“Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero!”
Clown shoes return with another clever label, this time around a 4-legged and 4-armed wrestler imbibes on his own bottle of Chocolate sombrero! Cheers buddy. We served this stout in a tulip glass. The opaque black pour produced a tight 1 cm brown head that slowly fell away to a thin film and a bubbly ring of foam around the side of our glass. The aroma is largely different to most stouts, along with the standard roasted malts, espresso, licorice and chocolate comes a unique addition of spices such as nutmeg, chipotle and cinnamon. There is also a sticky component with wafts of fig, caramel and vanilla that add aroma’s we’ve rarely encountered from stouts. Very nice. In the mouth it’s mildly carbonated with a slightly oily texture. Medium body. Initially a creamy taste comes forth with vanilla and chocolate dominating. The mid-palate is more spice driven producing a light array of nutmeg and chipotle while a long drawn out roasted finish with hints of espresso complete a respectable Imperial stout. 9%. ABV. Initially we were a bit stand offish but we eventually came around to the unorthodox style this stout offers. A big tick from us, a very risky but flavoursome beer.