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:
1,836
Reviews:
344
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
435
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,836 |  Reviews: 344
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

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yaksurf
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the better Clown Shoes beers I've had. Pours a mixture of mostly dark brown and some black into the glass. Lighter brown head, 1/4". Aroma of dark chocolate, cinnamon, chile and vanilla. Good stuff.

Taste is nice, not overly sweet or spicy, yet delivers both chocolate and chile in a proportion that works and melds together nicely. The vanilla offers both a smoothness and confection like property that helps in covering up the alcohol. Nothing dominates, seamless integration.

The bomber format I could do without, but ultimately this isn't a terrible price at $10 for a bottle. Not great either, but this won't suffer the usual ding on the overall score because of a costly price per ounce format.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, Euro yeast, and a hint of lactose. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, earthiness, very subtle spice (cinnamon), slight sweet malt, Euro yeast, and a hint of lactose. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, feel, and complexity. Reminiscent of a strong Export / Foreign Stout.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a very small tan head. Smells bittersweet with strong notes of chocolate and some cinnamon. Taste is much sweeter than your typical Imperial Stouts, but with a nice and strong bitter aftertaste. Lots of coffee liquor and dark fruits. Full bodied. A really pleasurable beer for sure!

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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,836 ratings.
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