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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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!


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3
   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Speko (106) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Bottle 12 oz. Pours black with medium beige, slowly diminishing, head. Some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, chili, hint of vanilla. Sweet taste with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, herbs, chalk, a chili in the aftertaste. The herbal taste doesn’t seem to work here, just a bit off target for an optimal effect. Medium body and soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (1238) - Hammel, DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Bottle from Voldby. Shared with Desverger. Thanks to Henrik for this. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate prominence, cocoa, caramel, nuances of vanilla. Full body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2615) - DENMARK - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Black with a small nicely lacing brown head. Nose has chocolate, chili, herbs. Odd. Flavour has herbs, wood, chocolate, chalk, light charcoal, earthy notes. Medium/full body, soft oily texture, sweet with balanced bitterness and no alcohol showing. Texture and balance feels fine, but I don’t like the spices too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (6612) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2016
Bottle shared with Niller, thanks to Henrik for this - pours black with a tan head. Medium roasted and sweet malty with strong chocolate prominence, both milky and dark cocoa, some caramel, nuances of vanilla throughout,

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LRonCupboard (6) - ENGLAND - APR 18, 2016 does not count
Bottle from Oak Barrel. Good effort this one. Chili is pretty subtle. Overwhelming flavours are chocolate, vanilla and coffee (and quite sweet overall). I noticed another reviewer relating this to Mole and I fully agree, it kind of has a bit of that earthiness. Not the most complex or rich, but a good go to quaffer for imperial stout fans (as in Oz, where you get ripped of for almost everything, it is certainly one of the more value-for-money ISs).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (10150) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 17, 2016
Bottled. Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavour of chccolate, roasted malt, caramel, licorice and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (326) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2016
While I appreciate a good Mexican chocolate, I feel they missed the mark here. Pours dark with almost no head. Aroma is of roasted malts with hints of alcohol and spice, but no chocolate. Flavor is not too different, having more vanilla and spice combine in a somewhat medicinal way. Not what I was looking for. Finish is fairly clean.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11828) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 15, 2016
Bottle, bought@Kihoskh, Cph. Pours deep opaque black with a small, creamy, beige film head. Aroma has deep chocolate, nuts, light chili and cocoa. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of fat chocolate, cocoa, hazelnuts, vinious, vanilla, a slight warming touch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (585) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Aroma is big time chocolate with some spicey notes. Taste is very well balanced with mild bitterness. Excellent flavor of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. Notice a little chili flavor on the finish. Very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (1247) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle shared by martjoobolut, thanks! Bottled 11.2016. Subtle chili and chili chocolate, sweet, bitterish finish, liqorice-like moments. Soft, mellow carbonation. Dryish roast. Lovely stuff, I really like this. Downing the whole bottle would probably make the chili hit a whole lot harder.


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