Chocolate Sombrero | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American 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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Reviews: 365 | Ratings: 1,947
Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, hints of chili. Taste is roasted malts,chili is more pronounced than in the aroma, alcohol, a touch of smoke. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of dertyd
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a dark black color, with 1 finger of creamy khaki colored head-------- the aromas are of anise, molasses, light spice, sweet amereto and vanilla---------- the flavors are of bitter chocolate, nuttiness, roasted malts, light chillie spice, vanilla and coffee, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel with a very bitter chocolate finish----------- overall this beer was exceptional - I was very suprized with this one I've seen it many times but never pulled the trigger on it, this was nice and complex with all the adjuncts complementing each other, only bad thing I could say is it was a tad bit thin

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Photo of spectru
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, as one would expect from a chocolate stout, but it's darker than chocolate, almost black, opaque, with a tan head that dissipates to a ring around the edge of the surface; smells rich, malty, chocolatey; The flavor is chocolatey too, and slightly malty; Mouthfeel, is very smooth, lightly carbonated; It has a fairly high aclohol content, but it's not apparent inthe taste; It's good, a special beer - I don't expect it to become a regular (maybe - who knows), but I sure wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of mntlover
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black brown around the edges when held to the light, a big fluffy dark tan color head form an aggressive pour. Leaves some nice sheet lace behind.

Aroma is light roasted malts, lots of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and some light pepper aromas. Not bad nose but kind of was expecting more oomph behind it.

Taste is like the nose you have roasted malts again seem little light for such a big stout, but there is noticeable chocolate everywhere. Chocolate and cinnamon seem to dominate with touches of vanilla and peppers bringing up the rear, not as peppery as other Mexican Stouts I have had so if you don't like much peer this maybe the one for you.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly peppy carbonation that decreases the feel in my opinion.

Overall eh not a bad beer, guess everyone needs to have a Mexican Stout in their lineup now a days , but wouldn't go searching for this one.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, chili peppers, and spices.

T: Tasted of moderate amount of roasted malt, a bit of lactose (it seems to disappear after awhile), a good shot of cinnamon, lots of chocolate, a hint of chili peppers, and a little bit of vanilla. While the flavor isn't as heavy on the chili peppers as other stouts that feature them, it is sweetly likable. Gets better as you go along.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable stout. Worth trying.

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

10oz draft for $9.00 @Salt and Barley, yikes.

Opaque black with dark brown edges. Zero head or retention. Dark chocolate in the nose with hints of fudge and coffee. Slick mouthfeel and an oily body, but a bit flat. Rich chocolate on the palate with dark roast and mild coffee undertones. No perceptible vanilla, cinnamon, or anchos. Finishes with some lingering bitter heat on the throat.

Aside from being flatish and not having the qualities it's supposed to have, it's still fairly tasty aside from the weird throat bitterness/burn.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. This one of my contributions to the event.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew but a bit of a strange flavor I can't define , Idk if its the cinnamon or the vanilla extract coming thru a bit off for me..

Has a thin body for an imperial but not totally watery ..

Not bad but not my style of stout .

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, creamy head. Smell is dominated by roasted malt and chocolate, with just a hint of cinnamon coming through. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by roasted malt, chocolate and cinnamon. Vanilla is very faint and chilis are sadly almost undetectable. Finishes with a light, dry bitterness and just a little bit more chili coming through in the aftertaste. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. While the balance could certainly be better, this is still a pretty enjoyable, chocolate-forward stout with a nice mouthfeel and slight hints of spice.

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

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a very dark brown body with some nice lacing. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate, cinnamon, and spice. No vanilla until tasting this. Additional flavors include milk chocolate, cinnamon, spice, and vanilla. Nice feel and overall, a pleasant experience. Cheers!

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Photo of princessbay710
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Instantly impacted by a warm mexican hot chocolate aroma that settles you into a cozy corner. The taste is creamy cocoa with slight spice and a very cool finish. Will probably update when less distracted. Great beer!

