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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

932 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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neurobot01

California

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a large snifter at below cellar temp. Bottle date is 1/02/13 (I think); I bought it about two weeks ago from a place notorious for questionable storage practices, so we'll see...

Appearance: Nothing remarkable. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell: Very intriguing. A lot of spice notes—cinnamon and nutmeg—along with ample fruits: raisin, comice pear, maybe pink grapefruit. Much brighter than expected, with very little chocolate/coffee/dark fruit/roast character. As it warms, I get more vanilla in the nose.

Taste: My first reaction is that this tastes like an ABA—very hop-forward initial flavor. After that moves out of the way (and it takes a while), some chocolate, roast malts, and dried fig comes forward. As it warms, the first flavor gives way to something more like apple or pear. Not unenjoyable, but not what I typically associate with the style!

Feel: The mouthfeel actually suits the flavor profile quite nicely. It's surprisingly light and tingly for the style (still medium bodied overall). I'd honestly almost believe I was drinking some sort of sparkling white wine from a heavily toasted barrel, given the taste and feel.

Overall: This was miles away from what I was expecting. Maybe my bottle was stored poorly over the last 15 months, and therefore has morphed into a different beast, but I actually like this a lot!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:34:29 | More by neurobot01
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As I pour a glass of Blaecorn Unidragon, I am not sure what to expect, except that it will very likely be tasty, as Clown Shoes is quite adept at crafting imperial stouts. It certainly looks properly dark, nearly like obsidian. I am seeing no signs of carbonation and just a little foam encircling the top of the brew.

The aroma is very fresh, almost flowery... with a hint of vanilla creme...however, there is a campfire-like aspect present as well. After a big sip washes over my palate, I find the flavor to be extremely malty, with sugary fruit esters at heart. But curiously, those flavors seem to be 'wrapped' in a blanket of pleasant smokiness and toasty/roasted grains.

It doesn't feel as heavy as one might think, I would put this at a 'medium.' Overall, the two dominant aspects to this beverage are balanced nicely. It's a little more sweet and malty than smoky, and that's the way it should be. An absolute pleasure for me to recommend to other RIS fans for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:41:33 | More by Neorebel
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/8/13 and poured 3/31/14. A bit of age on this one, but not much. $11.99 bomber poured into all that was clean, a shaker pint (agh).

Appearance: Pitch black with the slightest bit of ruby on the edges. A surprising two finger, creamy tan head on it that stays around. That was unexpected to see from a 12.5% brew. There's even a wall of lacing for most of the glass! Looks phenomenal, especially given the ABV.

Smell: Smokey, roasty, chocolatey, and some caramel. Really nice smelling beer. The caramel sweetness knocks it up a bit because I didn't see it coming. Smokey character is also fairly significant. Very nice on the nose.

Taste/feel: Oh yeah, that's a big one. Blaecorn Unidragon has that sort of tangy yeast or whatever-the-hell-it-is thing to it and that's the first thing I notice. There's a medium/heavy feel with a fairly light carbonation. The flavor is a disappointment, at least when it's fresh out of the fridge, which strangely enough is normally where I prefer my RIS's temperature at. The taste on Blaecorn Unidragon is strangely light. You get the "big" feel of it with the alcohol warmth and the body and all of that, but the flavor -- at least when it's cold -- is just a deep roastiness with a slight smokiness on the finish. The bottle mentions "aggressive hops" and I suppose I get the slightest bit of earthy hops on the finish, as well as in the burps -- it gives it a black ale sort of vibe.

I think that the rating for this beer is about spot-on. Is it a good beer? Hell yeah, it's a good beer. $12 for a bomber good? No. I'd rather spend the extra $6 and get a legendary brew like Imperial Biscotti Break from Evil Twin, which is a mind blower. Blaecorn Unidragon is the very definition of a tasty, well-made, by-the-books sort of Russian Imperial Stout. I really do quite enjoy it, just not at its current price point, which I don't expect to change.

