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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 69
Gots: 291 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of bkny27
4/5  rDev -1.7%

bkny27, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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

metter98, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of HBomb81
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although a Imperial Russian, this could pass for a first cousin of Dogfish Head Palo Santo.

It pours well with a decent head for such a high ABV 12.5%. It is dark brown almost black in appearance.

It has a chocolaty-coffee taste that borders on syrupy in a nice way. The feel is good and the beer finishes well. This is a good occasion beer.

Overall, for the right occasion or portion of your day/night, this should be considered.

HBomb81, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of trojankeg
4/5  rDev -1.7%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black into my Villeroy and Boch snifter. Dark mocha head that is soon just a circle around the edges with some spidery lacing as it went down.

S: Aroma of dark burn acrid coffee, a bit of smoke, cocoa and roasted malts with black patent kick.

T: This is bitter off the bat. Definitely good flavors off the front , blending with the bitterness. Dark bakers chocolate, Espresso roast coffee flavors , licorice in heavy doses. Really there is a lot of depth to this beer. I would hate to say it is underrated, because it does sell around $10 a 22 oz bomber. For that price point it needs to have this type of complexity.

M: Light mouthfeel for a Russian Imperial Stout. I think this is where the big letdown is in this beer. There are tons of flavors, the carbonation is pretty good for the style, but its light body makes the licorice really stand out.

O: If the mouthfeel was bumped up on this, it would definitely be more sought after, but I like how it has its own flavor profile when stacked up against so many of the other RIS's out there these days. Definitely one of the more Robust Russian Imperial Stouts I have had. The flavors do not let up on the bitterness and the coffee side. Worth a try

alpinebryant, Dec 16, 2011
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
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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.

Enjoyable.

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
Photo of asparkoflife
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
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.