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Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clown Shoes' Third Anniversary beer. Aged in Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey barrels.

Added by Dope on 01-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
832
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
26.76%
 
 
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Photo of emyers
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin beige head. Not much head retention.

Smell: There is a lot going on here. Bourbon, chiles, vanilla, milk chocolate. An interesting dark fruit presence (primarily back cherry) comes into the picture and takes over a bit before being covered up by more chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla and milk chocolate up front with some more of that dark fruit. Cinnamon and a bit of chile pepper (not really any heat, but a nice smoky chipotle flavor). Bourbon is very subtle in the flavor profile. I could go for more bourbon and less dark fruit, but overall this is a great flavor profile - complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.Would prefer a little less carbonation in this one.

Overall: Great showing from Clown Shoes. There is a lot going on in this beer and it comes together quite well.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/25/2014. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light cinnamon, light chile pepper, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light cinnamon, light chile pepper, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light spice flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. Even though most of the spicing did not have big presence; the robust dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavor balance is awesome; and this is very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle foamed over, and had a ton of carbonation for a BA imperial stout. Head was fairly big and fuzzy, dark tan; brew is a beautiful solid black. Lacing is scattered and nice.

Slightly acidic barrel aroma, mixed with roasted barley, vanilla, and cream. No hint of chocolate or chile in the aroma. Slight coffee smell from the malt (I do not believe there is any coffee added). Quite a bit going on in the aroma, but it's very subdued and subtle overall.

Flavor is a much more full blend of the aroma, and then some. Definitely some heavy wood flavor; vanilla; smooth milk chocolate; roasted barley (but not overpowering); maybe just the tiniest hint of chile (building slightly as you go); and a nice, subtle bourbon note at the end.

Thick, full mouthfeel; silky and slightly chewy at the same time. The barrel characteristics are perfectly subtle and not a detriment to enjoying your sip; the bourbon presence and alcohol heat are very warming, but only in the throat long after the sip is gone. There is virtually no alcohol presence in the mouth. Long, sticky finish.

One of the most subtle bourbon barrel aged stouts I've ever enjoyed (not surprising, given the ~11% ABV). It's also one of the chewiest BA stouts I've had (BCBS manages to pull this off, as well).

Minor criticisms: for a chile stout, I'd like more heat. For a BBA stout, I'd like a little more bourbon presence (instead of a more general wood-aged flavor, which is what I get more of here). Overall, I think that's what keeps this beer just over outstanding overall, but far below its potential.

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Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Ink black color sitting in the glass with less than a finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Bourbon and cinnamon up front in the aroma. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted chiles. I would not say it smells very cake like, but there is a lot going on here.

A combination of chocolate malt and bourbon upfront in the flavor. The chile adds mild heat and a little earthy, smokey, pepper flavor. Notes of cinnamon and vanilla from the barrel. A little alcohol flavor and heat in the finish. Quite complex flavor.

Thick and rich body. Expertly carbonated. Clown Shoes always do right in mouthfeel with their stouts and this is no exception.

I may have preferred the chiles come out a little more with the heat but has good barrel character and the result is a complex, very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium murky brown with minimal head. The nose is heavy on cacao up front paired with green pepper. The pepper and chocolate dominate the nose. Not getting much in the way of bourbon or cinnamon. Taste is very sweet up front with heavy malt character. This is paired with dry bitter cocoa and vegetal pepper notes. The pepper is obviously there, but it brings almost no heat to the palate. The finish is sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is moderate with high carbonation. Overall, the pepper and the chocolate makes its presence known. The barrel seems to be missing from this equation. The flavors are not balanced like they are in other similarly styled brews. Not a huge fan of this.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
2.18/5  rDev -47%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

A -Pitch black with khaki head

S - Watered down milk chocolate. Hint of vanilla and oak. Bourbon cancelled out the chili pepper aspect.

T - When I first cracked the bottle and had a drink, I didn't think it was half bad. Probably only because I was worried the chili peppers would burn my throat. They didn't, which is why I was so pleased with the taste. Repeated sips yielded just a mess. Chocolate was watery and the bourbon wasn't sweet. A bit of burn in the throat from the chili. Basically, all these flavors didn't mix together well at all.

