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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Our third anniversary beer us sizes Chocolate Sombrero, using extra ancho chile and adding chipolte pepper. We aged the brew 100% in Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. May it leap onto your palate majestically, like a luchador who flies into the ring from atop the highest rope.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7878) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
650ml bottle. Pour is a dense plack with a tan head that is large, foamy, and sticks around. As it slowly recedes, very nice lacing. Smell is vanilla, oak, cinnamon, cocoa, caramel, and bourbon. There is also a slight bit of pepper. Very much stout and barrel dominant in the smell. The flavor is boozy with plenty of bourbon, some nice light pepper notes, though it isnít spicey, nice fruitiness form the ancho, and a nice smokiness form the cipotle. If only they would have thrown in a few hot ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2025) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
Very dark brown, nearly black, with a small light brown head. Aroma of roast, dark fruit, chili peppers, and chocolate. Taste is full of roast and bourbon with some chocolate and a touch of chili heat. The carbonation is almost flat, and itís pretty thin for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnielsen13 (250) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee and a little spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Samples from a 22 oz bottle at the Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta). A: Pours very dark brown with a large, frothy brown head. The head has great head retention and leaves behind a rather full coat of lacing. S: Sweet and fruity aroma with some bourbon. T: Boozy, as expected, given the high ABV and the bourbon barrel aging, but plenty else going on. Flavor notes include sweet caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, light chili pepper and dark fruit. Leaves a strong and long lasting aftertaste in which the chipotles come to the front, along with coffee, light smoke, and some hops. M: Very smooth with a full body. O: A rich imperial stout with excellent complexity. Lots of aromas and flavors; while some of these are rather pronounced at times, none dominate to the point of masking all of the others. Iím eager to try the bottle put in my cellar for aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
audinerd17 (20) - Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Love the dark spicy notes in this beer. Complex and special. Recommended. Pairs well with richer spicy foods like molé. Also good to just sip on and meditate. - pixels sent via Beer Buddy on iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wordsworth (133) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle poured into pint. Smells of chocolate, molasses, lots of vanilla. Tastes very smooth- vanilla and chocolatey with a chili spice on the finish. Very good. Reminds me of Weasel Rodeo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
22oz bottle, bottled on 01/08/13. Black pour, brown creamy head. Huge smells of chocolate, hints of chili peppers, loads of vanilla. Huge flavor. Tastes of chocolate, dark chocolate, roast, bourbon, burnt barley, silent chipotle spice. Finishes with a flavor of chilies, loads of chocolate, and a cough syrup bitterness. Whoa, what a huge Clown Shoes! An excellent beer, well worth the wait. (3654)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1710) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Dark black pour from a bomber, slight tan head. Spicy chocolate nose - very nice! Rum, sugar, subtle pepper heat that mixes with the alcohol. Really nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle and served in my Old Raspy nonik glass: Pours nearly black with a lasting but small frothy beige head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of chipotle and ancho peppers, bittersweet chocolate and caramel, roast and bready malts with a dash of coffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon, VERY VERY INVITING! Lovely chocolate and roast notes greets the palate followed by mild dark fruit and caramel before the chilies come aboot and play. Dusty dry finish just as it should be. Unlike the muddled and over-hopped Chocolate Sombrano, this beer is much more fully integrated and complex. Mikey Likey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Big chocolate nose. Taste has alot going on. Chocolate, wood, vanilla, spices. The chili peppers add a great twist but are nice and subtle. Finish is bittersweet. Really nice

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