Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
4.04/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
BOTTLED ON 01/11/13
A fairly aggressive pour only yields a finger of light brown head that falls to a film quickly. The body is nice and opaque black.
The aroma is wonderful. It comes across with big chocolate notes, bourbon, cinnamon, and a sweetness probably from the vanilla that mixes well with the cinnamon and chocolate. Seems like a good dessert beer.
The flavor comes through with some bourbon and warmth but is cut by some of the sweetness. Lots of roast and chocolate flavor. Not quite as awesome as the aroma. The cinnamon and vanilla don’t quite come through as well.
Well carbonated and a little under where I want the body on such a big beer. A little sticky on the lips.
I guess the little tingle I felt lingering on my tongue was the peppers? They are definitely left in the dust on this. A great beer for sure, but I was expecting so much more. Def worth the buy for one bottle.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2013 04:57:39 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.44/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Deep brown appearance with a small tan head that lingered for a few sips. Chocolate and coffee was the primary nose, with a hint of vanilla and oak. Taste was very rich and drinkable. Good complexity with a nice chocolate taste followed by some vanilla sweetness and a pleasant spice of pepper and alcohol at the finish. Nice substance and consistency in the mouth,. Overall, I felt that it competed favorably with some of my favorites. It was smooth and complex with a bevy of rich flavors.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 04:05:42 | More by OneEye78
3.29/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 02:49:48 | More by 01001111
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Location: The Gingerman (Norwalk)
Appearance: Pours black with a large viscous ring that has an opaque brown at the edges. Brown sugar colored head.
Aromatics: Light chili scent with large coffee and molasses flavors. Very light on the bourbon it's almost lovely. Very sweet like confectioners sugar. As it warms you get more alcohol as well.
Flavor: The bourbon gives the beer a nice little alcohol kick along with the subsequent vanilla flavor. Very sweet sugars. The peppers kick in more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Viscous and sweet the oils pass everything over every part of my tongue.
Serving type: on-tap
04-19-2014 13:53:42 | More by KornWallace
4.48/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 2/25/14. Poured 4/18/14. $14.99 bomber. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: Not what I was expecting to see at all. Poured a super fizzy black. No head or lacing left behind. The laser etching from the glass releases a steady carbonation to the top of the beer, but it's a really bland looking brew. Black water, basically. As I got to the bottom of the bottle and finished it off into the glass, it produced a bit of a brown head, but it's still a rather mediocre looking Imperial Stout. That's a nit-pick!
Smell: There's that barrel! Love it. Bourbon barrel is immediately noticeable with its woody characteristic and vanilla. Dark fruits. The bourbon itself/an alcohol aroma as well. One whiff and you know this is a big beer. Sweet, bold, beautiful. I wish I could say more, but the beer speaks for itself.
Taste/feel: Mm... excellent, excellent. Bourbon barrel vanilla notes with dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and a plain cake doughnut sort of thing that I pick up in a lot of bourbon barreled stouts. There may be a touch of cinnamon that this beer's supposedly brewed with, but I could easily mistake that with the chocolate and barrel together. Nice sweetness on the end with a bit of warming alcohol. Nice and complex. Reading the label, ancho chilis and chipotle peppers are supposed to be in this beer, but I honestly get zero pepper heat, and if there's a flavor, it's probably because I'm imagining it while reading the label. The feel isnt that great, which is a bit of a bummer, but it's not beer ruiningly bad at all.
Overall, I'm more than impressed. I read that this is supposedly their Chocolate Sombrero aged in bourbon barrels with a few extra things added, but it's worked wonders, as I didn't love that beer... this tastes completely different and FAR better. Luchador en Fuego has some phenomenal complexity between the base of the beer and the fact it was tossed into bourbon barrels. I haven't had the "big boy" BBA imperial stouts like KBS or Black Note yet, but holy hell this sure is working for me. I was just knocking the mouthfeel, but this beer has such a considerable amount of sweetness that a bit more heft and less carbonation may have it drinking like syrup.
So... yeah. $15 for this puts it at a price that makes it a beer you'd very likely not drink often, but it's definitely a phenomenal beer. It's "meh" in the glass and the mouthfeel could maaaaybe use a BIT of tweaking, but overall, this is one of the very best beers I've ever tasted. This is yet another Clown Shoes beer that I feel is being short changed by the community, for whatever reason... 91 overall? C'mon now.
This is a long review, I know, and my score may come off as generous, but I was in love from first sip with this beer. A total winner.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 23:06:39 | More by Alextricity
Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.