Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 1,398
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.7%
Wants: 97
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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 jamescain
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a then brown head about a centimeter thick that fades to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and cream, with caramel and vanilla notes. Surprisingly sweet smelling then what I was expecting.

Taste: Roasted grains, coffee and chocolate. Not as complex as I was hoping for with a slight roasted astringency.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but thinner then I was expecting, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I had heard good things about this beer, but honestly I think its just above middle of the road for the style. Not bad, but I don't think I would buy it again. (652 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is black with two fingers of pillowy brown head and with thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is roasty with some nice dark malt aroma with some slight burnt toast aroma. There is a sweet black licorice aroma is there as well.

The taste is big roasty malts that a little boozy with some slight coffee flavor is there in the back of the throat and hangs with some slight dark chocolate flavor as well.

The feel of this beer is smooth but is a bit heavy with a big feel that is with you throughout the sip. This drinkable and goes down easy with a slight burn at the back of the throat, nice. (656 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,234 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Decent head, medium opacity. Not bad at all, but not great.

Smells nicely intense, but the nodes don’t quite all jibe up. Smokiness. Big—is this supposed to be smoked? The firewood cinder smell overrides everything, and while it’s got some very pleasant nodes of meat and cheese, it’s a wee bit one dimensional.

Tastes as it smells. Nicely intense, very smokey, tokey, meaty, and peaty, but not all that much balance or complexity, in spite of the pleasant strength.

A solid RIS. (504 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes. Becoming a big Clown Shoes fan, see how this turns out.

A- Pitch black body into a pint glass with a big dark mocha cap. Head has good retention and leaves nice spotty mocha lace.

S- Big roasty malt, cocoa, raisin, sugars. Hop presence in the background is somewhat pine and earthy. Caramel.

T- Again, big and roasty up front with a hop presence that comes in with warmth. Lots of cocoa, dark acrid roast malt. Hops give an earthy, pine flavor, more than most RIS.

MF- Silky thick and creamy body. Moderate carbonation and some roast bitterness.

Nice roast malt profile with some hops that kick in nicely. Unique feel for a 12.5% RIS but a good one. (696 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an inky black, no highlights seen when held up to the light, a good amount of tan head that sticks to the glass

S-Earthy hops, roasted malts, light roasted coffee, and chocolate

T-this RIS is heavier on the hops than I expected, but has a nice amount of roasted malt to balance it out. Taste also includes dark fruits, black coffee, and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is surprisingly absent except for a small warming sensation.

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, leaves a nice roasted feeling on the tongue

Overall it is a good beer, the alcohol doesn't overpower it which is good. I would have it again. (620 characters)

Photo of kungpao
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black with an impressive thick foamy chocolate color head. Aroma is intense notes of roasted malts and chocolate. Hops are pretty subtle in the aroma.

This is a huge beer with very intense flavor profiles. Chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, and bittering hops assault the palette with each sip. Heat from the alcohol has you second guessing yourself if its too hot or well balanced the whole experience.

Intense imperial stout, not for those whom are scared. (484 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of the gimmicky name, but always interested in trying a local imperial stout.

Pours black, big tan head retains nicely at a finger for a while eventually reducing to a cap. Some lace.

Smell is big and pretty much textbook stout - milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, slight vanilla. Simple but very good.

Taste brings on some piny hops but this is mostly just a big robust stout, less hoppy that I expected given the reviews. Huge cocoa, roasted malt and caramel, slight coffee with cream.

Carbonation is higher than usual for the style, but I loved this mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and the 12.5% is undetectable.

Pretty awesome, pure imperial stout with a bit of hop power...doesn't break any stout boundaries, but very solid. It's pricey but I wouldn't mind picking this up again sometime. (810 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle from Maria's at the Firestone Walker Tasting there last night... I was stoked to see this in the cooler and snatched it up... Last bottle...

Rich dark roasted malts pound their way out of the glass at me and bring with them an essence of smoke that takes me by surprise... Man, these aromas have some teeth to them... I might get a little chocolate here but for the most part this beer highlights the roasted malts in a great way... Terrific aromas...

Exceptionally smooth flavors of dark roasted malts, smoked meats, a hint of piney hops (surprise!) as well as a little of that chocolate from the aroma... This is a delicious brew... Sweet but not overly so... Terrific... Really delicious... I can't seem to get enough of this...