All-in-all, it's a tough call for this one. I can't recommend cellaring it just because it's already got a fairly mild flavor, but who knows, maybe it'd be a good idea (bottle recommends it). The nose on this brew had me very excited, but the flavor just left me a bit more than content. Roast, coffee, smoke, and a bit of earthy hoppiness. I like hoppiness in a black ale (strangely enough), but I never seem to love it in Imperial Stouts. I suppose I'd say... try this one for yourself and decide. It looks phenomenal, it smells fantastic, and has a great feel... but the taste has me wanting something more.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 17:37:48 | More by Alextricity
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Betonade

California

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It was a very good beer what can I say? The taste was good but not the best. There is a bit of an after taste that kinda bugs me a bit and when I drank it it was a bit foamy. It didn't take much for it to hit me which I like. It would take at least 9 beers for it to hit me halfway through this bottle. As you can see I'm not a beer master or anything but this beer was really good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:34:15 | More by Betonade
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SHODriver

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the bottle is probably 8ish months old

A: poured into a snifter to be very black with a very viscous pour that requires a lot of vigor to get some dense tan head formation. the head fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and burnt sugar
T: tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some charred wood, and a bit of residual sweetness. swallow brings more coffee and chocolate with a bit more charred wood and some burnt sugar
M: full in the mouth with a nice but not overly apparent carbonation. finish is a bit dry
O: Fantastic RIS. It hits all the right marks for the style and drinks like a 12.5% beer should. for a 12.5% beer the alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:28:32 | More by SHODriver
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Blackish dark brown/tan with a foamy, thick 12 inch head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, not really abundant aromas.

Taste - First sip starts out very roasted, smokey malts. Thick charcoal flavor with traces of raisin and plum with a minor cherry sweet flavor. Nice amount of bitter hops with bitter coffee comes in after the first wave of smoked malts. A little yeasty sweet note mixed with molasses adds a sweet note to a rather overly bitter beer. Alcohol adds a little warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Roasted malts nail tongue. Coffee and chocolate coat the palate along with some hops and sugars. Aftertaste is malty, bitter, coffee and chocolate with a little alcohol.

Overall - A good solid and ris. Really surprised by the roasted smoked flavor, and also the amount of hops and bitter coffee flavor. The coffee/expresso bitter flavor left on the tongue is a odd flavor, and a turnoff to me honestly. Still, I can drink this and enjoy it but its not my favorite ris.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:45:52 | More by wvsabbath
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Wines and More in Mansfield, MA.

Pours a pretty dark black, with a one inch head mocha head, and really good sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells include heavy roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and chocolate.

Very roasty beer, for sure- this has a strong underlying bitterness throughout the whole bomber. The chocolate flavor is at times sweet, like cocoa powder, and at times pretty bitter, like dark chocolate. Some dark fruit flavors as well, plum mainly.

Creamy mouthfeel and fairly thick body, low carbonation. The alcohol is not all that present, but this is still a slow sipper due to how bitter the roast is here.

Another great Clown Shoes stout, I want more people to know how great they are.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:19:46 | More by GreesyFizeek
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macher0

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this for two years. It's time. I needed a breakfast beer before the football games.

A. Very dark brown, not quite black. A minimal amber head retreated to a fine bubble rim. Fairly thin for a stout.

S. Mostly dark roasted malts and booze. Some domestic yeast. Smells sterile.

T. Many more layers of flavor compared to the nose. Moderately bitter. Hops are very apparent. Major notes of dark roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Minor notes of dust, oatmeal, biscuits, and sunflower seeds. Booze is not as evident as the nose.

M. Not smooth. Moderate carbonation. Full body. Thin.

O. A very nice coffee/dark chocolate forward stout. This certainly has its place. Nicely crafted. I'm glad I was able to drink one with a little age. The upside is the carbonation level and coffee bitterness. The downside is the nose and standard appearance.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:46:54 | More by macher0
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark. Pretty much black. Looks medium-bodied in the way that it poured. Crowns with a frosty tan head measured at a finger, or maybe more.

Blackened malts with a whiff of char and a heavy dose of unsweetened cocoa. Notes of espresso and earthy hops. Dried herbal-ness, spice, cream, and a quiet alcohol presence. Smells good.

Char notes and a lot of hops. They were serious when they noted that on the label. It's no Storm King, but it has a rough green hoppy tone. Mocha with a faintly smoky note. Rich dark malts, pushes past strong black ale into imperial stout. Milky body with some milky malt flavors. Perhaps thinner than I thought. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol is beautifully disguised with that great general sipping strength.

I liked Vampire Slayer better, but Blaecorn is a solid R.I.S. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 17:56:48 | More by thecheapies
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get quite a deal for this usual places around here charge 13-15 dollars a bottle and it is now listed on halftime beverage for 12 bucks. This was purchased for $7.95 tax included!

