Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout | Clown Shoes

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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate StoutChocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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!

Added by rab53 on 02-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,835
Reviews:
343
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
435
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,835 |  Reviews: 343
Photo of dvmin98
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 animal69
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baldy00
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerMe8
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwkdmk
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Kips
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clm9
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpolewan
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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 SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matthowland
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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