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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 73
Gots: 281 | FT: 21
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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 BeerZack
3.58/5  rDev -12%

Black, dark brown/amber edges with a thin layer of foam that leaves the glass fairly well laced.

Smells immediately of resiny hops and black patent or roasted barley combo. Its got me thinking Cascadian Dark Ale more than Imperial Stout from the get go.

Taste-wise this beer still reminds me a lot of a Black IPA, but theres a rich hint of caramalt hiding beneath all the bitterness to give it a bit of a chew. Just as I think the bitterness in this beer is gonna give way to some sweetness somewhere in the middle, theres comes another hit of astringency and resulting lingering bitterness on the finish.

Let me say that the mouthfeel here is great, fuller and richer, with a hint of oiliness, better than a good number of Imperial Stouts out there; however, due to the intense bitterness/astringency in this particular beer, I would like it to be much more rich. I think it needs a little more residual sweetness or even an alcohol slickness to help balance it some. Especially, if I was going to invest in aging a few bottles. Hard to imagine this almost perfect mouthfeel sticking around too long.

I wonder if Blaecorn Unidragon will retain enough body/mouthfeel to still be enjoyable by the time it has matured enough to tone down the aggressive astringency... For the price, I think I'd just go with Storm King, IF I wanted an overly hoppy, kinda woodsy but drinkable RIS.

BeerZack, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Sniff: Mmm. Choco-malt and dark roasted coffee beans, the way a RIS is supposed to smell. Only the tiniest hint of alcohol and an apprehension of acidity -goes with the style. Of course it's not groundbreaking, but still a great representation of a RIS nose. Maybe not as complex as a fresh Stone RIS, but at least as robust and appropriate as BORIS or Ten Fidy.

T&M: Solid. Semi-thick viscous mouth, but no cloy or syrupy feel at all -well done. Not the ultimate in the taste department, lacking a certain aggression I find in RIS, but not bad at all! Pleasant malty-rolled oats texture/taste, semi-chewy, little bit of root beer candy tingle in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate and dark coffee are of course in the mouth, but definitely not the conversation piece as with a lot of RIS -I enjoy that. I love Founders as much as the next drinker, but sometimes the motor-oil mouthfeel with coffee and chocomalt gets too much to bear -I could easily drink more of this than others in the style. Tastes like a RIS that really nailed it, and notably didn't overcompensate. Can't tell it's over 12%, sweet. Down side: Acidity, or at least the perception of acidity, is a recurring problem with this style, and it's present here. Edit: I've had three bottles, and two have had a strong, detracting alcohol present.

I would love to recommend this highly, because it's really good, but I'm getting picky about price these days. I live within 40 minutes of the brewery, in Boston, and I paid 11 bucks for this. Stone RIS, my fave, is 8 bucks. I can get an array of different RIS cheaper too. Whatever. I'm just saying: If all of Clown Shoes' other styles are so reasonably priced, why is this one so steep? Good brew though. Try it once at least if you're from the area.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of supartyboy
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Overall a very good Russian Imperial. I enjoyed this in a snifter after warming up for 30 minutes as I typically do with russian imperials.

Overall, does not pour as thick as other RIS and is more in the middle of the pack. No overwhelming scents besides roasted malts and alcohol. Low carbonation, creamy and smooth. Overall, the beer lacks in the complexity and depth that I was hoping for. Hops are the predominate taste for me, and at this ABV and price, for that matter, I was expecting more. Better RIS are available at a better price.

supartyboy, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Jet black with dark color 1 finger head. Good lacing that remains on glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, pine.

T- Deep roasted malt, coffee, some sweet molasses or candi sugar, very good balance of pine hops.

M- Full body, some creaminess as it's swirled in your mouth. Amazing how this beer has almost not heat to it for 12.5%!

O- Very good imperial stout. Doesn't have a ton going on, but a very coffee/roasted malt forward with nice hop presence beer. Was looking forward to this beer from Clown Shoes and was not disappointed.

kawilliams81, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a thick black color with a dense frothy brown head that settles into a light cap with some lacing around the glass.

The aroma is of a big roasted malt with some mellow milk chocolate notes. There is also some scorched caramel and powdered cocoa. There almost seems to be some chili peppers added but I just think it is the alcohol vapors.

The taste is very roasty that brings some anise notes. There is a molasses and caramel sweetness to go along with some coffee grounds and bitter chocolate. There is some earthy wet wood notes as well. I pick up some grass flavors from the hops, perhaps some pine as well but it is hard to detect past the roasted malt.

Well bodied with some tingly carbonation. Bitter and sweet on the palate, all from the malts. Some ABV detected.

A very good roasty stout. For those who love roasty stouts this is for you. Probably could use some aging as the bottle suggests to mellow out the ABV.

Gmann, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Was really surprised by this one.

