Ohio Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ohio UnidragonOhio Unidragon

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Zonian1 on 03-22-2014

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Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/14/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted/burnt malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, anise, molasses and piney hops. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit (plums, figs) and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I've been a fan of the other Clown Shoes stouts I've tried in the past, and this one is enjoyable too. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again. $9.99 a bomber.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce portion of Clown Shoes beers everyone wins, I love them. That's bad there's a couple beers from them that are okay but they're dark beers tend to kick ass. This is a version of Blaecorn Unidragon with the abv dialed down to 11.5% abv to be legal in the state of Ohio. So they made the Unidragon attacking Cleveland with a Burning River and Skeletons playing from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wearing Browns helmets...yes they should do a version for every major city...I always get a kick out of their artwork. Pours beautiful opaque darkness in a glass, dark mocha tan head, large bubbles slow bubbled carbonation. Aroma dark roasted malts come off very nicely, a hint of herbal hops/wood aging not sure if there is any but it takes on that soy sauce quality of Umami meatiness that you can just sink your teeth in to. In hind sight it has some dark fruit mainly plump over ripened raisins that are bursting with concentrated fruit based sugars. Flavor dark roasted malt drying qualities boarding on burnt charcoal with a hint of oak wood, dry herbal hop finish, slightly alcoholic burn in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied stout, again the kind you can sink your teeth into. Overall a complex imperial stout tasty, strong finish meant for drinking with friends. But I will tell you this, the Undead Party Crasher and Mexican mole' beers are insanely complex.

Photo of lookitsfelias
2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - pours a dark black with light colored head and strong lacing.

S - man, this beer smells gross, i dont even know how a russian imperial stout can smell like this. it literally smells like an open air meat market i was at recently in mexico city... chicken that hasnt been refrigerated, beef, ew.

T - thank god this beer doesnt taste like how it smells. strong bitter back end with prune, fig, and cacao flavors on the front, still disappointing

M - thinner than i like my russian imperials and far too think for an 11%er

O - really, do not buy this beer. its terrible smell and overall disappointment led me to write my first beer review on here in years... i seriously dont even understand what is going on and why its so bad. avoid!

Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautifully dark brew; basically no head as the bottle cap was knocked loose in transit. I can't knock the beer for that, but neither can I give it full credit.

Big roasty aroma, like barley swimming in a sea of black coffee. A touch of sour red grapes, and an even lighter touch of char. Big. Intimidating.

Perfectly balanced RIS: bold; roasty; hoppy; bitter; aggressive. Hops leave a grassy, bitter finish after a roasty assault has coated your palate.

Mouthfeel was mostly flat due to the bottle cap, but it's a big, smooth brew, a touch hot, and a touch thin for the style.

Very good beer, as expected. For review purposes, I attempted to look beyond the bottle cap issue, which was not Clown Shoes' fault.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohio Unidragon brewed by Clown Shoes, with an ABV 11.50% This brew pours out deep brown color with a nice light brown head. It has the look of cola or root beer. The smell is bold and rich with grains, and malts. Ohio Unidragon has a real nice inviting smell to it. The taste is bold with flavor, you pick up on roasted malts, and grains. There is also a hit of a mild sweetness at the end of this brew. The mouthfeel is full bodied with, a bold rich flavor. This brew has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in it. I like how smooth this brew is, it has a clean refreshing finish to it.. You really can not pick up the 11.50% ABV in this brew. Ohio Unidragon is a real nice, smooth drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Ohio Unidragon a 4.5 out 5. Clown Shoes did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of apasternak
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too thin and chalky but I love the label

Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body serves up a thick froth. The aroma is hoppy and bitter for the style but it has hints of dry bitter cocoa and burnt malts. The flavor is creamer with roasted coffee, burnt coffee bean, bitter dry chocolate, malty chocolate balls and smoky embers. The feel is substantial but dry and 11.5 pct ABV is completely lost. This was well worth a $9 try but it is better served warmer.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a bomber, this fine imperial pours a lush dark black with a firm tan head that dissipates to a modest ring with nice lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark roasted malts, some heavy grains, and deeply roasted malts with tinges of dark fruits of plums and cherries. Flavors flow nicely with dark bitter bakers chocolate and French roast coffee blending in with deeply roasted malts. Fruit flavors lightly poke their head in on the sides with a bitter coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Beefy. Smooth moderate carbonation gives it a lighter flavor, but the alcohol burn and heavily roasted flavors easily remind one they are drinking and imperial stout, light at the beginning but heavy on the back. Very nice. Another good one from a great brewery.


Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Not a big Clown Shoes fan but this is really tasty, not a big aroma, very smooth on the taste not getting any bitterness up front, nothing really impressive but I am not disappointed. Picked this up in a trade, it's not available in CA. Worth a shot, there are better imperial stouts out there than this.

Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ohio Unidragon - Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this beer's head is four fingers thick, tan and spongy, along with solid lacing, and a nearly black body.

I smell licorice and roasted malts more than anything. Perhaps a boozey note in there.

Tastes like a fair bit of chocolate, very nicely roasted malts, and a surprisingly sweet finish. Not as much booze astringency as the aroma would lead one to believe. Pretty drinkable.

This brew's mouthfeel is smooth and clean. No lingering elements.

Overall, I'll give Ohio Unidragon - Clown Shoes a 4.75. I'll probably pick this up again.

Photo of screamking
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Aroma notes: chocolate, vanilla, sugar, honey, roasted coffee beans.

Tasting notes: mocha,coffee beans, vanilla, prunes.

Thanks clown shoes for going the extra mile with this release, ABV laws be dammed! Nothing to big about this one flavor wise just a solid RIS.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Kain05 (thanks man!). Bottled 8/28/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a very deep, near-black, brown with a finger and a half toasted khaki head. Patches of froth linger across the surface as well as a halo that leaves huge sheets of khaki lace.

Aroma is very roasty. Heavily kilned malts, dark cocoa, burnt sugar and hints of coffee.

Taste follows the nose rather well. Roasted malt, pure dark chocolate, black coffee, burnt sugar, licorice, dark fruit skins, smoke, earth and a little alcohol heat.

Creamy yet lightly medium body with soft carbonation. Roasty, semi charred finish with hints of burnt coffee and dark chocolate.

As I was expecting, this is a Blaecorn light but not much different at all. A great job packing the first Clown Shoes stout I fell in love with into a lower abv brew.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Nice aroma on this. Big, hearty chocolate followed by coffee and molasses. Also a good bit of hoppiness. Not enough to piss me off, but still plenty (I'm not a fan of hoppy stouts these days). Layers of caramel, citrusy orange hoppiness with some floral and herbal notes.

3.0 T: Ehh, the taste doesn't have much direction. It's a mesh of chocolate, molasses, coffee, herbal and citrusy hops, caramel, and burnt dark fruits. Fortunately, there's not a lot of bitterness. However, there isn't a lot of sweetness either. It's missing a big, bold flavor to carry the taste.

3.5 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth enough.

3.0 D: It's okay, but it doesn't pack enough flavor. Also, hoppy stouts aren't my favorite.

Photo of chrismattlin
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one-off from CS is now nearly a year old, and, as the most recent ratings show, this brew is aging wonderfully! The original heat has faded greatly bringing out the chocolately, smokey tastes and aromas.

This beer looks, and smells world-class and the taste isn't far behind. It's also (now) a fairly easy drinker for a RIS.

Would definitely buy again. Makes me wanna try the original- Blaecorn Unidragon.

Photo of Tammisbutler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bomber. Pours a midnight black with a thick frothy dark tan head. Aroma of coffee and roasted notes. Palate is overwhelmed with roasted malts, burnt cocoa, and dark coffee grinds. Alcohol creeps on you.

