Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

Educational use only; do not reuse.

332 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 332
Hads: 1,450
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 106
Gots: 431 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (47) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 332 | Hads: 1,450
Photo of IronLover
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color. Poured with huge, dense, dark beige foam with excellent retention. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fig and prune aromas with a definitive booziness. Light medicinal phenolics toward the end. Medium-full bodied with medium light carbonation and a lightly boozy heatness. Roasted malts and chocolate flavors with phenolic notes and astringency that push the drinkability limits. Lots of better RISs out there.

 440 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black, 2” foam cap, thick lace. Smell: the hops hit first on the nose, then malt and then some cocoa and roast. Taste: rich, fruity, espresso, fruity, some faint tobacco, alcohol on the finish Some dark chocolate notes and the bitterness is more dark bitter chocolate than roast. Mouthfeel: very creamy, chewy, medium low carbonation

 355 characters

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in MI for around the $10.00 mark for a 650ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny brown head that is gone in a minute. Very dark black color

S- Coco and heat.

T- Coco flavored malty beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Burnt nut flavor as typical in a RIS. Pretty good blend but the coco leaves an aftertaste that hangs around in a bitter way.

M- Chalky but has some creaminess to it.

O- Pretty good overall beer. Not great but good

Food Pairing

This pretty good heavy beer went well with...... BBQ steak.


 572 characters

Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (a bit of age on it...bottled 1/2012) poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep black in the glass with brownish highlights when held to the light. A fizzy cap of off-white foam falls in a soda-like fashion quite quickly and leaves not even a trace of a collar or lacing on the glass.

S - Dark malts, licorice, caramel and some booze up front. Followed by milk chocolate, mild dark fruits.

T - Roasty, fairly heavy charcoal, light coffee, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder, coffee, mildly boozy.

M - Medium bodied, feels a bit thin for the style, low carbonation. Slick and oily on the tongue. Still a good amount of hops left after 3 years in the bottle. Overall dry, roasty and bitter imperial stout.

O - Overall, a good imperial stout. Decent complexity, pretty smooth drinker. Definitely roasty and a fair amount of charcoal put this on the burnt/roasty side of the style profile.

T -

 913 characters

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. Nicely colored mocha head. It's pretty foamy. Colors are alright, but composition lacking.

S: Found it hop forward. Herbal and orange notes. Earthy chocolate and some leather. Quick scent if raisins. Complexity is there.

M: Thick, slick and full. Low carb.

T: Warm chocolate malt. Brazen leather. Has some spiciness to it; not alcohol derived, has a sandalwood flavor. Hints of licorice and roasted coffee grounds. Nice hop brightness that leaves a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

 500 characters

Photo of anon
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2013.

Pours pitch black with very little carbonation, if any. The aromas in this one are nice. Big malts,, raisin, ash, hops and slight alcohol presence. Same goes through in the taste. Malts hit big in this one with notes of deep dark roasted coffee beans, deep dark chocolate and deep dark malts. This is a deep dark beer befitting of its fantastic name and label. The alcohol is hidden well in this one but it will creep up on you. Don't underestimate the Blaecorn Unidragon.

 496 characters

Photo of MacMalt
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a small head. Smell is classic RIS: Chocolate and coffee. Smooth; not overly carbonated. Taste includes raisins and licorice. Complex malts. I really like Extremely angry beast, of which Blaecorn Unidragon is a component, so I thought that BU itself might suffer by comparison. However, it didn't disappoint.

 356 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle has some age, at least I year I think.

A: Pours a thick pitch black with two fingers of very soft and very dense looking dark tan head. Head took forever to slowly recede into a thick and lasting film.
S: Very potent notes of rich chocolate fudge and chocolate syrup dominate, with undertones of leather, anise, and slight booze. There might just be a hint of vanilla as well.
T: Again, chocolate malt is rich, decadent, and lingers long into the aftertaste. Flavors of peat, anise, and vanilla mix nicely. The finish has hints of leather and very mild booze.
M: Nice thick body, slick and smooth mouthfeel with soft low carbonation. There is no heat from the alcohol at all.
O: Extremely thick and decadent. This definitely hits the spot of you are in the mood for a solid, heavy, imperial stout. Well done.

 842 characters

Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Oily black with a dark brown creamy fluffy head. It's actually a neat color for a head...it's really dark.

Aroma: It has an odd horse blanket and old house aroma...not what I would expect from a RIS...it is interesting but again it's not what I would want in this beer.

