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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 51
Gots: 227 | 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:
Beer added by: rab53 on 02-26-2012

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!
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ksimons
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with no highlights and a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves some lace on the glass

S-rich malt, lots of chocolate, and spicy cinnamon

T-chocolate malt, dark and milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, bit of vanilla sweetness, and chile spiciness to give it a bit of a kick at the finish

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall I think Clown Shoes does some great beers and this is another one. Really love the chiles in this one.

Photo of Hallertau
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Halluxone
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of shehateme
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jasonrm72
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of take_it_sleazy
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from pint bottle into hill farmstead pint glass.

A: deep deep coffee color, almost black. pretty lively head that mellows out as soon as its poured. No real carbonation visible.

S: mild smokiness and not much else. Similar smell to otter creek's smokehouse porter, maybe not quite as strong.

T: a lot more pungent than the nose on this puppy. After an initial hit of chocolate, malty goodness, the chiles and vanilla make an appearance a bit later and mix extremely well with the malt to finish it off. Dont really get too much cinnamon coming through in this one. Overall, the flavor isn't too overpowering. A bit boozy at the end, which doesn't hurt.

M: pretty standard, but still great. Characteristic stout taste lingers on the tounge for a while, and isn't too thick. Very enjoyable and suprisigly drinkable stout at nearly 10 percent.

O: would recommend if it's available. Picked her up at a local beverage warehouse for 3 bucks and change. A nice, rich stout when enjoyed at an appropriate age. The rich cocoa is really the feature of this beer while chiles and vanilla sing in the background.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jimmah120
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with a freshness date that I really can't remember.

look is dark, almost black, brown with a creamy mocha head that lasts and lasts. smell is dark, roasty, malted leather oak (?). taste starts big and black an malty, with an almost coffee like bite. finish is straight up Mexican chocolate cake. I can almost taste the cheap sprinkles.

super tasty stuff

Photo of Jeremy6566
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Worthy Burger Sniffer

A: dark brown like black coffee with little to no head there is some brown foam but it goes away quickly with no lacing. It pours thick like motor oil and is opaque as can be with no light coming through.

S: There is some smoked malt in there but it is not a really much power behind it. There really aren't many other smells I really can't take much else out there is some vanilla maybe but the chilies are not there at all.

T: Fortunately this is nothing like the nose, there is a nice chocolate flavor upfront that mixes with the spice of the chilies that has a nice presence that is not too overpowering in fact it is just right. The vanilla then starts to come through with a smooth creamy sweet taste that blends in well with the spice of the chilies. There is a bit of smokiness in background with a little hints of cinnamon.

M: The feel is smooth but actually pretty thin considering the style it does go down pretty easy but that is definitely helped by the low abv. You can also definitely feel the spice but it does not effect the smoothness which is impressive, but it is kind of watered down for a stout.

O: In total other then the smell and the sort of lacking feel this is a pretty impressive beer. The taste is well balanced with a whole bunch of different flavors. Its like a super ultra baby version of hunapu's but its definitely worth a try I recommend it.

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/23/12. I thought I was getting something fresh, but alas, I didn't.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a Gordon Biersch half liter pint glass. Pours pitch black and topped with a cuban coffee colored head. Quite frothy and creamy, looks nice.

Aroma is filled with dark chocolate nibs and roasted coffee. Really nice. The malts and chocolate are about the only thing that hits the nose, but although this beer is six months old, the aromas seem to be rather fresh.

I love the dark chocolate flavors present, almost like eating bakers chocolate. I know this may sound heretical, but this one is kind of close to what Sexual Chocolate used to be like. Heavy, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, Caramel malts, light hoppiness, slight bitterness.

Silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a little more body and chewiness would put this one in the upper echelon.

I was really surprised by this one. Despite the age, this one is really delicious. If you like dark chocolate and a bitter roastiness, this beer is for you. Very enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Modest beige head, slow to fade, leaves plenty of spotty lace on the glass. The liquid is near black--no light passes.

The smell reminds me of baker's chocolate with whole milk added. It doesn't smell like milk chocolate, though. It is also not chalky like some.

Rich cocoa and dark chocolate flavors. The swallow has a nice spicy hop along with some warming alcohol bite. The body is rich with an elevated level of carbonation. Not very sweet. An easy-to-drink stout. Taste-wise, it's hard to believe its an Imperial styled one.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.