Blaecorn Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.7%
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Massachusetts, United States

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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 amphion1065
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Though, technically, the label art shouldn't factor into the "Appearance" rating for this beer, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how sick it is. As for the beer itself, it pours a pure pitch black, and it just glugs out of the bottle. A two-finger brown head with very tight bubbles forms, leaving great lacing around the glass. Excellent retention.

Lots of charred, roasted malts in the nose. There is a strong, dark chocolate element - it's not quite sweet, more like an earthy raw cocoa aroma. Robust hop presence. There's plenty of coffee in the mix as well. A very slight touch of alcohol.

This is one aggressively-hopped RIS. Up front, this is all about burnt ember malt flavors, but in the finish there is a lingering taste of citrus fruit. Strangely enough, it's somewhat tropical, with a touch of bitterness. Plenty of coffee and chocolate. Not much in the way of dark fruits. There's a very pleasant vanilla note that really comes out as this warms. The alcohol is remarkably well-hidden - I would never guess this was above 8 or 9%.

Great mouthfeel, this is thick like velvet with a perfectly low level of carbonation. Given how imperceptible the alcohol is, it's a pretty easy-drinking beer.

By far the best-tasting and most technically impressive Clown Shoes beer I've had to dare. I would prefer more sweetness, but I can't find any real faults in this. At a time when few New England breweries are producing stouts this big, I'm glad to see that Clown Shoes is pushing the envelope. (1,559 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard good things about this on BA, so I decided to give it a shot. My favorite Clown Shoes offering so far... and definitely an interesting beer. Served from a bottle into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer is dark and has a tan head. Yeah, yeah... heard that before. A bit thin for a RIS, too. However, I do like the way most RISes look... and it has a nice little swirl of foam at this moment. Slightly above average.

The nose is thick and chocolatey. Very nice. A whiff of hop bitterness is there, too. However, I can almost feel the thickness from the smell. Slightly above slightly above average.

The taste is pretty unique in terms of RISes for me. Very thick and chocolately up front. However, this dries out with a chalky bitterness balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish comes off as very clean. There's also some smoke that lingers. An excellent evolving sip. The mouthfeel is thick without being coating. Very, very nice.

I'm liking this more and more as I get through the bottle. Maybe it's because of the sneaky 12.5% ABV. Maybe it's because this is a damn good beer. Maybe it's a hybrid like the name of the beer. Either way, I'm happy... and what more can you ask from a beer? (1,205 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

OK, I have now had a Clown Shoes Beer that I REALLY ENJOYED!
No question in the fact that I am a Stout lover, especially Russian Imperial Stouts.
Right from the initial pour, I knew this was going to be a good one. The semi-chocolate head stayed quite a while on top of the jet black stout.
The aroma was full of chocolate, coffee, liquor. and more. The taste was bold, full and very smooth.
The lingering aftertaste just left me wanting another one. (454 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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, (675 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with about 2 fingers of brown head, fairly quickly dissipates. Good alcohol legs, leaves little lacing. Fairly impressive head for 12.5%.

S: Dark chocolate, a little coffee, light wood/char, dark fruits, licorice/molasses sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with heavy dark chocolate, a little medium roast coffee, heavy roasted malts with a little char and a little wood character. Fairly hoppy with mainly an earthy and floral character that gives a little bright punch up front and leaves lingering bitterness and depth on the finish. Moderate licorice and molasses sweetness and plenty of dark fruit and almost vinous qualities from the middle on. Alcohol is just a little bit noticeable on the finish with a little burn on the back of the throat.

M: Close to a full body, slick and slipper mouthfeel that's fairly smooth. Light carbonation.

O: This was really a pleasant surprise. I heard friends giving praise for this but being known as a hoppy stout, I had my reservations. It delivered. While it is pretty hoppy fresh, the hop flavor work excellently with the malt flavor profile. Delicious with pretty good depth and a fantastic body, this is easily the best Imperial Stout I've had from a Mass brewery. (1,234 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hoppy dark beer from Clown Shoes. Why don't they just make an IPA already? Easily the best looking label art of their repertoire, the name? interesting, kinda... still very excited to try this one.

doesn't pour as viscous as many of the style, and produces a nice light mocha head that sticks around a while and laces extremely well.

definite chocolate and pine notes in the aroma. dark roasted malts and some char. dark roasted coffee, some toasted nuts.

starts with a charred malt flavor that brings on notes of pure cacao. piney hops come through in abundance, but don't overtake the stout flavors. it gets a bit of cigar smoke in the middle. alcohol is there, but not obtrusive. just a slight heat that comes out as the beer warms. some woodiness and nuttiness also presents itself as it gets closer to room temp, while the hops stay in the mix throughout, but get pushed to the back more and more as the beer progresses. very complex brew that needs to be savored over the course of a night to notice the changes from fridge temp to cellar temp to room temp.

not the thickest Imperial Stout I've had. not even close, but its extremely creamy with a soft carbonation. It leaves the mouth absolutely coated with a syrupy feel and a dark cacao flavor, like if you slowly let a bit of dark chocolate melt on your tongue.

very impressive. The first few sips reminded me of their Hoppy Feet 1.5, then it developed into something a bit different, and better. drinks slowly, but the 12.5% abv is well integrated.... Its probably their best beer to date. And no "controversial" hidden innuendos to stir the pot. all around a pleasant experience.


