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Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 694
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 81
Gots: 147 | FT: 19
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Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 01-16-2013

Clown Shoes' Third Anniversary beer. Aged in Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey barrels.
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Photo of Jeffo
1.51/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Masterski for shooting me this one a couple summers ago.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 11 Jan 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear light brown and yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy, crackly, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing as the glass empties. Head is fine, but the body is much too light and transparent for the style.

SMELL: Lots of alcohol initially. Like vodka even. Closer inspection reveals some cocoa powder, vanilla, sweet cream, bourbon and oak as well. The oak and vanilla give it a fighting chance, but the spirit it rather cheap and sharp. Not good.

TASTE: Harsh alcohol and spirit flavors up front, with even more of the same at the swallow. Very little stout here, which isn’t all that surprising given the thin and light appearance. Bold and harsh finish of cheap whisky and vodka and some ill-tempered chilies linger on the palate. More chilies come out as it sits, but that’s not a good thing in this case, as they don’t go well with cheap booze. A touch of vanilla and cocoa show up very, very late in the show, but much too late and in little quantity to offer any type of rescue here. This reminds me of poorly mixed Jack Daniels and Coke from high school. Like some jackoff took some JD, slammed too much of it into way too little Coke, then dumped it all into a 4% poorly executed homebrewed stout and dropped a chili into it. This beer makes children cry for no apparent reason.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine enough and finishes a touch sticky. A bit of a scratch at the swallow and lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is wretched. Disappointing from Clown Shoes, as I’ve had some quality stuff from these guys. I really had much higher expectations for this brew, but it was like they decided to use the cheapest booze and nastiest chilies they could find, then just throw them indiscriminately into the most boring and lack-luster base stout they could possibly imagine. Just awful. I can’t get over how awful this is. You really have to try your hardest to make something this crappy, then you have to really make a tough conscious decision to release this to your customers for purchase and consumption. I guess they were thinking the same thing as the Ballast Point guys when they released Indra Kunindra… “All our other stuff is great, so people will forgive us and continue to support. With this crapper of a beer, there’s only a little bit of it, so people only have to buy one bottle anyways.” Okay, forgiven this time. At least give a public apology or something though. Avoid like the plague. (2,760 characters)

Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.18/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

A -Pitch black with khaki head

S - Watered down milk chocolate. Hint of vanilla and oak. Bourbon cancelled out the chili pepper aspect.

T - When I first cracked the bottle and had a drink, I didn't think it was half bad. Probably only because I was worried the chili peppers would burn my throat. They didn't, which is why I was so pleased with the taste. Repeated sips yielded just a mess. Chocolate was watery and the bourbon wasn't sweet. A bit of burn in the throat from the chili. Basically, all these flavors didn't mix together well at all.

M - Not very thick for the style. Again watered down.

O - All of these flavors didn't go together nicely. While you do taste each one on it's own, I would say they didn't blend. Aftertaste still lingers after a while and it's not one you want around. I couldn't finish the bomber. One of my few drainpours. (858 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an impenetrable, opaque black color. A bubbly tan head tries to rise, but fizzles out after about a finger. Light lace.
S: Very sweet up front. Vanilla, chocolate, granulated brown sugar. At first I am thinking this is going to send me to become a diabetic. Then some dry coco powder comes in with some chilies/peppery spicy aromas. This is not good, between diabetic shock, and and full on pepper as this warms.
T: Follows the nose with a huge sweetness up front. Overly sugary, with milk chocolate, sweet vanilla. Seems like vanilla extract at that. Not anything imparted from the barrel. Then come a dry coco powder, and pepper flavor. Powdery is a good descriptor. Seems almost aspirin like. Then the heat from the peppers takes over. The peppers build and build as this warms. What a mess.
M/D: A full body with low to moderate carbonation. Slick, oily, and viscous. Then very powdery and aspirin like. While the ABV is well hidden, there is nothing here that I care to drink.

Man, this is a mess. At first it is overly/sickly sweet, then oddly ends dry and powdery. I could not tell if this was barrel aged at all, though with a well integrated beer that is something I enjoy. Nothing about this is well integrated. It is like the sickly sweet stouts Southern Tier makes with peppers added, and nothing works well. Blah is all I have to say. (1,359 characters)

Photo of marvin213
2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lightly blackened with a thin yet creamy lid, it looks basically how it should. I yearn for the aroma treasure trove I read about in other reviews. I get chocolate and I get bourbon, but as I hyperventilate to find some sense of chili peppers, the closest thing I can muster is cinnamon! No heat, and for a "Mexican" stout partly entitled "fuego," that's a problem. Someone put this on par with Mexican Cake, Hunapuh, and others? I've ridden the hype train before--and the reality is that I'm still looking for those two--but a pepper beer should have some sorta kick. Ballast Point doesn't stiff brews on pepper spice--is it harder in a stout? Even for a readily available Total Wine-style purchase, I'm disappointed. If it were a whale or a clamored-about exclusive, I'd be confused. It's like an entree sold as spicy failing to deliver. Quite frankly I fully understand the absence of hoopla and I wholly get why this one sat as a surprise for me to just try from the shelf. I will likely leave it next time.... (1,014 characters)

Photo of 01001111
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First CLown Shoes beer in quite a while for me. This poured the way I would expect a rich high abv stout to do. Dark and black, but this also had a reddish hue to the beer which made it more interesting.