M - Not very thick for the style. Again watered down.

O - All of these flavors didn't go together nicely. While you do taste each one on it's own, I would say they didn't blend. Aftertaste still lingers after a while and it's not one you want around. I couldn't finish the bomber. One of my few drainpours.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a thick black beer with a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and some roasted malt
T: taste is chocolate, peppers, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. swallow is chocolate, caramel and bourbon with some pepper heat
M: this beer is full in the mouth with soft carbonation that sits smooth and creamy on the palate. the beer has a neutral finish that leans toward being a bit drying
O: Overall a very impressive beer. the bourbon flavor is there without overpowering and the peppers are a nice addition.

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Photo of CLEmark
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/25/14. Drank on 5/5/14. $14.99 bomber.

Appearance: Very dark brew. Maybe a small ring of a head but not much. Some legs running down the glass as you drink

Smell: Fantastic. You get dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and spice (cinnamon maybe more).

Feel: nice fool body beer. Not to creamy but not thin. It's somewhere in the middle of BB imperial stout thickness. Not as thick and syrupy as Bourbon county stuff, the Bourbon barrel didn't seem to add to much thickness.

Taste: Dark chocolate hits me first. Then you get some of the spices mixed with the vanilla/bourbon/oak flavors. I personally thought this beer was fantastic. It doesn't have as much spice as Huna (which tasted like a chocolate covered churro) but it adds in complexity from the barrel aging, peppers, coffee, and chocolate. Speaking of peppers, I didn't get any heat from them. I think I got some flavor from the ancho peppers.

Overall: This one was right up my alley. At $15 a bomber it is competitive with other BB bombers and well worth it. I ended up going to my bottle shop and getting the last one after I drank mine. Personally, this is now one of my favorite beers and I love that it doesn't fly off the shelf like KBS.

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Photo of Pahn
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split 2 ways. Poured into what I believe is called a teku.

Appearance: Black stout, looks a little thin. Leggy and without much lacing. Light tan head with no retention.

Smell: Chocolate and ancho. Lots of cinnamon and red wine like chocolate. Bursting with inviting aroma. Gets fuller and more complex with time.

Taste: Blown away at the first sip. All the spice additions shine here, particularly the cinnamon. Up front it's vanilla and cinnamon with the heavy malty stout flavors to back it up, leading to an unbelievably perfect marriage of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and roasted malt. As the finish heats up from the pepper, the transition feels uncannily natural. This beer is *amazing*.

Pretty easy to describe what's going on: there's a big roasty stout underneath, acting as a just-right vessel for vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. The finish has vanilla playing off the vanilla-like oak, bourbon, and pepper heat. All along the way there's estery complexity and bold bourbon barrel goodness.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation, not sugary. Not noteworthy really, but as with other Clown Shoes barrel aged beers, it knows not to get in the way.

Overall: I loved this beer. It delivers everything it promises and more, with skill and grace.

I drank this beer after splitting a Hill Farmstead Daybreak (orange liqueur barrel aged stout from arguably America's best "big barrel aged beer" makers), and Luchador was in another league (a better one). I can't praise this beer enough. It's so good that I didn't want to take notes or write about it; I spent hours just savoring it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And its with a lavishly sweet chocolate flavor and a bourbony cloud that Clown Shoes Luchador En Fuego springs to live, backed with chili pepper, vanilla, and coffee roast- all tells a "south-of-the-boarder" taste that brings a sassy side to stout!

But like many of those big-boy stouts, Luchador pours with a delicate viciousness and slowly releases a creme-type froth that lends itself to espresso. Its quaint longevity sheds a light trail of lace that glides the glass with brandy-type legging.

Soothing chocolate aromas are first and foremost on the nose while the complexities of deep-roast coffee, roasted walnuts, toast char and burnt marshmallows all lead to a highly dessert-like scent. Its Kahlua and java fusion entices the nose and whets the taste.

Its bold roasted taste is met with caramel and toffee sweetness immediately. That sultry taste soothes the taste buds with bittersweet chocolate, French-press coffee, nutty taste, and that of heavily malted milk. While its middle of mocha milkshake commands its taste, its nutty toastiness rises and capsacin, and eventually allows slightly drier tastes of woodish bark, cocoa and coffee bite to balance in finish.

