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:
1,823
Reviews:
339
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
431
For Trade:
8
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4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Black, with a soft but thin tan head that dies to a medium ring.

Smell is chocolate covered bacon and honey baked ham?! Sassafras?! Maple syrup?! There is a ton smoked malt wafting off the glass but I'm not entirely certain that was intended by the description.

Taste is a little less weird, but still weird. Smokey malt, still a little hammy, with chocolate, while the vanilla and cinnamon finally step forward for the first time. Ancho pepper is detectable in flavor, but creeps a little closer to a plain, roasted green pepper as opposed to a spicy chili pepper. There is even a sort of sharp cheddar in the background...huh?

A little tangy, a little frothy, moderate to light body. I have been drinking a ton of top notch 'Mexican' stouts this summer, so that probably paints my experience here but this is certainly off the rails.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtk21351
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boccu
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poursreally dark with a light head that quickly fades to a light ring on the outside of the snifter. Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee and cinnamon. Taste more roasted coffee, lots of milk chocolate, cinnamon with a vanilla finish. Very cool ride with the flavors. Complex. Another great stout by clown shoes.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuttlery
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of h0wdy
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pours a black as night beer with a tan head to it.
Smell - Coffee and that summarizes that point in my view (my mother thinks it smells like soy sauce).
Taste - A deep and lasting chocolate taste and there is a slight hint of pepper in it's final moments in my mouth before I shallow.
Feeling - This alcohol gives me a kick of happiness in my mouth and the carbonation keeps this beverage interesting all the way through.
Overall - I believe this is a very excellent beverage that's worth a taste for us all to enjoy!

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Photo of atr2605
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a tan head with nice retention
S-roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon
T-more roasted coffee, tons of milk chocolate, cinnamon and spices coming through in the finish, with vanilla lingering on the palate
M-medium bodied and smooth
O-very nice imperial stout, great sipping beer

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

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PerfecTool
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of jsmith313
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
2.27/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Kihoshk, pre-CBC. Pitch black with not much head. Coffee, chocolate, cherries, sherry and vanilla.

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Photo of HermitDan
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Tis another review from notes, this is the last of my beer notes awaiting posting on my b(eer)log, and I brew I have yet to see in Australia since: Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero. Shame about not finding it again because it was a real hootenanny of a brew - from the silly Mexican wrestler clown on the label right down to how good it tasted, but thems the breaks over here in Australia with highly sought American craft beers: You may only ever see them once. I’ve only managed to get 3 4-packs of my fav IIPA [which I mention in almost EVERY single review] DirtWolf here and there over the last 3yrs. PS: Get more f$&king DirtWolf Australia!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque brown almost black body with a decent 2 cm tan head that stands up well throughout the review - I’m impressed with this head. Good head*. 9/10.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and not much else... chocolate lovers need only apply with this brew. At least it does what it says in the name - can’t say that for most Australian beers that say “Pale Ale” on their labels, so there you go. 7/10.

T: Quite sweet upfront, a tad too sweet for my tastes, with bitter cacao/coffee finish. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder start to finish. It's simple chocolate flavours all the way but it works, although the label does mention ancho chile [Americans can’t spell “chilli” correctly I’ve noticed - it’s a type of pepper not a farking country!], cinnamon and organic vanilla extract - not really getting those flavours - so that’s a small detraction to the score overall. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and slightly cloying sweetness as noted above. 7/10.

D: Apart from the almost overbearing sweetness this is a great but simple chocolate stout that fares well without being outstanding. A tasty chocolate treat. Although chilli-lovers (that’s right: “CHILLI” Yanks!) will no doubt be disappointed by the lack of chilli flavour, as will cinnamon and organic vanilla extract lovers† by the lack of those ingredients. 7/10.

Food match: Chocolate lava cake or other chocolate-related goodness.

*That’s what she... ahhh forget it.

†Be there such a thing.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-style Chocolate Stout from Clown Shoes
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,823 ratings.
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