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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
1,749
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
25.13%
 
 
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83
Gots:
411
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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 09/17/2014 so reasonably fresh. Sampled on January 15, 2015.

Dark brown pour with a modest tan head. Opaque.

Aroma of rich chocolate malts, Chile peppers, and maybe some other herbs/spices.

Medium to full body.

The taste is full of semi-sweet chocolate goodness that ends with an abrupt but highly enjoyable pepper and bitter sensation.

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Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with a dense, rich mocha head that lingers.

Notes of vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, and a hint of smoky pepper are evident initially. Vanilla dominates, followed by cocoa and cinnamon, with roast malt surfacing late, and chili spicing up the finish.

Flavor is sweet initially, with cocoa and vanilla carrying into roast malt and cinnamon, finishing with a touch of smoky spice and lightly bitter roast malt. As it warms, the flavors mingle better. There's a touch of acrid character that surfaces.

Wish the vanilla were less pronounced and the acrid character didn't exist. Fruity specialty malt and phenolic notes also become evident and clash. Body is lighter than it should be. I held out a lot of hope for this beer, and it's slightly disappointing.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Head was small and went away quickly.
Color is very close to black.
Taste is strong in coffee hints and dark chocolate. Goes down smooth.
Overall, good stuff.

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Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A slightly above average imperial stout that delivers the expected flavors of dark chocolate, light cocoa, Bosco chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and cream. I was expecting the chocolate to overpower the roastiness but that was not the case. Worth a try, but I have other favorites in the style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours exceedingly dark brown with a very dark brown head. Good retention before dropping to a thin film.
Smell is malty with the whole fruitcake, wheat, dark fruits, rum.
Taste is what the nose was promised but a little more pronounced. Add raisins and toast the malt. Astounding balance.
Full bodied, smooth and creamy with aa hint of drying.

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Photo of Zraly
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black body with mocha head. Smells like a stout with a hint of spice.

I'm missing out on the chile flavor. There is clearly cocoa and chocolate notes, with a semi-dry bitter finish. There seems to be too much roasted flavor, which is overriding, perhaps, some of the other components. Cinnamon is barely detectable in the dry down.

I wanted to enjoy this more, but I'm afraid the advertised spices and flavors are not pulling through enough for me. Not horrible per se, but it is definitely not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 1-24-2014.
A: pours a deep dark brown, one finger mocha colored head
S: roasted malt, chocolate, cinnamon, very light hint of chile
M: full body and sticks to your tongue
T: chocolate, roasted malt, spice, not much chile
O: good brew, was expecting more chile spice

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Photo of jhartley
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with a light tan head. Leaves little to no lacing in the glass
Aromas of the chocolate roasted malts and not much else.
Tastes of the chocolate roasted malts with some coffee, not getting much of the chilies. Tastes better as it warms up.
Kind of a thin mouth feel, but a lingering bitterness with some of the chocolate on the end.
Overall, a beer that I have wanted for some time and while it is not disappointing, it's not quite what I expected. Lacking is the chili flavor and not quite enough chocolate. Wanted a little bit more. Still this is an easy drinking beer and there is only a small semblance of the 9% abv. Worth a try though.

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Photo of SjEzE
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've tried many stouts and porters and I believe I found the one. This beer doesn't give any bursting scents for the nose but let me tell you it's worth it! What you smell will not determine how this beer is. The first sip it blasts you with flavors: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a little fruity taste. I didn't pick up on the spice so much because I myself can tolerate spicy stuff. The mouth feel is silky and full I like it a lot. Overall this beer is a must try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark body with thin tan head. Didn't get a good head on it.

S - Chocolaty, caramel, and nutty.

T - Nice dark smokey malts, chocolate, coffee, nutty, and doughy.

M - Full body with find light/moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and refreshing.

O - This was really great. Lots of great flavors and an incredible mouthfeel.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is black with a tan head. Produces pretty much no head even on a aggressive pour. Aroma has lots of roasted malt and sweet chocolate. The taste has roasted malts upfront followed by vanilla and sweet chocolate in the middle. Very mild cinnamon and pepper show up in the finish with roasted malt for a somewhat bitter finish. Full bodied, creamy texture to this, no booze at 9%, and very little carbonation. Overall, a very well balanced stout with the roastiness/pepper/cinnamon evenly matched with chocolate/vanilla flavors. Only complaint is I wish the peppers were more prominent, but this is still a great, flavorful stout at a great price too.

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

2013 vintage. Pitch black pour with a nice two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. Roasty, chocolaty nose with hints of cinnamon, cocoa, licorice, espresso, and vanilla. The taste follows suit with big roasty chocolate fudge notes with hints of cinnamon, espresso, cocoa, licorice, and as it warms, the chilies finally emerge but don't overpower. The mouthfeel is maybe a little thin for a stout, with a mouth-coating finish and a subtle burn from the chilies. Overall, this is a really flavorful and extremely drinkable chocolate stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - I expected a bit thicker for an imperial stout but it is quite dark very pitch in black. Very good 1/2 inch of head that settles to a good lace ring. Mocha in color.
S - Mild pepper spice, good level of roast, some bittering hops, and some dark chocolate.
T - Well it's no "Chocolate Yeti" but it does have its perks. Mild pepper heat is masked pretty well never really getting overbearing. Chocolate bitter, hops equally, and the roast is overbearing at first but balances out pretty good. Slight skunked twang in the finish reminds me of a Mexican lager.
M - Medium bodied not chewy but ABV isn't too outrageous. Bitter and abrasive.

