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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 84
Gots: 366 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black in color from a 22 oz bottle, with ABV clearly marked on the label. Perfect appearance for a RIS.
Dark mocha colored one finger head that dissipated very quickly.
Lots of roasted malts in the nose, with some coffee, chocolate and hints of smoke.
Taste is very roasty and bitter upfront with some elements of smoke. Bitterness is dominant from the beginning and slowly recedes towards the finish. There is a nice sweetness in the aftertaste that counters the bitter notes perfectly. Rarely have I come across a sweet after-taste following a strong roasty bitter notes in a RIS.
Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but doesn't come across in the taste. Mouthfeel was bordering on full-bodied.
A big beer that has all the makings of a perfect sipper.
Overall, this is a really good RIS and I am sure some age will only make it better. Definitely worth a try and comes recommended.

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rajendra82
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfectly black, opaque body, and the khaki colored head, gave this beer the proper RIS look. The smell was heavy on chocolate, coffee, and toffee, but I could not detect any dark fruit type aromas. The taste was that of dusty cocoa, vanilla beans, coffee, and molasses. There was a sour, soy sauce like note permeating throughout. The body of the beer was much thinner that I was expecting. The feel was oily and slippery. The alcohol content was quite concealed, and this did not drink at all like a 12.5% ABV beer. Some warmth in the finish. Nicely put together.

Photo of WesM63
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large CBS Snifter

A: Pours a deep dark brownish black with a nice 1-2finger mocha head. Minor head retention and lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee a hint of alcohol.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Alcohol comes through mid taste and continues to linger. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing.

M: Medium body low carbonation.

O: A decent RIS. Fairly boozy at times, but just about right. Many thanks to Rochefort10nh, as this was an extra he included in trade.

Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of chocolate and chili powder, with some roasted coffee and brown sugar and molasses.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and roasted coffee, with bitter dark chocolate and copper. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste that was somewhat harsh.
M: It was thick and chewy, with moderate carbonation. Huge body.
D: This had a beautiful look and scent and body. The taste and finish weren't as great, but they were still decent. The alcohol wasn't too noticeable, given how strong the brew is, but it was definitely better to sip. Age would likely improve the beer, but it was still quite enjoyable fresh. Worth seeking out.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a completely pitch black color that never yields to the light. The head is a two finger mocha color with pretty poor retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, licorice, chocolate, wood, subtle smoke, and a little booze come together in the scent. Nothing out of the ordinary, but executed nicely.

T: The first thing I notice is how well attenuated this one is. It's not very sweet (at all) yet the booze presence is only moderate. The initial sip is heavy on roasty notes, which temporarily gives way to flavors of anise seed and coffee. The finish is fairly boozy (to the point where it burns slightly at times), but overall it has surprising drinkability for a 12.5% RIS. Faint hints of dark fruit can be tasted, and the presence of soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate, and smoke pop after several sips. General flavor is savory rather than sweet, with solid complexity and balance.

M: Here's where things disappoint slightly. I like how the big roasty presence gives it solid dryness overall, but it's lacking in body for a big stout. The dryness combined with the alcohol presence gives a nice mouthwatering sensation, though. The booze warms the body nicely, making it a great winter brew (how I wish it was still January...) While it could use a more delicate persona, I can't find much fault in its general drinkability. Low carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It bears a passing resemblance to Yeti, which is always a great thing in my mind. It's a very big beer, but it's never too bloated for its own good. Even still, it's best to share this mutha with friends. It's kind of expensive - I paid $11 for a bottle - but I'd say it's worth it if you're looking for a night-capping sipper to share with others.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of PaulMc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bradcochran1234
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of greenmonstah
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into DFH oversize snifter

A - Black with a half finger of tan-brown head. Average retention

S - Definitely an RIS. Considerable pine hop aroma, cocoa nibs, awesome roasted malt emphasis. Faint licorice

T - Pine hops, licorice, chocolate, roasted malts. No significant alcohol flavor. Nice combination of cocoa and roasted malts with a nice hop profile

M - Feel is lacking in body. Medium body and low carbonation.

O - A very tasty brew, but fairly standard in an extremely competitive style. Very enjoyable, with nice complexity. A beer worth trying, it might be better served in a $3.00/12oz format

Photo of Rickyd
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of dcs1548
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of PatGreer
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of GuidedByBill
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Black pour, barely some brown around the edges. Just a ring of tan head.

Aroma, heavy roast, anise and pine. Just faint dark chocolate. It smells pretty dry.

Taste, it is pretty dry. Almost ashy roast malt, earthy, anise, cocoa. Some piney bitterness. Coffee bean finish.

Pretty full body, but dry and not as coating as it could be. Alcohol seems to be pretty well hidden though.

Not bad not great, I do prefer the vampire slayer.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of dense tan foam that recedes slowly to a film atop the beer. Retention is quite good.

S: Strong roasted malts and dark chocolate meet citrus hops.

T: Similar to aroma, but the malts are extremely burnt in flavor leaving a long bitter aftertaste. Bitter hops are also very present. I get very little sweetness in this beer. There is quite a bit of smoke here as well. As the beer opens up, I get a bit of caramel sweetness, but not nearly enough.

M: Medium thickness with carbonation a bit on the strong side for me.

O: This is an intensely burnt and bitter stout. Lots of flavor, but little sweetness to balance. Not bad, but I much prefer their Vampire Slayer.

Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.