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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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BA SCORE
91
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1,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 84
Gots: 365 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 8.99. Bottled 03/2012. Served in a stemmed New Holland glass.

Pours glossy black with two fingers of creamed capuccino head. Ocassional small clumps of lace.

Smells dark roasty with chocolate, coffee and a little smokey pine.

Tastes of deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, smoke and raisins with just enough hints of piney bitter hops and booze. A really nice blend.

Oily slick, medium thick feel with moderate sharp carbonation. Long bitter aftertaste with more coffee and dark chocolate notes.

I've enjoyed this one several times so it was past time to review. This is my favorite year-round available Russian imperial stout and favorite from Clown Shoes. Thick, smooth (much more than expected for 12.5% abv), creamy and complex. Plus it ages well. Highly recommended for imperial stout lovers.

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

22oz bottle split into a pair of large snifters

Pours tar black with a small light brown head and no visible carbonation. Smell is rich and dark, dark fruits, dates and plums, black licorice.

Taste starts out with black licorice, has some coffee and chocolate bitterness, some fruity sweetness. Alcohol and some other bitterness in the background, more chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick, still, but not too sticky. Overall, this is a good beer.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jrpapajcik
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Appearance: A thick, black, beer. Noticeably viscous pour. Finger thick head which dissolves to a thin frothy film. Very dark black with some a little bit of a brown hue when held to light. Looks great.

Smell: Big Roasty malts right off the bat. No bourbon sweetness but it's not completely dry.Some soy sauce and molasses with hints of bread and yeast.

Taste: Big malty grains up front, pleasant amount of sweetness (no where near BA though) Some soy sauce and licorice as it comes across the middle.. Big roasted grain flavor dominates the palate and leaves a bitter/ bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Interesting, started quite thick up front and thinned out considerably as it warmed. Good amount of carbonation in there. Nicely done.

Overall: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was very malty with a big flavor. Unfortunately, the aftertaste was a little too bitter and rough. I wish they could have thrown a little bit more chocolate or balance in the end, this would have been much better.

Photo of ADZA
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not going to drink this tonight but after mates being around for a few drinks i cracked it and it pours the darkest kola hue which leaves a three finger milkshake looking head and similar lacing everywhere,the smell is dark roasted coffee,dark belgian chocolate,booze and fruit cake almost perfect smelling,the mouthfeel is full bodied,silky smooth with minimal carbonation and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries and sultanas,dark chocolate malts,fresh berries,dark roasted coffee,a touch of aniseed and finished just like a milky bittersweet cappicino and overall i love it and it hides its high ABV very well something that could only improve with age and ill be buying it again cheers.

Photo of DRyan
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark inky black with tan head that recedes rather quickly for a stout and leaves little lacing
S: roasty stout, dark smells with some underlying vanilla
T: roasty again, with some hop bite at the end and a little alcohol pungency
M: average stout, nothing special
D: pretty drinkable for a 12.5% ABV, but again nothing special

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

I planned to buy this beer and cellar it for at least a year, but I wanted to find out if it was worth the wait, so I bought one to try now. I got one that had been bottled in January, so it already had 9 months in the bottle. It was inky black, with very little head. Super malty chocolate, with a strong alcohol taste. A really big beer (obviously at 12.5% ABV). I wonder if another year in the bottle will really improve it? Haven't decided if I'm going to get another one and cellar it. Every time I get a Russian Imperial Stout like this, I always just wish I was drinking an Old Rasputin instead!

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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 21st Amendment/Magnolia Maximum Strength Ales 2012 Tulip.
Worthy glass for a worthy beer.
Looks brown Darkest brown with quickly fading minimalist head that leaves a ring of small foam around the edge - again very brown.
No lace to speak of but a lot of small bubbles that cling to the glass in no particular pattern.
Smells of bakers chocolate.
Taste. First impression - wow! Chocolate. Dark chocolate. 90% cocoa dark chocolate.
Aftertaste is burnt bitterness.
And that's my one minor complaint. A little too overpowering flavor wise. Cloying? Not quite but keeps it from being a totally memorable experience.
A great beer though. Very impressed. A fun beer,

Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost opaque it so dark but some light does get through showing a deep garnet and good clarity. The dark tan head looks like the creme on an excellent cup of espresso with a good retention and leaving small lacing all over the glass.

S: The aroma is a head mix of American hops, roasted malt and dark fruit. The moderately strong citrus malt blends with a moderately-strong alcohol aroma for a citrusy and spicy aroma. The malt shows a nice roasted character with some chocolate and coffee notes. The esters are of dried and dark fruits like prunes and plums.

T: Chocolate, alcohol, citrus hops, hops bitterness all compete to beat up you palate but instead just rough you up a bit. There is a dark and dried fruit flavor matching the aroma. The balance is almost firmly bitter but a light caramel and malt sweetness saves you from the dark malt ad hops bitterness.

M: A smooth medium-heavy bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. There is a significant warmth in the back of the throat, but less heat than I'd expect from +12 % ABV.

O: A complex roasty, chocolate, hoppy, bitter alcoholic beer that some how manages to not be totally in you face about any of it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a nightcap last night and it's a good thing it was.Poured into an imperial nonic jet black with a thinner deep khaki colored head atop.Deep roast with a hint of smoke to go along with big sweet alcohol and dark fruit in the nose,I could tell this was gonna be a big sweet monster.First off the sweetness and dark fruit hit hard and pretty much dominated the flavors for me,sure there is some roast and bitter chocolate notes but they seemed to cower under the sweet alcohol onslaught.It's thick and coating with was nice but it took alot for me to finish this beer,is it possible for a beer to seem bigger than 12.5%ABV?....Yes.

Photo of bigdavid77433
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of acevenom
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/2012

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black like motor oil with a creamy two-finger length tan head. Some bubbles can be seen collecting along the underside of the slowly dissipating head. The beer smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, anise, some alcohol, dark fruits, and chocolate.

The beer hits the palate with roasted malts and alcohol. I can pick up some of those notes from the nose like the chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and anise. The beer has been waiting for about six months since bottling, but there is still hop bitterness blending with the strong roasted malt character of this beer. The aftertaste is dominated by the roasted malts. The alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms. It's a complex and aggressive tasting RIS, but still quite tasty.

The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish clings to the mouth, leaving a lingering aftertaste. This is a very good beer.

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