Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes
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3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
We pour a tootsie roll colored brew. It holds a transient espresso colored head, showing almost no retention, and leaving aggregates of bubbles across the top of the liquid. Lacing is spotty, but minimal throughout. Carbonation appears moderate, as you can see some steam, bubbling right off the surface. This helps the swirl actually put up more of a head than the pour, which does show a bit more retention and color. No haze is noted, but bits of sediment line the bottoms of our glasses. The nose is all about the malts. These are dark, chocolatey, steely with coffee, and a deep roast bordering on char. Booze comes out with some light cooling vanilla sweetness. The hot chilies, metallics, and spice of cinnamon and black pepper come out more with warmth, and ride against the malts, deepening them. Our first impression is that the heavy roast to the malts imparts more bitterness, whereas more sweetness was expected. As we sip into it, the flavoring opens with souring, bittering grain. This is in the form of char-roasted coffee beans and raw cacao. There is a spicy bite of booze, and what appears to be some frank heat off of those anchos. We peak with sweeter malts, highlighted by some of that cooling vanilla, as in the nose. This, again, is added to by some lighter malts, adding richer, milk chocolate flavoring to the mix. The finish moves with more of the latter, along with a sting of booze. The roast really comes through here as well, balancing out the sweetness nicely, and allowing the fusel alcohols to shine a bit more. The aftertaste shows char, raw dark chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla, black pepper, and booze. The body is medium, and a bit syrupy, while the carbonation is high, lightly stinging the tongue and palate. The mouth is left with an initial chalky coating, eventually drying to a fine astringent finish. There is decent slurp, smack, cream, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The nose is hit with smooth vanilla, hot chilies, depth of malts, and added chocolate sweetness, all at once. It gave the drinker a lot to amalgamate, as each component was so strong on their own, but in the end things were nicely balanced. The flavoring came nicely to follow, but we found it more bland than we were hoping for, particularly in the way of obvious chili pepper spice. This lacked, as did the look, placing this hombre somewhere in the middle for the style.
11-10-2012 17:38:34 | More by TheBrewo
4/5 rDev +3.9%
A - Black with brown hues around the edges and a thin tan head.
S - Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a light touch chile pepper. Reminds me of a fresh chocolate brownie.
T - Mostly semi-sweet chocolate with some roasted malts and vanilla. Light chile spice that is more noticeable in a touch of heat then in flavor. Some cinnamon as it warms and the chile pepper becomes more noticeable.
M - Medium body with lighter carbonation and the lightest touch of heat from the ancho.
D - Very well balanced and tasty.
11-09-2012 02:10:17 | More by brewcrew76
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Clown shoes chocolate sombrero
March 2012 bottling. Served cool in a tulip.
A - 4.0 - Dark brown. On the pour, it's not quite that viscous motor oil thickness you see in some thick imperials, but there's some of that. Creamy, textured tan head that endures for a good while
S - 3.5 - The head itself is almost tropical fruity, or maybe some kind of fresh fruity herb, which I so did not expect in a beer like this. There's a mild coffee note and an undertone of chocolate. The notable fruit thing seems to fade away with the head. Kind of don't want that in there. It doesn't seem to belong.
T - 4.0 - That fruity note comes through on the palate. Again, not expected. It's much less noticeable midway through the beer, with the chocolate supplanting it. Can't say I taste the ancho chile but perhaps that added some kind of fruity note. Chocolate of the right sort can also sometimes impart a fruit note, so maybe that helped. The aftertaste has a faint bit of heat finally and a pleasing chocolate syrup note in the back corners of the mouth, the kind you'd use to make chocolate milk. Overall it comes across fairly mild. I'd give it a 3.9 if I could.
M - 3.75 - Medium, leaning thicker. Soft and tame.
O - 4.0 - I got this because Clown Shoes had yet to disappoint and I can say it still hasn't. This is an interesting beer and I haven't had one quite like it. I also got it because I thought it might be the closest I could come to a Hunaphu's due to the chile, chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. So it's nice to get a hint of that chile in the end. I'd give it just under 4 in this category if I could.
11-03-2012 02:06:52 | More by BrownNut
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours like a carbonated glass of black coffee... deep and dark, dense khaki head that sinks down to a thin collar and whispy retention floating around the center of the glass.
Pleasant spicing - spicy cinnamon and peppery nutmeg, smooth bitter chocolate, sweet syrup, no discernible alcohol presence.
Not quite an unusual as the grocery list of ingredients would suggest... barely bitter chocolate, mild pepper heat presence, faint cinnamon, chocolate milk... given all the ingredients, this is actually a bit tame. Still pretty tasty though.
I'd give it a go if you're curious.
10-18-2012 00:39:35 | More by yamar68
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours black into a dimpled mug with a crown of lacing inside the glass. Foam subsides after the initial pour, fizzling a little bit. Surface has a creamy texture, and the skim breaks after the first sip or two.
Roasted malt aroma, basic and straightforward. Not picking up much ancho or vanilla yet.
Tastes alright but still not much in the way of complexity. Roasted malt and some light vanilla traces and a little earthy sweetness that could possibly be attributed to ancho chilies, but not for certain. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. A slight tingle in the aftertaste that points to ancho again, though chocolate dominates. A good stout overall.
10-14-2012 01:53:21 | More by emerge077
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours a thinner black with a light brown head of foam on top.
The smell is very light and one dimensional. Chocolate malt is about all I get and again, it's very light.
Taste is pleasant. Overall, tastes like chocolate cake. Lots of chocolate, light on the vanilla and cinnamon and the chile is non-existent. Not much depth to the taste. It's nice, but more flavor please, especially the chile.
Thinner for the style, but still pretty smooth. I would call this medium bodied.
A decent beer overall, but lacks in several areas. I wouldn't buy this one again at the bomber price of $8.69.
10-13-2012 18:52:59 | More by jera1350
4.6/5 rDev +19.5%
Nice looking beer. Opaque body with a chocolate brown head that leaves nice lace. Aroma is very inviting. Chocolate and caramel malt. Roasted malt. Slight pepper. Flavor profile brings more of the same. The pepper is there, but very light. Perfect for this beer. Chocolate/caramel malt base is superb in this beer. Roasted, coffee like tones are subtle, but there. Light amounts of pepper heat. And a really nice milk sugar, milk stout like presence on the buds. Light-medium bodied and smooth and velvety. Quite enjoyable. Hitting 3 for 4 now with these Clown Shoes beers.
10-13-2012 04:47:48 | More by Bighuge
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.