A - Well it lives up to the Russian Imperial name. Big thick looking beer, deep black tone and a 1/4 inch of rich mocha head.
S - Very rich dark chocolate tones here. Some bittering coffee and roast notes. Very balanced with these smells I can't pick up any ethanol smells so its perfect.
T - Pretty much how I expected it's just a beefed up version of Vampire Slayer with more sweet chocolate. I was most impressed on how smooth it was maybe the bootle was 1+ year old but the hops were mellow. Picked up balanced burnt fudge, some smooth coffee, and some hersheys syrup in the finish.
M - Very smooth and velvity. I really liked how they hid the ABV. Even though smooth it was heavy with a syrup like body.

Overall an exceptional brew well worth the 10+ dollar price tag. I am just so glad I got to try it but I kind of wish it was a growler since I wanted a couple more pours after finishing the bomber. Tasty Stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:42:08 | More by DrDemento456
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/26/13

Note: Bottled 11/2011 (aging=necessary)

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - borderline black at its core, medium brown around the edges - small, light brown head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Big, rich malts - deep, rich chocolate, including dark chocolate, cocoa, baker's chocolate, and semisweet chocolate - brownies, chocolate cake, and a ton of fudge - some faded hops in the background, add just a touch of citrus and maybe some pine - burnt and roasty, with a hint of coffee and char, but this is mostly about the chocolate - some dark fruits and a touch of booze

Taste: Roasty, burnt, dark chocolate - as the aroma suggests, there are stupid levels of chocolate in this - dark chocolate, chocolate malts, cocoa, and semisweet chocolate - burnt, lightly charred fudge - roasty malts, with a touch of coffee - some remnants of citrusy and piney hops - big, cooked malts, with some caramel, molasses, and toffee - some dark fruits and a touch of black licorice - finishes with some alcohol

Mouthfeel: Nearly full body, definitely heavier than average, very smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes kind of oily with some booze

Overall: Aging this beer should be considered a requirement, not a suggestion

I've had this fresh a few times, and those experiences are why I stuck this in the back of a closet and forgot about it. Fresh, it's overly hoppy and overly sweet. It's kind of a hot mess, really. After two years, this beer has become not only something worth drinking, but something to buy again (and age again). This was an experiment with unexpectedly nice results.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 03:16:39 | More by angrybabboon
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque flat black. Two finger tan head of dense bubbles. Clingy lace left on my glass.

Smell was heavy on the roasted malt. Also detected earthy peat like notes.

Taste was dominated by roasted malt. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not cloyingly sweet based on the 12.5% abv. Dry dark baking coco notes. A slight milk chocolate sweetness, followed by a good amount of hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Definite feeling of oily hop resins in the mouthfeel. Full bodied, yet not overbearing. Warming on the way down.

Excellent Imp Stout. Not as complex as many offerings, but quite solid. Very impressed that it didn't go the over sweet route that many modern RIS's seem to go nowadays.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:28:54 | More by Ieatlambfries
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes
Blaecorn Unidragon

LOOK: Dark brown with an off white head and lace.
SMELL: Roasted malt, coffee, alcohol.
TASTE: Coffee, raw chocolate, alcohol, booze soaked cherry. Very nice dark malt flavor. Nutty, mocha like flavor. Small earthy hops character.
FEEL : medium bodied, smooth creamy feel.
OVERALL: A very nice stout.
4.25/5

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:46:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoke, coffee, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and compexity of dark/roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, light char, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, light char, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with a nice malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:13:14 | More by superspak
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blaecorn Unidragon could only vaguely be described as 'dark' - in truth, there is no word to describe just how black this liquid is. Its complexion is opaque enough that even Superman couldn't see through. Its head - yes, healthy lather on a beer of double-digit strength! - has the colour and density of wet sand.

If I were blindfolded, made to smell the beer, and then asked where I was, I would answer 'baked into the inside of a chocolate cake'. Or maybe dunked into a cup of espresso. Either way, it's rich and 'dessert-y' enough that if Betty Crocker got even a whiff of it they'd pay millions for the recipe. It's hard to believe 'fudge' isn't listed on the ingredients list.

I feel insane to even suggest this 12.5% alcohol, thick-as-tar Russian Imperial Stout is refreshing, but I had to restrain myself from finishing the first glass in a matter of only a few big gulps - what can I say? I'm in the mood! I'm drinking this thing as if it were a pale lager. I opened the bottle looking for a nightcap to slowly savor but at this rate I'll need another one.

