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 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

Photo of GuyFawkes
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/9/14; drank 11/22/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black/purple hue.

Huge dark khaki head; frothy lace.

Chile peppers, red wine & pickle juice nose...uh-oh.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Pickle juice flavor is dominant; milk & hints of chile pepper notes lurk uneasily uneasily underneath. Borderline undrinkable.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Odysseus45
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slick and black like old motor oil. Minimal light beige head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves some lacing.
Smell - Bourbon and vanilla nose balanced by notes of dark chocolate, espresso, campfire, and dark fruits.
Taste - Espresso, black cherries, bitter dark chocolate, and star anise up front followed by dark rum, cinnamon, and faint ancho chili smokiness but no detectable chili pepper heat. Slight sour old oak notes toward the finish. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Thick, velvety, chewy, luxurious. Perfect carbonation.
Overall - Very good. The smell is rich and warm but not suggestive of a spiced beer. The flavor is very good overall, but a little imbalanced. Most brewers go overboard with their spiced brews, but this has just enough spice to make it a good festive beer for the holidays.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick like black motor oil with a 1/2 beige head

Aromas include roasted barley, chocolate, and dark fruits

Taste is mostly chocolate and roasted barley

Great mouthfeel and carbonation
Overall this was a fun beer to try but probably won't get again

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

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slick oil like black color with mocha colored head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing or head.

Aroma - Dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, pretty spicy, cocoa.

Taste - Very good flavors, dark chocolate, vanilla, the peppers come out a little more in the flavor. There is no sign of the alcohol

Feel - Slick heavy side of heavy, well carbonated, some heat from the peppers

Overall - A very good spiced stout, the chocolate stands out very well and the heat is very balanced.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 09/21/16 into pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby-brown - almost no light transmission, and what there is, is only at the edges. Tan head dissipates quickly. Initial impression is surprisingly less flavorful than expected - some chocolate, some roasted malts, maybe some vanilla - but overall it's underwhelming. Medium mouthfeel (too thin for a stout); medium-light carbonation. Finish is kind of sweet with a little heat from peppers. Not awful but not memorable. Vastly prefer Weyerbacher Sunday Mole.

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Photo of jkn09
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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