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RATINGS: 150   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3000) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1856) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2014
October 15, 2014 - bottle from AV3. Dark brown pour with nice head that lasted for a bit. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate, spice and peppers. Taste was a nice balance of the heat, chocolate, sweetness and spice, though the bourbon is the most dominate flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrana (455) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Quite good! Rich with strong chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Not a lot of chili flavors, but some cinnamon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle. Extremely complex aroma of dark chocolate with dried fruit, almonds, and boozy vanilla. Opaque black with hazy, ruby highlights under a bubbly, light brown, thin sheet. Rich dark chocolate flavour with bourbon and vanilla like a liquor-filled chocolate. Some red fruit notes and a good level of dark chocolate bitterness. Full body, moderate to medium carbonation. Smooth and warm.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
codfishh (78) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bomber, opaque black with thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate with booze on the nose. Some light coffee aromas with lots of raisin and dried fruit. Flavor has tons of dark chocolate, some raisiny dried fruit, some cherry flavor. Tastes like a dark chocolate liqueur candy. Full body medium carb. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Sampled at esbls. Black with tan foam. Big everything. Booze, too. Huge malts. Dark fruit. Whiskey. A classic but a good one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (2755) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bomber from Kroger in Grandview. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Tastes are cocoa, bourbon, just a bit of the peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, syrupy sweet. Slick oily medium to full palate. Well balance, fun sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
wishing for more barrel influence in this one. I was expecting this to be the runaway as my favorite clown shoes beer, as I love the combo of ingredients and the barrels, but everything (while very nice) was just so...restrained. Smaller of body than expected, but smooth. Alchol comes on the nose and the aftertaste a little. Bitter cocoa, very light spices, roast, and light bourbon and vanilla. Very good, coulda been better."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1434) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2014
From notes, consumed on 7/25/2013. 22 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. Black with almost a finger of tan head. Decent lacing. Aromas of toasted coconut, bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light peppers. Medium-full body with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1341) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There isnt much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chili peppers, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but theres also a bit of woodiness and smoke noticeable. All the flavors mesh well together, I dont think any of them are overpowering. The peppery heat in this is very mild, its more of a vegetal pepper than a spicy pepper flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, but then I liked their Chocolate Sombrero too. I think that the barrel aging improved the brew a little bit, definitely worth a try if youve never had it before. $14.99 a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8530) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, some liquor, bourbon on there for sure. Taste malts, lightly some roasted malts, bourbon, some nuts, vanilla, wood. Warming alcohol, perfect slight addition of peppers just like Berghoeve Hammer Brand Chili Porter (a Dutch beer, hard to come by but highly recommend), a hint of liquorice as well, a bit sweetish. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.


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