Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle bottled 5/18/16. Sampled on April 19, 2017. Found on clearance at a local store.

The pour is nearly jet black, opaque, and underneath a modest, foamy tan head.

Despite being almost a year old it maintains a lot of character in the aroma such as dark roasted malts, a touch of smokiness, sweetness, yeast, chocolate, and a low hop profile. No alcohol for 12.5%.

Medium to full body but it is also very smooth and mellow.

The taste has the same roasted dark malt qualities as the aroma suggests, low to no booze, a touch of chocolate, but a bigger earthy bitter finis than I expected. This aged well and I didn't have to do anything but buy it on clearance.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color no chance of any potential light seeping through this dark behemoth. There's a half inch of creamy brown resting on top. Light lacing. The aroma is an amazing blend of bitter dark roasted and smoked barley. I'm tasting bitter dark roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, piney hops, and alcohol. The mouth is silky smooth and a bit warm with alcohol.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some light coffee tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with mostly roast and some cocoa.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very deep black with a very slight hint of brown as it's poured.
Smell: Coffee beans with a bit roasted flavor and to some lesser extent there is some chocolate finish to it. As it warms I do smell more chocolate.
Taste: A biter taste with more coffee as compared to the smell.
Feeling: A nice soft kick to it as I swished it around in my mouth only to gulp it down.
Overall: Excellent beer with a wide range of high points to it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Bottled 9/25/2014, which makes it 4.25 years old.

Cola colored with no head and brown scattered lacing. Opaque.
Rich and detectable from two feet away. Incredibly deep. Notes of dark fruit, jammy berries (Swedish style), anise. Spirits dance around the edges.
The taste is muted and musky, like many older barleywines. Hops were clearly present, but are now a murky, vegetal mass. Not unpleasant, but muddled. A bit harsh, but this actually manifests as a pleasant sort of spice. Plenty of licorice, with chocolate notes and expected roast.
A bit flat, but what do you want after 4 years? I could do with a bit more body to make up for the astringency.
The nose is the standout. A lovely beer, but probably not worth holding onto for so long.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A biggun' enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate!
This beefy RIS pours a murky deep black with a nice head of
brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin subtle pool, and
features light lacing. Nose of deep bakers cocoa, dark roasted coffee,
subtle smokey campfire, and hearty bittering hops. Flavors follow
the nose with dark bakers copious bakers cocoa awash in rich coffee
ground and touched by smoke and beefy zesty hops on the rear
cutting through the sweetness and making this one a nicely balanced
beast. Excellent mouth feel for such a big brew and one that hides the
booze quite well with a full mouth feel that is rich and lightly creamy
with mild carbonation and a bitter malt finish with a touch of smoke.



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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark as hell-small mocha head that exits quickly-charred cocoa, faint coffee and a touch of anise on the nose and palate. Smooth with impressive balance. Alcohol goes undetected. Impressive brew that does not drink like the abv suggests. Recommended but with caution.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a slighter darker than tan head.

Aroma: hint of booze, milk chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, oats?

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, oats?

Feel: thick and chewy

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Photo of fitzy84
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer has a pure black appearance with a slightly brown, medium-thick head and lacing. Aromas are very apparent with milk chocolate, coffee, and several spices like nutmeg. Taste follows the nose with a milky, creamy mix of milk and dark chocolate with malts. The mouthfeel dimension highlights a very creamy, but oddly light and somewhat refreshing texture. Overall, this is a fantastic beer across the board.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Utterly black body is crowned by a modest dark tan head, somewhat coarse. Fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet. The head retention is fairly good.

Aroma: Black licorice, cocoa, coffee, and sweet, spicy alcohol dominate the aroma.

Taste: The taste begins with sweet, spicy, and warming alcohol, soon followed by dark roasted malt. Towards the middle of the taste, bitter cocoa, coffee, and licorice are presented. Late in the taste there is a fairly pronounced surge of herbal hop bitterness and charred malt, which linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, with the slightest hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Just excellent, what more can be said? A stellar example of a magisterial beer style. it seems more than appropriate for this Labor Day, when autumn's cool breezes are anon.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: This beer is black in the glass with a small tan head.
S: I get molasses, a strong bitter sweet combo that I'm not a fan of
T: it's is sweeter than the nose which is nice, but more dark fruit notes than chocolate
F: fairly smooth but thin.
O: a decent beer, but I won't get it again

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Photo of Volsdrunk
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very black with dark brown head, the head is large when poured. Smooth coffee notes at the start and medium bitter at the end. The beer has a general round smooth mouth feel. This is a fantastic cold or cool weather beer, the only problem I have is the brewery location. As a southern boy it hurts a little to love a beer form Massachusetts.

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Photo of gunnark1ng
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poors black, extremely dark with a minimal darker brown head. Flavor profile is smooth, coffee with minimal bitter notes. Had a bottle ~3 months old in 2015.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle year and pours a magnificent deep brown/black with a fluffy mocha head. Beer is full of roasted coffee, sweet, dark fruits, chocolate and some licorice. Carb was probably a touch high and with the age, the beer has become a tad sweeter but still enough hops in there to keep it enjoyable after 47 months.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle. Holding up extremely well. Appearance is dark as hell. Bitter. Cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Dry finish.

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Photo of Cody1987
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very drinkable. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The head was thick and beautiful. Carbonation slightly high for an Imperial Stout. Flavors were darker, earthier, slightly more bitter than the average I.S. Most certainly a well crafted and perfectly executed brew. Thanks to the crew at Clown Shoes for a wonderful Imperial offering.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile now and it did not disappoint. A mild RIS with lots of subtle flavor profiles as it warms. Strong dark malts when chilled and a coffee bite on the back end.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes' Blaecorn Unidragon, Russian imperial stout. 12.5% ABV.

