Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by gleemonger:
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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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
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
Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.