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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 KYGunner
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Chocolate Sombrero succeeds in its simplicity. Soft, light feel with nearly identical aroma and flavor. This is disguised as a mocha stout with charred malt and lactose properties. Dry chocolate, cinnamon and an ancho chile kick it's an enjoyable and easy drinking ride.

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

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a bottling date of 7/18/14 stamped on the neck in yellow ink. Poured into a 33 oz oversized snifter glass.

Appearance (4.0) - So far so good, with the liquid coming out of the bottle an oily, viscous walnut bark brown that borders on straight black. No light is able to pass through, so I don't even get any lighter shades when held up to the light. Atop the body is a finger of frothy mocha tan head that holds its shape for a few minutes before melting into the black liquid, leaving just a few pockets of film across the surface and only a couple spots of light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.75) - Predominantly notes of rich bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt char make up the overall aroma, with perhaps just the faintest hint of the spice from the ancho chilis, but it's ethereal, almost like it isn't there. There are some nice sweet notes of vanilla as well that play well with the bitter notes of baker's chocolate and roasted malt. However, I'm disappointed that there really is no cinnamon to be found, seeing as how that's one of my favorite components of these so-called "Mexican" imperial stouts. Especially when it comes the aroma.

Taste (3.5) - Much like the smell, my favorite elements of the style seem to be conspicuously absent. I still don't get any cinnamon, only getting just the faintest suggestion of the spice as the beer warms, and the faint chili that I picked up in the aroma doesn't seem to provide even the lightest of kicks in the aroma. All that said, the taste does have the makings of a nice chocolate stout, with bittersweet cocoa and light char from the roasted malt providing a nice, if one-dimensional flavor profile.

Feel (4.0) - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a slightly viscous feel to provide some heft on the tongue.

Overall (3.75), this is a fine beer in its own right, but I can't help but be a bit disappointed by the failure to deliver on the spiced portion of this stout. The cinnamon was all but nonexistent and the vanilla was barely detectible, making it a decent, but not particularly remarkable chocolate stout. I'd drink it again if it were readily available in my area, but as it stands I have to get all my Clown Shoes through the mail, so I'm not likely to drink this one again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Shared by AZ brother. Thanks bro.

Near black appearance with a beige cap. Chocolate, roast, laugh spice aroma. Chocolate dominates the flavor. Chili heat is mild. A touch of vanilla, cacao, distant coffee. Sweetness throughout, perhaps a little much. This was ok, but could certainly stand a few improvements.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Thick, oily inky black, this beer definitely looks to show off a robust body from the start. The head is a medium brown one just less than one finger's thickness with good stay and stick.
It shows off the chocolate for sure, syrupy (not in the feel) and sweet with dry, powdered cocoa highlights. The chili is a little understated but not devoid of notice, just slightly building up very little heat in the back. A little vanilla sweetness is in there under lots of roast and some obviously cinnamon spicing. A touch of leafy bitterness, lingering underneath the roasted malt and sweetness, speaks to a light balance from hops.
The body is thick but not heavy, full but not as much as it would have you think initially. A bit of crispness cuts through without detracting from the smoothness.
This is very good; I think what keeps it from the upper echelons is the timidity of the peppers (not looking to get destroyed, but a little more) as well as vanilla not quite putting itself out there. A little more teamwork and it's up there with the best.

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Photo of kfh227
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Smell immediately reminded me need of saranacs chocolate beer.

Tastes god but is no Brooklyn brewery chocolate stout. Still good though.

Would try again in a 6 pack but I have only seen bombers.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%

I got to say that this is a great stout.Nice chocolate taste and at 9.0 abv you have to try it.Looked at the ratings and i have to say i think it`s a bit low.Not much of a head but the smell is a fantastic chocolate.I love what this beer did for me.Shitting out on the porch listening to led zeppelin and i really liked what i was tasting.Give this a try and you will not be disappointed.Would i drink this again.Yes and again and again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black brew, no colored halo with a decent sized tan head, about 2-3 inches tall. Aroma is roasted yet quite sweet, chocolate sauce, light roast coffee, ample vanilla bean, mellow brown spice, and a hint of earthy hops. Palate is similarly sweet, spicy, and earthy, chocolate cake, coffee, cola, and strong vanilla with a slight bell pepper fruitiness, dried raisins and currants, wood char, black licorice, caramel, and a noticeably (for the style) assertive hop bite in the finish. Quite thick and the carbonation is on the low side, although something in the brew prevents things from being disturbingly sweet and syrupy even if this is on the sweet side for my liking. Quite smooth on the palate. Very slight detectable spicy heat either from the chillies or the hops (probably the former). Alcohol is very well-concealed. A rather solid dessert beer that doesn't taste gimmicky.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Appearance: Some lacing, tiny collar, pitch black and opaque.
Smell: Chocolate, pepper and vanilla.
Taste: Bright spicy small punch of hops. Coffee. In the middle a strong taste of chocolate. Mild burn. Strong alcohol presence. A bit of earthiness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.
Overall: Would drink again. Wish this one was a little spicier but it’s certainly fun.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured Chocolate Sombrero into a snifter.

