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 Beer-Revelry
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours an incredibly dark brown with ruby tinges, appears pitch black, gotta hold this one to the light to see any color. Formed up a finger and a half of extremely dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, medium/low head retention. Decent lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of roasted malt, medium-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and light hints of pepper and cinnamon.
T - 3.75 - Medium sweet malt and chocolate with a fair amount of coffee. Vanilla, lactose sugar creaminess, and a whisper of cinnamon and pepper.
F - 4.75 - Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4 - This is a good representation of the pepper stout style, not great but not just okay, its good. There could definitely be more pepper and cinnamon, probably twice to thrice the amount, but the heat is definitely felt and is lightly tasted. All in all, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was hesitant about trying this beer. "Mexican" suggests hot chilies, and while I **love** hot chilies in food, I have had very bad experiences with them in beer - such as that Cave Cove or whatever puke.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The smell and taste are robust enough, but not overwhelming. Nothing is cloying. Nothing burns the tongue or throat. This is a very nice stout - and it packs a nice ABV punch as well!

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Photo of bassfishingguy
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was very similar IMO to Blaecorn Unidragon with one major difference; spices. I could definitely smell some cinnamon/peppers on this one, and taste both the flavors as well. Both flavors could have been more pronounced, but either way, I definitely enjoyed this one. I'm starting to like Clown Shoes' beers more and more.

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Photo of Derek_Besly
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Delicious! Pours inky black, light brown head with strong lacing. Dark malt, chocOlate bouquet. Smooth, malty, nice coffee, cocoa flavor with just the barest heat. Well hidden abv, very smooth and easily quaffable. I enjoyed and another solid clown shoes beer.

update: every time I drink this beer, I find another layer of its complexity. Incredible beer - and definitely one to stock up on -

update update: its fall again and this incredible beer has appeared on local shelves in VA - hello old friend - a tasty and complex winter warmer - not spicy, but the heat from the ancho chiles and the vanilla provide an pleasant counterpoint to the malt and chocolate. solid, well balanced stout. . .

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stephens101
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny and black with one-finger of tan froth.

Smells of milk chocolate and bitter dark fruits.

Tastes of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, a hint of espresso and oatmeal.

Goes down mostly thick and creamy. Thins as it warms. Has a fairly potent, lingering chili and alcohol heat.

I could get to this one again without a doubt.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blastoderm55
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ruzzal
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not bad, but not that flavorfull.

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Photo of sdeese21
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZacHawkins
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danross01
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjcapture
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours just as you would expect it with a dark, almost black body, and a small chocolatey brown head. The little bit of head retains pretty well and laces adequately.

S- Huge fudge and chocolate notes are the first scents on the nose. Some cinnamon spiciness and ancho chilis kick in next with subtle, but still noticeable, additions to the smell. Lingering scent is a touch sweet, but mostly roasted malts.

T- Burnt malts lead off the sip with chocolate and spices coming next. The cinnamon is less prominent on the tongue than the nose, but the anchos ramp up their flavor component in the taste when compared to the scent. Burnt malts kick back up towards the end of the drink with a good dose of bitterness that linger on the tongue.

M- This beer isn't overly thick or smooth, but has just enough weight to hold up the strong flavors of the beer. It really hides its ABV well.

Overall, this is a poor man's version of Abraxas. It is solid in all flavor aspects, from the chocolate and cinnamon, to the chili and vanilla sweetness. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of themind
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is like the poor mans Prairie Bomb! it's a decent beer and I enjoyed it. Not very hot, a good amount of chocolate and hidden ABV.

Bottom Line: Good brew.

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Photo of leilei143
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewcycler
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgido759
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was looking forward to trying this for a while. Finally found it and was not disappointed.

Pours dark brown/black, almost like a cola, with about a 3/4" foamy head that hangs around for a bit. Very subtle chocolate flavor up front with a slight cinnamon/chile burn at the finish.

While it didn't "wow" me, I would buy this again.

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Photo of ALC82
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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