Ohio Unidragon (2014)
Clown Shoes

Ohio Unidragon (2014)Ohio Unidragon (2014)
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Russian Imperial Stout
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Ohio Unidragon (2014)Ohio Unidragon (2014)
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Photo of Sabtos
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black, good head. Many classic notes of a stout are featured here, but there is too much booze on this one for me, not as well balanced as some other examples of the style.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottle 08/28/14

This beer pours black and looks dense. It is capped with an inch or two of deep mocha head that looks thick and rich. The head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell has deep roasted malt and anise smells.

The taste has some dark fruit and anise flavors. Dark roasted malt also adds flavor.

Full mouthfeel

It reminds me a lot of Bell's Expedition Stout or Founder's Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jds16
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Waited a year on this one, since I heard mixed reviews when it was released. Pours pitch black, fluffy tan head that lasts down the glass and decent lacing. Smells roasty and chocolatey, but strong herbal aroma as well. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, burnt toast. Herbal and pine bitterness follow, but the aftertaste brings back the roastiness. Medium-heavy, slick mouthfeel. Also, great label geared towards Cleveland. This one was a pleasure.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/28/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, light char, herbal, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, light char, herbal, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light licorice/dark fruit, smoke, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Kain05 (thanks man!). Bottled 8/28/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a very deep, near-black, brown with a finger and a half toasted khaki head. Patches of froth linger across the surface as well as a halo that leaves huge sheets of khaki lace.

Aroma is very roasty. Heavily kilned malts, dark cocoa, burnt sugar and hints of coffee.

Taste follows the nose rather well. Roasted malt, pure dark chocolate, black coffee, burnt sugar, licorice, dark fruit skins, smoke, earth and a little alcohol heat.

Creamy yet lightly medium body with soft carbonation. Roasty, semi charred finish with hints of burnt coffee and dark chocolate.

As I was expecting, this is a Blaecorn light but not much different at all. A great job packing the first Clown Shoes stout I fell in love with into a lower abv brew.

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautifully dark brew; basically no head as the bottle cap was knocked loose in transit. I can't knock the beer for that, but neither can I give it full credit.

Big roasty aroma, like barley swimming in a sea of black coffee. A touch of sour red grapes, and an even lighter touch of char. Big. Intimidating.

Perfectly balanced RIS: bold; roasty; hoppy; bitter; aggressive. Hops leave a grassy, bitter finish after a roasty assault has coated your palate.

Mouthfeel was mostly flat due to the bottle cap, but it's a big, smooth brew, a touch hot, and a touch thin for the style.

Very good beer, as expected. For review purposes, I attempted to look beyond the bottle cap issue, which was not Clown Shoes' fault.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one-off from CS is now nearly a year old, and, as the most recent ratings show, this brew is aging wonderfully! The original heat has faded greatly bringing out the chocolately, smokey tastes and aromas.

This beer looks, and smells world-class and the taste isn't far behind. It's also (now) a fairly easy drinker for a RIS.

Would definitely buy again. Makes me wanna try the original- Blaecorn Unidragon.

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Photo of Mikus
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Retired. Damn, I had better grab another one of these at the Giant Eagle. Poured into the snifter (and split with my lovely wife)... big, dark CS beer... what could go wrong here? Midnight black, with a thin ring of chocolate-tinged head. Silent and inviting like the murky depths of Davy Jones locker... ha ha. This is a black hole. Huge roasty malts and chocolate notes on the nose. Some coffee bitterness if you really work on it (e.g. swirling, etc), and a hint of a smoky note. Big roasty bitterness on the palate, not a hop bitterness, but a nice coffee bitterness. Good stuff. 11.5% with no noticeable alcohol? WTF? Lingering roastiness and bitterness from this meal of a beer. This sipper will stick to your ribs. Another successful Clown Shoes big beer.

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Photo of jp32
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick black color. Nice huge head retention, almost copper in color, created with a vigorous pour. The foam dissipates quickly but the lacings stick around.

The aroma is hoppy with a milk chocolate note in the background.

It seems as if every sip of this beer is a bit different. In one sip I notice the dry-hopped profile. In the next sip I taste something burnt. In the third sip there is a strong, tart flavor of dried dark fruits. The fourth sip leads to a smokey flavor, and a very nice one at that. At the end, this almost seems on the sweet side, with the alcohol very noticeably present.

