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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Dope on 01-16-2013

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 2, 2016

Bomber, snifter

A – Basically pitch black, maybe a tinge of deep brown. A rich chocolate-tan head, thin but moderately long-lasting. Pours somewhat thick, though not quite viscous/oily.

S – Vanilla bean, chocolate, and some cinnamon and maple syrup notes. A bit of warm spice on the back. Some fruity notes of plum, and light licorice and toffee, maybe tobacco. Very sweet nose, but pleasantly so.

T – Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and cinnamon. Fruity notes of cherry and plum along with distinct cola flavor and a hint of tobacco. Some stone fruit, reminiscent of pomegranate, and earthy herbal notes, along with moderate bitterness. Very complex.

M – Very sweet up front, and thick on the tongue, obscuring some significant hop bitterness and creating a great balance. A warm bite, mostly from the alcohol it would seem though perhaps a bit of chili heat on the finish. Carbonation is moderate-low, dry enough to not leave lingering sugars.

O – This is an outstanding barrel-aged stout, as all of the components involved come together and interplay nicely for a complex, flavorful, rewarding brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany - nearly black - with a thick, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The smell isn't very boozy. The taste follows the nose and the flavors are at the same time rich and mellow. It opens with dark chocolate, mocha, and sweet vanilla. Next comes the bourbon, which is super smooth. It finishes with a nice peppery taste. This stout is creamy but not terribly viscous. It is lightly carbonated and I really didn't notice the 11% ABV; there is no real fuego. Overall, this is a typical Clown Shoes stout: well-crafted, delicious, and fun to drink.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours near black, thin tan head fades, little soapy lace. Nice Chocolatey bourbon aroma. Taste is chocolate, subtle pepper spice, bourbon, blends together seamlessly. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Solid pepper stout by Clown Shoes.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - pitch black, no light coming through.. thin head that dissipates quickly
Smell - huge milk chocolate notes up front with sweet vanilla and smooth bourbon.. not much spice at all.
Taste - rich and complex, very tasty. A lot of chocolate and vanilla, smooth bourbon on the backend, and again only a subtle hint of those mexican spices. A little alcohol burn but not in a bad way at all. Enjoyable to say the least.
Feel - medium, velvety smooth.
Overall - Great stuff. Very enjoyable beer but definitely a sipper. Kinda wish there were more spices/peppers typical of a mexican stout, but nonetheless a must have.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really rich flavor. Thick and creamy it's like a melted chocolate shake with bourbon. There's also a pleasant mocha presence. This is extremely well done, the whiskey isn't overpowering yet it definitely shines through adding a very nice finish. Highly recommend this one to the stout lovers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a fan of whiskey, but must try some of these as barrel aging is so en vogue. CS can be a bit of a crap-shoot, but they have some great brews. This one pours with a darkness and thin skim of mocha foam. Aroma thankfully has nice rich notes of cocoa and roast amid the obvious booze. Flavor is similar, with more of the whiskey coming through, but still yielding some room for chocolate and vanilla. My favorite aspect of this is by far the incredibly smooth mouthfeel and mild, clean finish. Quality brew for sure. If only I could enjoy whiskey...

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. capped bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is burnt chocolate fudge brownie, cocoa powder and the slightest tickle of booze. There's no spiciness apparent but it smells damn good. Flavor is of toasted coconut, chocolate, mocha, fudge, lactose and booze with a touch of chili spice at the end. Pretty simple but its so well integrated and balanced. Really impressive. Smooth and chewy on the palate with a great, dense and lightly carbonated body. Smooth and a touch hot on the finish and from the chili addition. Just very good all around.

Clown Shoes consistently turns out some of the best imperial stouts on the market. They're not rare or limited or anything like that but they certainly rank up there with the best of them.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black pour with one finger of light brown head. Retention and lacing are very good. The aroma is complex and delicious. A great mix of chocolate, spice, oak, bourbon. On taste, the bourbon hits first, with some barrel notes. Then waves of chocolate and finally, the slow burn of the spice. The spice is subtle, but present. Full bodied, low-moderate carb, and really smooth. Nicely balanced finish. Excellent brew!

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Inch or so tan head with fairly good retention; leaves behind some lacing when it finally dissipates. Beer itself has the dark coloration you would expect from this style.
S: Aroma is strong of bourbon off the bat with hints of vanilla. I wish I got more of the pepper here. As it warms the bourbon notes start giving way to chocolate notes.
T: Follows the aroma closely, though I can taste the peppers in here as well. The peppers offer a nice contrast to the sweetness and booziness coming from the bourbon, but they don't shine like they do in some other beers of this style. As it warms the peppers do start to come out more, but this still seems like a missed opportunity to really let them shine and stand out from the glut of BBA beers available.
F: Some thickness to it, but still goes down smooth.
O: Solid for the style, but not my favorite BA peppered stout. Let this sit for a few after taking it out of the fridge to really get all of the nuances.

