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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
91
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1,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 70
Gots: 273 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Bottled 3/2012

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black like motor oil with a creamy two-finger length tan head. Some bubbles can be seen collecting along the underside of the slowly dissipating head. The beer smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, anise, some alcohol, dark fruits, and chocolate.

The beer hits the palate with roasted malts and alcohol. I can pick up some of those notes from the nose like the chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and anise. The beer has been waiting for about six months since bottling, but there is still hop bitterness blending with the strong roasted malt character of this beer. The aftertaste is dominated by the roasted malts. The alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms. It's a complex and aggressive tasting RIS, but still quite tasty.

The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish clings to the mouth, leaving a lingering aftertaste. This is a very good beer.

09-03-2012 00:17:51 | More by acevenom
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oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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.

09-04-2012 13:58:14 | More by oberon
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

08-06-2013 11:42:34 | More by tectactoe
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MadScientist

New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

09-09-2012 03:21:51 | More by MadScientist
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npala86

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-07-2013 20:30:32 | More by npala86
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-11-2012 05:25:44 | More by Schlais
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-19-2014 00:39:40 | More by GameOfBeers
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-29-2014 02:14:21 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Ben7773

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-21-2014 03:29:58 | More by Ben7773
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-26-2013 21:04:14 | More by supa0525
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Outchillen

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

04-02-2012 19:04:20 | More by Outchillen
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Joebraggot

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-22-2013 18:11:51 | More by Joebraggot
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

12-08-2011 21:57:31 | More by lordofthewiens
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NWer

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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,

09-10-2012 21:54:38 | More by NWer
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imagery

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 21:17:44 | More by imagery
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Twifiter

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-15-2012 20:40:34 | More by Twifiter
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VernonKell

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2012 21:47:08 | More by VernonKell
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-09-2013 23:17:20 | More by Beerswag
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-18-2013 04:28:35 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

01-30-2012 01:55:56 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

11-21-2012 16:46:56 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

10-06-2011 04:20:09 | More by Mora2000
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-28-2013 04:09:05 | More by standardcherry
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-10-2013 03:31:09 | More by mjtiernan
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

12-19-2011 19:30:35 | More by jondeelee
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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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