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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spiced with vanilla, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle peppers, then aged 100% in Bourbon Barrels, this beer wants to leap onto your palate like a luchador who dives into the ring from atop the highest rope.

Added by Dope on 01-16-2013

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148
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907
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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Photo of Drtfinelli
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've had in a long time and the best I've had from Clownshoes, by far. Bottled 2/26/14. I love everything about this. Can't wait to share my other bottle.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle

Had this on fathers day with my dad. The aroma is dark roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and espresso. This is a beer that I could smell all day long. The taste is excellent as well. This beer went fabulously with barbeque and was an excellent beer to share on father's day. Overall, highly recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of CLEmark
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.78/5  rDev +16%
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 Pahn
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pitch black in the glass. Mocha head.
Smell - This beer smells amazing! Cinnamon/spice, chocolate and bourbon jump out of the glass
Taste - Tons of spice on the palate. Bourbon, chocolate, roast, oak, coffee, hints of vanilla
Feel - Oily/slick, coats the mouth

Overall - One of the best offerings from Clown Shoes Ive had.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic mars black, capped with a voluminous toffee colored puff. As the head fades, remains of sticky lace are left on the glass. The aroma is intoxicating on several levels! It first packs a huge, bourbon-forward punch, with chocolate and other sweets, and upon further contemplation, cinnamon, nutmeg, and custard can be traced in the mix. Getting to the flavor - definitely a prominent, gourmet dark chocolate vibe here, with accompaniment by very smoky bourbon barrel tannins. Vanilla extract. It feels very full-bodied, coating the palate, but not overly boozy somehow. The finish actually contains some bitter hops, through the thickness of the barrel aged malt flavors, and a light, peppery burn. This is an absolutely decadent treat for my taste buds all around... It gives you practically every taste experience other than sour. A must try for RIS heads and big beer fans.

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Photo of justinp444
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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 wogreen
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - thick, dark, with a lot of head for an imperial, however dissipated quickly
S - smells very syrupy with potent chocolate notes
T - like a bar of dark chocolate...very rich, thick and doesnt taste as potent as it smells
M - very thick to the taste
O - a solid imperial stout. maybe not my favorite, but definitely drinkable and one i would recommend as a nice rich chocolatey brew

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Let me preface this by saying that I was skeptical of a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout for 12.99 at Total Wine, but this beer is awesome and way underrated. Decrease the bottle count to 500 and increase the price to $30 and you have a 4.8 whale on your hands.

I have had Hunahpu's, Barrel-Aged Hunahpu's, and Mexican Cake multiple times each and this beer stands with the best of them.

It pours black with a tan head and has great lacing with maybe a 1 finger head. Pretty thick.

The smell is a nice roasted cocoa with a hint of oak and vanilla.

The taste is a rich vanilla with some background chocolate, cinnamon, and peppers. Reminds me of BCBVS with chili peppers and slightly less bourbon.

It is nice and thick as it warms. I poured it at probably 35* and it was too cold and seemed a bit thin. It is VERY good at about 50*

Overall, very surprised and wish that most people were willing to rate this based on what's in the bottle, not on the price tag.

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Photo of zac16125
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 1/11/13

A chile RIS aged in bourbon barrels...expectations are high.

A: Pours a thin appearing, dark, cola brown with less than 1/2 a fingers width head of tan colored lacing. Dissipates down fairly quickly to a thin film, but leaves lots of lacing.

S: This has a really strong aroma. Luscious chocolate and spicy chiles hit the nose immediately. This is followed by a big cinnamon character. The barrel comes out next, with bourbon and oak. I also get hints of graham cracker, booze, toasted coconut. Truly an amazing aroma.

T: Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate, vanilla, big bourbon notes, spicy chile peppers on the back end, roasted malt and black coffee bitterness, raw oak. Gets a touch boozy at times early on, but this quickly fades. Im surprised how big the bourbon notes are, which is a good thing. Chiles are noted but are quite subtle. Complex and very tasty.

M/D: Very smooth. Appropriately low carbonation. Full bodied, thicker than I anticipated from the pour, but could be thicker still. Booze makes itself known at times, but for the most part ABV is well restrained. Gives the body a nice warming sensation. A sipper for sure, but drinkability is still fairly good.

O: Overall, this is an awesome beer. Just an intoxicating aroma, with a good flavor profile and mouthfeel to back it up. I will pick this up again if I see it, no doubt. Highly recommend.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head that dissapates pretty quickly. Leaves some good lacing.

I get the chocolate and vanilla first, followed by a bit of the spices, then some roasted malts and sweetness. Very complex, though I'm not really picking up on the bourbon barrels in the aroma. Super tasty smelling though for sure.

I definitely get more in the flavor of what is advertised on the bottle. Still leads off with the sweet chocolate and vanilla, but this time with some of the bourbon and oak, but not in a hot or boozy way. The spices are more mixed in with the flavor than on the back end like I'd usually prefer, and kind of detract a tad from the other flavors, but not too bad. The roast is a tad bitter, but adds good complexity.

Moderate to heavy body, but not especially thick like I would expect from the style. Slightly elevated carbonation too, giving it a little more of a bite than a creamy feel. It's nice and refreshing, but not really what I prefer for the style.

