Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

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690 Ratings
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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 80
Gots: 148 | FT: 20
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 01-16-2013

Clown Shoes' Third Anniversary beer. Aged in Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey barrels.
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Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emyers
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin beige head. Not much head retention.

Smell: There is a lot going on here. Bourbon, chiles, vanilla, milk chocolate. An interesting dark fruit presence (primarily back cherry) comes into the picture and takes over a bit before being covered up by more chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla and milk chocolate up front with some more of that dark fruit. Cinnamon and a bit of chile pepper (not really any heat, but a nice smoky chipotle flavor). Bourbon is very subtle in the flavor profile. I could go for more bourbon and less dark fruit, but overall this is a great flavor profile - complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.Would prefer a little less carbonation in this one.

Overall: Great showing from Clown Shoes. There is a lot going on in this beer and it comes together quite well.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours close to jet black except for a mahogany tinge at the bottle of the glass when held to the light,a deep thinner beige head atop.bourbon really jumps out at ya in the nose along with some dark fruit,the chipotle gives off some spice and smoke.Vanilla tinged oak starts out the flavor profile ,the bourbon is big,dark fruit and sweet but not spicy anchos are there,the chipotles come in late in the finish hitting the back of the throat that lingers.This is a sipper no doubt but all the flavors come together making for a very interesting beer.

Photo of tectactoe
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.

Photo of marvin213
2.97/5  rDev -28.3%
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....

Photo of riTLce
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Black as night, half a finder of mocha colored head dissipating quickly into a nice halo that clings to the edges of my snifter.

S: Slight bourbon booziness, oak flavor, minimal spiciness comes through. Chocolate sweetness and vanilla does shine.

T: Follows the nose, chili almost nonexistent. Bourbon barrel agine comes through great, but not overly boozy. Vanilla and other spices come through softly, with a roasty chocolate malt. Also picking up the Mexican chocolate flavor. The bourbon, maltiness, and chocolate flavor mingle nicely, with the bourbon winning out in the end along with a soft smokiness.

M: Not overly boozy, smooth drinking and minimal carbonation. Slightly oily finish, lingering booze.

O: Very good BA Imperial Stout, the flavors are not masked by the bourbon, but it does shine through. I would have liked a bit more heat from the chilies, but would certainly drink this again.

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant black, ½” foam cap that produces extensive thin lace. Some legs. Smell: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and some vegetal pepper aromas. Taste: Very creamy, some fruit, chocolate with mild heat on the end with traces of spicy vegetal astringency. The flavors are well balanced with a light sweetness running throughout. Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, very fine soft carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to corpulent for bringing this over last month. Pours a black and brown liquid, looks normal. Beige head about 1/3" on the top. Very mild and minimal barrel presence on this one. What did they age it for 3 days or something? Just lacked aromas of oak or bourbon. Other than that, the aroma was chocolatey and nice. Alcohol nowhere to be found, neither was the heat from any chiles or cinnamon. All chocolate and some roast.

Taste, an improvement, still lacked the barrel character, but the chocolate was really well done. Vanilla became prominent. Some of the warmth that is developing might be bourbon, but it really has no bourbon flavor. Just the warmth. Of course that could be from the peppers too. Carbonation was just right. Toffee and caramel character compliments the chocolate. Not overly sweet.

Its good tasting, nice mouthfeel, but when you advertise barrel aged, I'd like the barrel to come through a little bit more. No off flavors, just they need a kick in the pants.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samples from a 22 oz bottle at the Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta) ... Perhaps my favorite beer at this outstanding beer fest.
A: Pours very dark brown with a large, frothy brown head. The head has great head retention and leaves behind a rather full coat of lacing.
S: Sweet and fruity aroma with some bourbon.
T: Boozy, as expected, given the high ABV and the bourbon barrel aging, but plenty else going on. Flavor notes include sweet caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, light chili pepper and dark fruit. Leaves a strong and long lasting aftertaste in which the chipoltes come forward, along with coffee, light smoke, and some hops.
M: Very smooth with a full body.

O: A rich imperial stout with excellent complexity. A varied load of aromas and flavors; while some of these are rather pronounced at times (especially bourbon barrel), none dominate to the point of masking all of the others. I’m eager to try the bottle put in my cellar for aging.

Photo of 01001111
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The deep, dark brown of coffee left in a french press and forgotten.

S: Coffee-but-not-coffee roast, sweet malts, vanilla.

T: Sweetness, booze, vanilla, and roast.

M: Creamy, syrupy, and a bit hot on the finish but not from the chilies.

O: Bombastic and messy. There's not much balance, just sweetness and bourbon.

Photo of rdilauro
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle foamed over, and had a ton of carbonation for a BA imperial stout. Head was fairly big and fuzzy, dark tan; brew is a beautiful solid black. Lacing is scattered and nice.

Slightly acidic barrel aroma, mixed with roasted barley, vanilla, and cream. No hint of chocolate or chile in the aroma. Slight coffee smell from the malt (I do not believe there is any coffee added). Quite a bit going on in the aroma, but it's very subdued and subtle overall.

