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Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
832
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
26.76%
 
 
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Photo of pezhead_79
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The peppers on this were very mild, just a hint of flavor as an after taste. This was a very well liked beer within a small group sharing it with me of varying beer drinkers. Overall, it is something I am going to buy again.

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

Poured from tap, jet black minor tan head, little lacing. Massive bourbon smell. Very creamy on first sip, nice chocolatey taste up front with the barrel showing up behind it. Didn't buy this in the bomber, but going looking for it now

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance and aroma are nothing special, but the flavor is divine. Judicious use of the booze barrels are subtlety evident and supportive of the bolder coffee, cocoa, black malt, flavors. Perfect palate. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~3 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, frothy / creamy, dissipates to thin layer. Spotty head lacing and some alcohol legs cling to glass.

Aroma- Chocolate sweetness, roastiness, vanilla, earthy cinnamon and spice. Lots of dry oak, soft bourbon notes, spicy peppers.

Taste- Milk chocolates, earthy and creamy vanilla, caramel and toffees, dark fruits. Bourbon, lots of dry oak, charred barrel and roast. Moderate heat from peppers, lots of peppery spice. Cinnamon spice throughout.

Feel- Medium bodied, very creamy and velvety smooth, sweet and sticky. Lower to moderate carbonation.

Overall- Starts out very sweet with lots of chocolate and vanilla flavors, but bourbon barrels and peppers help to provide a dry and spicy, balanced finish. Has a real nice vanilla / cinnamon combination throughout, sweet and decadent. Peppers don’t add too much heat, moderate and well integrated into the beer. Flavors could be a bit more robust, but on the flipside it is very balanced.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle.

A - Pitch black pour, super thick toffee colored creamy lacing ring, big legs with this beer!

S - Bakers chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, light oak, bourbon, vanilla, delicately balanced with some spice.

T - Oak, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, spice, and the spiciness creates a little bit of warmth (heat).

M - Big and full bodied, gentle carbonation, sticky, velvety.

O - A fantastic beer, well blended, and the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bomber poured into a clown shoes glass.Smell of chocolate.Taste is Chocolate with Bourbon maybe a touch of Vanilla.Overall this is a excellent stout.I would buy it again.Give it try.

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

3/2/16 botted bomber poured into a snifter.
It is a fairly viscous looking dirty black. Slightly cola like fizzyness to the finger think khaki head. It dissipated pretty quickly, but retains a solid ring that is easily agitated.

Smells excellent. Lots of bourbon barrel charcter. Vanilla, wood, sweet corn grains, leather, and some chocolate and charred malt. More sweet than roasty. Just a hint of spice. Maybe cayenne or chili powder.

The flavors are pretty consistent with the aroma. It is slightly more sweet overall than not. Vanilla is front and center follwed by some peppers. No heat. Not even warm. Just flavor. Like chipotle with a bit of green pepper even. There is cocoa, to fudge like chocolate, expresso, some tobacco, lightly charred ashyness, and a subtle bitterness. As it warms there is a not previously noticebale heat as it warms. Just a little tingle on the back end.

The body is excellent. A solid medium bordering on full, which for a barrel aged beer doesn't always happen. Very nice creamy texture.

I was not a big fan of Chocolate Sombrero, so I was skeptical with this one. I feel like it didn't have any pepper character. This one does. You really have to let it warm though. As I type this sentence the heat from the peppers is becoming even more noticeable. I am amazed at how supressed it is at a colder temp. I have never had a BB Bomb!, but this is what I would expect for the most part. There is some good with the bad though. While the spice aspect improves, the heat/alcohol becomes more noticeable too. can't say that I ever noticed any cinnamon, but I still think the balance and taste of this beer is world class. One of the better barrel aged beers Clown Shoes has done.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 2/23/16 poured into a DFH Signature glass L: pitch black with a thin mocha head and spotty lacing with viscous alcohol legs S: bourbon chocolate peppers T: follows the nose with the bourbon oak vanilla chocolate and a slight peppery finish F: smooth milky feel with a dry alcohol finish O: very enjoyable stout but needs more peppers to match the Mexican theme.