Taste: Burnt acrid charcoal, some raw coffee grounds. This probably tastes like what a fire breathing dragon mare's mouth would taste like after a night of rampaging and partying. Again there is this funky horse blanket taste. Maybe that's the point? I don't know. The initial roasted burnt flavors are there, and they're ruined at the end by the out-of-place flavors of attic mildew.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is awesome. It's thick, it's present, it's right in your face. Perfect.

Overall: It's not something I'd buy again, despite the awesome label art. It just doesn't work for me. It's like some cross between a brett beer and a RIS.

 936 characters

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Great aroma! Tons of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses and some brown sugar.

Taste: Nice flavors of roasted malt, dark molasses, some brown sugar-like sweetness and a long, coffee-ish finish with some subtle smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and pretty smooth. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12.5%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a good Imperial Stout. Good flavors of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and dark molasses. Definitely worth a drink.

 807 characters

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling date. This beer holds up incredibly after 3 years. Rich and roasty, chocolatey notes completely coat my palate, with some smoke in the background. The alcohol is just barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, thick and chewy. This beer made quite an impression on me, but now I need to find a fresh bottle.

 337 characters

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: pours an inky black with copious off white (tan) foam head with persistent tan lacing
Smell: dark roasted malts, strong hops, minimal coffee, some hard to define herbs (peat? mulch?). The hops definitely contributing more to the bouquet than the malt

t: Malt forward, sweet, caramel like akin to toffee, little hay, barnyard (not unpleasant but gives an odd twang). No coffee notes, very mild cocoa flavors, mid taste and through finish is strong hops providing bitterness and a palate cleansing bite. Well balanced between sweetness of malts and bitters.
Mouthfeel: medium body (2%milk) with minimal carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel and good for a swish and swallow

overall: for the genre, a very good Russian Imperial Stout with great balance of flavors; and a pleasant change from the malt dominant beers typically associated with RIS. I wouldn't consider myself a hophead, but I did rather enjoy this beer, loved the art work and I look forward to trying other beers from Clown Shoes

update: the more often I drink this - the more nuance I notice and really enjoy this beer - increased by rating across all domains - in particular taste and complexity

 1,162 characters

Photo of dmgeng
4.96/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome art work and a creative name made me have no choice but to grab this. It's almost like 3-F's and Clown Shoes are cut from the same cloth.

A - Jet black almost like unidragon blood. It pours very thick with a nice fluffy brown head and strong lacing.

S - Just explodes with tons of of sweet malt smell with mostly roasted, chocolate, caramel, and some toffee notes radiating out. There are even some hops with the rich herbal character that you don't usually find in big black stouts but this one is a real Winner.

T - The first sip you are overwhelmed with tremendous flavors of malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and toffee/caramel sweetness. Also the hops keep it very interesting lending some flavorful hoppiness and bitterness to the decadent taste. Only the slightest of alcohol but is definitely mask very well with all of the flavor. I've had many smaller beers with much more alcohol bite. The roasted character is preserved in flavor and not just bitterness or char allowing the coffee like flavor of roasted malt to shine.. I am extremely happy to taste a stout that actually uses some alpha acids to calm the sweetness and not just rely on the bitterness of the roasted malts.

M - HUGE mouth-feel with perfect moderate to low carbonation. Super thick and full but some how the bitterness on the finish and the perfect carbonation lets you keep drinking this to the last drop.

Overall, an extremely good RIS! I am unsure as to why it doesn't have the rating that I would expect from such a flavorful stout but then again I am a "hop-head" and I really enjoy being able to taste the hops in every beer I have. The hops may be a negative trait for other dark beer enthusiasts that prefer to keep Imperial stouts and IPAs out of the same drink. If price and availability were not a consideration I would pick this stout over any other regular RIS on the market; however, with Ten Fidy being in every local liquor store and only being $15 per 4 pack it is hard to justify paying $15 dollars for a bomber just to taste some hoppiness in my stout.

Do yourself a favor and try this the next time you are craving a big imperial stout!

Glass- Snifter

 2,167 characters

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/19/13. Pours oil black with a finger of tan head. Smells of dark fruits, smoke, and some coffee. Taste is of dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of coffee. Just a little bitterness and some heat. Smokiness plays well in this brew. I wanna say this has some spicyness to it but I'm positive it doesn't have chilies in it. As it warms up the bitterness settles down and the bold flavors really come through. Mouthfeel is a nice mix of wet and dry. It's not overly thick but at the same time you're gonna want to drink this over a long period of time. I poured about 5oz and have been drinking it over the past hour or so. Overall a pretty damn good RIS. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it but Clown Shoes is doing great things.

