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Chocolate Sombrero - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 44
Gots: 158 | 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  rDev +3.9%

Schumatrix, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

dtx00, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

thebouch01, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

homebrew311, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of UpToMeBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

UpToMeBeer, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

FreshHawk, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

John_M, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Pencible, Jul 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

jmdrpi, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

retreminy, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

redliner8, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Dwh689, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DonFrap, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a mostly black color with a pretty nice cap of tan head. Nice retention and has some draping lace that is nice.

Nose is some dulce de leche candy rolled in some crushed hop cones. Light caramel and sugar with a decent amount of milky richness.

Taste is nice and toasty with lots of caramel. For those that dont get traditional Mexican candies, this beer doesn’t stray too far from the intended flavour. Man...You might be able to simmer some shredded chicken in this and pass it off as mole! Good beer, great concept and the Clowns have executed this one damn near perfectly! Props on this one!

twiggamortis420, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ox bottle into an oversized snifter. Pitch black color in the glass with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
One finger mocha colored head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma is predominantly of chocolate and dark roasted malts with hints of pungency that is perhaps from the chili's added.
Taste is similar to the aroma, lots of chocolate and roasted malt upfront and all the way to the finish. Sweetness is dominating at the front and slowly the bitterness takes over towards the finish. As the beer warms up the heat from the chili's kicks in. There is a definite spicky kick in the aftertaste that compliments the chocolate very nicely.
A very tasty and robust stout which is very well crafted. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink.
Definitely worth a try and comes recommended.

CaptDavyJones, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jheezee, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my oversized snifter. Bottled 2/2012...not too much age on this.

A: pours a thin looking brown/black body with a thin half finger tan/mocha colored head that disappears rapidly. Still a solid looking beer...fairly opaque, small carb bubbles and plenty of alcohol legs.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts up front...confectionary sweetness...toffee, vanilla. No cinnamon, no pepper. Smell is very sweet, thick and tilting in the direction of chocolate/roasted malts for sure. And you get the vanilla extract in there as well.

T/M: Mostly chocolate again. Bitter baker's chocolate. There is an acidic quality to the beer and a slight spiciness. Peppers were used, but the qualities that I'd want to get from them aren't there. Instead, I'm getting acidity and a ramped up booziness/burn from them. Not a fan of the vanilla extract...it's a sweet vanilla instead of the tannic vanilla you might get from some barrel aged stouts. Mouthfeel is medium to medium/full bodied, definitely coats the palate. Carbonation is lowish...finish is viscous and sweet.

O: I don't know...this is a good beer, but I'm a HUGE pepper fan...was hoping for a bit more pepper flavor, but all I got was a touch of heat and that was pretty much it. Other than that, this is a good Imperial Stout at best.

kbuzz, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Goforth
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Goforth, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

OldTime, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ryanpj, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dr G. for sharing this on my birthday -enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is an opaque black shade with thin tap cap and average sized bead with decent retention and little lace. The smell is very strong with cocoa in the nose and lots of sweet roasted notes with earthy ester from the yeast however the spice is there and low alcohol aroma. The feel is good with sweet, creamy and moderately carbonated and light alcohol tinge with warming from both the spice and a mild bitterness is present in the finish.

Taste of the chocolate malt is high in this stout with cocoa presence and slight creamy spicy flavor with vanilla and noticeable heat with pepper and cinnamon coming through. The alcohol is noticeable but the cinnamon flavor is pleasant when blended with the cocoa and pepper. The strong toasted flavors create a backdrop for the slight cocoa lingering in the finish. Overall this is a pretty good beer all in all it is mild in spice though which is better than going overboard most of the time. I would drink this again since it has a nice amount of cocoa flavor and is quaffable, even if not the best of the style.

Slatetank, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of thick dark tan foam. Retention is great.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma with light vanilla sweetness and a bit of chili pepper spiciness.

T: Roasted and burnt malts dominate the flavor with quite a bit of booziness. I get a bit of toffee sweetness, but burnt malts and booziness really dominate the flavor. I get a bit of cinnamon as the beer warms up, but not much.

M: On the light side with good carbonation.

O: The burnt malts really dominate this beer creating an acrid flavor that is not very pleasant.

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 02, 2012
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.