A - Pours black as midnight with a finger of mocha head.

S - Dark roasted malts fill the nose. Chocolate on second sniff.

T - Different for sure. A spicy roasted malt hits the palate initially. Mid palate getting more spiciness from the peppers with heavy chocolate. Finally, on the finish getting some coffee and more spicy malt. Wow!

M - Medium to heavy on the mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - Pleasantly surprised! Love the different flavors that shine on this brew. Highly recommended! Cheers!!

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark brown black with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells ok and tastes like a typical dark stout. Can't detect much chocolate, ancho chiles or cinammon at all. Slightly sweet at the end. Goes down well but I am not that impressed for a beer that touts all these different ingredients, it has a very generic taste.

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

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and chilies (weak)
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing OK – narrow rings of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and faint cinnamon with a nice chili bite
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a very drinkable well-made stout containing chilies. The chili and cinnamon compliment the chocolate, with the ancho chilies being mild enough to taste without burning my taste buds out. I’ll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. The marketing blurb performs well enough in its description of its own label, that I don't really have to riff on anything here #softlysobbinginthecorner.

This beer pours a solid, near light-destroying black, with the barest of cola syrup basal edges, and two fingers of restrained in its puffiness, tightly foamy, and verily creamy chocolate milk head, which leaves some violently cleaving iceberg profile lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, spicy salted pretzels (in the chili garlic paste sense - fuck that weak-ass Sriracha stuff), slightly smoked pale and caramel malts, vanilla crackers, metallic cinnamon, and some indistinct vegetal and bitter leafy astringencies. The taste is rather dry chocolate, pleasantly toasted chili peppers, grainy, bready caramel malt, a waning salted licorice character, diluted brown sugar, more increasingly metallic cinnamon spice, boozy fake vanilla, and a continuing vegetal note, that may be hop, may be pepper - just too hard to say, pendejo!

The carbonation is tame, but supportive enough for the task at hand, the body a genial medium weight, with a plucky attempt at smoothness, which is admirable, given the circling spicy vectors. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate sweetness doing well to assert itself, as the salty, smoky, and uber alles, spicy pepper character reloads and comes back atcha for more.

Disjointed (I'm certain that I've used this word in relation to this brewery of late - just sayin'), engaging, furtive, and frustrating - those are the associations I have with this offering. More specifically - chocolate, chili spice, vegetation, bread, and in the end, sweet alcohol. Curtains for that wack Mexican clown wrestler, and curtains for me.

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Photo of slackattack
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured down the middle from bomber to tulip. Not pitch black by any means.
Achieved a rich, tan two finger head that dissipates quickly. Nose is bitter coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and roasted malt. First taste strikes me as very complex and not necessarily in a good way. The tastes of cinnamon, dark chocolate, and bitter roastyness are all there, but they run together to give a cardboard-like taste and there's really no order to what's going on. The aftertaste is lingering and by far the highlight of the beer for me, this is where the BS goes away and a nice lingering bitter chocolate dominates. Nice mouthfeel, just a little carbonation which is good. Not a stellar offering from Clown Shoes. To be fair as the beer warmed it was considerably more palatable and at room temperature was not unlike chocolate milk.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer is pretty sloppy, i dont think all the interesting flavors are particularly well integrated or balanced, but the base stout is quite large and tasty, i just dont think it needed all they did to it here. comes across confused. dark as night, thick and viscous, heady too. the nose is a weird mix of dry and sweet dark chocolate, as well as cinnamon spice and chili pepper, all very muddled. the complexity and richness of the base stout is lost with all these additives i think. chocolate is robust in the flavor all the way through, and the peppers come out mostly just in the finish. they arent super hot, but there is a warming sensation for sure. combined with the hotly alcoholic thickness of this beer, its tough to drink very much of. maybe something to try again in colder weather, but the promise of something interesting and unique here gave way to a lackluster brew bogged down by mediocre use of strange ingredients. not worth what they ask for it.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a glass. Very dark with some carbonation. It had a very small head with an aggressive pour.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla, fruity. It has a thick mouth feel with some bitterness and some smoky notes.

The taste is another winner for Clown shoes, love it the colder the better this is a nice Sunday sipper.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with ancho chiles, cinnamon, vanilla extract
9% ABV. $5.99 for a 22oz bomber at Total Wine
Pours out to a deep walnut, near black, forming a modest light tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nose is of black walnut, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, and strawberries. The mouthfeel is slick, mildly acidic, and full bodied. The taste is a recap of the aroma. The strawberry is an interesting note. A touch of soy sauce. The cinnamon is rather subdued, as is the chili. Not much heat...very very mild. There is subtle oxidation towards the finish. Overall on the sweeter side. Bitterness is very very mild, as is the roast character.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- black chocolate with light brown head.

Aroma- sweet chocolate with strong alcohol esters.

Taste0 A strong imperial stout. Starts roasty and smokey in the middle, roasted peppers make an appearance in the middle, and finishing with dry coffee and dark bitter chocolate notes. The high alcohol is not masked at all and my rating reflects that fact.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 8/24/2013.

