Luchador En Fuego - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
92
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687 Ratings
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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 81
Gots: 148 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a thick black beer with a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and some roasted malt
T: taste is chocolate, peppers, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. swallow is chocolate, caramel and bourbon with some pepper heat
M: this beer is full in the mouth with soft carbonation that sits smooth and creamy on the palate. the beer has a neutral finish that leans toward being a bit drying
O: Overall a very impressive beer. the bourbon flavor is there without overpowering and the peppers are a nice addition.

Photo of CLEmark
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/25/14. Drank on 5/5/14. $14.99 bomber.

Appearance: Very dark brew. Maybe a small ring of a head but not much. Some legs running down the glass as you drink

Smell: Fantastic. You get dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and spice (cinnamon maybe more).

Feel: nice fool body beer. Not to creamy but not thin. It's somewhere in the middle of BB imperial stout thickness. Not as thick and syrupy as Bourbon county stuff, the Bourbon barrel didn't seem to add to much thickness.

Taste: Dark chocolate hits me first. Then you get some of the spices mixed with the vanilla/bourbon/oak flavors. I personally thought this beer was fantastic. It doesn't have as much spice as Huna (which tasted like a chocolate covered churro) but it adds in complexity from the barrel aging, peppers, coffee, and chocolate. Speaking of peppers, I didn't get any heat from them. I think I got some flavor from the ancho peppers.

Overall: This one was right up my alley. At $15 a bomber it is competitive with other BB bombers and well worth it. I ended up going to my bottle shop and getting the last one after I drank mine. Personally, this is now one of my favorite beers and I love that it doesn't fly off the shelf like KBS.

Photo of Pahn
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split 2 ways. Poured into what I believe is called a teku.

Appearance: Black stout, looks a little thin. Leggy and without much lacing. Light tan head with no retention.

Smell: Chocolate and ancho. Lots of cinnamon and red wine like chocolate. Bursting with inviting aroma. Gets fuller and more complex with time.

Taste: Blown away at the first sip. All the spice additions shine here, particularly the cinnamon. Up front it's vanilla and cinnamon with the heavy malty stout flavors to back it up, leading to an unbelievably perfect marriage of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and roasted malt. As the finish heats up from the pepper, the transition feels uncannily natural. This beer is *amazing*.

Pretty easy to describe what's going on: there's a big roasty stout underneath, acting as a just-right vessel for vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. The finish has vanilla playing off the vanilla-like oak, bourbon, and pepper heat. All along the way there's estery complexity and bold bourbon barrel goodness.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation, not sugary. Not noteworthy really, but as with other Clown Shoes barrel aged beers, it knows not to get in the way.

Overall: I loved this beer. It delivers everything it promises and more, with skill and grace.

I drank this beer after splitting a Hill Farmstead Daybreak (orange liqueur barrel aged stout from arguably America's best "big barrel aged beer" makers), and Luchador was in another league (a better one). I can't praise this beer enough. It's so good that I didn't want to take notes or write about it; I spent hours just savoring it.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Fcolle2
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour pretty thick and black in color with a thin half finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is nice and bold. Lots of rich chocolate malt comes first alongside sweet vanilla and great mild bourbon soaked rasin aroma. Spices and chilies come in near the end and work well with the raisin chocolate aromas.

Taste follows the nose with equal amounts of complexity. Rich chocolate malt hits the palate first and persist throughout the entirety. Some booze soaked raisins, chilie, spices and a mild vanilla sweetness follow but are cut quickly by a bourbon presence. More chocolate malt on the finish along with faint hints of heat form The peppers

Mouthfeel is great. Moderately thick body is cut with medium carbonation. Sweetness and creamy feel is balanced with a medium amounts of carbonation, alcohol and a nice numbing heat in the finish.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of OneEye78
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of 01001111
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of KornWallace
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/18/14
Location: The Gingerman (Norwalk)
Glassware: Chalice
Appearance: Pours black with a large viscous ring that has an opaque brown at the edges. Brown sugar colored head.
Aromatics: Light chili scent with large coffee and molasses flavors. Very light on the bourbon it's almost lovely. Very sweet like confectioners sugar. As it warms you get more alcohol as well.
Flavor: The bourbon gives the beer a nice little alcohol kick along with the subsequent vanilla flavor. Very sweet sugars. The peppers kick in more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Viscous and sweet the oils pass everything over every part of my tongue.
Notes:

Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  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!

