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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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Photo of Jeffo
1.51/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Masterski for shooting me this one a couple summers ago.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 11 Jan 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear light brown and yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy, crackly, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing as the glass empties. Head is fine, but the body is much too light and transparent for the style.

SMELL: Lots of alcohol initially. Like vodka even. Closer inspection reveals some cocoa powder, vanilla, sweet cream, bourbon and oak as well. The oak and vanilla give it a fighting chance, but the spirit it rather cheap and sharp. Not good.

TASTE: Harsh alcohol and spirit flavors up front, with even more of the same at the swallow. Very little stout here, which isn’t all that surprising given the thin and light appearance. Bold and harsh finish of cheap whisky and vodka and some ill-tempered chilies linger on the palate. More chilies come out as it sits, but that’s not a good thing in this case, as they don’t go well with cheap booze. A touch of vanilla and cocoa show up very, very late in the show, but much too late and in little quantity to offer any type of rescue here. This reminds me of poorly mixed Jack Daniels and Coke from high school. Like some jackoff took some JD, slammed too much of it into way too little Coke, then dumped it all into a 4% poorly executed homebrewed stout and dropped a chili into it. This beer makes children cry for no apparent reason.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine enough and finishes a touch sticky. A bit of a scratch at the swallow and lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is wretched. Disappointing from Clown Shoes, as I’ve had some quality stuff from these guys. I really had much higher expectations for this brew, but it was like they decided to use the cheapest booze and nastiest chilies they could find, then just throw them indiscriminately into the most boring and lack-luster base stout they could possibly imagine. Just awful. I can’t get over how awful this is. You really have to try your hardest to make something this crappy, then you have to really make a tough conscious decision to release this to your customers for purchase and consumption. I guess they were thinking the same thing as the Ballast Point guys when they released Indra Kunindra… “All our other stuff is great, so people will forgive us and continue to support. With this crapper of a beer, there’s only a little bit of it, so people only have to buy one bottle anyways.” Okay, forgiven this time. At least give a public apology or something though. Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.18/5  rDev -47%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

A -Pitch black with khaki head

S - Watered down milk chocolate. Hint of vanilla and oak. Bourbon cancelled out the chili pepper aspect.

T - When I first cracked the bottle and had a drink, I didn't think it was half bad. Probably only because I was worried the chili peppers would burn my throat. They didn't, which is why I was so pleased with the taste. Repeated sips yielded just a mess. Chocolate was watery and the bourbon wasn't sweet. A bit of burn in the throat from the chili. Basically, all these flavors didn't mix together well at all.

M - Not very thick for the style. Again watered down.

O - All of these flavors didn't go together nicely. While you do taste each one on it's own, I would say they didn't blend. Aftertaste still lingers after a while and it's not one you want around. I couldn't finish the bomber. One of my few drainpours.

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Photo of champ103
2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an impenetrable, opaque black color. A bubbly tan head tries to rise, but fizzles out after about a finger. Light lace.
S: Very sweet up front. Vanilla, chocolate, granulated brown sugar. At first I am thinking this is going to send me to become a diabetic. Then some dry coco powder comes in with some chilies/peppery spicy aromas. This is not good, between diabetic shock, and and full on pepper as this warms.
T: Follows the nose with a huge sweetness up front. Overly sugary, with milk chocolate, sweet vanilla. Seems like vanilla extract at that. Not anything imparted from the barrel. Then come a dry coco powder, and pepper flavor. Powdery is a good descriptor. Seems almost aspirin like. Then the heat from the peppers takes over. The peppers build and build as this warms. What a mess.
M/D: A full body with low to moderate carbonation. Slick, oily, and viscous. Then very powdery and aspirin like. While the ABV is well hidden, there is nothing here that I care to drink.

Man, this is a mess. At first it is overly/sickly sweet, then oddly ends dry and powdery. I could not tell if this was barrel aged at all, though with a well integrated beer that is something I enjoy. Nothing about this is well integrated. It is like the sickly sweet stouts Southern Tier makes with peppers added, and nothing works well. Blah is all I have to say.

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Photo of Gables
2.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

2015 from a bomber. Looked good enough. Smelled spicy and boozy. Tasted pretty bad IMO. Too much pepper spice and cheap whisky/bourbon barrel. I did a blind taste test with the 2016 version and the 2016 was way better. Won't be buying the 2015 again

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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 01001111
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.37/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.41/5  rDev -17%
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.

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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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Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium murky brown with minimal head. The nose is heavy on cacao up front paired with green pepper. The pepper and chocolate dominate the nose. Not getting much in the way of bourbon or cinnamon. Taste is very sweet up front with heavy malt character. This is paired with dry bitter cocoa and vegetal pepper notes. The pepper is obviously there, but it brings almost no heat to the palate. The finish is sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is moderate with high carbonation. Overall, the pepper and the chocolate makes its presence known. The barrel seems to be missing from this equation. The flavors are not balanced like they are in other similarly styled brews. Not a huge fan of this.

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black and thin. Much too thin for the style. No barrel at all and very minimal spice, but the spice somewhat comes around as this warms. Lip smacking sweetness almost chokes me. The alcohol isn't in your face here, but still doesn't make this pleasant to drink. My first really disappointing brew from clown shoes.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shocking imperial stout review refers to color and black and brown! Almost 1/3" beige head.

Where is the barrel in the aroma? Lacking. But it did give plenty of chocolate, so that was nice. No head, no chiles, cinnamon. Muted.

Taste still was missing the barrel aspect, but it was still nice, even if the price of the bottle seems high for something without barrel character. Vanilla came out with warming. Toffee, chocolate, caramel. Peppers seemed hardly there too.

