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Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%

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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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This one smells quite hoppy for a stout, but has roasted malt aromas apparent as well. medium low carbonation but nothing stellar for mouth feel. tastes just like it smells, again hop flavors apparent for a stout, then roast malts assalt the palate! with hints of coffee in the initial aftertaste. boozyness not apparent (12.5%!) very well balance r.i.s. between the roast malts and hops, with no added flavors (bourbon, chocolate, ect.) another good one worth trying from Clown Shoes.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 22:37:25 | More by Beerlover
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has roast coffee and burnt wood notes, as well as a slight yeasty overtone. It pours a deep, chocolaty, opaque, warm sable with a thick, frothy, fine-bubbled and rather persistent head that leaves some respectable lacing. Smoky flavor fills the mouth with fine roast coffee, molasses and caramel notes plus hints of burnt hops and licorice. Texture has above-average body and - whoa, quite a fierce tingle, almost as if the beer had some hot pepper in it! Aren't you glad this beer is for real and not mythical? (Anybody know where you can get a Unidragon for a pet? Tee hee hee!)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:08:05 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of GuyIncognito


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 02:23:47 | More by GuyIncognito
Photo of ThickNStout


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 04:50:25 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of DonDirkA


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 08:28:03 | More by DonDirkA
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As I pour a glass of Blaecorn Unidragon, I am not sure what to expect, except that it will very likely be tasty, as Clown Shoes is quite adept at crafting imperial stouts. It certainly looks properly dark, nearly like obsidian. I am seeing no signs of carbonation and just a little foam encircling the top of the brew.

The aroma is very fresh, almost flowery... with a hint of vanilla creme...however, there is a campfire-like aspect present as well. After a big sip washes over my palate, I find the flavor to be extremely malty, with sugary fruit esters at heart. But curiously, those flavors seem to be 'wrapped' in a blanket of pleasant smokiness and toasty/roasted grains.

It doesn't feel as heavy as one might think, I would put this at a 'medium.' Overall, the two dominant aspects to this beverage are balanced nicely. It's a little more sweet and malty than smoky, and that's the way it should be. An absolute pleasure for me to recommend to other RIS fans for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:41:33 | More by Neorebel
Photo of rudzud


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this at Julio's. Definately the best label art of them all.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super rich, oily black. There was a a nice almost two finger head that faded rapidly to leave a thin mocha halo.

S - Rich chocolate and pine, some super light coffee, as well as the usual roasted almost burnt malts. The ABV is somewhat noticeable.

T - So rich and creamy and chocolatey. There is some nice super light coffee notes (more bitter than coffee really) with a nice somewhat piney hop finish. Like a super amped up black IPA (light on the IPA).

M - Stuff is so smooth and creamy. ABV is barely noticeable, would prefer it to be a bit thicker though.

O - Yet another solid offering from Clown Shoes. Its a nice take on a RIS, though I'm not sure if I like the hop intruision to the style. Wish Clown Shoes would just make a regular ol IPA already and be done with hopping up other styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:34:09 | More by rudzud
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Yukon (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Jet black with dark color 1 finger head. Good lacing that remains on glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, pine.

T- Deep roasted malt, coffee, some sweet molasses or candi sugar, very good balance of pine hops.

M- Full body, some creaminess as it's swirled in your mouth. Amazing how this beer has almost not heat to it for 12.5%!

O- Very good imperial stout. Doesn't have a ton going on, but a very coffee/roasted malt forward with nice hop presence beer. Was looking forward to this beer from Clown Shoes and was not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:52:00 | More by kawilliams81
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have tried a few Clown Shoes beers so far and have not been impressed, but trying this one to reach a verdict. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. Pours a deep pitch black color, thick off-white head, bordering on tan. Thick appearing texture. A beast of an Imperial Stout from appearance. Smell- roasty notes, dark fruits like currants, raisins, etc. Some booze notes, expected with a 12.5% beer that is relatively fresh. There is a weird plastic aroma, but its not a huge detractor. Taste- black roastiness, coffee bitterness, a boozy blast of sweet dark fruits. In the end, leaves a sweet chocolate bitterness and a strong hop presence. I have to say I am impressed. This is the mean badass experience I tend to like from my Russian Imperial Stouts. It asserts itself with aggression but overall is pretty drinkable and balanced for the ABV. Good beer, will probably grab another one for cellaring. Clown Shoes has redeemed itself!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:36:50 | More by lnashsig
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a completely pitch black color that never yields to the light. The head is a two finger mocha color with pretty poor retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, licorice, chocolate, wood, subtle smoke, and a little booze come together in the scent. Nothing out of the ordinary, but executed nicely.

T: The first thing I notice is how well attenuated this one is. It's not very sweet (at all) yet the booze presence is only moderate. The initial sip is heavy on roasty notes, which temporarily gives way to flavors of anise seed and coffee. The finish is fairly boozy (to the point where it burns slightly at times), but overall it has surprising drinkability for a 12.5% RIS. Faint hints of dark fruit can be tasted, and the presence of soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate, and smoke pop after several sips. General flavor is savory rather than sweet, with solid complexity and balance.

