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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 88
Gots: 366 | FT: 30
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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 HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of KKB
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.

Photo of harmoniousplinth
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black brew with two fingers of head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

Rather weak aroma for such a big stout. A little roasted and chocolate malt. Also herbal and medicinal.

Nothing really exciting about the flavor. A bit astrigent. Aggresively hopped and overly so. The malt flavor is chocolaty and mildly roasted. Herbacous and earthy hop flavor. The alcohol is well hidden.

The body does not feel as big as I think it should be with this ABV, but it feels properly carbonated and pleasantly textured. Just not big and chewy.

A letdown. Nothing wrong with the beer but not really getting into this highly hopped stout.

Photo of wesdorris
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours solid pitch black with a frothy head that subdues to a thin light brown ring around the sides of my tulip glass. Slight swirl of filmy head lingers on the surface.

S: Sticky sweet biscuit, lots of herbal non-floral working hops, Roast and coffee, slight medicinal (Non-Band Aid) aroma.

T: Slightly cloying, A little dryness to counter the sweet, alcohol, over hopped in an unbalanced way IMO. Slight medicinal taste. Roast and coffee, slight licorice linger.

M: Oily and middle of the road for an IRS.

O: Great beer, just spoiled by the bounty in San Diego County.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strong pour from a bomber into a Duvel glass. Opened at about 40°, and re-sampled until it reached about 60°.

A: Milky, dark beer that develops a moderate tan head, which recedes quickly, and leaves very little lacing.

S: Not the greatest RIS I have ever smelled. There are some chocolate notes, but also some off aromas, like cardboard and glue. Slight hoppiness discernable after it warms.

T: Slightly astringent, sight chocolate finish. A little bitterness, and a tiny amount of sweetness. The alcohol is well-masked. I can't say I'm hating this, but I wouldn't call it a favorite.

M: It's very rich and creamy. This is easily its best attribute.

O: I just don't understand why Clown Shoes released this beer. I have had plenty of Imperial Stouts, and generally like the style. But this one is one of my biggest RIS disappointments. There just isn't the complexity or harmony that I expect from a RIS. Too bad.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at BBC Cedarville--served into a tulip glass.

Appearance: black in color, 1/4inch head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, creamy vanilla and alcohol--especially on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with roasty bitterness and alcohol burn at the end

Overall: An above average chocolate treat. I think the booziness in this one is a bit too overwhelming and dominates some of the other flavors. That separates it from others that I like more in the style. Not a bad beer, but there are others that I would go to first in the style.

Photo of silverking
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a khaki/tan head. lacing is short lived, but it cascades beautifully down the glass. Intense and earthy aromas of vanilla, pine, licorice and alcohol dominate the nose. It has a perfect mothfeel, creamy with low carbonation. The tast carries oasted malt up front that fades slowly and elegantly into a dark chocolate and bitter hop finish. There is definately a warming sensation to be had from drinking this brew, although the alcohol is surprisingly undetectable on the palate. Overall, I wish that there was a more intense flavor profile. Compared to the smell and appearance of this beer the taste felt somewhat muted. The bottle states that it improves with age, I'll have to cellar a few and see what happens. Definately recommended.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still very much amused by the art style on Clown Shoes' bottle labels.

It's black, all right. Three fingers of fluffy khaki foam caps a finger of inverted bubble rushing movement for about three minutes, but leaves behind only minimal lacing patterns on the glass interior. Rich, deep body with a nice silky smoothness but perhaps about 15% undercarbonated for my taste.

There is a very distinctive stab of licorice aroma on the nose, overlaying the char, ash, coffee, and an additional welcome garnish of pine resin. The flavor, at first, resembles as though somebody had made charcoal briquettes out of carbonized raisins. As it warms up, the flavor gains elements of pithy bittering, smokey ash, and bitter cocoa powder. The ABV is hard to detect, so I advise taking it slowly with this one. This is a pretty good RIS that distinctively leans hard on the char side of the balance spectrum with framing accent notes of licorice aroma and resinous flavor.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an opaque dark as night black in color with a thin head that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Had a very nice dark chocolatey aroma upfront in the nose with plenty of malty sweetness, hints of toffee, coffee, a hoppy presence, slightly earthy and a little vanilla was coming through as well.

