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Luchador En FuegoLuchador En Fuego

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bold, thick pour, oily resin, no doubt about the bourbon notes. A sipper at 11% but easily drinkable even if your not a Mexican stout fan. Overall would recommend.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 2/22/16.
The beer was near black in color. There was no head to it, just a few bubble around the rim.
Aroma of chocolate, spice, and chili powder.
The taste followed the nose. Chocolate and cinnamon, with some chili warmth in the aftertaste. I thought there was a tiny bit of vanilla. Otherwise nothing in the aroma or taste to suggest barrel aging.
The chili warmth was subtle and the 11% ABV was well-hidden.

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Photo of mattparsons
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/lighter shade of black with no head to speak of. Some big soapy bubbles line the perimeter. Aromas of dark chocolate, maybe some cinnamon and a light chile tingle. Not getting any of the barrel on the nose. Definitely need to let this breathe and warm a little before proceeding.
20 minutes later tasting has resumed - I'm a little concerned as the aroma hasn't opened up at all. It smells nice, but not as expected. I have had this beer in the past and I seem to remember an evident bourbon character that just isn't there right now.
Taste is dark chocolate up front, cinnamon, vanilla follow with a warming alcohol finish. Slight bourbon does thankfully make itself known here. Chiles are not apparent on the sip, but the heat does have a moderate aggregate effect after a few sips.
Low carbonation - alcohol and peppers tickle the tongue instead. Thick, but reasonably drinkable for an 11% stout.
This is quite tasty for sure, but at $13 for 22 oz., I'll grab a $9.99 4-pack of Mexican Sombrero in the future.

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Photo of chIAhawks89
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L black oil with thick brown head
S vanilla, chocolate, bourbon on the nose
T strong chocolate, spices non existent, mild vanilla and barrel notes
F almost perfect the mildest of complaints is carbonation
O solid BA stout, don't expect spices like bomb or Mexican cake. let it warm to get it at it's best

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Usual stout appearance, maybe leans a little more brown than average, but still looks plenty good. Beige and tan frothy head.

Super tiny barrel aroma. Same with the taste, really fast tracked the barrel aging on this one methinks. Mostly chocolate aroma. Chile and barrel, missing. Vanilla comes out as it warms. Solid beer but the price point for barrel beers better be low if its only going to have a trace signature of said barrel.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with spices and vanilla added. Available as a limited release in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a medium brown color over a deep black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Nose is of vanilla-accented bourbon and oak forward, with moderate stout characters of medium roasted grain, chocolate syrup and toasted caramel bread, subtle notes of vegetal pepper heat and effervescent spice in the aroma, although subtle overall. Much of what makes this beer unique is fairly underwhelming in the nose, but altogether the collective aroma is pleasing to note, if not ordinary for the style. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Medium roasted barley grain with undertones of moist chocolate cake, a sweet complexity of vanilla and bourbon note finish outpaces the more subtle characters of the ancho and chipotle peppers with their reserved heat index as well as the surprisingly delicate, even arguably underdone effervescence of cinnamon and nutmeg. Altogether a flavorful and enjoyable stout, but additionally somewhat limited in the flavor profile it aims to bring to the table, and otherwise an ordinary imperial stout with a notable bourbon barrel flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, moderately viscous, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over roasty, spicy and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I can't find myself docking too many points with this beer, as I find it very enjoyable as an Imperial Stout. I regularly sample new entries in Clown Shoes' impressive stout lineup as they come around, and was mostly interested in Luchador En Fuego for what it would do different with the style. Unfortunately, most of the flavors are too subtle and too underrepresented to really contribute anything notable to the flavor of the stout, and what remains is an enjoyable, but not very diversified-drinking American Imperial Stout. Nothing awful, but nothing to write home about either. I'm not too sure if the Mexican style chocolate stout substyle is diversifying the stout enough to justify a release of this against their year-round Chocolate Sombrero. Aside from the bourbon barrel flavor, which comes through almost too clearly in this ale, this beer doesn't bring too much else to the table for me, but sends me to bed satisfied nonetheless. 3.75

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shocking imperial stout review refers to color and black and brown! Almost 1/3" beige head.

