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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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very good

958 Ratings
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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Gtreid, May 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

sbricker, May 18, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Brown120, May 17, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with a nice looking half finger of tan head. The head leaves a ring around the edge of the cup with just a hint of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The smell is full of chocolate and roasted malt. I'm getting some dark fruit and a mild hint of smoked chilis. There is a sweetness from the malt that shows up as well.

Taste: Not nearly as much sweet chocolate as in the smell. The chili peppers are there, but I'm not getting much burn at all. Some mild cinnamon and roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I would have liked some more heat in this beer. Not a ton, just enough to know that the pepper are there. Not bad, but not mind blowing.

oline73, May 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

codon2004, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

GuidedByBill, May 13, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a bomber, bottled 3/2012, into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours almost black, with a minimal 1/2 finger brown head. It really doesn't hang around that long at all.

S - The smell is extremely similar to their Vampire Slayer stout. Rich and creamy milk chocolate aroma. Not really picking up any of the cinnamon or ancho in the aroma.

T/M - The taste isn't as chocolate forward as the smell leads to. But the chocolate malt is definately there in the beginning, giving way to the smokey, earthy ancho chili. I am kinda drawing a blank on the cinnamon, and the heat tho. Medium mouthfeel, slightly undercarbonated.

O - Not my most favorite brew from Clown Shoes, but not their worst either. The flavor profile was just missing a few key elements for me to really love this beer.

Rizalini, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Aschap, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

howard12, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

EROCK75, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lawnboy33, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

thegerm87, May 09, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%

Rich black-bodied beer with a small brown head that settles down slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Chocolaty aroma with hints of cinnamon and chilis that are fairly subtle; good roastiness; smells sweet and malty.

A very tasty stout; I am a fan of the chili/chocolate combination and this one does it well. Again there is some mild chili heat and a light burn after the swallow but nothing that goes overboard. In fact, the chili and cinnamon, while certainly present, are pretty subtle overall. Lots of dark and milk chocolate flavor, roasty malt, vanilla, caramel; sugary sweetness but not cloying, very faint hop bitterness just buried beneath the surface. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly sticky overall mouthfeel. Very smooth and tasty.

tobelerone, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

brandon911, May 08, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

22oz. Pretty much black just some brown around the edges. Thin layer of tan.

Aroma, strong cocoa, roast malt. An earthy peat like quality I would chalk up to the pepper. A little cinnamon like spice.

Taste, smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, light vanilla and anise. The earthy quality makes this remind me of a Baltic Porter. Cocoa and creamer finish.

Solid medium body and quite creamy. No alcohol here and no pepper heat really either. Drinks easy even on a warm night.

Feels like the pepper really added subtle effects other than pepper heat. Very well done.

Bung, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

pavpav12, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mscott1975, May 05, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Pours an inky jet black with a one-finger head of sandy-tan foam. Solid lacing. Both the head and lacing diminish quite a bit over time.

S – A medium strength aroma of both milk and dark chocolate. Hints of sweet malt like the kind added to an ice cream "malt". A faint hint of a medium hot green chili (ancho/pobalno) as well.

T – Chocolate taste more “cocoa” and not as sweet as the nose would indicate, althought still quite sweet overall. Vanilla and cinnamon present in the mid palate. Faint heat from the chilies in the finish which builds slowly as the bottle is drained (more on that below). Slight bittering in the finish but no real hop character detectable and the bittering is more than likely from the roasted grain. Flavors are robust. Not uber-complex, but enough going on to hold some interest. Everything blends well. Tasty.

M – Silky and creamy. Big and full bodied, but no hint of syrupyness. Low to medium carbonaton. Finishes dry which combined with the slight heat from the chilies, makes you want another sip immediately. Absolutely perfect for this style. Bravo.

O – Quite good. Very enjoyable. Not quite as complex as New Belgium’s “Cocoa Mole”, but better and more “southwestern” than Sam Adam’s “The Vixen”. Awesome as a dessert beer (which is how this was sampled). A worthy effort.

TempeBeerMan, May 05, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Small blotches of lacing.

S- chocolate, chile peppers, and roasted malts.

T- sweet chocolate, spices, cinnamon, pepper not as strong as aroma.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness from the pepper.

O- nice chocolate and pepper combo and drinks well.

kawilliams81, May 05, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DrunkinYogi, May 05, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled on 3/2012

Man, Clown shoes has the best bottle artwork ever!

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip/shaped-glass?

A: Poured pitch black, like any good Imperial Stout, with a webby, frothy, one finger head that settled on top of the brew in mocha clumps.

S: I definitely got a whiff of sassy, spicy chocolate along with a good bit of sugar. As someone who lived in the Southwest for a while, it smelled like Mexican brownies!

T: I know Mexican hot chocolate, and this one was almost there. I got the late chile afterbite which was a nice sensory experience. The chocolate itself was a bit Nestle's Quick-ish though.

M: Thick and texturally right one for a brew of this octane, and the lacing was web-like. I REALLY dug the spice and tempered sweetness.

O: Clown Shoes continues to impress me, especially with their recent stout entries. they are quickly becoming my new "Southern Tier."

Chaney, May 02, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours very dark, almost black. There is a small ring of light tan head. Spotty lace.

The nose has sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, candied sugar and chilies.

The taste is loaded with cocoa, light chilies, toasted malts, light vanilla, bitter chocolate. Well hidden ABV.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light level of carbonation. Sticky and sweet but balanced with the roasted malts.

Overall, decent stout for the price and I will gladly re-visit it.

ChugginOil, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

duff247, Apr 29, 2012
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.