1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Chocolate SombreroChocolate Sombrero

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

975 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 975
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 45
Gots: 147 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 975 | Reviews: 186 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mmmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

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

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

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

azureoval, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of BarryBaker2013
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

BarryBaker2013, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Falien02
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Falien02, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/2012

Dark brown color with a massive three finger+ head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Glass is coated by lacing.

Aroma is not as complex as I was anticipating. A little chocolate and earthiness. A little bit of chile in the background. Alcohol is a well hidden.

Flavor is interesting but the malt is not as deep or complex as I like in big stouts. This beer is relying more on its added ingredients such as chile and cinnamon. A little bit of heat from the alcohol and chile which makes this somewhat interesting.

For a 9% ABV beer, the body is not very big. The carbonation is nice. Not too much but lively.

Interesting beer that relies too much on its non-traditional ingredients. The base beer does not bring enough to the show.

morimech, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of dgherm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dgherm, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of laymansbeerfan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of bcostner1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bcostner1, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Sombrero (thanks to my trading partners!) split with my brother and poured into tulips.

A: Dark opaque brown pour, with a tan head that doesn't retain very well (likely because of the adjuncts used).

S: Big chocolate and milk chocolate-like sweetness bordering on caramel, hefty spice note that is recognizable as primarily cinnamon. There is a hint of peppery heat, as well as the slightest hint of vanilla. Roasty, sweet, and spicy, but well-integrated and inviting.

T: Follows the nose, moderate chocolate without being overly sweet; caramel and faint vanilla sweetness again, plenty of cinnamon start-to-finish, and a faint peppery sensation, especially on my lips as I drink. Its not distracting, its actually barely noticeable, but it brings out the 'Mexican' side of this chocolate stout.

MF: Pretty creamy, medium-to-full bodied, and with everything going on in this beer I can't detect any alcohol presence.

O: A good beer, well executed. Peppers are NOT overwhelming, neither is the cinnamon though it is definitely prominent.

Scotchboy, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of wtfdic
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

wtfdic, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

warnerry, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ortie, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kizyle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

kizyle, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tenacioustomato, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown with an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention, reducing slightly to a small cap and possessed excellent sheeting of lacing that coated the entire glass.

The aroma was of a burnt chocolate malt, light resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, chili peppers, a hint of smoke and a moderate alcohol presence.

The taste was good and roasty with a nice malty-sweetness and a touch of chocolate throughout, progressing slightly with a mild bitter charred flavor with notes of coffee, a spicy chili bite and a hint of cinnamon ate the end. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a spicy alcohol warming sensation and a nice roastiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a creamy, oily texture and a somewhat medium carbonation.

Overall this was a brew with a very nice complexity derived from all the flavors converging upon one another, which as it turned out created a really tasty and well balanced Stout with a superb drinkability...

http://www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

KajII, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Cuzco for this one!

A: Pours a nice black with a little tan colored head on top which dissipated rather quickly. No lacing to speak of either.

S: Definitely some chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. The chile and cinnamon are there, but are rather faint. Was hoping for a bit of a stronger aroma here.

T: The flavor profile was a bit more subdued, some dark chocolate and a little roast, but where was the peppers and cinnamon? Extremely faint, and only there because I was expecting it to be there probably.

M: Medium bodied, rather smooth, with moderate carbonation.

O: Was hoping for a bit more with this one. Probably a pass for me.

mdaschaf, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

FalconA, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Jerry
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jerry, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Oboogie, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says bottled 5/2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and some chilies and vanilla. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the chilies are more noticeable now, along with the addition of a bit of cinnamon. The chilies aren't hot at all, but the mild chile flavor works well with this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, although I do wish the chilies would have been hotter. But with that being said, it's worth trying and I would buy this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.1%

ejimhof, Dec 27, 2012
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.