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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 1,412
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 404 | 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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a rich, .5 finger mocha colored head with low retention. Beer is pitch black but a touch on the thin side. Lacing is stringy and web-like with really nice stick and thin legs. Solid.

Nose is cocoa powder, roast, smoke, a light tartness and creamy hop bitterness. Aromatic but I wish this was sweeter and more fudgy.

Opens sweet soy sauce, roasted malt, smoke and cocoa powder. More roast and a bit of liquorice in the middle mixed with a milk chocolate sweetness. Ends with hints of vanilla and a light, roasty tartness. Sweet, molasses and syrup aftertaste. Decent.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down a touch aggressive and coarse. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy, clingy aftertaste. Pretty good.

A nice beer that still needs a little bit of time. The roast is a touch overwhelming and has to dissipate to showcase the mellow sweetness and vanilla notes. (980 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glass

Black liquid, taupe ring

Aroma of roasted malts and coffee

Taste of roasted malts, sweet coffee

Full body, creamy and smooth, I did not pick up on the alcohol

Nice stout (201 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Pitch black with small tan head

Smell - Roasty, malty, coffee and alcohol

Taste - Definitely a roasted malt taste to this one. slightly bitter, not at all sweet, so pretty consistent with a Russian Imperial. Hint of booze.

Feel - a little rough going down, definitely not the smoothest stout I've had. Although given the smell and taste I shouldn't really have expected "smooth"

Overall - Nice stout. Seems pretty consistent with the style in my opinion and would be a solid stout for any occasion. (513 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served in a tulip glass. Bottled in 05/2015

Appearance: Great bottle artwork and name. I love the creature mashup. Poured black as night with a thick brown lead that has real staying power. Thick and rich.

Nose: bakers chocolate, coffee, malts, roasty, charcoal (in a good, campfire way)

Taste: see above, malty sweetness, chocolate milk like mouthfeel, very rich and no alcohol presence. Dangerous.

I can certainly see myself falling in love with this one. It is very similar to Yeti and I think I might like it better if it wasn't for the fact that Yeti comes in a 4-pack that's cellar friendly. This is a bit pricy too: $12 for a bomber. Excellent RIS though. (673 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color. The highlight of the nose is a spiciness that I can't quite place. This offering is not necessarily the thickest RIS that I've ever had but the body is robust enough for my liking. The flavor is rich and bitter with a nice coffee essence.

The alcohol is certainly present but there is absolutely nothing unpleasant or burning about this offering. (376 characters)

Photo of jpwobbles
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle on date of August 2014, drank 10 months later.

Strong coffee and roasted flavors. Strong alcohol flavor. Might have been better closer to the bottled-on date, in my opinion. (182 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sleeper RIS that has won me over and become a go-to. Dark as pitch with a just thick enough mouthfeel and heavy lacing. Dark notes of earth, chocolate, espresso and hazelnut are well-balanced and come out more when the beer is warmer, when the smoky flavor also shines through. Just enough bitterness. Another hit by Clown Shoes. I see that some people have felt that this brewery has not impressed them, but I have had the exact opposite experience. I went initially with a negative bias from the first bottle for some reason and have had that completely disappear. Many of their beers are outstanding and a few have become all-time favorites... Cheers! (656 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated Feb, 2015:
Pours black with a decent growth of dark tan head. The head is a little bubbly, however (not creamy). After collecting at the sides, it does cling to the glass for decent lacing.

Nose is a coffee base, but a bit of spicy heat interests me (cinnamon, ginger?). There's also some smoke, and something I perceive as lemon-which seems odd.

Taste also has a coffee roast base, but the smoke I got from the nose is much more pronounced. I do get cinnamon also, and also a hint of chili pepper (with spice). Flavor engulfs my mouth, pretty full body (thins slightly as it warms). Warmth does smooth out the experience even more than it was at the start.

Really enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure if the smoke and spice are supposed to be there, but I hope so, as I expect to buy more because of those flavors. (832 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle – Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes from 01/10/2015

A: Black as pitch. To match the horned beast portrayed on the label. Dense and creamy sandstone head expands over top the body resting for a forgotten length of time. Retracks to a filmy layer and some gentle lathery curtains close out the show.

