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Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting, creamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted smell of malt, coffee and chocolate.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla in the finish. Somewhat boozy, but it's not an issue. Basically this is what an RIS flavor should be: Big, bold, complex, and flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a wholly enjoyable, powerful beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up on my trip to Maine. It poured black in color with a thick, foamy, tan colored head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice head retention as I drank it and some decent lacing.

The aroma gives off a good amount of chocolate flavors to it at first. As it warmed I started to get a little more of the hoppy and roasty flavors. Not really an aroma that stood out in any way for all the flavors it has going on in the taste.

The taste starts out by showing more of the sweeter, malty, chocolate, caramel notes to it. Midway a dry bitterness starts to kick in with both the bitter, herbal hoppiness and burnt, roasty flavors contributing. As it warmed I more of the bitter, burntness really started to come out. A little bit of a citrusy, juicy hoppiness is there throughout as well. A little boozy in the finish, but not too bad for the abv%.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it had a lot of flavors going on in it but it managed to bring them all together relatively well. The hoppiness was pretty bold in it for the style but it didn't clash with the RIS flavors nearly as bad as some do. Pretty decent beer overall.

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Photo of 11millsown113
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-the beer pours a very very dark color with little head. since there is almost no head it also has no head retention. oh well

S- this beer actually doesn't have much of a smell. it has a roasted barley smell but also a weird latex smell. we couldn't pin point it but it was definitely slightly weird.

T- in my opinion this beer tasted awesome, strong dark roasty flavor with an slight alcohol burn after. i absolutely loved the flavor. dry, dark and lots of flavor.

M- the beer had a thick body but could be thicker. it doesn't help that i had this after a southern tier chokolat and a Firestone parabola. but overall nice body.

O- i loved this beer. would buy it again and could drink the whole bomber myself. i will be getting it again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours very viscous and black, dark brown head upon pour, reduces to thin layer, some lacing

S: nose hits big with molassases and cocoa followed by strong boozieness , some hints of tobacco and leather

T: starts off sweet and chocolately, becomes boozy and bItter in the middle, a bit hot on the finish, the balance isnt very good

Mf: the body doesn't feel as big as it looks, medium carbonation

O: lots of flavor, a bit hot, probably could use some time

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has roast coffee and burnt wood notes, as well as a slight yeasty overtone. It pours a deep, chocolaty, opaque, warm sable with a thick, frothy, fine-bubbled and rather persistent head that leaves some respectable lacing. Smoky flavor fills the mouth with fine roast coffee, molasses and caramel notes plus hints of burnt hops and licorice. Texture has above-average body and - whoa, quite a fierce tingle, almost as if the beer had some hot pepper in it! Aren't you glad this beer is for real and not mythical? (Anybody know where you can get a Unidragon for a pet? Tee hee hee!)

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Photo of prg1976
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a pale brown head. Dissipated quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell, with a slight hop bite.

It's very smooth, even with the high abv. Low carbonation, strong flavors.

Very good. Will look for this one again in the future.

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Photo of Jawn
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled 10/11

pours dark ruby red but is black in my glass. the head is small, tan, and bubbly. I'm smelling some heavily roasted malts, vanilla, and chalk. I sat with this for over an hour and really enjoyed it towards the end of our encounter. The piney hops actually dominate the burnt/espresso taste of the malts in this one, but both leave room for a subtle vanilla taste. I would have believed the abv was much lower but... it's definitely not. The carbonation however, is. Overall this is a solid RIS in my opinion. On the right day I love a very hop-forward stout, and this is it. Blaecorn Unidragon is a badass name for a beer and my first taste of Clown Shoes. I read an article today about them brewing their next anniversary beer with holy water, a gimmick I fully endorse, so I think I will continue to support them.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber of the 2011 vintage, this one has been aging for maybe 6 months at most. Pours black with a moderate cap of tan head. Lacing is nice and retention decent.

Nose is very hoppy, lots of citrus in there. Roasty malt is bold...along with a little bit of strawberry fruitiness and a shit-ton of alcohol.

Taste is much better than the nose, shows some promise moving forward. I think it a bit too boozy right now and the hops are a little sharp, but I think with another year or so could develop into something pretty rad. Its fairly smooth now and the chocolate is just a bit too much in the background. Roast is big, but never really gives off any coffee notes...more of a licorice-burnt offering if you will. I like it though and think I might even buy another bottle or two to put away for a couple years.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Portsmouth Brewery Tulip, bottled on 9/11.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black once into the glass. The head is a very nice dark mocha color. It is two fingers thick and slowly recedes to a thin lace around the glass.

S: There are strong scents of dark roast coffee beans, charred notes. Slight amounts of chocolate.

T: The taste is lacking the strong coffee flavor I was expecting. There is a roasted flavor that lasts throughout and following is a hint of chocolate. The finish is burnt and dry.

M: The body is thick and creamy with a roasted/burnt malt feel.

D: I have got to say I was expecting more from this beer. I always have high expectations when it comes to Imperial Stouts because there are so many good ones out there. This is a good one, but not much better than your average drinkable IS. I'd like to buy it again and age it for a while and see what that does to it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as ink with a 1/2" of espresso colored head.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and root beer.

