Mocha Sombrero
Clown Shoes

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Stout - American
3.89 | pDev: 8.23%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The big, tan colored, three finger head stays around for a long time and leaves behind a lot of thick lacing. It's a very dark brown, almost black color.

Smell: There's some faint aromas of chocolate cake and watery coffee but that's pretty much it.

Taste: There's milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and a roasted malt smokiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: It's velvety smooth and medium to light bodied which makes it very easy to drink. Carbonation is low.

Overall: It's a pretty good beer. Simple, fairly tasty and with a nice texture. Nothing out of this world though.

Dec 11, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This beast of a brew pours a
nice pitch black with murky brown swirls and a nice head of
tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thick dusty, clumping layer,
and sports some nice thick sudsy lacing. Nose of subtleties;
cocoa, dark coffee, char, brulee, and faint earthy malts. Flavors
surpass the nose with layers of heavy roasted coffee, light vanilla,
dark cocoa, char, light cream, and definite earthy malts with
touches of tobacco. Nice mouth feel; full body, medium light
carbonation, and a big bitter malt / coffee finish.

Overall, a mighty big brew with lower ABV for the
coffee enthusiast! It's not their standard cup of ale
in ABV terms, but in flavor it is a mighty brew.


Sep 06, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Small tan cap, black, spotty lacing.
AROMA: Light; almost a caramel malt smell. Pouch tobacco, a little char, very mild chocolate, coffee, and good vanilla bean.
TASTE: Sweet and bitter in balance; both linger. See above for the rest; all there.
FEEL: Very dry, medium body, well carbonated.
OA: Pretty nice, and balanced brew.

May 23, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with tan head and solid lacing.
N: Burnt sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.
T: Follows the nose, black coffee with a little chocolate and toasted sugar notes.
M: Medium feel.
O: A solid coffee stout, good flavors and balanced.

Mar 15, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into the test glass
A - Dark cocoa in color, gently carbonated, a thin off white cap is fed from the effort.
S - Hints of vanilla, milk chocolate, some light roast coffee.
T - Follows the nose well , not to many suprises.
M - A bit hin, sweet start, move toward the center with a touch of bitter hops, linger is neutral.
O - Approachable for sure, not inspiring for sure. I appreciate the offering.

Feb 26, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave rings of brownish colored lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweet milk chocolate aroma that is mixed with some lighter but very noticeable coffee smells. Along with these smells comes some aromas of a caramel sweetness mixed with a creamy smell. There is a touch of spice in there as well as a bit of a nice dark roasted malt smell that has some notes of earthiness to it.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter milk chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor with a little bit of a caramel and a decent showing of vanilla. As the taste moves forward the sweetness initially decreases a touch only to later return stronger as more creamy milk latte flavors come to the tongue. At the same time the mocha tastes get a little bit stronger all while the roast fades, but Is replaced by a slightly oaky and earthy flavor. With a bit of nuttiness joining at the very end, one is left with a blend of a sweeter mocha latte and roasty dark dry stout like taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather medium in chewiness and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. A bit more thickness and less carbonation may have been slightly better for the taste of the brew, but overall the feel was pretty nice and makes for an easy slow sipper with lots of flavor.

Overall – A rather nice and flavorful stout with a good blend of chocolate latte and roasty malt. A nice brunch style brew.

Feb 25, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with hints of red and about two fingers of mocha colored head

Smells of deep roasted malts, bitter coffee, and very sweet vanilla

The taste is all roast up front, followed by a heavy aftertaste of chocolate and dry espresso

The feel is huge here, deeply robust with a bitter aftertaste

Overall not a bad stout, though I wish the chocolate weren't so subtle, and that the vanilla didn't just appear in the nose

Nov 07, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't check the Purchase by date but it was purchased in a bar near here and it seemed fresh. The look was dark black . I expected more of a chocolate flavor, as it advertised on the can as a Mexican Chocolate. I liked the flavor , though it seemed a little blander than it thought it would be. The pour was fine. It was not a strong smell but was adequate. A good beer, certainly worth trying but not a great one.

Sep 06, 2019
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Longhorn08 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- jet black with light penetrating the edges. 2 fingers khaki brown head that sticks around a little while.

S- coffee, burnt dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

T- coffee, caramel, chocolate, burnt coffee with some bitter finish.

F- thinner than I would like.

O- solid. Would buy again.

Jun 21, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz stamped 12/17/18 (about 6 months old) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with mahogany highlights and mocha colored head. The head builds quickly on a hard pour and then slowly settles to some patchy spots, a ring and a little lacing. The aroma is muted coffee with some caramel & vanilla in the background. The taste is sweetened and creamed coffee with a touch of pepper heat. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good, but I bet it was great fresh. I'll shift my score up a bit bases on that. Would love to get a fresh 4 pack some time.

