Chocolate Sombrero | Clown Shoes

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Chocolate SombreroChocolate Sombrero

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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!

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a very small tan head. Smells bittersweet with strong notes of chocolate and some cinnamon. Taste is much sweeter than your typical Imperial Stouts, but with a nice and strong bitter aftertaste. Lots of coffee liquor and dark fruits. Full bodied. A really pleasurable beer for sure!

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that receded quickly, decent lacing.
Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, citrus cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg.
Flavors are similar.
Feels a bit thin for something with a 9% ABV.
Very tasty beer from Clown Shoes, reminds me of FBS.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Not much on the nose, just some dark malt and a little chocolate. Taste is baker's chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and green pepper. Not detecting any heat from the chilis. Feel moderately thin for the ABV. Pretty solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/9/14; drank 11/22/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black/purple hue.

Huge dark khaki head; frothy lace.

Chile peppers, red wine & pickle juice nose...uh-oh.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pickle juice flavor is dominant; milk & hints of chile pepper notes lurk uneasily uneasily underneath. Borderline undrinkable.

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Photo of Odysseus45
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slick and black like old motor oil. Minimal light beige head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves some lacing.
Smell - Bourbon and vanilla nose balanced by notes of dark chocolate, espresso, campfire, and dark fruits.
Taste - Espresso, black cherries, bitter dark chocolate, and star anise up front followed by dark rum, cinnamon, and faint ancho chili smokiness but no detectable chili pepper heat. Slight sour old oak notes toward the finish. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Thick, velvety, chewy, luxurious. Perfect carbonation.
Overall - Very good. The smell is rich and warm but not suggestive of a spiced beer. The flavor is very good overall, but a little imbalanced. Most brewers go overboard with their spiced brews, but this has just enough spice to make it a good festive beer for the holidays.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick like black motor oil with a 1/2 beige head

Aromas include roasted barley, chocolate, and dark fruits

Taste is mostly chocolate and roasted barley

Great mouthfeel and carbonation
Overall this was a fun beer to try but probably won't get again

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slick oil like black color with mocha colored head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing or head.

Aroma - Dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, pretty spicy, cocoa.

Taste - Very good flavors, dark chocolate, vanilla, the peppers come out a little more in the flavor. There is no sign of the alcohol

Feel - Slick heavy side of heavy, well carbonated, some heat from the peppers

Overall - A very good spiced stout, the chocolate stands out very well and the heat is very balanced.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 09/21/16 into pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby-brown - almost no light transmission, and what there is, is only at the edges. Tan head dissipates quickly. Initial impression is surprisingly less flavorful than expected - some chocolate, some roasted malts, maybe some vanilla - but overall it's underwhelming. Medium mouthfeel (too thin for a stout); medium-light carbonation. Finish is kind of sweet with a little heat from peppers. Not awful but not memorable. Vastly prefer Weyerbacher Sunday Mole.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a thin head that didn't last long and seemed thick. The beer had aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with hints of dark fruits. The beer tastes of mostly chocolate with some spice form cinnamon and peppers. Not too bitter at all. Finish is slightly dry but beer is smooth but full bodied.

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Photo of aquabears
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with no head and minimal lacing. Smells chocolate and roasty with a slight sweetness. Taste is spicy and bitter chocolate, nice roast flavor from the malts, slightly earthy. Slick mouthfeel and moderate fizziness.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of chocolate, vanilla and some spices with a little roasted malt
T: Taste is chocolate and some cinnamon with a little vanilla and some heat and spice from the peppers. There's a littel roast going on but it's like Mexican hot chocolate. Swallow is roasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon and some slight peppery heat.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but adequate and the finish is on the dry side.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with good flavors and complexity. The adjuncts are a nice twist on the style but Xocoveza from stone is just a little bit better in my opinion. It's still well made and one to try if Xocoveza isn't around.

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Photo of Lucular
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice stout, lots of chocolate and some vanilla but no heat from the peppers at all. I was expecting a bit of heat and it would have been nice to pair with the chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours a dark amber brown with tan head, smell is bittersweet chocolate, spiced cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, sweet cafe latte, taste is chocolate syrup, mild roastiness, heat, and peppery earthiness, medium to light feel. A sweet syrupy, roasted, spiced chocolate milk, a budget Prairie Bomb! Yum.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours very dark brown, with a finger of medium-brown head. Lacing is pretty good, too.

S:: Dark fruits, pepper, flowers, coffee, and cocoa. Quite complex aromas.

T: A hefty dose of sweet malt up front -- almost too much, bordering on cloying; and it doesn't quickly fade. But it is joined by a variety of other flavours: espresso, raisins, molasses, burnt toast, and a little chili pepper (although less than I expected based on the bottle description).

M: Smooth, but a little light on carbonation.

O: A good imperial stout, but I'm a little disappointed it didn't have more of a chili presence (I'm not looking to burn my throat, but a little heat would be nice).

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Photo of q33jeff
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is mucho chocolate. Appearance is Dark black. Small head. Taste is bitter chocolate, nice, not too sweet. Some toasted barley. Feel. A bit flat. A nice beer. Not amazing, but good."
Mexican Chocolate Stout Tasting with D.C.
Best tasting yet.
All 6 beers were anywhere from very good to magnificent.
1. Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego
2. Weyerbacher Sunday Mole' Stout
3. Avery Xolotl
4. Stone Xocoveza
5. Stone Xocoveza Charred
6. Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
Aside from previous notes, I notice there is not a ton of chocolate or spices in the taste that tease in the Aroma.
Raisin and Licorice seem to be most prominent.

