Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout | Clown Shoes

Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate StoutChocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
77%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 1,853 ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,563
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
1,853
Liked:
1,427
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
10.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
440
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,853 |  Reviews: 348
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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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that receded quickly, decent lacing.
Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, citrus cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg.
Flavors are similar.
Feels a bit thin for something with a 9% ABV.
Very tasty beer from Clown Shoes, reminds me of FBS.

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Photo of gphelps70
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kalosjakar
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mmorris15
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Not much on the nose, just some dark malt and a little chocolate. Taste is baker's chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and green pepper. Not detecting any heat from the chilis. Feel moderately thin for the ABV. Pretty solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 77% out of 100 with 1,853 ratings
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