A Fistful Of Unidragon
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A Fistful Of UnidragonA Fistful Of Unidragon
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #74
Ranked #1,149
4.34 | pDev: 8.29%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
A Fistful Of UnidragonA Fistful Of Unidragon
Notes: When easy encounters became close calls, The Artist new better than to wait for the next close call to be his final hour. He needed an ace in the hole, a fail safe option tokeep danger at arms length. What he got was A Fistful of Unidragon.

This Russian Imperial Stout slightly alters Blaecorn Unidragon with Mesquite-smoked malts, adding to the rich, complex flavors that our classic Russian Imperial Stout traditionally encompasses. Aged in Bourbon barrels, A Fistful of Unidragon blends in a touch of Bourbon sweetness to layer over the array of flavors on display in this full-bodied stout.
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jkblr from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can stamped 10/23/19 (about a year old) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 12.5% ABV. The beer pours impenetrable black with dense medium brown colored head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves a complete web of lacing. The aroma is mild with bittersweet chocolate. The taste is more bittersweet chocolate, charred roasted malt, faint oak and a hint of bourbon. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good, but disappointing at it's price point.

Oct 11, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color, small tan head, wisps of lace.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee.
Dark chocolate taste, espresso. Late hit of bourbon.
A nice beer, without the marshmallow, oreos, etc that get put into stouts now.

Jun 14, 2020
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice and creamy khaki brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a dark chocolate brown with a hint of coffee black to it.

The smell is pretty good. The smell upfront is a bitter dark cocoa alongside a light bourbon and vanilla. The char is fairly light and comes in the finish with a slight booze note to it.

The taste is absolutely fantastic. It has as variety of notes that stand put but isn't overly intense. It's actually very well balanced. The bourbon note comes in upfront with the vanilla and charred wood notes following it almost immediately. The beer notes such as the dark bitter cocoa follow but are masked by the barrel aged notes.

The feel is good. It has a heavy but slightly thin body with slightly bubbly carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It isn't an intensely flavored RIS but rather a traditional one that has just been barrel aged.

Feb 10, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This monster brew from the
Clown Folk pours a rich and decadent coal black with a very nice
head of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, light dusty layer,
and displays some mighty fine lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla,
dark cocoa, booze, oak, and char. Flavors nail it! Bourbon; big and
expressive with rich vanilla and brown sugar over an assertive
oak note. Cocoa and brulee mingle nicely with black strap
molasses, roast, and char along with touches of dark fruit,
brulee, and faint smoke. Excellent mouth feel; full
body, smooth, rich, warming, medium light
carbonation that supplies lift, and a rich
warming finish that is lightly dry.

Overall, what would you expect from Clown Shoes.....boring?

More excellence as always!


Feb 03, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with an impressive mocha foamy head. Aroma is mainly dark roasted malts, a little yeasty. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, dark roasty malt, noticeable yeast, finish has a nice vanilla and bourbon barrel taste with some sweetness. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a very satisfying BBA imperial stout.

16 oz can dated 10/31/19
4.25 rating

Jan 18, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately from a can into a snifter glass, resulting in a finger of head that eventually faded to nothing. Smell is a gentle bourbon with malt. Taste is malt at the beginning followed by a good, not over powering, bourbon taste. Not too boozy, not too sweet. Medium bodied with a nice gentle carbonation, fairly smooth. Might be my favorite bourbon barrel aged stout so far.

Jan 05, 2020
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Kaingers from North Carolina

1.54/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked up a 16oz can for $8.99, 2019 edition. This beer was not good. The burnt aftertaste was too harsh and offensive. I split the can 4 ways and we all ended up drain pouring after two sips. I won’t buy from this brewery again.

Dec 26, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a large dark foamy semi creamy dense head with moderate retention, sticky lacing, good legs, basically jet black color

Nose big roast and licorice, barrel spices as well, roasted malt and coffee, juicy fruity coffee, some bourbon on the middle, light vanilla and the baking spices, dark roast, no chocolate, some dark fruity esters

Taste very dark rich roasty malt, little charred malt, big licorice spice again, into barrel baking spices and vanilla, raw vanilla, some bourbon but not a ton, creamy vanilla ice cream with spices on top, not much chocolate again, some fruity smooth roasty coffee and charred malts, bitterness from roast at first then spicy earthy hops add to the medium though bitterness late, dark fruit esters are very light, mild dry slight sticky sweet finish

Mouth is rich fuller bod, med carb, hint of alcohol but hidden well

Overall very nice beer, the licorice and spice could tone down a bit so age might help but alcohol is hidden well, barrel is nice in general but bourbon could come through a bit more, the real issue I have is the high spicy bitterness on the finish from hops, roast, and licorice, it gets nagging, which again age would help but then you lose the barrel.

