Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 77
Gots: 332 | FT: 26
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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Reviews by HoppySeb:
Photo of HoppySeb
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 55 degree refrigerated bottle into a Teku glass. As the pour flows, you notice this beer's viscosity is not as creamy as other RISs out there, the color however is pitch black and you couldn't get a ray of light through it if you shun the sun against it - beautiful. It forms a creamy, carbonated, mocha-colored head of about 1.5 inches that slowly dissipates leaving a persistent lace of alcohol and foam behind.

Predominant aroma is coffee and cacao nibs. You can also pick up a faint boozy aroma that (due to the strong coffee presence) reminds me of Kahlua. There is a certain spiciness on the tail end of is smell I can't quite place, but it reminds me of black/strong tea. Its taste closely resembles its aroma, very coffee forward, dark chocolate notes and a spiciness you expect in exotic southeast Asian teas. There is an espresso-like bitterness that follows every sip which carries the coffee and cacao flavors even further - I like it (not hoppy at all). Generally speaking in both flavor and taste - it reminds me significantly of Epic's Big Bad Baptist.

Mouthfeel wise I would love to have a creamier feel on this beer - it would do so much for its flavors. However, its not thin either, its somewhere in between. I like the level of carbonation that helps put its flavors forward and in general its drinkability is great.

Overall this is a pretty solid RIS offering that can easily compete with the big boys out there - I wish it had a creamier texture and that the coffee in both the aroma and taste was less pronounced but being a coffee lover it only takes a couple of sips to get used to and love this. I have not tried the other Clown Shoe IS offerings but have most of them in my cellar and am really excited to try them soon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a nightcap last night and it's a good thing it was.Poured into an imperial nonic jet black with a thinner deep khaki colored head atop.Deep roast with a hint of smoke to go along with big sweet alcohol and dark fruit in the nose,I could tell this was gonna be a big sweet monster.First off the sweetness and dark fruit hit hard and pretty much dominated the flavors for me,sure there is some roast and bitter chocolate notes but they seemed to cower under the sweet alcohol onslaught.It's thick and coating with was nice but it took alot for me to finish this beer,is it possible for a beer to seem bigger than 12.5%ABV?....Yes.

Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of legalag11
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Jet black (the ink that spells your name)... That one's for the Thursday fans out there. A long-lasting, chunky cappuccino colored head rests quietly on top and just sits, and sits, and sits, and seems like it's never going to vanish. Lovely. Nice lacing is left along the glass from this mofo, too - overall, pretty damn pretty for a 12.5% ABV imperial stout.

Intense roast on the nose - abrasive enough to scorch your nostril hairs but delicate enough to cradle you to sleep. Burnt coffee beans, mild boozy notes, and a hint of dark fruit. I wanna say vanilla's in there, too, so I'll go ahead and say it... Vanilla's in there, too. The roast is definitely what stands out the most about this brew. Heavily burnt and charred with slight notes of ash and charcoal as well.

The first sip contains a spoonful of that deep-ass roast, only now it has a thick and syrupy robustness to it that instantly defines this beer as a classic sipper. Boozy - no bourbon, whiskey, or any kinds of rich liquor, just straight up, unabashed alcohol adding to the strength of the brew and falling just short of an annoyance. Roasted malts, oily, French roast coffee beans, mild char and ashy notes - a worm burner, no doubt.

Despite the intense amounts of bitter roast, sweetness is available in many different forms that help balance, layer, and add flavor. Creamy sweet, vanilla undertones, gritty brown sugar, and an overripe, dark prune finish. Bitter and sweet clashing like Rocky and Apollo - a fair fight that sways back and forth but remains pretty even overall. Nice body, thick and oily and borderline chewy with low and soft carbonation.

Out of the five Clown Shoes beers that were sampled this night, Blaecorn Unidragon was by far my favorite of the bunch. Sifting through reviews, I can see that it seems like many people aren't on board with copious amounts of burnt and roasty flavors, but I love it. I'll admit that this beer would be hard to drink in large amounts, both due to the intensity of the flavors as well as the ABV, but it's definitely a nice, cheap RIS to sit back and sip on a cold day.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost opaque it so dark but some light does get through showing a deep garnet and good clarity. The dark tan head looks like the creme on an excellent cup of espresso with a good retention and leaving small lacing all over the glass.

S: The aroma is a head mix of American hops, roasted malt and dark fruit. The moderately strong citrus malt blends with a moderately-strong alcohol aroma for a citrusy and spicy aroma. The malt shows a nice roasted character with some chocolate and coffee notes. The esters are of dried and dark fruits like prunes and plums.

T: Chocolate, alcohol, citrus hops, hops bitterness all compete to beat up you palate but instead just rough you up a bit. There is a dark and dried fruit flavor matching the aroma. The balance is almost firmly bitter but a light caramel and malt sweetness saves you from the dark malt ad hops bitterness.

M: A smooth medium-heavy bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. There is a significant warmth in the back of the throat, but less heat than I'd expect from +12 % ABV.

O: A complex roasty, chocolate, hoppy, bitter alcoholic beer that some how manages to not be totally in you face about any of it.

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Outchillen
1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

Photo of Joebraggot
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was black in color with a minuscule orange/brown head.

Aroma blew me away. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans, charred wood. Alcohol noticeable, not intrusive.

Taste followed aroma, just didn't quite live up to what was promised. Dark chocolate, espresso/burnt coffee. Alcohol lurking in the background.

Smoother than I thought it would be.

Enjoyable.

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 21st Amendment/Magnolia Maximum Strength Ales 2012 Tulip.
Worthy glass for a worthy beer.
Looks brown Darkest brown with quickly fading minimalist head that leaves a ring of small foam around the edge - again very brown.
No lace to speak of but a lot of small bubbles that cling to the glass in no particular pattern.
Smells of bakers chocolate.
Taste. First impression - wow! Chocolate. Dark chocolate. 90% cocoa dark chocolate.
Aftertaste is burnt bitterness.
And that's my one minor complaint. A little too overpowering flavor wise. Cloying? Not quite but keeps it from being a totally memorable experience.
A great beer though. Very impressed. A fun beer,

Photo of imagery
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Twifiter
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottled 9/11"

Pours black, with a very dark head, lasting and leaving all sorts of froth, collar, sheeting and well developed lacing. Nice looking beer.

Some booze in the nose, but mostly chocolate, coffee grounds and ample roast malts.

Intensly flavor, complex, robust and enjoyable RIS. Loads of chocolate abound, roasted/burnt malts, light smoke, earthyness, black coffee. A lot going on here, all blended into a quite heady mix.

Super rich and smooth on the tongue and in the entire mouth. A chocolate/coffee milkshake comes to mind.

High Quality night capper or a natural with a decadent chocolate dessert. Well done. Likely the most impressive Clown Shoes brew I've tried to date.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at BBC Cedarville--served into a tulip glass.

Appearance: black in color, 1/4inch head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla and alcohol--especially on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness and alcohol burn at the end

Overall: An above average chocolate treat. I think the booziness in this one is a bit too overwhelming and dominates some of the other flavors. That separates it from others that I like more in the style. Not a bad beer, but there are others that I would go to first in the style.

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