Its lush palate is silky, creamy and velvety as those creamy-sweet malt textures coax the palate with uttermost finesse and easily outweigh any chili pepper finish. Despite any attempt to dry the palate, the sweet roastiness is slow, patient, and lumbering- reluctant to allow the taste to dry, the stout is much more of a dessert than it is an accompaniment to any meal.

As a large-Marge of a beer, Luchador is sweet and lush. Even as it dominates much of the stout-like tastes, the fundamental stout is alive and well underneath.,

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour pretty thick and black in color with a thin half finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is nice and bold. Lots of rich chocolate malt comes first alongside sweet vanilla and great mild bourbon soaked rasin aroma. Spices and chilies come in near the end and work well with the raisin chocolate aromas.

Taste follows the nose with equal amounts of complexity. Rich chocolate malt hits the palate first and persist throughout the entirety. Some booze soaked raisins, chilie, spices and a mild vanilla sweetness follow but are cut quickly by a bourbon presence. More chocolate malt on the finish along with faint hints of heat form The peppers

Mouthfeel is great. Moderately thick body is cut with medium carbonation. Sweetness and creamy feel is balanced with a medium amounts of carbonation, alcohol and a nice numbing heat in the finish.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Servign Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan, monster 3 inch head and tons of sticky, foamy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, brown sugar. Minor whiskey barrel notes, a little chili warm aroma. Was expecting more honestly.

Taste - Starts off with really sweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, honey and cocoa. The barrel aged, whiskey flavor is noticeable but is tamed behind the vanilla and chocolate. Roasty malts along with some very minor chili pepper warmth comes in. I don't really pick up on the added spices because chocolate and vanilla are a dominate flavor. The added chili peppers are really masked and hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Chocolate and vanilla really nails the tongue. Palate picks up roasted malts, some whiskey and dark fruits. Aftertaste is sweet chocolate, malts, honey and cocoa.

Overall - This is good but, the barrel aged aspect is weak. This could be marketed as a imperial milk stout and would be considered world class. Its really sweet, and full of chocolate, cocoa and molasses. I don't pick up hardly any chili flavor. I feel its mislabeled, as a barrel aged imperial stout, id rank its around a 3.5, 3.7, as a imperial milk stout id give it a 4.5, 4.7.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Deep brown appearance with a small tan head that lingered for a few sips. Chocolate and coffee was the primary nose, with a hint of vanilla and oak. Taste was very rich and drinkable. Good complexity with a nice chocolate taste followed by some vanilla sweetness and a pleasant spice of pepper and alcohol at the finish. Nice substance and consistency in the mouth,. Overall, I felt that it competed favorably with some of my favorites. It was smooth and complex with a bevy of rich flavors.

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Photo of 01001111
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The deep, dark brown of coffee left in a french press and forgotten.

S: Coffee-but-not-coffee roast, sweet malts, vanilla.

T: Sweetness, booze, vanilla, and roast.

M: Creamy, syrupy, and a bit hot on the finish but not from the chilies.

O: Bombastic and messy. There's not much balance, just sweetness and bourbon.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 4/18/14
Location: The Gingerman (Norwalk)
Glassware: Chalice
Appearance: Pours black with a large viscous ring that has an opaque brown at the edges. Brown sugar colored head.
Aromatics: Light chili scent with large coffee and molasses flavors. Very light on the bourbon it's almost lovely. Very sweet like confectioners sugar. As it warms you get more alcohol as well.
Flavor: The bourbon gives the beer a nice little alcohol kick along with the subsequent vanilla flavor. Very sweet sugars. The peppers kick in more as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Viscous and sweet the oils pass everything over every part of my tongue.
Notes:

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/25/14. Poured 4/18/14. $14.99 bomber. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Not what I was expecting to see at all. Poured a super fizzy black. No head or lacing left behind. The laser etching from the glass releases a steady carbonation to the top of the beer, but it's a really bland looking brew. Black water, basically. As I got to the bottom of the bottle and finished it off into the glass, it produced a bit of a brown head, but it's still a rather mediocre looking Imperial Stout. That's a nit-pick!

