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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,149 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 69
Gots: 292 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice roasty presence in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.7%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lunch for opening up this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near-black with a tan head. Spotty lacing and a collar throughout. The nose carries some heavy sweetness and a bit of booze. Loads of chocolate. Flavor really pulls back from there with too much booze and too much of the roast from the malt. Medium body with a slightly-boozy finish. Nose was great, but the rest was just pretty good.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.7%

acurtis, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter-finger high mocha head that quickly dissipated, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts along with a bit of licorice and bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth and has a little dryness in the finish.
O: This is a good sipping beer given its high alcohol content and the light amount of bitterness and dryness.

Note: Bottled November 2011

metter98, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

Black in color with an khaki colored head. Intensely roasty with a metallic tinge to it. There's an ashy quality to it as well as some smoke and burnt toast. The flavor is really no better. I get lots of smoke, ash, and char. The metallic character is still there as is a mild acidity. Maybe some molasses, licorice, and dark chocolate, but sort of a moot point.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kylehay2004, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Knapp85, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 10/11.

Appearance: Pours out an unassuming, black body with one inch (and only one inch) of tan suds. A few pen points of lace is all you get.

Smell: Slight smokiness from the burnt, charred malts edged by dark chocolate with a rather high cocoa content, scant dark fruits, a chimney's contents, resinous-traced hop pellets, and fine spirits.

Taste: Roasted, burnt malts with some sweetish, sugary treacle and malted milk balls covered in dark bitter chocolate. Floral, resinous hops, maybe a little hint of white grapefruit in there as well. Medium-high bitterness. A handful of burnt raisins. Some alcoholic heat in there. Occasionally, you get an additional blip of sugar. Resinous and tar-basted on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy, a bit sticky.

Overall: A hard roastiness for a fully charry flavor with a generous hopping and a noted though not overly forward alcohol presence. It can be tiring, honestly, and, for me, it grinds to a very slow sipper about halfway through the bomber. I'm far less of a proponent of beer aging than I was in years past, but this, this beer seems like one that could really require some time to smooth out.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Sep 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

What happens when you can't decide on a name for your beer? name it two things at once, o' course! This case-in-point pours a deep black (no fancy synonyms can do this black justice, so it's just plain black here) topped by over a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises darkly roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark greens, and a small whiff of char. I never thought I'd say this, but this beer smells too damn dark... The taste holds notes of burnt malts, light char, light leather, bitter dark chocolate, and pine resin. It's good, but comes awfully close to being too bitter for its own good. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a mostly solid stout, but I think they overdid a few things here, particularly with the over-roasting of everything. That, coupled with a slightly too-thin body and an overly aggressive hopping make for a less-than-fully-enjoyable stout experience for me (see my reaction to Hoppin' Frog's DORIS, as the two seem very similar to me).

TMoney2591, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a dull tan head in a tulip glass. Some spotty lace and a swirling skim of foam on the surface. Foam takes a few minutes to recede.

Mild roasty aroma, seems a little muted but still pure. Slightly sweet fruitiness, subdued in general.

Flavors of roasted malt, slight char, ample bitterness for sure. Not as hoppy as anticipated, but still packs a punch. Dry and bitter, not very sweet or confectionary at all in the aftertaste, more resinous hop character and deep bitter dry roast. Medium bodied, the bottle was best shared. Abv was somewhat apparent, but still pretty drinkable.

emerge077, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bottle. I've seen too much of the Game of Thrones beer labels recently, and this one isn't helping.

This beer pours a solid, oil-stain black, with the very slightest of basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and chunky chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some decent, if awkwardly splayed webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, musty dark chocolate (like that stuff on sale months after Christmas, Easter, or Hallowe'en), weak coffee, licorice root, wet ash, indistinct black orchard fruit, and earthy, leafy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is big on the semi-sweet milk chocolate straight off, verily overshadowing the toasty and bready caramel/toffee malt, but not the salty Nordic black licorice, mushy dark fruit (plums, dates, and 'holiday' cherries), cafe-au-lait, nor the sidling leafy, weedy, and uber alles, perfumed hops.

The bubbles are actually quite supportive, if a tad frothy in their bearing, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops weirdly more threatening at this juncture than any, well, alcoholic measures. It finishes off-dry, and not as sweet as one might have been expecting, what with the bridled booze and brash hops waking up to smell the coffee (and malt, and chocolate, and fruit, etc).

A pleasantly rendered in its restrained, over the top manner version of the style - the suspected interlopers kept mostly in check. More drinkable than anything 25-proof and this large has any right to be, but that comes with the caveat of being a fan of big-ass stouts in the first place. Worthy of seeking out for, well, the sudden change of seasons on a holiday Monday is a good enough reason for this (non) camper.

biboergosum, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy, peppery and piney. Good roasted malt aromas, too.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with strong roasted flavors. Some chocolate and spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good Russian Imperial Stout. Another good brew from Clown Shoes.

zeff80, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

WVbeergeek, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled On date of 11/2011) into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, chocolate, licorice and some dark fruit. Then a very hearty roasted malt character follows. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. There is very little hint of the 12.50% ABV. The hops presence is mild as you would expect but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth but a bit chalky, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty and complex, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, extremely well-disguised very strong kick, very good representation of style. I will disclose that I did not have this beer fresh to draw a comparison. However, at nearly 3-years-old, it does not show any adverse effects of aging at all and shows all of the signs that make this beer one you can age for several more years, if you choose. But drinking it now regardless of age isn’t a bad idea either.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Binny's. Bottled 9/11/2011. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving light mocha foam settles to a thin ring, some faint wisps, and no lace. Very, very dark brown body.

S - Intensely roasted grains, light smoke and char, licorice, dark chocolate, and some moderate alcohol presence. Very intense, and very roasty and dry, with minimal sweetness present.

T - Taste is again intensely roasted and charry, with anise, dark chocolate, and perhaps a hint of vanilla sweetness that valiantly tries (and fails) to offset the burnt malts and smoke. Alcohol is bit better hidden here.

M - Medium body that seems surprisingly light for 12.5%. Otherwise it's smooth on the palate, with lower carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish that only retains a little of the smokiness. Some alcohol presence, but nothing excessive.

D - If you dig intensely charry European stouts this will be right up your alley - I could imagine Mikkeller or Amager making something like this with the intense roast and char flavors. Not my cup of tea unfortunately.

MasterSki, Nov 29, 2011
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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
89 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.