Seriously, this RIS has enough hoppiness not only to be thirst-quenching, but also to impress notes of tree bark and resin amidst such heavy, rich mocha flavouring. Naturally, it's the double chocolate brownies and coffee tastes that define the beer (and certainly the aftertaste). It's like a black forest cake, but is far richer than anything offered at your local supermarket.

For most people, paying $11 (or more) for a bottle of beer - even a bomber - is a hard purchase to justify; I could defend buying Blaecorn Unidragon at almost any price. This beer (a combo of 'Black Unicorn' and 'Soul Dragon') is a rare mythical creature indeed: rich and roasty, yet easily and endlessly drinkable. The label may look like Charlie Day's famous t-shirt but this is a beer to be taken very seriously.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:22:11 | More by biegaman
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon last month for $11.49 at The Lager Mill. I think Clown Shoes is a pretty solid brewery and since I enjoyed Porcine Unidragon I thought I should try the non barrel aged version, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Just like most Clown Shoes labels it looks pretty nice, it's got a nice dark look to it with a half dragon half unicorn beast in the middle, I like it and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of mocha brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice and sticky sheets of lacing behind. This is a great looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a molasses like aroma to it followed by by a good amount of bright and sweet dark fruit aromas with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable leather like aroma followed by an equally noticeable smokey and alcohol like aromas. Up next comes the roasted malts which impart a roasted and charred like aroma with some chocolate and coffee aromas coming through with a cocoa like aroma sticking out the most. The aroma was pretty good, but I felt like the smoke covered up some of those rich roasty aromas, i think this might be just as smokey as Porcine Unidragon..

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that still has that molasses like aspect to it followed by a quick taste of dark fruits that quickly make way for loads of malts that impart a roasted, charred, sweet malt, and coffee like flavors with a light bit of chocolate showing up in the background. Up next comes some leather and smokey flavors followed by a noticeable alcohol flavor that is fairly warming. On the finish there's some herbal and earthy hops with a somewhat lower amount of medium bitterness with a roasted, charred, and smokey aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, the taste seemed to have more balance then the aroma and while the alcohol was noticeable I thought it wasn't too bad for 12.5%.

M- Not the smoothest, but fairly easy to drink for how strong it is, a little sticky, rich, creamy, full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of the style, while the roasted aspects weren't as deep and roasty as some other beers in the style, it still had some nice complexity and I thought it was fairly unique. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth for what it was, a little warming, filling, rich, and the tastedid a nice job at holding my attention, but I think one glass is the perfect amount for me, I'm pretty sure I could take out the full bomber, but I might regret that decision later. It made for a good beer to have on a cold night. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and complexity, I thought those two aspects stood out as being pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the heavy smokey aspect, if it was toned down a little it would let more of roasted notes through. I don't know if I would get this beer again, but I might get one for aging to see how it changes overtime. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strong and smokey stouts. All in all I enjoyed this beer, I thought this was just as smokey as Porcine, maybe even a little more and I thought the barrel aspect worked very well with Porcine so I prefer Porcine Unidragon, but I thought this was still a good beer and a nice platform to build on, but I wasn't expecting it to be as smokey as it it was. Good job guys, keep up the solid work.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 04:48:46 | More by StoutHunter
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's been sitting around for a bit and figured it was time to give it a shot. Always look forward to a new Clown Shoes brew. Pours pitch black with a slight, dark tan head. Smells of burnt wood, caramel, black licorice and dark chocolate. Creamy as fuck with milk chocolate and earthy hops. Medium bodied and heats up the gullet just fine. Brilliant start to my Imperial Stout season.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:18:04 | More by stephens101
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Note: Bottled Jan 2012

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a faint amount of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted, slightly burnt, and ashy malts with a light hint of anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted malts and slightly burnt malts with light amounts of ash. There is a light note of anise/licorice and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Really coats the inside of your mouth and tongue while still having a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a big and strong beer but it is still pretty easy to enjoy - the alcohol is fairly well hidden but this is definitely a sipping beer. Hope that grabbing a Massachusetts brew will help out my New England Patriots beat Carolina here on Monday night :)

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:02:29 | More by dbrauneis
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IGOTASIXPACK

California

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Syrupy pour. Light head. You can definitely taste the bourbon barrel. I drank the whole 1.6 with some BBQ beef ribs. Perfect combo. Yes glazed BBQ beef on the grill perfection with a rich beer like this... I can feel my gout calling. Nice calm buzz to. I just drank it. 12.5 I think. Yum I can feel that flow in my blood. Good times! I need a hammock.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:18:36 | More by IGOTASIXPACK
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kaseydad

California

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to see Clown Shoes finding it’s way out West. Love the artwork on this.

