White Tail Unidragon
Clown Shoes

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #187
Ranked #3,755
4.18 | pDev: 5.74%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 91 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of REVZEB
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Matte black with a mocha head. Coffee, char, wet soil, dark chocolate, bourbon, and molasses in the nose. Taste has good rustic earth, char, leather, with dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, and molasses too, but thinner profile than normal for style, hints of vanilla. Feel is lighter but full, roasted and sneaky rustic. Good ba RIS, approachable for a early connoisseur

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous dark brown with a light brown head, spotty lacing.
Nose gets chocolate, toffee, vanilla, roasted malts, leather and a hint of whiskey. Very aromatic.
Taste follows the aromas to a T.
Nice chewy mouthfeel, nice carbonation.
Throughly enjoyed this beer. I keep telling myself not to buy bombers, or bottled beer anymore, sometimes I don't listen to myself!

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Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good head production, and fantastic retention for the style. Nice lines of lacing.

Smooth, slightly sweet notes from bourbon mash. Additional notes of sweet chocolate, cream, vanilla, espresso, molasses, caramel, raisin.

Toast and plenty of roast on the palate, caramel, oak. Boozy presence from the barrels and a touch of spicy rye, some lingering banana and chocolate, nuts. Not much bourbon flavor, which comes across much more dry than expected. Not particularly bitter, with most of the bitterness coming from the roast vice hops.

Medium bodied, mild boozy heat.

Very big and roasty imperial stout, but I expected much more barrel character. A very solid low-sweetness, high-ABV stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/25/19
Pours a smaller but decent foamy darker head with medium retention, fair lacing, decent legs, very dark brown basically black color

Nose brings a lot of rich chocolate, dark chocolate and ganache, with plenty of vanilla, earthy raw vanilla and oak barrel vanilla, with baking spices and cookie dough typical from a barrel, light whiskey overall, powdered cocoa

Taste more rich dark chocolate and cocoa, a little fudgey, a touch of roast but not a ton of roasty malts, more vanilla but a bit more on the barrel side, but a little vanilla extract flavor, light whiskey again not nearly as much as I would have liked in there, mild baking spices from the barrel again, and a little cookie dough, touch of wafer cookie cracker, medium bitterness some from hops and some dark malts, a little alcohol flavor especially late, drier finish with a bit more bitterness

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med rich and a little creamy but feels a tad thin, some warming alcohol bordering on tingly, medium carb

Overall not bad, decent base stout as usual, but just didn't bring a lot of whiskey, although the barrel notes were decent

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Photo of jkblr
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottled 02/25/19 (8 months ago) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at just above fridge temp 10.25% ABV per neck label. The beer pours dense very dark brown with minimal brown highlights and mocha colored head. The head recedes slowly to a film and leaves splotchy lacing behind. The aroma is mild with molasses, dark baker's chocolate, roasted malt and slight barrel notes of vanilla, oak & whisky. The taste is deeply roasted malt with some dark chocolate rolling into light oak, rye, bourbon and vanilla before a moderately bitter finish. How this beer can be so darkly roasted without being acrid is new to me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, excellent. If you like the deep roasted flavors in stouts, this one is for you. The barrel influence is small, but this bottle had sat at room temperature in my LBS for many months. The label notes a recipe change with less chocolate malt and more dark roast than previous years.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very good aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, wood, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a little bit of coffee (less than expected), a lot of roasted malt (present throughout), a tinge of vanilla, some bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a hint of caramel, and a bit of dark chocolate. This is a solid, steady flavor. It's heavier on certain ingredients than others, including the chocolate. Still, pretty tasty.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly likable stout. Worth a look.

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Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck in yellow ink: "PKG 060 02/25/19 08:16"
The neckerchief says: "Alc. 10.25% by Volume"

Appearance: It has a black body with a short light khaki head. The head slowly fades out to a ring of lacing and a thin sheet of bubbles. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: It smells of chocolate, toasted coconut, and coffee.

Taste: Chocolate and alcohol come through up front, fading into a slightly woody and earthy character in the middle, then finishing with a long taper of coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is full bodied and smooth with just a bit of thinness as the beer moves across the tongue. It finishes clean and easy.

Overall: The beer is very enjoyable to drink and it has some very nice flavors. The label states that this is "Aged in Bourbon and Rye Barrels" and while there is some woody character in the beer it doesn't taste like bourbon or rye. I enjoyed it and I would both drink it again and I would recommend it.

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Photo of emyers
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with a thin beige lacing.

Nose: mostly roasted malt and coffee, some caramel at the end, not much barrel presence.

Taste: follows the smell - coffee and roasted malt. Bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Solid imperial stout but I’m getting next to no barrel presence.