Where is the barrel in the aroma? Lacking. But it did give plenty of chocolate, so that was nice. No head, no chiles, cinnamon. Muted.

Taste still was missing the barrel aspect, but it was still nice, even if the price of the bottle seems high for something without barrel character. Vanilla came out with warming. Toffee, chocolate, caramel. Peppers seemed hardly there too.

No off flavors, just some flavors were massively understated. Corpulent brought this. Poser.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark inky black with slight chocolate head. One of the best smelling beers that I can recall, wonderful vanilla, nutmeg and a hint of chile pepper, along with dark roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is not as wonderful as the nose; quite good but not stellar. Molasses are more present in the taste, while the vanilla, nutmeg and chile pepper are much less present. A solid beer, but Undead Party Crasher and Crasher in the Rye are superior beers in my estimation.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black in color. Minimal tan froth and lacing.

(S)- Very chocolatey with subtle spices and dry oak

(T)- Again, plenty of chocolate. Subtle spice along with the boozy oak.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A good balance to it with spicy chocolate and barrel aging.

(O)- A solid barrel aged stout. Good but not great

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Photo of jason3125
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of boozy nutmeg and vanilla. Drinks much smoother than the nose. Very little alcohol. Taste of Rick vanilla and chocolate with a touch of heat at the end. Full mouth feel. Very solid beer that has aged well.

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Photo of Drtfinelli
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've had in a long time and the best I've had from Clownshoes, by far. Bottled 2/26/14. I love everything about this. Can't wait to share my other bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant black, ½” foam cap that produces extensive thin lace. Some legs. Smell: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and some vegetal pepper aromas. Taste: Very creamy, some fruit, chocolate with mild heat on the end with traces of spicy vegetal astringency. The flavors are well balanced with a light sweetness running throughout. Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, very fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a one finger khaki head, which fades quickly to a small disc of foam. The aroma has dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and Bourbon.

Has a sweet taste with dark chocolate, Bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, dark roasted malt, coconut, and some peppers. The pepper taste is light, but still there. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 %beer ages in Bourbon barrels.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Another great barrel aged beer from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of Uncle_Buck
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottled 02/25/13 poured into a snifter glass. L: Pours black with a small amount of dark brown head and no lacing. S: Smell is of bourbon and chocolate. Faint hints of vanilla. Reminds me of the smell of chocolate fudge being cooked. T: Taste is heavy on the bourbon, followed by big hits of chocolate. Not getting much vanilla or chili pepper. Although there is some warming on the very end. Hard to tell if from the chili or the 11%abv. F: medium carbonation, very enjoyable. O: a very good BA stout. Tons of bourbon and chocolate here. Not much vanilla or chili present but that doesn't bother me at all. Will have to grab another.

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Photo of GregJ
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin brown head. Smells of bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla and some spice. Tastes prominently of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roast malt and syrup. Dark chocolate and dark malt aftertaste. Medium heavy body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured Luchador En Fuego into a snifter.

A - Pours black as midnight with a touch of ruby highlights and quarter finger of mocha head.

S - On first sniff it smells like light whiskey. On further investigation I'm getting light roasted malts, caramel, toffee and vanilla.

T - Good Lord!... Father I have sinned. Wow, just kidding. On initial sip smooth light whiskey, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, and sweet chocolate. Mid palate I'm getting more roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla and toffee. Finally, on the aftertaste some char from the barrel and added sweetness from the chocolate.

M - Smooth medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

O - A superb beer to enjoy on this Superbowl Sunday.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown (aroaches black if you don't hold it to the light) producing slightly more than a finger of finely bubbled, shortlived, mocha head that leaves no appreciable lacing. Aroma is spicy, toast & roast dark malts, dark chocolate syrup, chili pepper, vanilla, booze/bourbon & smoke. Taste is fronted by booze/bourbon in a background of dark roast/burnt malts, semi-sweet dark cocoa, chili pepper, spice & smoke that balance by mid-sip & rides into the the finish where the booze/bourbon once again becomes dominant & is joined by toffee, prune & other dark fruits, spice & pepper all of which are represented in the boozy & slightly burnt aftertaste. Alcohol is evident in terms of warmth, bitterness & spice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation, chewy with a crawling spicy bite that can be felt on the sides & back of the tongue as well as in the throat.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.51/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Masterski for shooting me this one a couple summers ago.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 11 Jan 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear light brown and yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy, crackly, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing as the glass empties. Head is fine, but the body is much too light and transparent for the style.

