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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 323
Hads: 1,413
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 404 | FT: 30
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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 WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of BenjieK
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
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! (308 characters)

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)

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.