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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 72
Gots: 281 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of bpk59
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bpk59, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Lefty1881
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just cracked this open out of the bottle. Nice smoke, no aroma from the bottle really and it is being served pretty warm.

Pours nice and thick, aroma is huge now - I smell a ton of espresso, no real chocolate to speak of , but a very nice bite of bitter hops and espresso. Looks great!

Diving right in for a smell, its just all coffee - huge espresso, with just a slight hint of milk chocolate at the end. No real alcohol noted here, very well blended. Getting some smoky roasted flavors, could almost pass as a bacon smell. Very enjoyable.

Ok, let's take a swig of this monster - WOW, that's a huge hit of straight alcohol. It says right on the label, made for aging.. No joke! All I tasted was alcohol, and then a roasted smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk though - full bodied, and now the alcohol is burning in the chest. Woooo! I feel warm. Sticky mouth feel around the lips with some sweetness, but this is mainly all alcohol & roasted notes. The espresso aromas don't really follow the taste - just taste like alcohol smoke. Pretty intense, but not offputting. I can handle it - back of the mouth is now like an 80% dark chocolate bitter feel, it's a pretty interesting stout - but alcohol is the main player in this.

Let me sip a little ...
( 5 min later )
Alright , a little more chocolate taste - but still a bit of alcohol burn. It's still a great beer with everything you want, bitter dark chocolate, smooth full mouth feel, ton of roasted notes, and alcohol all blended pretty well together. I am enjoying it, about 1/3 done of the bottle - definite sipper. But I say try it out, and then get one to age, cuz it needs to chill out.. Seriously, like one of those girls at a party that can't shuttup, that's how it needs to just sit and chill for a little.

-AJ's Review

Lefty1881, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this once with my brother in law and got another to review.

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color into a tulip with about a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lots of roast, wood, cocoa, slight dark fruits.

Taste – Heavy roast as the nose led me to believe, bittersweet dry cocoa, hints of hops, earthy molasses, and just a hint of dark fruits like raisins.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – A very roasty beer. Not overly sweet which I enjoy. Very bittersweet. In addition, the alcohol is hidden amazingly well. This is a very solid RIS and will get another to cellar. Pretty darn impressed.

SpdKilz, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a small snifter.

This monster pours black as night with extremely dark brown edges. There is a fingers worth of mocha colored head that sits very briefly.

The nose is chocolaty and has a bit of anise underneath a roasted malt scent. The booze is pretty well masked but it's still detectable.

The taste has a massive roasted malt presence that leaves a faint smokey taste in my mouth. Melded within the malt lies some chocolate and more chocolate. The ABV is better masked within the taste than it was in the nose. Very nice and roasty.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and has a bit more carbonation than expected for a stout of such strength.

Overall, this is a pretty beastly stout that has a nice roasty flavor. This brew seems to be a perfect candidate for cellaring and i'm looking forward to try this a couple years down the road.

ChugginOil, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of ixodus
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ixodus, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Abrengle
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Abrengle, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in October 2011. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours solid black with a light brown head that rises and falls fairly quickly. A nice ring of tannish/light brown, soap-like foam collects around the edges of the glass and sticks around for the duration. Tiny wisps of lacing cling to the glass with each sip.

There is a good deal going on in the nose. Some nice roasty notes are prominent along with a slightly charred character. There is a bit of chocolate along with some black licorice and anise. As the beer warms the black licorice and anise disappear completely and the charred character becomes stronger.

The taste leads with some soft dark chocolate and a touch of black licorice. A huge roasted malt takes over shortly thereafter and ends up in a bitter, dry, charred finish. As with the nose, the roasted and charred/smoky characters take over as the beer warms. Overall, the taste is much stronger than the nose is all aspects. The chocolate and black licorice are much more prominent in the taste and the roasty and smoke characters in the taste are huge.

Full body with low carbonation give the beer a thick, creamy feel. The creamy mouthfeel balances out a bitter, dry finish.

Two completely different beers between being chilled and when it warms. Huge roasted aromas and flavors as it warms with subtle chocolate and black licorice notes when it's chilled. Perhaps the rare stout that is better a bit colder.
Definitely a beer I'd like to revisit with some age on it.

ms11781, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Binny's. Bottled 9/11/2011. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving light mocha foam settles to a thin ring, some faint wisps, and no lace. Very, very dark brown body.

S - Intensely roasted grains, light smoke and char, licorice, dark chocolate, and some moderate alcohol presence. Very intense, and very roasty and dry, with minimal sweetness present.

T - Taste is again intensely roasted and charry, with anise, dark chocolate, and perhaps a hint of vanilla sweetness that valiantly tries (and fails) to offset the burnt malts and smoke. Alcohol is bit better hidden here.

M - Medium body that seems surprisingly light for 12.5%. Otherwise it's smooth on the palate, with lower carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish that only retains a little of the smokiness. Some alcohol presence, but nothing excessive.

D - If you dig intensely charry European stouts this will be right up your alley - I could imagine Mikkeller or Amager making something like this with the intense roast and char flavors. Not my cup of tea unfortunately.