Feel: medium body, medium-low carbonation. Fairly dry for the style.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Before I start, I must say I find it odd that they barrel aged the "Ohio unidragon" which was Unidragon brewed lighter with less ABV to comply with Ohio laws. I find it odd because usually breweries beef up recipes before they barrel age them, not use lesser versions.

Oh well. I'll be pouring this from a 22 oz. bottle into a tumbler glass. This beer pours a very dark shade of brown with minimal highlights. Once in the glass, it has highlights around the top rim of the beer. It forms a thin caramel colored crown that dissipates to only leaving an outer ring attached to the glass and an island.

The smell is burnt, bitter chocolate. Picking up small amounts of wood, not really any bourbon. I'm liking the smell, but even breathing in very deeply, it leaves me wanting more from it. Badly.

Anyways on to the taste. It comes in with burnt, roasty and bitter chocolate. Hop presence is there. Some cream notes. The barrel presence is very subdued.

The mouthfeel is thick and coats the mouth while being dry from the wood aspect. A lot smoother than I thought it would be and almost creamy. But not hardly showing any bourbon presence at all or alcohol warmness.

Overall, this ended up being much more balanced than I was thinking it was going to be. I think the hops worked great to add a bitterness to the burnt, roasty chocolate element and the barrel played a well balanced background without wanting to steal the show.

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Photo of darktronica
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Despite living one state over, I have not had the pleasure of trying Ohio Unidragon in any of its vintages. I gather it was simply a lower-ABV version of Blaecorn Unidragon to comply with Ohio laws. White Tail Unidragon is a bourbon barrel-aged version with many of the same characteristics I expect from the standard Blaecorn mixed with Clown Shoes' penchant for boozy-hot barrel-ageing. It's got a pour with minimal, slow-to-rise head, light smoke, strong malt, a touch of Belgian fruit esters, some toasted pecan, and a slightly-restrained wallop.

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 2018 bottle picked up at the Windsor brewery, into the test glass
A - Chalkboard dark color hides refined carbonation, a thin tan cap is quick to receed.
S - Hints of cinnamon, roast Publano, meld with dark roast malts and cocoa. There is an underlying reference to french roast coffee as well
T - Follows the nose initially, then meanders down the spice path a bit, again with cinnamon, vanilla, a bit of barrel but muted.
M - Medium in body, a bit slick, with a pleasantly dry finish
O - A good stout, some addition to the body, could be a better stout. Worth trying for certain

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Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2018 Edition.

Inky black color with a finger of mocha head. Attractive looking stout but not viscous. Bizarre aroma of white wine, crystal malt, and brown sugar. The flavor is little better. Not much barrel character. I get this dry wine flavor to coincide with the aroma. A bit ashy with some roasted malt flavor. Bourbon and oak are weak. The lack of beer flavor detracts from the body as well. Hard to imagine a full and robust flavor here. Still nicely carbonated. I see Unidragon is one of my least favorite Clown Shoes beer, and this follows suit.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draft at Half Day Brewing Company on September 15, 2017. Russian Imperial Stout brewed with rye malt as well as Cascade and Columbus hops before being aged in bourbon barrels. Nice.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured White Tail Unidragon into a snifter. The liquid is black as midnight with a skim of off white head.

S- On first sniff whiskey comes off. Toffee and butter rum on further investigation.

T - Initial taste is acidic with bourbon/whiskey flavors up front. Mid palate dark chocolates with more vanilla and toffee from the char of the barrel. On the aftertaste it has some dark roasted malts with more barrel qualities coming through.

M - Medium mouthfeel for a RIS with medium carbonation.

O - Clown Shoes performs well again! Recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply put . . . I have not had an average BA beer from Clown Shoes. This is a brewery that really knows how to tackle a wide range of styles and examples. Their BA program in my experience has been better than most and always a pleasure to enjoy. White Tail Unidragon of course is no exception. Overall this has really terrific barrel characteristics to compliment an already solid stout. Appearance is jet black and oily looking. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and molasses. Taste is similar with a spicy dry marshmallow finish. Very, very good stuff !

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Photo of bobhits
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour is deep brown from the bottle, turning a dark black in the glass, not the darkest of beers but it's doing things right. Not only do you get a full creamy head, but the lacing is amazing. I've got a lovely THICK top ring that has stayed as the bottom has receded on the back end.

The nose is molasses, chocolate, some dark fruity hops, citrus coffee.

The flavor is straight roast! Espresso, chocolate, dark bitter coffee citrus notes, some hops, it lingers like chewing an espresso bean. There's vanilla and so so much nice bourbon sweetness that mixes with the hops where the two are inseparable yet both clearly are there.