No off flavors, just some flavors were massively understated. Corpulent brought this. Poser.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Usual stout appearance, maybe leans a little more brown than average, but still looks plenty good. Beige and tan frothy head.

Super tiny barrel aroma. Same with the taste, really fast tracked the barrel aging on this one methinks. Mostly chocolate aroma. Chile and barrel, missing. Vanilla comes out as it warms. Solid beer but the price point for barrel beers better be low if its only going to have a trace signature of said barrel.

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Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Brown/black pour, not the darkest or thickest appearing I've ever seen. Just a ring of light tan head. Some fine bubbles stick to the glass.

Aroma, Light roast malt, caramel, cocoa, vanilla. Definetely some barrel there as well.

Taste, Wow is that a boozy mess up front. Saves itself a bit with earthy cocoa and oak. Toffee, vanilla are there as well. Roast malt and some coffee.

About mid-bodied, coats pretty well. Maybe just a tad thin. Shows all the abv listed and then some. Drank the entire 22 of the other 2 I had from Clown Shoes, not going to come even close with this one.

Still looking for the Porcine, so as it stands this is a distant 3rd for the imperial stouts I've had from them. Good with potential, just way too hot right now. It is hard to get past.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to corpulent for bringing this over last month. Pours a black and brown liquid, looks normal. Beige head about 1/3" on the top. Very mild and minimal barrel presence on this one. What did they age it for 3 days or something? Just lacked aromas of oak or bourbon. Other than that, the aroma was chocolatey and nice. Alcohol nowhere to be found, neither was the heat from any chiles or cinnamon. All chocolate and some roast.

Taste, an improvement, still lacked the barrel character, but the chocolate was really well done. Vanilla became prominent. Some of the warmth that is developing might be bourbon, but it really has no bourbon flavor. Just the warmth. Of course that could be from the peppers too. Carbonation was just right. Toffee and caramel character compliments the chocolate. Not overly sweet.

Its good tasting, nice mouthfeel, but when you advertise barrel aged, I'd like the barrel to come through a little bit more. No off flavors, just they need a kick in the pants.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a very dark brown hue, khaki colored head that settles to a ring pretty quickly. Aroma is a little muted, still getting chocolate, lactose and subtle hints of cinnamon and oak. Following the nose well, with nothing more or nothing less, the taste consists of chocolate, hints of cinnamon. Not much bourbon or barrel involved. Mouthfeel is more on the velvety side, low carbonation. Unfortunately I wish there was more of a noticeable pepper profile and/or bourbon.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber into tulip. clown shoes third anniversary beer.

A: pours a dark shade of brown. head is brownish/white and is rather frothy. retention is good as is the thick sheet of lacing left behind on my glass.

S: definitely detect bourbon booze off the bat. hot booze combines with spicy pepper. a little bit of chocolate but this one is mostly about the spicy pepper and bourbon. good but I wouldn't hate more diversity.

T: a little bit of booze, a little bit of spice, a little bit of heat. a busy stout here. there is a lot of soft sweetness in here too. vanilla. heat into the finish. both from the booze and the peppers.

M: carb is average to mellow. actually more on the mellow side. full bodied.

D: certainly unique. the chili pepper, the big stout, age it in bourbon, a lot of things going on here. good, but frankly I think they have had some better brews.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black. Not a lot that is note worthy here. Head quickly fads with little lacing.

Chocolate followed by bourbon. Brown sugar, smells like this will give me diabetes.

Tastes sweet, sweet, sweet. Sweet chocolate, sweet bourbon and toffee. Finishes with some cinnamon. I would say this is sweet to a fault. Enjoyable but starts to walk the line of becoming cloying.

Kind of thin for an imperial stout. Low carbonation.

Glad I tried it but probably a one and done for me.

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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 Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with spices and vanilla added. Available as a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a medium brown color over a deep black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Nose is of vanilla-accented bourbon and oak forward, with moderate stout characters of medium roasted grain, chocolate syrup and toasted caramel bread, subtle notes of vegetal pepper heat and effervescent spice in the aroma, although subtle overall. Much of what makes this beer unique is fairly underwhelming in the nose, but altogether the collective aroma is pleasing to note, if not ordinary for the style. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Medium roasted barley grain with undertones of moist chocolate cake, a sweet complexity of vanilla and bourbon note finish outpaces the more subtle characters of the ancho and chipotle peppers with their reserved heat index as well as the surprisingly delicate, even arguably underdone effervescence of cinnamon and nutmeg. Altogether a flavorful and enjoyable stout, but additionally somewhat limited in the flavor profile it aims to bring to the table, and otherwise an ordinary imperial stout with a notable bourbon barrel flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, moderately viscous, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over roasty, spicy and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I can't find myself docking too many points with this beer, as I find it very enjoyable as an Imperial Stout. I regularly sample new entries in Clown Shoes' impressive stout lineup as they come around, and was mostly interested in Luchador En Fuego for what it would do different with the style. Unfortunately, most of the flavors are too subtle and too underrepresented to really contribute anything notable to the flavor of the stout, and what remains is an enjoyable, but not very diversified-drinking American Imperial Stout. Nothing awful, but nothing to write home about either. I'm not too sure if the Mexican style chocolate stout substyle is diversifying the stout enough to justify a release of this against their year-round Chocolate Sombrero. Aside from the bourbon barrel flavor, which comes through almost too clearly in this ale, this beer doesn't bring too much else to the table for me, but sends me to bed satisfied nonetheless. 3.75

Clown Shoes'
Luchador En Fuego

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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