Very good, but not as good as I was hoping. There is definitely a lot going on, but some of it doesn't quite mesh, which makes me think a little aging might benefit this one. For now though, it's still really good and one I'd get again. The alcohol is definitely well hidden in this one, so it's a tough one to not want to drink down like a delicious dessert.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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 pat61
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant black, ½” foam cap that produces extensive thin lace. Some legs. Smell: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and some vegetal pepper aromas. Taste: Very creamy, some fruit, chocolate with mild heat on the end with traces of spicy vegetal astringency. The flavors are well balanced with a light sweetness running throughout. Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, very fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jinx989
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with a tan head into a snifter,medium lacing that lightly coats the glass . Smells of vanilla, oak and bourbon with a hint of chocolate. Spices are subtle but come out when it warms. Nose is good but the taste is a lot better. Taste is warm vanilla and bourbon with slight heat, 2016 is way, way better than 2014 version very well done Clown Shoes. Seek this out if you can, IMO the best Clown Shoes BA stout I've tried.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
09/16/2016
Mexican Chocolate Stout Tasting with D.C.
Best tasting yet.
All 6 beers were anywhere from very good to magnificent.
1. Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego
2. Weyerbacher Sunday Mole' Stout
3. Avery Xolotl
4. Stone Xocoveza
5. Stone Xocoveza Charred
6. Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
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22 oz. bottle to snifter.

LOOK: CREAMY TAN HEAD.
AROMA: Whiskey dominates, vanilla, peppers.
TASTE: Pepper and Whiskey play nice together. Chocolate, Sweet Vanilla add great flavors. Really tasty.
FEEL: Full Bodied, low carbonation.

This is a really nice beer and obviously not using Chocolate Sombrero as a base as it is much much more.
1st of 6. of this already impressive group.

**

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured Luchador En Fuego into a snifter.

A - Pours black as midnight with a touch of ruby highlights and quarter finger of mocha head.

S - On first sniff it smells like light whiskey. On further investigation I'm getting light roasted malts, caramel, toffee and vanilla.

T - Good Lord!... Father I have sinned. Wow, just kidding. On initial sip smooth light whiskey, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, and sweet chocolate. Mid palate I'm getting more roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla and toffee. Finally, on the aftertaste some char from the barrel and added sweetness from the chocolate.

M - Smooth medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

O - A superb beer to enjoy on this Superbowl Sunday.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours black, with 1 finger of brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S - Smells very chocolatey up front, with sweet notes of vanilla and some warming oaked bourbon notes in the background. Smells amazing.

T/M - Chococlatey waffer up front, warming alcohol as it goes down, and a bourbon whiskey finish with some notes of char and wood. Great flavor, but still a little alcohol forward. Medium/slick mouthfeel, maybe a little bit over carbonated.

O - This is a damn good beer! As it warms, I get more of the mexican spices, and coconut from the bourbon. The vanilla really rounds it out nicely, and the bourbon taste really hangs around in the aftertaste. The only drawback is it is still a little boozy, and slightly thin for me. Besides those 2 thing, this is a killer beer. Great job Clown Shoes

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Photo of BigBarley
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First ever, reviewing live.

Looks like a high-ABV imperial stout, with less than a half finger of khaki foam sitting on top of a dark, deep, black as black beer, that shines with a strange red tinge when held to light.

Smell is unbelievable. Sweet chocolate, smokey vanilla, oak and booze! A very mild touch of spices touches the aroma and adds a little something, but it honestly smells like some ridiculous dessert. Very very nice.

Wow. This is very, very good stuff. Up front you get a very sweet, very smooth chocolate flavor, which morphs over a few moments into a spicy vanilla note. There's alcohol in the flavor and the feel, but it adds to the zing of this beer. Delicious and obviously benefits heavily from the barrel. As it warms, the chili presence begins to slowly take over the flavor of this beer. It's kind of like the beer starts out normal and the more and more you drink, the more awake the peppers become. Unique experience to say the least.

Mouthfeel is thick and hearty, with a tingling carbonation that seems to be a staple of Clown Shoes beers. Works especially well with the way this beer is built.

Very impressed, much more so than I expected to be. Any fan of imperial stout should give this a taste or ten, because it is superb and satisfying

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of jason3125
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of boozy nutmeg and vanilla. Drinks much smoother than the nose. Very little alcohol. Taste of Rick vanilla and chocolate with a touch of heat at the end. Full mouth feel. Very solid beer that has aged well.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter bottled on 3 / 2 / 16. Pours a very slick almost completely black with a 1 and a half inch tan head that leaves behind some nice patches of lace.

Smell is coffee,dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, oak, and bourbon.

Taste follows nicely roasty coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, oak, a little heat from the peppers, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation and I am not complaining, fairly dry because of the coffee and bourbon, and for 11 % ABV it drinks pretty darn easy.

Overall Clown Shoes is doing wonderful stuff with barrels, great price and availability is fairly easy.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a bit of brown visible when pouring.
Light tan head.

Aroma: Bourbon and vanilla are the most noticeable. A bit of oak comes through as well, but faint. Roasted and chocolate notes in the back.

Taste: great mouthfeel first off, medium in body with a silky feel. The vanilla and bourbon are perfectly balanced and not overpowering, have no problem detecting them. Its up front much like the aroma. The hot peppers dont show themselves until the beer warms. Im surprised at how easy this is to drink, the 11% is well hidden, even when fresh out of the fridge.

Good lacing sticking to the glass as I sip.

I bought this with zero expectation and was greatly surprised. One of the best bourbon stouts Ive had.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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 fitzy84
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a black color appearance and little to no head except for a dark brown color ring around the glass. Aromas are rich in vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee as well. Taste followed the nose with some malty and bitter vanilla-bourbon mix and definitely hints of that chipotle pepper spice in the mix near the aftertaste. In terms of mouthfeel, the beer has an excellent, creamy texture while keeping some medium carbonation. Overall, this beer was fantastic across the board.

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