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Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

Luchador En FuegoLuchador En Fuego

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

375 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 65
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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cjgator3

Florida

4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle

Had this on fathers day with my dad. The aroma is dark roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and espresso. This is a beer that I could smell all day long. The taste is excellent as well. This beer went fabulously with barbeque and was an excellent beer to share on father's day. Overall, highly recommended! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:19:43 | More by cjgator3
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wogreen

Texas

4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - thick, dark, with a lot of head for an imperial, however dissipated quickly
S - smells very syrupy with potent chocolate notes
T - like a bar of dark chocolate...very rich, thick and doesnt taste as potent as it smells
M - very thick to the taste
O - a solid imperial stout. maybe not my favorite, but definitely drinkable and one i would recommend as a nice rich chocolatey brew

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 23:16:07 | More by wogreen
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic mars black, capped with a voluminous toffee colored puff. As the head fades, remains of sticky lace are left on the glass. The aroma is intoxicating on several levels! It first packs a huge, bourbon-forward punch, with chocolate and other sweets, and upon further contemplation, cinnamon, nutmeg, and custard can be traced in the mix. Getting to the flavor - definitely a prominent, gourmet dark chocolate vibe here, with accompaniment by very smoky bourbon barrel tannins. Vanilla extract. It feels very full-bodied, coating the palate, but not overly boozy somehow. The finish actually contains some bitter hops, through the thickness of the barrel aged malt flavors, and a light, peppery burn. This is an absolutely decadent treat for my taste buds all around... It gives you practically every taste experience other than sour. A must try for RIS heads and big beer fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:04:47 | More by Neorebel
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Let me preface this by saying that I was skeptical of a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout for 12.99 at Total Wine, but this beer is awesome and way underrated. Decrease the bottle count to 500 and increase the price to $30 and you have a 4.8 whale on your hands.

I have had Hunahpu's, Barrel-Aged Hunahpu's, and Mexican Cake multiple times each and this beer stands with the best of them.

It pours black with a tan head and has great lacing with maybe a 1 finger head. Pretty thick.

The smell is a nice roasted cocoa with a hint of oak and vanilla.

The taste is a rich vanilla with some background chocolate, cinnamon, and peppers. Reminds me of BCBVS with chili peppers and slightly less bourbon.

It is nice and thick as it warms. I poured it at probably 35* and it was too cold and seemed a bit thin. It is VERY good at about 50*

Overall, very surprised and wish that most people were willing to rate this based on what's in the bottle, not on the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:27:59 | More by Netdigger2
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 1/11/13

A chile RIS aged in bourbon barrels...expectations are high.

A: Pours a thin appearing, dark, cola brown with less than 1/2 a fingers width head of tan colored lacing. Dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film, but leaves lots of lacing.

S: This has a really strong aroma. Luscious chocolate and spicy chiles hit the nose immediately. This is followed by a big cinnamon character. The barrel comes out next, with bourbon and oak. I also get hints of graham cracker, booze, toasted coconut. Truly an amazing aroma.

T: Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate, vanilla, big bourbon notes, spicy chile peppers on the back end, roasted malt and black coffee bitterness, raw oak. Gets a touch boozy at times early on, but this quickly fades. Im surprised how big the bourbon notes are, which is a good thing. Chiles are noted but are quite subtle. Complex and very tasty.

M/D: Very smooth. Appropriately low carbonation. Full bodied, thicker than I anticipated from the pour, but could be thicker still. Booze makes itself known at times, but for the most part ABV is well restrained. Gives the body a nice warming sensation. A sipper for sure, but drinkability is still fairly good.

O: Overall, this is an awesome beer. Just an intoxicating aroma, with a good flavor profile and mouthfeel to back it up. I will pick this up again if I see it, no doubt. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:01:30 | More by zac16125
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gleemonger

California

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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BigBarley

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First ever, reviewing live.

Looks like a high-ABV imperial stout, with less than a half finger of khaki foam sitting on top of a dark, deep, black as black beer, that shines with a strange red tinge when held to light.

Smell is unbelievable. Sweet chocolate, smokey vanilla, oak and booze! A very mild touch of spices touches the aroma and adds a little something, but it honestly smells like some ridiculous dessert. Very very nice.

Wow. This is very, very good stuff. Up front you get a very sweet, very smooth chocolate flavor, which morphs over a few moments into a spicy vanilla note. There's alcohol in the flavor and the feel, but it adds to the zing of this beer. Delicious and obviously benefits heavily from the barrel. As it warms, the chili presence begins to slowly take over the flavor of this beer. It's kind of like the beer starts out normal and the more and more you drink, the more awake the peppers become. Unique experience to say the least.

Mouthfeel is thick and hearty, with a tingling carbonation that seems to be a staple of Clown Shoes beers. Works especially well with the way this beer is built.