Jun 12, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Quick Stop cooler on 1-25-19 for $3.29. Canned on 12-17-18; consumed on 5-16-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head with the initial pour.

Nose has hints of cocoa and coffee interlaced with the mildly roasted malts.

Taste is light cocoa and not much coffee over a medium light roasted malt body. Finish is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer that i am glad to have tried.

May 17, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I embarked on a Clown Shoes brewery horizontal as part of New "Don't Call Me a 'Clown' Until You've Drank a CAN of Beer in My Shoes" Beer Sunday (Week 736), I CAN't seem to stop! Jeff "CAN Man" Lebo was by on Monday & we made a trip to Dominion Pizza to see if there were any in stock that I did not have already. This was one of them! Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout with Coffee and Vanilla"; "Our Mission: To Produce Beer without Pretension while Being Free and a Little Crazy".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a moderate Glug into the awaiting glass. I was heartened when it immediately started a pseudo-cascade & so I sat back & allowed things to run their course. I wound up with two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Beautiful! Nose was rich with dark-roasted coffee & baker's/baking chocolate. Never mind the vanilla, this had the kind of roasty bitterness that I enjoy every morning in/from my cup of coffee. Mmm. Mouthfeel was full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. Nice! I let it just kind of roll around, basking in the roasty bitterness & CANtemplating just how good it was. Finish was dry, roasty & bitter, just the way I prefer my coffee. I never really perceived the vanilla, but that was just as well. Now, the question becomes how am I going to remove the heavy, sticky lacing from inside the glass?

Apr 02, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a16 oz Snulip glass canned on 2/11/19. Pours a very slick black with a two finger sticky light brown head that leaves thick webs of lace as it slowly settles. 4.25

Smell is vanilla, coffee grounds, chili’s, cocoa nibs, and some pipe tobacco. 4

Taste follows coffee, vanilla, peppery spice, and chocolate. 4

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, moderate carbonation, a tad dry, and very approachable, but drinks bigger than 7%.4.25

Overall this is very nice, $10 a 4 pack and very tasty, with a rather chewy mouthfeel. I will never be sad to sip this one. 4

Mar 31, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has short retention and reduces to a ring around the glass

S- herbal coffee/espresso complimented by mocha and vanilla, followed by charred malt and undertones of caramel

T- bold earthy & herbal espresso and mocha cream up front, followed by plenty of charred malt. Mid-palate brings out some creamy vanilla notes as well as a hint of caramel. The finish gives anise, more char, chocolate and coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- solid coffee notes throughout, not sure if this included cinnamon and peppers, like a typical Mexican style stout. If so, you couldn't taste them

Mar 03, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 12/17/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a dark khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are mild, subtle and malt forward. Lots of cocoa. Mild spice notes. I'm not picking up any vanilla or coffee in the aroma department. The aromas slightly open up as it warms. The flavors are bolder than the nose. Some coffee and chocolate coming through. Mild peppers in the finish. Mild hints of peppermint and cinnamon as well. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied to the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly creamy and velvety, sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid stout. It's subtle and tamed, but it's still enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, tulip glass. Dark black body, one finger mocha head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smell is lighter medium vanilla, milk chocolate, a good bit of roasty coffee, roasted barley. Flavour follows. Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa powder, light vanilla, dab of expresso, a bit of marshmallow on the backend. Very solid, chocolatey stout, not particularly spicy by any means. Nice vanilla on the backend, medium-full in body, reasonably drinkable, good carbonation.

Feb 05, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

02/02/19, Happy Groundhogs day

Can to goblet.

LOOK: Dark Black; decent beige head with good retention.
AROMA: Coffee for sure and some medium roasty barley. Vanilla sneaks in but is not prominent.
TASTE: Coffee again, and some roasty stouty flavors, touch of mineral.
FEEL: feels a little less than full body. medium carbonation. almost an slimy/oily texture.

Not bad; a nice smooth sipper and glad to see a clown shoes stout in a smaller package than the normal 22oz bomber, but there are many better options in this category.


Feb 02, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can - a 'Mexican-style chocolate stout with coffee and vanilla', because of course.

This beer pours a very dark, amber-highlighted brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some spooky tree copse lace around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of lightly roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, cafe-au-lait, vanilla cookies, faint cocoa powder, and some ethereal earthy, musty, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, day-old coffee grounds, real vanilla, stale chocolate chips, a bit of musty yeast, and some plain earthy, herbal, and dead grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, with maybe just a touch of smokiness getting all up in my grille at this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the coffee essence exhibiting the most lingering pizzazz.

Overall - there's definitely more of a coffee/malt character prevalent in this offering, so I'm not really getting the titular association. That said, the 14-proof booze quotient is well-integrated, so I shall enjoy the rest of this before yet again heading out to shovel the walk.

Feb 02, 2019
Mocha Sombrero from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 47 ratings