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Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge, light brown head with fantastic retention and leaving thick lacing down the glass. Motor oil-black brew.

Huge dark fruit aroma, plums and prunes swimming in a ton of roasted barley. Hint of vanilla, maybe a tiny bit of peppery chile, and dark cacao in the background.

Interesting mix of flavors. Sweet overripe dark fruit up front, spiced with the barest hint of chile, and flavored with a touch of vanilla and cacao. Finishes with a massive dose of roasted barley.

Surprisingly light body. No foaming, no sting. Not very lively, but smooth.

This is a tasty beer, but it doesn't seem to hit any of the wickets I really anticipated and wanted. It's both thin and too fruity for a stout, and the chiles are too much in the background. That said, it's still a good beer, and worth trying out if you can get it at a decent price.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured nice and dark into a snifter with a half-finger, dark tan head. Not the most impressive smelling stout I've ever had, but I feel like the ancho chile is lingering there somewhere. Taste is all right. Maybe I just prefer my stouts to be a bit more chocolatey or coffee-ey. This one is pretty solid, though. I do get a spicy bite at the back end, which is cool.

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Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown but sits a shade lighter than black in the glass. Forms a loose and rocky mocha head of three fingers but with poor retention and spotty lacing.

Solid amount of toasted malt and pure milk chocolate sweetness. I get cinnamon and some vegetative and peppery spice in the finish from the chile.

The dark cocoa and caramel sweetness from the malts is very dominant. Warming cinnamon and subtle vanilla appears near the end and without much chile presence. Very mellow flavors overall without the diversity yet it's pleasant and works.

A medium bodied stout, less carbonation than the pour indicated which might have brought out more complexity or pop to this beer. Pretty clean for a dark beer with moderate alcohol stoking the barely breathing heat of the chile and cinnamon.

On paper I was expecting something pretty great with the cinnamon, chile and especially vanilla extract in this chocolate heavy stout but the dark malts are overpowering and the beer just lies there, flat on the palate. The upside is that Clown Shoes is constantly evolving and tweaking so I'm sure this will get even better in subsequent years.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - big dark brew, a mocha cap that is a little watery but fairly resilient. Irregular lacing on the glass.

Aroma - light roast with a slightly sweet edge, indistinguishable at first, but some vanilla and cinnamon push through after a minute. Not sure I would have picked it up...well, maybe I would have. Actually gets stronger as it sits.

Taste - malts up front, cinnamon and vanilla mid-palate make a fantastic blend of chocolatey, Mexican cocoa flavor. The anchos have a perfect, subtle undertone of heat, letting you know they're there, warming the belly, but not adding any unwanted heat to the mix. Ends easily, with bittersweet chocolate, fading vanilla and a lingering cinnamon. Even the exhale breath is exotic. Nice beer!

Mouthfeel - smooth, big-bodied, lower carbonation, I like the levels where the flavor is unhindered by the bubbles but can ride the body.

Overall - a very well-done spin of an American Double. Fireside beer for sure. A fine beer to toast the Kentucky Wildcats and the Uconn Huskies on their championship run. No dog in the hunt either way but an excellent game, men. Cheers!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is what you'd expect from a beer this big and just a wisp of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The first thing I noticed is the chiles in this. Big ancho aroma going on. Malt profile in this is of the big roasty variety. Tons of roasted malts, chocolate underneath, molasses, and caramel. Cinnamon and vanilla play a smaller role in this, but complement the beer well.

3.5 T: Big roasty flavors in the taste, but balanced by rich chocolate and molasses notes. Degrees of caramel with a touch of char. Chiles are less prominent in the taste and the vanilla and cinnamon only add a touch of flavor.

4.0 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer overall. I wish the chiles and spices played a bigger role in this, but it's good enough to try once.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light black in color and somewhat penetrate lee to light. Just a trace of light brown foam covers a small part of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. I get chocolate,roasted barley,and cinnamon in the nose. The mouth is silky smooth and viscous. I get roasted barley, cinnamon,and fig throughout the palate. This is a very sweet finish after a bitter start.

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

No apparent date on bottle.

Beer is black with a small tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving some bubble.

Nose contains chocolate and vanilla.

Chocolate is the dominant flavour. The chile is there, but not overstated - it's a nice level, providing a bit of additional flavour but not taking the focus. I would say the same for the cinnamon - actually, it is not easy for me to distinguish the chile powder from the cinnamon. The vanilla is stronger than the chile and cinnamon, but also not overpowering. All in all, quite easy drinking and (unsurprisingly) firmly on the sweet side.

Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation, very creamy and smooth.

Overall, a nice beer. Very much a dessert beer.

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

pours a dark, opaque brown with almost zero head. nose; chocolate, hops, light cinnamon, & toffee. taste; chocolate malt, vanilla, cocoa, sweet cinnamon, dark toffee, hops, & light ancho chili spice on the end. extremely dense carbonation (billions of super tiny bubbles) & heavy, creamy mouthfeel. the 9% abv is tucked in nicely. a very nice chocolate stout with a little chili burn!

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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
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