A well rounded flavor of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, light coffee.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. There's a touch of alcohol burn.

I really, really enjoyed this RIS. It's my favorite offering from Clown Shoes so far. It's a big beer that drinks smooth.

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Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/1
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a thick, rich, deep dark opaque brown - borders on black with a one finger of foamy light brown head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big roast and charred notes, some bitter dark chocolate is present and a touch of licorice.

T: Taste starts big an charred at the forefront. Taste lends in to a more roast and dark bitter chocolate character. Anise flavoring comes through, with light touches of vanilla. Finish has a nice coffee flavoring that lingers slightly.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, rich silky feel.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick and nice representation of style.

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

Pouring a jet-black that remains opaque even at the edges, Blaecorn Unidragon opens with a good Imperial Stout aroma, full of ash, tobacco, and chocolate malt, but joined by a good amount of caramel, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit esters, including fig and black cherry. A good amount of hops lingers in the background, providing subtle undertones of pine and grapefruit rind. The overall aroma is somewhat lighter than many of its peers, but still flavorful, nuanced, and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with an immediate shock of dark malts, bringing heavy layers of ash, tobacco, espresso grounds, and black malt, marking this as one of the more ash-laden Imperial Stouts I've tried. The dark malt flavors are so powerful that they overwhelm the tastebuds, and while I know there is a good layer of hops in here--mainly from the buzzing on my tongue, and just a touch of pine sap--and a few dark fruit esters (fig, plum), I have a hard time focusing enough even to find them. I feel almost like I'm eating campfire ash mixed with black malt. Even the beer's high 12.5% ABV is completely subsumed beneath the ash. The aftertaste is also mainly ash and tobacco, burning the soft palate much like cigar smoke, and lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, and recognizing that I'm repeating myself, this beer is characterized by ash and tobacco, and any other flavor is going to be rather difficult to find against the onslaught. This is not to say that the beer isn't palatable, but anyone not already a fan of heavy, black, ashy Imperial Stouts is going to be completely turned off by this one.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter-finger high mocha head that quickly dissipated, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts along with a bit of licorice and bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth and has a little dryness in the finish.
O: This is a good sipping beer given its high alcohol content and the light amount of bitterness and dryness.

Note: Bottled November 2011

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Photo of HBomb81
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although a Imperial Russian, this could pass for a first cousin of Dogfish Head Palo Santo.

It pours well with a decent head for such a high ABV 12.5%. It is dark brown almost black in appearance.

It has a chocolaty-coffee taste that borders on syrupy in a nice way. The feel is good and the beer finishes well. This is a good occasion beer.

Overall, for the right occasion or portion of your day/night, this should be considered.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black into my Villeroy and Boch snifter. Dark mocha head that is soon just a circle around the edges with some spidery lacing as it went down.

S: Aroma of dark burn acrid coffee, a bit of smoke, cocoa and roasted malts with black patent kick.

T: This is bitter off the bat. Definitely good flavors off the front , blending with the bitterness. Dark bakers chocolate, Espresso roast coffee flavors , licorice in heavy doses. Really there is a lot of depth to this beer. I would hate to say it is underrated, because it does sell around $10 a 22 oz bomber. For that price point it needs to have this type of complexity.

M: Light mouthfeel for a Russian Imperial Stout. I think this is where the big letdown is in this beer. There are tons of flavors, the carbonation is pretty good for the style, but its light body makes the licorice really stand out.

O: If the mouthfeel was bumped up on this, it would definitely be more sought after, but I like how it has its own flavor profile when stacked up against so many of the other RIS's out there these days. Definitely one of the more Robust Russian Imperial Stouts I have had. The flavors do not let up on the bitterness and the coffee side. Worth a try

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Photo of lokieman
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin head that leaves decent lacing on my glass.

Smell is roasted espresso with a chocolate backbone and a slight astringent odor, probably from the 12.5 abv.

Taste is complex and a bit surprising after smelling. More of the espresso and roasted to perfection. Finishes brightly with a coffee porter like finish.

I bought this beer originally to tuck away in my collection but thought I'd do the wise thing and try it first...glad I did. Now I know it's worth a year or so of painful waiting...but it will be well worth it. Cheers...

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Photo of lnashsig
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have tried a few Clown Shoes beers so far and have not been impressed, but trying this one to reach a verdict. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip. Pours a deep pitch black color, thick off-white head, bordering on tan. Thick appearing texture. A beast of an Imperial Stout from appearance. Smell- roasty notes, dark fruits like currants, raisins, etc. Some booze notes, expected with a 12.5% beer that is relatively fresh. There is a weird plastic aroma, but its not a huge detractor. Taste- black roastiness, coffee bitterness, a boozy blast of sweet dark fruits. In the end, leaves a sweet chocolate bitterness and a strong hop presence. I have to say I am impressed. This is the mean badass experience I tend to like from my Russian Imperial Stouts. It asserts itself with aggression but overall is pretty drinkable and balanced for the ABV. Good beer, will probably grab another one for cellaring. Clown Shoes has redeemed itself!

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will getting more of this beer.

