bitter or toasty. The chili peppers are very subtle and are only noticeable in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 19:41:21 | More by metter98
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-26-2013 05:53:04 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Bottled 12/20/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. Taste is much the same a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:50:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-24-2013 04:46:20 | More by notdriving
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks like an Imperial stout.
Head didn't last too long... it ended with a minor ring around the inside circumference of my glass.

Not much of a nose-- nothing to comment about.

Flavor- do I consider what the brewer printed on the label or do I comment on the beer as it stands? Why do I say this? Because this beer is evidently a "adjunct" or "fortified" beer-- that is flavor enhanced with added flavorings. If I forget the hype on the label-- and consider the beer as is, it's a "light-weight" imperial stout-- (compared to Clown Shoes' Vampire Slayer or Blaecorn stouts). Although this beer is without question an imperial. I'm left wondering what all the added flavor ingredients were supposed to do. I can perceive them in there-- but this beer's flavor is just not as complex or as heavyweight as Clown Shoes other offerings.Perhaps that was how it is to be.

Nevertheless it's still a very fine beer and worth your consideration. I won't hesitate to grab another bottle from the shelf.

Mouthfeel-- cordial-- nice long finish with a vibrant lifespan on the palate.

Overall-- I like this beer-- I'd rate it "third" in Clown Shoes RIS line-up of RIS beers. Don't let them trick you-- where they got the idea of "Sombrero" is still a mystery (to me).

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:01:08 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-23-2013 01:00:45 | More by jpd7374
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-21-2013 00:42:45 | More by Danielr26
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-20-2013 20:52:41 | More by bluckbeyes
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-20-2013 19:51:21 | More by jjd315
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Gschaf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-20-2013 00:34:11 | More by Gschaf
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

02-19-2013 01:53:08 | More by mmsimmons
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Rappaman

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.2%

02-19-2013 01:00:05 | More by Rappaman
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kaufmaal

Alabama

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep brown with some amber color along the edges. Not too much carbonation, and the 1/2, dark-tan head quickly goes down to a thin layer. Sweet smell - for me, lots of vanilla and malt, no chocolate whatsoever; some booze on the nose, which is kind of expected but becomes too noticeable as it warms. Very sweet-tasting; again, more vanilla than chocolate, some banana, and there's a slight sourness in the aftertaste that I associate with vanilla extract. I am not sure what makes this beer a "Mexican" chocolate stout. I was expecting some cinnamon - either its scent or its taste - as it is almost always present in Mexican chocolate or hot chocolate, and the cinnamon's just not there. Very fine carbonation, which works well for me, but the syrupy sweetness just coats everything initially, and the sour after-taste gets a little unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:30:46 | More by kaufmaal
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SFASteve


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-17-2013 01:55:38 | More by SFASteve
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stoney1031

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-17-2013 01:50:05 | More by stoney1031
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-15-2013 23:06:21 | More by Pensfan0782
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danpam1024

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-15-2013 22:36:04 | More by danpam1024
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled in 03/2012. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of medium brown head formed an immediately reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Artificial vanilla aroma up front. Chocolate, chillies and a touch of roast. A very sweet overall nose.

T - Vanilla and chocolate are dominant and the vanilla is very artificial tasting. Some cinnamon and chilli spice and flavour show up in the finish. Extremely sweet.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Too sweet for me. Was impossible to finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:31:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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emottram

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-14-2013 00:15:03 | More by emottram
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HoustonZ33

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-13-2013 06:47:53 | More by HoustonZ33
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BeerBuddy2122

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-11-2013 15:22:25 | More by BeerBuddy2122
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the body is almost pitch black, just a few hints a dark amber come through when you shine an extremely bright light through it. The head is thick, almost bullet proof I swear, creamy and is a light tan color. As for the carbonation, I’m sure it’s there I just can’t see it. The aroma is purely roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, maybe a slight hint of caramel and butter. The lacing is as tight as virgin’s ass and covers every inch of the glass. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, and the beer simply envelopes your tongue with roasted malt flavors, mild chocolate comes through in the aftertaste. This is right out of the fridge, but as it warms up more flavors breakthrough, caramel, and vanilla. It is a bit bitter overall, but the alcohol is well hidden. Another good beer from Clown Shoes…

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:13:49 | More by vickersspitfire
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-11-2013 02:34:02 | More by teamwiggum
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-11-2013 02:19:02 | More by Lambocalrisien
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.