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Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

Luchador En FuegoLuchador En Fuego

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

369 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 369
Reviews: 64
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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Reviews by Sirwootalot:
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Sirwootalot

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Mackenzie's. Pours flat black with a thin turkish coffee head. The smell is Mezmerizing - rich, luxurious chocolate torte with warm caramel and oaky bourbon. The flavor is disproportionately thick in comparison to the thin body - a baseball-bat-to-the-face of bitter dark chocolate gives way to buttery bourbon burn, with slight notes of ancho chilies and cappucino mud. It is very sweet, but masked well by the bitter pinch of the cacao and coffee grounds. The aftertaste is neutral, but it leaves an odd sticky cottonmouth feel on the tongue. Several minutes in, the tingly heat of the chilies catches up, which is quite nice.

Overall, this is very much a desert beer dominated by aroma and flavor. I wish i'd paired it with food to negate the odd mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 02:21:52 | More by Sirwootalot
More User Reviews:
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01001111

California

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
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WiggyKGB

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-22-2014 02:35:58 | More by WiggyKGB
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-21-2014 04:03:54 | More by DaftPatrick
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-20-2014 14:35:38 | More by RMoeNay
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-19-2014 23:16:21 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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KornWallace

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/18/14
Location: The Gingerman (Norwalk)
Glassware: Chalice
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.
Notes:

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 13:53:42 | More by KornWallace
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alex021224

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-19-2014 03:31:58 | More by alex021224
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Davit

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-19-2014 01:34:46 | More by Davit
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Alextricity

Michigan

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
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speedvagen

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-17-2014 16:12:00 | More by speedvagen
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-17-2014 01:00:43 | More by randylangford
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-15-2014 23:14:04 | More by DangerDawg
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shredder83

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-15-2014 11:53:11 | More by shredder83
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EricTKolekamp

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-15-2014 03:01:06 | More by EricTKolekamp
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-14-2014 22:14:08 | More by bostonryan
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Thebarrick56

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-14-2014 20:16:45 | More by Thebarrick56
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-14-2014 13:18:07 | More by Gotti311
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-14-2014 00:42:53 | More by DanGeo
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osuskin

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-13-2014 22:08:45 | More by osuskin
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pstam87

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-13-2014 18:28:32 | More by pstam87
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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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jemarent

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-13-2014 02:29:00 | More by jemarent
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alexm1309

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-12-2014 21:23:27 | More by alexm1309
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-12-2014 17:52:54 | More by pathman
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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.