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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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1,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 80
Gots: 355 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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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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.

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*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.

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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

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.