Pours a black colored ale with a nice amount of foamy beige/brown head. Decent lacing.

Big and chewy molasses is the star here. Dark fruits, leather, smoke, apple, chocolate, marshmallow and roasted malts. Good smelling brew which makes each sip enjoyable.

The taste is very roasty and leathery. Smoky on the back end and swallow. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate abound. Hops up front but round at the swallow. The alcohol is definitely there but works well with the flavor.

Hoppy and carbonated more than most RIS’s.

Overall I think this is a winner. The 12.5% was hardly noticeable during the session but did catch up with me at the end. This is my first venture into the Clown Shoes family and with more offerings like this….I might not be afraid of clowns anymore. Naaaah.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 16:27:12 | More by kaseydad
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pkalix

California

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very black, minimal tan film on top after a slightly vigorous pour and small luscious chocolate milk head.
all the typical beautiful smells one would expect and very aromatic. chocolate and malt, burnt wood, cocoa. very nice. very typical.
taste is the same. a little heavy, slightly bitter. a measure of sweet to balance but the bittering wins by a margin.
overall.... it's a very good brew. very 'standard', but above average in that it holds all the right parts up well....

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:04:25 | More by pkalix
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Samuel906

California

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review! And it wasn't wasted... this is a terrific beer! I had been sitting on this one for about 7 months, and it was worth the wait. Pour absolutely pitch black; very little color even when held to light. Khaki head that diminished quickly. Great smell, and pretty spot on for what you would expect from an RIS: lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee but with more hops than most. Flavor has about the same profile, but more coffee comes through. Not overly sweet, and still pretty hoppy for a stout. Just a touch of alcohol, but you would never suspect it was pushing almost 13%. Mouth feel is great, full and smooth, not thick and sticky, mild carbonation brings some of the lighter flavors to life. Overall, excellent, and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 07:31:58 | More by Samuel906
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, good head--actually very good for this strength.

Smell: Chocolate, powdered cocoa, booze.

Taste: Big sweet chocolate followed with mild bitterness. Sweetness is kept in check, so not cloying despite being dominated by chocolate. No booze detected.

Overall: I like big Russian Imperials since they are usually sweeter than the American style. This one lived up to my expectations, nice sweet chocolate flavor and not boozy despite its strength. I might have to try some of CS's other big stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 16:21:39 | More by Mdog
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hopsputin

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pitch black - almost ten fidy black. 3 finger dark tan head with a bunch of little bubbles

s: huge smell, caught it as soon as i opened the bottle. big roasted malt and chocolate aromas here. sweet caramel, figs, and a hint of wood and leather. finishes with a nice smooth, creamy vanilla note. the aroma isn't overly complex, but its so smooth, creamy, rich and inviting. no hint of alcohol in the nose

t: whoa momma. right away you know this is huge. first there is a real nice balance of dark sweet chocolate and smoothly bitter roasted malts. this is followed by a real nice sweetness that comes from the malts, and also a nice dark fruity component. there is a slight earthy bitterness towards the end - but this beer is all about the chocolates and roasted malts. no real taste of the 12+%, but you can definitely feel the alcohol burn in the throat

m: full, for sure. carbonation is there, but minimal

o: this is a giant beer, and definitely a sipper. not the most complex RIS, but its flavors are harmonized well and it drinks smooth. very tasty, and dangerous for its ABV. make sure you sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 05:21:01 | More by hopsputin
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beergoot

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch-black body sporting a thick, creamy tan head. Light chocolate malt, roasted grains, maraschino cherries. Cocoa flavors galore interspersed with a nice hop bitterness and quiet sting of alcohol. Medium-heavy body; dry finish; semi-sweet and dextrinous.

A very tasty imperial Russian stout, rich in chocolate flavors and nicely balancing the malt sweetness with just the right edge of bitterness. This all does an excellent job of putting the high ABV in the background and allowing the core beer ingredients to dance about joyfully in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:22:14 | More by beergoot
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