 733 characters

Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A = Black as night with an extremely thick light brown head. Very good lacing. Did I mention how thick the head is? Dropped the bottle cap onto it and it just sat on top.

S = Like roasted coffee and malt. And alcohol. If I didn't already know this was 12.5%, I'd be able to take a good guess.

T = Who put vodka in my coffee? Tastes like it smells: big and roasty and you taste the alcohol.

M = Syrupy. Creamy. Lingering taste of coffee.

O = I like it. But this is a beer with a time and a place. This would be a great beer to have after coming in from shoveling snow in the afternoon. A great apres-ski beer.

 622 characters

Photo of ThomasMetal75
2/5  rDev -50.6%

*Had at the end of the day on Thanksgiving 2014 at cellar temperature, so I am writing what I remember a day latter.*

A- Looked like an imperial stout with the black as night body and thick khaki head. Good lacing. Looks impressive.

S- Sweet and smokey. My cousin that had a glass said it smelled like coffee without cream. I did find faint chocolate and biscuit/bready notes. The smokiness was the big smell I got.

T- Harsh in a bad way. I had a Bourbon County Barleywine (bottled 2013) earlier this month that was harsh, but that was enjoyable to drink. I don't think the flavors in this beer work very well. You get smokiness and a weird amount of bitterness. It's almost like a floral/earthy kind of bitterness. I purposely picked up this beer over a Clown Shoes American Imperial Stout so I could stay away from a hoppy kind of bitter imperial stout, but this Russian Imperial Stout is more American than traditional. It was smokey, almost in a bacon or sausage type manner. Malts had to take a backseat to the off-putting bitter flavors. A bready, yeasty quality was faintly noticeable. And the typical dark fruitiness is there. It was like dark fruits soaked in alcohol that had the slightest woody texture to it. That was the only redeeming quality of the beer.

M- Thick, rich, and full bodied. The body had a syrupy slickness to it. This is an awesome sipping beer.

If there was such a thing as an imperial black ipa, this would be it. At room temperature it was unpleasant to drink. The bitter plus smokiness was a real turnoff. I know imperial stouts are better towards room temperature, but maybe this could have been better cool. And I also think this beer would be best with a little age to it. I can't say don't ever try this. But if you do, please age this one.

 1,782 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a one inch mocha head; leggy, with streaks of lace

Smell: Very roasty and ashy, with hints of anise and burnt raisin

Taste: Ashy and roasty, up front, with a hint of anise and cinnamon developing; in the middle, the hops build, producing a piney bitterness; the finish is somewhat bitter and very ashy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather a disappointment as this beer is all over the map but fails to deliver the style it intends; there is no malty complexity, no subtle dark fruit and the mouthfeel is too thin; way too much of an ashy taste; even if this were marketed as an American Double Stout I would not be a fan

 701 characters

Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev -1.2%

black as a stallion like from a movie about a black stallion, cocoa head fades quickly but never completely disappears, leaves a nice sheet of foam on a gentle roll around the glass, this befits your typical looking ruskie imp...

a cave of dark chocolate, chalky dark cocoa powder, molasses, slight roasty tone, some faint dark fruit notes, the cocoa tones are really super strong here - impressive!

taste etc...
much like the dark nose the flavor goes, the after taste is all chalky cocoa - almost reminiscent of baltic style porters, you know that "dry" ish type finish, the beer remains light enough to not be too thick but is certainly not light, sort of borders on medium heft, the sweetness
kind of translates into a licorice flavor up front but in the after taste it mellows into definite black strap type molasses, this ranges just a touch too sweet for me but not total cloy my pie hole shut disaster town mode, as this warms it smooths out some and is not AS sweet but
still not 100% to my liking (the ABV is hidden really well though)

pretty solid, not my personal fave but has some real strong points depending on your taste.

 1,168 characters

Photo of rdilauro
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

OK, I have now had a Clown Shoes Beer that I REALLY ENJOYED!
No question in the fact that I am a Stout lover, especially Russian Imperial Stouts.
Right from the initial pour, I knew this was going to be a good one. The semi-chocolate head stayed quite a while on top of the jet black stout.
The aroma was full of chocolate, coffee, liquor. and more. The taste was bold, full and very smooth.
The lingering aftertaste just left me wanting another one.

 454 characters

Photo of richj1970
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 9/25/2012.

A: Pours midnight black with generous one to two finger mocha head with decent retention settling to a ring around the edge. Some minimal spotty lacing.

