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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 77
Gots: 325 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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 Thehuntmaster
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle 12,5% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled in: January 2012

Appearance: Blaecorn Unidragon looks pitch black in the glass, but sadly a strong back light reveals a wide ring of deep red along the edges. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, tan coloured head that displays great retention for a 12,5% beer and leaves chunky rings of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells pretty damn good! Notes include: Dark chocolate, cocoa, dark caramel, sweet dark fruits (distinct raisin and black cherries), roasted malt, a touch of smoke, roasted nuts, a little liquorice, some char, and an earthy hop character. As the beer warms, the dark fruits seem to become more dominant. A hint of the 12,5% is noted, but it is far from bothersome.

Taste: Wow, this has far more roasted malt character than I expected and feels almost European in this respect. Flavour notes include: Dark roasted malt, a little char, a hint of smoke, dark chocolate, dark caramel, sweet dark fruits and a touch of earthy hops in the finish. The finish is moderately bitter, with a lingering roasted flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, with a fairly high level of smooth carbonation. I think a fuller, heavy body would have made a huge difference to overall feel of the beer.

Overall: Blaecorn Unidragon is a very tasty imperial stout, that seems to fall midway between European and American styles. I have a feeling that a peated whisky barrel aged version would be outstanding.

Photo of josephwa
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SalMineo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of stouty5
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bomber and poured it into 2 snifter glasses.

A - Pours jet black with a generous 1 1/2 fingers off white head. The top of the head looks oily too.

S - Not a whole lot of complex smells here, but I actually smell the hops before the usual Russian Imperial stout notes.

T - Not exactly what I expected, but I like it! There's definitely a decent amount of hops that you taste upfront, but after that it's super smooth and has a very nice roasted malt flavor. Probably the easiest drinking 12.5% ABV beer I've had. I have a feeling that some age would do this beer well.

M - The mouth feel is slightly lighter than I expected, but still pretty nice. The carbonation was much higher than most stouts as well, but this beer is really more of an imperial stout / black IPA hybrid.

O - For just under 10 bucks, I was more than happy with this beer! You don't even know you're drinking a beer with such a high ABV until it hits you. If you like hoppier stouts, I highly recommend this.

Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass -- thanks KevSal!

A: Pours -- get this -- black. With (shock) a tan head. Just like the other two in the series (Vampire Slayer and Angry Beast). Poor retention.

S: The bottle is room temperature, so I'm surprised by how muted the aromas are here; they open up a bit with swirling, but not a heck of a lot. Anise, dark fruit, roasted malt -- and that's about it.

T: Anise and dark fruit carry most of the beer, but they are not very pronounced. The flavor is pretty weak, especially in comparison to Vampire Slayer next to it on the table. I'm surprised that this is a bigger beer with less presence.

M: Full-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: I liked this last in the 'horizontal.' Vampire Slayer is a superior beer, and it carries the blend of these two (Angry Beast). Maybe this bottle was poorly handled along the way, but it was unremarkable and devoid of much aroma or flavor.

Photo of retreminy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled March 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a three finger brown head that takes forever to recede, leaving sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Aroma features chocolate, heavily roasted if not burnt malts, some coffee, alcohol, and then a lot of hops for the style. Very good strength.

Flavor is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a bit burnt/smoky, strong earthy hop bitterness, moderate sweetness, a bit of alcohol on the finish, but surprisingly subdued considering the 12.5% ABV. The alcohol is more apparent on the nose than in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thinner than some Imperial Stouts, a bit grainy at times? Strong carbonation.

This is definitely a very hoppy Imperial Stout, somewhere between that style and a Black IPA. Not very complex, but quite tasty. Gotta give it credit for hiding such a high alcohol content so well, oh and for having a kick-ass name, too.

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on my wants for quite a while. Perhaps the 12.5% explains why I had to backspace 15 times while trying to spell "quite."