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Photo of justinp444
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage fresh poured into a pint glass it has a black body and a inch thick beige head of thick foam. Smell of spice, heat, vanilla, chocolate, some bourbon, coffee, and earth. Taste is tons of spice, chocolate, coffee, end of vanilla, nice amount of bourbon and heat, and earth. Mouth feel is nice and full with a creamy full carbonation and body. A tad bit too much alcohol but a very good mexican style stout none the less.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil like and dark brown/black in appearance with a slightly noticeable ruby red hue on the edges and a thin caramel brown blanket of foam and sticks.

Huge vanilla sweetness notes right out of the gate with a subtle peppery heat, followed by more sweet aromas of chocolate, caramel, and bourbon.

Deliciously sweet but not cloying chocolate, toffee/caramel, and vanilla sweetness is balanced by a subtle but pleasing peppery spiciness. There is some bourbon and barrel character but only lends some complexity rather than being pronounced in flavor.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, silky smooth, and subtle spicy heat.

Overall, another absolutely solid barrel aged offering from Clown Shoes. This is so very balanced and an awesome beer with pepper additions for folks like myself that don't like blistering heat. Well done and another home run.

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Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another excellent imperial stout from Clown Shoes. I've been really happy with the bulk of their offerings in this style category. The flavor notes on the bottle really capture a lot of what I experienced when drinking this beer. The pepper notes were noticeable but held relatively in check, which is good because it would be pretty easy to overdo it with a chipotle addition, for example. There's a definite smoked pepper essence. Vanilla was present but in the background, the cocoa was more noticeable. Roast character for sure, again though not overpowering. This was not an exceptionally roasty coffee forward beer. The barrel notes were really nice, some oak and a whiff of bourbon, especially as the beer warmed up. I really appreciated how each of these flavors sort of played off each other, none of them being too aggressive. Mouthfeel was a good level of effervescent, I feel like if this beer had been too slick or smooth the chili pepper would have been a lot more mouth coating, in a bad way. Really enjoyed splitting this beer with the wife and will be seeking out another bomber.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour results in a finger mocha head. Moderate lacing. Sort of lacking in smell......faint barrel, chocolate, and cinnamon. Nothing really stands out in the taste. Well balanced, but I'd rather have a dominant element stand out instead of a mix of subdued flavors. Only catch some slight heat from the peppers in the aftertaste. Great feel to this stout.....medium carb and body. Overall, a solid spiced stout but there are much better options out there.

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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice peppery bite to the end, that's slight. Not quite as good as the Prarie Bomb, but it is in the same family.

The price was about $15 for the bomber, which will prevent me from getting it again.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, dated 2/23/16. Pours mostly black with a medium sized dark khaki head. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chili peppers, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste follows with mostly bourbon, oak, chili peppers, and roasted malt with vanilla, dark fruit, and cocoa; balanced with average intensity. Moderate spice and sweetness with some light bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Average body and above average carbonation for the style. Overall, it's a well done BA IS; It's balanced, interesting, and worth a try if you like spiced stouts.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 batch. From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 27, 2016.

Deep- jet black pour with a modest tan head.

Great dark malt, chocolate, raisin, and black licorice aromas. Not much is the way of hot pepper spice as I expected.

Big bold body. Creamy and smooth.

The flavors are sweet chocolate, burnt malts, black licorice, and a touch of booze. Those chili and Chipotle spices do kick in after a moment but they are not overpowering.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice stout, though neither the bourbon nor the peppers were as potent as I'd expected. Smooth vanilla notes were appreciable amid the creamy chocolate malts. Sweet and bittersweet meet halfway. Full-bodied, smooth; hints of roast and char on the drying finish.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Stone Snifter.
The beer poured a dark brown chocolate with a 1F head.

The aroma was not strong initially. Some spice and chocolate. With warming- excellent deep chocolate and a hint of spices.

Taste: the chocolate deepens with warming. The spices are melded into the balance of the beer- this is key here.
Balance. Sometimes, Mexican spiced beer can be a bit overdone. The brewers were careful to blend the
Mexican spices into the beer with balance.

Strong bitter finish.

Warming is an important factor to this beer. Warming brings out deep chocolate, spicy balance, and oak.
The Bourbon influence starts to set in with warming- lots more oak.

Overall, another highly singular beer by Clown Shoes. Not radically different, but different enough for us
to recognize that Clown Shoes has their own unique approach to brewing.

