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Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

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Luchador En FuegoLuchador En Fuego

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

636 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 67
Gots: 138 | FT: 17
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.,

Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
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-

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.