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Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clown Shoes' Third Anniversary beer. Aged in Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey barrels.

Added by Dope on 01-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And its with a lavishly sweet chocolate flavor and a bourbony cloud that Clown Shoes Luchador En Fuego springs to live, backed with chili pepper, vanilla, and coffee roast- all tells a "south-of-the-boarder" taste that brings a sassy side to stout!

But like many of those big-boy stouts, Luchador pours with a delicate viciousness and slowly releases a creme-type froth that lends itself to espresso. Its quaint longevity sheds a light trail of lace that glides the glass with brandy-type legging.

Soothing chocolate aromas are first and foremost on the nose while the complexities of deep-roast coffee, roasted walnuts, toast char and burnt marshmallows all lead to a highly dessert-like scent. Its Kahlua and java fusion entices the nose and whets the taste.

Its bold roasted taste is met with caramel and toffee sweetness immediately. That sultry taste soothes the taste buds with bittersweet chocolate, French-press coffee, nutty taste, and that of heavily malted milk. While its middle of mocha milkshake commands its taste, its nutty toastiness rises and capsacin, and eventually allows slightly drier tastes of woodish bark, cocoa and coffee bite to balance in finish.

Its lush palate is silky, creamy and velvety as those creamy-sweet malt textures coax the palate with uttermost finesse and easily outweigh any chili pepper finish. Despite any attempt to dry the palate, the sweet roastiness is slow, patient, and lumbering- reluctant to allow the taste to dry, the stout is much more of a dessert than it is an accompaniment to any meal.

As a large-Marge of a beer, Luchador is sweet and lush. Even as it dominates much of the stout-like tastes, the fundamental stout is alive and well underneath.,

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip glass, it pours black with a thin layer of tan foam on the surface. It doesn't stick around long, leaving a thin veil and a ring of foam around the edges. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Barrel aromas of tobacco, vanilla, just a little bit of bourbon heat.

Sweet vanilla, hints of cinnamon and possibly ancho, though it seems all but obliterated by the bourbon barrel, which lends plenty of spirit character. Roasted malt, oaky sweet bourbon, lingering vanilla and warming heat. Medium bodied, fairly smooth, but with noticeable alcohol heat. Overall despite the higher abv and heat it's pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
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.


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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with brown edges when held up to the light under a 1/4" mocha head which fades quickly to the rim leaving faint rings and spots.

N: Dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke with wood. Some mild sweetness and faint pepper spices.

T: Dark chocolate powder and mild chile pepper spice mix with boozy bourbon notes of vanilla, roast and char. On warming the chile pepper and chocolate play well together.

M: Full body and semi-moderate carbonation. Slightly oily, rich and boozy with a mild spicy finish.

O: This is a big chocolate stout with a well balanced bourbon and chile pepper presence. Could it be enjoyable? Yes, indeed. Recommend you let this one warm up.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours close to jet black except for a mahogany tinge at the bottle of the glass when held to the light,a deep thinner beige head atop.bourbon really jumps out at ya in the nose along with some dark fruit,the chipotle gives off some spice and smoke.Vanilla tinged oak starts out the flavor profile ,the bourbon is big,dark fruit and sweet but not spicy anchos are there,the chipotles come in late in the finish hitting the back of the throat that lingers.This is a sipper no doubt but all the flavors come together making for a very interesting beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn, I ain't gettin' in the ring with that thing! Anyway, this stuff pours a very deep, very dark black-brown topped by a finger of dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises light booze, whiskey, charred oak, cinnamon, light molasses, nutmeg, chocolate syrup, and Irish cream liqueur. Were it not for the booziness, I'd be drowning from my own salivation. The taste brings in more of the same, with the whiskey, dark chocolate, and darkly-roasted malts leading the way up front. Things mellow out a bit as time progresses, though the booze remains for a while. I don't get any pepper in there, but there could be a hint of it somewhere near the finish, if you squint a bit... The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, if kinda loud, brew. Something tells me a touch of age would make this stuff ridiculous...

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than el lechedor but not as good as my black parade. Lighter in body. Light barrel flavors.

Not as hot and peppery. Not too spicy. More roasted.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
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.


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Photo of puboflyons
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 batch. From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 27, 2016.

Deep- jet black pour with a modest tan head.

Great dark malt, chocolate, raisin, and black licorice aromas. Not much is the way of hot pepper spice as I expected.

Big bold body. Creamy and smooth.

The flavors are sweet chocolate, burnt malts, black licorice, and a touch of booze. Those chili and Chipotle spices do kick in after a moment but they are not overpowering.

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant black, ½” foam cap that produces extensive thin lace. Some legs. Smell: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and some vegetal pepper aromas. Taste: Very creamy, some fruit, chocolate with mild heat on the end with traces of spicy vegetal astringency. The flavors are well balanced with a light sweetness running throughout. Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, very fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chili peppers, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of woodiness and smoke noticeable. All the flavors mesh well together, I don't think any of them are overpowering. The peppery heat in this is very mild, it's more of a vegetal pepper than a spicy pepper flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, but then I liked their Chocolate Sombrero too. I think that the barrel aging improved the brew a little bit, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $14.99 a bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, third anniversary beer, poured into a 12oz water glass with a friend today, 9/5/2013. Review #193.

Pours a pretty standard dark and opaque black body with a 1cm mocha head that dissipates into a thin collar which stays for the party. Not much lacing, not much of a film, not much of anything else really. Typical imperial stout.

Smells like fresh peppers. Not the pepper spice, but fresh green peppers. There is also a nice dose of vanilla and sweet bourbon in there. I don't get much of the base beer actually, but I am really digging that fresh vegetable smell on this nose.

Flavour is certainly more complex than the nose. Get some good dark chocolate and coffee in there, which is complemented by some sweet bourbon and vanilla flavours in there. Near the end, there's this awesome flavour that feels like I bit into a fresh green pepper. I don't know what the term would be, but that would be exactly what it tastes like. And then there's a mild spicy burn at the end. As it warms up, that spicy pepper burn becomes accompanied by some boozy alcohol burn. Very interesting and I can honestly say I've never had a beer that included a fresh green bell pepper flavour in it.

Mouthfeel is actually quite full bodied, smooth and creamy. The finish is a bit too dry, and it is certainly a sipper. As it got to room temperature, the boozy heat took over and it became slightly less enjoyable as it took over that fresh bell pepper taste.

Well this was certainly not what I expected. After having Abraxas, Hunahpu and Mexican Cake, this beer delivered something very different- bourbon, vanilla extract and fresh bell peppers. I didn't get any cinnamon here. Its definitely worth trying at least once. I wouldn't buy more than a bottle to try with some friends, though.

Funny note, my friend was drinking this as well and he broke out in hives while drinking this. He drinks beer often so its not beer in general that was responsible for it.. but there is definitely something in this beer that caused an allergic reaction. I wonder if its the peppers, but it could also be something else that Clown Shoes added into there. He was fine after a dose of Benadryl. Who knows, but just a FYI if you tend to be on the hyperallergenic side.

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2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.