While having no brick and mortar location, Clown Shoes’ beers are currently contract brewed at Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, Mass. It is easily recognized by the amazing artwork and colorful characters that adorn the labels; from the winged barista on the its Breakfast Brown Ale to the tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur having a drink on the front of its Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Aged Red Ale, most of which are wearing clown shoes.

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero bottle

Today’s offering is Chocolate Sombrero, which Clown Shoes classifies as a Mexican-style chocolate stout.

The label sums it fairly well;

Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chili plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label

Pouring from a 12-ounce bottle, and coming in at a bold 9 percent ABV, the beer exhibits a deep dark chocolate brown color with minimal head and almost non-existent lacing. Aromas fill the nose with roast coffee, a light chili burn, malts and an alcohol presence that lets you know this beer is not playing around.

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero

The taste starts out strong with milky chocolate, semi-bitter coffee and bits of light chilies and cinnamon in the background and quickly fades away. Carbonation is very light and compliments the style fairly well. The mouthfeel is coating and slick with a watered down feel at the end. Balance is good and the ending is cleaner and crisper than I would have expected, possibly from the quickly leaving flavors and watery finish. As the beer warms, most flavors remain intact and the alcohol continues to be a light to moderate player

Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
BREWERY: Mercury Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Ipswich, Mass.
STYLE: Chocolate Stout
ABV: 9 percent
IBU: 28
PRICE: $3
RELEASE DATE: December 2009
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One
Overall, a great effort and an exciting blend of spices and chocolate. Unfortunately, drink this one fast because the flavors leave quickly leaving a slight watered down feel at the end, causing you to wonder if you are still drinking it.
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