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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 70
Gots: 276 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of Crispy34


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

I purchased a bomber bottle off the shelf and chilled slightly at the store then came home and opened right away.
A: The artwork on the bottle is pretty dang sweet, so it had me expecting a lot. The beer poured light for a stout, I thought. In the glass it was black, though with a nice tan head. It looked thinner than I thought it would for how boozy I knew it was.
S: The smell was very roasty with the booze showing through at the end... in other words, for me, it smelt like a fantastic stout.
T: I am glad I didn't chill this beer too long, cause it is very spicy warmer. The taste was dry and boozy the whole way through, but the dark malts show very nicely. As strong as this beer is, the alcohol does not show too much, which is nice. The beer finishes a pleasant roasted dry flavor, which makes me want another sip faster than I prolly should, ha!
M: The beer sits well, but as I stated before, a little thinner than I thought it would be. I figured it would be more syrupy type beer, but I was surprised by how well it sat.
O: I would most definitively buy this beer again. It is a very solid stout, and honestly the one real knock that would keep me from it is how high the alcohol is. It is very much a one and done type beer. If you are looking for a really good stout and that's it, you have found it.

02-19-2012 00:56:49 | More by Crispy34
Photo of emerge077


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Jet black with a dull tan head in a tulip glass. Some spotty lace and a swirling skim of foam on the surface. Foam takes a few minutes to recede.

Mild roasty aroma, seems a little muted but still pure. Slightly sweet fruitiness, subdued in general.

Flavors of roasted malt, slight char, ample bitterness for sure. Not as hoppy as anticipated, but still packs a punch. Dry and bitter, not very sweet or confectionary at all in the aftertaste, more resinous hop character and deep bitter dry roast. Medium bodied, the bottle was best shared. Abv was somewhat apparent, but still pretty drinkable.

02-18-2012 06:32:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of chocosushi


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

4oz->Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours black with a dark camel head that is thick and full, settling into a creamy cap. Lace is extremely thick, dissolving in fat streaks.

S ~ Big notes of Plum & Tropical Citrus. Hints of black pepper & fennel. . . Guatemalan Coffee. . . Deep in the finish is extremely woody, pulpy pine resin.

T ~ Plums following through to a lesser extent with big punches of assorted citrus with a touch of smoke. . . Black pepper & Anise mid-palette. . . Coffee & Firewood on the finish.
Cinnamon-Raisin breads notes are peppered throughout amongst the other more aggressive flavors.

M ~ VERY RESINOUS. Dark & fruity as well without being overly-vinous. Smokey with a touch of spice & heat smack dab on the throat. It evolves in your mouth long after the semi-dry finish. There's an almost savory feel on the palette at times reminiscent to after eating a sharp cheese.

D ~ Very deep flavors here, which I come to expect from Clown Shoes these days. Lots of malty flavor and a hefty hop bill. Not one to pound, I wouldn't order it out for sure, but a great nightcap sipper to plug up for later. Well worth trying & a job well done from Clown Shoes.

02-18-2012 02:04:58 | More by chocosushi
Photo of Otisimaas


4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-18-2012 00:42:38 | More by Otisimaas
Photo of Brad007


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

I've had this in my fridge for a few weeks. Just finally got around to cracking it open.

Pitch black. Nothing new. Nothing trendy. The perfect color for the style. Really!

The roasted malt is strong with this one. Stupid cliches aside, there's more depth to this than Vampire Slayer (in terms of imperial stouts).

My taste buds certainly agree. The hops strike with a renewed enthusiasm, followed by heavily roasted malt. Somehow, I feel compelled to sip, not chug.

The mouthfeel confirms my suspicions. This isn't something that you want to sample in a hurry.

I would probably suggest aging a bottle of this to see how it compares. It's solid as is.

02-17-2012 05:13:41 | More by Brad007
Photo of SteinTilter


5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-16-2012 17:26:26 | More by SteinTilter
Photo of codsmith


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours jet black with a nice thin creamy caramel head that maintains throughout the beer and laces the glass very nicely

S: A rather clean stout with a slight alcohol aroma, but not a whole lot else going on aroma wise

T: Has a dark chocolate taste with a bitter bite on the end. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

M: Very smooth and velvety. Carbonation is a touch overdone for the style and ABV.

O: Not really reminiscent of a typical Russian imperial stout. It's a very good stout, but was expecting a bit more

02-16-2012 05:18:18 | More by codsmith
Photo of TrickkyGangsta


3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-14-2012 15:45:26 | More by TrickkyGangsta
Photo of JustHarmless

New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my trusty tulip glass

A- Poured a jet black color with a thin, tan, 1/2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly

A- Chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, hint of smokiness

T- Follows the nose rather closely with flavors of chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, some dark fruits, with some mild hoppiness on the backend and a hint of smoke

M- Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Nicely balanced and just a hint of alcohol burn.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. A wonderful example of a Russian Imperial Stout, with some more complexity that expected. Clown Shoes is a brewery that never disappoints. I highly recommend this beer!

02-14-2012 14:00:17 | More by JustHarmless
Photo of BARFLYB


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Blaecorn Unidragon goes in the glass looking black like a stout. Black as night with a tannish head up above with splotches. Nice retention. Smell is Very roasted malt forward. A pungent scent ala Storm King. Faint dark fruit with some coffee and licorice and bakers chocolate. Tasting this, It's apparent this is a big ass stout. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, cocco nibs, a hint of alcohol. One thing about these clown Shoes beers is that the alcohol is hidden very well in most offerings. Feel is full, carb is there, goes down smooth with a bit of warming. Glad I had it on tap because 22oz's of this would of been a chore.

