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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 Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – chocolaty of course, with the edge that a stout typically has. Mildly roasted qualities as well.

Taste – sweetness from the chocolate at first, then there’s a bite from the hops that comes in around the middle. It finishes with a roasted coffee bean-like finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the creamy side, not surprisingly.

Overall – not a terribly original type, but still pretty true to it and good-tasting.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a unique description! An imperial chocolate stout with ancho chile, cinnamon and vanilla. I had to try a bottle. The result? A pretty decent imperial stout, but not one that stands out in the crowd. All of the elements that would make this a singular beer are hard to detect. The chile is all but absent, but there is a hint of cinnamon. Don't get me wrong, I love a good chocolatel & vanilla stout, but there are better ones that aren't as expensive. I've purchased another one of Clown Shoes' imperial stouts and I hope they bring a little more pizzazz to my palate.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Another riff on the Hunhapu's formula. Let's see how this goes. It pours out black with a small mocha head. The aroma is full of chocolate, with some roasted malts and a touch of peppers. The flavor is very heavy on the chocolate, with roasted peppers providing balance. There's some roasted malts in the back of everything. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and fairly highly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This is a solid imperial stout, with a unique flavor balance and nice use of peppers. It's just missing a little something to really make it stand out. It's really worth a try though.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, no traces of other colors. Head was a nice mocha color, maybe a finger. Didn't stick around for too long. The aroma was pretty heavy on the chocolate with bits of roasted malts. Nice, but not too complex. The taste was really chocolaty. I'm not sure how a person or two could say they couldn't pick it up... The chili's though are a different story. I think they add the tiniest bit of spice, but it's really easy to not even notice. Big roasted malts as well with some coffee roasted notes. The body is full, mellow carbonation and a slick, creamy, somewhat coating texture. Can't get any alcohol in either the aroma or taste.

This is a nice chocolate stout; rich, thick and tasty.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Jerry's. Appearance is dark brown, not quite opaque, auburn highlights at the edges. Aroma is all chocolate with earthy notes of tobacco and mild cayenne. Taste is rich and chocolatey with hints of spice and roast. Earthy qualities resonate throughout. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for style with moderate carbonatiOn. Overall, this is a tasty beer the would benefit from more body.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a tan head. Heavy on the roasted malt with mild coffee and, despite the name, only a moderate chocolate aroma. The flavor is somewhat bitter, perhaps even astringent. There is some mild vanilla, a bit of chocolate and coffee, and quite a bit of roast. Another mediocre beer from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at Matt's (slatetanks) birthday stout tasting.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with good head retention and lacing. I get a lot of coco krisp cereal on the nose, with a hint of underlying tobacco. The chocolate dominates and is pleasant. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but this really comes across as more of a brown ale, one that has had a great deal of nestle's quick added to it. There's also some light heat and bitterness on the finish, but it's pretty subtle. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable, and I was surprised to learn of the 9% abv.

A decent beer, but really nothing special either. I'm not a big brown ale fan, and that's what this comes across as... a brown ale that has had a considerable amount of chocolate added to it. I really did pick up much of the chili flavor at all.

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Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and chili powder, with some roasted coffee and sweet licorice.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and coffee, with a little cinnamon and chili powder. It had a clean and mildly bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy with a little carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was a great concept that was executed fairly well. Not on the same level as Huna, which may have been the inspiration. But the scent was still very nice, even though the taste wasn't as unique. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. No reason to age this. Nice beer but not exceptional.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, label indicates bottled 2/2012.

appears opaque black, off-white head that fades. smell is a bit roasty and chocolately. taste highlights bitter coco, a bit smokey. a little spice in the finish. medium thickness. low to medium carbonation, good for a bigger stout.

overall - I was actually expecting bolder flavors. It could be cranked up.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle pours a mostly black color with a pretty nice cap of tan head. Nice retention and has some draping lace that is nice.

Nose is some dulce de leche candy rolled in some crushed hop cones. Light caramel and sugar with a decent amount of milky richness.

Taste is nice and toasty with lots of caramel. For those that dont get traditional Mexican candies, this beer doesn’t stray too far from the intended flavour. Man...You might be able to simmer some shredded chicken in this and pass it off as mole! Good beer, great concept and the Clowns have executed this one damn near perfectly! Props on this one!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ox bottle into an oversized snifter. Pitch black color in the glass with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
One finger mocha colored head that dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma is predominantly of chocolate and dark roasted malts with hints of pungency that is perhaps from the chili's added.
Taste is similar to the aroma, lots of chocolate and roasted malt upfront and all the way to the finish. Sweetness is dominating at the front and slowly the bitterness takes over towards the finish. As the beer warms up the heat from the chili's kicks in. There is a definite spicky kick in the aftertaste that compliments the chocolate very nicely.
A very tasty and robust stout which is very well crafted. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink.
Definitely worth a try and comes recommended.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my oversized snifter. Bottled 2/2012...not too much age on this.