Photo of Mikus
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Retired. Damn, I had better grab another one of these at the Giant Eagle. Poured into the snifter (and split with my lovely wife)... big, dark CS beer... what could go wrong here? Midnight black, with a thin ring of chocolate-tinged head. Silent and inviting like the murky depths of Davy Jones locker... ha ha. This is a black hole. Huge roasty malts and chocolate notes on the nose. Some coffee bitterness if you really work on it (e.g. swirling, etc), and a hint of a smoky note. Big roasty bitterness on the palate, not a hop bitterness, but a nice coffee bitterness. Good stuff. 11.5% with no noticeable alcohol? WTF? Lingering roastiness and bitterness from this meal of a beer. This sipper will stick to your ribs. Another successful Clown Shoes big beer.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/28/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, light char, herbal, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, light char, herbal, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Extra from Cneville from the recent math trade on TB, enjoyed from a michael Jackson beer hunter snifter.

a - brew pours a deep dark sludgy black that settles in the glass as black as your worst nightmare. Thin grayish head hangs out for a while and leaves spottym streaky lacing.

s - sweet milk chocolate with some soft coffee notes and an almost spicy hop kick.

t/m/o - wow. Big bitter hops over a chocolates stout...kind of like a black IPA but the flavors don't really compliment each other. I find myself wishing that the dry hop wasn't there as there seems to be a really nice silky RIS under the hop. Finishes bitter and leaves a bitter aftertaste. It's okay, bomber seems like a bit much for me.

Photo of mental_orbit
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Bomber dated March 14, 2014 from local Kroger for $8.99 poured 10/17/14 into pint glass.
Poured with a black motor oil color with a hint of red, wonderful finger thick head dark tan colored that lingered and fell after a couple drinks with lots of lacing.

First glass smelled of roasted espresso, cocoa, and heavy dark maltiness!
Tasted as wonderful as it smelled. Not too hoppy but a good balance reminiscent of pine. Mouthfeel was thick and left With stickiness on the lips.
Over all I think this Ris was fantastic not to thin nor too bitter just the way I like it, being an Ohioan I'm very happy they made this one will be buying again while I can!

Photo of AwYeh
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/14/14, poured into tulip.

A: Opaque dark brown/black with a finger of frothy tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and complex, with lots of chocolate and roasted/burnt malt leading the way. There's a caky, bready base that smells a bit like oatmeal; coffee, molasses, and pine hops round things out. Really enjoying this.

T: Not as complex as the nose; pine hops are the first thing I taste here, and they're pretty strong. Dark chocolate and more roasted/burnt malt back them up- it's a fairly simple combination, but one that I like, if not for everyone. It reminds me of a really strong Black IPA. Alcohol shows up but barely and it doesn't detract from the beer; an earthy hop flavor also features.

M: Medium-thick body, moderately carbonated (I'd say above average for the style), smooth and creamy. Finish is moderately dry and sticky, helps the pine flavor linger. Easy to drink given the ABV.

O: Solid RIS from Clown Shoes, highly recommended for those who like heavily hopped stouts. Sure to be controversial because of how some will view the hop and malt flavors as clashing.

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled 8/29/14, poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a tan head
S: Lots of dark toasted malt and cocoa notes
T: Ditto the toasted malt, quite a bit of cocoa, some fruit esters, a bit of alcoholic heat on the finish
F: Full-bodied, a touch bitter, the alcohol level is apparent
O: Not my favorite RIS due to the alcohol being out of balance. I'd be curious to try the version that can't be sold in Ohio since it's scored more highly despite still higher abv

Photo of bigjoe786
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light mouth feel. Alcohol burn. Not well balanced

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up this beer near Cleveland after an awesome couple days hitting Ogrefest at the Brew Kettle. This beer is a solid Imp Stout. Clown Shoes makes some pretty quality dark beers, this one is no different. They brewed this version of the Unidragon specifically for Ohio due to their ABV limitations. The high ABV is hidden well too.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours an inky black with brown highlights, forming a thick, resilient dark tan head that lasts a while. Lacing clings well to the glass. Light can very, very faintly be seen making it through the very edge of the glass, but that's it.

