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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 90
Gots: 377 | FT: 30
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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 Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Clown Shoes, sent courtesy of Aaron (thanks man!) poured into a a pint shaker.

A: Pours deep red & brown but is actually opaque and nearly black in the glass, with tan lacing and head.

S: Really pleasant RIS nose - Big roasted malt, dark caramel sweetness, licorice, and earthy hops with an herbal edge. Coffee as well, with the lightest hint of smoke.

T: With strong flavors of roast, coffee, malt, herbal hop, smoke, and licorice, the palate is right in line with the nose. Full of flavor, and unique in the way the moderate hopping, hints of smoke, and light discernible licorice mesh together.

MF: Medium to full mouthfeel - creamy body, with a light tought of alcohol bite, and medium carbonation.

O: On taste alone, I'm surprised that this one is 12.5% honestly, though I felt it a few minutes after finishing the first 11 or so ounces. Alcohol is hid really well, with some great RIS flavors. Really quality stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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 tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this on the shelf and glad to see Clown Shoes now available in Texas.

The beer pours an inky black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol mixed in.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of heavily roasted or burnt malt, with some chocolate and coffee mixed in. I also get some cream notes and a little bit of bitterness from the piney hops.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of jondeelee
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a jet-black that remains opaque even at the edges, Blaecorn Unidragon opens with a good Imperial Stout aroma, full of ash, tobacco, and chocolate malt, but joined by a good amount of caramel, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit esters, including fig and black cherry. A good amount of hops lingers in the background, providing subtle undertones of pine and grapefruit rind. The overall aroma is somewhat lighter than many of its peers, but still flavorful, nuanced, and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an immediate shock of dark malts, bringing heavy layers of ash, tobacco, espresso grounds, and black malt, marking this as one of the more ash-laden Imperial Stouts I've tried. The dark malt flavors are so powerful that they overwhelm the tastebuds, and while I know there is a good layer of hops in here--mainly from the buzzing on my tongue, and just a touch of pine sap--and a few dark fruit esters (fig, plum), I have a hard time focusing enough even to find them. I feel almost like I'm eating campfire ash mixed with black malt. Even the beer's high 12.5% ABV is completely subsumed beneath the ash. The aftertaste is also mainly ash and tobacco, burning the soft palate much like cigar smoke, and lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, and recognizing that I'm repeating myself, this beer is characterized by ash and tobacco, and any other flavor is going to be rather difficult to find against the onslaught. This is not to say that the beer isn't palatable, but anyone not already a fan of heavy, black, ashy Imperial Stouts is going to be completely turned off by this one.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black, 2” foam cap, thick lace. Smell: the hops hit first on the nose, then malt and then some cocoa and roast. Taste: rich, fruity, espresso, fruity, some faint tobacco, alcohol on the finish Some dark chocolate notes and the bitterness is more dark bitter chocolate than roast. Mouthfeel: very creamy, chewy, medium low carbonation

Photo of dogfishandi
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bottle at about fridge temp. Bottled 2/2012 (11 months of age)

Pours out completely opaque black. A nice creamy light mocha colored head, about a 1/2 inch worth from the pour that fades with time. Good retention, and good lace.

Aroma is of chocolatey roast, milk and dark chocolate, some alcohol with a bit of dark dried fruit. Not the best aroma for a RIS, almost smells a bit faded, maybe the slightest hint of oxidation at first.

Nice taste, lots of chocolatey roasted malt, chocolate flavors of all kind, maybe some German chocolate cake/ brownie batter flavors. Just slightly warming, bitter roast finish.

Smooth, alcohol hardly noticable, carb just about right.

A decent impy stout. A little rough around the edges at first, but as it warms and opens up, some really nice chocolate flavors come forth. I would love to try the barrel aged version.

Photo of Mbo108
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured nice and dark, decent lacy though i've seen better. IMO it seemed a little hot, especially for a non-BA beer, though admittedly it only had 5 months on it. I might let it go another 7 at least and try again. Pretty decent for a shelf-beer, but nothing I'd miss if I cant find it again.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of navband
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I told myself I wouldn't review a beer until I tried one that I would give a 5, and I wouldn't give a 5 until I tried a beer I literally thought was perfect. I never thought either criterion would be fulfilled. It has.

Poured into a glass mug an almost black body with a deep mahogany head that lasted a while. It smelled a beautiful aroma of roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate and anise. The flavor was a deep bot not immediately noticeable sweetness, with deliciously heavy malt and, again, slight hints of chocolate and anise. The mouthfeel was a perfect consistency, thick but not cloying, with mild carbonation.

Overall, this is exactly what a stout should be. I can't even imagine a better stout. Despite a whopping 12.5% ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable in comparison to a mind-blowingly awesome flavor. Anybody who gets a chance to try this should absolutely pick up a bottle.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an inky black opaque body with a thick milkshake cocoa colored head with a few microbubbles popping up below head.

S- The dark green musty hops are overcome by black smoky charred malt aroma. There is a new sneaker aroma that comes through in the finish.

T- The black inky yet smooth smoky roasted malt with a cloth band-aid hint soon covered by dark fruit and charred coffee malt flavor. There is a chocolate malt flavor and some chalky qualities come through aswell. There is a dry smoke note to the black malt that lingers a bit.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat but a slipper texture and an alcohol warmth that grows in the exhale.

O- The dark malt has a nice smoky rich flavor with some peat character but it is not overpowering. Not a lot of depth but some good flavor that taste like an imperial dry stout that a Russian Imperial Stout. With some nice warmth.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Great aroma! Tons of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses and some brown sugar.

Taste: Nice flavors of roasted malt, dark molasses, some brown sugar-like sweetness and a long, coffee-ish finish with some subtle smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and pretty smooth. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12.5%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a good Imperial Stout. Good flavors of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and dark molasses. Definitely worth a drink.