A very complex tasting russian imperial stout. (But aren't they all).

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ohio Unidragon - Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this beer's head is four fingers thick, tan and spongy, along with solid lacing, and a nearly black body.

I smell licorice and roasted malts more than anything. Perhaps a boozey note in there.

Tastes like a fair bit of chocolate, very nicely roasted malts, and a surprisingly sweet finish. Not as much booze astringency as the aroma would lead one to believe. Pretty drinkable.

This brew's mouthfeel is smooth and clean. No lingering elements.

Overall, I'll give Ohio Unidragon - Clown Shoes a 4.75. I'll probably pick this up again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ohio Unidragon brewed by Clown Shoes, with an ABV 11.50% This brew pours out deep brown color with a nice light brown head. It has the look of cola or root beer. The smell is bold and rich with grains, and malts. Ohio Unidragon has a real nice inviting smell to it. The taste is bold with flavor, you pick up on roasted malts, and grains. There is also a hit of a mild sweetness at the end of this brew. The mouthfeel is full bodied with, a bold rich flavor. This brew has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in it. I like how smooth this brew is, it has a clean refreshing finish to it.. You really can not pick up the 11.50% ABV in this brew. Ohio Unidragon is a real nice, smooth drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Ohio Unidragon a 4.5 out 5. Clown Shoes did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up this beer near Cleveland after an awesome couple days hitting Ogrefest at the Brew Kettle. This beer is a solid Imp Stout. Clown Shoes makes some pretty quality dark beers, this one is no different. They brewed this version of the Unidragon specifically for Ohio due to their ABV limitations. The high ABV is hidden well too.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a bomber, this fine imperial pours a lush dark black with a firm tan head that dissipates to a modest ring with nice lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark roasted malts, some heavy grains, and deeply roasted malts with tinges of dark fruits of plums and cherries. Flavors flow nicely with dark bitter bakers chocolate and French roast coffee blending in with deeply roasted malts. Fruit flavors lightly poke their head in on the sides with a bitter coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Beefy. Smooth moderate carbonation gives it a lighter flavor, but the alcohol burn and heavily roasted flavors easily remind one they are drinking and imperial stout, light at the beginning but heavy on the back. Very nice. Another good one from a great brewery.


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Photo of Brolo75
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Not a big Clown Shoes fan but this is really tasty, not a big aroma, very smooth on the taste not getting any bitterness up front, nothing really impressive but I am not disappointed. Picked this up in a trade, it's not available in CA. Worth a shot, there are better imperial stouts out there than this.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dense and black.
Smells of chocolate, milky coffee and burnt caramel.
Tastes about the same, rich chocolate and some dark fruit. Nice amount of alcohol present, just enough to make it interesting.
Rich and thick with a lingering finish.
Not bad for an Ohio legal version of Blaecorn Unidragon.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, bottled 8/29/14, poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a tan head
S: Lots of dark toasted malt and cocoa notes
T: Ditto the toasted malt, quite a bit of cocoa, some fruit esters, a bit of alcoholic heat on the finish
F: Full-bodied, a touch bitter, the alcohol level is apparent
O: Not my favorite RIS due to the alcohol being out of balance. I'd be curious to try the version that can't be sold in Ohio since it's scored more highly despite still higher abv

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Photo of Tammisbutler
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Bomber. Pours a midnight black with a thick frothy dark tan head. Aroma of coffee and roasted notes. Palate is overwhelmed with roasted malts, burnt cocoa, and dark coffee grinds. Alcohol creeps on you.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours an inky black with brown highlights, forming a thick, resilient dark tan head that lasts a while. Lacing clings well to the glass. Light can very, very faintly be seen making it through the very edge of the glass, but that's it.

S: Roasted dark malt with hints of black coffee swirl out of the glass, alongside some bitter baker's chocolate, plums, overripe berries, and toffee. A faint echo of pure vanilla extract skulks about deep in the shadows of the other scents, as though plotting something ominous.