T: The flavor had some good roastiness alongside that sweet dark chocolate that the aroma suggested but with a good coffee kick, sweet toffee, hints of earthiness, hoppy accents and a touch of underlying vanilla.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, slightly hoppy, mildly bitter and silky finish.

O: was a solid RIS which was better than I thought it was going to be and the hop character was well balanced and not over done.

Photo of robmoak
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a deep dark jet black with an average (1-2 finger) medium brown dense creamy head that reduced to a thin film with a small collar and had excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was very robust with a burnt chocolate malt, light resin hops and a sweaty leathery yeast, with notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla and a bit of smoke.

The taste was extremely malty and lightly sweet with a hint of chocolate for the first few seconds, and then became moderately bitter with a big coffee note, a hint of smoke and an almost overwhelming alcohol presence towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow, with an alcohol infused espresso mocha taste left to settle in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with an oily, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very impressive brew, one which possessed a ton of flavor and a smooth easy drinkability. I believe I will buy another just to age, a brew like this can only get better and better...


Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Psychmusic
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour. Very slick with a noticeable thickness to the liquid. Brown head settled very fast. Minimal foam retention. Lacing was moderate at best.

S - Nice scent of dark malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and licorice. A nicely complex and rich smell.

T - Rich flavors of cocoa powder, hearty malts, sugary sweet candy, and licorice. Finish has a slight smoky quality.

M - Rich flavored big stout that is easily enjoyed by sipping. Has an oily feel on the tongue. Heavy bodied stout that is all that you expect.

O - I'd get this again. This is a high quality russian stout that has plenty of complexity. I found this a nice break from the bourbon barrel aged stouts, maple syrup infused stouts, and other trendy picks. This is just a solid RIS with plenty to offer.

Photo of BeerBaron
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle about a year old

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, some piney hops, licorice.

T- Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, pine, woody, licorice, touch of alcohol.

M- Full body, smooth, creamy.

O- A tasty beer worth trying. I would like to try a fresh bottle. Nice complexity with a good bitter finish.

Photo of mattizmyname
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours thick & black. Thin tan head. Not much lacing.

S - Hoppy for a RIS. Loads of black licorice and semi-sweet chocolate.

T - A roasted stout with heavy flavor coffee and dark chocolate. Malts abound with a hop presence that is noticeable.

M - Heavy on the palette and medium carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable for a hoppier stout. Hits all the right notes that one looks for in an RIS.

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a slightly brown/off-white head that settles around one finger. The nose is pretty hoppy for something so burly. Some pine, grapefruit, a bit of chocolate, some roasted malts, coffee and some raisin and prune notes. There's some spice in there too like cinnamon and clove. The taste is more roasty than the nose but hops are definitely prevalent. Grapefruit, roasted malts, char, pine, coffee, smoke, a hint of dark chocolate, a bit of spice and some zesty citrus way in the back. Its full bodied, medium mouthfeel, lighter than expected but it works very well. It has weird flavors for a stout, I don't remember so much hops the last time I had it but that may have been an older batch. This one was bottled 9/25/12 so its pretty fresh. I'd love to grab another and set it aside for about a year to see where it goes when the hops fall off.

As it warms up the hops fall off and the smoke and char become more intense.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.31.12.

A - Pours a motor oil brown, wich looks black in the glass. It has a one inch brown foamy head and solid retention.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, some hop presence.

T - Grass, hopped up stout with some chocolate and roasted malts.

D - Good carbonation and a heavy body.

O - Chocolate, roasted and hoppy.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.