S: Roasted dark malt with hints of black coffee swirl out of the glass, alongside some bitter baker's chocolate, plums, overripe berries, and toffee. A faint echo of pure vanilla extract skulks about deep in the shadows of the other scents, as though plotting something ominous.

T: And here it all falls apart for me. Every flavor described in the aroma is present to some degree, mixing together like something a confused barista might accidentally pour at a Caribou Coffee by grabbing dark chocolate, espresso, fruit syrups, ground toffee, and crumbled burnt toast. Unfortunately, however, all of that is wound through with a veritable flood of earthy, floral, bitter hops, which are forward enough to wreck the whole beer for a malthead. The finish is composed of literally nothing but that hoppiness, which wears out its welcome and keeps on hanging around, like a particularly awkward guest at your party who you don't like and didn't invite, but is friends with some of your actual friends and came along with them so you don't want to say anything and instead just seethe inwardly at the fact that they're in your house, drinking your beer...yeah, this tastes like that.

M: This feels more like a porter than an imperial stout, definitely towards the watery side of creamy. There isn't much going on in the way of carbonation either. It feels not unlike a mouthful of stagnant lake water that's been sitting through a drought, so it has scummed up a little while staying flat and dead.

O: This beer was promising at the pour and at the nose, and swiftly fell right down the charts for me. Granted, I am a raging malthead of the sort who finds SNPA too hoppy to drink, but I also love Old Rasputin, Yeti, Black Hole, Blackout Stout...this is right up there with Storm King as far as severe disappointment in any form of stout goes for me.

Photo of BradenMK
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - 4.0 - Poured from a bomber into an ommegang tulip, the liquid itself comes out a dark, mahogany brown, but sits in the glass pitch black. Two fingers of dense chocolate latte foam sits atop that slowly dissipates, leaving just a ring around the edge. Great lacing as the beer is consumed.

SMELL - 4.0 - Smell is something a bit unique, a little acrid from black patent, but also surely smokey, and just a bit hoppy. It smells dry, not like most big, american stouts with huge chocolate/coffee noses, but something entirely it's own beast. Very little sweetness to be found here, and I love sweet stouts, yet I find this brash expression to be quite refreshing.

TASTE - 4.5 - Much better than the last time I sampled this beer. There must have been something wrong with me. Amazingly smooth and dry with a well-placed subtle smokiness that lingers throughout the sip and after. There is a "sour" note here that does point toward those heavily roasted malts, but also makes me wonder if there is a lactose addition here. Nothing extreme stands out here, nothing offensive. This is not a chocolate or coffee bomb, it's just -- if you could translate the phrase "speak softly and carry a big stick," into an imperial stout beer, then this is what you'd get. There's no alcohol burn or huge, obvious flavors. There is only a little sweetness, some interesting hop flavors that call to mind the properties of some ancient forest, woodsmoke, and dry, ashy malts. I love a chocolate coffee stout as much as the next guy, but there's truly something amazing to be said in the complexity of this beer in the absence of any adjuncts.

MOUTHFEEL - 4.0 - Full, to be sure, but for a RIS, it was on the medium-thin side. Thicker than many, to be sure, but compared with the greats of the style, it just lacks body. Carbonation is perfectly on point, the beer just needs some extra residual sugars and/or proteins to increase its heft. Though... I would not want to sacrifice that incredible dry, smokiness of the taste, so maybe it is for the best. Let's increase from 3.75 to 4.0.

OVERALL - 4.5 - Not your average american double stout, or your average russian imperial stout. This beer veers almost into it's own category as something I've never quite encountered, an Imperial Irish Dry Stout with smoked malt. The hops are woody, the smoke is subtle, and the malts are ashy, not loaded with dessert-like qualities of chocolate or caramel. Really good, and refreshingly different. Seek it out.

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Ohio Unidragon from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.