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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,487
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 112
Gots: 450 | FT: 34
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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 stonermouse
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/2011, consumed 2/8/16.

Poured into a snifter. Pours black with a nice, pillowy, milk-chocolate head. Pretty sticky on the side of the glass, which adds a dessert air to this beer.

Some sharp booze in the aroma, this has a scorched-earth smell. I also get a nondescript whiff of bakery, so perhaps the aroma can be described as "the first time you preheat the oven three days after accidentally spilling some cookie batter on the grates."

Age has muted the flavor on this a bit. There is very little booze, which is remarkable for a beer of this potency. There is, however, a lot of raisin and jam, and a touch of sweet barbecue sauce that's not incompatible, just unusual.

The beer is sticky but not excessively so, and finishes with a sweetness. No booze or harshness is left behind.

Nice beer here, but the ageing took a bit of air of of this one's tires. There was probably a sweet spot about a year or two in, but 4+ years was too much. The bottle specifically indicates that the beer is intended to age well, but I might drink it fresh if I were to do it again.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a mocha colored head. Aromas and flavors are of roasted, super-bitter chocolates, earthy mulch, and I'm even picking up serious notes of blue cheese/gorgonzola funkiness. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Super dry finish.

Honestly, while this is one of the most unique Russian imperial stouts I have had, it veered slightly too far out of my comfort zone with some of the funky flavors I was picking up.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black in color with a tan colored head that fades quickly.

Aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, fish tank funk, and coffee. Overall, it's a bittersweet smell. The more the beer warms, I begin to notice a raisins in the nose as well.

The taste is big, rich, and heavily roasted. A touch of coffee and a touch of booze. The roasted malts are very pronounced, giving off a dark toasted flavor that I can really get into.

It's surprisingly smooth and easy drinking for a beer of this style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/3/15.

A - Pitch black, opaque pour with a caramel colored soapy lacing ring, lots of legs a very viscous on the sides of the glass.

S - Dark roasted chocolate aroma, vanilla cream, roasted chocolate char, some slight acrid presence in the nose.

T - Lots of dark chocolate and charcoal bitterness, some smokiness, lingering bitter dark chocolate, some heat from the ABV, and some solvent character.

M - Very dry finish, coats the mouth with dark chocolate char and gives a little bit of a raspy feeling.

O - This could probably stand to be aged for awhile, it's a little harsh being this young. Last time I had one of these bottles I let it sit for 1.5-2 yrs. and there was too much molasses presence, one of these days I'll get it right with this beer. Not worth the $12 price tag.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a moderate cap of mocha froth--very respectable presentation for the style. Robust aroma features blackberries, charcoal, pine, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and solvent alcohol. Curtains of light brown lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is impressively smooth and cohesive considering the complexity of the nose. Charcoal, currants, and blackberries shine through in a way that’s really fantastic. The resinous, herbal hop bitterness is milder than suggested by the aroma, which may just be a testament to the fortitude of the malt profile. The 12.5% ABV is marvelously concealed and well-nigh invisible betwixt the other flavors. Some warming unlocks notes of molasses and dark chocolate as well. Despite the robust palate, the finish manages to be dry and reinvigorating. Mild carbonation and medium-heavy body make for a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a unique, tasty imperial stout that managed to exceed my expectations. The fruity, ashen character of the malt is superb, and it hits all the other stylistic essentials to boot. The taste evokes a blend of Brewery Vivant’s Undertaker and Dark Horse’s Plead the 5th, both of which I enjoyed in their own right. As of this writing, and much like it’s quasi-mythical namesake, Blaecorn Unidragon stands as one-of-a-kind in my book.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No price record.
Bomber bottled 03/03/15 at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of roasted malt, weakens throughout the glass
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly disappearing leaving no ring and no layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence
Flavor – roasted malt, slightly bitter, with a hint of hop aromatics; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass tulip. Purchased in spring 2014 at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT).

A: Jet black with tan 1/2-finger of head with short lived retention and no lacing.

S: Mainly roast character with dark caramel maltiness, black coffee, dark chocolate

T: Very roasty with dark caramel malt raisin and currant character, low level of black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Pretty intense bitterness but hop flavor is low, a little earthiness maybe. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for the high ABV.

M: Low carbonation with big full body, chewy

O: Decent but not a ton of character, decent but not much else to say. Roast lovers will enjoy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Fantastic lacing & great head retention

S: Roastyness, carob, slight smokeyness

T: Roasty, a little dryness, baker's chocolate, some woody hops as well up front. Carob & raisin & dryness as this warms, a little kiss of booze, some vanilla & chocolate on the edges, woody hops as well. Finishes dry with carb & woody hop notes & slightly boozeyness

MF: Medium body, fairly aggressive carbonation, warming

Drinks pretty easy, ABV is well hidden, nice representation of the style

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep opaque black, absolutely no light penetrates it. Head is two fingers of creamy deep mocha color the lingers around for quite awhile before leaving some beautiful lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is fairly subtle. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are all detectable. There is also a distinct aroma of earthy hops, and a slight smokiness. It smells like you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout but the aromas are somewhat subdued.

