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Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

359 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Clown Shoes' Third Anniversary beer. Aged in Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey barrels.

(Beer added by: Dope on 01-16-2013)
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkest brown pour emerging black. Thin creamy mocha head.

Milk stout aroma. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt, Spanish cocoa hot chocolate, vanilla and pert near perfecto bourbon. Did I mention chocolate?

Nuance of coffee, hot cocoa, baking chocolate bars. Bourbon and peppers meld on the top back of my palate. I thought I would be holding these but damn the freshness is so bright and wanting to be consumed now. Vanilla and malt. Not sure if I get any cinnamon though.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Languid and bittersweet. Libations sensations that stagger the mind.

Look up goodness in Websters and you'll find En Fuego listed somewhere. Extremely balanced with the bourbon, chiles, vanilla and chocolate. Really none better in this class with the chilies in mind. Worth every friggin penny. I'm getting more!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:49:39 | More by joeseppy
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. This one was a gusher, which is surprising (and troubling) considering it's a barrel-aged beer. Once it was brought under control, the beer poured out black, not terribly viscous, and sported a pretty dark brown head that starts out impressive but sinks into the beer very quickly. On the nose I get some creamy notes of vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, and just a tiny amount of oak. It doesn't smell like it was in the barrel for very long (but I must admit I'm no expert). Upon warming, agitation forces forth a tart, cherry-like note that doesn't show up in the flavor at all (perhaps it's the chilis, which do show up).

Full body and a very pleasant, complex flavor. There's a lot going on with this beer and it plays well on my palate. Up front I get rich malty notes, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and the bourbon. Alcohol warmth lights everything up almost immediately. At mid-palate, the chili peppers add just enough of their heat to the party to complement the sweet and bitter flavors already dancing on your tastebuds. The spice from the chilis joins with the alcohol warmth and makes for a very pleasant drinking experience. The bourbon comes on a bit stronger in the back of the throat and lingers behind with some oaky notes. I'm not sure if I'm getting the cinnamon.

I've had Chocolate Sombrero (and really enjoyed it) and this one is worth the extra 6 dollars. The bourbon brings more vanilla and a pleasant boozy sweetness that complements the chocolate and chili flavors perfectly. My only gripe is that, like Chocolate Sombrero, the feel seems a bit thin for such a rich, crowded flavor profile, despite the seemingly high ABV (perhaps it's just my imagination). Nevertheless, I will definitely buy this one again the next time I see it. The flavor is crazy good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:03:02 | More by deadonhisfeet
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head, which fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.5 S: Smell of this is great. It's totally bourbon forward, but it's just what I was in the mood for. Big leathery start with lots of vanilla. Melon, raisin, and caramel. The base beer offers gives a nice roastiness with chocolate and molasses. The chiles are buried way down in there.

4.25 T: The taste integrates all the wonderful smells together in a very pleasing way. The bourbon is relatively less powerful which allows the base to come out stronger. Again lots of leather, vanilla, raisin, and chocolate. Layers of caramel, hints of molasses, plenty of roast. Very nice overall.

4.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lots of great creaminess and supremely smooth. The alcohol is so very well hidden. The only clue that it's there is a pleasant mild warming.

4.5 D: Very good beer. So much better than their regular imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:35:44 | More by DavoleBomb
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black near motor oil looking brew, and a full on tan head. Fine evenly dispersed lacing...creamy textured head. Aromatics have dark roasts, creamy vanilla notes, dark charred oak, with a bit of booze. Flavor has some heat in the backend but it's dominant with the dark chocolate notes, rich booze from the barrel aging, and bourbon barrel aging effects such as charred oak with hints of vanilla. The heat from the chipotles comes out as a pleasant spicy smokey character within the dark bourbon barrel aged stout that I've come to know and love. Flavor all day dark chocolate smoked jalapenos all bring the flavor and complexity that I need with an imperial stout like this called Luchador en Fuego. Mouthfeel is full bodied expressive heat dries the palate out a bit but the carbonation flows well enough to not make it cloying in anyway the heat is good for the senses and doesn't overpower anything in anyway. Overall very impressive dark beer barrel aged to perfection even with all the adjunct additions adding to the complexity that this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 05:22:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First CLown Shoes beer in quite a while for me. This poured the way I would expect a rich high abv stout to do. Dark and black, but this also had a reddish hue to the beer which made it more interesting.

