Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
916
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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100
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245
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Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A terrific spiced BA stout. The pepper notes blend well within the overall taste profile. The lasting, lingering note is warm and playful but not overwhelming. The chocolate elements are not too sweet, and provide robust bitterness. This is top notch.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours midnight black with a thin tan head. Light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon.

T - The taste follows the aroma.Dark chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. The bourbon barrel is light in the finish adding an oaky char.

M - Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel a dry finish.

O - Really enjoyable barrel aged imperial stout. The flavors are perfectly blended & the ABV is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Optics are as expected - oil black with a thin lacing. Aroma is luxurious - the vanilla & oak are rich, and there's a great balance of cinnamon with a little pepper for dimension. The tongue doesn't get quite the same treatment. It's a little washed out from a heavy wood bourbon & surprisingly the pepper (the heat I think drowns out some other flavors). It's really missing that outstanding vanilla you get on the nose, or any other of the more decadent notes (chocolate, cinammon). It's still a good beer, but just fades into the crowd a little too much with that generic barrel-aged flavor.

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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 JohnnyHopps
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer was a murky black color with a mocha head.

Smell - Aside from the chocolate malts, I detect a hint of spice. I do not detect the booze.

Taste - The beer is lightly boozy chocolate at the beginning. The spice begins toward the back, but it seems to lean toward cinnamon. I am reminded of Christmas cookies with a pine hint that lingers in back.

Mouthfeel - The stout is sticky, but not like I would expect.

Overall - This might be my favorite Clown Shoes.

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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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Photo of Mateo2699
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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 LloydDobler
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Damian
2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled on 02/23/16
Served in a snifter

Dark brown/black appearance. Oily and shimmery. The body was topped by a small, creamy, cappuccino colored crown that faded to a thick, frothy collar. Streaky, drippy lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was subtle. Somewhat roasty and steely. There was a faint oxidized note. Wet paper came to mind. Boozy, bourbony notes later appeared. With time, the aroma improved, but not much. Some brown sugar sweetness came forth. Bit of dark chocolate. More booziness too.

The flavor profile was quite roasty and boozy. Somewhat malty on the front end. Bit of charred espresso in the center. Lots of raw booze/bourbon. A touch spicy perhaps. The beer finished with more roasty char and alcohol warmth. This was far hotter than I anticipated. Some chili spice notes lingered in the finish. Initially, it was difficult to pick them out with all the alcohol heat. Later, however, the booziness subsided to a more appropriate level.

Surprisingly thin and watery mouthfeel. The liquid contained a very fine, spritzy effervescence. All in all, rather disappointing.

Clown Shoes makes a few terrific barrel-aged offerings, a lot of mediocre ones and a couple that are pretty bad. Luchedor En Fuego 2016 definitely falls into the third category. Although this beer was six months old, it should have shown at least some vanilla and cinnamon notes, as well as a bit more spice. Reviewers have commented that the initial release of this was far better than the 2016 version. Hopefully, the beer will return to its roots in the next batch.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black with a nice brown head that lingers. Aroma is on point with what you'd expect -roasted malt, chocolate, wood, earth, and booze. Didn't pick up any chilies or spice. Taste is fudge, coffee, raisin, prune, dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla on the back end. Didn't pick up any spice-heat but the booze heat is there in nice amounts. I don't think chilles and bourbon dance well together; it's almost as if each flavor mutes the other. Overall, enjoyable and very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +5.3%
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 dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet milk chocolate and cocoa with light aromas of vanilla. Light to moderate aromas of slightly smokey chili peppers. Moderate aromas of bourbon and oak which becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of milk chocolate + cocoa with light to moderate flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and smokey chili peppers (though with minimal amounts of heat from the chili peppers). Finally there are moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bourbon and toasted/charred oak which linger through the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink with extremely well hidden alcohol - in fact, I'm shocked this is 11+% ABV. Really nice combinations of flavors and aromas which has enough complexity and nice chili presence without much heat. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +3.9%
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 Hootie159
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bottle. Half finger head that leaves behind a thin layer of head. Near pitch black. Bourbony cinnamon. I feel like this should be a hard candy for alcoholics. Alcohol infused chocolates? I raise you. Need this for my coffee. First quick taste is the bourbon immediately replaced by a sweet vanilla. A little bit of pepper burn to follow. Cinnamon overrides where it seems like hot cinnamon. Rich, but not super smooth.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +5.3%
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 +7.8%
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 -9%
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 metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of dark brownish red are visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a sort tan head that died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and cocoa are present in the nose along with hints of chili peppers. Notes of bourbon become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate along with notes of bourbon and associated vanilla along with hints of chili peppers (without much in the way of heat) and spices. The bourbon flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon contributes a little warmth to the finish.
O: This beer is very drinkable considering its strength and tastes nothing like something that is 11% abv. I liked how there was a good balance between the flavors and not one was too strong.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Boccu
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +6.6%
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 russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very effervescent Coca-Cola color with a thin matching caramel colored head. Nice viscosity, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Bourbon, raisin, & vanilla

T: Vanilla, raisin, molasses, and some Bourbon up front. A little licorice mixes with Bourbon, vanilla & a touch of dark chocolate as this warms. Finishes a little boozey with all the pleasant aspects of Bourbon, a whisper of figs & raisin, some dryness a little pepper heat, finally
MF: Medium/chewy body, firm carbonation, warming boozeyness

Drinks very easy, good take on the style, was hoping for more; still worth a go

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