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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 7, 2013
22oz bottle - OK. So the idea of using ancho chiles in a beer really sounds good because...well, ancho’s are excellent in cooking. Combine that with the though of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla...sounds like the makings of a beer with potential. It was ok, not good, not great. It seemed to really lag in delivering a really great beer, and slightly muddled/lost flavors. The aroma has that dry/powdered chocolate Hershey tin aroma, weak notes of coffee/roast, woody in a tree bark kind of way and some alcohol. The flavor beefs up the interest in the beer with a chocolate/vanilla profile. The ancho chile was REALLY, REALLY buried and I found no cinnamon flavors/aromas anywhere in this beer. Finish was on the astringent side. Far from memorable. Barely average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11411) - 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 (13132) - 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 (421) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle from Craftissimo at home. Pitch black pour. Tan head. Not much lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate with deep booze burn and roasted malt. Not much chili? A hint of spice in the aftertaste - tongue tingling. Not as rich or big as I expected, almost like a lighter stout's flavor. Not at all bad though. Would maybe get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (986) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle from a 4 pack. Black pour with a frothy beige head, decent retention. Nice aroma full of dark cocoa, vanilla, black malt, touch of spice. Flavors were melted candy bar, lots of roast, chocolate and vanilla, hint of smoke and spice. Lightish carbonation with a slick and viscous mouthfeel. Won’t blow your hair back but a solid shelf stout nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1727) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours Black with a brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, weak spice, some sweet malts, cane sugar and caramel. Taste of dark sweet malts, milky chocolate, some dark fruits, cane sugar and some liquorice and spicy notes at the end. Pretty good but where is the adjuncts?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (1004) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate malts, cane sugar, dark dried fruits, maybe hint of cinnamon, but not very much. Taste is very chocolaty with cinnamon, vanilla, dry dark chocolate, slight fruityness, figs. The description promised me some more action than i get here. Still decent imperial stout. Low carbonation and full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (577) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Un imperial stout noir d’encre surmonté d’un mince anneau brunâtre avec un drôle d’îlot en son centre. Des notes épicées, pimentées, vanillées et de mélasses montent à mes narines. Je perçois aussi de l’alcool, de l’anis et un fond lacté qui n’est pas déplaisant. Présence de piment modérée en bouche sur une fond bien texturé et rond. Loin d’être une mauvaise bière, je la trouve seulement un peu quelconque.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juffage (136) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
Rich, sweet, bitter chocolate. Definite heat in here too, like a red chili sort of heat. Sort of chalky mouthfeel, but not exceptionally thick or gloopy. Minimal head, inviting sweet aroma. Not the best, but pretty damn nice.

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