M: Here's where things disappoint slightly. I like how the big roasty presence gives it solid dryness overall, but it's lacking in body for a big stout. The dryness combined with the alcohol presence gives a nice mouthwatering sensation, though. The booze warms the body nicely, making it a great winter brew (how I wish it was still January...) While it could use a more delicate persona, I can't find much fault in its general drinkability. Low carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It bears a passing resemblance to Yeti, which is always a great thing in my mind. It's a very big beer, but it's never too bloated for its own good. Even still, it's best to share this mutha with friends. It's kind of expensive - I paid $11 for a bottle - but I'd say it's worth it if you're looking for a night-capping sipper to share with others.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:38:33 | More by ThisWangsChung


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 07:03:51 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:21:51 | More by MadScientist
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting, creamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted smell of malt, coffee and chocolate.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla in the finish. Somewhat boozy, but it's not an issue. Basically this is what an RIS flavor should be: Big, bold, complex, and flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a wholly enjoyable, powerful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 14:17:37 | More by avalon07
Photo of Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 21:58:55 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes
Blaecorn Unidragon

LOOK: Dark brown with an off white head and lace.
SMELL: Roasted malt, coffee, alcohol.
TASTE: Coffee, raw chocolate, alcohol, booze soaked cherry. Very nice dark malt flavor. Nutty, mocha like flavor. Small earthy hops character.
FEEL : medium bodied, smooth creamy feel.
OVERALL: A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:46:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of SHODriver


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the bottle is probably 8ish months old

A: poured into a snifter to be very black with a very viscous pour that requires a lot of vigor to get some dense tan head formation. the head fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and burnt sugar
T: tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some charred wood, and a bit of residual sweetness. swallow brings more coffee and chocolate with a bit more charred wood and some burnt sugar
M: full in the mouth with a nice but not overly apparent carbonation. finish is a bit dry
O: Fantastic RIS. It hits all the right marks for the style and drinks like a 12.5% beer should. for a 12.5% beer the alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:28:32 | More by SHODriver
Photo of mookihouse


4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 2/2012.

Poured into Bruery tulips. Color is black. Not much light going through held under a light. Tan head that lingers for a while.

Smells of dark fruits, a little alcohol. Taste is very tobacco and leather with some espresso. Rich but not sweet. Overall a very solid stout.

This is my first from Clown Shoes and I'm interested in trying a few more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:38:30 | More by mookihouse
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Coffee and alcohol nose, flavor is roasted coffee, some alcohol. Light burnt coffee finish. Decent RIS. $11.20 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:13:31 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pouts coal black with a finger of tan head. Ok retention.

S- big roasted malt aroma with notes of double shot espresso, coffee bean and blackstrap molasses. Pretty big hop character comes out in the middle with some pine and herbaceous characteristics. Hint of sweetness on the finish with more roasty malt and good alcohol characteristics.

T- big roasted malt flavor with espresso, coffee bean and molasses notes. Aggressive pine hop flavor blends in with the roasted malt bitterness in the middle. Alchohol warmth mixes in as well. Finishes with some bakers chocolate and continuing hop characteristics.

MF- slick big mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. Solid unobtrusive carbonation that carries the flavor.

D- for the ABV and the robustness of the beer it is rather drinkable.

Overall a great RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:31:31 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of Wasatch


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 2/2012

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is nice with some dark malts, nice hop note, chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, with a nice little touch of vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, lots of dark stuff. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well with is one. This is a very tasty brew, thanks Bill.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 19:59:35 | More by Wasatch
Photo of silverking


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:42:43 | More by silverking
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoke, coffee, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and compexity of dark/roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, light char, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, light char, toast, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; with a nice malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:13:14 | More by superspak
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark with a creamy tan head.

S- Rich dark chocolate malt. Hop bitterness somewhere behind.

T- Wow. A powerful smokey dark malt flavor with loads of chocolate and coffee. Well balanced with a huge hop addition in the back. Just the right amount of heat lingers with a balanced powerful aftertaste. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

M- Creamy and smooth. Little too carbonated, but it doesn't take much away from this finely crafted brew.

O- Nicely done! Wonderful rendition of an imperial stout. This beer is bursting at the seams with an abundance of flavor. I will definitely seek this beer out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 21:54:40 | More by Emnmarko
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at a local bottle shop. This is the first time I saw this release from CS. Let's give this brew a go...

A: A super dark brew with a tiny mocha colored head that fades slowly to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: A nice roasty chocolate upfront with a bready vanilla in the middle and a malty sweetness on the backend. Good.

T: A vanilla upfront quickly overthrown by a coffee-ish roastiness with some nice chocolate on the backend. This is one of those beers that is hard to describe because the there are so many flavors bouncing around that it's hard to pin point individual flavors.
Very good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A roasty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a great beer. This is a good example of a RIS. One of those brews you could drink on a regular basis. It is one of those beers you could drink on a regular basis, but would not be a special occasion beer. Great to try if you like imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:35:32 | More by steve8robin
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is black with two fingers of pillowy brown head and with thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is roasty with some nice dark malt aroma with some slight burnt toast aroma. There is a sweet black licorice aroma is there as well.

The taste is big roasty malts that a little boozy with some slight coffee flavor is there in the back of the throat and hangs with some slight dark chocolate flavor as well.

The feel of this beer is smooth but is a bit heavy with a big feel that is with you throughout the sip. This drinkable and goes down easy with a slight burn at the back of the throat, nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:11:22 | More by Duhast500
Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.