No question about chocolate on the nose plus some forward bourbon aromas. The first sip was relatively big, again expected for a big beer. Not too carbonated, and thats the way I like my stouts.

Chocolate came out in the taste which made the stout big and full. The after taste started like an afterburner in a jet. Lots of alcohol at the finish. There was a lingering alcohol burn that stayed for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 11:36:37 | More by rdilauro
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, smoke, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of smoke and bourbon aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 02:25:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one mocha finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Pretty standard for an imperial stout.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, boozy alcohol, roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, and pepper spiciness.

Taste: Pretty much a super awesome blend of above with a little char bitterness. Very tasty and nicely aged.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, warm alcohol, and a little pepper heat and bitterness.

Overall: I am sad that this beer is going to be gone soon by the next time I come in. Will have to seek out some 22's.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 05:55:32 | More by Flounder57
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Creamy black. A non-aggressive poor produces little to no head. There is no light seen through this beer, excluding the thin dark brown line on the top of the liquid.

S: A nice hot pepper touch with a big roasty chocolate aroma.

T: That bourbon really shines in this one and it's not too much and not too little. Very nice! The ancho/chipotle peppers dance around sweet chocolate and cinnamon sweet bread. There is a lovely dark fruit character to this beer that just tickles me the right way (plums or cherries). Ginger bread and sugar cookie are also present. Nice roast malt backbone.

M: Smooth like pearl, and creamy like butter. Very velvety and not overpowered.

O: I wasn't particularly in a stout mood tonight, but I couldn't pass this beer up. It was well worth it. I am a big fan of the bourbon aged stouts, and Luchador en Fuego did not disappoint. The heat from the peppers and the chocolate roasty bourbon notes play around perfectly in this drink. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:49:06 | More by titty_mcbitty
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a dark brown, nearly black pour with a touch of mahogany and a one finger creamy beige head. The nose is complex and amazing with lots of roasty cocoa, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, subtle chili peppers, and nice bourbon notes. The taste follows suit and is even bolder than the nose. Lots of cocoa and chocolate fudge along with hints of cinnamon, dark fruits, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, oak, bourbon, and subtle chili peppers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly fizzy carbonation and a nice warming finish. It leans a bit towards the thin side for the style. Overall, this was a bold and flavorful beer that barely missed hitting it out of the park for me. Another great offering from one of the most underrated breweries out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 06:10:06 | More by beerdrifter
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: The deepest brown can get before it becomes black. No head whatsoever. Tiny dots of lacing.

S: Brown cocoa powder, toasted crust. Chipotle. Whiff of tart cherry. Oak and barrel. Tinges of bourbon and alcohol.

T: Subdued brown bread and crust. Brown cocoa powder. Hint of milk chocolate. Ghostly notes of chipotle pepper with a very retrained heat. Bourbon and wood. Caramel. Tart cherry. Fig and spicy alcohol. Woody and crusty finish, a little boozy.

M: Creamy and silky. Thinned a little by the barrel. Lingering pepper heat and alcohol warmth.low carbonation.

O: Knocked down a little by the barrel aging. It takes over more than it accentuates. Perhaps a little less time in the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:04:04 | More by ryan1788a5
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, foamy, brown head. Quickly dissipates, leaving a thin beer ring around the rim. Spotty lacing.

S: Black licorice, hints of dark chocolate and vanilla, and lots of booze.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and black licorice are prominent. The bourbon infusion is much more prominent.

M: Thick and hearty. The beer components are a little overwhelmed by booze. Bitter, boozy finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and slight yet persistent lacing. Nose is bitter and sweet with lots of booze from the barrel aging. Bitterness is the primary beer component, and lots of booze pretty much overshadows anything else that may have had a chance to make an appearance. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:59:59 | More by bmwats
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Scot! Luchador en Fuego pours a super-deep shade of brown, almost black but not quite, littered with dark, ruby hints all over the place. The creamy and light-tan head doesn't stick around for very long, but a little swirl of the glass is quick to bring it back to life with ease. No lacing is left on the glass, except for a few, small spots that drip downwards instantly.

