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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 69
Gots: 291 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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 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
Photo of CypherEnigma
4/5  rDev -1.7%

CypherEnigma, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, black appearance. Two finger dark khaki head with decent retention.

S: Coffee and chocolate malts and molasses; smooth mocha aroma with a nice coffee bite. Notes of wood and smoke.

T/M: Bittersweet dark chocolate and smokey oak flavors on the initial sip. Smooth rich flavors of espresso, milk chocolates, and malt. A bit more carbonated than i was expecting, with a heavy tone of alcohol. Mild hints of anise and licorice sit well with the rest of the flavor. Moderate to high carbonation, Medium-sized body. Rich, bitter, thick.

D: Strong on the palate; heavy, bitter and thick. Decent drinkability.

YouSkeete, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +22.9%

KGarrett, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of 603BeerMe
5/5  rDev +22.9%

603BeerMe, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jhimstedt
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jhimstedt, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -1.7%

DaveHack, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with about 2 fingers of brown head, fairly quickly dissipates. Good alcohol legs, leaves little lacing. Fairly impressive head for 12.5%.

S: Dark chocolate, a little coffee, light wood/char, dark fruits, licorice/molasses sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with heavy dark chocolate, a little medium roast coffee, heavy roasted malts with a little char and a little wood character. Fairly hoppy with mainly an earthy and floral character that gives a little bright punch up front and leaves lingering bitterness and depth on the finish. Moderate licorice and molasses sweetness and plenty of dark fruit and almost vinous qualities from the middle on. Alcohol is just a little bit noticeable on the finish with a little burn on the back of the throat.

M: Close to a full body, slick and slipper mouthfeel that's fairly smooth. Light carbonation.

O: This was really a pleasant surprise. I heard friends giving praise for this but being known as a hoppy stout, I had my reservations. It delivered. While it is pretty hoppy fresh, the hop flavor work excellently with the malt flavor profile. Delicious with pretty good depth and a fantastic body, this is easily the best Imperial Stout I've had from a Mass brewery.

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jboyer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jboyer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -14%

funkel81, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of imagery
4/5  rDev -1.7%

imagery, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Nuggethops
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Nuggethops, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Gushue3, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes when I’m out and about tasting beers and taking notes I find myself writing descriptions that have very little to do with the actual taste or appearance, and more with the emotional or affect that they have upon me. For the CS imperial stout I noted Curious, good, interesting, dynamic. But that’s only because I had nothing to complain about in terms of appearance, aroma, taste and mouthfeel. Can't believe it's so strong. This was a good one, folks, an A-lister.

elNopalero, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of wyatt
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

wyatt, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of halfshell
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

halfshell, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black into my snifter with almost two fingers of tan head that has very nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet and smokey malts, almost to the point of being charred, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, cocoa nibs and a touch of coffee.

T - Again with the sweet and smokey malts, charred wood, holy hops, citrus and bitter, dry cocoa nibs, bitter espresso, molasses, anise, sweet vanilla and a spicy/boozy burn.

M - Nice heavy body, over carbonated and too prickly for my liking. Very dry as well.

O - Best Clown Shoes offering thus far. Very interesting RIS and for sure worth enjoying.

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 14, 2011
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.