No question about chocolate on the nose plus some forward bourbon aromas. The first sip was relatively big, again expected for a big beer. Not too carbonated, and thats the way I like my stouts.

Chocolate came out in the taste which made the stout big and full. The after taste started like an afterburner in a jet. Lots of alcohol at the finish. There was a lingering alcohol burn that stayed for a while. (613 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, foamy, brown head. Quickly dissipates, leaving a thin beer ring around the rim. Spotty lacing.

S: Black licorice, hints of dark chocolate and vanilla, and lots of booze.

T: Bitter dark chocolate and black licorice are prominent. The bourbon infusion is much more prominent.

M: Thick and hearty. The beer components are a little overwhelmed by booze. Bitter, boozy finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and slight yet persistent lacing. Nose is bitter and sweet with lots of booze from the barrel aging. Bitterness is the primary beer component, and lots of booze pretty much overshadows anything else that may have had a chance to make an appearance. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (817 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Stout brewed with spices, with vanilla added, and aged in bourbon barrels." Third anniversary ale. 11% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given current ratings. This is me first beer from this brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black colour. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Chocolate malts, dark malts, cream, buried roast, light vanilla, bourbon, and oak. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I search for chili pepper, but get very little, if any - they're quite buried. A mild strength aroma.

T/Mf: Hrm. Dried chili - and I do mean dried. It lends it a powdery dry feel that I'm not that fond of. Chocolate and dark malts comprise the foundation. No yeast character comes through. A bit of alcohol, but I wouldn't call it boozy or hot. Good carbonation. Smooth and wet. Widens on the finish; I'm not a fan of the third act at all. Some artificial vanilla - but luckily not too much. Good body - maybe a bit too much. Not all that complex, but it's well layered and gets the job done. Hints of bourbon - but they lack the subtlety and strength of execution I expect from a great beer in the style. Cinnamon. A bit of earthy spice. I don't find the chipotle. I don't get any coffee. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Balanced alright for what it is. Built pretty decently. I'm not impressed. Not unique or special. I do like it in a general sense, but it lacks anything extraordinary.

Dr: This deserves to get lost amidst the plethora of better imperial stouts. It just doesn't set itself apart. I wouldn't get it again. I'm rather disappointed in my first Clown Shoes beer. Hides its ABV pretty decently. I'll be able to finish the bottle by meself because I respect beer, but it hasn't caught me fancy. Clown Shoes has to bring more to the table if they're going to captivate me. This is passable, but unimpressive.

B- (2,442 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium murky brown with minimal head. The nose is heavy on cacao up front paired with green pepper. The pepper and chocolate dominate the nose. Not getting much in the way of bourbon or cinnamon. Taste is very sweet up front with heavy malt character. This is paired with dry bitter cocoa and vegetal pepper notes. The pepper is obviously there, but it brings almost no heat to the palate. The finish is sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is moderate with high carbonation. Overall, the pepper and the chocolate makes its presence known. The barrel seems to be missing from this equation. The flavors are not balanced like they are in other similarly styled brews. Not a huge fan of this. (689 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a small cap of tan head. Retention is just ok and lacing plentiful.

Nose is dulce de leche, sweet chocolate and the anchos make a definite impact. The barrel treatment is faint, but noticeable if you know it is there.

Taste throws down some seriously unique flavors, molten caramel and cinnamon bourbon with a faint heat - whether from the chipotle or alcohol I cannot say. It is not as sweet as it smells, nor is it as sweet as Chocolate Sombrero. To be honest, I dont think I like it as much as the Sombrero...there is just a bit too much going on here and the chiles combined with the bourbon give it a fiery afterburn. Im not sure if opening up this bomber by myself was such a grand idea... (740 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Brown/black pour, not the darkest or thickest appearing I've ever seen. Just a ring of light tan head. Some fine bubbles stick to the glass.

Aroma, Light roast malt, caramel, cocoa, vanilla. Definetely some barrel there as well.

