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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
87
very good

874 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 121 | FT: 7
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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MaddDogg84

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-10-2012 02:39:36 | More by MaddDogg84
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle shared by Dave Guay. Pours slightly darker than cola with a creamy, half inch, tan-colored head. Nose expresses cocoa, lactose, cinnamon and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also slight vanilla presence and the chile flavors are also revealed, albeit somewhat subdued and in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and just a slight, residual heat from the chiles. I have to say that I like this beer more than I though I would. The flavors coalesce nicely without any aspects really over asserting. All and all a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:09:02 | More by Jwale73
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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-04-2012 03:06:13 | More by jak
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-03-2012 00:56:40 | More by xxcarpxx
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-02-2012 16:15:56 | More by ferrettman687
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – chocolaty of course, with the edge that a stout typically has. Mildly roasted qualities as well.

Taste – sweetness from the chocolate at first, then there’s a bite from the hops that comes in around the middle. It finishes with a roasted coffee bean-like finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the creamy side, not surprisingly.

Overall – not a terribly original type, but still pretty true to it and good-tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 04:27:32 | More by Nerudamann
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a unique description! An imperial chocolate stout with ancho chile, cinnamon and vanilla. I had to try a bottle. The result? A pretty decent imperial stout, but not one that stands out in the crowd. All of the elements that would make this a singular beer are hard to detect. The chile is all but absent, but there is a hint of cinnamon. Don't get me wrong, I love a good chocolatel & vanilla stout, but there are better ones that aren't as expensive. I've purchased another one of Clown Shoes' imperial stouts and I hope they bring a little more pizzazz to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:03:22 | More by TheRealBigC
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-30-2012 03:04:03 | More by SalukiAlum
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-28-2012 18:15:34 | More by DIPADude01
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shand

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Another riff on the Hunhapu's formula. Let's see how this goes. It pours out black with a small mocha head. The aroma is full of chocolate, with some roasted malts and a touch of peppers. The flavor is very heavy on the chocolate, with roasted peppers providing balance. There's some roasted malts in the back of everything. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and fairly highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This is a solid imperial stout, with a unique flavor balance and nice use of peppers. It's just missing a little something to really make it stand out. It's really worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:43:15 | More by shand
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Exiled

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-27-2012 18:52:24 | More by Exiled
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kirellon


4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2012 17:18:14 | More by kirellon
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Schumatrix

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-22-2012 20:19:02 | More by Schumatrix
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-22-2012 03:03:56 | More by dtx00
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-22-2012 00:37:44 | More by thebouch01
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, no traces of other colors. Head was a nice mocha color, maybe a finger. Didn't stick around for too long. The aroma was pretty heavy on the chocolate with bits of roasted malts. Nice, but not too complex. The taste was really chocolaty. I'm not sure how a person or two could say they couldn't pick it up... The chili's though are a different story. I think they add the tiniest bit of spice, but it's really easy to not even notice. Big roasted malts as well with some coffee roasted notes. The body is full, mellow carbonation and a slick, creamy, somewhat coating texture. Can't get any alcohol in either the aroma or taste.

This is a nice chocolate stout; rich, thick and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 00:14:40 | More by EgadBananas
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Jerry's. Appearance is dark brown, not quite opaque, auburn highlights at the edges. Aroma is all chocolate with earthy notes of tobacco and mild cayenne. Taste is rich and chocolatey with hints of spice and roast. Earthy qualities resonate throughout. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for style with moderate carbonatiOn. Overall, this is a tasty beer the would benefit from more body.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 21:27:49 | More by homebrew311
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2012 18:56:07 | More by UpToMeBeer
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-19-2012 07:06:50 | More by FreshHawk
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a tan head. Heavy on the roasted malt with mild coffee and, despite the name, only a moderate chocolate aroma. The flavor is somewhat bitter, perhaps even astringent. There is some mild vanilla, a bit of chocolate and coffee, and quite a bit of roast. Another mediocre beer from Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 21:35:25 | More by womencantsail
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John_M

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at Matt's (slatetanks) birthday stout tasting.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with good head retention and lacing. I get a lot of coco krisp cereal on the nose, with a hint of underlying tobacco. The chocolate dominates and is pleasant. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but this really comes across as more of a brown ale, one that has had a great deal of nestle's quick added to it. There's also some light heat and bitterness on the finish, but it's pretty subtle. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable, and I was surprised to learn of the 9% abv.

A decent beer, but really nothing special either. I'm not a big brown ale fan, and that's what this comes across as... a brown ale that has had a considerable amount of chocolate added to it. I really did pick up much of the chili flavor at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 20:31:59 | More by John_M
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Pencible

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and chili powder, with some roasted coffee and sweet licorice.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and coffee, with a little cinnamon and chili powder. It had a clean and mildly bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy with a little carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was a great concept that was executed fairly well. Not on the same level as Huna, which may have been the inspiration. But the scent was still very nice, even though the taste wasn't as unique. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. No reason to age this. Nice beer but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 18:48:13 | More by Pencible
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HopsJunkiedotcom

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2012 20:04:04 | More by HopsJunkiedotcom
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, label indicates bottled 2/2012.

appears opaque black, off-white head that fades. smell is a bit roasty and chocolately. taste highlights bitter coco, a bit smokey. a little spice in the finish. medium thickness. low to medium carbonation, good for a bigger stout.

overall - I was actually expecting bolder flavors. It could be cranked up.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:52:50 | More by jmdrpi
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retreminy

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-16-2012 04:29:46 | More by retreminy
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.