Chocolate Sombrero | Clown Shoes

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Chocolate SombreroChocolate Sombrero

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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!

Added by rab53 on 02-26-2012

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Reviews: 331 | Ratings: 1,800
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Clown Shoes, excited!

Pours a darker but not very dark colored head of about a finger, fluffy head fades slowly with nice lacing, over pitch black thicker colored beer.

Nose starts with chalky powdered chocolate, cocoa, a candy fluffy chocolate like that soft creamy chocolate whip, a light roasted malt and coffee, hint of caramel, a biscuity malt and nutty and a cinnamon like spice aroma, a light creamy milk chocolate, and a hint of a chili like aroma.

Taste starts with more chocolate malt, chalky powdered cocoa, a cocoa butter like or chocolate oil that went bad a bit and maybe slightly curdled. Creamy milk chocolate, blended with a hint of soft candy chocolate. Nutty flavors again, with a light biscuit malt, and hints of cinnamon and chili pepper again. Then caramel, vanilla, and a light bitter earthy like hop taste, light spicy hops and earthy almost herbal, and light roasted malt with a bit of coffee and bitterness. A bit of booze kicks in, with a warmth and touch of tingle. Finish is creamy with more milk chocolate that went slightly bad, and cocoa butter, light spices and nutty malts, a bit of booze, and bitter hops linger.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb, some booze.

Overall not bad, interesting malts and chocolate flavors, but a bit of a bad spoiled chocolate like flavor, bit of hops, bit of booze, somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a (512) 3rd Anniversary tulip.

Pours with a thin, toffee-brown body that reminds me more of a robust porter. Thin head of dark khaki bubbles quickly dissipates to a thick ring of foam. The aroma is that of booze-laden dark chocolate cake. With coffee. Cinnamon and chili are there, but take a backseat to the malt and alcohol combination. Vanilla is almost non-existent in the nose.

Both the body and flavor of Chocolate Sombrero are sadly much thinner than expected. Lots of chocolate, for sure, but the other ingredients get pushed aside. Slightly vegetal flavor in the middle and lots of dusty cocoa in the finish. The heat I was so looking forward to results more from the booze than the chilies, unfortunately. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and low in carbonation. I really want to like Clown Shoes, but I've slowly come to the conclusion that their exciting-sounding releases are just, well, slightly disappointing. Chocolate Sombrero is another 'hat' which fits that bill.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black but when held up to the light, brown highlights are clearly visible. Head is not a full formation above the body. Patchy and light. Outer ring of the head does leave persistent lacing rings however.

S-Now that's an interesting nose. That ancho chile is very noticeable in the aroma. It is peculiarly stimulating. Along with that zesty chile scent is vanilla and cinnamon. The bottle's description on the label is quite accurate. Chile, vanilla extract, and cinnamon all come into play. And because this is a stout, of course there is coffee and chocolate.

T-This beer is first and foremost a solid stout. This is not a gimmick beer. The chile is set perfectly in terms of intensity. It only adds depth and is not too bold. It sits perfectly where it lies in this brew. The vanilla is a nice flavor and is quite noticeable. Light cinnamon. Coffee and chocolate as the base.

M-Full bodied feel, like it should be. Not sludgy but still has a legitimate feel. Mellow carbonation. Nice feel. I enjoy that it isn't super-heavy. For some reason I don't think the chile flavor wouldn't pair well with a very thick body.

O/D-The chile spice sneaks up on you but I enjoy its still not-overwhelming intensity. This was an ambitious attempt and as far as I am concerned it was a success. Not my favorite from them, but its a good time, and its unique.

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

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing this bottle. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a blackish brown with a light one finger mocha head that fades to leave thin lacing and clouding.

S - Smell has LOTS of earthy ancho. Nice sweet malts and roast. That being said, I dont get very much chocolate or vanilla.

T - Like the nose, there is not much chocolate and absolutely no vanilla. Really not that balanced here, lots of smokey earthy ancho chili and thats it.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. Very drinkable and creamy.

O - Overall, not all that impressed by this. On paper it really looked like something I wanted to get my hands on. Just really don't find it as well balanced as their other stout offerings.

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Photo of Brad007
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, another example of this style from Clown Shoes. I'm starting to warm up to their lineup.

Pours a wicked black with a one-finger brown head into my glass. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

Roasty, spicy, creamy with good interplay between the ancho chile and vanilla extract.

Mmmmm. Dark, roasty malt that's creamy with a mixture of spicy chile, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. There's plenty of balance as-is to keep any one flavor from dominating, etc.

Carbonation is ok and helps keep it from being a cloying mess. I can see this aging very well though to where the flavors come out better.

Very good! I'm buying another bottle for aging purposes.

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Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with transient small white head. Smells of chocolate and light roastiness, along with a slight sweetness. Taste mirrors the smell with the addition of a faint bite and a subtle tickle in the throat. Upon reading the label I see that this beer was made with ancho chiles, cinnamon and vanilla. Some nice notes that have ruined other beers with a more heavy-handed use. Body feels a bit thin for a 9% abv stout, but this also adds to the drinkability. Overall worth picking up.

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