Photo of rdilauro
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

OK, I have now had a Clown Shoes Beer that I REALLY ENJOYED!
No question in the fact that I am a Stout lover, especially Russian Imperial Stouts.
Right from the initial pour, I knew this was going to be a good one. The semi-chocolate head stayed quite a while on top of the jet black stout.
The aroma was full of chocolate, coffee, liquor. and more. The taste was bold, full and very smooth.
The lingering aftertaste just left me wanting another one.

Photo of lnashsig
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have tried a few Clown Shoes beers so far and have not been impressed, but trying this one to reach a verdict. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. Pours a deep pitch black color, thick off-white head, bordering on tan. Thick appearing texture. A beast of an Imperial Stout from appearance. Smell- roasty notes, dark fruits like currants, raisins, etc. Some booze notes, expected with a 12.5% beer that is relatively fresh. There is a weird plastic aroma, but its not a huge detractor. Taste- black roastiness, coffee bitterness, a boozy blast of sweet dark fruits. In the end, leaves a sweet chocolate bitterness and a strong hop presence. I have to say I am impressed. This is the mean badass experience I tend to like from my Russian Imperial Stouts. It asserts itself with aggression but overall is pretty drinkable and balanced for the ABV. Good beer, will probably grab another one for cellaring. Clown Shoes has redeemed itself!

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

22oz bottle. I've seen too much of the Game of Thrones beer labels recently, and this one isn't helping.

This beer pours a solid, oil-stain black, with the very slightest of basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and chunky chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some decent, if awkwardly splayed webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, musty dark chocolate (like that stuff on sale months after Christmas, Easter, or Hallowe'en), weak coffee, licorice root, wet ash, indistinct black orchard fruit, and earthy, leafy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is big on the semi-sweet milk chocolate straight off, verily overshadowing the toasty and bready caramel/toffee malt, but not the salty Nordic black licorice, mushy dark fruit (plums, dates, and 'holiday' cherries), cafe-au-lait, nor the sidling leafy, weedy, and uber alles, perfumed hops.

The bubbles are actually quite supportive, if a tad frothy in their bearing, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops weirdly more threatening at this juncture than any, well, alcoholic measures. It finishes off-dry, and not as sweet as one might have been expecting, what with the bridled booze and brash hops waking up to smell the coffee (and malt, and chocolate, and fruit, etc).

A pleasantly rendered in its restrained, over the top manner version of the style - the suspected interlopers kept mostly in check. More drinkable than anything 25-proof and this large has any right to be, but that comes with the caveat of being a fan of big-ass stouts in the first place. Worthy of seeking out for, well, the sudden change of seasons on a holiday Monday is a good enough reason for this (non) camper.

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great aroma of coffee/roasty notes, licorice, bakers chocolate mixed in there as well as a vanilla/sweet aroma that I can't put my finger on. Then when I took a drink it was like pow in the face with a smokey flavor I didn't really get on the nose. The smokey notes fade to chocolate and bitter coffee. The flavor is moslty dark roasty malts and lingering bitterness, so if you are looking for a more chocolate or sweet RIS I would pass on this. This body isn't very thick but the flavors sit on the palate for awhile. I keep smacking my lips and the beer just lingers which I am digging. The more I drink it the more impressed I get with it. When I first started it was like a low 4 now it's a solid 4.25. Might have pick on up to age.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil, thick and black with a soft, brown head that has good retention

S - chocolate, anise, black licorice, roasted malts

T - anise, roasted malts, chocolate, rich, alcohol

M - full bodied, little carbonation, warm, a bit boozy

This is an incredibly crafted, full bodied, perfectly flavored RIS. I look forward to buying a few more of these bombers in the future.

Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, firm tan head, with remarkable retention. Brew is truly solid black, even against light. Fantastic label art. Lacing is nice where it appears. Everything about this beer looks awesome.

Smell very reminiscent of Founders Imperial Stout: banana chocolate smoothie with roasted barley. Perhaps a tad bit roastier and more bitter in the nose.

Tastes a lot like it smells: bitter roasty notes immediately up front, followed by some semi-sweet chocolate and banana, and finished off by a wave of thickly intertwined dark chocolate and roasted barley. Starts off bitter and sharp, rolling into smooth and creamy.

Earthy green hops, cacao, and barley all contribute to the bitterness in varying degrees.

Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel; creamy and silky. Long lasting finish; you'll be tasting this in your mouth, on your tongue and palate, and on your lips long after you've sent the liquid down to warm your belly.

This is up there with the best imperial stouts I've ever had, taking notes from all of them. FIS is a very clear parallel, but so are Ten-FIDY, Speedway Stout, and Narwhal. Absolutely delicious.

Another big beer that Clown Shoes hits out of the park!

Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour. Very slick with a noticeable thickness to the liquid. Brown head settled very fast. Minimal foam retention. Lacing was moderate at best.

S - Nice scent of dark malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and licorice. A nicely complex and rich smell.

T - Rich flavors of cocoa powder, hearty malts, sugary sweet candy, and licorice. Finish has a slight smoky quality.

M - Rich flavored big stout that is easily enjoyed by sipping. Has an oily feel on the tongue. Heavy bodied stout that is all that you expect.

O - I'd get this again. This is a high quality russian stout that has plenty of complexity. I found this a nice break from the bourbon barrel aged stouts, maple syrup infused stouts, and other trendy picks. This is just a solid RIS with plenty to offer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol.

T- The taste starts out dark and roasty with some sweetness coming through in the middle. The taste finishes with a lingering sweetness along with some bitterness from the hops and finally some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a tasty beer now but I can see this one aging exceptionally well. I will pick up a few more bottles to age for a few years.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.