After a few months, the hops are still there, providing a tobacco leaf and woody flavor. The alcohol is integrated even better than before with a slight anisette flavor, but after I finish the bottle and get up to go to the bathroom, I stumble a bit, look at the bottle see the 12.5% and am kind of shocked. the bold flavors overtake the booze even better after these months. (2,039 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blaecorn Unidragon could only vaguely be described as 'dark' - in truth, there is no word to describe just how black this liquid is. Its complexion is opaque enough that even Superman couldn't see through. Its head - yes, healthy lather on a beer of double-digit strength! - has the colour and density of wet sand.

If I were blindfolded, made to smell the beer, and then asked where I was, I would answer 'baked into the inside of a chocolate cake'. Or maybe dunked into a cup of espresso. Either way, it's rich and 'dessert-y' enough that if Betty Crocker got even a whiff of it they'd pay millions for the recipe. It's hard to believe 'fudge' isn't listed on the ingredients list.

I feel insane to even suggest this 12.5% alcohol, thick-as-tar Russian Imperial Stout is refreshing, but I had to restrain myself from finishing the first glass in a matter of only a few big gulps - what can I say? I'm in the mood! I'm drinking this thing as if it were a pale lager. I opened the bottle looking for a nightcap to slowly savor but at this rate I'll need another one.

Seriously, this RIS has enough hoppiness not only to be thirst-quenching, but also to impress notes of tree bark and resin amidst such heavy, rich mocha flavouring. Naturally, it's the double chocolate brownies and coffee tastes that define the beer (and certainly the aftertaste). It's like a black forest cake, but is far richer than anything offered at your local supermarket.

For most people, paying $11 (or more) for a bottle of beer - even a bomber - is a hard purchase to justify; I could defend buying Blaecorn Unidragon at almost any price. This beer (a combo of 'Black Unicorn' and 'Soul Dragon') is a rare mythical creature indeed: rich and roasty, yet easily and endlessly drinkable. The label may look like Charlie Day's famous t-shirt but this is a beer to be taken very seriously. (1,868 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (602 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really excited for a Clown Shoes RIS, their other dark beers are mostly great so this should be awesome.

Pours a nice fluffy darker 1/2 finger head that never wants to fade, although leaves a nice lacing as it eventually does, over pitch black thicker beer, no light at all coming through.

Nose brings lots of cocoa, powdered cocoa and hot cocoa, dark bitter earthy chocolate and bakers' choc, a bit of roast but not much with a hint of espresso. then more sweet additions with light caramel and molasses and hint of vanilla. I even get hints of raisin and fig like fruits, and some booze but not a ton.

Taste starts rich and creamy, but with a powdered like cocoa flavor, hot cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, baker's chocolate again, which fades to molasses and caramel. The dark chocolate really has that super high 85% like cacao mix bitter chocolate taste that seems to pool and sit on the tongue like I'm trying to let the chocolate melt on my tongue. It's pretty thick and coats the mouth. As it swirls around some light coffee beans and espresso come out with a hint of roasted malt. Bitterness starts to take over as it goes, with some earthy hops and lots more from the scortched malts, with a hint of salty briny roast but not a lot. No fruit this time, but I do seem to get a hint of smoke. Creamy luscious like chocolate malt lingers as it tries to finish, and by try I mean it just coats the mouth and lingers for a while. As it warms the booze finally starts to come out, but it never reaches anywhere near 12.5% burning booze feel, although I can taste the alcohols a bit on the finish. The chocolate, light vanilla and caramel seem to linger for a while with it, and more bitter espresso roasted coffee grinds and light briny earthy spicy hops. It seriously just sits on the mouth for many minutes after each sip letting the memory last for a while.

Mouth is pretty big bodied, thick and syrupy but smooth at the same time, light but decent for the style carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall really nice, delicious malts, tons of chocolate all dark and bitter, bit creamy, light coffee and espresso, lots of great flavors all combines. It's actually fairly drinkable since you can barely tell the booze, and would never suspect 12.5% even after it warms. the only thing that really takes away the drinkability a bit is the thick syrupy sticky mouth feel that never goes away. (2,405 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from 11/2011

Pours a 1/3 inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are barely above average.

Smell is big on charred, roasted malts. I get semi sweet chocolate, freshly baked cookies, burnt oak, and even some vanilla bean. Hops arent very noticeable and alcohol is lightly detected. One of the most complex smelling beers I've had.

