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Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a monstrous amount of malt and combined with aggressive American hops, this beer is powerful and complex and designed to age. Smokiness is subtle but present and blends nicely with the rich, dark flavors.

Added by JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

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A - Hard pour produces a bubbly, thick tan head. The brew itself is an opaque, very very dark brown. Despite how dark this is, you can tell this is highly carbed. The head settles to a one finger thick cap that remains for some time.

S - Sweet molasses intertwines itself with bitter roasted malts. Some cocoal and dark chocolate mixed in. There are some phenols, and a small sense of booze.

T - Harshly roasted malts, I mean charred. The strongest flavor would be black licorice, which I am not so much a fan of. There are some strains of dark chocolate. A bit of subdued heat but the alcohol is not so much tasted.

M - Thick bodied stout. Fairly smooth despite the harsh taste, and a highly carbed brew. Best part of the beer for me.

O - I've heard stories about the "harshness" of this beer and I feel it's correct. I let this sit for a year or more, and I can tell how harsh it must be fresh. Not my favorite flavor in a stout thats for sure. If you like black licorice, this is your thin. Just be sure to sit on it for about a year or so.

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Sunday afternoons are the reason high gravity beers are bottled in bombers – this bottle is the alcoholic equivalent of a six-pack of lawnmower beer. Cheers to sloppy Sundays.

Brewed three months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 01/02/13”).

A: Thick and black with a milky tan head that, while only rising to about a half-inch, gives a substantial appearance of creamy smoothness. Small amount of thin lacing, with just a dusting of retention over the blackness.

S: Not a strong nose, but one with a great dessert character: a wave of warm, melted chocolate and vanilla extract over a chalky cocoa scent, bitter enough to give the impression of genuine chocolate. An undeniably rich combination of aromas. Additional hints of nutty coffee, cedar, and spicy hops and bourbon.

T: A slow hop burn begins as soon as the beer hits the lips, starting with a woody pine flavor that’s much more intense than anything made evident in the nose. As the hops build, a conflagration of dark flavors appears: char, Black Forest cake, and hot fudge, with hints of pistachio (odd, right?) and espresso. Excellent balance between the sweet tooth and a cutting bitterness, as the dessert qualities meld evenly with the rising hop spiciness. Eventually, there’s a peak of black pepper and roasts, not unlike the woody harshness of Scotch whiskey; strong for only a moment, as residual sugars quickly work to keep the bitters contained. Aftertaste is a flat chocolate sugariness with the dry effects of smoke, like how a toasted marshmallow’s sweetness sticks to your palate for a while but is undercut by the campfire taste.

M: Impressively thick, the body covers the tongue in a single sip. It’s never bubbly and only slightly hot, making full sips inoffensive (and frequent).

O: This beer has nothing incredibly innovative to offer the stout community, and that’s what I like about it: no absurd hops, no bourbon barrel, no coffee, no frills. It’s beer! Dark, intense, balanced beer! Drink it!

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Poured into Bruery tulips. Color is black. Not much light going through held under a light. Tan head that lingers for a while.

Smells of dark fruits, a little alcohol. Taste is very tobacco and leather with some espresso. Rich but not sweet. Overall a very solid stout.

This is my first from Clown Shoes and I'm interested in trying a few more of their offerings.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,639 ratings
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