A: Black in the glass; dark brown in the dimple. A finger and a half of chocolate milk colored head. Faint sheeting. Decent, multi-tiered lacing.

S: Dark malt and char, with a grassy note. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee notes.

T/MF: A good amount of char, with a touch of sweetness. Blackened malt. Some slight licorice and graphite. Smooth texture. A bit more of that grass/leaf on the swallow. A good dose of very dark chocolate, though it's hidden behind stronger, similar flavors. A hint of very dark toffee.

Not bad, but not something that I would crave. Could use a bit more of the not-so-darkened malts in the bill, to balance it out.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of lbloom
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black with a thin tan head. Lacing was minimal.

S: Ultra sweet malts hit you immediately. Lots of dark fruits. Some chocolate notes.

T: Flavor profile is pretty unique. Heavy baking chocolate at the start. Lots of rich sticky malts. There is a bit of spiciness towards the end. Peppery. End is actually quite hoppy. Usually big imperials like this end with a coffee-like bitterness, but this one finishes almost like a west coast IPA. Maybe a bunch of cascade hops in this? Anyway. Tasty, but not incredible. Pretty unique.

M: Carbonation is pretty strong for a Russian Imperial. Otherwise, this is pretty standard stuff. Super thick and sticky.

O: Good. Not great, but good. A uniquely peppery and hoppy Russian imperial, but all the interesting stuff is hiding behind a huge wall of sweet malts. I'd get this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Reminds me in some ways of a less enjoyable ten fidy. Still, a solid beer.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22 fl. oz. brown bottle

Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon has an opaque black coffee colored body. A tan 1-finger head was produced. After some time the head reduced to a bubbly collar in my snifter. The nose was dominated by a heavy roasted malt aroma and smoky. The smell of dark chocolate and coffee were also noted. The upfront taste was of burnt toast and roasted flavors while a little chocolate, coffee, and hops remained in the background. The mouth feel was smooth, crisp, and a little chewy with a full body. The carbonation was a light-medium.

Overall, this Russian Imperial Stout is tasty and goes down easy for such a high [12-5] abv. A good representation of the style.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black with a half inch of head. The smells of cinnamon and spices are surprising here. The flavor is intense. It is strong and bold. The malty character is finely balanced by the bitterness from the hops. The spicy notes are present as well, with a touch of sweetness. This beer is big - but can definitely use some age. This bottle is only 6 months old, so I'll look to get one for the cellar to age for several years. The ABV is very apparent.

Overall, I would recommend aging it. While ok fresh, I think it will shine a few years down the road.

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Surprised this doesn't have better reviews. Excellent imperial stout! Pours pitch black with a chocolatey head which then turns into a nice creamy foam head before it dissipates. Smell is very chocolatey and sweet. Very strong. Taste and feel is complex. Chocolatey, sweet, and floral upfront with a little bit of a peppery aftertaste which balances it out. Don't even really taste the 12.5% abv. Overall this is a very fine Russian imperial, and will definitely revisit this one again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/28/15: Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger khaki colored head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving really good spotty foamy lacing and settling with a creamy layer across the top.

Smells of dark chocolate bar, burnt coffee grinds, minerals, roasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, charred wood, black licorice, piney hops and anise. A lot of chocolate, burnt grains and malty sweetness at first, the complexities cut over to hoppy with grapefruit and piney notes as it warms.

Tastes similar to the nose with strong chocolate malts, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla beans, minerals, roasted malt, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, dark chocolate bar, charred wood, black licorice, piney hops, soy sauce, raisin, cinnamon, orange peel and anise. The ashy and smoky notes seem to overtake the dark fruits I expected, and while this has a nice malty base and a solid hop presence, it just seems to be incomplete in some way. It's complex and hides the ABV quite well, but it just seems to peak out in the first pour and not evolve as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, velvety almost, with a thick, chewy body that has mild carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that combines burnt coffee, peat moss, charred wood, toffee and piney hops. The 12.5% ABV is masterfully hidden and this goes down easier than it should. I like the hoppy bite and citrus notes that keep jumping out as it warms up. Overall it's a very tasty brew, but it's a tad bit too smoky. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/14/16

L-Pours thick and black like oil. A modestly aggressive pour leads to a thick 3 finger mocha head. The lacing is prominent and lasting.
S-Roasted malts are prominent with hints of dark chocolate and char.
T-Initially starts out with a dark chocolate finishing with alot of char and moderate bitterness. Normally I don't care for the ashy char that I get from non BA stouts. Alcohol is completely hidden. I'm finding this beer quite drinkable given it's size and qualities which I don't normally care for. It says a lot about the balance here.
F-Carbonation is light and the mouthfeel is full. While not quite silky the beer is very smooth.
O- While I don't normally gravitate to this style, I find this to be a very good example. It is balanced enough to be drinkable. The alcohol is only evident in my blood stream as I'm warming much faster than the beer is. Recommended.

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Photo of Delmarvabeer
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark black appearance with very little head (off white/tan in color)

S: Smokey with subtle hints of dried fruit and almonds

T: Dried fruit and herbal type of flavor up front with a alcohol and smokey kick on the back end. Very unusual flavor for an imperial stout. On 2nd day drank remainder of bottle and got more coffee notes. Oddly enough this beer seems to be better after opening and re-sealing and drinking on 2nd day.

F: nice amount of carbonation, relatively smooth but the high ABV makes your mouth know there is some potent alcohol in your mouth.

O: Not a bad beer but there are some imperials that I like better like Stone and Old Rasputin. Not sure if I would buy this regularly but it is worth trying. After having bottle on 2nd day, flavor and smell are betters so I'm upping my grades slightly.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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