Smell: There's that barrel! Love it. Bourbon barrel is immediately noticeable with its woody characteristic and vanilla. Dark fruits. The bourbon itself/an alcohol aroma as well. One whiff and you know this is a big beer. Sweet, bold, beautiful. I wish I could say more, but the beer speaks for itself.

Taste/feel: Mm... excellent, excellent. Bourbon barrel vanilla notes with dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, and a plain cake doughnut sort of thing that I pick up in a lot of bourbon barreled stouts. There may be a touch of cinnamon that this beer's supposedly brewed with, but I could easily mistake that with the chocolate and barrel together. Nice sweetness on the end with a bit of warming alcohol. Nice and complex. Reading the label, ancho chilis and chipotle peppers are supposed to be in this beer, but I honestly get zero pepper heat, and if there's a flavor, it's probably because I'm imagining it while reading the label. The feel isnt that great, which is a bit of a bummer, but it's not beer ruiningly bad at all.

Overall, I'm more than impressed. I read that this is supposedly their Chocolate Sombrero aged in bourbon barrels with a few extra things added, but it's worked wonders, as I didn't love that beer... this tastes completely different and FAR better. Luchador en Fuego has some phenomenal complexity between the base of the beer and the fact it was tossed into bourbon barrels. I haven't had the "big boy" BBA imperial stouts like KBS or Black Note yet, but holy hell this sure is working for me. I was just knocking the mouthfeel, but this beer has such a considerable amount of sweetness that a bit more heft and less carbonation may have it drinking like syrup.

So... yeah. $15 for this puts it at a price that makes it a beer you'd very likely not drink often, but it's definitely a phenomenal beer. It's "meh" in the glass and the mouthfeel could maaaaybe use a BIT of tweaking, but overall, this is one of the very best beers I've ever tasted. This is yet another Clown Shoes beer that I feel is being short changed by the community, for whatever reason... 91 overall? C'mon now.

This is a long review, I know, and my score may come off as generous, but I was in love from first sip with this beer. A total winner.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkest brown pour emerging black. Thin creamy mocha head.

Milk stout aroma. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt, Spanish cocoa hot chocolate, vanilla and pert near perfecto bourbon. Did I mention chocolate?

Nuance of coffee, hot cocoa, baking chocolate bars. Bourbon and peppers meld on the top back of my palate. I thought I would be holding these but damn the freshness is so bright and wanting to be consumed now. Vanilla and malt. Not sure if I get any cinnamon though.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Languid and bittersweet. Libations sensations that stagger the mind.

Look up goodness in Websters and you'll find En Fuego listed somewhere. Extremely balanced with the bourbon, chiles, vanilla and chocolate. Really none better in this class with the chilies in mind. Worth every friggin penny. I'm getting more!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. This one was a gusher, which is surprising (and troubling) considering it's a barrel-aged beer. Once it was brought under control, the beer poured out black, not terribly viscous, and sported a pretty dark brown head that starts out impressive but sinks into the beer very quickly. On the nose I get some creamy notes of vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, and just a tiny amount of oak. It doesn't smell like it was in the barrel for very long (but I must admit I'm no expert). Upon warming, agitation forces forth a tart, cherry-like note that doesn't show up in the flavor at all (perhaps it's the chilis, which do show up).

Full body and a very pleasant, complex flavor. There's a lot going on with this beer and it plays well on my palate. Up front I get rich malty notes, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and the bourbon. Alcohol warmth lights everything up almost immediately. At mid-palate, the chili peppers add just enough of their heat to the party to complement the sweet and bitter flavors already dancing on your tastebuds. The spice from the chilis joins with the alcohol warmth and makes for a very pleasant drinking experience. The bourbon comes on a bit stronger in the back of the throat and lingers behind with some oaky notes. I'm not sure if I'm getting the cinnamon.

