Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by Pahn:
3.13/5 rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy tan head that dissipates steadily leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours black with brown highlights and leaves arches and walls of lacing.
Smell: Coffee beans, lots of hops (sort of a greenhouse, "general hop" smell, as opposed to pine or citrus or spice), mild toffee. Roasted malt. Suggests a balance not achieved by the flavor.
Taste: Powerful and ashy roasted malt up front, some black coffee bitterness through the finish and a hint of coffee ice cream aftertaste. Double punch of roasted malt bitterness and hop bitterness with little to no balancing sweetness. Exceptionally well-hidden 12.5% ABV.
There's occasionally a slight coffee liqueur note up front, along with lots of charred and ashy flavor (too much). The beer is named after a combination of two mythical animals, but it tastes like half of a Russian Imperial Stout (has all the bold roasted notes and bitterness, but nothing more).
I often think big stouts are too sweet and under-attenuated, but this one is over-attenuated... the dryness is nice (I like dry beers), but this beer is dying for sweetness to tame these bold, abrasive flavors. The slight BBQ smoked malt flavor in the aftertaste is nice, but no relief from the assault.
The good flavors could exist quite comfortably in a 4.0 ~ 4.5 for taste beer, but the balance is that of a 2.0 for taste beer. So, 3.0.
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Slightly overcarbonated for my tastes. Pretty dry finish.
Overall: Some good flavor, but monumentally imbalanced. Also, while the 12.5% ABV is expertly hidden, there's a real question of "why does this beer have that much alcohol?" What it does well could easily be done at 5% ABV (some ash and roasted flavors, with high IBUs).
Furthermore, Blaecorn Unidragon tastes pretty similar to Victory Storm King Stout. I can't think of any reason to drink this over that, and I don't really like Storm King to begin with.
I feel a tinge of regret for sending this beer to a trading partner as an extra. It seemed like people across the country were interested in Clown Shoes, so I bought this and sent it off. This is the first time I've given this brewery a chance, and there probably won't be a second time unless the beer is free.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2012 02:53:54 | More by Pahn
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4.01/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served into a large snifter at below cellar temp. Bottle date is 1/02/13 (I think); I bought it about two weeks ago from a place notorious for questionable storage practices, so we'll see...
Appearance: Nothing remarkable. Almost no head to speak of.
Smell: Very intriguing. A lot of spice notes—cinnamon and nutmeg—along with ample fruits: raisin, comice pear, maybe pink grapefruit. Much brighter than expected, with very little chocolate/coffee/dark fruit/roast character. As it warms, I get more vanilla in the nose.
Taste: My first reaction is that this tastes like an ABA—very hop-forward initial flavor. After that moves out of the way (and it takes a while), some chocolate, roast malts, and dried fig comes forward. As it warms, the first flavor gives way to something more like apple or pear. Not unenjoyable, but not what I typically associate with the style!
Feel: The mouthfeel actually suits the flavor profile quite nicely. It's surprisingly light and tingly for the style (still medium bodied overall). I'd honestly almost believe I was drinking some sort of sparkling white wine from a heavily toasted barrel, given the taste and feel.
Overall: This was miles away from what I was expecting. Maybe my bottle was stored poorly over the last 15 months, and therefore has morphed into a different beast, but I actually like this a lot!
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 03:34:29 | More by neurobot01
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
As I pour a glass of Blaecorn Unidragon, I am not sure what to expect, except that it will very likely be tasty, as Clown Shoes is quite adept at crafting imperial stouts. It certainly looks properly dark, nearly like obsidian. I am seeing no signs of carbonation and just a little foam encircling the top of the brew.
The aroma is very fresh, almost flowery... with a hint of vanilla creme...however, there is a campfire-like aspect present as well. After a big sip washes over my palate, I find the flavor to be extremely malty, with sugary fruit esters at heart. But curiously, those flavors seem to be 'wrapped' in a blanket of pleasant smokiness and toasty/roasted grains.
It doesn't feel as heavy as one might think, I would put this at a 'medium.' Overall, the two dominant aspects to this beverage are balanced nicely. It's a little more sweet and malty than smoky, and that's the way it should be. An absolute pleasure for me to recommend to other RIS fans for sure!
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 23:41:33 | More by Neorebel
4.06/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottled 7/8/13 and poured 3/31/14. A bit of age on this one, but not much. $11.99 bomber poured into all that was clean, a shaker pint (agh).
Appearance: Pitch black with the slightest bit of ruby on the edges. A surprising two finger, creamy tan head on it that stays around. That was unexpected to see from a 12.5% brew. There's even a wall of lacing for most of the glass! Looks phenomenal, especially given the ABV.
Smell: Smokey, roasty, chocolatey, and some caramel. Really nice smelling beer. The caramel sweetness knocks it up a bit because I didn't see it coming. Smokey character is also fairly significant. Very nice on the nose.
Taste/feel: Oh yeah, that's a big one. Blaecorn Unidragon has that sort of tangy yeast or whatever-the-hell-it-is thing to it and that's the first thing I notice. There's a medium/heavy feel with a fairly light carbonation. The flavor is a disappointment, at least when it's fresh out of the fridge, which strangely enough is normally where I prefer my RIS's temperature at. The taste on Blaecorn Unidragon is strangely light. You get the "big" feel of it with the alcohol warmth and the body and all of that, but the flavor -- at least when it's cold -- is just a deep roastiness with a slight smokiness on the finish. The bottle mentions "aggressive hops" and I suppose I get the slightest bit of earthy hops on the finish, as well as in the burps -- it gives it a black ale sort of vibe.
I think that the rating for this beer is about spot-on. Is it a good beer? Hell yeah, it's a good beer. $12 for a bomber good? No. I'd rather spend the extra $6 and get a legendary brew like Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin, which is a mind blower. Blaecorn Unidragon is the very definition of a tasty, well-made, by-the-books sort of Russian Imperial Stout. I really do quite enjoy it, just not at its current price point, which I don't expect to change.
All-in-all, it's a tough call for this one. I can't recommend cellaring it just because it's already got a fairly mild flavor, but who knows, maybe it'd be a good idea (bottle recommends it). The nose on this brew had me very excited, but the flavor just left me a bit more than content. Roast, coffee, smoke, and a bit of earthy hoppiness. I like hoppiness in a black ale (strangely enough), but I never seem to love it in Imperial Stouts. I suppose I'd say... try this one for yourself and decide. It looks phenomenal, it smells fantastic, and has a great feel... but the taste has me wanting something more.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 17:37:48 | More by Alextricity
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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