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Photo of matcris
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black body with a finger + of tan head that lingers. Pretty nice lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, peppers, cinnamon, & vanilla; and, all are nice and present, and accounted for. The flavor has a nice bitter blast of dark chocolate right up front, and that heads to the sweeter notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla. Just picking a slight pepper flavor, but no heat, all the way through the sip. Just a slight bit of alcohol in the nose, but, really not noticeable in the taste. The feel, is, fairly thick and sticky, with average carbonation. Overall, the pepper is slight in this, but it does build a bit as you drink the brew. I like the thicker imperial stout feel. Nice brew, and I'll be back for more.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a light caramel colored head that fades away quickly. Has a sugary smell with nothing else too noticeable. This had no spices or chocolate taste. It was a little sweet though.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in Buffalo in the summer of 2016, so it's got a bit of time on it.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 8 April 2016

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, medium looking tan head with decent retention. Clear black pour with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Roasted notes, pure chocolate, smoky peppers and some sweet cream on the nose. Bold enough for sure.

TASTE: Roasted malts, chocolate, smoky peppers and some spicy qualities up front. Bold and lingering finish of smoky malts, pure chocolate, chilies, sweet cream and coffee bitterness as well. Lots of flavors and plenty of the good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth-coating. No heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff for sure. Nice coffee and chili notes show up with a good feel to support it all. Perhaps it was a little bolder when it first came out but it’s in a good spot right now. Clown Shoes is often hit-or-miss but this one worked out really well. Cheers!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So much goodness in a bottle, smell is incredible to start with that roasted chocolate, I have no idea what a Mexican beer is but I'd assume its the amazing spices used, nice full bodied stout that warms the bone, Goes down velvety smooth "with cream on top" so to speak, Fuego mi amos,

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass.
Black body. Tan, persistent head, first bubbly and then creamy. Some lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, and chili.
Taste follows aroma with hint of cinnamon, no chili burn.
Coating mouth feel, with sweet vanilla and chocolate, and slightly bitter roasted malt. Smooth sipper.
Tasty, more of an end of the night beer or a dessert beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chilies, spice and chocolate. Nice roasted flavor with chocolate and spicy chilies.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An awesome stout! High point at 9% but as smooth as can be. Pours as dark as beer can get. The smell and flavor is chocolate, coffee and cinnamon. Smooth and creamy definitely a beer I'd recommend.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, 9% ABV, 6 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, and peppers, taste follows, with very little bitterness, but some pepper burn. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of maxdeusphallis
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like a Pepsi. Cola look with small white tan head.

Smell is smoky chocolate. Sweet malt. Figs and prune. Some chile I think.

Taste is relatively thin. Not the best mouthfeel for a 9 ABV beer. But still good.

Taste is nice. Dark chocolate bitterness, some green chile flavor, some smokiness - like chipotle - but very subdued.

Not detecting alcohol. Very smooth Mole style beer.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a pitch black yielding the same color body, no carbonation is seen rising. A one centimeter tan head gently concaves into the body. Some light foamy lacing is left around the sides. The smell is dominated by milk chocolate. Some toasty vanilla and coffee come in second place and some slight earthy hops come very gently in the background. The taste is centered around most of the same smells, but some light cinnamon and nutmeg come in more so as the beer warms. The palate is about a medium to heavy, with a nice creamy feel all around. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. I would say this is one bomber and done for me. Overall, as long as I’ve been wanting to try this, I’m glad I tried it, however, I was hoping for more spiciness to come, perhaps some jalapenos, or chilis or something.

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Photo of EMH73
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild chili peppers, vanilla and cinnamon. Full bodied, medium mouth feel, moderately carbonated.

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a dark tan head. Smells of chocolate and chiles. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, chile powder, and cinnamon. Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Overall this is a delicious and very original stout.

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Photo of dcotom
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a half-liter glass boot. Appearance doesn't get much better than this. Deep, lightproof blackish-brown color, with garnet highlights and scads of long-lasting thick tan head. Bog aromas and flavors of dark roasted malt, espresso bean, and dark chocolate, with notes of vanilla and a hint of chili pepper. Very creamy mouthfeel, with a surprisingly dry and astringent finish (think dry red wine) without much residual sweetness or alcohol burn. This sample was almost six months past the bottling date, so the flavors I was expecting from the additives may have faded somewhat. Even so, what remained was a smooth, drinkable, world-class stout. Well done!

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Photo of craigbelly
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste perfectly mimics the aroma. Chocolate and some cinnamon with a little vanilla and some heat and spice from the peppers. Medium body with a sticky finish.

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,947 ratings