S: The aroma is engulfed with darkly roasted barley notes of charcoal, dark chocolate, and house blend coffee. There is a touch of hop earthiness coming out as well. Not super but definitely very roasty with lots of blackened barley character.

T: I find the flavor to be bold and robust but just not all that in depth. There is significant char and roast to this with more restraint on the key notes of dark chocolate and coffee. This stout has an upper moderate amount of hop bitterness to it that constricts in tangent with some of that acrid smokiness. Has a few pine and earth elements sprinkled in. One thing I will say is this is dangerously drinkable with the ABV well hidden.

M: For a big bodied Imperial Stout this one maintains a nice creamy smooth experience across the palate. Seems soft and lighter with a good dose of bitterness to help dry out the finish. Kind of clean without much of any further impressions here.

D: Big and roasty with a nicely balanced body but lacking in much complexity. I was expecting more from this one actually. Seems every time I try to get into some Clown Shoes beers they come off a bit meh. Further research maybe required. (1,500 characters)

Photo of Attenunenation
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Alcohol hidden extremely well for being 12.5% About half a finger of darker tan head. The taste was extremely smooth without a hint of heat from the alcohol. Overall an amazing beer. (182 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft from keg to grunt then into a big Duvel glass. Pours thick pitch black with 4 fingers of rich creamy tan head. Bubbles slowly dissipated but thick lacing left behind on the glass. Smells like lots of chocolate, toffee, vanilla and coffee. Tastes are much the same with coffee on the back end. Not over powering espresso. The right thickness in the mouth for a good RIS. Its abv is 12% but it is not noticeable until half way through the glass. Then a little noticeable. Little burn. More I drink it the more I taste hidden cherries. Its dark bitter chocolate and toffee. Something a little bitter on the back end. Hops maybe. Really good ris. Not darkness or dark lord but not that far behind. Excellent effort. (730 characters)

Photo of don1481
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/2/14, poured into snifter.

Appearance : Pours like motor oil. Dark, viscous and leaves a dark tan head with big bubbles. As it dissipates, it leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell : Lots of chocolate. Faint coffee notes.

Taste: Not quite what I expected from the nose. No chocolate to be found, faint coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel : sticky. Sludge. Different.

Overall: I don't think a year in the cellar did this any favors. (440 characters)

Photo of bassfishingguy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I've had from Clown Shoes, and I enjoyed it very much. I got quite a bit of roasted chocolate on this one with light hints of alcohol. (157 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black viscose motor oil pour shows a bready-foam topping, mocha coloring, one inch with a great retention. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Smooth burnt chocolate malt and dark roasty bitterness grabs the nose's attention with a finish of freshly charred wood and smokiness. Burnt pine and alcohol combines with an okay strength factor.

T: Flavor was smoky burnt pine and burnt dry chocolate. Big charred campfire minerality, dry creamer, scorched barley, roasted walnut shells with dried dark fruit skin.

M: Chewy full bodied, warming of burnt bitterness and alcohol glow on the inner cheeks.

O: A huge burnt bitterness, alcohol is well maintained. Blunt, acrid flavor, a generally very good beer 88, needs some polishing and smoothness around the edges for me to consider a outstanding >90 rating. (803 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque dark chocolate brown in a Brooklyn Snifter with a 1/2 F head.

Aroma: some chocolate, strong cocoa. With warming- an emphasis on smoky roasted malt.

The taste transitions from the aroma: roasted malt finished by a tart, smoky alcoholic finish.

Overall: as usual Clown Shoes has a their unique approach to a style. Most RIS emphasize chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sometimes sweetness. Not this beer. This RIS brings out
smoky roasted malt. Excellent beer- especially for Beer Geeks who savor their RIS. (524 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I love Russian Imperial Stout's too much, but this is just fantastic. Balanced flavor, all the stout regulars, but no one sticking out. Just a marvelous beer. (164 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color. Poured with huge, dense, dark beige foam with excellent retention. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fig and prune aromas with a definitive booziness. Light medicinal phenolics toward the end. Medium-full bodied with medium light carbonation and a lightly boozy heatness. Roasted malts and chocolate flavors with phenolic notes and astringency that push the drinkability limits. Lots of better RISs out there. (440 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in MI for around the $10.00 mark for a 650ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny brown head that is gone in a minute. Very dark black color

S- Coco and heat.

