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:
1,842
Reviews:
347
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
437
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 1,842 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub. Served in a 10 oz. snifter. It pours a deep, dark mahogany, very nearly black, with a one-finger, beige colored head and extensive lacing that didn't dissipate throughout the pour. It's a really pretty beer. Unfortunately, the smell was rather subdued. There was an aroma of chocolate and some cinnamon but it wasn't as strong as I anticipated. This is a very flavorful stout with roasted malt, sweet cocoa, vanilla, and hints of cinnamon and peppers. It finishes slightly bitter with pepper and bakers chocolate. This stout is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and the 9% ABV is noticeable. Overall, this is a very good Imperial Stout, as one would expect from Clown Shoes. Often, I conjecture how a bottled beer would taste on draught. In this case, I'd like to try it from the bottle at a warmer temperature.

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

Black color with tan head. Aroma has cinnamon, chili, chocolate and cacao. Taste is quite balanced with a nice touch of cinnamon and a slightly bitter chocolate finish. Full body with a smooth feel. A really nice take on a mexican chocolate stout.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAl18
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gambyt20
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaleAleSean
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a tan to light brown head; cap quickly retreated leaving little to no lace. Chocolate nose. Flavors of cocoa nibs, roast malt and chillies peppers; some vanilla in the middle, but very subtle. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Overall, lite on the chillies but a pleasing chocolate stout nonetheless.

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

Photo of scmtim
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manny1909
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blowpez
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skillet
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PackenGreen
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timmy2b
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Dark Brown, almost black with an off white head.
Scent is heavy on alcohol and light on chocolate.
Taste has the chocolate in it and not the boozeyness that was in the smell.
Light and a little creamy, especially for the alcohol content.
Nothing special here.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PaulyB83
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottled 01/15/2016

L- Pretty much black, not really much light coming through, small latte colored head.

S- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, cinnamon, touch of alcohol, light vanilla and chili.

T- Dark cherry, dark chocolate, medium roast, not much alcohol, cinnamon, vanilla and chilies are there but subtle. Finish is of a medium roast coffee, some light hops.

F- A light syrup good lower carbonation for the style.

O- A very nice beer, nice to see it in 12oz bottles so I can grab a single when I'm craving the flavors. I enjoy that it's not too roasty and that the chili is subtle with a nice amount of cinnamon and vanilla in the mix.

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Photo of losdizzel
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice high grav stout. Compares to a Prairie Bomb!, although the Prairie is by far the superior beer. Black with a light tan head. The smell is relatively subtle with no notes coming through clearly. The taste is actually pretty mild for a high grav American stout. Nothing to write home about, but definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of scottsoileau
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really solid stout, but not much in the way of chocolate or Mexican spice, in my opinion. That being said, Clown Shoes makes really solid stouts and this is no exception.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

While I appreciate a good Mexican chocolate, I feel they missed the mark here. Pours dark with almost no head. Aroma is of roasted malts with hints of alcohol and spice, but no chocolate. Flavor is not too different, having more vanilla and spice combine in a somewhat medicinal way. Not what I was looking for. Finish is fairly clean.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,842 ratings.
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