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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,272
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 79
Gots: 348 | FT: 26
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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 Otisimaas
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in my fridge for a few weeks. Just finally got around to cracking it open.

Pitch black. Nothing new. Nothing trendy. The perfect color for the style. Really!

The roasted malt is strong with this one. Stupid cliches aside, there's more depth to this than Vampire Slayer (in terms of imperial stouts).

My taste buds certainly agree. The hops strike with a renewed enthusiasm, followed by heavily roasted malt. Somehow, I feel compelled to sip, not chug.

The mouthfeel confirms my suspicions. This isn't something that you want to sample in a hurry.

I would probably suggest aging a bottle of this to see how it compares. It's solid as is.

Photo of SteinTilter
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of codsmith
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a nice thin creamy caramel head that maintains throughout the beer and laces the glass very nicely

S: A rather clean stout with a slight alcohol aroma, but not a whole lot else going on aroma wise

T: Has a dark chocolate taste with a bitter bite on the end. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

M: Very smooth and velvety. Carbonation is a touch overdone for the style and ABV.

O: Not really reminiscent of a typical Russian imperial stout. It's a very good stout, but was expecting a bit more

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JustHarmless
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my trusty tulip glass

A- Poured a jet black color with a thin, tan, 1/2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly

A- Chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, hint of smokiness

T- Follows the nose rather closely with flavors of chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, some dark fruits, with some mild hoppiness on the backend and a hint of smoke

M- Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Nicely balanced and just a hint of alcohol burn.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. A wonderful example of a Russian Imperial Stout, with some more complexity that expected. Clown Shoes is a brewery that never disappoints. I highly recommend this beer!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Blaecorn Unidragon goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Faint dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours as I expect- starless and bible black.
Sadly a short lived head with minor lacing of the glass.

Small nose-- hints of toasted malt, charcoal, raisins with a bit of hops crying "me too! me too!"

but the flavor-- ah the flavor!
Yes, is a russian imperial stout all the way!
Not only the ABV but the up front in your face flavor. Ahhh.. Toasted malt, hops bitterness, raisins, brown sugar, charcoal, carbon.. I could keep digging but you get the idea.

Mouthfeel very cordial-- with enough effervecensce to keep it lively. The finish won't quit-- I might rinse my mouth to make that finish stop!

Also overall-- I've downgraded- the 12.5 ABV-- needed perhaps for an Imperial Stout but my system complains-- and I'd like to quaff a few pints at a sitting-- but they're going to have to carry me home.

Look for this beer at your fave packie-- it's worth the adventure!

Photo of zekeman17
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Blaecorn, bomber bought at Whole Foods Columbus Circle for $11.99 plus tax.

Appearance: Served in my Lost Abbey snifter, this comes looking the customary pitch-black of every other big stout, along with the classic coffee-colored head. Not much retention (head dies soon) but decent lacing. Carbonation is a bit low for the style.

Smell: Underwhelming. Feels almost like a homebrew, extract and all. You know that smell/feeling? Traces of vanilla and coffee… a bit of molasses… some hops and funks at the end. Cat pee.

Taste: Classic big stout, the coffee, the chocolate, the roastiness. Some dairy and swamp notes. Nice hoppy finish and bunch of malt all around.

Mouthfeel: Not really up to par. Pretty thin for such a huge beer! Medium body and flavor, medium-to-low carbonation.

Overall: An alright beer, but certainly cannot stand against the big classic Russian Imperial Stouts of our times (Stone, North Coast, you name it). One good thing about this brew is how outrageously easy it drinks. 12.5%? You’d never bet! Lacking a bit in flavor, but damn chuggable.

Photo of crashoveride
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of xanok
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no freshness dating noted. Deep black body and highly carbonated for a RIS. Big, three-finger dark mocha head that has excellent retention and leaves streaky lacing all along the glass.

The aroma starts of sweetly, featuring dark fruit notes, primarily raisin. The sweetness fades to roasted malt and a note of alcohol. Expecting this to be hot.

The flavor is tilted toward the roasted malt substantially. Bitter notes of dark malt blend with a nearly equal combination of dark fruit and dark chocolate. The finish gives a taste of licorice and cherry, but in small amounts.

Thick mouthfeel and a bit of alcohol present. Not the best RIS I’ve had, but very solid nonetheless.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Big, bad and black pour. Finger of creamy milk chocolate head that receded quickly. Not much lacing.

S – Nice sweet chocolate aroma. Cocoa, vanilla and toffee.

T – Not nearly as sweet as the smell. Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate come through. Bold coffee flavor next with a touch of burnt grounds. This gives it some bitterness. Finishes with some astringent characteristics and a slight alcohol burn all the way down.

M – Full bodied and chewy brew. Coats thee palate and leaves a touch of bitterness.

O – Really solid stout here. Nice big and bold flavor. Smell seems sweet but the flavor is otherwise.

Photo of beersis81
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of kennylopez
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: pours at thick dark brown with black hue. A big tan head floats atop and leaves spots of lacing.

Smells: a chocolate front with a heavy roasted coffee and malt.

Tastes: there is a thick roasted malt character with sweet chocolate compared to the usual bitter chocolate in other RIS. The coffee character is strong but well balanced with everything going on in this brew.

Mouthfeel: there is a good amount of carbonation in this brew and quite drinkable. at 12.5% it doesn't go down like such a big beer, but packs the punch like one.

Overall: I picked up a 22oz bottle for $7 and I feel like its probably one of the best offerings Clown shoes put out by me, and I will surly pick it up again.

Photo of Aiptasia
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up at approx. 55 degrees f in a pint glass, poured from bottle.

Appearance is beautiful. Pours with a big huge chocolate milk foam head with great lacing and long legs. Takes forever to fade and sits dark and lovely in the glass.

Smells of alcohol, roasted malts and slight grassiness from what must be late hop additions.

Taste is bitter up front with lots of medicinals, alcohol, roasted malt espresso flavors. Bitterness lingers a bit too long for my tastes.

It's got a warming sting, rich and thick beer. Overall, good but not great.

Photo of CoreyCramer
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger beige head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma that is surprisingly hop forward. Lots of resin and earthy pine needle overpowering the dark malts. Underneath, there are hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal.

Chewy full body with a strong bitter hop presence that lingers over the dark malts into a dry finish. Again, surprisingly hop forward for the style with dry, sticky, resinous pine needle flavor. The hop compliment the malt but really bring out their roasted bitterness. This makes the beer a bit one dimensional with very little sweetness balances things out. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal as well as some slight booze. Surprisingly very little heat at 12.5%. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and too bitter for my preference.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottled 9/11"

Pours black, with a very dark head, lasting and leaving all sorts of froth, collar, sheeting and well developed lacing. Nice looking beer.

Some booze in the nose, but mostly chocolate, coffee grounds and ample roast malts.

Intensly flavor, complex, robust and enjoyable RIS. Loads of chocolate abound, roasted/burnt malts, light smoke, earthyness, black coffee. A lot going on here, all blended into a quite heady mix.

Super rich and smooth on the tongue and in the entire mouth. A chocolate/coffee milkshake comes to mind.

High Quality night capper or a natural with a decadent chocolate dessert. Well done. Likely the most impressive Clown Shoes brew I've tried to date.

Photo of Rusty18
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of wsobchak
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,272 ratings.