Mocha Sombrero
Clown Shoes

Mocha SombreroMocha Sombrero
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American Stout
3.91 | pDev: 8.44%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Mocha SombreroMocha Sombrero
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by matcris:
Photo of matcris
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of arizcards
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChocolateTaco219
2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kw_pip
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

can. tasted boozier than what it is. maybe over spiced.

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Photo of Longhorn08
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Mrbob558
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of WarriorPrincess
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very roasty tasty from the coffee however, I wish the body of the beer was thicker a bit too thin for me

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of kdivers
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gaddabble
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 42 ratings