Taste, Wow is that a boozy mess up front. Saves itself a bit with earthy cocoa and oak. Toffee, vanilla are there as well. Roast malt and some coffee.

About mid-bodied, coats pretty well. Maybe just a tad thin. Shows all the abv listed and then some. Drank the entire 22 of the other 2 I had from Clown Shoes, not going to come even close with this one.

Still looking for the Porcine, so as it stands this is a distant 3rd for the imperial stouts I've had from them. Good with potential, just way too hot right now. It is hard to get past. (778 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to corpulent for bringing this over last month. Pours a black and brown liquid, looks normal. Beige head about 1/3" on the top. Very mild and minimal barrel presence on this one. What did they age it for 3 days or something? Just lacked aromas of oak or bourbon. Other than that, the aroma was chocolatey and nice. Alcohol nowhere to be found, neither was the heat from any chiles or cinnamon. All chocolate and some roast.

Taste, an improvement, still lacked the barrel character, but the chocolate was really well done. Vanilla became prominent. Some of the warmth that is developing might be bourbon, but it really has no bourbon flavor. Just the warmth. Of course that could be from the peppers too. Carbonation was just right. Toffee and caramel character compliments the chocolate. Not overly sweet.

Its good tasting, nice mouthfeel, but when you advertise barrel aged, I'd like the barrel to come through a little bit more. No off flavors, just they need a kick in the pants. (992 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into tulip. clown shoes third anniversary beer.

A: pours a dark shade of brown. head is brownish/white and is rather frothy. retention is good as is the thick sheet of lacing left behind on my glass.

S: definitely detect bourbon booze off the bat. hot booze combines with spicy pepper. a little bit of chocolate but this one is mostly about the spicy pepper and bourbon. good but I wouldn't hate more diversity.

T: a little bit of booze, a little bit of spice, a little bit of heat. a busy stout here. there is a lot of soft sweetness in here too. vanilla. heat into the finish. both from the booze and the peppers.

M: carb is average to mellow. actually more on the mellow side. full bodied.

D: certainly unique. the chili pepper, the big stout, age it in bourbon, a lot of things going on here. good, but frankly I think they have had some better brews. (872 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black. Not a lot that is note worthy here. Head quickly fads with little lacing.

Chocolate followed by bourbon. Brown sugar, smells like this will give me diabetes.

Tastes sweet, sweet, sweet. Sweet chocolate, sweet bourbon and toffee. Finishes with some cinnamon. I would say this is sweet to a fault. Enjoyable but starts to walk the line of becoming cloying.

Kind of thin for an imperial stout. Low carbonation.

Glad I tried it but probably a one and done for me. (477 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Servign Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan, monster 3 inch head and tons of sticky, foamy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, brown sugar. Minor whiskey barrel notes, a little chili warm aroma. Was expecting more honestly.

Taste - Starts off with really sweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, honey and cocoa. The barrel aged, whiskey flavor is noticeable but is tamed behind the vanilla and chocolate. Roasty malts along with some very minor chili pepper warmth comes in. I don't really pick up on the added spices because chocolate and vanilla are a dominate flavor. The added chili peppers are really masked and hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Chocolate and vanilla really nails the tongue. Palate picks up roasted malts, some whiskey and dark fruits. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate, malts, honey and cocoa.

Overall - This is good but, the barrel aged aspect is weak. This could be marketed as a imperial milk stout and would be considered world class. Its really sweet, and full of chocolate, cocoa and molasses. I don't pick up hardly any chili flavor. I feel its mislabeled, as a barrel aged imperial stout, id rank its around a 3.5, 3.7, as a imperial milk stout id give it a 4.5, 4.7. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle picked up the other week. Chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black on color with a pretty nice, one finger beige head. Recedes into a nice lacing and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Definitely a good deal of pepper spice in the nose. A bit of burn from the alcohol and the chiles. Some chocolate and vanilla in the base beer. A decent amount of sweetness. Bourbon and caramel are definitely present as well, but the chiles and chocolate really take center stage.

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, raw bourbon and chili peppers really stand out. Big sweetness in the form of chocolate and caramel is complemented by really big chili notes. A bit of pepper and a medium spice level. The bourbon character is definitely on the raw side and not integrated as well as I hoped. A touch of alcohol burn. Despite all that, this is really easy to drink and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Really nice and easy to drink.

