Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout | Clown Shoes

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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate StoutChocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout

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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 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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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body with a creamy tan head that leaves thin legs of lace. As the volume thins it becomes obvious that it's more a cola color that is clear than impenetrably black. The nose has nice roasty malts and bitter dark chocolate evident, powerful but pretty plain. The flavor is more dark chocolate, roasted and charred and bitter. There's mild acidity and perhaps a touch of lactose sweetness. Body is full and heavily weighted, creamy, carbonated but mildly.
It's powerful, hides the alcohol, and tastes good, but at the same time it's monotone, especially considering the promise of added natural flavors on the label, whatever that means. Perhaps I should be grateful it didn't get overly sweet, chemically, or toppling out of balance; at the same time I thought a well established brewery would be able to bring more to the table.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

How I have searched for a Clown Shoe offering and came across this bad boy, which wasn't bad at all.

As with most stouts, the brew poured a dark, rich color, this one though with light head and some lacing. The smell was mostly a typical stout smell - nothing i could really pull out of it. Mouthfeel was full-bodied, so much so, I had to reallly take my time with this one as it was more than filling - but in the best of ways. The taste was a complex blend of chocolate, spice, and the lightest hints of creaminess - a welcomed diversion from other stouts. Though this particular offering wasn't the best chocolate stout I've ever had, I feel like this brewer had more surprises in store for me as I keep a look out for them on my local craft brew shelves.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful black pour, nice dark creme head, thick and about an inch, recedes after a few minutes to a nice brown ring, great lacing on the glass.
Smell is chocolate for sure, a little fudge and vanilla, big roasted malts.
Taste has some cinnamon presence to it, nice and a but of subtle heat from the peppers. Cocoa and chocolate are heavy and present, not overpowering. No ingredient really takes the stage here, lots of nice cohesion between them all.
Mouthfeel is medium, a little bit sticky, and right on point for a 9 percent brew.

Overall another great offering from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/23/2016, it pours opaque black color with a big frothy/foamy 2 finger tan head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of roasted malts, burnt coffee grinds, cinnamon, chocolate, brown sugar, cocoa powder, a little vanilla and some hot peppers. Mostly full of roasted malt and chocolate, with coffee and spices trailing, it has all the ingredients listed but none really jump out. Perhaps they offset each other, as it seems rather tame for Clown Shoes yet still a nice smelling stout.

Tastes more spicy but not from the ancho chile peppers, it seems like the cinnamon, brown sugar and even some allspice hit first before the chocolate, burnt coffee and vanilla come through. The peppers bring minor heat, getting washed away by the roasted malts, charred wood, smoky aspects and bitterness which could be equally from piney hops or the coffee essence from the roasted malt. The complexities hide the 9% ABV beautifully, somehow making this easy to drink even with the slight chile pepper bite/heat.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a stout, the spices almost feel like they give this brew texture, but where it shines is keeping the heat minimized and the complexities somewhat balanced. The aftertaste is mostly bitter bakers chocolate with a fair level of spices mixed in, fading chalky and semi-dry.

Overall it was good and a nice attempt at the Mexican-style stout with hot peppers in it, in this case ancho chile. Several notches below Prairie BOMB! and Westbrook Mexican Cake but good enough that I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes: Pours a deep brown-black producing barely half a finger of finely bubbled, shortlived, mocha head that leaves no appreciable lace. This is my first bottle of this brew & according to the date on the bottle is 21 months old at the time of my rating. My experience yielded a brew of much greater fullness & depth than most ratings on Beer Advocate & other beer rating sites would indicate. Perhaps it is due to the age of my sample. Aroma is spicy, burnt dark malts, dark chocolate syrup & chili pepper (ancho?) swimming in a sweet background. Taste is fronted by chili pepper & spice but dark roast/burnt malts, semi-sweet dark cocoa & smoke kick in rapidly before mid-sip & ride into the the finish where it is joined by toffee & prune transitioning into a slightly bitter ginger spice & pepper burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is evident in warmth but only faintly in terms of bitterness or spice. This brew is flavorful with weak carbonation but the pepper & spice could be confused for carbonation bite. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied & chewy with a crawling spicy bite that can be felt on the sides & back of the tongue as well as in the throat. As is usual with many such brews this one improves in flavor as it warms.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have no fear, I am still working on the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! I recently took a managerial position at a local Carryout bottle shop, so I do not have as much time to dedicate as I did, but for me, it is a dream job. I have access to reps, delivery persons, ordering, distributors, a multitude of customers & BEER!

From the bottle: "Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero!" The label has changed slightly on the 12-oz bottle in that he is shirtless, wearing a somberero with a beer in each hand and attempting to outrun a pair of lasso-wielding & gun-toting chiles, respectively.

I was anxious & excited to try this one, having found it as a single during my latest foray to Dominion Pizza. As such, I
Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour. I watched in fascinated horror as the pseudo-cascade began to billow forth with foam that put me in mind of early sitcoms with washing machines & soap suds. Backing off, it sensed my consternation & also backed down, settling into a finger of dense, foamy, light-brown head with good retention. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration, but evincing garnet highlights at the edges. Nose was chocolaty with a light spiciness & it reminded me of Christmas in California. My uncle's friend's wife was big on Mexican culture & had a massive Dia de los Muertos display as well as a penchant for Mexican hot chocolate during the winter months. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a tingly heat on the tongue. Oh, this was going to be fun! The taste, while chocolaty, was not really all that sweet. Nor was it really all that spicy & hot. It was warm & it made me wish that I had a double-boiler here at Chez Woody since I could then heat it up and drink it like Mexican hot chocolate. I have some friends who are wildly into pepper beers, but this would probably be on the low end of the spectrum for them. For me, it was a very pleasant surprise, kind of like getting something really neat-o keen in a box of Cracker Jack. Finish was like Baby Bear's Chocolate Stout - not too sweet, not too hot, but just right. It was dry, certainly, due to the spice, but not gaspingly so. A gentle tingle remained on my tongue & lips as a reminder of its presence. Quite tasty & slightly piquant!

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Photo of Spikester
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque very dark brown with one thin finger of tan head.
Smell is dark chocolate vanilla and toasted malt.
Taste dark chocolate vanilla some dark roast coffee bitterness. Some sweetness rides along in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium with just adequete carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter.
Overall a very fine beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the better Clown Shoes beers I've had. Pours a mixture of mostly dark brown and some black into the glass. Lighter brown head, 1/4". Aroma of dark chocolate, cinnamon, chile and vanilla. Good stuff.

Taste is nice, not overly sweet or spicy, yet delivers both chocolate and chile in a proportion that works and melds together nicely. The vanilla offers both a smoothness and confection like property that helps in covering up the alcohol. Nothing dominates, seamless integration.

The bomber format I could do without, but ultimately this isn't a terrible price at $10 for a bottle. Not great either, but this won't suffer the usual ding on the overall score because of a costly price per ounce format.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, Euro yeast, and a hint of lactose. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, earthiness, very subtle spice (cinnamon), slight sweet malt, Euro yeast, and a hint of lactose. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, feel, and complexity. Reminiscent of a strong Export / Foreign Stout.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
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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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
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