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RATINGS: 621   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3638) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, charred malt, and a hint of chocolate malts. Flavor of roasted malt, vanilla, with some chiles and heat in the finish. A bit more subtle than I was expecting but pretty good nonetheless. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (3481) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2016
Dark brown with brown lacing foam head. Chocolate in aroma and taste, still bitter in taste, light coffee notes. (Galveston 201605)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaproomPress (1) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2016 does not count
Holy Molé! Clown Shoes really nails all the big flavors of Mexican chocolate in Chocolate Sombrero. The appearance is a nice, rich espresso brown with a light khaki head. On the nose there are big hits of vanilla, cinnamon, and peppers. The taste of this bad boy is downright luxurious. Silky, sweet chocolate flavors set the table for the Mexican spices that follow. Notes of vanilla, cinnamon stick, and smoked chilies bounce around my taste buds. Surprisingly thin for a beer with so much flavor. Great interpretation of Mexican chocolate. I will be cooking with this beer, very soon. Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Salud!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FraekkeFyr87 (260) - - MAY 3, 2016
The aroma is full of chocolate malts, coffee, vanilla beans, roasted hazelnuts and smoke. The color is pitch black. The taste is full of chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and a little bit of chili. A nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Speko (109) - 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 (1275) - 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 (6723) - 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 (8) - 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 (10180) - 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 (336) - 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.


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