Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Barrel aged imp stouts are great, not sure what a "Mexican-style chocolate" means, but Clown Shoes loves to do the BA stouts which is great, they're not all great but at least they're not too expensive and fun to try.
Pours a darker colored smaller head that fades at a decent rate, light lacing, typical of an 11% BA imp stout though, pitch black beer with thick legs to die for.
Nose is kinda heavenly, starting with a nice big expensive rich chocolate, semi dark and semi creamy but a bit baker's too, lots of chocolate, many levels, not quite chocolate rain big but just a ton. Then into vanilla, lots of smooth vanilla, pure vanilla bean as well as a toasty oak vanilla too, and a light dusty oak barrel. Next up, bourbon, a nice bourbon aroma that comes on smooth and very nice, it's like the trifecta. hints of black malts in there but no roast or tannins, and faint baking spices, touch of graham cracker and faint hint of booze.
Taste is quite nice too, but not as awesome as the aroma was, starts with bitter chocolate, dark baker's and super dark bitter chocolate, but smooth and velvety at the same time. Expensive lush chocolate, like a Lindt where it has that nice dark chocolate outside and velvety creamy center. The booze kicks in a bit mid palate, warming and slightly tingly, and just a bit of an alcohol taste, and some nice heat from the chilies. Back to vanilla, nice vanilla bean but not nearly as much as the nose had. Barrel is there, but lighter too, hint of dusty barrel, with vanilla toasty oak, etc. Bourbon is much lighter this time, I got a nice aroma, but barely any flavor of bourbon. The malts also bring a light dark malt with hint of bitter tannin, as well as light bready graham cracker and faint caramel. A hint of earthy spicy hops comes in on the back end, mostly earthy hops with decent bitterness. Finish gets fairly hot, some hot booze and alcohol taste and a nice long lingering chili heat, tingly, then creamy mouth coating lush chocolate lingering, sticky semi sweet, hint of coffee too, a little more vanilla and barrel lingering, and a bit of bourbon esp with the hot booze makes my mind think more of the bourbon.
Mouth is fuller bodied, lush creamy and velvety, decent carb, plenty of hot booze.
Overall quite interesting, almost perfect nose, aroma was so delightful, the taste was nice but left a bit to be desired for. I wish the bourbon came out more on the flavor as it did on the nose, and the vanilla is a nice touch overall. Chocolate is the key to this beer, which was heavenly, and baking spices go well with it. The booze gets a bit much too, a bit overbearing initially, but on the finish makes me think I just had a sip of a chocolate malty vanilla bourbon, and chili pepper heat is a nice addition overall. I will def go get more bottles of this.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2013 01:45:48 | More by jlindros
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4.23/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/25/2014. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cinnamon, light chile pepper, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light cinnamon, light chile pepper, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light spice flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. Even though most of the spicing did not have big presence; the robust dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavor balance is awesome; and this is very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 02:58:02 | More by superspak
4.16/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 23:25:50 | More by Roguer
Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.