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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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very good

968 Ratings
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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 45
Gots: 145 | 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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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Rappaman, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of kaufmaal
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

kaufmaal, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

SFASteve, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

stoney1031, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Pensfan0782, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

danpam1024, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

emottram, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

HoustonZ33, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

BeerBuddy2122, Feb 11, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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…

vickersspitfire, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

teamwiggum, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lambocalrisien, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

wyatt13, Feb 10, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, near black, a thin coffee tinted head.

Smells of moderately roasty chocolate, some chili pepper and spice, faint vanilla.

Taste is chocolate, faded pepper, hints of vanilla. As with many chili beers there's a faint vegetable taste in the finish but that's not really a bad thing. Pretty good but would really like some more pepper.

Mouthfeel is okay, fairly thick and creamy but a little under carbed.

A good stout, I love any stout with vanilla or chili, but this would really benefit from more pronounced flavors.


AlexFields, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Slikpitt, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

bluerabbit, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

King_KongDCO93, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

mmmmbeer, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jsanford, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

laundryraccoon, Jan 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

azureoval, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

BarryBaker2013, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Falien02, Jan 21, 2013
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.