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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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1,149 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 69
Gots: 293 | 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:
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(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

GehenHerzog, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Harvey98
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Harvey98, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has roast coffee and burnt wood notes, as well as a slight yeasty overtone. It pours a deep, chocolaty, opaque, warm sable with a thick, frothy, fine-bubbled and rather persistent head that leaves some respectable lacing. Smoky flavor fills the mouth with fine roast coffee, molasses and caramel notes plus hints of burnt hops and licorice. Texture has above-average body and - whoa, quite a fierce tingle, almost as if the beer had some hot pepper in it! Aren't you glad this beer is for real and not mythical? (Anybody know where you can get a Unidragon for a pet? Tee hee hee!)

Cyberkedi, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of prg1976
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a pale brown head. Dissipated quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell, with a slight hop bite.

It's very smooth, even with the high abv. Low carbonation, strong flavors.

Very good. Will look for this one again in the future.

prg1976, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Marti403
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Marti403, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jawn
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 10/11

pours dark ruby red but is black in my glass. the head is small, tan, and bubbly. I'm smelling some heavily roasted malts, vanilla, and chalk. I sat with this for over an hour and really enjoyed it towards the end of our encounter. The piney hops actually dominate the burnt/espresso taste of the malts in this one, but both leave room for a subtle vanilla taste. I would have believed the abv was much lower but... it's definitely not. The carbonation however, is. Overall this is a solid RIS in my opinion. On the right day I love a very hop-forward stout, and this is it. Blaecorn Unidragon is a badass name for a beer and my first taste of Clown Shoes. I read an article today about them brewing their next anniversary beer with holy water, a gimmick I fully endorse, so I think I will continue to support them.

Jawn, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber of the 2011 vintage, this one has been aging for maybe 6 months at most. Pours black with a moderate cap of tan head. Lacing is nice and retention decent.

Nose is very hoppy, lots of citrus in there. Roasty malt is bold...along with a little bit of strawberry fruitiness and a shit-ton of alcohol.

Taste is much better than the nose, shows some promise moving forward. I think it a bit too boozy right now and the hops are a little sharp, but I think with another year or so could develop into something pretty rad. Its fairly smooth now and the chocolate is just a bit too much in the background. Roast is big, but never really gives off any coffee notes...more of a licorice-burnt offering if you will. I like it though and think I might even buy another bottle or two to put away for a couple years.

twiggamortis420, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Portsmouth Brewery Tulip, bottled on 9/11.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black once into the glass. The head is a very nice dark mocha color. It is two fingers thick and slowly recedes to a thin lace around the glass.

S: There are strong scents of dark roast coffee beans, charred notes. Slight amounts of chocolate.

T: The taste is lacking the strong coffee flavor I was expecting. There is a roasted flavor that lasts throughout and following is a hint of chocolate. The finish is burnt and dry.

M: The body is thick and creamy with a roasted/burnt malt feel.

D: I have got to say I was expecting more from this beer. I always have high expectations when it comes to Imperial Stouts because there are so many good ones out there. This is a good one, but not much better than your average drinkable IS. I'd like to buy it again and age it for a while and see what that does to it.

mavbrew, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

SWMeyer4141, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as ink with a 1/2" of espresso colored head.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and root beer.

A well rounded flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, light coffee.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. There's a touch of alcohol burn.

I really, really enjoyed this RIS. It's my favorite offering from Clown Shoes so far. It's a big beer that drinks smooth.

Vonerichs, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/1
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a thick, rich, deep dark opaque brown - borders on black with a one finger of foamy light brown head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big roast and charred notes, some bitter dark chocolate is present and a touch of licorice.

T: Taste starts big an charred at the forefront. Taste lends in to a more roast and dark bitter chocolate character. Anise flavoring comes through, with light touches of vanilla. Finish has a nice coffee flavoring that lingers slightly.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, rich silky feel.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick and nice representation of style.

Jayli, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of bigorange
5/5  rDev +22.9%

bigorange, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a jet-black that remains opaque even at the edges, Blaecorn Unidragon opens with a good Imperial Stout aroma, full of ash, tobacco, and chocolate malt, but joined by a good amount of caramel, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit esters, including fig and black cherry. A good amount of hops lingers in the background, providing subtle undertones of pine and grapefruit rind. The overall aroma is somewhat lighter than many of its peers, but still flavorful, nuanced, and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an immediate shock of dark malts, bringing heavy layers of ash, tobacco, espresso grounds, and black malt, marking this as one of the more ash-laden Imperial Stouts I've tried. The dark malt flavors are so powerful that they overwhelm the tastebuds, and while I know there is a good layer of hops in here--mainly from the buzzing on my tongue, and just a touch of pine sap--and a few dark fruit esters (fig, plum), I have a hard time focusing enough even to find them. I feel almost like I'm eating campfire ash mixed with black malt. Even the beer's high 12.5% ABV is completely subsumed beneath the ash. The aftertaste is also mainly ash and tobacco, burning the soft palate much like cigar smoke, and lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, and recognizing that I'm repeating myself, this beer is characterized by ash and tobacco, and any other flavor is going to be rather difficult to find against the onslaught. This is not to say that the beer isn't palatable, but anyone not already a fan of heavy, black, ashy Imperial Stouts is going to be completely turned off by this one.

jondeelee, Dec 19, 2011
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
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.