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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 Boccu
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with nice head. Espresso, vanilla, canon pepper to a bourbon finish.not over powering spice at all which made it really enjoyable.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/3/16... like a month old 22oz bomber.

Look is black, with nice foamy dark tan head that persists while leaving spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet, with plenty of bourbon notes that don't completely mask the pepper and spices.

Taste is more chocolate than expected. Vanilla, spices and bourbon arrive in waves. The spices come last and are obvious yet delicate enough to not overwhelm the other flavors. Really well done.

Feel is tremendous. The pour doesn't look thick, but what it lacks in body it makes up for with excellent carbonation and late developing creaminess. Bitterness arrives late, everything flows together, just really good.

Overall, I like this style and was excited to try this so I'm happy to say it wasn't a let down. Its different than a Prairie Bomb (more bourbon, thinner) and doesn't punch you in the face with spice like a xocoveza, it just delivers the goods in a well developed and layered package. A+

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 2, 2016

Bomber, snifter

A – Basically pitch black, maybe a tinge of deep brown. A rich chocolate-tan head, thin but moderately long-lasting. Pours somewhat thick, though not quite viscous/oily.

S – Vanilla bean, chocolate, and some cinnamon and maple syrup notes. A bit of warm spice on the back. Some fruity notes of plum, and light licorice and toffee, maybe tobacco. Very sweet nose, but pleasantly so.

T – Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and cinnamon. Fruity notes of cherry and plum along with distinct cola flavor and a hint of tobacco. Some stone fruit, reminiscent of pomegranate, and earthy herbal notes, along with moderate bitterness. Very complex.

M – Very sweet up front, and thick on the tongue, obscuring some significant hop bitterness and creating a great balance. A warm bite, mostly from the alcohol it would seem though perhaps a bit of chili heat on the finish. Carbonation is moderate-low, dry enough to not leave lingering sugars.

O – This is an outstanding barrel-aged stout, as all of the components involved come together and interplay nicely for a complex, flavorful, rewarding brew.

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

Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany - nearly black - with a thick, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The smell isn't very boozy. The taste follows the nose and the flavors are at the same time rich and mellow. It opens with dark chocolate, mocha, and sweet vanilla. Next comes the bourbon, which is super smooth. It finishes with a nice peppery taste. This stout is creamy but not terribly viscous. It is lightly carbonated and I really didn't notice the 11% ABV; there is no real fuego. Overall, this is a typical Clown Shoes stout: well-crafted, delicious, and fun to drink.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours near black, thin tan head fades, little soapy lace. Nice Chocolatey bourbon aroma. Taste is chocolate, subtle pepper spice, bourbon, blends together seamlessly. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Solid pepper stout by Clown Shoes.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - pitch black, no light coming through.. thin head that dissipates quickly
Smell - huge milk chocolate notes up front with sweet vanilla and smooth bourbon.. not much spice at all.
Taste - rich and complex, very tasty. A lot of chocolate and vanilla, smooth bourbon on the backend, and again only a subtle hint of those mexican spices. A little alcohol burn but not in a bad way at all. Enjoyable to say the least.
Feel - medium, velvety smooth.
Overall - Great stuff. Very enjoyable beer but definitely a sipper. Kinda wish there were more spices/peppers typical of a mexican stout, but nonetheless a must have.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really rich flavor. Thick and creamy it's like a melted chocolate shake with bourbon. There's also a pleasant mocha presence. This is extremely well done, the whiskey isn't overpowering yet it definitely shines through adding a very nice finish. Highly recommend this one to the stout lovers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a fan of whiskey, but must try some of these as barrel aging is so en vogue. CS can be a bit of a crap-shoot, but they have some great brews. This one pours with a darkness and thin skim of mocha foam. Aroma thankfully has nice rich notes of cocoa and roast amid the obvious booze. Flavor is similar, with more of the whiskey coming through, but still yielding some room for chocolate and vanilla. My favorite aspect of this is by far the incredibly smooth mouthfeel and mild, clean finish. Quality brew for sure. If only I could enjoy whiskey...

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. capped bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is burnt chocolate fudge brownie, cocoa powder and the slightest tickle of booze. There's no spiciness apparent but it smells damn good. Flavor is of toasted coconut, chocolate, mocha, fudge, lactose and booze with a touch of chili spice at the end. Pretty simple but its so well integrated and balanced. Really impressive. Smooth and chewy on the palate with a great, dense and lightly carbonated body. Smooth and a touch hot on the finish and from the chili addition. Just very good all around.

