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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Reviews by UrbanCaveman:
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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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More User Reviews:
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 BeerTick
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Doug6322
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of dspinler
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Trick
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mpolewan
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of N_Overholt
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Afroman
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clogger3030
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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 ttylicki
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 wellsnb
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 GrumpyGirl
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 MaxPowers
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

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