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. This one was a gusher, which is surprising (and troubling) considering it's a barrel-aged beer. Once it was brought under control, the beer poured out black, not terribly viscous, and sported a pretty dark brown head that starts out impressive but sinks into the beer very quickly. On the nose I get some creamy notes of vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, and just a tiny amount of oak. It doesn't smell like it was in the barrel for very long (but I must admit I'm no expert). Upon warming, agitation forces forth a tart, cherry-like note that doesn't show up in the flavor at all (perhaps it's the chilis, which do show up).

Full body and a very pleasant, complex flavor. There's a lot going on with this beer and it plays well on my palate. Up front I get rich malty notes, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and the bourbon. Alcohol warmth lights everything up almost immediately. At mid-palate, the chili peppers add just enough of their heat to the party to complement the sweet and bitter flavors already dancing on your tastebuds. The spice from the chilis joins with the alcohol warmth and makes for a very pleasant drinking experience. The bourbon comes on a bit stronger in the back of the throat and lingers behind with some oaky notes. I'm not sure if I'm getting the cinnamon.

I've had Chocolate Sombrero (and really enjoyed it) and this one is worth the extra 6 dollars. The bourbon brings more vanilla and a pleasant boozy sweetness that complements the chocolate and chili flavors perfectly. My only gripe is that, like Chocolate Sombrero, the feel seems a bit thin for such a rich, crowded flavor profile, despite the seemingly high ABV (perhaps it's just my imagination). Nevertheless, I will definitely buy this one again the next time I see it. The flavor is crazy good.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one mocha finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Pretty standard for an imperial stout.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, boozy alcohol, roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, and pepper spiciness.

Taste: Pretty much a super awesome blend of above with a little char bitterness. Very tasty and nicely aged.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, warm alcohol, and a little pepper heat and bitterness.

Overall: I am sad that this beer is going to be gone soon by the next time I come in. Will have to seek out some 22's.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Creamy black. A non-aggressive poor produces little to no head. There is no light seen through this beer, excluding the thin dark brown line on the top of the liquid.

S: A nice hot pepper touch with a big roasty chocolate aroma.

T: That bourbon really shines in this one and it's not too much and not too little. Very nice! The ancho/chipotle peppers dance around sweet chocolate and cinnamon sweet bread. There is a lovely dark fruit character to this beer that just tickles me the right way (plums or cherries). Ginger bread and sugar cookie are also present. Nice roast malt backbone.

M: Smooth like pearl, and creamy like butter. Very velvety and not overpowered.

O: I wasn't particularly in a stout mood tonight, but I couldn't pass this beer up. It was well worth it. I am a big fan of the bourbon aged stouts, and Luchador en Fuego did not disappoint. The heat from the peppers and the chocolate roasty bourbon notes play around perfectly in this drink. Cheers.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -14%
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...

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a 22oz bottle from Total Wine about one month ago. I noticed the bottling date for this beer is 1/11/13, about 9 months ago. I purchased this older bottle intentionally to see how age has affected this beer. I think I made the right decision.

Pours pitch black, opaque, with a slightly fizzy, mocha tan colored head. I dont see much lacing but the head sticks around for a while; a nice feat for a highly abv beer.

Aroma is basically bourbon. When I purchase a bourbon barrel aged beer, I dont mind some upfront bourbon notes. Just as a dry hop IPA should smell of frsh hops, there should be some bornon aromas in a barrel aged beer. Also, lots of vanilla, slightly oaky. Large dose of bitter chocolate, no pepper in the aroma.

Outstanding flavor. Again, bourbon up front, with chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, following. No pepper taste but there is a vit of residual heat associated with a spicy pepper. Full bodied, on the sweeter side but not cloying.

I have been impressed with all of the Clown Shoes beers I have tried for the most part. This could fit in that upper tier of bourbon barrel aged beer. Alcoholic without being too boozy or sweet. Loved it!

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
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