Itasca Loonidragon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Clown Shoes

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Itasca Loonidragon - Bourbon Barrel-AgedItasca Loonidragon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This will be available in Minnesota in October 2014.

Added by jhartley on 07-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why a Massachusetts brewery made a Minnesota-specific beer, but it caught my attention. Tasted 22 November 2014.

Pours black and thick, just a hint of brown at the edges. Just a thin layer of head, gone pretty quick, and only a few small islands of lacing.

Smell is lovely. Rich, sweet, and robust. Chocolate, plums, and sweet bourbon. Varied, deep, and very inviting.

Taste is a little heavy on the alcohol and bourbon. Those sharp elements dominate more than I'd like them to. There's plenty of that richness and sweetness that I picked up in the nose, but it's hiding beneath things I don't like.

Feel is quite good. Heavy and chewy, with low fluffy carbonation.

This beer is a mixed bag. It's just too big to be really tasty, and the barrel-aging accentuates that. A case of "less would be more".

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Photo of Dave11899
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Day of release for Minnesota Only

22oz bomber poured into a Bent Paddle sniffer.

Appearance is dark as night with a half finger light khakis head that diminishes into a cling to the edge of the glass. While I move the glass it does not stick to the sides.

Aroma is slight bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and oak with dark fruits providing a faint sweetness.

Taste is oak sweetness up front. Sweetness reminds me of vanilla with faint chocolate and raisins instead of dark fruits. Very mild bitterness that reminds me faintly of coffee. Hides the 14.5% ABV extremely well!

Mouthful is 4.5/5 for a velvety smooth texture very light. I mean surprisingly low viscosity.

Overall. We know this is simply a BA version of Blaecorn. But it's good. Solid all the way through. Clown shoes does not disappoint.

I'd rate it a 4.6/5

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured. into snifter

A: nice rich dark color very little head slightly darkened head

S: lots of bourbon alcohol some charred wood

T: nice bourbon taste that is sweet and smooth lots of booze

M: thin and the alcohol you can feel taste envelops you

O: This beer is not bad at all but it's not great either it's just a run in the mill BA beer reminds you a lot of Dragons milk it's not crazy good but very solid.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

22oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). Bottled 9/23/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half khaki head. Some nice legs on the side of the glass as I swirl it around but almost no lace whatsoever.

Smells of bourbon, roast malts, cocoa, light vanilla, charred oak, dark fruit and a a distinct whiff of alcohol.

Flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit skins, coffee, burnt caramel, vanilla tinged charred oak, earthy toasted grains, a pronounced herbal bitterness and a healthy dollop of booze. The barrel sweetness blends well with the base stout and the alcohol is no more apparent than the non barrel aged version. A big and bold beer to be sure but it goes down smooth.

Viscious, heavy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes bittersweet with cocoa, bourbon, darkened malts and caramel.

Itasca Loonidragon may not be the epiphany that I was hoping for from a barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon but it is still outstanding. The added body and sweetness of this variant make it a pleasure to drink. I hope Clown Shoes graces Georgia with our own special treat at some point.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OStrungT
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thin brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

I detect a dominant vanilla aroma with hints of prune, fig, and raisin. Bourbon is present as well. Maybe a very subtle coffee aroma, but only slightly.

This beer tastes like it smells. I can taste a mild caramel as well.

This beer is surprisingly smooth for its high alcohol content. It warms the throat on the way down reminding me that it isn't a beer to take lightly. It leaves a fig like aftertaste.

This beer wouldn't make a great session beer due to the high alcohol content.

Overall, this beer is great. It has a nice favor, but it isn't overwhelming. The alcohol could become an issue, but with only 22 ounces, it's not a problem. Great beer! Thanks Sarah For the hookup.

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Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mackeyse
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ru12xu
4.24/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robgage
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of arniepnminne
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 9/23/14

A- pours a deep black color with a thin khaki colored creamy head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of boozy bourbon up front with undertones of chocolate, fig, spicy oak, wet dog, caramel & toffee, char

T- taste follows nose with strong bourbon up front with plenty of barrel juice flavor, even some rye-like elements. Mid-palate gives some dark fruit notes of fig and raisin, as well as caramel & toffee, the finish is boozy with notes of char and bourbon on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a boozy finish

O- I expected this to mellow out a bit after 2 1/2 years but it's pretty hot. The elements seem to be all over the place and never quite mesh

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Photo of kbuzz
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So I ask steasy66 to send loons, bruh and he sends me this. Fucking guy.
Pours black but not that scary, light absorbing black you sometimes see. Half a finger of light brown head. Smells like a bba ris should, sweet woody bourbon, chocolate and marshmallows, light anise and dark roasted malts. Taste is less sweet, tons of boozy bourbon, and not quite enough base to back it up. Feel is a bit thin for all the booze. Kinda went downhill quick. Not at all like the other loons i've had. Gimme lpk any day.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TooGood
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoudiniRN
4.24/5  rDev +1%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Zaphog
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kenzilka007
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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