Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 95
Gots: 386 | FT: 28
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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 Lefty1881
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just cracked this open out of the bottle. Nice smoke, no aroma from the bottle really and it is being served pretty warm.

Pours nice and thick, aroma is huge now - I smell a ton of espresso, no real chocolate to speak of , but a very nice bite of bitter hops and espresso. Looks great!

Diving right in for a smell, its just all coffee - huge espresso, with just a slight hint of milk chocolate at the end. No real alcohol noted here, very well blended. Getting some smoky roasted flavors, could almost pass as a bacon smell. Very enjoyable.

Ok, let's take a swig of this monster - WOW, that's a huge hit of straight alcohol. It says right on the label, made for aging.. No joke! All I tasted was alcohol, and then a roasted smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk though - full bodied, and now the alcohol is burning in the chest. Woooo! I feel warm. Sticky mouth feel around the lips with some sweetness, but this is mainly all alcohol & roasted notes. The espresso aromas don't really follow the taste - just taste like alcohol smoke. Pretty intense, but not offputting. I can handle it - back of the mouth is now like an 80% dark chocolate bitter feel, it's a pretty interesting stout - but alcohol is the main player in this.

Let me sip a little ...
( 5 min later )
Alright , a little more chocolate taste - but still a bit of alcohol burn. It's still a great beer with everything you want, bitter dark chocolate, smooth full mouth feel, ton of roasted notes, and alcohol all blended pretty well together. I am enjoying it, about 1/3 done of the bottle - definite sipper. But I say try it out, and then get one to age, cuz it needs to chill out.. Seriously, like one of those girls at a party that can't shuttup, that's how it needs to just sit and chill for a little.

ENJOY!
-AJ's Review

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this once with my brother in law and got another to review.

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color into a tulip with about a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lots of roast, wood, cocoa, slight dark fruits.

Taste – Heavy roast as the nose led me to believe, bittersweet dry cocoa, hints of hops, earthy molasses, and just a hint of dark fruits like raisins.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – A very roasty beer. Not overly sweet which I enjoy. Very bittersweet. In addition, the alcohol is hidden amazingly well. This is a very solid RIS and will get another to cellar. Pretty darn impressed.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a small snifter.

This monster pours black as night with extremely dark brown edges. There is a fingers worth of mocha colored head that sits very briefly.

The nose is chocolaty and has a bit of anise underneath a roasted malt scent. The booze is pretty well masked but it's still detectable.

The taste has a massive roasted malt presence that leaves a faint smokey taste in my mouth. Melded within the malt lies some chocolate and more chocolate. The ABV is better masked within the taste than it was in the nose. Very nice and roasty.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and has a bit more carbonation than expected for a stout of such strength.

Overall, this is a pretty beastly stout that has a nice roasty flavor. This brew seems to be a perfect candidate for cellaring and i'm looking forward to try this a couple years down the road.

Photo of ms11781
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in October 2011. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours solid black with a light brown head that rises and falls fairly quickly. A nice ring of tannish/light brown, soap-like foam collects around the edges of the glass and sticks around for the duration. Tiny wisps of lacing cling to the glass with each sip.

There is a good deal going on in the nose. Some nice roasty notes are prominent along with a slightly charred character. There is a bit of chocolate along with some black licorice and anise. As the beer warms the black licorice and anise disappear completely and the charred character becomes stronger.

The taste leads with some soft dark chocolate and a touch of black licorice. A huge roasted malt takes over shortly thereafter and ends up in a bitter, dry, charred finish. As with the nose, the roasted and charred/smoky characters take over as the beer warms. Overall, the taste is much stronger than the nose is all aspects. The chocolate and black licorice are much more prominent in the taste and the roasty and smoke characters in the taste are huge.

Full body with low carbonation give the beer a thick, creamy feel. The creamy mouthfeel balances out a bitter, dry finish.

Two completely different beers between being chilled and when it warms. Huge roasted aromas and flavors as it warms with subtle chocolate and black licorice notes when it's chilled. Perhaps the rare stout that is better a bit colder.
Definitely a beer I'd like to revisit with some age on it.

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Binny's. Bottled 9/11/2011. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving light mocha foam settles to a thin ring, some faint wisps, and no lace. Very, very dark brown body.

S - Intensely roasted grains, light smoke and char, licorice, dark chocolate, and some moderate alcohol presence. Very intense, and very roasty and dry, with minimal sweetness present.

T - Taste is again intensely roasted and charry, with anise, dark chocolate, and perhaps a hint of vanilla sweetness that valiantly tries (and fails) to offset the burnt malts and smoke. Alcohol is bit better hidden here.

M - Medium body that seems surprisingly light for 12.5%. Otherwise it's smooth on the palate, with lower carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish that only retains a little of the smokiness. Some alcohol presence, but nothing excessive.

D - If you dig intensely charry European stouts this will be right up your alley - I could imagine Mikkeller or Amager making something like this with the intense roast and char flavors. Not my cup of tea unfortunately.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blaecorn Unidragon pours black into the glass with a big, frothy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. It has a lot of alcohol in it, but also roasted malt, pine and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft and creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty and dominated by chocolate and roast malt. Some coffee notes and nuts are also present. It finishes with some piney hop bitterness and alcohol. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt linger on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's pretty easy to drink for 12%+ abv. A little bit of age would smooth out the alcohol notes.

Photo of GbVDave
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottled 9/11

A: Pours a perfectly acceptable, inky black with a small yet creamy, mocha colored head. Retention was good withb a thin collar and whispy skim remaining after about 10 minutes.

S: Fudge, dark fruit, and a healthy amount of char. Quite a bit of nostril tickling solvent alcohol.

T: See above with waaaay more hot booziness. After a sip or two, that's all you can taste...after the stale & burnt firepit ashes, of course.

M: Starts off smooth and creamy enough...then the door swings the other way towards complete palate fatiguing booziness.

O: I had high hopes for this but I felt a little let down by the Clown this time. Yes, I do realize that it's 12.5% and a certain amount of booziness is to be expected, but this was off the charts to us. Felt raw and unfinished. Definitely needs more time in the bottle.

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

Huge mocha head developed, very creamy, perfect lacing. Very sticky, wonderful retention. When it finally does dissipate some, the collar is a giant puffy loofa of love. Inky darkness, no ruby edging or factors that would ruin the RIS appearance.

A creamy off-egg and custard sweetness right off the bat. Sharp acrid grain isn't necessarily roasty but bitter. Dark fruits give the nature of sweet plums and dates with some cherry tartness.

Big jump in roasty nature, some English malty sweetness. Rotates into dark fruits. Plums and dates mostly. Not so much tart cherries. There is an alcoholic astringency that somewhat hides the bitterness of burnt grains and lends help in blocking the acrid nature. Finish is a delightful coffee roast and dark chocolate sweetness that really balances out the whole effect. Truly brings it up a notch.

Creamy, hot, volatile, astringent at times. Sticky flavors, long lasting power. It doesn't feel like a 12.5% beer, but it definitely feels close to it. Low carbonation helps benefit the overall presentation of the beer.

Simple stout. Almost Belgian in nature. Not too much going on here.

Photo of BenjieK
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/2011

Love Clown Shoes, was very excited to pick this up!

A: Black. Puffed up brown head. Left clumps of lace.

S: Piney hops, earth, dark malt, sweet.

T: A fantastic blend of juicy hops and dark roasted and chocoalte malts.

M: Not hot at all. Smooth and creamy!

I really enjoyed this offering!

Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of kungpao
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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).

Photo of amphion1065
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.