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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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People have been asking us to make a truly spicy chile beer, so we finally complied. Aged in rum barrels with habaneros, this version of chocolate sombrero is on a mission from God (to ingnite your palate).

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Mrnoluv (363) - long beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2017
The look is your average imperial stout, black with a light color head, the taste is sweet on the first sip...but then an immediate peppery taste. However the pepper taste is way to overpowering, not balanced at all. You can feel a slight heat in your chest. I think clown shoes needs to lighten this up a little, maybe add some lactose, this can be a way better beer.

3.8
marcus (10668) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle from Cap Tap. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a treacle and chocolate aroma. There is a rich chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a spicy hot finish and a lingering rum aftertaste. Nice if you like it hot.

4
bhensonb (15739) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours dark brown with a creamy, bubbly tan head. Aroma of chocolate, rum and something rather chili. Med ++ body. Flavor is chocolate, lots of chili (by my lights) and rum in light amount. There's an earthy something that might be oak/wood. Wish the rum was stronger, but ya can't have everything all at once.

3.5
deyholla (12189) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Sampled from the tap at Happy Gnome. Pours near black with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of dark grains, raisins, chocolate rum and a decent amount of pepper. Flavor has raisins, peppers and chocolate with rum and dark grains backing.

3.5
DocJitsu (2035) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2017
Pours a dark brown with a taupe-tan head. Aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malt. Flavors are the same. Relatively dry. Quite a warm and lingering bite on the back of the throat.

3.6
katrinaez (2232) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2017 Pours cola color with a sweet and spicy aroma, light, sweet taste upfront, with a spicy kick that hits the back of the throat, bottle.

3.9
Mark_Eck (1998) - - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are large spiciness, sweet rum, roasted malts, and chocolate.

3
Chill799 (10) - - JUL 29, 2017
Nice stout. Aroma has light rum and chocolate. Taste is the same but it has very prominent, strong heat on the back end...but it's not obnoxiously spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Learninbeer (637) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2017
The aroma is some chocolate, hint of rum. Pours dark brown with light tan head, mostly diminishing. The taste is medium sweet, some bite from the pepper - very good. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. I am loving the pepper bite on the back of the tongue, the chocolate and rum are mild but a really very good stout.

4.1
superspak (5996) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spiced rum, toasted oak, habanero peppers, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, habanero peppers, spices, and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spiced rum, toasted oak, habanero peppers, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pepper spiciness; with light roast bitterness and rum/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spiced rum, toasted oak, habanero peppers, dark bread, light coconut/marshmallow, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness one the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, habanero peppers, spices, and rum barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and pepper spiciness balance; with no astringent spice flavors after the finish. Light dryness from pepper spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol, with no barrel booziness for 11%. Increasing pepper heat through the glass, but never overwhelming. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Mexican imperial chocolate stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, habanero peppers, spices, and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; even with the increasing pepper heat/spice. Great base beer presence with a nice sized kick of peppers. Not anywhere near the hottest pepper beer I’ve had, but still more spicy/peppery than most Mexican stouts; due to being not quite as thick, rich, and malty as some others. A really enjoyable offering. Definitely delivers on the label description.


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