A: pours a thin looking brown/black body with a thin half finger tan/mocha colored head that disappears rapidly. Still a solid looking beer...fairly opaque, small carb bubbles and plenty of alcohol legs.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts up front...confectionary sweetness...toffee, vanilla. No cinnamon, no pepper. Smell is very sweet, thick and tilting in the direction of chocolate/roasted malts for sure. And you get the vanilla extract in there as well.

T/M: Mostly chocolate again. Bitter baker's chocolate. There is an acidic quality to the beer and a slight spiciness. Peppers were used, but the qualities that I'd want to get from them aren't there. Instead, I'm getting acidity and a ramped up booziness/burn from them. Not a fan of the vanilla's a sweet vanilla instead of the tannic vanilla you might get from some barrel aged stouts. Mouthfeel is medium to medium/full bodied, definitely coats the palate. Carbonation is lowish...finish is viscous and sweet.

O: I don't know...this is a good beer, but I'm a HUGE pepper fan...was hoping for a bit more pepper flavor, but all I got was a touch of heat and that was pretty much it. Other than that, this is a good Imperial Stout at best.

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

Thanks to Dr G. for sharing this on my birthday -enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.

The color is an opaque black shade with thin tap cap and average sized bead with decent retention and little lace. The smell is very strong with cocoa in the nose and lots of sweet roasted notes with earthy ester from the yeast however the spice is there and low alcohol aroma. The feel is good with sweet, creamy and moderately carbonated and light alcohol tinge with warming from both the spice and a mild bitterness is present in the finish.

Taste of the chocolate malt is high in this stout with cocoa presence and slight creamy spicy flavor with vanilla and noticeable heat with pepper and cinnamon coming through. The alcohol is noticeable but the cinnamon flavor is pleasant when blended with the cocoa and pepper. The strong toasted flavors create a backdrop for the slight cocoa lingering in the finish. Overall this is a pretty good beer all in all it is mild in spice though which is better than going overboard most of the time. I would drink this again since it has a nice amount of cocoa flavor and is quaffable, even if not the best of the style.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of thick dark tan foam. Retention is great.

S: Roasted malts dominate the aroma with light vanilla sweetness and a bit of chili pepper spiciness.

T: Roasted and burnt malts dominate the flavor with quite a bit of booziness. I get a bit of toffee sweetness, but burnt malts and booziness really dominate the flavor. I get a bit of cinnamon as the beer warms up, but not much.

M: On the light side with good carbonation.

O: The burnt malts really dominate this beer creating an acrid flavor that is not very pleasant.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that vanishes leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, a little yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is sweet baked chocolate. No hint of the ancho chile. Higher ABV is hidden. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled 2/2012.

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Photo of n2185
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of chocolate and spices like chilies and cinnamon. There are some touches of vanilla as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts with lots of dark and semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Cinnamon, chilies, and some other spices bring up the finish with a slight alcohol presence.

M: Thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is thick and and nicely carbonated.

O: A pretty solid beer, overall. Lots of nice chocolate and spice notes, though it's not terribly complex.

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

Bottled 2/2012

A: Pours black with a big and fluffy milk chocolate colored head. Fades slowly, leaving fluffy spiderwebbing all over the glass.

S: Wonderful dark chocolate aroma. Cinnamon is prevalent as well. Maybe the slightest hint of chili pepper but that may just be the power of suggestion. Definitely a little heat, though that might be the cinnamon. Touch of char from the roasted malt.

T: Huh, interesting. Loaded with chocolate and cinnamon up front. Again, just a touch of chili and heat but honestly not much. There is a bit of char bitterness in the aftertaste with a bit more cinnamon. Touch of heat in the residual aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy, almost creamy.

O: A unique brew. Cinnamon, chili and chocolate stout. There isn't much chili so if you're a pepperhead then don't expect too much. It's mainly cinnamon and chocolate, not much else from the roasted malt is present. That's not to say it's bad, but it's fairly one-dimensional (two-dimensional I suppose). However, as a fan of stouts, chocolate stouts especially and all things spicy, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of mrandypandy
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta. Split with my buddy, Brad.

A - Pours a thick, dark black/brown. Nice mocha head with decent lacing.
S - Semi-sweet chocolate and some more chocolate. A bit one-dimensional.
T - Even more one-dimensional than the nose. Chocolate dominates, followed by a burnt bitterness. I don't get any vanilla, chilies or cinnamon. Tastes like an imperial stout with Swiss Miss thrown in.
M - Medium to full body. Decent carbonation.
O - Disappointed. I was really hoping to get some complexities from the vanilla and cinnamon, and some heat from the chilies, but if those hadn't been in the description on the bottle I would never have known they were in there. Neither of us were impressed, and we did not finish the bottle between us.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled in March of this year.

