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:
922
Reviews:
149
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
248
For Trade:
23
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of Damian
2.65/5  rDev -35.8%
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 BigSmooth12
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgejury
2.08/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Awful! Just tastes like cough syrup with lots of alcohol. Not impressed especially for $14!!! Way over priced!

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Photo of petrusek23
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TheBishopco
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vivs85
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roberto11232
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +5.1%
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 malfunxion
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Lsutyger88
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of couchsitta
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aknalley
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EJJ1848
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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 sirsteve42
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
4.13 out of 5 based on 922 ratings.
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