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Photo of Gables
2.89/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

2015 from a bomber. Looked good enough. Smelled spicy and boozy. Tasted pretty bad IMO. Too much pepper spice and cheap whisky/bourbon barrel. I did a blind taste test with the 2016 version and the 2016 was way better. Won't be buying the 2015 again

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bold, thick pour, oily resin, no doubt about the bourbon notes. A sipper at 11% but easily drinkable even if your not a Mexican stout fan. Overall would recommend.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 2/22/16.
The beer was near black in color. There was no head to it, just a few bubble around the rim.
Aroma of chocolate, spice, and chili powder.
The taste followed the nose. Chocolate and cinnamon, with some chili warmth in the aftertaste. I thought there was a tiny bit of vanilla. Otherwise nothing in the aroma or taste to suggest barrel aging.
The chili warmth was subtle and the 11% ABV was well-hidden.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/lighter shade of black with no head to speak of. Some big soapy bubbles line the perimeter. Aromas of dark chocolate, maybe some cinnamon and a light chile tingle. Not getting any of the barrel on the nose. Definitely need to let this breathe and warm a little before proceeding.
20 minutes later tasting has resumed - I'm a little concerned as the aroma hasn't opened up at all. It smells nice, but not as expected. I have had this beer in the past and I seem to remember an evident bourbon character that just isn't there right now.
Taste is dark chocolate up front, cinnamon, vanilla follow with a warming alcohol finish. Slight bourbon does thankfully make itself known here. Chiles are not apparent on the sip, but the heat does have a moderate aggregate effect after a few sips.
Low carbonation - alcohol and peppers tickle the tongue instead. Thick, but reasonably drinkable for an 11% stout.
This is quite tasty for sure, but at $13 for 22 oz., I'll grab a $9.99 4-pack of Mexican Sombrero in the future.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Usual stout appearance, maybe leans a little more brown than average, but still looks plenty good. Beige and tan frothy head.

Super tiny barrel aroma. Same with the taste, really fast tracked the barrel aging on this one methinks. Mostly chocolate aroma. Chile and barrel, missing. Vanilla comes out as it warms. Solid beer but the price point for barrel beers better be low if its only going to have a trace signature of said barrel.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle peppers, then aged 100% in Bourbon Barrels, this beer wants to leap onto your palate like a luchador who dives into the ring from atop the highest rope." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with spices and vanilla added. Available as a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a medium brown color over a deep black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Nose is of vanilla-accented bourbon and oak forward, with moderate stout characters of medium roasted grain, chocolate syrup and toasted caramel bread, subtle notes of vegetal pepper heat and effervescent spice in the aroma, although subtle overall. Much of what makes this beer unique is fairly underwhelming in the nose, but altogether the collective aroma is pleasing to note, if not ordinary for the style. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Medium roasted barley grain with undertones of moist chocolate cake, a sweet complexity of vanilla and bourbon note finish outpaces the more subtle characters of the ancho and chipotle peppers with their reserved heat index as well as the surprisingly delicate, even arguably underdone effervescence of cinnamon and nutmeg. Altogether a flavorful and enjoyable stout, but additionally somewhat limited in the flavor profile it aims to bring to the table, and otherwise an ordinary imperial stout with a notable bourbon barrel flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, moderately viscous, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over roasty, spicy and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I can't find myself docking too many points with this beer, as I find it very enjoyable as an Imperial Stout. I regularly sample new entries in Clown Shoes' impressive stout lineup as they come around, and was mostly interested in Luchador En Fuego for what it would do different with the style. Unfortunately, most of the flavors are too subtle and too underrepresented to really contribute anything notable to the flavor of the stout, and what remains is an enjoyable, but not very diversified-drinking American Imperial Stout. Nothing awful, but nothing to write home about either. I'm not too sure if the Mexican style chocolate stout substyle is diversifying the stout enough to justify a release of this against their year-round Chocolate Sombrero. Aside from the bourbon barrel flavor, which comes through almost too clearly in this ale, this beer doesn't bring too much else to the table for me, but sends me to bed satisfied nonetheless. 3.75

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shocking imperial stout review refers to color and black and brown! Almost 1/3" beige head.

Where is the barrel in the aroma? Lacking. But it did give plenty of chocolate, so that was nice. No head, no chiles, cinnamon. Muted.

Taste still was missing the barrel aspect, but it was still nice, even if the price of the bottle seems high for something without barrel character. Vanilla came out with warming. Toffee, chocolate, caramel. Peppers seemed hardly there too.

No off flavors, just some flavors were massively understated. Corpulent brought this. Poser.

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.