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Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 71
Gots: 141 | FT: 20
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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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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Chris_Panos
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle foamed over, and had a ton of carbonation for a BA imperial stout. Head was fairly big and fuzzy, dark tan; brew is a beautiful solid black. Lacing is scattered and nice.

Slightly acidic barrel aroma, mixed with roasted barley, vanilla, and cream. No hint of chocolate or chile in the aroma. Slight coffee smell from the malt (I do not believe there is any coffee added). Quite a bit going on in the aroma, but it's very subdued and subtle overall.

Flavor is a much more full blend of the aroma, and then some. Definitely some heavy wood flavor; vanilla; smooth milk chocolate; roasted barley (but not overpowering); maybe just the tiniest hint of chile (building slightly as you go); and a nice, subtle bourbon note at the end.

Thick, full mouthfeel; silky and slightly chewy at the same time. The barrel characteristics are perfectly subtle and not a detriment to enjoying your sip; the bourbon presence and alcohol heat are very warming, but only in the throat long after the sip is gone. There is virtually no alcohol presence in the mouth. Long, sticky finish.

One of the most subtle bourbon barrel aged stouts I've ever enjoyed (not surprising, given the ~11% ABV). It's also one of the chewiest BA stouts I've had (BCBS manages to pull this off, as well).

Minor criticisms: for a chile stout, I'd like more heat. For a BBA stout, I'd like a little more bourbon presence (instead of a more general wood-aged flavor, which is what I get more of here). Overall, I think that's what keeps this beer just over outstanding overall, but far below its potential.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of toppoop
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Coax
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Ink black color sitting in the glass with less than a finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Bourbon and cinnamon up front in the aroma. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted chiles. I would not say it smells very cake like, but there is a lot going on here.

A combination of chocolate malt and bourbon upfront in the flavor. The chile adds mild heat and a little earthy, smokey, pepper flavor. Notes of cinnamon and vanilla from the barrel. A little alcohol flavor and heat in the finish. Quite complex flavor.

Thick and rich body. Expertly carbonated. Clown Shoes always do right in mouthfeel with their stouts and this is no exception.

I may have preferred the chiles come out a little more with the heat but has good barrel character and the result is a complex, very enjoyable stout.

Photo of Prager62
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.