S: Bittersweet dark chocolate, charred oak, and mild smoke.

T: Huge roasted malts. Very dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla. A little alcohol heat at the end that reminds me of bourbon even though this isn't barrel aged.

M: Full bodied, almost thick. Fairly lightly carbonated, but consistent with style.

O: Excellent stout. Big bold flavors. Lots of subtle complexities that blossom as it warms.

 608 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a brown-to-black, with a sandy tan head, foamy, fluffy, and light, with a slow carbonation flow throughout. The aromas are boozy forward, with a heavy handed dose of hops bitterness, roasted coffee notes, cocoa nibs, woody notes, and earthy tones. Very dry and bitter on the nose. Flavors are dry and roasted forward, with a blast of booze, followed by coffee bitters, bittersweet cocoa nibs, subtle cream notes, earthy tones, and a boozy undertone that solidifies everything on the palate. Powerful brew. The body is robust and huge, but dry throughout. There is no sneaking through this beer. Big, all the way around. The finish is dry, but with solid, strong lingering characteristics of dry, bitter, and roast qualities. This is a big ass beer, and damn tasty!

 813 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled On date of 11/2011) into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, licorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, chocolate, licorice and some dark fruit. Then a very hearty roasted malt character follows. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. There is very little hint of the 12.50% ABV. The hops presence is mild as you would expect but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth but a bit chalky, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty and complex, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, extremely well-disguised very strong kick, very good representation of style. I will disclose that I did not have this beer fresh to draw a comparison. However, at nearly 3-years-old, it does not show any adverse effects of aging at all and shows all of the signs that make this beer one you can age for several more years, if you choose. But drinking it now regardless of age isn’t a bad idea either.

 1,250 characters

Photo of Mbo108
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured nice and dark, decent lacy though i've seen better. IMO it seemed a little hot, especially for a non-BA beer, though admittedly it only had 5 months on it. I might let it go another 7 at least and try again. Pretty decent for a shelf-beer, but nothing I'd miss if I cant find it again.

 294 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. I've seen too much of the Game of Thrones beer labels recently, and this one isn't helping.

This beer pours a solid, oil-stain black, with the very slightest of basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and chunky chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some decent, if awkwardly splayed webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, musty dark chocolate (like that stuff on sale months after Christmas, Easter, or Hallowe'en), weak coffee, licorice root, wet ash, indistinct black orchard fruit, and earthy, leafy, and kind of grassy hops. The taste is big on the semi-sweet milk chocolate straight off, verily overshadowing the toasty and bready caramel/toffee malt, but not the salty Nordic black licorice, mushy dark fruit (plums, dates, and 'holiday' cherries), cafe-au-lait, nor the sidling leafy, weedy, and uber alles, perfumed hops.

The bubbles are actually quite supportive, if a tad frothy in their bearing, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and more or less smooth, the hops weirdly more threatening at this juncture than any, well, alcoholic measures. It finishes off-dry, and not as sweet as one might have been expecting, what with the bridled booze and brash hops waking up to smell the coffee (and malt, and chocolate, and fruit, etc).

A pleasantly rendered in its restrained, over the top manner version of the style - the suspected interlopers kept mostly in check. More drinkable than anything 25-proof and this large has any right to be, but that comes with the caveat of being a fan of big-ass stouts in the first place. Worthy of seeking out for, well, the sudden change of seasons on a holiday Monday is a good enough reason for this (non) camper.

 1,766 characters

Photo of JamesMN
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/22/13. Says its designed to improve with age.

Appearance: Black body with a thin cap of light brown suds. Not quite as dark as some other stouts but definitely looks the part.

Aroma: Rich dark malt and stone fruit. Dried figs. I've got a bit of a head cold so this thing is very quite aromatic for being about a year and a half since it was bottled.

Taste: Starts with nearly sweet dark malt flavor that transitions to a sweet cream flavor. The hops don't add much to the flavor, likely having faded from sitting on the shelf for so long. However, the bitter tones from the dark malt help balance the creamy sweetness. Finish is bitter coffee grinds. Really not tasting much of the 12.5% ABV apart from a burn on the palate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with moderate carbonation. Full in body.

Final Thoughts: This one basically met my expectations. Would have liked to taste a little vanilla or perhaps an oaken-aged version just to spruce it up a bit. The flavor is consistent with many other well known stouts of the style. Definitely a well done beer but nothing special. Would I drink it again? Maybe if it was on nitro-tap.

 1,160 characters

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.