First taste is of chocolate covered espresso beans, sweet but with a bitter bite. Charred oak and some smokiness balance out the sweetness and some medicinal hops come out in the aftertaste. At 12.5% abv it's not too potent but the alcohol does coat the throat and leave a nice warmness in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Beer could have used more of a head or a fuller body, one of the few flaws in this outstanding stout.

Overall this beer was very good, an excellent example of a bold Imperial stout without being brash or over the top. The sweetness on the nose was amazing and when the taste was about to get cloyingly sweet, burnt malts and bitter hops balanced the palate out and left you wanting more. For almost 13% abv, this beer drank well and wasnt overbearing. If only the body had the substance of say a Ten Fidy or Peche Mortel it would easily be in my top 5 of all time. (1,317 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was really surprised by this one.

A: From a hard pour into my Duvel tulip produced a large 2 fingered, creamy cocoa brown head that exhibited solid retention and lacing. In true RIS fashion the beer's body is pitch black and allows no light to penetrate.

S: Chocolate malts, molasses, overall sweet, but hops do poke through on the tail end.

T: Loads of malts, molasses, semi sweet chocolate, nice hops with citrus undertones and coffee. Great flavors that mixed well together.

M: Heavy, but not too heavy.

O: Very, very good. I am very pleased with this RIS and love the fact that it's widely available. (609 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been living in my lagering cooler for at least two months now, and tonight seemed like the time to give it a shot. I am pouring it into my Duvel tulip rather than any other glass. I like Impy Stouts in a tulip.

Appearance: After a pretty aggressive pour, the beer was a pitch black color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles. The head was quite fizzy and died down to a very small ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: My first impression was of some spicy alcohol already along with some almost nutty roasty notes and a little bit of ashy dryness. Second sniff was giving more dark fruit like plums, raisins, and figs. Some American hops and coffee are coming out as the beer sits a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a good bit different than I was expecting from the aroma. It is much smoother and cleaner than the aroma suggested. The carbonation is present on the palate and helps to keep the beer from feeling heavy on the palate. The beer is a bit warmer now that I am getting into the flavor, but the coffee notes are definitely a key component in the flavor. The hops are quite strong in this beer, but so is the malt, so they are fighting it out to the finish. I wouldn't say that either one wins out in the end, but the finish is pretty dry not only due to the hops, but also because of the carbonation, and dark malt acidity.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. It already has a good bit of hop complexity that will definitely mellow with age, but I think that the balance is such that it will do really well in a cellar. I will probably end up picking up a couple more and put them back for 2-4 years and see what happens. Regardless, it is a good beer to drink now, but will probably soften up nicely if left to its own devices. I would recommend this beer. (1,793 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay glass.

Awesome artwork. Maybe my favorite label art ever. Epic and cool while also being typical Clown Shoes goofy and surreal. The dark blue label color on the black bottle is nice too.

So when combining "soul dragon" and "black unicorn", where does the "e" come from?

Typical pitch-black Imperial Stout look. A surprisingly dark tan head is visible after the pour. The nose isn't overwhelming, but you can detect some hops and roasted chocolate.

First sip makes me go "Wow". There are some bold flavors in this stout. Coffee, chocolate, hop bitterness... the flavors are all there and they aren't shy. The 12.5% alcohol is masked very well by all that flavor. There's still a little burn, but it seems like a complex flavor complement, as opposed to a negative.

Not much carbonation, but it has a very creamy mouthfeel. It could be a little fuller, but it was still pretty nice.

I had some expectations for this beer, but it exceeded them. If I was looking for a good hoppy stout, this is definitely one of the first I would look for. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (979 characters)

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of anon
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2013.

Pours pitch black with very little carbonation, if any. The aromas in this one are nice. Big malts,, raisin, ash, hops and slight alcohol presence. Same goes through in the taste. Malts hit big in this one with notes of deep dark roasted coffee beans, deep dark chocolate and deep dark malts. This is a deep dark beer befitting of its fantastic name and label. The alcohol is hidden well in this one but it will creep up on you. Don't underestimate the Blaecorn Unidragon. (496 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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!) (598 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.25/5  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! (938 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A = Black as night with an extremely thick light brown head. Very good lacing. Did I mention how thick the head is? Dropped the bottle cap onto it and it just sat on top.

S = Like roasted coffee and malt. And alcohol. If I didn't already know this was 12.5%, I'd be able to take a good guess.

T = Who put vodka in my coffee? Tastes like it smells: big and roasty and you taste the alcohol.

M = Syrupy. Creamy. Lingering taste of coffee.

O = I like it. But this is a beer with a time and a place. This would be a great beer to have after coming in from shoveling snow in the afternoon. A great apres-ski beer. (622 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (762 characters)

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.