Chocolate Sombrero | Clown Shoes

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3.9/5
Very Good
1,910 Ratings
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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:
#7,852
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
1,910
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
456
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 1,910 |  Reviews: 361
Photo of oldmankoch
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too much lacing and a tad thin although the beer does go down velvety smooth. Loads of Chocolate, malt, a touch of vanilla been, and backing of char/smoke......wish the chile was more pronounced as I find it only faintly coming out in the char finish.

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Photo of Lurkerson
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 09/17/2014 so reasonably fresh. Sampled on January 15, 2015.

Dark brown pour with a modest tan head. Opaque.

Aroma of rich chocolate malts, Chile peppers, and maybe some other herbs/spices.

Medium to full body.

The taste is full of semi-sweet chocolate goodness that ends with an abrupt but highly enjoyable pepper and bitter sensation.

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

Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black with a dense, rich mocha head that lingers.

Notes of vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, and a hint of smoky pepper are evident initially. Vanilla dominates, followed by cocoa and cinnamon, with roast malt surfacing late, and chili spicing up the finish.

Flavor is sweet initially, with cocoa and vanilla carrying into roast malt and cinnamon, finishing with a touch of smoky spice and lightly bitter roast malt. As it warms, the flavors mingle better. There's a touch of acrid character that surfaces.

Wish the vanilla were less pronounced and the acrid character didn't exist. Fruity specialty malt and phenolic notes also become evident and clash. Body is lighter than it should be. I held out a lot of hope for this beer, and it's slightly disappointing.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Head was small and went away quickly.
Color is very close to black.
Taste is strong in coffee hints and dark chocolate. Goes down smooth.
Overall, good stuff.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soulcougher
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LordofWord
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but not great. Year-old bottle, though, from a trade.

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Photo of metsfan1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was hoping for a little more complexity based on the ingredients. Very mild chili taste almost non-existent.

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

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of szmnnl99
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LutherBrau
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wardnemisis
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of booga73
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sarge3130
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZenBiscuits
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1/2 finger tan head, recedes quickly, so so lacing. Pitch black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate cinnamon, ancho, damned pretty much everything that was thrown in this beer. The cinnamon and chocolate malt play well together on the nose, really reminds me of Mexican chocolate. Taste is initially roasted malt and chocolate, fades into vanilla and cinnamon in the middle, but not too much (either one of those can get out of hand). Finish is where the Ancho shines, good choice of pepper, you get a tad of heat but a ton of earthiness from it.

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Photo of TooGood
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Sombrero from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,910 ratings