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RATINGS: 560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5096) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Black colour with a medium sized light brown. Smells roastu, coffee, chocolate, sweet. Tastes roasty, coffee, moccha, chocolate, nice. Full body, nice carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1502) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2015
One of the most interesting flavor combinations is chocolate and chili pepper. I’ve been making a homebrew recipe based on that for many years, but I’ve only seen a few commercial brews like it. Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero is one example, and while it is a fine beer it’s not quite the chocolate/chili imperial stout I was hoping for. This is more of a strong stout that happens to have those flavors in it rather than having them front and center.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/24/15 and cost $4.10 ($0.34 per ounce).

Appearance: Typical dark black body with nothing visible within. Pours to a two-finger dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains pretty well.

Smell: An aroma that’s closer to a porter with a general sweetness rather than roasted malt. The cinnamon seems noticeable, as does a slight candy-like scent. Otherwise, mild with no chili or alcohol presence.

Taste: Going into this beer, I was expecting (and hoping) for a big sticky, spicy bomb. Since this is pretty heft at 9% ABV and the fact it is also a quasi-pepper beer, it’s reasonable to expect intensity. And it’s not that it tastes bad or anything; in fact, as a strong stout goes, this is what you associate with the style. There’s a light milk chocolate sweetness up front, akin to that often found in a porter. A little spicy/bitter sensation through the middle as the cinnamon and hops emerge. On the back end the chocolate is revealed – dark for a moment, but quickly becomes sweet and milky again. The pepper is very subtle as it does not manifest itself as a flavor but as a gentle warming sensation. In fact, I think the cinnamon and cocoa nibs or beans account for the spicy flavor. As a brew goes, this is certainly an interesting recipe, and it does taste good, but I feel like so much more could’ve been done.

Drinkability: There are a lot of pros and cons to the palette. On one hand, it’s thin and smooth and easy to drink. ON the other hand, the mouthfeel is much thinner and cleaner than you’d expect a 9% ABV chocolate stout to be (carbonated syrup would’ve been perfectly fine by me). Additionally, there’s no alcohol presence, which is nice; though for such a strong brew I’d expect it to be more robust and complex. This is a fine beer to pair with a chocolate or vanilla dessert.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (420) - HONG KONG - OCT 15, 2015
It pours creamy black with a lasting beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Feels smooth when sipped, dark chocolate bitterness, spices, mild chilli spiciness. Medium bitter finish. These clowns know what they are doing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (229) - North Branch, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Poured from a 12oz bottle at home. Dark chocolate aroma, nice lacing on the glass. Really enjoying the full mouth feel and the hints of vanilla. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1807) - Haderslev, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2015
Nearly black, seems clear. Tiny, light beige head. Aroma has chocolate malt and chili notes, hints of wood. Dark choc flavour, roast and controlled chili heat tickling. Coffee later on. Bitter bite, low carb, lasting coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (12046) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle.. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and hopy odd spicey aroma. Moderate bitter ugly chioliflavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. idiotic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11526) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Malt, roast and red pepper in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with caramel, cinnamon, chocolate and hints of red pepper, well integrated in this tasty beer. Mild chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is what you’d expect from a beer this big and just a wisp of lacing is left. 4.0 S: The first thing I noticed is the chiles in this. Big ancho aroma going on. Malt profile in this is of the big roasty variety. Tons of roasted malts, chocolate underneath, molasses, and caramel. Cinnamon and vanilla play a smaller role in this, but complement the beer well. 3.5 T: Big roasty flavors in the taste, but balanced by rich chocolate and molasses notes. Degrees of caramel with a touch of char. Chiles are less prominent in the taste and the vanilla and cinnamon only add a touch of flavor. 4.0 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth. 3.75 D: Pretty good beer overall. I wish the chiles and spices played a bigger role in this, but it’s good enough to try once. ★ 879 characters DavoleBomb, Apr 05, 2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (13463) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle, 9%, Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and milk chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, little milk chocolate, medium sweet, hop, notes of chili, little liquorice, little herbal and a little bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
CacheManyHose (443) - HONG KONG - SEP 25, 2015
From Craftissimo. Drank after Momotaro. Smells of coffee, vanilla, roast malt, moderate booze, spice, lots of chocolate, dry woody fluffy hop. Tastes of burnt malt, acidic, light chocolate. Body is medium, oily, bitter, sour spicy frothier finish. Nice chocolately nose, taste thinner and somewhat burnt. Interesting beer.

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