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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 84
Gots: 366 | FT: 28
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Clown Shoes visit their website
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 Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Clown Shoes, sent courtesy of Aaron (thanks man!) poured into a a pint shaker.

A: Pours deep red & brown but is actually opaque and nearly black in the glass, with tan lacing and head.

S: Really pleasant RIS nose - Big roasted malt, dark caramel sweetness, licorice, and earthy hops with an herbal edge. Coffee as well, with the lightest hint of smoke.

T: With strong flavors of roast, coffee, malt, herbal hop, smoke, and licorice, the palate is right in line with the nose. Full of flavor, and unique in the way the moderate hopping, hints of smoke, and light discernible licorice mesh together.

MF: Medium to full mouthfeel - creamy body, with a light tought of alcohol bite, and medium carbonation.

O: On taste alone, I'm surprised that this one is 12.5% honestly, though I felt it a few minutes after finishing the first 11 or so ounces. Alcohol is hid really well, with some great RIS flavors. Really quality stuff.

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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Splitting a cellar temp bottle with Stopper. Poured the beer into snifters with a jet black pour and minimal beige head that fades to an edge layer quickly after the pour.
The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee bean, with deep hits of booze and bits of burnt cigar. Definitely seems like this is going to be a sipper of a beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with very fine carbonation that has a bit of sticky texture on my palate after each mouthful.
Flavor is as expected from the nose with big hits of malt and booze.
Lots of molasses, dark chocolate and coffee grinds, the finish is warm booze that heats up my belly after each swallow. I dont really find any hops and enjoy this beer slowly as it is fairly hot. WHile I enjoy the beer and its profile I wonder if it would be better in a couple years with a bit of mellowing under its cap.
It is an aggressive beer that can be enjoyed now, but I will get another bottle and sit on it for 3 years to see what happens.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a thick black color with a nice thick creamy brown head on it that holds excellent retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= It smells aggresivly hopped for a RIS. Big hop character as well as a huge roast character to it. Not much alcohol comes through. Smells fabulous.

T= The taste matches the smell pretty well. A big hop character starts up front with a nice roast to it. The roast and hops play a nice bittering role with a sort of peanut butter middle to the beer. It tastes pretty unique to me for a RIS.

M= Smooth and creamy. Very pleasurable.

O= This is a quality RIS. I don't know how easy it is to aquire for a guy but I picked mine up from the store no prob. If that's the case this might be my "go to" RIS this winter. It fits the bill perfectly and tastes great. Check this out for sure.

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

Served on tap, poured into a 6oz. taster, hope this is legit. At 12.5% ABV it better be. Thin tan head recedes quickly, but leaves sweet soapy lacing. Absolutely completely black, with small hints of ruby on the very edge, emphasis on SMALL. Otherwise very black. Aroma is rather subdued, unfortunately. Taste is filled with roasted/toasted molasses malt coffee oat, and TOBACCO, very chewy with some hops/bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth but severe. I do like it. Overall probably too much booze for my liking but still very good. Glad I did a 6oz. So far I'm impressed with Clown Shoes. Cheers.

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

22 oz bottle

A - Black with the slightest hint of brown when held near the light. The head was almost 2 thumbs of thick a thick mocha. Left a thick lacing down the entire glass.

S - Lots of malts, mostly a dark chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate and tiny bit of vanilla.

M - Medium carbonation and very chewy. Creamy and smooth.

D - Not over bearing with alcohol, which happens with imperial stouts. Very drinkable

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

A – Really just a black oily looking goo with just the slightest hints of opacity surrounding the edges, but I may just be imagining that. The head is a slightly burnt wheat toast that is rather meager probably owing to the humongous ABV, looks good overall though.

S – Huge nose, you get a burnt malt right up in the forefront that smells of the darkest and strongest of coffee battling with a bittersweet dark chocolate. Definitely some hops in the nose as well, serving as an undercurrent to the dominating malt.

T – Hops! Wow. Did not see that coming…at all actually. The hops really don’t register too large in the nose but they are the first thing I noticed when I took a sip. Not really because they are the dominant flavor so much as I just truly did not anticipate such a boisterous hoppy presence. The burnt/toasted malt is really the dominant flavor here and it is infused with wondrous coffee and chocolate, and tempered by a brown-sugar like sweetness that serves to even the keel of this beverage. Also, I really like the role of the hops in this beer and the balance they are able to strike by hanging out in the background. Really very nice overall.

M – FULL bodied, limited carbonation as a Russian Imperial stout should be, has a creamy mouthfeel to it and the finish is dryer and a little more bitter than I would have expected as well—not at all unpleasant though. However, I feel like they could have upped the carbonation just a touch. Overall a very good mouthfeel though.

O – Overall, this is a titanic Russian Imperial Stout. Just totally arrogant, in your face, bold as all hell. I mean, the name says it all: Blaecorn Unidragon—a confluence of mythical beasts that surely no beer could live up to! And yet this just kinda does. Flavor is way over the top and perhaps a tiny bit overly ambitious, but hell, I just love beer. One truth that absolutely pertains to me is that I look for the best in all things, and I tend to find it and enjoy. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think that it is just lovely--producing an effect that is greater than the sum of its parts. Will definitely drink again.

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.