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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our third anniversary beer up-sizes Chocolate Sombrero, using extra ancho chile and adding chipotle 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Scott! Deep brown, almost black with ruby hints. Creamy tan foam fades fast. Aroma is sweet chocolate, nearly tart dark fruits, mild vanilla, some bourbon head, wood, and faint back-end spices. Hard to discern peppers, cinnamon is more notable. Taste is very smooth. Surprisingly not hot, smooth bourbon, sweet cocoa nibs and vanilla drizzle, some warm cinnamon spice, and just a mild touch of peppers at the very end. A touch of oak in the finish as well. Mouth feel could be better, as is the case with most Clown Shoes stouts, it seems, but this is thicker than most. Very good beer overall.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2017
Thanks to who sent this bottle. Ageing I think helped round the complex flavour. It is not boozy smelling but packs a punch. Very dark brown, rich cream.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (621) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Aged bottle. Pours dark with a foam head that dissipates. The aroma is of cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, bourbon, some roasted malts, and subtle notes of peppers. Tasting, it is of very sweet sugary notes, vanilla flavors, mild pepper heat, bourbon, and a weak bitterness of roasted dark malts. Overall a good brew with a good body and finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Pour on tap, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big bourbon, oak, whiskey, vanilla, touch of roast, cocoa powder, slight pepper notes. Taste was a mix of oak, bourbon, whiskey into some chocolate, vanilla, touch of pepper notes, finishing boozy. Pretty decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Keg at Sedona Charlottesville, 4/18/16. Dark brown, thin fizzy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of strong bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, raisin. The taste is strong bourbon, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts. Medium bodied, low carbonation, too much barrel character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7490) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Sampled on draft at Vintage Estate this beer poured a black color with a trace tan head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was floral hops, hot peppers, chocolate and bourbon. The flavor was sweet, toasty and malty with motes of molasses, bread crust, chocolate, bourbon and a hint of hot peppers. Delightfully complex. Very long finish. Full bodied and smooth. Alcohol well contained. Outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - JUL 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, and a little burn at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1761) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
Dguste en compagnie dAlexandre. Liquide noir ne prsentant que trs peu de mousse la dure de vie bien courte. Armes de bourbon, de chocolat noir, de cacao, de noisette torrfis. Bien que la bouteille prsente un lutteur en plein combat et que ce stout soit dcrit comme un "mexican stout brewed with chipotle" je peine trouver le piment dans ce liquide qui me semble bien plus prs du tiramisu que du taco. Trs soyeuse et plaisante en bouche, le bourbon apporte chaleur tandis que le chocolat noir procure quilibre et rondeur. Je crois enfin dtecter le piment en fin de bouche grce une douce bouffe de chaleur. Un trs bon stout bien fait qui ne rinvente toutefois rien.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1764) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bomber. Jet black, minimal head. Lovely, dark chocolate aroma, fudge, some oak and whiskey. Breathy, coffee beans on the tongue, some chocolate mint, sweet pepper, vanilla.... Very smooth, somewhat creamy, a touch boozy but of the bourbon variety.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor of bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, a hint of coffee and had some light chili pepper spices.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours midnight brown with a thin white head that dissipates. Big boozy stout with a hint of chili burn that fades quicker than I'd like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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