A top tier RIS if you ask me... This was great all the way around... Looks, aromas, awesome taste... Well done, Clown Shoes! (881 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

What happens when you can't decide on a name for your beer? name it two things at once, o' course! This case-in-point pours a deep black (no fancy synonyms can do this black justice, so it's just plain black here) topped by over a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises darkly roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark greens, and a small whiff of char. I never thought I'd say this, but this beer smells too damn dark... The taste holds notes of burnt malts, light char, light leather, bitter dark chocolate, and pine resin. It's good, but comes awfully close to being too bitter for its own good. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a mostly solid stout, but I think they overdid a few things here, particularly with the over-roasting of everything. That, coupled with a slightly too-thin body and an overly aggressive hopping make for a less-than-fully-enjoyable stout experience for me (see my reaction to Hoppin' Frog's DORIS, as the two seem very similar to me). (1,130 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Though, technically, the label art shouldn't factor into the "Appearance" rating for this beer, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how sick it is. As for the beer itself, it pours a pure pitch black, and it just glugs out of the bottle. A two-finger brown head with very tight bubbles forms, leaving great lacing around the glass. Excellent retention.

Lots of charred, roasted malts in the nose. There is a strong, dark chocolate element - it's not quite sweet, more like an earthy raw cocoa aroma. Robust hop presence. There's plenty of coffee in the mix as well. A very slight touch of alcohol.

This is one aggressively-hopped RIS. Up front, this is all about burnt ember malt flavors, but in the finish there is a lingering taste of citrus fruit. Strangely enough, it's somewhat tropical, with a touch of bitterness. Plenty of coffee and chocolate. Not much in the way of dark fruits. There's a very pleasant vanilla note that really comes out as this warms. The alcohol is remarkably well-hidden - I would never guess this was above 8 or 9%.

Great mouthfeel, this is thick like velvet with a perfectly low level of carbonation. Given how imperceptible the alcohol is, it's a pretty easy-drinking beer.

By far the best-tasting and most technically impressive Clown Shoes beer I've had to dare. I would prefer more sweetness, but I can't find any real faults in this. At a time when few New England breweries are producing stouts this big, I'm glad to see that Clown Shoes is pushing the envelope. (1,559 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: No light escapes it's grasp. Inky black with a deep tan head that drops to a thin layer, but holds and leaves thick lacing and tide marks.

Smell: Odd deep roasted grain and bubblegum combo going. Sweet malt, treacle, hints of smoke. Dark.

Taste: Smoke, really more charred wood, sweet sugary base, little rum soaked raisin, hints of leather, with peeks of west coast orange hops in the finish. Little bit of soy sauce malt overkill in the middle of the flavor, but not overbearing. A bit of oxidation/paper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, low-medium carbonation, slight chew with a light oil finish.

Overall: Big beer, plays with the edge of overdone, but pulls up just short. Enjoyable, somewhat like an Old Rasputin, which puts it well into style in my book. (783 characters)

Photo of wburch1967
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/2011. Crazy label of a black unicorn dragon!

This beer pours inky blank with a dark brown head. Leaves lots of sexy lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocoalte, and hops.

Taste is a creamy mix of hops, roast, coffee, and dark, dark chocoalte.

This beer is a badass!!! (273 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter....

A) Jet black, nice cocoa head like the lacing.

S) To me the malts smell a little too burnt. Am hoping that what comes next is better.

T) Don't get the burnt taste that would belie the nose. I get some licorice and vanilla along with the hoppiness. Was not really expecting that, works well!

M) Smooth up front with just a very nice bitter aftertaste (love them hops)..Alcohol burn is there as well.

Really like this beer and glad that Clown Shoes is distributing to the Westchester, NY Region! (524 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, smokey malts, molasses, dark fruits, toffee. Very nice and roasty, really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, bitter coffee, a touch of alcohol, and sweet dark fruits. A slight step down from the nose as the alcohol comes througha bit, though guess that is expected on a 12.5% RIS.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and thick, nice mouthfeel for a big RIS.

o - Overall a pretty good RIS. Very roasty and the taste is a little sweet, this is one I'd buy again. (714 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,763 characters)

Photo of supartyboy
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (543 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (573 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (932 characters)

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.