Dec 14, 2019
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imstimpy from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a fan of chocolate stouts (this is not) but the RIS done with smokey malt and barrel aged offers some nice chocolate I do like. I know it is a different style but I like this one more than Breakfasts exorcism..

May 07, 2017
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Boccu from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black. Nice deep brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma coffee,molasses and bourbon. Taste Vania, bitter sweet coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, finish is of bourbon with a light burn. Awesome bourbon stout. Love clown shoes.

Apr 16, 2017
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this in 2015, sat on it for a while, finally decided to crack it open with a friend. Chocolate, cream, light coffee, and a nice little booziness on the back end. No heat at all either. Should of bought a few more.

Dec 23, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$ 16.11 (Including tax)/bomber = $ 0.732/oz at Central Market, Alamo Heights, TX
Bottled 03/15/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – roasted malt, brown sugar
Head small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to a two mm ring and thin layer
Lacing – mostly none. A total of two tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – roasted malt, chocolate, not really any bourbon, starts and ends slightly sweet. A delayed alcohol hit dimly glows in the stomach, yielding only a glimmer of heat.
Palate – full, almost creamy, lively carbonation

Passable but not desirable. An average RIS at best, certainly not worth the price.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 4, Overall 3

Dec 03, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like motor oil with a chill-hazed ebony with much effervescence & a pinky of mocha colored head. Viscous, no head retention or lacing

S: Vanilla, carob, charred grain & raisin

T: Follows the nose, raisin, & Baker's Chocolate, plus a little Bourbon up front, a little booze warmth. Vanilla, caramel & Bourbon as this warms. Vanilla, Bourbon, & little booze burn & char in the finish, a touch of plum

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, warming

Great offering, well worth a go, ABV is well hidden, like it better than the unleaded version; as usual Clownshoes kicks arse...

Nov 14, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big foamy head and thick black body on this hefty BBA stout...

Smell of sweet vanilla and roasted malts; bourbon very present but not overwhelming.

Taste is chocolate and vanilla, some oak and closes with bitter roasted flavor a.. Almost like a burnt vanilla latte. Pretty good though

Feel is thick and oily, just how I like it, with a long sticky finish. This is a great beer and I'm once again impressed with clown shoes barrel aged offerings.

Sep 04, 2016
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ccg from District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, coffee-like layer film of tiny bubbles. Denser bubbles around the edge. Thick legs with some spotted lacing.
Hints of oak, honey, and pecan on the nose, but the smell is mostly sweet brown sugar and hops.
Taste is fairly similar. The bourbon-barrel aging is fairly subtle. The hops are surprisingly strong for a BBA stout. They're not dominant, but there's a distinct earthy bitterness in the background. It also has a rich, sweet malt backbone. Hints of honey and oak are also present, just like in the smell. It reminds me a bit of Mikkeller's stouts.
While it's not the thickest stout I've tried, it's noticeably slick and sticky.
Overall, it's a pretty solid BA stout, definitely more on the hoppy side than the sweet side. I was hoping for a lot more barrel character, but it's still enjoyable.

Aug 27, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso with some nice barrel notes of caramel and vanilla with hints of oak
T: Taste is roasted malts and charred wood with some oak, there's some coca powder as well followed by caramel and vanilla. The swallow on this beer is burnt wood and burnt sugar with more oak and smoke with some lingering caramel and vanilla.
M: this is a thick and full bodied beer with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish from the ABV.
O: The base beer was pretty great but the addition of aging it in barrels adds another dimension to it that really helps soften some of the harshness and round out the flavors. this beer tastes really nice and has some nice complexity going on. Definitely one to try if you see it on the shelves and like barrel aged stouts.

Jul 03, 2016
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ThaneMcC from Germany

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

Bottled 15March2016
Poured into a tulip glass – deep, murky black with minimal head and scant effervescence. Smells with strong vanilla, bourbon notes mingled with the classic Unidragon leather, cocoa and barnyard. Taste is sweet malts forward, cocoa, smoke and leather with transition to vanilla and bourbon notes – woody, wet burlap and barnyard notes with a very faint bitter counterpoint as final notes. Alcohol well hidden – Thick and a bit syrupy in texture with a somewhat tacky residue – not unpleasant – and pretty typical for a stout of this body.
Overall, this is a tasty bourbon barrel stout – all the attributes of Unidragon that I love, coupled with the bourbon notes. I came across this gem at a liquor store in Killeen TX – I had no idea that it had been discontinued – I’ll have to go back and stock up on this gem – I imagine cellaring will only improve this quality, complex stout.

