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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,292
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 84
Gots: 365 | FT: 28
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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 angusdegraosta
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm liking the Blaecorn Unidragon. It's nearly pitch black with brown overtones in strong light. Decent dark tan head if you pour straight center. Awesome toasty smell, all malt and coffee with plenty of sweetness. Huge roasted taste. Bitter, but not too out of balance with the sweetness. The bitter flavor lingers for a while. Would I get another? No. I'm wondering if I can finish this bottle - we're talking strong stuff here; also, it's $$$ . But this is getting me curious to try other examples of Russian Imperial Stout. Stout in general is not my go-to style (good draughts of Guinness and Murphy's are notable exceptions), but I only review beers I'd recommend trying at least once. This I would recommend. Well crafted, good for a night at home, and plenty powerful.

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 8.5oz. glass at Meadhall for the 250K Twitter Beeradvocate Celebration. Many thanks to Todd and Jason for making this event happen.

A- Dark black almost jet black with about a finger to a finger and half of mocha browni creamy head and about average carbonation.

S- Sweet dark milk chocolate, espresso beans, malts and a little bit of booze.

T- Tons of dark milk chocolate dominate the taste buds with hints of vanilla, roasted espresso beans, cocoa nibs, etc..

M- A little bit on the heavy side. Nice and creamy which mixes well with the chocolate taste. About average carbonation for a stout. Smooth and very drinkable, especially for such a high abv. Can feel the booze a little bit, but blends in smoothly with the intense chocolate taste.

O- I was a huge fan of this stout. One of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had. I loved the intense milk chocolate flavor that dominated this beer and mixed smoothly with the high abv. At 12.%, the alcohol was barely detectable. This beer was packed with flavor and I would recommend any stout lover to try it.

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

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 2/2012

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is nice with some dark malts, nice hop note, chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, with a nice little touch of vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, lots of dark stuff. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well with is one. This is a very tasty brew, thanks Bill.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with minimal tan head on top of a roasted/toasted, even smokey aroma with some dark chocolate aromas and a touch of sticky, sweet molasses that overpoweres the subdued hops and non-existant dark fruit aromas. The dry smokiness of the beer is more aggressive in the taste, as some woodiness smooths it out a little but this is one thick sipper that I had to take slow. Along withe dryness is some sweetness derived from dark chocolate and a touch of toffee (I think) and there's a hint of floral hops and dark fruit (cherry is all I can think of), but for the most part this is just a fuller bodied malt bomb. ABV barely bleeds into beer, but still hits you as you sip and this one took a long time to nurse. A good beer, just a little rough for me to consider great.

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

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with big tan head and lotsa lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Taste is the same - cocoa, coffee, licorice, and a little coconut in the background. Alcohol is well hidden. Even though this is a bit thin I love the way the flavor hangs on the back of the tongue for an eternity. This is a damn tasty RIS.

Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black pour with 1.5 finger dark khaki head. No retention and very sparse lace.

Nose is dark roast malt, sugar, anise, and light berries. Logan? Cranberry? Not sure.

Suprisingly light on flavor for a +12% beer. Dark roast malt flavor, light but fresh coffee, and a definite light berry flavor in the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Feel is very thin. Expecting a lot more here.

Overall, the taste is quite good. The lightness of the flavor profile and the light body bring this down.

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of evilkalla
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a goblet.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, almost black. Has about an eighth inch of head on it, with a fair amount of carbonation seen coming up from the bottom. It laces the glass up fairly nicely.

S: Coffee beans and chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Very nice.

T: Slightly bitter, with a huge roasted malt taste. Has hints of oak and smoke as well. Pretty aggressively hopped. This would probably mellow out a lot in a year or two. Very nice.

M: Mouthfeel is perfect.

O: Very good imperial stout. Another reviewer said it tastes burnt and boozy. Was it the same batch? None of that here! Cheers!

Photo of jkane
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottled 11/2011, 12.5% ABV.

A - Pouring a dark mahogany brown with good clarity, Blaecorn Unidragon is a dauntingly black color in the snifter. A thick mocha brown head rests on the beer for quite a while. Dots of lace circle the glass.

S - Heavily roasted malt provides an intimidating aroma fit to flow from such a badass bottle. Black licorice undertones skillfully hide behind robust molasses and bittersweet chocolate notes and fruity phenol alcohol. Booze soaked raisin and black cherries come to mind. Earthy hop tones are all but forgotten in the midst of the aggressive malt.

T - Gritty, heavily roasted malt overwhelms the palate with assertive complexity. Profuse bittersweet chocolate leads into a molasses bitterness and fruity alcohol finish that lingers on borderline ethanol.

M - Teeming with warming alcohol, Blaecorn Unidragon is an inky full-bodied stout that coats the tongue and throat. Well-placed carbonation is lower but works well to keep the beer from total syrupiness. That goes double for the balancing hops.

O - Fit for a Czar, Blaecorn Unidragon, my first experience with Clown Shoes, is a bold stout to say the least. Assertive, arrogant, and rightfully so, the potent alcohol and robust malt profile - well-balanced with earthy hops - makes this one of the ultimate soul-warming beers despite it's badass exterior.

Photo of wartman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of msromberg
2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a straight black with a big puffy mocha head. The foam settles slowly overtime leaving some nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is roasted malt, salt, caramel, earth, and a touch of raisin. It smells ok, but something seems a bit off.

T: It starts out with sweet malt, booze, slight raisin, and more booze. I get a slight saltiness, followed by some booze. Did I mention there is some booze in the flavor of this beer?

M: Full bodied beer. It starts out with a quick burst of sweet, but transitions to stinging alcohol.

O: I'm really disappointed with this beer. It's burnt, and boozy, and not very good. There are a bunch of off flavors that just don't work well. I'm not a fan.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice roasty presence in the aroma and flavor.

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.

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.