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RATINGS: 650   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!

Gachupines' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1247) - USA - MAR 31, 2013
Black with a thick brown head. Aroma is chocolate with a noticeable strong alcohol scent. Flavor is strong, slightly spiced chocolate. Rich, but a little overly sticky sweet in the finish. Overall, fairly strong and the subtle spice is a nice touch. Wife: 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2674) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle from beermerchants. Dark color. Thin brown head. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. Medium body. Aroma is high chocolate, roasted, cacao, liquorice, fruit, hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndreasP (69) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
A nice imperial stout with appropriate amount of dosing of vanilla (ideally shouldn’t be noticed), cinnamon and ancho chile, a Mexican pepper. Bitter, roasted and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsporrer (626) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Pours a dark brown to black with a thin tan ring. Light carbonation with plenty of lacing. Nice aroma of bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts. Medium silky smooth texture. Full mouth feel with descent flavors. Smooth finish with a malty aftertaste. Not harsh or bitter. Hides the alcohol well. Very good but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1566) - HONG KONG - AUG 1, 2016

355 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear deep Cola blackish brown colour with a very thin trace of yeast particles; Less than one quarter finger head with residual soapy dark beige foam which fades in 15 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant rich dark malt with can be smelt half a feet away, with strong roastyness, peanuts, strong caramel, strong burnt toffee, smoked chili pepper, plums, strong alcohol, cream, chocolate, soy sauce, wood, sugar, bread, yeast and light grass. Strong and complex!

Taste: Strong sweet full dark malt, with strong caramel, toffee, strong burnt toast, strong alcohol, strong liquorices, black coffee, dark chocolate, sugar syrup, yeast, lemon, pretty strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Med to full body; Very slick and oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Close to full dark maltyness in an oily background, not sluggish but heavy typical of the style. Very sweet booze upfront with slight burn, which brings up the caramel and sturdy burnt toast. Sweetness is syrupy and heavy, which bury whatever that is left of vanilla and cinnamon, which are undetectable, just boozey liquorices which lend much of the bitterness. Lemon to round. Strong but a bit too one-dimensional.

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose, lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness - more liquorices than hops - is high for a lasting, strong bitter syrup-dark malty finish.

After taste: Fairly dry. Very sweet and bitter to mouth.

Comments: Aroma-wise, this one has some intriguing smoked chili to go with nicely roasted dark maltyness and layered stout. Its taste, though, is too single-mindedly strong with strong syrupy booze, strong bitterness and not much else. Cinnamon? Vanilla? Ancho chili? Can’t find any of them. A “strong-for-strong-sake” Imperial Stout and I’m not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1269) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Dark black pour, thin tan head. Nose is cocco. Bittersweet. Middle is chocolate, spices, DARK malt. Finish is cinnamon, molasses,and cocco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5474) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2016
12 oz bottle at home. Near black with mocca head. Aroma has dry chocolate,vinous notes, roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is smooth and nicely balanced, vanilla, faint faint cinnamon, alcohol, roasted malt with a nice body. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours black with a fine tan head. Nose is strong coffee and chocolate and on the sweeter side for a stout. Flavor is initially a burst of dark chocolate and carbonation with some pepper and roasty flavor sweeping in on the back. Finish is warm and sticky. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (1452) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2016
This stout has a wonderful aroma of roasted malt and a little smoke, which together with light coffee tones gives the impression of a strong and heavy stout. The label promises also 9% alcohol, so it’s not a stout for novices! Perfect balanced with coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a moderate amount of chili that barely sticks to the tongue and quickly dampened by little smoked malt. Palate is great and warm and it is thick, almost oily in its texture. The alcohol does not taste so strongly through, although it is not saved away in this stout. However, the burnt malt character and especially the dose of chocolate malt that tastes most through. Chili is present but only to abstract some of the otherwise very heavy malt this stout has. I could not help it, but read the label and must unfortunately note that the added vanilla and cinnamon not find their way to my mouth. It can not deny the adding, but malt, chili and the moderate, bitter / aroma hops put these things out of the picture for me. Otherwise a brilliant stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours a brown color with a thin fizzy khaki head. Slightly darker than cola. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, peppers. Taste is chocolate, some pepper flavors, and roasted malts. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoNrRiI (1181) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016

0.355 bottle.
Pours black with a small, brownish head which disappears almost instantly. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, a tad of herbs, some peanuts, and lactose. Taste is clearly malty, once again chocolate takes the prime with coffee relatively far behind, still noticeable though, so is lactose and molasses. A medium body, a very creamy texture, and a flat carbonation. Finish is long, once again chocolaty, it reinforces the herbal and molasses flavors. Overall a decent beer, it could be more chocolaty considering its label; moreover, the herbal nuances do not go well with the rest.

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