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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 44
Gots: 158 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jspaner, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, bottled on 8/13/12.

Appearance: typical dark brown to lack with a finger of beige head,minimal retention.

Aroma: alcohol seemed pretty prevalent for the age. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, slight whiff of the pepper. Did not find the cinnamon.

Taste: boozy even at the 9%, very nice bittersweet chocolate enhanced by the sweetness of vanilla. Decent flavor kick from the pepper on the finish. Moderately bitter, sweetness not overwhelming. Fail to find the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: thought the feel was quite harsh up front, alcohol. Smooth n the middle with the sweetness balancing things, just a little tingle from the pepper.

Overall: I did not enjoy the harsh bite up front. I liked the silky chocolate and vanilla taste and feel in the middle and the hint of heat from the pepper at the end. Good beer, will drink again, but what I assume is a harshness from the alcohol up front leaves it wanting a bit in my estimation.

LeRose, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

claytong, Mar 31, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chocolate Sombrero opens to a rich, chocolate aroma that brings instant comparisons to artisan milk and dark chocolate bars, but touched with hints of spice from the ancho chilies, which add a mild green pepper and very light red pepper flake overtone. Though the chocolate is the dominant aroma, there are still very large touches of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, coffee cream, and even toffee in here, as well as orange, berry, and even a hint of banana fruit esters. Thick brown breads and toast crust underlie all of this, as well as light ash and tobacco, the darker notes here a nice counterpoint to the chocolates and mild chili pepper spice. As a whole, the nose is very nice, heavily sugary with just enough ash and tobacco to balance things out, and the anchos, while adding their own spicy note, aren’t overpowering, and at least on the nose don’t give any hint of dominating or detracting from the underlying stout.

On the tongue, the beer is far more ashy than the nose let on, with tobacco and ash washing immediately across the tongue, the sugars somewhat struggling to keep up. There are a good number of sugars in here to counter the ash, including a very strong heavy cream note, as well as milk and dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Fruit esters are harder to locate here, but touches of fig and date seem to be the most present, the strange banana notes from the nose thankfully absent. The ancho chilies do come through nicely, adding not so much a flavor as a burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate, the way delicately spiced food still tastes much the same, but has a slightly larger peppery burn. The aftertaste is heavy on ash and tobacco, with some remaining heavy cream and chocolate, as well as a mild spice afterburn, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a strange medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, there are some good notes in here, and they’re nicely balanced and flavorful, but what the beer ultimately needed was simply a bit more oomph from the sugars, the medium-range 9% ABV simply not enough to create the full mouthfeel and flavor power of a good-quality stout. The ancho chilies were, however, an excellent choice, and very nicely play off of the chocolates and dark breads.

jondeelee, Mar 30, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with garnet translucence around the edges. Mocha brown foam persists and leaves curtains of lace. Smell is roasted malt, cinnamon, figs and chocolate. Tastes of cocoa powder, green chilies, roast malt, lightly sour dark cherries, fig newtons, and just a trace of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is slick and velvety with a medium heft. Carbonation is just right. Pretty decent. It's not spicy, the chilies have no heat. The first couple of swallows I wasn't super impressed, however this one has grown on me. Another well made stout from Clown Shoes.

JackieTH, Mar 18, 2013
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.