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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 44
Gots: 143 | 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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Photo of rolive
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rolive, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Woodysbeard, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights and a nice half finger of fluffy head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice chocolatey aroma upfront in the aroma that was powder like with hints of ancho chiles, a little vanilla, noticeable caramel and brown sweetness, slight roasty malts but with mild oat grain notes.

T: of course the chocolate character was more dominate on the palate like the aroma and the label suggest alongside brown sugar caramel sweetness, mild roastiness, vanilla accents a touch of ancho chiles and signs of toffee flavor as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a chocolatey, sweet, slightly oat grainy, mild bitter and creamy finish.

O: pretty good imperial stout, definitely like the chocolate character and the fact it had a little spiciness to it as well.

Gobzilla, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Quincey
4.35/5  rDev +13%

Poured into wine glass.
No head.
Smell very mild.
Taste exceptional.
Texture is very smooth with a slighlty bitter after taste.
I do not taste the cinnamon, vanilla is very slight but the chocolate is very obvious.
This is my first time drinking it and I fell in love with the first sip and definately recomned to anyone who drinks stouts.

Quincey, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Molnar
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Molnar, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of musicman7070
4/5  rDev +3.9%

musicman7070, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Mknght
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Mknght, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of FrancisT
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

FrancisT, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -7%

Pours out a very dark brown (almost black) with two fingers of frothy, densely bubbled tan head that lasts for about three minutes and leaves behind some nice loops of lacing. Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation, the texture has some minor creaminess that appears at room temperature.

Smells of that faint musty zest that dried ancho chiles have over a more recognizable roasted malt aroma with just a touch of chocolate. It could have benefited from a slightly stronger chocolate nose IMO. However, there is lots more chocolate to be found in the flavor than the nose promises. The chile heat is only presented as a faintly rising warmth in the finish accented by cinnamon dust. The cinnamon and chile heat needs to be amplified by about 20% to help counterbalance the chocolate sweetness of the malt better. The ABV is rather well hidden, though. Pretty good, but not amazingly good.

WastingFreetime, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

I was getting excited. Stout, no question how much I love them. Then add some heat from chiles. Now we are talking, I hove hot chiles
The pour was getting good. Typical stout with a nice semi dark head.
I didnt get much out of the aroma. In fact, I felt it was a bit on the slight side.

Then the first sip. Full like I wanted a stout to be, but bit off with the chiles. It had almost a bitter aftertaste. On my second and third sops, I kike the little heat, but still the chiles used were not some of my favorites

rdilauro, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of scottypinthemix
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

scottypinthemix, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
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.

TheBrewo, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Keith_R, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Stout6
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Stout6, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

C2H5, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
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.

BrownNut, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

seplo, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

josephwa, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ScottP, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BeerHunter76, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

vcoggins, Oct 22, 2012
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.