Overall I don't think I will get this again I like my stouts sweet and this one is peppery, skunky, and bitter with overbearing roasts. Curious to see what age would do to this but frankly I really don't care. Pass

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

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Spice, chocolate, and roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with spice and sweetness.

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Photo of Dorrin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

I bought this beer mostly because I was curious but I will buy it again. I thought they found a good balance of flavors in this beer. Nice chocolate flavor with just a hint of spice.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate Sombrero pours a black color with a small lacing head. There is a big roasted aroma with big hints of vanilla. The taste is roasted, noticeable vanilla notes, the smallest hint of chili peppers. Good flavors, comes together nicely, but very flat body. Overall its very tasty, easy to drink, but flat.

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Photo of richj1970
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Bottle dated 6/6/2014.

A: Pours dark black with two finger dense mocha head. Lasting retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla extract. Subtle cinnamon.

T: Reminds me a bit of drinking a thick chocolate milk with hot fudge sauce on top. Vanilla and cinnamon come through nicely especially as it warmed, but almost no chilli spice.

M: Thick and creamy. Pleasantly carbonated for a stout.

O: Easy drinking and tasty stout. I wish the spices were more prominent but this is one I would grab again.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

I really love this beer every time I have it.

A: This beer is super dark. It pours with a large head for suck a dark beer, but that dissipates soon to leave a wonderful layer of foam that sits gracefully on the surface. Beautiful.

S: It starts with an initial chocolate punch that is just fantastic. In the back is a sweet sugary-cinnamon aroma, and it all finishes with a subtle chili heat.

T: It starts with dark chocolate, and lots of it. The taste of good - quality coffee accompanies it. The cinnamon is still there, along with a very tiny alcohol note. The chili is always present, possibly getting slightly more prominent as the beer warms up a bit.

F: I would love to give this beer a five, but I can't, based on this category. This beer is not light in feel, but I just wish it stuck around in your mouth a touch longer so the chili could really shine. The carbonation is on point, but I wish it were just a touch thicker.

O: I love this beer....period. If you find it, buy it, then drink it. You'll enjoy it. Or you won't. Either way, you'll agree it's a freakin' trip.....and one worth taking (at least once).

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

A quite enjoyable beer. Heavy dark chocolate syrup like flavor...a little coffee....a little black licorice....the ancho peppers are very subtle on the finish. Nothing real peppery about this. Not noting much vanilla. I do get some light cinnamon on the aroma but not much on the taste.

Full bodied and highly drinkable. Falls short in the body compared to the top Imperial Stouts but I like the way this drinks to be honest.

Overall a beer I find interesting and very drinkable. I love all the chocolate notes...not bitter dark cocoa and not sweet rich milk chocolate.....kind of in between...

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Photo of illpass78
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black with a short tan head. A little bit of brown/garnet visible when held to the light.

Aroma: This beer has a huge array of aromas - a bouquet, as it were. Dark chocolate, cocoa, chiles, dark fruits, even a bit of cinnamon. Also lots of dark malts.

Taste: Happy to say the taste follows the nose. This is a big, chocolatey stout with a burn of alcohol and chilis on the finish. There's also notes of spices and coffee. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: This is a sipper, but it's surprisingly approachable for a big stout. It's a good dessert-type beer; a good beer to enjoy after having a thick stew or some other thick, hearty meal.

Overall: This rules. The goofy cartoon on the label made me balk a bit, but this is a top-notch chocolate stout. Get into it.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Black with 1+ finger of fluffy, khaki head.

Nose
Chile pepper, cinnamon, roasted barley, and fruity alcohol.

Taste
Roasted barley, raisin, chile pepper, and fruity alcohol. Chocolate syrup, bitter cocoa nib, and earthy roast. Hints of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, and smooth with plenty of alcohol warmth.

Overall
Lacking the depth of an Imperial Stout in exchange for the chile and cinnamon spiciness.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, tan head, great lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Milk chocolate and light roast, with the slightest touches of cinnamon and chile pepper on the nose. Both come out more on the palate. Chile pepper more so than the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Rich velvety chocolate stout with a touch of chile pepper sting on the finish and lasting down the back of your throat.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A good beer and a style of stout that I can get quite use to.
A lot of roasted malt in this one with considerable amount of char. There are hints of chocolate, coffee intermingling with a smooth creamy feeling vanilla. I didn't notice any pepper any where.

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Photo of AirBob
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Notes from 11/9/14

A- About 1 finger of hot chocolate colored, dense head. Nice lacing but poor retention.

S - Roasty, milk chocolate. Fresh pepper (not the spic).

T - Dark Mexican chocolate. Pepper. A little roasted coffee, cinnamon, Slightly bitter finish.

M - Lower carbonation. A little thin in the start and middle. Thicker finish that leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

O - Veg. and spice add some nice layers of flavor but the underlying stout isn't anything exceptional. Still tasty though. Great value at a $9 4-pack.

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Photo of RodneyHolt
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero pours a dark color almost black. It has a dark tan head and leaves nice lacing around the glass. the aroma is of chocolate and coffee. It has a slight scent of chili pepper and vanilla. The flavor is chocolaty with some coffee. The vanilla and the Ancho chili is subtle. There is no heat to the pepper in the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy. Overall a good stout.

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Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,749 ratings.
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