Overall, a really pepper forward bourbon barrel aged stout. The barrel really comes off as raw and not completely integrated. Still drinks really easy and had some great flavors. A bunch of flaws, but really tasty. The vanilla and the barrel really create a unique experience. Some more time might tame the peppers and integrate the barrel more. I really like how this beer doesn't shy away from the pepper notes though. (1,447 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown (aroaches black if you don't hold it to the light) producing slightly more than a finger of finely bubbled, shortlived, mocha head that leaves no appreciable lacing. Aroma is spicy, toast & roast dark malts, dark chocolate syrup, chili pepper, vanilla, booze/bourbon & smoke. Taste is fronted by booze/bourbon in a background of dark roast/burnt malts, semi-sweet dark cocoa, chili pepper, spice & smoke that balance by mid-sip & rides into the the finish where the booze/bourbon once again becomes dominant & is joined by toffee, prune & other dark fruits, spice & pepper all of which are represented in the boozy & slightly burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is evident in terms of warmth, bitterness & spice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation, chewy with a crawling spicy bite that can be felt on the sides & back of the tongue as well as in the throat. (885 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, smoke, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of smoke and bourbon aromas and flavors. (640 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (2,109 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Luchador En Fuego pours deep red/near black into the glass. The ruby highlights shine through along the edges. The head on top is small and leaves only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong, but notes of oak, vanilla and dark fruit are detected. There's a touch of roast malt in there too.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and chewy with firm carbonation. The flavor starts with oak and vanilla. Soon dark fruit (cherry), cinnamon and a touch of roast malt appear. It finishes with some chocolate flavor. Once gone the cinnamon/chilli pepper and chocolate lingers on the palate.

For such a big beer it's fairly easy to drink. This beer should age very well. (695 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dope for this bottle!

Pours a pretty impressive dark chocolate color with a thick brown head.

Smells of sweet oaky bourbon, vanilla, sweet chocolate, mild chili and spice.

Taste is very barrel heavy, but it's a sweet barrel profile that blends well with the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Chili is there but pretty faint, I would like some more spice but this is very tasty.

Drinkability is good, this doesn't taste hot despite the high abv and strong barrel presence

A very good stout, very sweet on the whole and not nearly as chili forward as some chili beers, but still very good.

7.9/10 (607 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big bubbly and frothy medium-brown head. Fades very slowly with great head retention. Nice thick, almost solid lacing is left behind.

S: Big bourbon aroma. Mainly caramel with a bunch of brown sugar, some oaky vanilla and some stinging alcohol. Hmm the sting might actually be chili peppers now that I think of it. Nice cinnamon in there too.

T: Whoa, big flavor. Big bourbon hit but not as strong as in the aroma. Lots of sweet caramel, brown sugar and vanilla coats the entire beer. Up front there is bitter chocolate mixing in with surprisingly decent chili pepper heat (albeit very briefly). Smoky into the middle, probably from the chipotles. Smokiness turns a little bitter into the finish with some strong barrel character, mainly toffee and drying oak. Long lingering bourbon aftertaste.

M: Nice and smooth with a medium body.

O: Tough one to rank. There is excellent complexity in this one. Lots of flavors, takes a little while to sort through them all. Bourbon character is quite heavy and QUITE hot and all but obliterates the rest of the flavors of the beer once it warms up. Aftertaste is pure bourbon. So hot that I think there's no way this one is only 11%. I'm pretty drunk by the time this bottle is gone, and that doesn't happen with me often. It hits like 15%+ easily. This one would really benefit from a year in the cellar I think, mellow it out a bit. Wonder how that would affect the chile heat and smoke though. I got an extra bottle so I guess I'll find out in a year. As is, it's pretty boozy and sharp but it's still good. I'm a big fan of chocolate/chile stouts though so I may be biased. (1,659 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see that this found its way to Minnesota eventually. Unfortunately, Clown Shoes is languishing on shelves around here, probably because of the price & lack of name recognition (outside us idiots, of course). 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dead black with low carbonation. Nose is akin to a chili chocolate cake that's had carmalized malt drizzled atop it. Faint vanilla is the only sign of the barrel in the front foyer.

Luchador en Fuego hits like a twenty-two pound pike in deep water. Chiles are the game here. Chile flavor up front without the heat, which builds slowly, & only if you take a few quick sips in succession. Bourbon's in the supporting cast, as a quick flash of alcohol heat in the middle, roast, vanilla. Chiles reassert on the finish, & as the stopper comes out of the glass, the heat grows in my intestines, stomach, & throat. Shouldn't be this easy to drink.

Interesting effort that is 87.3% chile & doesn't leave a lot of room for anything else. Luckily, that chile taste is very nice. A bit more complexity would knock this into the stratosphere; a very good beer nonetheless. (1,125 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black in color. Minimal tan froth and lacing.

(S)- Very chocolatey with subtle spices and dry oak

(T)- Again, plenty of chocolate. Subtle spice along with the boozy oak.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A good balance to it with spicy chocolate and barrel aging.

(O)- A solid barrel aged stout. Good but not great (370 characters)

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.