Very impressed, much more so than I expected to be. Any fan of imperial stout should give this a taste or ten, because it is superb and satisfying

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 16:31:26 | More by BigBarley
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours black, with 1 finger of brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S - Smells very chocolatey up front, with sweet notes of vanilla and some warming oaked bourbon notes in the background. Smells amazing.

T/M - Chococlatey waffer up front, warming alcohol as it goes down, and a bourbon whiskey finish with some notes of char and wood. Great flavor, but still a little alcohol forward. Medium/slick mouthfeel, maybe a little bit over carbonated.

O - This is a damn good beer! As it warms, I get more of the mexican spices, and coconut from the bourbon. The vanilla really rounds it out nicely, and the bourbon taste really hangs around in the aftertaste. The only drawback is it is still a little boozy, and slightly thin for me. Besides those 2 thing, this is a killer beer. Great job Clown Shoes

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:09:47 | More by Rizalini
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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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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ichorNet

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A really beautiful dark beer possessing a regal tan/mocha head and intense lacing. No surface activity and seems very controlled

Scent: Chocolate, toffee, barrel char, bourbon, vanilla/oak, graham crackers, light smoky chipotle, earthy/leafy hops, kind of fruity/estery

Taste: A wide array of roasted and chocolate malts, some sweeter pie crust flavor, vanilla, oak, bourbon, aftertaste of spicy and smoky chili peppers

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth; almost certainly tempered by the aging process which brings out a lot of complexity; low carbonation, heavy body

Drinkability: Dangerous; this is frighteningly drinkable for such a thick, viscous beer and possesses a very wide depth of flavor. Share with friends!

Overall: An extremely complex and rewarding beer showcasing definite barrel-aging sensibilities. Get on this as soon as possible and buy several to give aging it further a shot. Intense and extreme barrel aged beer that carries on the Clown Shoes name with aplomb!

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2013/01/24/clown-shoes-luchador-en-fuego/

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 06:36:51 | More by ichorNet
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottled on 1/11/13.

Appearance
Black with a short brown head. Slight light penetration along the edges.

Nose
Dark chocolate, fudge, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters.

Taste
Loads of dark chocolate and fudge. The bourbon is blended expertly and remains smooth with robust notes of caramel and vanilla. Some dark fruit and cinnamon presence along with some warming booze. There's a touch of pepper heat and charred oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, warming, oily and smooth.

Overall
Complex and hides the alcohol well. This is my second barrel aged beer from Clown Shoes and I must say that they have an impressive barrel program. Keep 'em coming!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:24:18 | More by justintcoons
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OneEye78

Texas

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
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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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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.99. Bottled 01/08/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with almost two full fingers of fluffy tan head that leaves large sheets of burnt cream colored lacing.

Smells of bourbon, chili peppers, chocolate and vanilla. Nice.

Taste is a sweet mixture of bourbon, milk chocolate, chillies, vanilla, creamed dark roast coffee, more peppers, woody character, an almost cinnamon tingle, faint cherries, some smoke and a bite of alcohol. There's no doubt that this is packin some booze but it goes down very easily for 11% abv. Peppers are there in flavor without ever getting hot. Things smooth out as it warms and any alcohol harshness subsides to allow the chocolate, chilli peppers and vanilla to really shine through.

Creamy, smooth, rich medium full body with subtle but present carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste of bourbon soaked chocolate covered chillies (if there is such a thing).

Clown Shoes delivers again. Happy 3rd anniversary to me! I hope they keep going strong and playing with the barreled variations- they have been doing a great job of that over the past year. Luchador En Fuego is a delightfully amped up and bourbon barreled big brother to Chocolate Sombrero that deserves a try. I've already been through a few bombers and plan on stocking up to see how the vanilla/bourbon blends in over time.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:28:58 | More by ThickNStout
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head, which fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.5 S: Smell of this is great. It's totally bourbon forward, but it's just what I was in the mood for. Big leathery start with lots of vanilla. Melon, raisin, and caramel. The base beer offers gives a nice roastiness with chocolate and molasses. The chiles are buried way down in there.

4.25 T: The taste integrates all the wonderful smells together in a very pleasing way. The bourbon is relatively less powerful which allows the base to come out stronger. Again lots of leather, vanilla, raisin, and chocolate. Layers of caramel, hints of molasses, plenty of roast. Very nice overall.

4.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lots of great creaminess and supremely smooth. The alcohol is so very well hidden. The only clue that it's there is a pleasant mild warming.

