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:
1,842
Reviews:
347
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
436
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 1,842 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of rypkr
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The chiles is what brings everything together in a neatly wrapped imperial stout package with a vanilla bow on top.

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

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwarren82
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Really good imperial stout. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of cinnamon, with the latter being not as pronounced as the bottle would indicate. The chile flavor is appropriately faint, but noticeable, and it nicely compliments the chocolate and vanilla notes to give the beer a little something different. Roasted malt combines to create a balanced, not-too-sweet taste that masks the ABV. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DSincavage
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was black in color with some light messy brown lacing after the head died off.
The smell started off with the chocolate and then some cinnamon, peppers (like ancho chili ones, not sure if that was what was added) but its real nice.
The taste stays sweet and adds the spice and the heat nicely. Light cream helps to balance. The aftertaste was slightly balanced through the chocolate and the spice. The finish was really quick.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good carbonation for a Double stout.
Overall, yeah, I really liked this one and as far as I know I would love to have again.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Appears black with brown lacing, very little head even when aggressively poured. Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, hot peppers, and a little roasted malt. Taste follows the aroma: a little pepper, cinnamon spice, chocolate, malt, and a little cream. It has a a medium body and could be a little fully. Overall a nice spicy stout.

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EasyCheese122
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JayWhitson
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of the best chocolate stouts I've had, very balanced and smooth

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Photo of radius129
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pitch black with a creamy tan head, head lots of bubbles streaming up the glass's side, head vanished after a few minutes, poured like motor oil.

A: Chocolate, chiles, cinnamon, roasted malts, lots of aromas, really pungent, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Chocolate, cinnamon, slight heat from the chiles, dark roasted malts, coffee notes, a little heat from the chiles in the aftertastes, slight alcohol burn, really dry.

M: Thinner than it looks, about a medium mouthfeel, finishes very dry.

O: Well done, love all the flavors in this stout, chocolate, cinnamon, heat from some chiles, a little thin, but overall an outstanding stout, definitely pick up another bottle if I see it again.

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

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chalkda01
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drbenderdo
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stompilator
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured jet black, thin, beige head.

S - Booze, chocolate, and chili spice.

T - An intense plethora of chocolate malts hit right up front, giving a multi-faceted chocolate flavor. The vanilla swims around subtly, and the chilis simmer up mid-to-late-palate, giving a slightly juicy flavor, but mostly provide a light sting that hangs in the aftertaste.

M - Nice and thick, light carbonation. The chilis leave a nice sizzle.

O - Wonderfully chocolatey stout. Uses hot peppers better than any other beer I've had.

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Photo of Chris-MOC9
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like the chocolate that comes through from the malts as well the cinnamon and peppers.Good balance on the spice. Great black color and nice smell of spice and malts.

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