Chocolate Sombrero
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,730
Ranked #15,823
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Oct 24, 2021
Feb 26, 2012
Very Good
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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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3.9 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 24, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells of chocolate
T - Tastes of chocolate and roasty with some vanilla. The spices and chiles come through lightly on the finish.
F - Medium body and lightly carbonated.
O - Pretty easy drinking stout. Hard to believe it’s ABV is 7%.

Sep 03, 2021
3.87 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 31, 2021
3.37 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Jan 24, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

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
3.88 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 11, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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
4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2021
4.15 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 03, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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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3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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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3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

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
3.2 by Allurex from Kansas on Dec 21, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pegasus from Texas

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
3.67 by Argail from Louisiana on Dec 14, 2020
4.19 by BeerBeast from Florida on Dec 13, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by CodyBasden from Texas

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
4 by chebode2 from Germany on Dec 11, 2020
4 by wilfonzo from Florida on Dec 08, 2020
4 by digitalflood from New York on Dec 07, 2020
3.95 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 04, 2020
3.75 by bundy462 from Texas on Nov 08, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

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
3.98 by Tiernan from Texas on Nov 08, 2020
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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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
3.93 by DOCRW from Washington on Oct 04, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

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
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 31, 2020
3.55 by chiefz1 from New York on Jul 29, 2020
3.42 by Eman17 from Illinois on Mar 26, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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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3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by RT-Kris from New York

1.5 year old can

Feb 22, 2020
4.09 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jan 26, 2020
4.41 by TRG2 on Dec 28, 2019
3.9 by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma on Jul 29, 2019
3.72 by Valkyrie23 from Texas on Jul 08, 2019
3.66 by thiccboi81 from Wales on Jul 06, 2019
3.69 by TheBrewsky from California on Jun 23, 2019
3.47 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jun 16, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

Reviewing after having 4 of them, last last about 2 months ago.

While I enjoyed this imperial stout, it didn't stand out from the rest.

Apr 06, 2019
Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1984 ratings