Sweet chocolate, borderline dark fudge, dark fruits so deep and sharp that they're nearly tart, mild vanilla, bourbon-y warmth, soft oak, some back-end spices, and a bit of buttery brown sugar. Kind of like a dark chocolate cake, drizzled with goodies and kicked up a notch with the booze. The peppers are hard to discern from the aroma, but the cinnamon is easy to pick out once the beer has a chance to warm up a little bit.

The first sip is quite smooth... as are sips two, three, and so on. Not hot at all, and though the bourbon does contribute a little throat warming sensation, it remains relatively smooth from start to finish. Sweet cocoa nibs, light fudge, a little bit of vanilla drizzle, and some warm cinnamon spice in the finish. Again, not picking up too much of the chilies here, save for a mild tongue tingle, so perhaps the barrel aging has blunted them just a bit.

A good amount of wet oak lasts well into the finish with a hint of bourbon and some sweet, dark fruits to wrap things up. The mouth feel could be a little better... maybe a little more full, chewy, and/or thick, but the barrel aging has definitely improved the mouth feel of the base beer by quite a bit, so that's a plus. Soft, rolling, low carbonation for a slick, smooth, almost creamy mouth feel.

Lots of stuff going on in this one, just like its non-barrel version, Chocolate Sombrero. The flavors could use a little bit more harmony, but they still work very well together, and spending some time in a barrel has really given them the change to meld a little more. I would have liked to see a bit more chili pepper spice as well, as they were almost nonexistent here. Probably one of the best things I've had from Clown Shoes so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:17:21 | More by tectactoe
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a small cap of tan head. Retention is just ok and lacing plentiful.

Nose is dulce de leche, sweet chocolate and the anchos make a definite impact. The barrel treatment is faint, but noticeable if you know it is there.

Taste throws down some seriously unique flavors, molten caramel and cinnamon bourbon with a faint heat - whether from the chipotle or alcohol I cannot say. It is not as sweet as it smells, nor is it as sweet as Chocolate Sombrero. To be honest, I dont think I like it as much as the Sombrero...there is just a bit too much going on here and the chiles combined with the bourbon give it a fiery afterburn. Im not sure if opening up this bomber by myself was such a grand idea...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 22:55:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a 22oz bottle from Total Wine about one month ago. I noticed the bottling date for this beer is 1/11/13, about 9 months ago. I purchased this older bottle intentionally to see how age has affected this beer. I think I made the right decision.

Pours pitch black, opaque, with a slightly fizzy, mocha tan colored head. I dont see much lacing but the head sticks around for a while; a nice feat for a highly abv beer.

Aroma is basically bourbon. When I purchase a bourbon barrel aged beer, I dont mind some upfront bourbon notes. Just as a dry hop IPA should smell of frsh hops, there should be some bornon aromas in a barrel aged beer. Also, lots of vanilla, slightly oaky. Large dose of bitter chocolate, no pepper in the aroma.

Outstanding flavor. Again, bourbon up front, with chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, following. No pepper taste but there is a vit of residual heat associated with a spicy pepper. Full bodied, on the sweeter side but not cloying.

I have been impressed with all of the Clown Shoes beers I have tried for the most part. This could fit in that upper tier of bourbon barrel aged beer. Alcoholic without being too boozy or sweet. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 18:19:00 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, third anniversary beer, poured into a 12oz water glass with a friend today, 9/5/2013. Review #193.

Pours a pretty standard dark and opaque black body with a 1cm mocha head that dissipates into a thin collar which stays for the party. Not much lacing, not much of a film, not much of anything else really. Typical imperial stout.

Smells like fresh peppers. Not the pepper spice, but fresh green peppers. There is also a nice dose of vanilla and sweet bourbon in there. I don't get much of the base beer actually, but I am really digging that fresh vegetable smell on this nose.

Flavour is certainly more complex than the nose. Get some good dark chocolate and coffee in there, which is complemented by some sweet bourbon and vanilla flavours in there. Near the end, there's this awesome flavour that feels like I bit into a fresh green pepper. I don't know what the term would be, but that would be exactly what it tastes like. And then there's a mild spicy burn at the end. As it warms up, that spicy pepper burn becomes accompanied by some boozy alcohol burn. Very interesting and I can honestly say I've never had a beer that included a fresh green bell pepper flavour in it.

