A Fistful Of Unidragon
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A Fistful Of UnidragonA Fistful Of Unidragon
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #74
Ranked #1,145
4.35 | pDev: 6.67%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
A Fistful Of UnidragonA Fistful Of Unidragon
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Photo of imstimpy
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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..

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Photo of Boccu
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -24.4%
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

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of ccg
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of thatche2
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of darktronica
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of videofrog
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of M_chav
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

full golden brown head of foam forms at the top of a dark roast looking stout. this looks like motor oil - my type of stout so far. Big bourbon notes hit the nose, cacao nibs and slight smokey ashy aroma dominate. This is big and bold and chocolatey. love it, tons of bitter chocolate and big bourbon characteristics, little bitter but only at the front - finishes very smooth. awesome malts keep this thing heavy and creamy just the way I like it. Just supremely smooth and bold this is definitely a sipper, the alcohol does come through (as it should being 14%). but its in no way could be considered a 'hot' beer. Overall this is awesome, would love to keep bottles of this around but unfortunately this was my only. cheers!

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bomber into snifter. Nice black pour. Khaki-colored head that left minimal lacing. Smell was of chocolate, smoke, burnt coffee grinds. Taste was what you would come to expect of a Clown Shoes' stout. I just thought this one had a bit too much smokiness to my liking. Feel was nice, medium balanced with lower carbonation. Overall, not a bad CS stout, just not one of their better ones, IMO.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black like oil, with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, and some chocolate on the nose, complex; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a whiskey warmth and some cocoa.

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Photo of BullDoza
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber.

A: Pitch black. About as dark as it could be. 3/4 finger mocha head. Bubbles form atop the middle of the pillow-y head. This one looks very nice in the glass. Not that the beer is bad by any means, but the appearance is definitely it's strongest attribute.

S: First things first: Sticky, burnt sugar. Barrel is definitely there - bourbon and oak are present. Dark roast and marshmallow. Above all else, I come back to the sweetness - a bread-y sweetness. Think Hawaiian sweet roll; really. As the beer warms (20 minutes in)...i pick up a subtle smokiness.

N: The nose didn't lie. Sweetness hits first - but it's more vanilla on the palate. Bourbon follows. The finish is a nice bitter. Really, the taste is not as complex as the nose. Sweet. Bourbon. Bitter.

M: Medium bodied, I guess. Could stand to be fuller. Not NEAR as good as the appearance led me to believe it would be. Nothing special.

O: A "good" BA stout. Another nice BA offering from a brewery who MUST have the largest barrel room in existence. Good beer to pick up and enjoy if you're in Texas. Not a must have if you're out of state.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Techichi (many thanks!). Bottled 4/17/15. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours jet black with a half finger of pale mocha head. A thin surface haze and wide collar persist, painting some hefty curtains of lace on the way down.

Smells of smoked malt, soft bourbon, cocoa and a little caramel.

Tastes bold and rich. Dark chocolate, bourbon, smoked malt, oak, coffee, caramel, licorice, faint vanilla, cherry pits and, of course, a healthy dollop of alcohol. The barrel notes play well with the roasty, smokey base.

Creamy, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. The long, rich aftertaste is like some sort of smoked chocolate bourbon cake. Yum!

More great stout work from Clown Shoes. This is a delightfully rich play on the base. While I think it could have handled more time in the barrel, the character it picked up adds some nice layers. This should do quite well over time and I look forward to testing that theory.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one through a friend. This one came out somewhat recently and it's special in that it utilizes mesquite smoked 'Blacklands Malt,' a Leander, TX based malthouse. With an oily black look, off-white head it looks every bit as a good stout should. I'm getting a lot of bourbon barrel in the aroma, but there is also some accompaniment from a sweet aspect too. For the flavor, lots of wood and caramel start things off, with a savory aspect in the middle - it's a bit 'meaty' and smoky, though not nearly as much as a Rauchbier. A shot of pure vanilla bean pops into the mix, near the smoky finish and the aftertaste is a bit spicy. I can't believe all of these flavor elements are present, blending nicely and unfolding in stages. Did Willy Wonka make this?

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out black which is a good sign. Fills the glass with darkness and brown head that has great retention.

Smoke, fudge, and coffee dominate for the most part. Hard to tell it spent time in a bourbon barrel. Still a good aroma.

Luckily the barrel is more present on the taste. I get some straight up excellent bourbon flavor. Smoke, chocolate, and roastiness like in the aroma comes through.

Really smooth with soft carbonation and a hefty medium body.

Pretty great beer here.

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Photo of samshaw
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, opaque and syrupy. Light tan head and moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Medium aroma of spices with undertones of chocolate.

T: Medium chocolate flavor jumps to the front of the palate, underscored with moderate spicy smokiness and a hint of bourbon. Excellent finish, especially given the high ABV.

M: Creamy with minimal carbonation, the beverage's body complements its smoky chocolate flavor nicely.

O: An excellent example of what can be done to a heavy stout with the correct selection of strong ingredients. A beer worthy of Chuck Norris.

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