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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.

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846
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4.11
pDev:
26.52%
 
 
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Photo of Drtfinelli
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +16.8%
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 +16.8%
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 +16.3%
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 Pahn
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Neorebel
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +11.9%
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 wogreen
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +11.7%
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 +11.4%
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 +11.2%
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 +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 pat61
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
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 q33jeff
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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 +10%
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 +9.7%
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 +9.7%
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 +9.5%
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 +9.2%
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 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 beerdrifter
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A really beautiful dark beer possessing a regal tan/mocha head and intense lacing. No surface activity and seems very controlled

Scent: Chocolate, toffee, barrel char, bourbon, vanilla/oak, graham crackers, light smoky chipotle, earthy/leafy hops, kind of fruity/estery

Taste: A wide array of roasted and chocolate malts, some sweeter pie crust flavor, vanilla, oak, bourbon, aftertaste of spicy and smoky chili peppers

Mouthfeel: Very, very smooth; almost certainly tempered by the aging process which brings out a lot of complexity; low carbonation, heavy body

Drinkability: Dangerous; this is frighteningly drinkable for such a thick, viscous beer and possesses a very wide depth of flavor. Share with friends!

Overall: An extremely complex and rewarding beer showcasing definite barrel-aging sensibilities. Get on this as soon as possible and buy several to give aging it further a shot. Intense and extreme barrel aged beer that carries on the Clown Shoes name with aplomb!

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2013/01/24/clown-shoes-luchador-en-fuego/

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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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 OneEye78
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
4.11 out of 5 based on 846 ratings.
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