4.5 D: Very good beer. So much better than their regular imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:35:44 | More by DavoleBomb
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown black with a quarter inch of persistent mocha brown foam, curtains of lace. Smell is heavily roasted malt, anise, chocolate. Taste has dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, dark cherries, figs and roasted chilies. Complex. Luxurious mouthfeel, medium heavy body. A hint of heat lingering. Really nice beer, excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 02:12:38 | More by JackieTH
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black near motor oil looking brew, and a full on tan head. Fine evenly dispersed lacing...creamy textured head. Aromatics have dark roasts, creamy vanilla notes, dark charred oak, with a bit of booze. Flavor has some heat in the backend but it's dominant with the dark chocolate notes, rich booze from the barrel aging, and bourbon barrel aging effects such as charred oak with hints of vanilla. The heat from the chipotles comes out as a pleasant spicy smokey character within the dark bourbon barrel aged stout that I've come to know and love. Flavor all day dark chocolate smoked jalapenos all bring the flavor and complexity that I need with an imperial stout like this called Luchador en Fuego. Mouthfeel is full bodied expressive heat dries the palate out a bit but the carbonation flows well enough to not make it cloying in anyway the heat is good for the senses and doesn't overpower anything in anyway. Overall very impressive dark beer barrel aged to perfection even with all the adjunct additions adding to the complexity that this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 05:22:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice solid brown hue with a good one finger thick and creamy mocha head that fades to a nice creamy blanket. Solid creamy lacing as well.

S - Nice aromas here. Good rich chocolate notes. Definitely get the mexican chocolate notes, that gritty almost spicy. Lots of rich vanilla as well, not an overdose but quite prominent. Good bourbon follows up along with faint barrel notes. Not getting much roast or booze either.

T - Like the nose this starts off with good rich chocolate notes. Not quite as rich as the nose. Vanilla is there too along with slight sweetness. Faint barrel notes and smooth bourbon. Alcohol is almost totally hidden here. Faint subtle spice, had to go searching for it. For the most part this tastes like a chocolate stout with splashes of vanilla and bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Nice and silky smooth and creamy. No booze on this. Amazing what a month can do I guess.

O - Overall, a tasty imperial stout. Nice chocolate notes, would like to see more bourbon flavours in this. All this considered this is a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:34:30 | More by rudzud
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samples from a 22 oz bottle at the Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta) ... Perhaps my favorite beer at this outstanding beer fest.
A: Pours very dark brown with a large, frothy brown head. The head has great head retention and leaves behind a rather full coat of lacing.
S: Sweet and fruity aroma with some bourbon.
T: Boozy, as expected, given the high ABV and the bourbon barrel aging, but plenty else going on. Flavor notes include sweet caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, light chili pepper and dark fruit. Leaves a strong and long lasting aftertaste in which the chipoltes come forward, along with coffee, light smoke, and some hops.
M: Very smooth with a full body.

O: A rich imperial stout with excellent complexity. A varied load of aromas and flavors; while some of these are rather pronounced at times (especially bourbon barrel), none dominate to the point of masking all of the others. I’m eager to try the bottle put in my cellar for aging.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:12:09 | More by chinchill
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin dark tan head with nice lacing on a jet black body. Aroma of dark chocolate, pepper and chipotle spice, hint of roasted malt, dark cherry, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is very well balanced between spices and chipotle and chili peppers and the sweeter dark chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Roasted malt base provides a hint of bitterness. Full body and moderate carbonation. Moist feel. One if the better and more complex brews I have had from this brewery. Definitely a must try for imperial stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:03:32 | More by kylehay2004
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black and leaves about a finger of nice, tan head.

Smell: Light coffee, dark fruits, light bourbon, cocoa, chili pepper, some light cinnamon, vanilla. A nice, complex well-balanced aroma. Lots of flavors.

Taste: Coffee notes lead the way (barely), followed by cocoa, vanilla, some spice/pepper, finishes with some light bourbon. The peppers give this one just a touch of spice which is quite interesting. Tasty. The alcohol is well hidden but has a pleasant presence in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation (surprisingly high for this style), along with medium body. The carbonation keeps this one from being super creamy or smooth, but it adds an interesting element.

Overall: I was pleased with the complexity of this stout - so many flavors balancing so well. It was a bit thin, probably partly due to the higher carbonation, but is still a quality barrel aged stout. The barrel did have some influence but did not completely transform this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:42:49 | More by Resuin
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large snifter glass. Pours dark brown to black with a thick tan head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Bourbon and vanilla hit the nose up front with chocolate, roasted malt, and chile peppers. The flavors follow the nose. There is some sweetness there and the alcohol can be tasted here. The flavor notes blend pretty well together. The chile peppers don't get hot in this beer because they blend so well with the malt backbone of this beer along with the chocolate and vanilla notes. It's actually quite tasty. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is is very pleasant. This beer is pretty easy drinking despite the 11% ABV. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:49:21 | More by acevenom
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black 1/4th inch of off white head.

S: lots of vanilla, cocoa, and caramel

T: Nice balance of chillies, dark malts, and oak. It has lots of chilli and dark chocolate taste. has some bourbon, licorice, vanilla, and caramel.

M: creamy, some spiciness and bitterness that lingers. Large body beer.

O: verdict A.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:08:09 | More by King_KongDCO93
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