T: The taste is much less subtle. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and cinnamon greet you upfront, then you find some earthy hops and subtle smoke flavor. Very well balanced yet slightly hoppier then the norm. Finishes with a nice taste of chocolate milk, and espresso with some hop bitterness and a slight warmth bringing it all together. It seems to get better with each drink and opens up as it warms.

M: Full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy initially with a slightly dry slick oily finish. There is some nice alcohol warmth but for being 12.5% it is hidden quite well. This one is dangerously drinkable.

O: I am very impressed with this one. I have enjoyed Clown Shoes quite a bit since they came into my distribution area. I found this very refreshing as it had what I wanted for it's style but had some unique quality's to offer as well. I will definitely have this again and would recommend it to any fan of the style looking for something a little different.

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you're into the dark stuff, it doesn't get much better. Extreme black pour, old nasty used oil. A think brown head slowly forms; and quickly disappears. You're left with moderate lacing and a thin tan film sitting atop the black hole of beer.

It smells manly. Lots of dark, evil things attack the nose. Whatever hops may love in this drink are completely overmatched by the roasty malts. A bit of alcohol emerges as the beer warms.

Combinations of alcohol and bittersweet chocolate tempt the taste buds.

A secondary combination of those things, plus the hops, temper and balance the initial sweetness. Relatively smooth and creamy for such a strong beer, though the heat comes on stronger and stronger the longer it takes to finish the beer.

Take your time and sip this and you're rewarded with a brilliant and tasty RIS. Knock it back quickly and you're rewarded with a hangover.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's certainly black, with some small tan top, but not much retention. Aromas are surprisingly subdued - roasted malt and coffee notes dominate. Flavor is slightly better, with cocoa entering the picture along with slight alcohol - impressive given the abv. Finishes a little dry for my tastes, and I like these big stouts to be a tad sweeter. Will try again for sure though.

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Photo of PhillyJ
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes I am a fan of clown shoes. I'm not going to dissect this stout. This is everything a traditional RIS should be complex tasty with a high abv. I'd recommend this for the beginner and the veteran. Clown shoes just gets big stouts and this is a shining example. Well done. Praying to Odin to see a barrel aged or chocolate version.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bomber.At first smell you get chocolate and a hint of Coffee.But the taste is more Coffee up front with slight Chocolate.Heavy hitter with a 12.5 ABV.Goes down real nice and i would have to say I like it.It stacks up well with some of the best stouts i`ve had in the past.Give it a try.I would buy this again.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Disclaimer: bought this sometime in 2013 ,when it was some months old already, then allowed it to slumber in my cellar until now.

Looks as beautiful as a Russian Imperial stout can look, IMO, with deep,dark light devouring blackness and a playfully abundant light brown head that retains very well and leaves a sexy lacing.

Smell is slightly subtle, possibly due to age, but not subdued. I new I would, probably love this beer at my first whiff! Abundant dark roasted malt notes with hints of coffee and chocolate. Just how I like my Imperial Stouts!

Where the scent was subtle the flavor is not! Chocolate and espresso march to the forefront while the dark Malts dance in the background! Hints of liquorice and dark fruits are present but only as minor notes which is fine with me!

All of these aspects create a surprisingly balanced Feel that is both smooth and assertive without being cloying. Lingering just enough on the tongue to excite the senses and build lust for the next sip!

Overall, possibly, the best of this style I've had this year! Love this brewery and can't get enough of it!
Anyone have some to trade? I live in NorCal so have a lot of those brewery's at my disposal, as well as SoCal's, and could probably procure just about anything, from those regions, that anyone in the Midwest/east coast could want!
On a side note I would like to add how epic I find the name of this brew!
Drank half the bottle out of pint glass, it had a great Unicorn design on it so I couldn't resist,
the rest out of a snifter!
Highly recommend this brew.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass here at Tapcity Grille in Cape Cod, MA.

Appearance: Thick black body with heavy bubbles on the body creates a light tan head rising just over a finger's length. Settles real slow after three or four sips...looks beautiful.

Smell: bland, like I try to inhale the scent but you barely can feel it's coffee properties. Light at best.

Taste: When you let this brew hit your lips versus the scent it's night and day. Bitter coffee notes closer to the realm of espresso.

Mouth: Little dry for a stout but sticky. Has heavy alcohol after notes.

Overall: Very good beer reminds me of a few other Russian Imperial Stouts and honestly can hang with the best of them. Salud

P.S. Let it warm up, wait five minutes before you judge.

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Photo of Strix
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep black, brown edges.

Roasted malt, caramel, smoke.

Roasted malt, earth, hint of smoked meat, bit of coffee, vanilla, pine. No hint of alcohol.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

This was very enjoyable. Dark, and rich. Didn't have huge flavors but was nicely balanced.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of jpwobbles
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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