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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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1,094 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,094
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 49
Gots: 187 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stout6, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

C2H5, Nov 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 -9.3%

seplo, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

josephwa, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ScottP, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BeerHunter76, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

vcoggins, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

RMoeNay, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

trevorpost, Oct 21, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/12 vintage

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.

yamar68, Oct 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Phoenix2443, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Joshgonzales79, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

freduardo, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

pjs234, Oct 14, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/2012.

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.

emerge077, Oct 14, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jera1350, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jacknsally5148, Oct 13, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Bighuge, Oct 13, 2012
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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,094 ratings.