Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes
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Reviews by UTCengOwl:
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Heard good things about this on BA, so I decided to give it a shot. My favorite Clown Shoes offering so far... and definitely an interesting beer. Served from a bottle into a Great Divide balloon glass.
The beer is dark and has a tan head. Yeah, yeah... heard that before. A bit thin for a RIS, too. However, I do like the way most RISes look... and it has a nice little swirl of foam at this moment. Slightly above average.
The nose is thick and chocolatey. Very nice. A whiff of hop bitterness is there, too. However, I can almost feel the thickness from the smell. Slightly above slightly above average.
The taste is pretty unique in terms of RISes for me. Very thick and chocolately up front. However, this dries out with a chalky bitterness balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish comes off as very clean. There's also some smoke that lingers. An excellent evolving sip. The mouthfeel is thick without being coating. Very, very nice.
I'm liking this more and more as I get through the bottle. Maybe it's because of the sneaky 12.5% ABV. Maybe it's because this is a damn good beer. Maybe it's a hybrid like the name of the beer. Either way, I'm happy... and what more can you ask from a beer?
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2012 02:02:24 | More by UTCengOwl
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3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled on 2/22/13. Says its designed to improve with age.
Appearance: Black body with a thin cap of light brown suds. Not quite as dark as some other stouts but definitely looks the part.
Aroma: Rich dark malt and stone fruit. Dried figs. I've got a bit of a head cold so this thing is very quite aromatic for being about a year and a half since it was bottled.
Taste: Starts with nearly sweet dark malt flavor that transitions to a sweet cream flavor. The hops don't add much to the flavor, likely having faded from sitting on the shelf for so long. However, the bitter tones from the dark malt help balance the creamy sweetness. Finish is bitter coffee grinds. Really not tasting much of the 12.5% ABV apart from a burn on the palate in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth with moderate carbonation. Full in body.
Final Thoughts: This one basically met my expectations. Would have liked to taste a little vanilla or perhaps an oaken-aged version just to spruce it up a bit. The flavor is consistent with many other well known stouts of the style. Definitely a well done beer but nothing special. Would I drink it again? Maybe if it was on nitro-tap.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 22:35:18 | More by JamesMN
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.