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

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Added by JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

September 2012 Bottle
8oz. Pours
Duvel Tulip

A: Brown, thin, spotty head dissipates instantly. Sugary waves in what remains from original head. No legs. When held to light, body is pitch black.

S: Sweet smokiness. Alcohol forward. Maple syrup. Dry rye alcohol. Charred chocolate tones after reaching room temperature.

T: Pronounced dry, hop forward sugars with a great smokey maltiness.

M: Thin, but velvety. Dry, chalky finish.

OVERALL: Clown Shoes brought insane levels of perfection and deep complexity to an otherwise typical RIS with average consistency. Pure excellence and a pleasure to drink!

NOTE: I love and agree completely with this comment in the full review below mine: "If only the body had the substance of say a Ten Fidy or Peche Mortel it would easily be in my top 5 of all time." - angelmonster
While drinking Blaecorn I'd said that the lack of head retention may have dumbed down the nose, thus taste. I liked that the consistency was as thin as it was, as that is more true to the stout style (more robust, not necessarily heavier), but I would have PREFERRED this to be a little thicker.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from 11/2011

Pours a 1/3 inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are barely above average.

Smell is big on charred, roasted malts. I get semi sweet chocolate, freshly baked cookies, burnt oak, and even some vanilla bean. Hops arent very noticeable and alcohol is lightly detected. One of the most complex smelling beers I've had.

First taste is of chocolate covered espresso beans, sweet but with a bitter bite. Charred oak and some smokiness balance out the sweetness and some medicinal hops come out in the aftertaste. At 12.5% abv it's not too potent but the alcohol does coat the throat and leave a nice warmness in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Beer could have used more of a head or a fuller body, one of the few flaws in this outstanding stout.

Overall this beer was very good, an excellent example of a bold Imperial stout without being brash or over the top. The sweetness on the nose was amazing and when the taste was about to get cloyingly sweet, burnt malts and bitter hops balanced the palate out and left you wanting more. For almost 13% abv, this beer drank well and wasnt overbearing. If only the body had the substance of say a Ten Fidy or Peche Mortel it would easily be in my top 5 of all time.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black colour, one finger of tan head, some lace as well. Smell is roasty with lots of dark chocolate, mild coffee, leafy hop presence, a little bit of black liquorice as well, bit of alcohol heat as well. Taste is roasty with dark chocolate, malty, fair bit of bitterness, coffee and a bit of smoke, roasty and coffee aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium body, decent feel. Not bad but a bit average, alcohol goes largely undetected but creeps up on you though, decent but unremarkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white head, some notes of spotty lace.

S: Dark mocha notes, chocolate syrup, molasses.

T: Nice dark chocolate flavour, pretty much like eating a candy bar, that flavour is direct and real. Long aftertaste - all chocolate. Hint of roast, but this one is like a liquid chocolate bar. Nothing wrong with that, in fact it's a lot of fun.

M: Full-bodied, rich and creamy, soft carbonation, nice big feel.

O: Fun beer, the label reminded me of a Magic card, which was an impetus among many factors for me buying this one. This is a good beer, the $11 bomber price is too high, but makes me want to try other Clown Shoes beer. Glad to have another brewer in the Southland.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like dark roast coffee with a light khaki head that doesn’t fade but isn’t impressive, as might be expected for this big of a beer. The beer is black but it has some lovely dark brown notes to it. The beer’s body is also too dark to see through. The beer’s lacing is light to non-existent with only a couple slippery dots. On the nose, the beer smells boozy and sweet with touches of char and chocolate. There is the faintest touch of raisin dark fruit in the nose as well. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and oddly salty with a big wash of char and burn. The beer begins big salty, like surprisingly salty. The salt builds as the semi-sweet chocolaty malt moves in with a touch of cloying booze and is then eaten up as the roast moves in with big charred flavors that linger in the mouth. The salt and booze fade away and the finish is charred with the booze burning on the back of the throat. The aftertaste rings with char, too. On the mouth, the beer feels heavy in body with a slight creamy feel from the carbonation with a slight syrupiness. The carbonation gives a little prickle but also cradles the tongue nicely. The mouth is left charred, and dry from the roast with a light stickiness on the tongue. Overall, this is a great big Russian Imperial Stout. The flavors are big and the alcohol, while present, is nicely presented. This beer is tasty and could only blossom in a barrel (side note: I’ve had Porcine Unidragon, which is a barrel aged version of this mixed with Vampire Slayer, but I want just this to be in the barrel). Try this beer!

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