Mouthfeel is actually quite full bodied, smooth and creamy. The finish is a bit too dry, and it is certainly a sipper. As it got to room temperature, the boozy heat took over and it became slightly less enjoyable as it took over that fresh bell pepper taste.

Well this was certainly not what I expected. After having Abraxas, Hunahpu and Mexican Cake, this beer delivered something very different- bourbon, vanilla extract and fresh bell peppers. I didn't get any cinnamon here. Its definitely worth trying at least once. I wouldn't buy more than a bottle to try with some friends, though.

Funny note, my friend was drinking this as well and he broke out in hives while drinking this. He drinks beer often so its not beer in general that was responsible for it.. but there is definitely something in this beer that caused an allergic reaction. I wonder if its the peppers, but it could also be something else that Clown Shoes added into there. He was fine after a dose of Benadryl. Who knows, but just a FYI if you tend to be on the hyperallergenic side.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:11:45 | More by Stevedore
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zachary80

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer's little brother last night (Chocolate Sombrero), so this is an interesting comparison. Kept cold since purchase. Let it sit on the counter for about 20 minutes before opening. Poured into a globe.

Very good appearance - black body, moderate-high beige head, very good lacing for the style.

Aroma is muted but pleasant. Roasted malts, some sweet vanilla, very faint bourbon. Slight pepper character is elusive.

Flavor is very good. All the various characteristics blend together much better than in the Chocolate Sombrero. Vanilla is most prominent note. Peppers come though more with their character than heat - actual heat level is very low.

Mouthfeel seems good. Alcohol rarely makes itself known.

Outstanding. Much better than chocolate sombrero, and than the sum of its own parts.

Strengths of individual characteristics (5 is most noticeable, not necessarily best): Bourbon barrel aged (3/5) imperial stout (2/5) with chili (2/5), cinnamon (1/5), and vanilla extract (4/5).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:00:39 | More by zachary80
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cola brown with a tan half-finger head that fought a half-minute before it surrendered to bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Chocolate and bourbon. The Wild Turkey is fighting to get out.

T: Like a chocolate English barleywine with haberaro backup. Slight heat from the pepper, but not overpowering. Vanilla seeps through. Sweet, robust, hearty.

M: Lighter than I expected with medium carobonation.

O: A great sipper. Terrific with pepperjack cheese or swiss. Happy Third Anniversary, Clown Shoes. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 19:15:15 | More by brewskifan55
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marvin213

North Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lightly blackened with a thin yet creamy lid, it looks basically how it should. I yearn for the aroma treasure trove I read about in other reviews. I get chocolate and I get bourbon, but as I hyperventilate to find some sense of chili peppers, the closest thing I can muster is cinnamon! No heat, and for a "Mexican" stout partly entitled "fuego," that's a problem. Someone put this on par with Mexican Cake, Hunapuh, and others? I've ridden the hype train before--and the reality is that I'm still looking for those two--but a pepper beer should have some sorta kick. Ballast Point doesn't stiff brews on pepper spice--is it harder in a stout? Even for a readily available Total Wine-style purchase, I'm disappointed. If it were a whale or a clamored-about exclusive, I'd be confused. It's like an entree sold as spicy failing to deliver. Quite frankly I fully understand the absence of hoopla and I wholly get why this one sat as a surprise for me to just try from the shelf. I will likely leave it next time....

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:33:05 | More by marvin213
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tree House snifter

A- Pours black, not overly viscous, head is more like any other beer, color is on, a beige mocha, but it doesn't hold and thins out quickly. Not bad, but not anything to write home about either

S- despite the adjuncts, the roast is pretty forward in the nose, followed up by some nice oaky, vanilla notes, as it warms it reminds me of a mexican mocha, but with a shot of vanilla. best part of this beer

t- mild, compared to the nose. I get some stout roast, with some alcohol heat, vanilla not as prominent but the pepper does rear its head a bit, has some dark fruit characteristics im assuming are from the peppers

M- thin for an imperial stout, I feel a thicker body wouldve held up some of the notes you get on the nose in the taste,

O- this is an easy drinker for the ABV, but I still feel its a bit lacking, solid beer but nothing to go crazy over

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 21:40:16 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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cjgator3

Florida

4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle

Had this on fathers day with my dad. The aroma is dark roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and espresso. This is a beer that I could smell all day long. The taste is excellent as well. This beer went fabulously with barbeque and was an excellent beer to share on father's day. Overall, highly recommended! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:19:43 | More by cjgator3
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Skrypt

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours pitch black with a 1/4" thick tan head. No light passes through this beer.