T: And here it all falls apart for me. Every flavor described in the aroma is present to some degree, mixing together like something a confused barista might accidentally pour at a Caribou Coffee by grabbing dark chocolate, espresso, fruit syrups, ground toffee, and crumbled burnt toast. Unfortunately, however, all of that is wound through with a veritable flood of earthy, floral, bitter hops, which are forward enough to wreck the whole beer for a malthead. The finish is composed of literally nothing but that hoppiness, which wears out its welcome and keeps on hanging around, like a particularly awkward guest at your party who you don't like and didn't invite, but is friends with some of your actual friends and came along with them so you don't want to say anything and instead just seethe inwardly at the fact that they're in your house, drinking your beer...yeah, this tastes like that.

M: This feels more like a porter than an imperial stout, definitely towards the watery side of creamy. There isn't much going on in the way of carbonation either. It feels not unlike a mouthful of stagnant lake water that's been sitting through a drought, so it has scummed up a little while staying flat and dead.

O: This beer was promising at the pour and at the nose, and swiftly fell right down the charts for me. Granted, I am a raging malthead of the sort who finds SNPA too hoppy to drink, but I also love Old Rasputin, Yeti, Black Hole, Blackout Stout...this is right up there with Storm King as far as severe disappointment in any form of stout goes for me.

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Photo of mental_orbit
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Bomber dated March 14, 2014 from local Kroger for $8.99 poured 10/17/14 into pint glass.
Poured with a black motor oil color with a hint of red, wonderful finger thick head dark tan colored that lingered and fell after a couple drinks with lots of lacing.

First glass smelled of roasted espresso, cocoa, and heavy dark maltiness!
Tasted as wonderful as it smelled. Not too hoppy but a good balance reminiscent of pine. Mouthfeel was thick and left With stickiness on the lips.
Over all I think this Ris was fantastic not to thin nor too bitter just the way I like it, being an Ohioan I'm very happy they made this one will be buying again while I can!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 03/14/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted/burnt malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, anise, molasses and piney hops. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit (plums, figs) and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I've been a fan of the other Clown Shoes stouts I've tried in the past, and this one is enjoyable too. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again. $9.99 a bomber.

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Photo of screamking
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Aroma notes: chocolate, vanilla, sugar, honey, roasted coffee beans.

Tasting notes: mocha,coffee beans, vanilla, prunes.

Thanks clown shoes for going the extra mile with this release, ABV laws be dammed! Nothing to big about this one flavor wise just a solid RIS.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body serves up a thick froth. The aroma is hoppy and bitter for the style but it has hints of dry bitter cocoa and burnt malts. The flavor is creamer with roasted coffee, burnt coffee bean, bitter dry chocolate, malty chocolate balls and smoky embers. The feel is substantial but dry and 11.5 pct ABV is completely lost. This was well worth a $9 try but it is better served warmer.

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Photo of msquared36
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Glass of beer looks like a solid block of ebony. Creamy beige head. Significant lacing.

Aroma is deeply roasted malt, bordering on burnt.

Strong taste of roasted malt and dry hop. Alcohol is noticeable.

Smooth at first with lingering carbonation.

Could really use a little sweetness to balance things out. As it stands, nothing special. I like the label, though. Have to respect a blatant nod to Ohio homerism.

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Photo of lookitsfelias
2.22/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - pours a dark black with light colored head and strong lacing.

S - man, this beer smells gross, i dont even know how a russian imperial stout can smell like this. it literally smells like an open air meat market i was at recently in mexico city... chicken that hasnt been refrigerated, beef, ew.

T - thank god this beer doesnt taste like how it smells. strong bitter back end with prune, fig, and cacao flavors on the front, still disappointing

M - thinner than i like my russian imperials and far too think for an 11%er

O - really, do not buy this beer. its terrible smell and overall disappointment led me to write my first beer review on here in years... i seriously dont even understand what is going on and why its so bad. avoid!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Extra from Cneville from the recent math trade on TB, enjoyed from a michael Jackson beer hunter snifter.

a - brew pours a deep dark sludgy black that settles in the glass as black as your worst nightmare. Thin grayish head hangs out for a while and leaves spottym streaky lacing.

s - sweet milk chocolate with some soft coffee notes and an almost spicy hop kick.

t/m/o - wow. Big bitter hops over a chocolates stout...kind of like a black IPA but the flavors don't really compliment each other. I find myself wishing that the dry hop wasn't there as there seems to be a really nice silky RIS under the hop. Finishes bitter and leaves a bitter aftertaste. It's okay, bomber seems like a bit much for me.

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Ohio Unidragon (2014) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 134 ratings