T- Coco flavored malty beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Burnt nut flavor as typical in a RIS. Pretty good blend but the coco leaves an aftertaste that hangs around in a bitter way.

M- Chalky but has some creaminess to it.

O- Pretty good overall beer. Not great but good

Food Pairing

This pretty good heavy beer went well with...... BBQ steak.

Enjoy (572 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (a bit of age on it...bottled 1/2012) poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep black in the glass with brownish highlights when held to the light. A fizzy cap of off-white foam falls in a soda-like fashion quite quickly and leaves not even a trace of a collar or lacing on the glass.

S - Dark malts, licorice, caramel and some booze up front. Followed by milk chocolate, mild dark fruits.

T - Roasty, fairly heavy charcoal, light coffee, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder, coffee, mildly boozy.

M - Medium bodied, feels a bit thin for the style, low carbonation. Slick and oily on the tongue. Still a good amount of hops left after 3 years in the bottle. Overall dry, roasty and bitter imperial stout.

O - Overall, a good imperial stout. Decent complexity, pretty smooth drinker. Definitely roasty and a fair amount of charcoal put this on the burnt/roasty side of the style profile.

T - (913 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. Nicely colored mocha head. It's pretty foamy. Colors are alright, but composition lacking.

S: Found it hop forward. Herbal and orange notes. Earthy chocolate and some leather. Quick scent if raisins. Complexity is there.

M: Thick, slick and full. Low carb.

T: Warm chocolate malt. Brazen leather. Has some spiciness to it; not alcohol derived, has a sandalwood flavor. Hints of licorice and roasted coffee grounds. Nice hop brightness that leaves a lingering grapefruit bitterness. (500 characters)

Photo of anon
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2013.

Pours pitch black with very little carbonation, if any. The aromas in this one are nice. Big malts,, raisin, ash, hops and slight alcohol presence. Same goes through in the taste. Malts hit big in this one with notes of deep dark roasted coffee beans, deep dark chocolate and deep dark malts. This is a deep dark beer befitting of its fantastic name and label. The alcohol is hidden well in this one but it will creep up on you. Don't underestimate the Blaecorn Unidragon. (496 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a small head. Smell is classic RIS: Chocolate and coffee. Smooth; not overly carbonated. Taste includes raisins and licorice. Complex malts. I really like Extremely angry beast, of which Blaecorn Unidragon is a component, so I thought that BU itself might suffer by comparison. However, it didn't disappoint. (356 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle has some age, at least I year I think.

A: Pours a thick pitch black with two fingers of very soft and very dense looking dark tan head. Head took forever to slowly recede into a thick and lasting film.
S: Very potent notes of rich chocolate fudge and chocolate syrup dominate, with undertones of leather, anise, and slight booze. There might just be a hint of vanilla as well.
T: Again, chocolate malt is rich, decadent, and lingers long into the aftertaste. Flavors of peat, anise, and vanilla mix nicely. The finish has hints of leather and very mild booze.
M: Nice thick body, slick and smooth mouthfeel with soft low carbonation. There is no heat from the alcohol at all.
O: Extremely thick and decadent. This definitely hits the spot of you are in the mood for a solid, heavy, imperial stout. Well done. (842 characters)

Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Oily black with a dark brown creamy fluffy head. It's actually a neat color for a head...it's really dark.

Aroma: It has an odd horse blanket and old house aroma...not what I would expect from a RIS...it is interesting but again it's not what I would want in this beer.

Taste: Burnt acrid charcoal, some raw coffee grounds. This probably tastes like what a fire breathing dragon mare's mouth would taste like after a night of rampaging and partying. Again there is this funky horse blanket taste. Maybe that's the point? I don't know. The initial roasted burnt flavors are there, and they're ruined at the end by the out-of-place flavors of attic mildew.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is awesome. It's thick, it's present, it's right in your face. Perfect.

Overall: It's not something I'd buy again, despite the awesome label art. It just doesn't work for me. It's like some cross between a brett beer and a RIS. (936 characters)

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.