Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout | Clown Shoes

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

Brewed by:
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!

Added by rab53 on 02-26-2012

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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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Photo of BLarson31
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Scott17Taylor
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 MMOSNN
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of BlueKurenai
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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