MasterSki, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blaecorn Unidragon pours black into the glass with a big, frothy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. It has a lot of alcohol in it, but also roasted malt, pine and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty and dominated by chocolate and roast malt. Some coffee notes and nuts are also present. It finishes with some piney hop bitterness and alcohol. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt linger on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's pretty easy to drink for 12%+ abv. A little bit of age would smooth out the alcohol notes.

WanderingFool, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled 9/11

A: Pours a perfectly acceptable, inky black with a small yet creamy, mocha colored head. Retention was good withb a thin collar and whispy skim remaining after about 10 minutes.

S: Fudge, dark fruit, and a healthy amount of char. Quite a bit of nostril tickling solvent alcohol.

T: See above with waaaay more hot booziness. After a sip or two, that's all you can taste...after the stale & burnt firepit ashes, of course.

M: Starts off smooth and creamy enough...then the door swings the other way towards complete palate fatiguing booziness.

O: I had high hopes for this but I felt a little let down by the Clown this time. Yes, I do realize that it's 12.5% and a certain amount of booziness is to be expected, but this was off the charts to us. Felt raw and unfinished. Definitely needs more time in the bottle.

GbVDave, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge mocha head developed, very creamy, perfect lacing. Very sticky, wonderful retention. When it finally does dissipate some, the collar is a giant puffy loofa of love. Inky darkness, no ruby edging or factors that would ruin the RIS appearance.

A creamy off-egg and custard sweetness right off the bat. Sharp acrid grain isn't necessarily roasty but bitter. Dark fruits give the nature of sweet plums and dates with some cherry tartness.

Big jump in roasty nature, some English malty sweetness. Rotates into dark fruits. Plums and dates mostly. Not so much tart cherries. There is an alcoholic astringency that somewhat hides the bitterness of burnt grains and lends help in blocking the acrid nature. Finish is a delightful coffee roast and dark chocolate sweetness that really balances out the whole effect. Truly brings it up a notch.

Creamy, hot, volatile, astringent at times. Sticky flavors, long lasting power. It doesn't feel like a 12.5% beer, but it definitely feels close to it. Low carbonation helps benefit the overall presentation of the beer.

Simple stout. Almost Belgian in nature. Not too much going on here.

Khazadum, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of BenjieK
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/2011

Love Clown Shoes, was very excited to pick this up!

A: Black. Puffed up brown head. Left clumps of lace.

S: Piney hops, earth, dark malt, sweet.

T: A fantastic blend of juicy hops and dark roasted and chocoalte malts.

M: Not hot at all. Smooth and creamy!

I really enjoyed this offering!

BenjieK, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jjcote
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

jjcote, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a then brown head about a centimeter thick that fades to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and cream, with caramel and vanilla notes. Surprisingly sweet smelling then what I was expecting.

Taste: Roasted grains, coffee and chocolate. Not as complex as I was hoping for with a slight roasted astringency.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but thinner then I was expecting, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I had heard good things about this beer, but honestly I think its just above middle of the road for the style. Not bad, but I don't think I would buy it again.

jamescain, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is black with two fingers of pillowy brown head and with thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is roasty with some nice dark malt aroma with some slight burnt toast aroma. There is a sweet black licorice aroma is there as well.

The taste is big roasty malts that a little boozy with some slight coffee flavor is there in the back of the throat and hangs with some slight dark chocolate flavor as well.

The feel of this beer is smooth but is a bit heavy with a big feel that is with you throughout the sip. This drinkable and goes down easy with a slight burn at the back of the throat, nice.

Duhast500, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rattle n Hum, this one was served in a tall thin glass.

Blaecorn Unidragon pours a solid black, with a finger's worth of mocha foam sitting atop the beer. The head displays both good retention and lacing. The malty side of the nose is disappointing in that it's basically roasty and ashy, without much of a chocolate or coffee presence at all. There is a nice citrus undercurrent though, which manages to keep things at least a little interesting. I have a pretty similar reaction to the flavor profile. The malty flavors are still a little too roasty/ashy centric, although there is a little bit more coffee here than in the aroma. Again, there's a nice orange-y hoppy flavor that's present on the back end. It's all also a little bit mild, not nearly as potent as I might have anticipated. The body is nice and rich, full without becoming overbearing. The carbonation is a bit too much though, definitely takes away from what should be a malt centric beer. That's just the thing, Blaecorn Unidragon is supposed to be a big malty monster as an imperial stout, but the only compliments I find myself paying it are for its hops.

axeman9182, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" dark mocha head with a lasting merengue, however, the beer seemed to exhaust all its effervescence in the process. Looks black as coffee. Smells like coffee, cocoa, and malt. Taste repeats the smell but what I definitely want to address is the high alcohol. I'm not at all averse to high alcohol in beers but they need to meld with the flavors, not simply burn. In my opinion Blaecorn is hot for hot's sake. If they'd toned this down to 8% or 9% like many others Imperial Stouts I suspect this would be even more of a winner.

MoreThanWine, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.7%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ejl4
5/5  rDev +22.9%

ejl4, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev -1.7%

busterthecat, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +22.9%

PEIhop, Nov 19, 2011
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.