The smell is a equal parts roasted malts, chocolate and whiskey. Nice hint of oak, too.

The taste is rich in chocolate and bourbon. There's a nice hint of chipotle mingled with lots of vanilla and oak. There is a really strong, boozy after taste, though.

It's pretty thick. The booziness leaves the palate a little dry and the heat is noticeable.

Overall, this was a very surprising bottle. I had never heard of it, but I think with a little marketing it could be a pretty sought after brew. Give it a shot if you see it around. I'd say it only really lacks in how the bourbon is incorporated as it almost overpowers the beer, but it's still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:14:04 | More by Skrypt
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Let me preface this by saying that I was skeptical of a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout for 12.99 at Total Wine, but this beer is awesome and way underrated. Decrease the bottle count to 500 and increase the price to $30 and you have a 4.8 whale on your hands.

I have had Hunahpu's, Barrel-Aged Hunahpu's, and Mexican Cake multiple times each and this beer stands with the best of them.

It pours black with a tan head and has great lacing with maybe a 1 finger head. Pretty thick.

The smell is a nice roasted cocoa with a hint of oak and vanilla.

The taste is a rich vanilla with some background chocolate, cinnamon, and peppers. Reminds me of BCBVS with chili peppers and slightly less bourbon.

It is nice and thick as it warms. I poured it at probably 35* and it was too cold and seemed a bit thin. It is VERY good at about 50*

Overall, very surprised and wish that most people were willing to rate this based on what's in the bottle, not on the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:27:59 | More by Netdigger2
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottled on 1/11/13.

Appearance
Black with a short brown head. Slight light penetration along the edges.

Nose
Dark chocolate, fudge, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters.

Taste
Loads of dark chocolate and fudge. The bourbon is blended expertly and remains smooth with robust notes of caramel and vanilla. Some dark fruit and cinnamon presence along with some warming booze. There's a touch of pepper heat and charred oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, warming, oily and smooth.

Overall
Complex and hides the alcohol well. This is my second barrel aged beer from Clown Shoes and I must say that they have an impressive barrel program. Keep 'em coming!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:24:18 | More by justintcoons
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into tulip. clown shoes third anniversary beer.

A: pours a dark shade of brown. head is brownish/white and is rather frothy. retention is good as is the thick sheet of lacing left behind on my glass.

S: definitely detect bourbon booze off the bat. hot booze combines with spicy pepper. a little bit of chocolate but this one is mostly about the spicy pepper and bourbon. good but I wouldn't hate more diversity.

T: a little bit of booze, a little bit of spice, a little bit of heat. a busy stout here. there is a lot of soft sweetness in here too. vanilla. heat into the finish. both from the booze and the peppers.

M: carb is average to mellow. actually more on the mellow side. full bodied.

D: certainly unique. the chili pepper, the big stout, age it in bourbon, a lot of things going on here. good, but frankly I think they have had some better brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 03:20:09 | More by Jimmys
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gleemonger

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head that dissapates pretty quickly. Leaves some good lacing.

I get the chocolate and vanilla first, followed by a bit of the spices, then some roasted malts and sweetness. Very complex, though I'm not really picking up on the bourbon barrels in the aroma. Super tasty smelling though for sure.

I definitely get more in the flavor of what is advertised on the bottle. Still leads off with the sweet chocolate and vanilla, but this time with some of the bourbon and oak, but not in a hot or boozy way. The spices are more mixed in with the flavor than on the back end like I'd usually prefer, and kind of detract a tad from the other flavors, but not too bad. The roast is a tad bitter, but adds good complexity.

Moderate to heavy body, but not especially thick like I would expect from the style. Slightly elevated carbonation too, giving it a little more of a bite than a creamy feel. It's nice and refreshing, but not really what I prefer for the style.

Very good, but not as good as I was hoping. There is definitely a lot going on, but some of it doesn't quite mesh, which makes me think a little aging might benefit this one. For now though, it's still really good and one I'd get again. The alcohol is definitely well hidden in this one, so it's a tough one to not want to drink down like a delicious dessert.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:35:30 | More by gleemonger
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