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Luchador En Fuego | Clown Shoes

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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.

Added by Dope on 01-16-2013

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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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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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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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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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Luchador En Fuego from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 928 ratings
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