I'll save the rest of the review, go get this if you like dark stouts. This is great.

It reminds me of a less coffee forward big bad baptist and a bit more hops. But the intensity of the roast and dry bitter notes that often get pushed aside for the sweetness of bourbon is completely here.

This is amazing guys. I'm blown away.

If I had to ask for more, I'd want a BIT thicker mouth feel believe it or not. More of a bourbon county stout. This is a bit more carbonated and it comes off thinner than I'd want. Something this intense can be motor oil and it only makes it better.

i might have to have this again and score it a 4.9 but for now, not sure the math here but I'm going a bit lower. Still I'm blown away.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Again another winner from the Clown folk!
This beast pours a deep dark obsidian with a nice head
of light brown foam that subsides to a thick ring and thin
pool with nice lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, heavy
bakers cocoa, and char notes. flavors follow with some exception
with dark bakers cocoa caressed by rich bourbon and light char notes
followed by dark fruit notes of black berries and coffee finishing with
a touch of vanilla and barrel. VERY nice mouth feel for such a strong brew--
smooth, coating, full, and lightly carbonated. Overall a fantastic brew.


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Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Small beige head but it leaves extensive ring /streaky lace. The color is dark brown where no light passes even along the edge.

Sweet chocolate and rich cocoa smell. A bit chalk which is expected for the style. Very clean aroma and attractive.

Think cold cocoa with milk. Very rich, even considering the style, low carbonation. Starts with an almost milk chocolate tongue. It gets darker very quickly, as if Baker's chocolate gets added during the taste. The swallow bring a warming alcohol element. In the end, this is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In full celebration of all-things-roast, Clown Shoes unveils a lavishly dark, boldly roasted, malty beer with balance, complexity and masculine charm.

White Tail Unidragon pours an ominously dark black with a coffee-stained light froth. Robust with a burnt and earthy perfume, high espresso, cocoa, booze and molasses align for a scent that's as intimidating as it is alluring. Burnt sweetness crawls onto the tongue with scorched brown sugar, baker's chocolate, walnut, and burnt milk.

The moderate carbonation is enough to keep the taste creamy and the roast flavors amplified, but modest enough to allow the beer to seep deeply into the tastebuds. Full saturation of burnt sweetness, bold roast coffee, bittersweet and smoky chocolate, campfire and a bitter seared hop finish come together in a full and lavish flavor that highly balances toward the roast.

Rich, full and powerfully roasted, the beer's acrid burnt flavors allow for a mild ash texture to play on the finish like powder. Moderately astringent from roast links up with the bitterness for a gripping bite in the back of the throat. Brandy-like spice highlights the beer's strong alcohol character and renders the beer a slow and patient sipping affair.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black in to a teku glass. Opaque but hints of light coming through around the edges but barely. The nose is predominantly burnt roasted and toasted malt but you also get hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. The barrel is there but doesn't really come out on its own. Not much bourbon and only a hint of booziness. The taste follows the smell but the chocolate meets you on the front end with vanilla brining up the rear with a tender sweetness. Not both at once just both discernible. The feel is medium heavy thick but a tad bit carbonated for the style. Overall I would call this an excellent stout but it is lacking in barrel taste. I have had non barrel aged beers that have more barrel character than this beer (big poppa). Worth trying and really good but too light on the barrel for being barrel aged. Would be excellent if it were not barrel aged.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/4/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, leather, tobacco, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready/rye malt, bourbon barrel, and light pine/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, leather, tobacco, herbal, pine, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Mild roast/char and herbal/pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, spicy rye, nuttiness, molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/rye malt, bourbon barrel, and light pine/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from roast/hop bitterness. Light carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/rye malt, bourbon barrel, and light pine/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very similar to the base beer as expected, with added barrel complexity; but is more smoothed out on bitter hop character with a far better mouthfeel. Perfect barrel integration; never boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ohio exclusive. Thanks Clown Shoes!

Pours out completely pitch black with a mocha/tan head.

Aroma has bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt notes, bit of coffee and some oak. Bourbon and barrel are present without being overwhelming.

Taste is very roasty with coffee and chocolate (bittersweet), followed by sweet bourbon and creamy vanilla. The finish definitely has some oak to it with a lingering chocolate and roasted note too. Very well rounded.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, slight alcohol heat, but not boozy.

Really well done BA Stout and this should cellar like a champ too!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours midnight black color with a small mocha head. Has a rich roasted malt aroma with some booziness and vanilla. Flavor is deep roasted malts with a hint is vanilla sweetness and some bourbon. The barrel aging accents really well and doesn't overpower. This drinks really smooth and easy. Overall this is a really nice beer and very enjoyable.

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White Tail Unidragon from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 91 ratings