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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our third anniversary beer up-sizes Chocolate Sombrero, using extra ancho chile and adding chipotle pepper. We aged the brew 100% in Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. May it leap onto your palate majestically, like a luchador who flies into the ring from atop the highest rope.

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3.8
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pours a dark dark black with a thick chocolate vanilla twist colored head. Smell is very interesting. Chocolate, toasty vanilla, and bourbon. A nice chocolate mouthfeel. A smoky vanilla outlines the other flavors. The peppery spice lays in the back of the mouth. Strong alcohol aftertaste. The flavors of the alcohol are almost rum like with fruit backgrounds. Overall feel seems almost thin for the big style. As it warms the spicy kick really takes over any overpowering alcohol flavors. In the end I would say on the better end for stouts by the brewery.

4
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2014
Chocolate, coffee, and boozy bourbon in the aroma. Taste starts like a nice chocolate stout. Peppery spice, vanilla, bourbon, and some drying alcohol in the finish. I was a little skeptical when I read the description, but the Luchador isn’t as over-the-top-rope as I feared. The unusual ingredients bring some interesting flavors to the ring, but without overpowering a great base beer. Beware the 11% alcohol, though. Talk about a foreign object...

3.7
b3shine (8870) - Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a mostly opaque dark cola with foamy beige head. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, bourbon, and smokey pepper. Tastes like it smells, but not as balanced. Solid on the palate; a bit thin though. Good, but smells better than it tastes.

3.8
Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2014
Nose of vanilla, with some booziness, and a herbal hint. Pours a blackish-brown with a short lived tan head and no lacing. The taste is mildly sweet, boozy, peppery, and it’s all nicely wrapped in one wonderful package. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a complex beer that succeeds on all levels. I would drink again.

3.9
djd07 (14471) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2014
On tap at the Cove. Pours a dark brown with beige head that leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is strong chocolate, roast, and peppers. Thick mouthfeel with rich chocolate malt, roast, and nice sweet finish. Very good.

5
LBCapt (2) - Cooper City, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2014 does not count
This is the real deal... Excellente! Taste, aroma, mouthfeel - all fantastic... Wish I tasted more of the Ancho chilies, but won't let that detract from an otherwise spectacular beer....

4.1
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
Aroma is chocolate booze and cherries. Appearance is a muddy dark brown allowing no light to pass. There was virtually no head other than a light tan trace of foam. Taste is of chocolate some vanilla cherries and booze. Palate is good with minimal carbonation. Overall very good. I wonder how well this will age.

4.5
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, pepper spice, and vanilla. Great taste. Perfect blend of the coffee roast, vanilla, and pepper spice. All subtle but noticeable. Nice medium to thick body. Great brew.

3.7
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, molasses, light roasted coffee, lighter smoked peppers, vanilla, and faint bourbon. It pours a dark brown with a slight orange glow around the edges of the glass. It has a one finger light brown head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thin ring. There is some very thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate, molasses, and some roasted malt. The finish light-moderate coffee/espresso, vanilla, faint bourbon, and cinnamon. The bourbon and cinnamon get slightly stronger and I get a touch of pepper heat as it warms, but the pepper would be easy to miss if I wasn’t looking for it. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the barrel aging flavors are somewhat light. More than anything, it really seems to have really muted the cinnamon and peppers from the regular Chocolate Sombrero.

3.8
Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted sweet chocolate, roasted peppers and bourbon alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark spice sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a complex solid beer.


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