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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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (715 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a one inch mocha head; leggy, with streaks of lace

Smell: Very roasty and ashy, with hints of anise and burnt raisin

Taste: Ashy and roasty, up front, with a hint of anise and cinnamon developing; in the middle, the hops build, producing a piney bitterness; the finish is somewhat bitter and very ashy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather a disappointment as this beer is all over the map but fails to deliver the style it intends; there is no malty complexity, no subtle dark fruit and the mouthfeel is too thin; way too much of an ashy taste; even if this were marketed as an American Double Stout I would not be a fan (701 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,766 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to glass.

A: Pours black with 1-finger thick mocha head which leaves semi-rings and spots.

N: Roasty, dark chocolate with some vanilla and hints of dark fruits and floral notes.

T: Roasted malts, smokey with a slight char, cocoa powder.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Thick and rich. Roasty finish.

O: Straight forward RIS. I prefered Vampire Slayer. (368 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -28.5%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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). (1,130 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really excited for a Clown Shoes RIS, their other dark beers are mostly great so this should be awesome.

Pours a nice fluffy darker 1/2 finger head that never wants to fade, although leaves a nice lacing as it eventually does, over pitch black thicker beer, no light at all coming through.

Nose brings lots of cocoa, powdered cocoa and hot cocoa, dark bitter earthy chocolate and bakers' choc, a bit of roast but not much with a hint of espresso. then more sweet additions with light caramel and molasses and hint of vanilla. I even get hints of raisin and fig like fruits, and some booze but not a ton.

Taste starts rich and creamy, but with a powdered like cocoa flavor, hot cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, baker's chocolate again, which fades to molasses and caramel. The dark chocolate really has that super high 85% like cacao mix bitter chocolate taste that seems to pool and sit on the tongue like I'm trying to let the chocolate melt on my tongue. It's pretty thick and coats the mouth. As it swirls around some light coffee beans and espresso come out with a hint of roasted malt. Bitterness starts to take over as it goes, with some earthy hops and lots more from the scortched malts, with a hint of salty briny roast but not a lot. No fruit this time, but I do seem to get a hint of smoke. Creamy luscious like chocolate malt lingers as it tries to finish, and by try I mean it just coats the mouth and lingers for a while. As it warms the booze finally starts to come out, but it never reaches anywhere near 12.5% burning booze feel, although I can taste the alcohols a bit on the finish. The chocolate, light vanilla and caramel seem to linger for a while with it, and more bitter espresso roasted coffee grinds and light briny earthy spicy hops. It seriously just sits on the mouth for many minutes after each sip letting the memory last for a while.

Mouth is pretty big bodied, thick and syrupy but smooth at the same time, light but decent for the style carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall really nice, delicious malts, tons of chocolate all dark and bitter, bit creamy, light coffee and espresso, lots of great flavors all combines. It's actually fairly drinkable since you can barely tell the booze, and would never suspect 12.5% even after it warms. the only thing that really takes away the drinkability a bit is the thick syrupy sticky mouth feel that never goes away. (2,405 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a tulip glass, opaque black with a creamy cap of tan head that retained well and left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and not much else. Similar taste, dark malts, chocolate, roasty with a good balance of sweetness, a bit smokey, with hints of dark dried fruits, and some mildly resinous hops in the finish. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, noticeable alcohol warmth, and pretty nice overall. (501 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, frothy beige head. Leaves plenty of spotty lace. Deep, dark brown color where no light shines through.

Chalky with an alcohol kick to the nose. Mild black patent in the background.

Dark berry flavors behind the coffee-like taste. The swallow is interesting blend of black patent and warming alcohol. Looonngg aftertaste of mocha. The body is thin, but the carbonation matches this well. (397 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, smokey malts, molasses, dark fruits, toffee. Very nice and roasty, really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bitter coffee, a touch of alcohol, and sweet dark fruits. A slight step down from the nose as the alcohol comes througha bit, though guess that is expected on a 12.5% RIS.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and thick, nice mouthfeel for a big RIS.

o - Overall a pretty good RIS. Very roasty and the taste is a little sweet, this is one I'd buy again. (714 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,403 characters)

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

Beer shared by Lunch, thanks Paul. Beer is dark brown / black with a thin tan head, low lacing, low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is a little metallic but mostly sweet, alcohol, malt, strong.

Beer is a little boozy, strong with a great malt thickness to start, thins toward the back of the palate, strong throughout, decent finish, mildly bitter from the roast, I might have it again.

I did have this again a few days later, the second bottle was less impressive. (470 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 :) (1,241 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (463 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer appears near black with a half inch of dense beige head. The aroma brings prominent dark roast with dark fruits, molasses, chocolate. Heavy roast throughout, with alcohol content unobtrusive. Hard to believe this is 12.5%. A bit one dimensional, as the roast dominates the majority of the flavor profile. Really smooth feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of the beer. All in all, a solid beer, and one I would have again. (485 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil, thick and black with a soft, brown head that has good retention

S - chocolate, anise, black licorice, roasted malts

T - anise, roasted malts, chocolate, rich, alcohol

M - full bodied, little carbonation, warm, a bit boozy

This is an incredibly crafted, full bodied, perfectly flavored RIS. I look forward to buying a few more of these bombers in the future. (387 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Blaecorn Unidragon goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Faint dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore. (646 characters)

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