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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 72
Gots: 280 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
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 dougrb75
5/5  rDev +22.9%

dougrb75, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Ajlvt, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of lokieman
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin head that leaves decent lacing on my glass.

Smell is roasted espresso with a chocolate backbone and a slight astringent odor, probably from the 12.5 abv.

Taste is complex and a bit surprising after smelling. More of the espresso and roasted to perfection. Finishes brightly with a coffee porter like finish.

I bought this beer originally to tuck away in my collection but thought I'd do the wise thing and try it first...glad I did. Now I know it's worth a year or so of painful waiting...but it will be well worth it. Cheers...

lokieman, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have tried a few Clown Shoes beers so far and have not been impressed, but trying this one to reach a verdict. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. Pours a deep pitch black color, thick off-white head, bordering on tan. Thick appearing texture. A beast of an Imperial Stout from appearance. Smell- roasty notes, dark fruits like currants, raisins, etc. Some booze notes, expected with a 12.5% beer that is relatively fresh. There is a weird plastic aroma, but its not a huge detractor. Taste- black roastiness, coffee bitterness, a boozy blast of sweet dark fruits. In the end, leaves a sweet chocolate bitterness and a strong hop presence. I have to say I am impressed. This is the mean badass experience I tend to like from my Russian Imperial Stouts. It asserts itself with aggression but overall is pretty drinkable and balanced for the ABV. Good beer, will probably grab another one for cellaring. Clown Shoes has redeemed itself!

lnashsig, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will getting more of this beer.

A - Nice and dark, cannot see through it at all. Excellent! The pour produced a nice medium brown foam about 1/4" to 1/2" thick which shrank to about 1/16" but it never dissapated, very nice. As the taste went on the beer left legs in the glass which shows the hops involved, again very nice.

S - Hints of chocolate, coffee, malts but nice and clean not musty as some of these beer types can be, very nice.

T - Awesome! All of the flavors mentioned in the SMELL seem to come together as well as a splash of alcohol. Nice finish!

M - Very well balanced! Not too thick and not too watery. This beer always your senses to enjoy.

O - Great berr! I will be buying more during these cold winter nights! Nice name too!

I was in Boston this past week and I did not see this beer offered at the local taverns, reason?

beerenjoyer1, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -1.7%

stouts4me, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a viscous black. (Insert your oil simile here). Good head. Brownish colored cap. Good size. No light penetration. Looks like a monster.

S-Big notes of cocoa and coffee. This doesn't smell just like chocolate, it smells like pure Dutch cocoa powder. Along with the roasted coffee aroma is a decently noticeable scent of dried, dark fruit. Strong nose. At %12.5 ABV, the alcohol is clearly noticeable, but it should be. Hops also make an appearance too.

T-First allow me to start off by saying that this beer actually masks the high ABV incredibly well. This was drank at an -unrefrigerated temperature and the alcohol is still hidden masterfully. The hops make this one finish quite dry which is a plus. The initial flavor is strong cocoa powder with a lighter coffee flavor. A get even a little bit of wood in the taste.

M-Elite mouthfeel. Soft, but still noticeable carbonation. This is a thick, gooey beer. Nearly coagulated. High marks.

O/D-Clown Shoes is a great brewery. One of the main reasons why Massachusetts is becoming a pretty legitimate state for craft beer. Their RIS is what it needs to be: big,intimidating, and delicious. Once again, this brewery nails it.

VelvetExtract, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biiig building head that takes up half the .5l glass. Perhaps not the best pour. Great cascading head takes a good while to settle and leaves some mild lacing. Smells like coffee that's been sitting for a while :/ Beer is brown in the pour and almost black in the glass. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Very malty, vinous comes to mind although it's not prominent. Very heavy and lush mouthfeel, good carbonation keeps it from being too sticky. Finish is strong, lots of flavor that stays and stays. Little sign of the ABV, drank this a lot faster than I expected.

Good stuff.

ShogoKawada, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

r0nyn, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was black in color with a minuscule orange/brown head.

Aroma blew me away. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans, charred wood. Alcohol noticeable, not intrusive.

Taste followed aroma, just didn't quite live up to what was promised. Dark chocolate, espresso/burnt coffee. Alcohol lurking in the background.

Smoother than I thought it would be.


lordofthewiens, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ZacharyJ
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ZacharyJ, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

pschul4, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Urbancaver, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jacknsally5148
5/5  rDev +22.9%

jacknsally5148, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip, very aggressive. Poured very black, with a huge 4 inch mocha head, that hangs around for a while leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is powerful dark chocolate, roasted coffee, touch of smoke, and a little alcohol. Taste is all of that, strong dark chocolate and with huge coffee presents. Very large body, wonderful amount of life for its huge abv, kind of dry, and kind of drinkable for its large attributes. This reminds me a little of Stone 15 Anniversary imperial black ipa, not a bad thing. A hoppy beast that leaves a impression, for hop heads should be a good one. I find it easy to sip for it's abv.

SawDog505, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

asparkoflife, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is black and there is a large tan creamy thick head. This looks great.

The aroma is full of chocolate and bitter malt with some char and burnt aromas. I get a bit of bitter hop presence as well.

The taste is mostly bittersweet chocolate with lots of bitter roasted malt flavors to balance the mild sweetness. There is a bit of bitter hoppiness, but not much at all. This is a nice balance and it's enjoyable.

The body is medium to medium heavy with nice smooth carbonation.

This is pretty good. I'm not sure I'll be purchasing again at the price, however.

andrewinski1, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of fluffy light tan head. A little bit of soapy lace.

Nice earthy leather aroma with a bit of smoke and char. A little bit of chocolate sweetness with some good roasted malt aromas. The flavor has a big roasted malt character with earthy tobacco and leather flavors. A bit of cocoa sweetness and a bit of smoke.

Full and robust body with smooth carbonation. Really no nonsense here. Well done one by Clown Shoes. I'm going to try more of their beers after this one (on a later date that is).

Bendurgin, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

jlindros, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge foamy tan head with lots of bubbles that just stays around for days! deep dark opaque black body and a ton of lacing.

the scent is strong with espresso and anise as well as some piney hops. there is even a hint of wood and roastiness to it.

the flavor is the same but a bit more potent, lots of roastiness and pine. espresso and woodiness and sweet molasses set the backdrop.

the mouthfeel is very full bodied but not syrupy as most imperial stouts tend to be. very foamy from the enormous head and dry in the finish.

this beer has a surprising amount of drinkability given its full bodied and complex nature.

this beer reminds me alot of the espresso aged yeti from great divide but with a less strong emphasis on the espresso and a greater one on more complexity. fantastic beer, my best regards.

ryanonline, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that displays great retention and lace. Smells of bitter earthy ans citrus hops, roasted grains, coffee, alcohol and bits of wet dog. Taste is quite smokey up front, I wasn't expecting that from the aroma. Rich dark malts, roasted grains, ethanol, and citrus hops all rush in and no one can figure out who is in charge. Thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. This has the makings of a great stout, but right now the flavors aren't melding well and the alcohol is a bit too present. I think with a bit of age this one might just be fantastic, we will have to see.

johnnnniee, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of bpk59
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bpk59, Dec 01, 2011
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.