SMELL: Lots of alcohol initially. Like vodka even. Closer inspection reveals some cocoa powder, vanilla, sweet cream, bourbon and oak as well. The oak and vanilla give it a fighting chance, but the spirit it rather cheap and sharp. Not good.

TASTE: Harsh alcohol and spirit flavors up front, with even more of the same at the swallow. Very little stout here, which isn’t all that surprising given the thin and light appearance. Bold and harsh finish of cheap whisky and vodka and some ill-tempered chilies linger on the palate. More chilies come out as it sits, but that’s not a good thing in this case, as they don’t go well with cheap booze. A touch of vanilla and cocoa show up very, very late in the show, but much too late and in little quantity to offer any type of rescue here. This reminds me of poorly mixed Jack Daniels and Coke from high school. Like some jackoff took some JD, slammed too much of it into way too little Coke, then dumped it all into a 4% poorly executed homebrewed stout and dropped a chili into it. This beer makes children cry for no apparent reason.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine enough and finishes a touch sticky. A bit of a scratch at the swallow and lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is wretched. Disappointing from Clown Shoes, as I’ve had some quality stuff from these guys. I really had much higher expectations for this brew, but it was like they decided to use the cheapest booze and nastiest chilies they could find, then just throw them indiscriminately into the most boring and lack-luster base stout they could possibly imagine. Just awful. I can’t get over how awful this is. You really have to try your hardest to make something this crappy, then you have to really make a tough conscious decision to release this to your customers for purchase and consumption. I guess they were thinking the same thing as the Ballast Point guys when they released Indra Kunindra… “All our other stuff is great, so people will forgive us and continue to support. With this crapper of a beer, there’s only a little bit of it, so people only have to buy one bottle anyways.” Okay, forgiven this time. At least give a public apology or something though. Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of lovethebelgians
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured black into a snifter

nose- you can certainly smell the bourbon age with the vanilla and chocolate coming through

taste- vanilla and chocolate, no mexican spice though, seems as the bourbon and oak are the big players

mouthfeel- big, thicker, syrupy stout, little bourbon burn as it warms

overall- the bourbon flavors are great, but they drown out anything that was supposed to be unique about this beer, however, I'm not sure how old my bottle was, but I did not really get the mexican spice flavors that were supposed to play in this beer, otherwise another good bourbon aged stout

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Photo of riTLce
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Black as night, half a finder of mocha colored head dissipating quickly into a nice halo that clings to the edges of my snifter.

S: Slight bourbon booziness, oak flavor, minimal spiciness comes through. Chocolate sweetness and vanilla does shine.

T: Follows the nose, chili almost nonexistent. Bourbon barrel agine comes through great, but not overly boozy. Vanilla and other spices come through softly, with a roasty chocolate malt. Also picking up the Mexican chocolate flavor. The bourbon, maltiness, and chocolate flavor mingle nicely, with the bourbon winning out in the end along with a soft smokiness.

M: Not overly boozy, smooth drinking and minimal carbonation. Slightly oily finish, lingering booze.

O: Very good BA Imperial Stout, the flavors are not masked by the bourbon, but it does shine through. I would have liked a bit more heat from the chilies, but would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chili peppers, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a bit of woodiness and smoke noticeable. All the flavors mesh well together, I don't think any of them are overpowering. The peppery heat in this is very mild, it's more of a vegetal pepper than a spicy pepper flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, but then I liked their Chocolate Sombrero too. I think that the barrel aging improved the brew a little bit, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $14.99 a bottle.

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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 +1.7%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.9%
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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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
4.13 out of 5 based on 917 ratings.
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