02-12-2012 17:45:19 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of BJasny


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

02-12-2012 04:00:06 | More by BJasny
Photo of Schlais


4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-11-2012 05:25:44 | More by Schlais
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours as I expect- starless and bible black.
Sadly a short lived head with minor lacing of the glass.

Small nose-- hints of toasted malt, charcoal, raisins with a bit of hops crying "me too! me too!"

but the flavor-- ah the flavor!
Yes, is a russian imperial stout all the way!
Not only the ABV but the up front in your face flavor. Ahhh.. Toasted malt, hops bitterness, raisins, brown sugar, charcoal, carbon.. I could keep digging but you get the idea.

Mouthfeel very cordial-- with enough effervecensce to keep it lively. The finish won't quit-- I might rinse my mouth to make that finish stop!

Also overall-- I've downgraded- the 12.5 ABV-- needed perhaps for an Imperial Stout but my system complains-- and I'd like to quaff a few pints at a sitting-- but they're going to have to carry me home.

Look for this beer at your fave packie-- it's worth the adventure!

02-11-2012 01:17:17 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of zekeman17


5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-10-2012 17:15:41 | More by zekeman17
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

Clown Shoes Blaecorn, bomber bought at Whole Foods Columbus Circle for $11.99 plus tax.

Appearance: Served in my Lost Abbey snifter, this comes looking the customary pitch-black of every other big stout, along with the classic coffee-colored head. Not much retention (head dies soon) but decent lacing. Carbonation is a bit low for the style.

Smell: Underwhelming. Feels almost like a homebrew, extract and all. You know that smell/feeling? Traces of vanilla and coffee… a bit of molasses… some hops and funks at the end. Cat pee.

Taste: Classic big stout, the coffee, the chocolate, the roastiness. Some dairy and swamp notes. Nice hoppy finish and bunch of malt all around.

Mouthfeel: Not really up to par. Pretty thin for such a huge beer! Medium body and flavor, medium-to-low carbonation.

Overall: An alright beer, but certainly cannot stand against the big classic Russian Imperial Stouts of our times (Stone, North Coast, you name it). One good thing about this brew is how outrageously easy it drinks. 12.5%? You’d never bet! Lacking a bit in flavor, but damn chuggable.

02-10-2012 05:48:29 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of crashoveride


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-09-2012 14:30:01 | More by crashoveride
Photo of xanok


5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-09-2012 08:05:51 | More by xanok
Photo of FanofHefe


4/5  rDev -1.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no freshness dating noted. Deep black body and highly carbonated for a RIS. Big, three-finger dark mocha head that has excellent retention and leaves streaky lacing all along the glass.

The aroma starts of sweetly, featuring dark fruit notes, primarily raisin. The sweetness fades to roasted malt and a note of alcohol. Expecting this to be hot.

The flavor is tilted toward the roasted malt substantially. Bitter notes of dark malt blend with a nearly equal combination of dark fruit and dark chocolate. The finish gives a taste of licorice and cherry, but in small amounts.

Thick mouthfeel and a bit of alcohol present. Not the best RIS I’ve had, but very solid nonetheless.

02-08-2012 01:40:16 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of GallowsThief


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Big, bad and black pour. Finger of creamy milk chocolate head that receded quickly. Not much lacing.

S – Nice sweet chocolate aroma. Cocoa, vanilla and toffee.

T – Not nearly as sweet as the smell. Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate come through. Bold coffee flavor next with a touch of burnt grounds. This gives it some bitterness. Finishes with some astringent characteristics and a slight alcohol burn all the way down.

M – Full bodied and chewy brew. Coats thee palate and leaves a touch of bitterness.

O – Really solid stout here. Nice big and bold flavor. Smell seems sweet but the flavor is otherwise.

02-07-2012 23:42:33 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of beersis81


3/5  rDev -26.3%

02-06-2012 14:41:20 | More by beersis81
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: pours at thick dark brown with black hue. A big tan head floats atop and leaves spots of lacing.

Smells: a chocolate front with a heavy roasted coffee and malt.

Tastes: there is a thick roasted malt character with sweet chocolate compared to the usual bitter chocolate in other RIS. The coffee character is strong but well balanced with everything going on in this brew.

Mouthfeel: there is a good amount of carbonation in this brew and quite drinkable. at 12.5% it doesn't go down like such a big beer, but packs the punch like one.

Overall: I picked up a 22oz bottle for $7 and I feel like its probably one of the best offerings Clown shoes put out by me, and I will surly pick it up again.

02-06-2012 02:48:54 | More by kennylopez
Photo of Aiptasia


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Served up at approx. 55 degrees f in a pint glass, poured from bottle.

Appearance is beautiful. Pours with a big huge chocolate milk foam head with great lacing and long legs. Takes forever to fade and sits dark and lovely in the glass.

Smells of alcohol, roasted malts and slight grassiness from what must be late hop additions.

Taste is bitter up front with lots of medicinals, alcohol, roasted malt espresso flavors. Bitterness lingers a bit too long for my tastes.

It's got a warming sting, rich and thick beer. Overall, good but not great.

02-05-2012 22:33:17 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of CoreyCramer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-03-2012 10:13:41 | More by CoreyCramer
Photo of corby112


3.38/5  rDev -17%

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger beige head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma that is surprisingly hop forward. Lots of resin and earthy pine needle overpowering the dark malts. Underneath, there are hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal.

Chewy full body with a strong bitter hop presence that lingers over the dark malts into a dry finish. Again, surprisingly hop forward for the style with dry, sticky, resinous pine needle flavor. The hop compliment the malt but really bring out their roasted bitterness. This makes the beer a bit one dimensional with very little sweetness balances things out. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal as well as some slight booze. Surprisingly very little heat at 12.5%. Pretty easy to drink but a bit one dimensional and too bitter for my preference.

02-01-2012 04:50:54 | More by corby112
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-31-2012 00:25:16 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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