Luchador En Fuego
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #643
Ranked #1,888
4.18 | pDev: 10.29%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Luchador En FuegoLuchador En Fuego
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 946
Photo of AlexFields
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dope for this bottle!

Pours a pretty impressive dark chocolate color with a thick brown head.

Smells of sweet oaky bourbon, vanilla, sweet chocolate, mild chili and spice.

Taste is very barrel heavy, but it's a sweet barrel profile that blends well with the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Chili is there but pretty faint, I would like some more spice but this is very tasty.

Drinkability is good, this doesn't taste hot despite the high abv and strong barrel presence

A very good stout, very sweet on the whole and not nearly as chili forward as some chili beers, but still very good.


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Photo of acevenom
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large snifter glass. Pours dark brown to black with a thick tan head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Bourbon and vanilla hit the nose up front with chocolate, roasted malt, and chile peppers. The flavors follow the nose. There is some sweetness there and the alcohol can be tasted here. The flavor notes blend pretty well together. The chile peppers don't get hot in this beer because they blend so well with the malt backbone of this beer along with the chocolate and vanilla notes. It's actually quite tasty. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is is very pleasant. This beer is pretty easy drinking despite the 11% ABV. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Luchador En Fuego pours deep red/near black into the glass. The ruby highlights shine through along the edges. The head on top is small and leaves only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong, but notes of oak, vanilla and dark fruit are detected. There's a touch of roast malt in there too.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and chewy with firm carbonation. The flavor starts with oak and vanilla. Soon dark fruit (cherry), cinnamon and a touch of roast malt appear. It finishes with some chocolate flavor. Once gone the cinnamon/chilli pepper and chocolate lingers on the palate.

For such a big beer it's fairly easy to drink. This beer should age very well.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 11.99. Bottled 01/08/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with almost two full fingers of fluffy tan head that leaves large sheets of burnt cream colored lacing.

Smells of bourbon, chili peppers, chocolate and vanilla. Nice.

Taste is a sweet mixture of bourbon, milk chocolate, chillies, vanilla, creamed dark roast coffee, more peppers, woody character, an almost cinnamon tingle, faint cherries, some smoke and a bite of alcohol. There's no doubt that this is packin some booze but it goes down very easily for 11% abv. Peppers are there in flavor without ever getting hot. Things smooth out as it warms and any alcohol harshness subsides to allow the chocolate, chilli peppers and vanilla to really shine through.

Creamy, smooth, rich medium full body with subtle but present carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste of bourbon soaked chocolate covered chillies (if there is such a thing).

Clown Shoes delivers again. Happy 3rd anniversary to me! I hope they keep going strong and playing with the barreled variations- they have been doing a great job of that over the past year. Luchador En Fuego is a delightfully amped up and bourbon barreled big brother to Chocolate Sombrero that deserves a try. I've already been through a few bombers and plan on stocking up to see how the vanilla/bourbon blends in over time.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big bubbly and frothy medium-brown head. Fades very slowly with great head retention. Nice thick, almost solid lacing is left behind.

S: Big bourbon aroma. Mainly caramel with a bunch of brown sugar, some oaky vanilla and some stinging alcohol. Hmm the sting might actually be chili peppers now that I think of it. Nice cinnamon in there too.

T: Whoa, big flavor. Big bourbon hit but not as strong as in the aroma. Lots of sweet caramel, brown sugar and vanilla coats the entire beer. Up front there is bitter chocolate mixing in with surprisingly decent chili pepper heat (albeit very briefly). Smoky into the middle, probably from the chipotles. Smokiness turns a little bitter into the finish with some strong barrel character, mainly toffee and drying oak. Long lingering bourbon aftertaste.

M: Nice and smooth with a medium body.

O: Tough one to rank. There is excellent complexity in this one. Lots of flavors, takes a little while to sort through them all. Bourbon character is quite heavy and QUITE hot and all but obliterates the rest of the flavors of the beer once it warms up. Aftertaste is pure bourbon. So hot that I think there's no way this one is only 11%. I'm pretty drunk by the time this bottle is gone, and that doesn't happen with me often. It hits like 15%+ easily. This one would really benefit from a year in the cellar I think, mellow it out a bit. Wonder how that would affect the chile heat and smoke though. I got an extra bottle so I guess I'll find out in a year. As is, it's pretty boozy and sharp but it's still good. I'm a big fan of chocolate/chile stouts though so I may be biased.

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