6th of 6 (but nothing to be ashamed of in this lot).

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Photo of ajm5108
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a porous, whispy head that fades quickly. Aroma is has some sticky chocolate syrup smell mixed with some normal dark malt. A faint hint of vanilla at first but it's gone almost instantly. Flavor is the same. Vanilla adds some smoothness. There is heat but it comes with some booziness so I'm not attributing that to the chillis, it's more of a raw alchohol taste. No detectable cinnamon. Perfectly adequate, perfectly run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle copped at Bonds Tavern. Dark black, creamsicle pour. Heavy notes of chocolate and cocoa predominate. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slightly unbalanced malt flavor with a sweet, warming finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Black, with a soft but thin tan head that dies to a medium ring.

Smell is chocolate covered bacon and honey baked ham?! Sassafras?! Maple syrup?! There is a ton smoked malt wafting off the glass but I'm not entirely certain that was intended by the description.

Taste is a little less weird, but still weird. Smokey malt, still a little hammy, with chocolate, while the vanilla and cinnamon finally step forward for the first time. Ancho pepper is detectable in flavor, but creeps a little closer to a plain, roasted green pepper as opposed to a spicy chili pepper. There is even a sort of sharp cheddar in the background...huh?

A little tangy, a little frothy, moderate to light body. I have been drinking a ton of top notch 'Mexican' stouts this summer, so that probably paints my experience here but this is certainly off the rails.

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Photo of Boccu
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poursreally dark with a light head that quickly fades to a light ring on the outside of the snifter. Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee and cinnamon. Taste more roasted coffee, lots of milk chocolate, cinnamon with a vanilla finish. Very cool ride with the flavors. Complex. Another great stout by clown shoes.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pours a black as night beer with a tan head to it.
Smell - Coffee and that summarizes that point in my view (my mother thinks it smells like soy sauce).
Taste - A deep and lasting chocolate taste and there is a slight hint of pepper in it's final moments in my mouth before I shallow.
Feeling - This alcohol gives me a kick of happiness in my mouth and the carbonation keeps this beverage interesting all the way through.
Overall - I believe this is a very excellent beverage that's worth a taste for us all to enjoy!

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Photo of atr2605
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a tan head with nice retention
S-roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon
T-more roasted coffee, tons of milk chocolate, cinnamon and spices coming through in the finish, with vanilla lingering on the palate
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-very nice imperial stout, great sipping beer

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Photo of doktorhops
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis another review from notes, this is the last of my beer notes awaiting posting on my b(eer)log, and I brew I have yet to see in Australia since: Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero. Shame about not finding it again because it was a real hootenanny of a brew - from the silly Mexican wrestler clown on the label right down to how good it tasted, but thems the breaks over here in Australia with highly sought American craft beers: You may only ever see them once. I’ve only managed to get 3 4-packs of my fav IIPA [which I mention in almost EVERY single review] DirtWolf here and there over the last 3yrs. PS: Get more f$&king DirtWolf Australia!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque brown almost black body with a decent 2 cm tan head that stands up well throughout the review - I’m impressed with this head. Good head*. 9/10.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and not much else... chocolate lovers need only apply with this brew. At least it does what it says in the name - can’t say that for most Australian beers that say “Pale Ale” on their labels, so there you go. 7/10.

T: Quite sweet upfront, a tad too sweet for my tastes, with bitter cacao/coffee finish. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder start to finish. It's simple chocolate flavours all the way but it works, although the label does mention ancho chile [Americans can’t spell “chilli” correctly I’ve noticed - it’s a type of pepper not a farking country!], cinnamon and organic vanilla extract - not really getting those flavours - so that’s a small detraction to the score overall. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and slightly cloying sweetness as noted above. 7/10.

D: Apart from the almost overbearing sweetness this is a great but simple chocolate stout that fares well without being outstanding. A tasty chocolate treat. Although chilli-lovers (that’s right: “CHILLI” Yanks!) will no doubt be disappointed by the lack of chilli flavour, as will cinnamon and organic vanilla extract lovers† by the lack of those ingredients. 7/10.

Food match: Chocolate lava cake or other chocolate-related goodness.

*That’s what she... ahhh forget it.

†Be there such a thing.

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Photo of mchegash
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Black (and consequently totally opaque), large quantity of very dark beige head. Looks great.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, chili spice, cinnamon

T: Initially, the cinnamon dominates, followed by the vanilla. The end of the sip along with the aftertaste are characterized by very dark cocoa notes. The chili spice is only minimally present. Taste maybe a tiny bit watery.

F: Medium body, but a little watery. Medium amount of carbonation. A tiny bit bitter.

O: this was not bad, but overall I was disappointed.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a black colored beer with a small tan head. The aroma is chocolate some coffee and malt. The taste is moderately sweet from the malt and chocolate. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Jeffwise
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Everything about this is... Ehhhh. Kinda chocolate.. Kinda cinammon. Kinda spice. Nothing is solid and sorta just disappointed. Clown shoes does make great beer, but this one is a miss for me. Very disappointed as I'm a huge spicy chocolate fan

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