Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
924
Reviews:
150
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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100
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248
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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +7.5%
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 -9.2%
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 +1.7%
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 +6.5%
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 bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enrique_m
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one tasty brew, lots of chocolate and coffee and delicious!!!

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of Kplummer82
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brown120
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kalosjakar
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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%
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 MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany - nearly black - with a thick, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The smell isn't very boozy. The taste follows the nose and the flavors are at the same time rich and mellow. It opens with dark chocolate, mocha, and sweet vanilla. Next comes the bourbon, which is super smooth. It finishes with a nice peppery taste. This stout is creamy but not terribly viscous. It is lightly carbonated and I really didn't notice the 11% ABV; there is no real fuego. Overall, this is a typical Clown Shoes stout: well-crafted, delicious, and fun to drink.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adamranders
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of THoffner
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmf5581
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
4.13 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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