Flavor is a much more full blend of the aroma, and then some. Definitely some heavy wood flavor; vanilla; smooth milk chocolate; roasted barley (but not overpowering); maybe just the tiniest hint of chile (building slightly as you go); and a nice, subtle bourbon note at the end.

Thick, full mouthfeel; silky and slightly chewy at the same time. The barrel characteristics are perfectly subtle and not a detriment to enjoying your sip; the bourbon presence and alcohol heat are very warming, but only in the throat long after the sip is gone. There is virtually no alcohol presence in the mouth. Long, sticky finish.

One of the most subtle bourbon barrel aged stouts I've ever enjoyed (not surprising, given the ~11% ABV). It's also one of the chewiest BA stouts I've had (BCBS manages to pull this off, as well).

Minor criticisms: for a chile stout, I'd like more heat. For a BBA stout, I'd like a little more bourbon presence (instead of a more general wood-aged flavor, which is what I get more of here). Overall, I think that's what keeps this beer just over outstanding overall, but far below its potential.

Photo of cjgator3
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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

Ink black color sitting in the glass with less than a finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Bourbon and cinnamon up front in the aroma. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted chiles. I would not say it smells very cake like, but there is a lot going on here.

A combination of chocolate malt and bourbon upfront in the flavor. The chile adds mild heat and a little earthy, smokey, pepper flavor. Notes of cinnamon and vanilla from the barrel. A little alcohol flavor and heat in the finish. Quite complex flavor.

Thick and rich body. Expertly carbonated. Clown Shoes always do right in mouthfeel with their stouts and this is no exception.

I may have preferred the chiles come out a little more with the heat but has good barrel character and the result is a complex, very enjoyable stout.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Strong 11% ABV with strong scent and taste of bourbon at first. Then the Mexican chocolate spices hit. A wonderful beer to savior.

Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Brown/black pour, not the darkest or thickest appearing I've ever seen. Just a ring of light tan head. Some fine bubbles stick to the glass.

Aroma, Light roast malt, caramel, cocoa, vanilla. Definetely some barrel there as well.

Taste, Wow is that a boozy mess up front. Saves itself a bit with earthy cocoa and oak. Toffee, vanilla are there as well. Roast malt and some coffee.

About mid-bodied, coats pretty well. Maybe just a tad thin. Shows all the abv listed and then some. Drank the entire 22 of the other 2 I had from Clown Shoes, not going to come even close with this one.

Still looking for the Porcine, so as it stands this is a distant 3rd for the imperial stouts I've had from them. Good with potential, just way too hot right now. It is hard to get past.

Photo of Drtfinelli
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've had in a long time and the best I've had from Clownshoes, by far. Bottled 2/26/14. I love everything about this. Can't wait to share my other bottle.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip glass, it pours black with a thin layer of tan foam on the surface. It doesn't stick around long, leaving a thin veil and a ring of foam around the edges. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Barrel aromas of tobacco, vanilla, just a little bit of bourbon heat.

Sweet vanilla, hints of cinnamon and possibly ancho, though it seems all but obliterated by the bourbon barrel, which lends plenty of spirit character. Roasted malt, oaky sweet bourbon, lingering vanilla and warming heat. Medium bodied, fairly smooth, but with noticeable alcohol heat. Overall despite the higher abv and heat it's pretty enjoyable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chili peppers, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of woodiness and smoke noticeable. All the flavors mesh well together, I don't think any of them are overpowering. The peppery heat in this is very mild, it's more of a vegetal pepper than a spicy pepper flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, but then I liked their Chocolate Sombrero too. I think that the barrel aging improved the brew a little bit, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $14.99 a bottle.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a thick black beer with a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and some roasted malt
T: taste is chocolate, peppers, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. swallow is chocolate, caramel and bourbon with some pepper heat
M: this beer is full in the mouth with soft carbonation that sits smooth and creamy on the palate. the beer has a neutral finish that leans toward being a bit drying
O: Overall a very impressive beer. the bourbon flavor is there without overpowering and the peppers are a nice addition.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.99. Bottled 01/08/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with almost two full fingers of fluffy tan head that leaves large sheets of burnt cream colored lacing.

Smells of bourbon, chili peppers, chocolate and vanilla. Nice.

Taste is a sweet mixture of bourbon, milk chocolate, chillies, vanilla, creamed dark roast coffee, more peppers, woody character, an almost cinnamon tingle, faint cherries, some smoke and a bite of alcohol. There's no doubt that this is packin some booze but it goes down very easily for 11% abv. Peppers are there in flavor without ever getting hot. Things smooth out as it warms and any alcohol harshness subsides to allow the chocolate, chilli peppers and vanilla to really shine through.

Creamy, smooth, rich medium full body with subtle but present carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste of bourbon soaked chocolate covered chillies (if there is such a thing).

Clown Shoes delivers again. Happy 3rd anniversary to me! I hope they keep going strong and playing with the barreled variations- they have been doing a great job of that over the past year. Luchador En Fuego is a delightfully amped up and bourbon barreled big brother to Chocolate Sombrero that deserves a try. I've already been through a few bombers and plan on stocking up to see how the vanilla/bourbon blends in over time.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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...

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.