A: From a hard pour into my Duvel tulip produced a large 2 fingered, creamy cocoa brown head that exhibited solid retention and lacing. In true RIS fashion the beer's body is pitch black and allows no light to penetrate.

S: Chocolate malts, molasses, overall sweet, but hops do poke through on the tail end.

T: Loads of malts, molasses, semi sweet chocolate, nice hops with citrus undertones and coffee. Great flavors that mixed well together.

M: Heavy, but not too heavy.

O: Very, very good. I am very pleased with this RIS and love the fact that it's widely available.

tjkinate, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Auror
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay glass.

Awesome artwork. Maybe my favorite label art ever. Epic and cool while also being typical Clown Shoes goofy and surreal. The dark blue label color on the black bottle is nice too.

So when combining "soul dragon" and "black unicorn", where does the "e" come from?

Typical pitch-black Imperial Stout look. A surprisingly dark tan head is visible after the pour. The nose isn't overwhelming, but you can detect some hops and roasted chocolate.

First sip makes me go "Wow". There are some bold flavors in this stout. Coffee, chocolate, hop bitterness... the flavors are all there and they aren't shy. The 12.5% alcohol is masked very well by all that flavor. There's still a little burn, but it seems like a complex flavor complement, as opposed to a negative.

Not much carbonation, but it has a very creamy mouthfeel. It could be a little fuller, but it was still pretty nice.

I had some expectations for this beer, but it exceeded them. If I was looking for a good hoppy stout, this is definitely one of the first I would look for.

Auror, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Pitch black in color with a mocha colored head comprised primarily of tiny bubbles with a few big ones about one finger high.

S: Roasted malts up front with a little bit of cocoa present as well. I detect some vanilla notes as well as a little bit of bitterness, possibly hops.

T: A bit of spicy malts up front followed by a light breadiness, a bit of cocoa and coffee. Also a light amount of hops on the back end.

M: A little lighter on the body than I would expect from an RIS, with the usual lighter amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, definitely tasty, again, the complexity seems to be a little bit lighter than other RISs but still quite good.

Daktyls, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Thick, frothy beige head. Leaves plenty of spotty lace. Deep, dark brown color where no light shines through.

Chalky with an alcohol kick to the nose. Mild black patent in the background.

Dark berry flavors behind the coffee-like taste. The swallow is interesting blend of black patent and warming alcohol. Looonngg aftertaste of mocha. The body is thin, but the carbonation matches this well.

smcolw, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of ambluhm
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured this from a 22oz. bomber.

This beer pours a dark, dark brownish black color. The head is a gorgeous taupe, mocha-like color, with fine bubbles that linger for quite a while and finally dissipate to a fine lace.

The aroma(s) of this beer are rocking and powerful. I love the smell of coffee and chocolate so this was stunning. It showed heavily roasted malts with bitter baking chocolate and even a moderate hint of baking spices like cinnamon and clove on the nose. There was a slightly floral note too which I thought was pretty interesting.

The mouthfeel was powerful at first, but as I sipped more I was amazed at how balanced it was. The same flavor compounds as found on the nose (chocolate, coffee, spice) showed on the palate. The bitterness was moderate but really helped balance the malty sweetness and surprisingly high alcohol, which was not even really detectable because of the balance.

I loved this beer right away, from the very cool dragon-like being on the label to the coffee and chocolate aroma. Having said that, I only feel like this beer will get better with age as the hops drop a little bit and the aromas meld together a bit more. I'm excited about trying this one again with some time in bottle.

ambluhm, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of jefferz5000
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

Why not review a beer after all this time?

I had some expectations for this beer, based on what I'd heard/read and the fact that I've been craving imperial stouts all the time lately.

Pours a (as expected) rich black, although not as thick as some big stouts, with a somewhat dark, somewhat sizable tan head. Looks promising?

Aroma is nice. I'm getting a combination of roasted malts, some smoke and anise.

The taste is similar, but it just seems lacking to me, especially for such a big beer. The alcohol isn't as well hidden as I'd hoped, especially after reading some of the other reviews. The taste just seems as if it's lacking complexity. Don't care for the hop presence, as it's a bit on the bitter side and just isn't what I was expecting. Really, it's not just that though, the taste just seems very lacking, IMO.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin. I'd expect a 12.5% beer to be a bit fuller, but the carbonation is about where it should be, and aids in smoothness.

Decent, glad I've tried it. Glad I only picked up one.

jefferz5000, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Got this bottle at a local bottle shop. This is the first time I saw this release from CS. Let's give this brew a go...

A: A super dark brew with a tiny mocha colored head that fades slowly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: A nice roasty chocolate upfront with a bready vanilla in the middle and a malty sweetness on the backend. Good.

