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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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1,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 89
Gots: 368 | FT: 31
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled March 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a three finger brown head that takes forever to recede, leaving sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Aroma features chocolate, heavily roasted if not burnt malts, some coffee, alcohol, and then a lot of hops for the style. Very good strength.

Flavor is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a bit burnt/smoky, strong earthy hop bitterness, moderate sweetness, a bit of alcohol on the finish, but surprisingly subdued considering the 12.5% ABV. The alcohol is more apparent on the nose than in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thinner than some Imperial Stouts, a bit grainy at times? Strong carbonation.

This is definitely a very hoppy Imperial Stout, somewhere between that style and a Black IPA. Not very complex, but quite tasty. Gotta give it credit for hiding such a high alcohol content so well, oh and for having a kick-ass name, too.

Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on my wants for quite a while. Perhaps the 12.5% explains why I had to backspace 15 times while trying to spell "quite."

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Good times.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled January 2012

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, quite loose, bubbly, fizzy, mocha colored head with decent retention. Transparent black body and ver high levels of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a thick foam cap that thickens out a bit as it sits. A ring and swirly wisp remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. The initial head after the pour was scary, but it settled just fine.

SMELL: A big nose on this one. Nice. Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate aromas, as well as cocoa powder and espresso. Big nose and plenty roasted and burnt. A touch of smoke as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses, and some nice dark chocolate and cocoa poweder. Some smoky notes and vanilla cream at the swallow as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted and burnt malts, dark baker's chocolate, molasses and bitter coffe notes. Quite flavorful, and overall, quite good as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Very nice feel. Definitely on the thicker side with more than enough weight.

OVERALL: This was great. The 12.5% only explains the "quite" delema, but otherwise, it wasn't anywhere to be found. This is an aromatic, flavorful, and well balanced beer with lots to contemplate. Glad to have had the chance to try this and would gladly get more if the opportunity arose. Recommended.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Roasty, ceder, charred wood, some coffee.

L: Black, slightly viscous, light tan that dissipates.

T: Some dark fruit with a strong roastiness. Big ceder and charred wood flavors. Medium bitterness with some dark chocolate following. Finishes very roasty and charred. Semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Solid all around, one of the roastier imperial stouts i've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 2/2012 on the side. Pours an almost pitch black color with an inch of frothy brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, and earth. Taste is smoke and roasted malts up front. Dark chocolate and coffee. Warming alcohol as well. Chocolate and boozey finish. Heavy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Worth grabbing again, although I'd like to try aging one.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/2011

A: Black w/ medium brown head. Little lace & decent head retention.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate.

T: Sweet, tasty, delicious roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate chips, fudge, heavy coffee.

M: Smooth, delicious, roasty, a bit boozy. Outstanding.

O: A damn good RIS. Great flavors.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 6fl oz. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. (perfect after drinking a Supa Hero)– Thanks to Manolo Baltasar from Freiburg & Robert Merryman from George & Dragon for sharing this one & many more. Black color. Tan, creamy, crown. Nice retention. Roasted malts, cocoa & sweet coffee both in flavors & aromas. Bitter chocolate at first sip & creamy sweet maltiness. Smooth & plentiful palate. Some dark fruit touch & dry bitter coffee & chocolate in the middle. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Good company when in good conversation.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee glass. Bottled February of this year.

A - Pours nearly black with one finger of ,ocha colored head. Holds at a half finger for the duration and leaves the glass speckled with lace. For the most part, beers of this style all look the same. This one fits the mold.

S - Big toasted malts, almond, and lousy coffee. I get a pretty powerful mix of windex and booze in this one as well. Not impressive.

T - The flavor is dominated by toasty, burnt flavors and coffee. Just a touch ofsweet malt to balance the otherwise dry, bitter, smokey flavors. Not too much alcohol on the finish, especially for a beer with an ABV this high. I really like it.

M - Well carbonated and a medium body. The texture and flavors work to leave my mouth watering after each sip.

O - This has been on my "to drink list" for a while and finally got around to cracking it open tonight. The smell was a bit offputting, but I enjoyed it from the first sip. Strangely, the windex aroma went away after I started drinking it. Clown Shoes is becoming one of my favorite breweries, especially with their dark beers (the Hoppy Feets, Vampire Slayer, Chocolate Sombrero). The prices are lower than most other breweries bombers as well; this one was only $8 which isn't bad for a 12.5% RIS. Overall, very good and I will get it again.

Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter. Bottled 2/2012

A- Super dark brown/black pour. Two finger creamy light tan head with super chunky, sticky lacing.

S- Dark roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, a touch of char. Slight dark fruits and vanilla with brown sugar and molasses.

T- Dark roasted coffee, super dark bitter chocolate, and a good amount of char and tobacco. Brown sugar, vanilla and a bit of oak. The alcohol is invisible, and there is a touch of hop presence in the bitter pine sense.

M- Full feeling, chewy with decent carbonation and a dry finish.

O- I have walked past Clown Shoes beers every time I head to the states. I won't be doing that anymore, this thing is a beast and I can't wait to go back and get more of this and more from them.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours black... Pitch black... With two fingers off chocolaty mocha colored head, that dissapates nicley, a touch on the slow side, and leavs some light lacing....

S: the smell of dark Malts starting wafting from the glass as I was pouring this one... I get smoke and dry milk chocolate, along
With a bit of alcohol and a vague coffe note, it seems like am getting faded citric hop notes in there as well, this bottle has a touch of age on it...
Bottle date says 9/11.

T: taste is much like the nose except for the smoke seems a bit more prominent... Not overwhelingly so, but deffinatly I the fore front. I get get dry milk chocolate notes intermingling with the smoke, and a touch of dark fruit and faded hop bitterness on the finish. and again a touch of coffe, more smoky the roasty.

M: big bodied and viscous with low/medium carbonation. The finish is dry and a bit on the bitter side... Not a huge fan of the finish. Drinks pretty good for a
12.5 abv brew.

O: a good RIS, With some serious heft behind it, not my fav, but deffinatly worth a try, we will see what happens to this with a little age, maybe the finish will round out a little bit. Personally I would have enjoyed a little less smokiness and a lot more roastyness,
And some caramel and vanilla notes woulda been nice here too.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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