A - Pours black bean in color with a thin, but long lasting sandy head. By the time I am done, a layer of foam covers the glass.

S - Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, and past ripe banana. There is some spice, but less than I expected. Smells like a good stout, but nothing spectacular or unique.

T - Very sweet on the front with milk chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits. These flavors are met with a nice blend of toasted malt and ancho spice. The spice is not overpowering as I find it to be in Chile beers, but rather a nice compliment to the chocolate stout flavors.

M - The bubbles are numerous and tiny, which I consider to be ideal for the style. Medium body.

O - I have been impressed by the Clown Shoes offerings I have tried lately. This sounded interesting, so I picked one up. The flavors are complex, with a hint of spice. My biggest knock would probably be that it is a little bit sweet for my taste. Still, I like it and bonus points for value on a $6 deuce deuce.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 5/2012.

Appearance: Pours out an unassuming black body with a couple inches of mocha-toned foam. Only a bit of lacing present.

Smell: Cinnamon dusted and chocolate glazed chiles yielding some earnest promises of spice and a slight vegetal undertone, plus vanilla and a fair amount of roastiness throughout.

Taste: Roasty, chocolaty malts and plenty of them served with a chilled shot of vanilla-infused coffee. Also, a generous dose of ground cinnamon corralling the moderate amount of sweetness present. Ancho chiles are present, but, at least a few sips in, it isn't knocking me over with any heat. On the latter half of the bottle, the heat still isn't manifesting itself into anything overblown. Chocolate, spicy finish with little hints of lingering heat, spice, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I dug it! I do enjoy cinnamon, and I do enjoy some chile heat, but, at some point, both can get summarily ghastly quickly. Thankfully, I found the levels of both to be pleasant and well-incorporated within the rest of the beer.

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

Brown-black body with a tan head that became a thin disc after not too long. 3.5

Dusty chocolate and roasted pecans in the nose. Very roasty and a little musty/sweet. Some notes of dark fruits and coffee. 3.5

Bittersweet and spicy. Light chocolate, some coffee, cinnamon, and thinly-veiled pepper heat. Earthy and hearty with a very thin and simple vinous note. Not bad, at all. I was expecting more chocolate, but the spice is nice. Not bad. 4.0

A little thin-bodied. Decent carbonation. Highly drinkable. 3.5

I like this beer just fine. A few shortcomings, mostly regarding the qualities comparable to others of the style. 4.0

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoyt for sharing this bomber

A - pitch black with a big, thick cap of brown, chocolaty head that has great retention

S - cinnamon, chocolate, faint coffee, roasted malts

T - roasted malts, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, big rich chocolate throughout

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really smooth stout with tremendous flavor. The spices blend nicely with the rich chocolate base. The coffee and roasted notes play nicely throughout. This was a really enjoyable stout. It's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark in the tall Petrus tulip. Decent head with a tan tint. Not the most carbonated beer. Great aroma of spice cake and cocoa with cinnamon.

I think of chocolate gingerbread cake. I can't think of much else to say. Lots of cinnamon mixed with a strong cocoa flavor. Possibly some hops to give it a little edge. The Copper Kettle brewpub in Denver makes a highly-rated Mexican Chocolate Stout which this reminds me of. The Sombrero is a little stronger, and the chocolate and spice seems to work as a RIS. Dark burnt malt but a lot of sugar.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased from Food and Friends in Philadelphia. Thoroughly pleasant, and highly sippable, but hardly worth the freight for my wallet.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 7.99. Bottled 05/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours a very dark near-black brown with 1.5 finger deep tan head. Nice little islands of lacing.

Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, peppers and vague vanilla. The nose opens up and gets richer as it warms. 

As advertised, there is a good blend of bitter chocolate up front and mild chili peppers behind. Charred malts, vanilla, slight cinnamon, leather, dark fruits and subtle booze fading in and out. There's alot going on in there and I like the mix. 

Enjoyably smooth creamy medium full feel with fairly mild carbonation. The pepper is most apparent towards the end of the long bittersweet aftertaste. 

Yet another winner from Clown Shoes. They really do stouts well. Chocolate Sombrero is almost a Hunahpu light- not as big, rich or complex but it hits many of the same notes with a much lower price tag. Well worth at least a try for any stout fan. I'm not sure what aging will do to the subtle chili and cinnamon but I'm gonna sock 1 or 2 away to find out.

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

Poured jet black into my imperial nonic,a thinner deep beige colored head atop.Alot of vanilla and chocolate in the nose,as it sat more the alcohol sweetness along with some dark fruit came into play,not much ancho presence.Flavors of vanilla and bakers chocolate were nice but the ancho chilli flavors were very light wich I was hoping to get more of,nicely roasted in the finish.It's a double stout with rich flavors just lacking the chilli flavors wich was the main reason I bought the beer.

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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
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