T: A vanilla upfront quickly overthrown by a coffee-ish roastiness with some nice chocolate on the backend. This is one of those beers that is hard to describe because the there are so many flavors bouncing around that it's hard to pin point individual flavors.
Very good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A roasty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a great beer. This is a good example of a RIS. One of those brews you could drink on a regular basis. It is one of those beers you could drink on a regular basis, but would not be a special occasion beer. Great to try if you like imperial stouts.

steve8robin, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Black. An inch of deep brown foam formed during the pour, falling very slowly. Very hoppy right out of the gate, citrusy and resinous aroma with a bit of a powdery character. Good head retention, some clumpy and streaky lacing. Chocolate and roasted notes in the nose, caramel and toffee, coffee and nuts, alcohol with mild fusels. Nice texture, full bodied without being extremely heavy, carbonation was on the lighter side but not as fine as I would have liked, alcohol warmth was apparent but not hot. Solid bitterness throughout, with hops and sweet malts battling for supremacy. Citrusy with a piney edge, caramel and roast, dry cocoa, toffee and dark chocolate, slight vanilla. Overall, a very hoppy take on a big stout. I'm partial to a maltier balance, but this worked out alright for me.

DrJay, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter a watery black as a solid mocha head rises with big puffy bubbles. Very good lacing for an otherwise thin pour.

Nose is nice; some roast and lightly burnt/smokey chocolate, some pine, a hint of coffee and vanilla.

A sip is upfront with rich chocolate that is hammered with piney hops from the get go. Some charred flavor through the middle and more piney bitterness on the finish. Very creamy and sticky despite the thin body - alcohol only perceptible long after a sip.

First off - I enjoyed this beer. But...it's way more hoppy than any RIS I've had. I agree with others' sentiment that it's borderline Imperial Black IPA. I might snag another to cellar, though. Good brew, just not up to my standards for the style in terms of viscosity.

OldIronLungs, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of angusblackheart
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

Hey, Clown Shoes got their own cap! Gold with Clown shoes on them!

This beer pours an inviting deep black color with a thick brown head. Lot's of clumpy lace.

The smell was a little more subdued than the rest of the beer, with hops present, then raost and chocolate and a whiff of the alchol.

The taste and mouthfeel blew me away. A huge creamy wave of bitter and dark flavors hit first, then over time the rich chocolate and creamy coffee flavors came out in force. The beer is not as heavey as some RIS, but I like that the flavors are integrated and not overwhelmed by overly sweet, syrupy goop.

Great, great beer!!!

angusblackheart, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Glad to see this on the shelf and glad to see Clown Shoes now available in Texas.

The beer pours an inky black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol mixed in.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of heavily roasted or burnt malt, with some chocolate and coffee mixed in. I also get some cream notes and a little bit of bitterness from the piney hops.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of iflah45
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours dark black, very viscous and thick. Leaves a 1 finger mocha colored creamy head. Looks great!

The nose is full of burnt chocolate, a little toasted nuttiness, molasses, and a hint of coffee.

The taste is very similar to the nose except there is a strong coffee blast mixed with a piney hop bitterness on the finish. A little abrasive, but it definitely mellows as the glass warms.

Great mouthfeel, very full and creamy and smokey, with an above average amount of carbonation.

Overall a very delicious offering. Clown Shoes does it again. Now if they would only brew a nice IPA. They sure love to hop everything else!

iflah45, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked up a few bottles of this at Julio's. Definately the best label art of them all.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super rich, oily black. There was a a nice almost two finger head that faded rapidly to leave a thin mocha halo.

S - Rich chocolate and pine, some super light coffee, as well as the usual roasted almost burnt malts. The ABV is somewhat noticeable.

T - So rich and creamy and chocolatey. There is some nice super light coffee notes (more bitter than coffee really) with a nice somewhat piney hop finish. Like a super amped up black IPA (light on the IPA).

M - Stuff is so smooth and creamy. ABV is barely noticeable, would prefer it to be a bit thicker though.

O - Yet another solid offering from Clown Shoes. Its a nice take on a RIS, though I'm not sure if I like the hop intruision to the style. Wish Clown Shoes would just make a regular ol IPA already and be done with hopping up other styles.

rudzud, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Another hoppy dark beer from Clown Shoes. Why don't they just make an IPA already? Easily the best looking label art of their repertoire, the name? interesting, kinda... still very excited to try this one.

doesn't pour as viscous as many of the style, and produces a nice light mocha head that sticks around a while and laces extremely well.

definite chocolate and pine notes in the aroma. dark roasted malts and some char. dark roasted coffee, some toasted nuts.

starts with a charred malt flavor that brings on notes of pure cacao. piney hops come through in abundance, but don't overtake the stout flavors. it gets a bit of cigar smoke in the middle. alcohol is there, but not obtrusive. just a slight heat that comes out as the beer warms. some woodiness and nuttiness also presents itself as it gets closer to room temp, while the hops stay in the mix throughout, but get pushed to the back more and more as the beer progresses. very complex brew that needs to be savored over the course of a night to notice the changes from fridge temp to cellar temp to room temp.