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Good times.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled January 2012

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, quite loose, bubbly, fizzy, mocha colored head with decent retention. Transparent black body and ver high levels of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a thick foam cap that thickens out a bit as it sits. A ring and swirly wisp remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. The initial head after the pour was scary, but it settled just fine.

SMELL: A big nose on this one. Nice. Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate aromas, as well as cocoa powder and espresso. Big nose and plenty roasted and burnt. A touch of smoke as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses, and some nice dark chocolate and cocoa poweder. Some smoky notes and vanilla cream at the swallow as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted and burnt malts, dark baker's chocolate, molasses and bitter coffe notes. Quite flavorful, and overall, quite good as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Very nice feel. Definitely on the thicker side with more than enough weight.

OVERALL: This was great. The 12.5% only explains the "quite" delema, but otherwise, it wasn't anywhere to be found. This is an aromatic, flavorful, and well balanced beer with lots to contemplate. Glad to have had the chance to try this and would gladly get more if the opportunity arose. Recommended.

Photo of riy3rd
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Roasty, ceder, charred wood, some coffee.

L: Black, slightly viscous, light tan that dissipates.

T: Some dark fruit with a strong roastiness. Big ceder and charred wood flavors. Medium bitterness with some dark chocolate following. Finishes very roasty and charred. Semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Solid all around, one of the roastier imperial stouts i've ever had.

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of partypak
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with Bottled 2/2012 on the side. Pours an almost pitch black color with an inch of frothy brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, and earth. Taste is smoke and roasted malts up front. Dark chocolate and coffee. Warming alcohol as well. Chocolate and boozey finish. Heavy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid Russian Imperial Stout. Worth grabbing again, although I'd like to try aging one.

Photo of jerrycarlson
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil, thick and black with a soft, brown head that has good retention

S - chocolate, anise, black licorice, roasted malts

T - anise, roasted malts, chocolate, rich, alcohol

M - full bodied, little carbonation, warm, a bit boozy

This is an incredibly crafted, full bodied, perfectly flavored RIS. I look forward to buying a few more of these bombers in the future.

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Black w/ medium brown head. Little lace & decent head retention.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate.

T: Sweet, tasty, delicious roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, chocolate chips, fudge, heavy coffee.

M: Smooth, delicious, roasty, a bit boozy. Outstanding.

O: A damn good RIS. Great flavors.

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 6fl oz. Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. (perfect after drinking a Supa Hero)– Thanks to Manolo Baltasar from Freiburg & Robert Merryman from George & Dragon for sharing this one & many more. Black color. Tan, creamy, crown. Nice retention. Roasted malts, cocoa & sweet coffee both in flavors & aromas. Bitter chocolate at first sip & creamy sweet maltiness. Smooth & plentiful palate. Some dark fruit touch & dry bitter coffee & chocolate in the middle. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Good company when in good conversation.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee glass. Bottled February of this year.

A - Pours nearly black with one finger of ,ocha colored head. Holds at a half finger for the duration and leaves the glass speckled with lace. For the most part, beers of this style all look the same. This one fits the mold.

S - Big toasted malts, almond, and lousy coffee. I get a pretty powerful mix of windex and booze in this one as well. Not impressive.

T - The flavor is dominated by toasty, burnt flavors and coffee. Just a touch ofsweet malt to balance the otherwise dry, bitter, smokey flavors. Not too much alcohol on the finish, especially for a beer with an ABV this high. I really like it.

M - Well carbonated and a medium body. The texture and flavors work to leave my mouth watering after each sip.

O - This has been on my "to drink list" for a while and finally got around to cracking it open tonight. The smell was a bit offputting, but I enjoyed it from the first sip. Strangely, the windex aroma went away after I started drinking it. Clown Shoes is becoming one of my favorite breweries, especially with their dark beers (the Hoppy Feets, Vampire Slayer, Chocolate Sombrero). The prices are lower than most other breweries bombers as well; this one was only $8 which isn't bad for a 12.5% RIS. Overall, very good and I will get it again.

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.