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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 80
Gots: 353 | FT: 27
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 Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased with my first Clown Shoes beer. I have always considered myself a(n) RIS-guy, although my tastes are very diverse and I have certain ideas about what a(n) RIS should be. That being said:

A: solid - pitch black brew, strong thick head that lasts and laces

S: chocolate/cocoa notes, secondary aromas of the roasted malt - neither bold nor subdued

T: roasted malt predominates with just a bare bitterness - a very mellow, smooth beer, with just a great balance between sweet and dry; pops of espresso and a hint of anise

M: fairly crisp and clean, just a suggestion of astringency - smooth; vague aftertaste left on tongue; better than medium body and avoids being syrupy

O: really impressed; a top 5 RIS for my tastes - I'd put it in the same category as Odin's Tipple, Old Rasputin, Siberian Night, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Most definitely worth a buy for a(n) RIS guy.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bigbeerfan
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Outchillen
1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of NeutroMan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Inky black with a dark ruby hue around the edges. Surprisingly robust (given the high ABV) cappuccino-like head forms and persists throughout.

Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, dark cherries, roasted malts, a shot of espresso and a hint of butter toffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malts are most prominent, but it's hard to pick them out (or anything much else) through the omnipresent alcohol warmth that also really cuts through the medium-full-bodied mouthfeel. The aroma was so enticing, but I believe the flavor would benefit from some aging to mellow it out a bit.

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Old Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured black as the ace of spades, with an anemic off-white head that really didn't add up to much. This liquid looks dangerous!

S: Very understated on the nose, however, I did get a little bit of toasted dark malt and soy sauce.

T: Strong flavor from start to finish, with the later being especially bitter and with a slight bit of prune-esque lingering that I personally dug. Bittersweet chocolate without the sweetness. This is NOT a dessert beer.

M: Like I said, this is very bitter, but that hides the octane level very effectively. There wasn't a sweet bone in this one's body and the lacing was mild on the glass and palate.

O: I'd been looking forward to this one for quite sometime and it didn't disappoint. I do wish the aroma could be tweaked a bit though.

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$11.00 bomber from Abe's.

Solid black body, ruby highlights, and a softball size, very dense head of tan foam that darkens as it approaches the liquid. Limited lacing.

Aroma is straight up deep roast coffee.

Taste is also predominately coffee, there is a little undercurrent of chocolate lurking around the edges. Nice snap of hops at the swallow, with a bit of linger.

Mouthfeel is okay, but not quite rich enough, and a bit too prickly, for a Russian Imperial Stout.

A middle of the road RIS, and too pricey for the results.

Photo of Sharkophile
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, appears pitch black with a dense coffee colored head that sticks. No light getting through this baby...

S: Tons and tons of roasted malt aromas such as coffee, chocolate and charcoal. Some herbal hops and a hefty dose of alcohol round out the nose.

T: A great sipper, starts of sweet and roasty with a molasses-like sweetness, espresso, dark chocolate and prunes. The fruitiness lingers a bit longer as the licorice-like herbal hops and spicey alcohol come in. Alcohol has a bit of a rough solvent feel to it, but it isn't overdone and adds complexity. Finishes dry with tons of bittersweet residuals.

M: Holy shit this stuff's heavy! One of the most full bodied beers I've ever drank, with an excellent carbonation to support the huge body.

O: Great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pouts coal black with a finger of tan head. Ok retention.

S- big roasted malt aroma with notes of double shot espresso, coffee bean and blackstrap molasses. Pretty big hop character comes out in the middle with some pine and herbaceous characteristics. Hint of sweetness on the finish with more roasty malt and good alcohol characteristics.

T- big roasted malt flavor with espresso, coffee bean and molasses notes. Aggressive pine hop flavor blends in with the roasted malt bitterness in the middle. Alchohol warmth mixes in as well. Finishes with some bakers chocolate and continuing hop characteristics.

MF- slick big mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Solid unobtrusive carbonation that carries the flavor.

D- for the ABV and the robustness of the beer it is rather drinkable.

Overall a great RIS.

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If served slightly chilled, this has a slightly metallic tang, but as it warms to room temperature, the hollow metal taste goes away and it unleashes a mouthful of chocolate and creaminess.

And this isn't a one trick stout, it gives off multiple levels of chocolate. There's a little bitterness, as in bakers chocolate, then there's a deeper creaminess and warmth from a milk chocolate-ness. I'm also getting a bit of coffee.

And it has a nice lingering after-taste that never goes to far into bitterness. Instead, it has a nice sweetness that's never cloying. Very warming. And the alcohol never gets out of control.

I'd say if you have to choose between Vampire Slayer and this, go with this. Much more cohesive and grown up.

I'm betting this would be an excellent candidate for aging.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol.

T- The taste starts out dark and roasty with some sweetness coming through in the middle. The taste finishes with a lingering sweetness along with some bitterness from the hops and finally some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a tasty beer now but I can see this one aging exceptionally well. I will pick up a few more bottles to age for a few years.

Photo of ATXRyan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.