I've had Chocolate Sombrero (and really enjoyed it) and this one is worth the extra 6 dollars. The bourbon brings more vanilla and a pleasant boozy sweetness that complements the chocolate and chili flavors perfectly. My only gripe is that, like Chocolate Sombrero, the feel seems a bit thin for such a rich, crowded flavor profile, despite the seemingly high ABV (perhaps it's just my imagination). Nevertheless, I will definitely buy this one again the next time I see it. The flavor is crazy good.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head, which fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.5 S: Smell of this is great. It's totally bourbon forward, but it's just what I was in the mood for. Big leathery start with lots of vanilla. Melon, raisin, and caramel. The base beer offers gives a nice roastiness with chocolate and molasses. The chiles are buried way down in there.

4.25 T: The taste integrates all the wonderful smells together in a very pleasing way. The bourbon is relatively less powerful which allows the base to come out stronger. Again lots of leather, vanilla, raisin, and chocolate. Layers of caramel, hints of molasses, plenty of roast. Very nice overall.

4.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lots of great creaminess and supremely smooth. The alcohol is so very well hidden. The only clue that it's there is a pleasant mild warming.

4.5 D: Very good beer. So much better than their regular imperial stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black near motor oil looking brew, and a full on tan head. Fine evenly dispersed lacing...creamy textured head. Aromatics have dark roasts, creamy vanilla notes, dark charred oak, with a bit of booze. Flavor has some heat in the backend but it's dominant with the dark chocolate notes, rich booze from the barrel aging, and bourbon barrel aging effects such as charred oak with hints of vanilla. The heat from the chipotles comes out as a pleasant spicy smokey character within the dark bourbon barrel aged stout that I've come to know and love. Flavor all day dark chocolate smoked jalapenos all bring the flavor and complexity that I need with an imperial stout like this called Luchador en Fuego. Mouthfeel is full bodied expressive heat dries the palate out a bit but the carbonation flows well enough to not make it cloying in anyway the heat is good for the senses and doesn't overpower anything in anyway. Overall very impressive dark beer barrel aged to perfection even with all the adjunct additions adding to the complexity that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First CLown Shoes beer in quite a while for me. This poured the way I would expect a rich high abv stout to do. Dark and black, but this also had a reddish hue to the beer which made it more interesting.

No question about chocolate on the nose plus some forward bourbon aromas. The first sip was relatively big, again expected for a big beer. Not too carbonated, and thats the way I like my stouts.

Chocolate came out in the taste which made the stout big and full. The after taste started like an afterburner in a jet. Lots of alcohol at the finish. There was a lingering alcohol burn that stayed for a while.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, smoke, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of smoke and bourbon aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one mocha finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Pretty standard for an imperial stout.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, boozy alcohol, roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, and pepper spiciness.

Taste: Pretty much a super awesome blend of above with a little char bitterness. Very tasty and nicely aged.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, warm alcohol, and a little pepper heat and bitterness.

Overall: I am sad that this beer is going to be gone soon by the next time I come in. Will have to seek out some 22's.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Creamy black. A non-aggressive poor produces little to no head. There is no light seen through this beer, excluding the thin dark brown line on the top of the liquid.

S: A nice hot pepper touch with a big roasty chocolate aroma.

T: That bourbon really shines in this one and it's not too much and not too little. Very nice! The ancho/chipotle peppers dance around sweet chocolate and cinnamon sweet bread. There is a lovely dark fruit character to this beer that just tickles me the right way (plums or cherries). Ginger bread and sugar cookie are also present. Nice roast malt backbone.

M: Smooth like pearl, and creamy like butter. Very velvety and not overpowered.

O: I wasn't particularly in a stout mood tonight, but I couldn't pass this beer up. It was well worth it. I am a big fan of the bourbon aged stouts, and Luchador en Fuego did not disappoint. The heat from the peppers and the chocolate roasty bourbon notes play around perfectly in this drink. Cheers.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a dark brown, nearly black pour with a touch of mahogany and a one finger creamy beige head. The nose is complex and amazing with lots of roasty cocoa, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, subtle chili peppers, and nice bourbon notes. The taste follows suit and is even bolder than the nose. Lots of cocoa and chocolate fudge along with hints of cinnamon, dark fruits, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, oak, bourbon, and subtle chili peppers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly fizzy carbonation and a nice warming finish. It leans a bit towards the thin side for the style. Overall, this was a bold and flavorful beer that barely missed hitting it out of the park for me. Another great offering from one of the most underrated breweries out there.

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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
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