Jul 01, 2016
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is deep black in color with verry little head that congregates around the edges.

Smell is bourbon and vanilla with some chocolate malt.

Taste is a lot of milk chocolate up front with the bourbon coming through on the finish (moderate heat). A nice roasted malt flavor is prevalent throughout. There are some woody, charcoal and vanilla notes as well. The sweetness is a little much for me. The bitterness starts out fairly low but increases as it warms.

Mouth feel is thick and syrupy (slightly grainy) with a little heat on the end. The carbonation is fairly low/flat but works well throughout.

Overall this is a solid barrel aged offering from Clown Shoes. I like that they brew state specific beers, but I wish this one was a little less sweet with better balance. As it warms, the balance improves with some roasted and smoky notes coming through. This beer has a lot of good flavors, but they seem slightly disjointed.

Apr 25, 2016
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darktronica from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 15, 2015. Just the aroma wafting towards my nose while pouring tells me this is another Clown Shoes classic. Undeniably Blaecorn Unidragon in character, with extremely dark, bitter chocolate, heavily roasted malts, barrel oak, vanilla, and light notes of smoke, anise, and grape. Moderate body with an unctuous mouthfeel, it coats the tongue with warm, boozy heat and baker's chocolate. Superb.

Mar 19, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a mocha colored head, no head retention, just a few group of bubbles floating around, no lacing, not seeing much carbonation, looks really thick and oily.

A: Bourbon, hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate, hints of coffee, aromas are subtle, not getting any alcohol on the nose.

T: First impression is that this is very balanced, drinkable, and smooth. Hit of bourbon up front, vanilla, some dark fruits like figs and dates, dark chocolate sweetness, touch of roasted coffee and roasted malts, alcohol is noticeable but doesn't make the beer taste bad, aftertaste is of more dark fruits, there is some oakiness in the aftertaste, very tasty and enjoyable.

M: For a bourbon barrel aged stout this is incredibly smooth and drinkable. It is a little hot but its a full bodied beer.

O: Very impressed, love the taste, love the mouthfeel, it's dangerously drinkable for being such a big beer. I would love to age one to see where it's at in a year but it's drinking really good now.

Dec 16, 2015
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with little head
S: Dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, oak, licorice
T: Brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, charred oak, alcohol, dark fruit
M: Medium and slightly creamy
O: Very tasty easy drinking bourbon barrel stout

Nov 29, 2015
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videofrog from Texas

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, completely opaque black with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells strongly of bourbon, even after 6+ months. Some chocolate in the background, but the bourbon overpowers the smoke that I enjoyed so much from the non-BA version. Taste follows the nose, but with more complexity. The smoke I was missing in the aroma comes back in the taste and builds gradually over many sips. Vanilla & oak come through as well. Thick, viscous mouthfeel with significant alcohol warmth. I prefer the non-BA, but this is extremely delicious in its own right.

Nov 15, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is another fantastic offering from Clown Shoes. Tons and tons of bourbon on both the nose and taste. I didn't get a lot of the chocolatey goodness I normally expect from this style because the bourbon was a bit overpowering. This is a great beer, but I think some age will do this one a lot of good to cool off that bourbon.

Sep 24, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10th review of this beer, so it's going to result in a rating. Traded for this beer.

I've had a lot of Clown Shoes, and I think they deliver high quality brews, especially their higher abv stouts/ porters, and rarely make a less than above average beer.

This beer pours a nice very dark chocolate hue, aroma is of bitter dark chocolate, slight vanilla and peaty whiskey. Taste is peaty whiskey and unsweetened bitter chocolate. This beer occupies an end of the spectrum not previously staked out by Clown Shoes. Where Undead Party Crasher is a bourbon infused chocolate milkshake, this is the other side of the stout spectrum, an earthy, peaty sipper. You are aware of the higher abv in the stateliness of the body, but this beer is not hot. While I have never been to Texas, this beer seems to emulate some of the characteristics of the Old West; chewy, leathery and whiskey.

Sep 20, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Black color. Thick, rich, roasted, and smokey. The whiskey is in your face. Boozey. The smoked malts stand out a lot in this one. It is very peaty. Ends dry and roasted.

It's decent, but not really for me. Too much heat and peat.

Aug 10, 2015
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