Chocolate Sombrero

American Imperial Stout Clown Shoes Beer

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Chocolate Sombrero, an American Imperial Stout by Clown Shoes Beer

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Chocolate Sombrero Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Clown Shoes Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a mug from a bottle.

Appearance

The stout pours black with a half-inch mocha head that persists briefly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma

The aromatics are delightful with a scent of chocolate and a hint of pepper.

Flavors

Chocolate and pepper transfer to a robust palate that offers a smoky mix of roast malt, ancho chili, and vanilla. The taste profile rounds out with chocolate syrup and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The combination of sweet, spicy, and roast make the Chocolate Sombrero a thoroughly enjoyable brew. Its chocolaty and smoky character represents the Mexican style quite well.

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About the American Imperial Stout

Rich, dark, and complex, the American Imperial Stout has a strength similar to that of an American Barleywine. Its bitterness typically runs high from hops, roast, or booze, and it should have a silky, luscious feel. The style originated in the Russian Imperial Court, became popular in England, and then all but disappeared. The modern craft brewing renaissance resurrected the style in America and in England.