Clown Shoes consistently turns out some of the best imperial stouts on the market. They're not rare or limited or anything like that but they certainly rank up there with the best of them.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black pour with one finger of light brown head. Retention and lacing are very good. The aroma is complex and delicious. A great mix of chocolate, spice, oak, bourbon. On taste, the bourbon hits first, with some barrel notes. Then waves of chocolate and finally, the slow burn of the spice. The spice is subtle, but present. Full bodied, low-moderate carb, and really smooth. Nicely balanced finish. Excellent brew!

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Inch or so tan head with fairly good retention; leaves behind some lacing when it finally dissipates. Beer itself has the dark coloration you would expect from this style.
S: Aroma is strong of bourbon off the bat with hints of vanilla. I wish I got more of the pepper here. As it warms the bourbon notes start giving way to chocolate notes.
T: Follows the aroma closely, though I can taste the peppers in here as well. The peppers offer a nice contrast to the sweetness and booziness coming from the bourbon, but they don't shine like they do in some other beers of this style. As it warms the peppers do start to come out more, but this still seems like a missed opportunity to really let them shine and stand out from the glut of BBA beers available.
F: Some thickness to it, but still goes down smooth.
O: Solid for the style, but not my favorite BA peppered stout. Let this sit for a few after taking it out of the fridge to really get all of the nuances.

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Photo of justinp444
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage fresh poured into a pint glass it has a black body and a inch thick beige head of thick foam. Smell of spice, heat, vanilla, chocolate, some bourbon, coffee, and earth. Taste is tons of spice, chocolate, coffee, end of vanilla, nice amount of bourbon and heat, and earth. Mouth feel is nice and full with a creamy full carbonation and body. A tad bit too much alcohol but a very good mexican style stout none the less.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil like and dark brown/black in appearance with a slightly noticeable ruby red hue on the edges and a thin caramel brown blanket of foam and sticks.

Huge vanilla sweetness notes right out of the gate with a subtle peppery heat, followed by more sweet aromas of chocolate, caramel, and bourbon.

Deliciously sweet but not cloying chocolate, toffee/caramel, and vanilla sweetness is balanced by a subtle but pleasing peppery spiciness. There is some bourbon and barrel character but only lends some complexity rather than being pronounced in flavor.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, silky smooth, and subtle spicy heat.

Overall, another absolutely solid barrel aged offering from Clown Shoes. This is so very balanced and an awesome beer with pepper additions for folks like myself that don't like blistering heat. Well done and another home run.

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Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another excellent imperial stout from Clown Shoes. I've been really happy with the bulk of their offerings in this style category. The flavor notes on the bottle really capture a lot of what I experienced when drinking this beer. The pepper notes were noticeable but held relatively in check, which is good because it would be pretty easy to overdo it with a chipotle addition, for example. There's a definite smoked pepper essence. Vanilla was present but in the background, the cocoa was more noticeable. Roast character for sure, again though not overpowering. This was not an exceptionally roasty coffee forward beer. The barrel notes were really nice, some oak and a whiff of bourbon, especially as the beer warmed up. I really appreciated how each of these flavors sort of played off each other, none of them being too aggressive. Mouthfeel was a good level of effervescent, I feel like if this beer had been too slick or smooth the chili pepper would have been a lot more mouth coating, in a bad way. Really enjoyed splitting this beer with the wife and will be seeking out another bomber.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour results in a finger mocha head. Moderate lacing. Sort of lacking in smell......faint barrel, chocolate, and cinnamon. Nothing really stands out in the taste. Well balanced, but I'd rather have a dominant element stand out instead of a mix of subdued flavors. Only catch some slight heat from the peppers in the aftertaste. Great feel to this stout.....medium carb and body. Overall, a solid spiced stout but there are much better options out there.

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Photo of GSUEAGLE
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a nice peppery bite to the end, that's slight. Not quite as good as the Prarie Bomb, but it is in the same family.

The price was about $15 for the bomber, which will prevent me from getting it again.

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