Luchador En Fuego
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #635
Ranked #1,892
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.
Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 945
Photo of WesMantooth
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +6.2%
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 -10.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.3%
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 +5%
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 -5.5%
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 kalosjakar
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.7%
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 +3.8%
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 NolaHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours near black, thin tan head fades, little soapy lace. Nice Chocolatey bourbon aroma. Taste is chocolate, subtle pepper spice, bourbon, blends together seamlessly. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Solid pepper stout by Clown Shoes.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Tonyjenlasc
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pitch black in the glass. Mocha head.
Smell - This beer smells amazing! Cinnamon/spice, chocolate and bourbon jump out of the glass
Taste - Tons of spice on the palate. Bourbon, chocolate, roast, oak, coffee, hints of vanilla
Feel - Oily/slick, coats the mouth

Overall - One of the best offerings from Clown Shoes Ive had.

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Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
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 tekstr1der
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a fan of whiskey, but must try some of these as barrel aging is so en vogue. CS can be a bit of a crap-shoot, but they have some great brews. This one pours with a darkness and thin skim of mocha foam. Aroma thankfully has nice rich notes of cocoa and roast amid the obvious booze. Flavor is similar, with more of the whiskey coming through, but still yielding some room for chocolate and vanilla. My favorite aspect of this is by far the incredibly smooth mouthfeel and mild, clean finish. Quality brew for sure. If only I could enjoy whiskey...

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. capped bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is burnt chocolate fudge brownie, cocoa powder and the slightest tickle of booze. There's no spiciness apparent but it smells damn good. Flavor is of toasted coconut, chocolate, mocha, fudge, lactose and booze with a touch of chili spice at the end. Pretty simple but its so well integrated and balanced. Really impressive. Smooth and chewy on the palate with a great, dense and lightly carbonated body. Smooth and a touch hot on the finish and from the chili addition. Just very good all around.

Clown Shoes consistently turns out some of the best imperial stouts on the market. They're not rare or limited or anything like that but they certainly rank up there with the best of them.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter bottled on 3 / 2 / 16. Pours a very slick almost completely black with a 1 and a half inch tan head that leaves behind some nice patches of lace.

Smell is coffee,dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, oak, and bourbon.

Taste follows nicely roasty coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, leather, oak, a little heat from the peppers, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation and I am not complaining, fairly dry because of the coffee and bourbon, and for 11 % ABV it drinks pretty darn easy.

Overall Clown Shoes is doing wonderful stuff with barrels, great price and availability is fairly easy.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark black pour with one finger of light brown head. Retention and lacing are very good. The aroma is complex and delicious. A great mix of chocolate, spice, oak, bourbon. On taste, the bourbon hits first, with some barrel notes. Then waves of chocolate and finally, the slow burn of the spice. The spice is subtle, but present. Full bodied, low-moderate carb, and really smooth. Nicely balanced finish. Excellent brew!

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of justinp444
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil like and dark brown/black in appearance with a slightly noticeable ruby red hue on the edges and a thin caramel brown blanket of foam and sticks.

Huge vanilla sweetness notes right out of the gate with a subtle peppery heat, followed by more sweet aromas of chocolate, caramel, and bourbon.

Deliciously sweet but not cloying chocolate, toffee/caramel, and vanilla sweetness is balanced by a subtle but pleasing peppery spiciness. There is some bourbon and barrel character but only lends some complexity rather than being pronounced in flavor.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, silky smooth, and subtle spicy heat.

Overall, another absolutely solid barrel aged offering from Clown Shoes. This is so very balanced and an awesome beer with pepper additions for folks like myself that don't like blistering heat. Well done and another home run.

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Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another excellent imperial stout from Clown Shoes. I've been really happy with the bulk of their offerings in this style category. The flavor notes on the bottle really capture a lot of what I experienced when drinking this beer. The pepper notes were noticeable but held relatively in check, which is good because it would be pretty easy to overdo it with a chipotle addition, for example. There's a definite smoked pepper essence. Vanilla was present but in the background, the cocoa was more noticeable. Roast character for sure, again though not overpowering. This was not an exceptionally roasty coffee forward beer. The barrel notes were really nice, some oak and a whiff of bourbon, especially as the beer warmed up. I really appreciated how each of these flavors sort of played off each other, none of them being too aggressive. Mouthfeel was a good level of effervescent, I feel like if this beer had been too slick or smooth the chili pepper would have been a lot more mouth coating, in a bad way. Really enjoyed splitting this beer with the wife and will be seeking out another bomber.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour results in a finger mocha head. Moderate lacing. Sort of lacking in smell......faint barrel, chocolate, and cinnamon. Nothing really stands out in the taste. Well balanced, but I'd rather have a dominant element stand out instead of a mix of subdued flavors. Only catch some slight heat from the peppers in the aftertaste. Great feel to this stout.....medium carb and body. Overall, a solid spiced stout but there are much better options out there.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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 AlarmClock314
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, dated 2/23/16. Pours mostly black with a medium sized dark khaki head. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chili peppers, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste follows with mostly bourbon, oak, chili peppers, and roasted malt with vanilla, dark fruit, and cocoa; balanced with average intensity. Moderate spice and sweetness with some light bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Average body and above average carbonation for the style. Overall, it's a well done BA IS; It's balanced, interesting, and worth a try if you like spiced stouts.

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