Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.94/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2013 03:17:21 | More by tectactoe
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4.48/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
An aggressive pour yields a dark brown, nearly black pour with a touch of mahogany and a one finger creamy beige head. The nose is complex and amazing with lots of roasty cocoa, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, subtle chili peppers, and nice bourbon notes. The taste follows suit and is even bolder than the nose. Lots of cocoa and chocolate fudge along with hints of cinnamon, dark fruits, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, oak, bourbon, and subtle chili peppers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly fizzy carbonation and a nice warming finish. It leans a bit towards the thin side for the style. Overall, this was a bold and flavorful beer that barely missed hitting it out of the park for me. Another great offering from one of the most underrated breweries out there.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 06:10:06 | More by beerdrifter
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle poured into a chalice.
A: The deepest brown can get before it becomes black. No head whatsoever. Tiny dots of lacing.
S: Brown cocoa powder, toasted crust. Chipotle. Whiff of tart cherry. Oak and barrel. Tinges of bourbon and alcohol.
T: Subdued brown bread and crust. Brown cocoa powder. Hint of milk chocolate. Ghostly notes of chipotle pepper with a very retrained heat. Bourbon and wood. Caramel. Tart cherry. Fig and spicy alcohol. Woody and crusty finish, a little boozy.
M: Creamy and silky. Thinned a little by the barrel. Lingering pepper heat and alcohol warmth.low carbonation.
O: Knocked down a little by the barrel aging. It takes over more than it accentuates. Perhaps a little less time in the barrel.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 00:04:04 | More by ryan1788a5
Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.