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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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1,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 72
Gots: 280 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011)
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Photo of Litterbean
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I need to get out (and on BA.com) more. I had never heard of this brewery before but I saw this lone bottle sitting on a shelf in my hometown distributor and picked it up.

12.5% ABV? No sweat.

Poured into a wide-mouthed wine glass. Black. Brown head. Intimidating. I know how it felt for prehistoric creatures to stare into tar pits.

Smell is overwhelming, fragrant, bitter, like coffee but sweeter with whiffs of raisins.

The taste starts off cool and bitter but opens up to literal and perceived warmth as I savor it. Very chocolatey, but with lots of bitter, dark roasted coffee and the aforementioned raisin notes, plus a hint of licorice in the aftermath. The alcohol is subtle but its effects are noted with the first sip. Warmth radiates through my appendages.

So very, very good.

Litterbean, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an inky black opaque body with a thick milkshake cocoa colored head with a few microbubbles popping up below head.

S- The dark green musty hops are overcome by black smoky charred malt aroma. There is a new sneaker aroma that comes through in the finish.

T- The black inky yet smooth smoky roasted malt with a cloth band-aid hint soon covered by dark fruit and charred coffee malt flavor. There is a chocolate malt flavor and some chalky qualities come through aswell. There is a dry smoke note to the black malt that lingers a bit.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat but a slipper texture and an alcohol warmth that grows in the exhale.

O- The dark malt has a nice smoky rich flavor with some peat character but it is not overpowering. Not a lot of depth but some good flavor that taste like an imperial dry stout that a Russian Imperial Stout. With some nice warmth.

rhoadsrage, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of LostTraveler
4/5  rDev -1.7%

LostTraveler, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

Black in color with an khaki colored head. Intensely roasty with a metallic tinge to it. There's an ashy quality to it as well as some smoke and burnt toast. The flavor is really no better. I get lots of smoke, ash, and char. The metallic character is still there as is a mild acidity. Maybe some molasses, licorice, and dark chocolate, but sort of a moot point.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.7%

xnicknj, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 10/11.

Appearance: Pours out an unassuming, black body with one inch (and only one inch) of tan suds. A few pen points of lace is all you get.

Smell: Slight smokiness from the burnt, charred malts edged by dark chocolate with a rather high cocoa content, scant dark fruits, a chimney's contents, resinous-traced hop pellets, and fine spirits.

Taste: Roasted, burnt malts with some sweetish, sugary treacle and malted milk balls covered in dark bitter chocolate. Floral, resinous hops, maybe a little hint of white grapefruit in there as well. Medium-high bitterness. A handful of burnt raisins. Some alcoholic heat in there. Occasionally, you get an additional blip of sugar. Resinous and tar-basted on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy, a bit sticky.

Overall: A hard roastiness for a fully charry flavor with a generous hopping and a noted though not overly forward alcohol presence. It can be tiring, honestly, and, for me, it grinds to a very slow sipper about halfway through the bomber. I'm far less of a proponent of beer aging than I was in years past, but this, this beer seems like one that could really require some time to smooth out.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Crispy34
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Crispy34, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

emerge077, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

chocosushi, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Otisimaas
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Otisimaas, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brad007, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of SteinTilter
5/5  rDev +22.9%

SteinTilter, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of codsmith
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

codsmith, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -14%

TrickkyGangsta, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of JustHarmless
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

JustHarmless, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BARFLYB, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of BJasny
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

BJasny, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Schlais, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

gueuzeonhigh, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
5/5  rDev +22.9%

zekeman17, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of crashoveride
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

crashoveride, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of xanok
5/5  rDev +22.9%

xanok, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FanofHefe, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GallowsThief, Feb 07, 2012
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.