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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3175) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2013
Medium beige head dark pour mild carbonation with aromas spice liquorice mild chili some good chocolate notes dark fruit sugary note caramel richness the flavours liquorice chili very smooth spice medium bitter chocolate malt fruit finish stout lacks some body best tastes chocolate chili fruit bitter sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1532) - FINLAND - JUN 7, 2013
Pours black with light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, licorice and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, anise, cinnamon, salmiac, dark chocolate and sweeteness. Rather peculiar and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (616) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
pitch black, with a bit of creamy, fast dissipating khaki head. Definitely getting cinnamon on the nose, with some dark chocolate. Flavor is big cocoa, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Finishing heat, from probably both the cinnamon and anchos. The vanilla is a nice balancing touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown to black color. Foamy tan ring of head. Aroma is highly roasted, dark malts and chocolate on the nose. Flavor is dry, dark bitter chocolate. Roasted. Finishes dry and roasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
Opened like Vesuvius. Pours black with a quickly fading head. Heavy chocolate on the nose along with vanilla and sweet malt. A fair hit of roast malt too. Tempting. Equally sweet flavours with a lot of artificial seeming chocolate. More roasted malt and booze. A bit too sweet. Needs more carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle @ Ben and Greg’s dump. Happy birthday, Greggy Poo! Pours a deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, anise, fairly spicy peppery aroma. Light coffee, roasty chocolate malty, fairly spicy, cinnamon, sort of woody vanilla flavor. Easy to chug.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Chocolate Sombrero opens to a rich, chocolate aroma that brings instant comparisons to artisan milk and dark chocolate bars, but touched with hints of spice from the ancho chilies, which add a mild green pepper and very light red pepper flake overtone. Though the chocolate is the dominant aroma, there are still very large touches of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, vanilla, coffee cream, and even toffee in here, as well as orange, berry, and even a hint of banana fruit esters. Thick brown breads and toast crust underlie all of this, as well as light ash and tobacco, the darker notes here a nice counterpoint to the chocolates and mild chili pepper spice. As a whole, the nose is very nice, heavily sugary with just enough ash and tobacco to balance things out, and the anchos, while adding their own spicy note, aren’t overpowering, and at least on the nose don’t give any hint of dominating or detracting from the underlying stout. On the tongue, the beer is far more ashy than the nose let on, with tobacco and ash washing immediately across the tongue, the sugars somewhat struggling to keep up. There are a good number of sugars in here to counter the ash, including a very strong heavy cream note, as well as milk and dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Fruit esters are harder to locate here, but touches of fig and date seem to be the most present, the strange banana notes from the nose thankfully absent. The ancho chilies do come through nicely, adding not so much a flavor as a burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate, the way delicately spiced food still tastes much the same, but has a slightly larger peppery burn. The aftertaste is heavy on ash and tobacco, with some remaining heavy cream and chocolate, as well as a mild spice afterburn, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a strange medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium. Overall, there are some good notes in here, and they’re nicely balanced and flavorful, but what the beer ultimately needed was simply a bit more oomph from the sugars, the medium-range 9% ABV simply not enough to create the full mouthfeel and flavor power of a good-quality stout. The ancho chilies were, however, an excellent choice, and very nicely play off of the chocolates and dark breads. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6504) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a black with a chocolate brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a bitter chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of chili. Flavor is mainly bitter chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of heat from the peppers in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (590) - Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark with tan head. Smells chocolate. Tastes very chocolatey, slightly bitter finish, very creamy, touch spicy, banana. Really yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy toasted malt, hot spice with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet & hot finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

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