not the thickest Imperial Stout I've had. not even close, but its extremely creamy with a soft carbonation. It leaves the mouth absolutely coated with a syrupy feel and a dark cacao flavor, like if you slowly let a bit of dark chocolate melt on your tongue.

very impressive. The first few sips reminded me of their Hoppy Feet 1.5, then it developed into something a bit different, and better. drinks slowly, but the 12.5% abv is well integrated.... Its probably their best beer to date. And no "controversial" hidden innuendos to stir the pot. all around a pleasant experience.

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After a few months, the hops are still there, providing a tobacco leaf and woody flavor. The alcohol is integrated even better than before with a slight anisette flavor, but after I finish the bottle and get up to go to the bathroom, I stumble a bit, look at the bottle see the 12.5% and am kind of shocked. the bold flavors overtake the booze even better after these months.

silentjay, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

Wow. Wasn't sure what to expect, even though i am huge fan of Clown Shoes. The only hoppy stouts I have tried are Storm King and Nightstalker. Love Storm King, hated Nightstalker for some reason.

B.U. pours a dark, dark brown with a thick milk chocolate colored head. Lot's of lacing as I sipped.

Smell is of roast, smoke, chocoalte, coffee, dark fruits, some hops.

The tastes was more bitter when it was cold then sweetened with dark chocoalte and coffee as it warmed. Fanatstic and CREAMY.

The twelve percent is not noticable until you feel it hit you.

Clown Shoes hit a home run with this one. As complex as many of the barrel aged RISs out there, but amazingly balanced.

BeerMusketeer, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of crusian
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle from local shop. pours a nice thick black, and seems to be really thick on the pour, just from looking at this, i hope it has a big mouthfeel.
not too much head, maybe a 1/4 of a finger, but seems about right for the style.
Nose, well, the nose smells thin, oddly enough, it has that distinct porter nose to it, which makes me subconsciously think it is thinner like a porter. But as it warms the flavors come out a bit more along with the booze. Coffee seems to be the most prevalent, followed by a subtle roasted and chocolate. The nose never really seems to pop... everything seems pretty subdued.
It is pretty damn smooth as others have commented. Very heavy on the coffee flavor, a lot of roasted and burnt malt. Booze is nicely hidden, it is there, for sure, but at 12.5% it is nice.
This is one of the creamiest stouts I have had in a long time. Quite incredible really.... I wish it was a tad thicker though.
I was thinking I was going to be the bearer of bad news on this one, with the two A+ reviews. Just now saw the B... but I must say, this is pretty impressive for Clown Shoes.

crusian, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cocoa, coffee, roasted chocolate malt, and a bit of piney hops.

T: The taste is a blast of hops in your mouth followed by some cocoa, bitter roasted coffee, and a slight vanilla flavor on the finish.

M: The feel is the best part of this beer...super smooth and creamy.

O: While this isn't the best RIS I've ever had it's not too bad. Full disclosure: I hate a super hoppy RIS...almost tastes like a Black IPA. Even then it has good flavors and aromas and the mouthfeel was wonderful.

GregSVT, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of Wisehybred
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%

Holy Shit...this was one terrific RIS!! up there with the best.
Appearence: Awesome, dont know if this is bottle conditioned but it looks to be...nice head that fades away as normal but leaves lacing.

Smell: heavenly, roasted malts, dark/milk chocolate, coffee/espresso, alcohol.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee bean, espresso, dark chocolate, alcohol.

Mouth feel: perfect carbonation along with buzzy alcohol that cleans the palate. Probably the best mouth feel of any RIS i have had!

Drink this thing at room Temp and you will be amazed! I cant say enough about this brew...just great!

Wisehybred, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%

Surprise package received today. In it was a bottle of this black beauty. Bottled September 2011. Thanks Gregg!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep jet black, no light gets through. On top sits a light mocha head that drops rather quickly, leaving a mere wisp of foam around the glass rim and some lacing.

Aromas of big, dark roast - coffee, malt, and hints of dark cocoa. Come candied dark fruit, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

Flavors of burnt sugar, dark roasted coffee, dark (90%) cocoa, no hint of dark roast malt harshness, very intense. Warming alcohol bite, vanilla. Finish is long, dark, roasty, coffee bitterness, and alcohol warmth. Finish goes on for days.

Mouthfeel is sticky, oily, mouthcoating roasty bitterness. Good level of carbonation. An alcohol bite.

Overall, another very intense, outstanding brew from Clown Shoes. This Shoehead loves these beers!

JamnesCameron, Sep 25, 2011
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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.