Chocolate Sombrero
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,200
Ranked #14,254
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Chocolate SombreroChocolate Sombrero
Notes: 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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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a tulip stout glass. Best before 01/31/22 254 08:51

Appearance: Very dark brown, with some light coming through at the edges with some mahogany color. Massive tan head with a hard pour, with plenty of lacing noted.

Smell: The aroma is quite faint with this beer - I'm not really getting the spices at all. I get a tiny bit of roasted malt and some vanilla, and that's about it.

Taste: Lightly roasted malt and vanilla come through, with a bit of underlying malt sweetness. The finish is where the cinnamon and chile shows up, but it's not as strong as the malt and vanilla. It's there for balance, but just barely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick. Just right carbonation. Quite nice.

Overall / Drinkability: At 7% ABV.....I'm not sure I would call this an imperial American stout, well, at least not by the way current American stouts are heading up in ABV. This is easily drinkable, but not very memorable. The spices don't sing out very much, they're quite mild after the upfront sweetness and vanilla flavor. I'm on the fence about this one - maybe on tap and with the right food I'd like it more, but otherwise I find it just okay for the style. But....if it was mixed in and rated with other "normal" American stouts, it might impress me more. I guess I'm just jaded when it comes to Imperial stouts and I need more extremes of flavor for it to be an Imperial stout.

Jan 18, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Day 7 of the 12 Beers of Christmas. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate, little weak. Tastes of milk chocolate, very nice. Beer is medium/full bodied with good carbonation, yet still fairly easy drinking. Overall, a very good beer.

Jan 10, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a best by date of 1/31/22. Opened 1/1/21.
1 finger tan head, fades quickly to a cap.
Black to dark brown stout. No lacing.
Roasted malt and dark fruit initially. Some spice shows a minimal presence late.
Dark roasted malt flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Cinnamon, dark fruit and a very mild spicy/smoky heat.
Medium body, thin for a stout...low-medium carbonation. Decent length in the sweet finish.

Jan 02, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Can Number 07 from the Clown Shoes Christmas pack, it pours a dark brown color with a large light brown head. In the nose, it is boozy and a bit roasted malty. In the mouth, it is a slightly spicy roasted and black malty beverage.

Dec 26, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

MY can reads 7% ABV. Anyway, a massive tan head takes shape over a body more reminiscent of a brown ale than a stout. Leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. Smells like you'd think it would; a sweet, spicy stout. Plus it adds a metallic element that you probably wouldn't expect unless you're a goddamn madman. Tastes... muted. Light spice over a chocolate malt base. The spice is kind of reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Light body, flat finish. Meh. This is easily the worst Mexican chocolate stout I've had. A shame; this was the beer I was most looking forward to in Clown Shoes' 12 Beers of X-Mas pack. Might have to pop a Xoco after forcing this down.

Dec 22, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

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

Appearance: Massive, dense, and persistent tan head crowns a dark amber body, with crystal-clear ruby highlights visible before a strong light. Interestingly, the lacing is purely Belgian in its style.

Aroma: The aroma seems deceptively simple, cold coffee and herbal hops. That being said, there is much more on offer: bitter cocoa, milk chocolate, wood, vanilla and cinnamon. Though subtle, brown sugar is also present. For the higher-than-typical ABV of 7%, the presence of alcohol seems quite muted.

Taste: The taste opens with strong cold coffee notes, chased by a dollop of molasses. As the taste moves on, bitter cocoa, vanilla, earth, and wood are on offer. Midway through the taste, the alcohol offers some spiciness, and a little warmth. Late in the taste, the bitter cocoa and wood become fairly intense. A late and modest surge of herbal hops clears the palate.

Mouthfeel: Soft and very full-bodied, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Really quite nice, very drinkable and pleasing. This would be a great dessert beer. Chocolate Sombrero is the seventh beer in the Clown Shoes "Twelve Days of Christmas" package.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Duvel tulip. "Best by" date is 01/31/22.

Dec 20, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: jet black in color with red hues 2 finger thick light tan head sudsy with lacing on glass that caps and hold retention
S: very light chocolatey coffee espresso
T: probably the best chocolate stout i had it goes in tasting like a light chocolate and toffee then after taste of the best coffee beans from Columbia
F: medium bodied light carbonation a little sticky at the lips
O: amazing chocolate stout so far no other chocolate stout ranks with it

Dec 12, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Bradford's in Plymouth for about fifteen dollars. Have had many brews from these guys before. This is very good. Note that the can says that this is 7%, which I hope is correct, as I am drinking this @ 11AM.

Nov 08, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle 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 decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good deal of spiderweb lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is super rich of milk chocolate with a rather decent showing of a nice roasted malt smell. Along with these aromas comes notes of vanilla and a decent showing of brown sugar and some light spice of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor that has notes of milk chocolate mixed within. Compared to the nose, the chocolate on the tongue is rather light, maintaining just a moderate presence throughout the taste. At the start, there is also a decent amount of brown sugar and caramel as well as some flavors of vanilla and char. As the taste advances, the sweeter milk chocolate transitions to a more cocoa like flavor, losing some of the milk and some of the vanilla as well. At the same time, the roastiness transitions to a more char like taste, and with the transitions of the chocolate, and a touch of nuttiness coming at the very end, one is left with a somewhat roasty, but not all that chocolatey, sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light from a chocolate stout with a carbonation level that is average. A thicker and chewier body would have been much better for the style, accentuating the chocolate and roast flavors better.
Overall – I was not really all that impressed with this brew. The chocolate taste was lack luster and the sweet was just off for the bland of flavors. I will not do this one again.

Nov 03, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

so as someone who consistently challenges his own preference to stay clear of spicy/hot/temperamental brews, this one was actually pretty good. i would recommend you start here when playing with the whole "spicy chocolate beer" thing or spicy beer in general. more chocolate than spice, but definitely still kicks and heckles that alcohol content/booziness out to the parking lot for sure.

pro tip: pop a prilo beforehand.

Aug 11, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium light carbonation, with about average body.
Alcohol, leather, tobacco, roasted malt,earthy, dark fruit, wood
Earthy,wood, mild sweetness, dark fruit,leather tobacco, some heat
Really enjoyable beer, nice aroma and complex flavors. Would try again

Mar 25, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -9%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes 'Chocolate Sombrero' @ 9.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is black from bottle to glass with a medium size head leaving a spotty lace along the tulip
S-sweet , vanilla & chocolate
T-sweet chocolate start , slight hot from the ancho chile , roasted malt finish
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-possible good beer
prost LampertLand

Nov 29, 2018
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dertyd from California

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Sep 12, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

Aug 11, 2018
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Jul 21, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Apr 09, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Apr 01, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Mar 21, 2018
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TerryMills from Tennessee

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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 .

Feb 27, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Feb 16, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Jan 26, 2018
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princessbay710 from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

Oct 19, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Oct 15, 2017
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Oct 12, 2017
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