Total Score: 7.55/10
Tis another review from notes, this is the last of my beer notes awaiting posting on my b(eer)log, and I brew I have yet to see in Australia since: Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero. Shame about not finding it again because it was a real hootenanny of a brew – from the silly Mexican wrestler clown on the label right down to how good it tasted, but thems the breaks over here in Australia with highly sought American craft beers: You may only ever see them once. I’ve only managed to get 3 4-packs of my fav IIPA [which I mention in almost EVERY single review] DirtWolf here and there over the last 3yrs. PS: Get more f$&king DirtWolf Australia!
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Opaque brown almost black body with a decent 2 cm tan head that stands up well throughout the review – I’m impressed with this head. Good head*. 9/10.
S: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and not much else… chocolate lovers need only apply with this brew. At least it does what it says in the name – can’t say that for most Australian beers that say “Pale Ale” on their labels, so there you go. 7/10.
T: Quite sweet upfront, a tad too sweet for my tastes, with bitter cacao/coffee finish. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder start to finish. It’s simple chocolate flavours all the way but it works, although the label does mention ancho chile [Americans can’t spell “chilli” correctly I’ve noticed – it’s a type of pepper not a farking country!], cinnamon and organic vanilla extract – not really getting those flavours – so that’s a small detraction to the score overall. 8/10.
M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and slightly cloying sweetness as noted above. 7/10.
D: Apart from the almost overbearing sweetness this is a great but simple chocolate stout that fares well without being outstanding. A tasty chocolate treat. Although chilli-lovers (that’s right: “CHILLI” Yanks!) will no doubt be disappointed by the lack of chilli flavour, as will cinnamon and organic vanilla extract lovers† by the lack of those ingredients. 7/10.
Food match: Chocolate lava cake or other chocolate-related goodness.
*That’s what she… ahhh forget it.
†Be there such a thing.