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Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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Luchador En FuegoLuchador En Fuego

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 850
Reviews by kojevergas:
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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More User Reviews:
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 emyers
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin beige head. Not much head retention.

Smell: There is a lot going on here. Bourbon, chiles, vanilla, milk chocolate. An interesting dark fruit presence (primarily back cherry) comes into the picture and takes over a bit before being covered up by more chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla and milk chocolate up front with some more of that dark fruit. Cinnamon and a bit of chile pepper (not really any heat, but a nice smoky chipotle flavor). Bourbon is very subtle in the flavor profile. I could go for more bourbon and less dark fruit, but overall this is a great flavor profile - complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.Would prefer a little less carbonation in this one.

Overall: Great showing from Clown Shoes. There is a lot going on in this beer and it comes together quite well.

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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 braugon
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Ben7773
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 2/22/16.
The beer was near black in color. There was no head to it, just a few bubble around the rim.
Aroma of chocolate, spice, and chili powder.
The taste followed the nose. Chocolate and cinnamon, with some chili warmth in the aftertaste. I thought there was a tiny bit of vanilla. Otherwise nothing in the aroma or taste to suggest barrel aging.
The chili warmth was subtle and the 11% ABV was well-hidden.

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Photo of freshflesh
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of marvin213
2.97/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lightly blackened with a thin yet creamy lid, it looks basically how it should. I yearn for the aroma treasure trove I read about in other reviews. I get chocolate and I get bourbon, but as I hyperventilate to find some sense of chili peppers, the closest thing I can muster is cinnamon! No heat, and for a "Mexican" stout partly entitled "fuego," that's a problem. Someone put this on par with Mexican Cake, Hunapuh, and others? I've ridden the hype train before--and the reality is that I'm still looking for those two--but a pepper beer should have some sorta kick. Ballast Point doesn't stiff brews on pepper spice--is it harder in a stout? Even for a readily available Total Wine-style purchase, I'm disappointed. If it were a whale or a clamored-about exclusive, I'd be confused. It's like an entree sold as spicy failing to deliver. Quite frankly I fully understand the absence of hoopla and I wholly get why this one sat as a surprise for me to just try from the shelf. I will likely leave it next time....

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, dated 2/23/16. Pours mostly black with a medium sized dark khaki head. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chili peppers, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste follows with mostly bourbon, oak, chili peppers, and roasted malt with vanilla, dark fruit, and cocoa; balanced with average intensity. Moderate spice and sweetness with some light bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Average body and above average carbonation for the style. Overall, it's a well done BA IS; It's balanced, interesting, and worth a try if you like spiced stouts.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mctizzz
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of riTLce
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Black as night, half a finder of mocha colored head dissipating quickly into a nice halo that clings to the edges of my snifter.

S: Slight bourbon booziness, oak flavor, minimal spiciness comes through. Chocolate sweetness and vanilla does shine.

T: Follows the nose, chili almost nonexistent. Bourbon barrel agine comes through great, but not overly boozy. Vanilla and other spices come through softly, with a roasty chocolate malt. Also picking up the Mexican chocolate flavor. The bourbon, maltiness, and chocolate flavor mingle nicely, with the bourbon winning out in the end along with a soft smokiness.

M: Not overly boozy, smooth drinking and minimal carbonation. Slightly oily finish, lingering booze.

O: Very good BA Imperial Stout, the flavors are not masked by the bourbon, but it does shine through. I would have liked a bit more heat from the chilies, but would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of Chris_Panos
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
4.11 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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