A - Nice and dark, cannot see through it at all. Excellent! The pour produced a nice medium brown foam about 1/4" to 1/2" thick which shrank to about 1/16" but it never dissapated, very nice. As the taste went on the beer left legs in the glass which shows the hops involved, again very nice.

S - Hints of chocolate, coffee, malts but nice and clean not musty as some of these beer types can be, very nice.

T - Awesome! All of the flavors mentioned in the SMELL seem to come together as well as a splash of alcohol. Nice finish!

M - Very well balanced! Not too thick and not too watery. This beer always your senses to enjoy.

O - Great berr! I will be buying more during these cold winter nights! Nice name too!

I was in Boston this past week and I did not see this beer offered at the local taverns, reason?

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a viscous black. (Insert your oil simile here). Good head. Brownish colored cap. Good size. No light penetration. Looks like a monster.

S-Big notes of cocoa and coffee. This doesn't smell just like chocolate, it smells like pure Dutch cocoa powder. Along with the roasted coffee aroma is a decently noticeable scent of dried, dark fruit. Strong nose. At %12.5 ABV, the alcohol is clearly noticeable, but it should be. Hops also make an appearance too.

T-First allow me to start off by saying that this beer actually masks the high ABV incredibly well. This was drank at an unrefrigerated temperature and the alcohol is still hidden masterfully. The hops make this one finish quite dry which is a plus. The initial flavor is strong cocoa powder with a lighter coffee flavor. A get even a little bit of wood in the taste.

M-Elite mouthfeel. Soft, but still noticeable carbonation. This is a thick, gooey beer. Nearly coagulated. High marks.

O/D-Hate their names. Beer is decent.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biiig building head that takes up half the .5l glass. Perhaps not the best pour. Great cascading head takes a good while to settle and leaves some mild lacing. Smells like coffee that's been sitting for a while :/ Beer is brown in the pour and almost black in the glass. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Very malty, vinous comes to mind although it's not prominent. Very heavy and lush mouthfeel, good carbonation keeps it from being too sticky. Finish is strong, lots of flavor that stays and stays. Little sign of the ABV, drank this a lot faster than I expected.

Good stuff.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was black in color with a minuscule orange/brown head.

Aroma blew me away. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans, charred wood. Alcohol noticeable, not intrusive.

Taste followed aroma, just didn't quite live up to what was promised. Dark chocolate, espresso/burnt coffee. Alcohol lurking in the background.

Smoother than I thought it would be.


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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip, very aggressive. Poured very black, with a huge 4 inch mocha head, that hangs around for a while leaving plenty of lacing. Smell is powerful dark chocolate, roasted coffee, touch of smoke, and a little alcohol. Taste is all of that, strong dark chocolate and with huge coffee presents. Very large body, wonderful amount of life for its huge abv, kind of dry, and kind of drinkable for its large attributes. This reminds me a little of Stone 15 Anniversary imperial black ipa, not a bad thing. A hoppy beast that leaves a impression, for hop heads should be a good one. I find it easy to sip for it's abv.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is black and there is a large tan creamy thick head. This looks great.

The aroma is full of chocolate and bitter malt with some char and burnt aromas. I get a bit of bitter hop presence as well.

The taste is mostly bittersweet chocolate with lots of bitter roasted malt flavors to balance the mild sweetness. There is a bit of bitter hoppiness, but not much at all. This is a nice balance and it's enjoyable.

The body is medium to medium heavy with nice smooth carbonation.

This is pretty good. I'm not sure I'll be purchasing again at the price, however.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of fluffy light tan head. A little bit of soapy lace.

Nice earthy leather aroma with a bit of smoke and char. A little bit of chocolate sweetness with some good roasted malt aromas. The flavor has a big roasted malt character with earthy tobacco and leather flavors. A bit of cocoa sweetness and a bit of smoke.

Full and robust body with smooth carbonation. Really no nonsense here. Well done one by Clown Shoes. I'm going to try more of their beers after this one (on a later date that is).

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really excited for a Clown Shoes RIS, their other dark beers are mostly great so this should be awesome.

Pours a nice fluffy darker 1/2 finger head that never wants to fade, although leaves a nice lacing as it eventually does, over pitch black thicker beer, no light at all coming through.

Nose brings lots of cocoa, powdered cocoa and hot cocoa, dark bitter earthy chocolate and bakers' choc, a bit of roast but not much with a hint of espresso. then more sweet additions with light caramel and molasses and hint of vanilla. I even get hints of raisin and fig like fruits, and some booze but not a ton.

Taste starts rich and creamy, but with a powdered like cocoa flavor, hot cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, baker's chocolate again, which fades to molasses and caramel. The dark chocolate really has that super high 85% like cacao mix bitter chocolate taste that seems to pool and sit on the tongue like I'm trying to let the chocolate melt on my tongue. It's pretty thick and coats the mouth. As it swirls around some light coffee beans and espresso come out with a hint of roasted malt. Bitterness starts to take over as it goes, with some earthy hops and lots more from the scortched malts, with a hint of salty briny roast but not a lot. No fruit this time, but I do seem to get a hint of smoke. Creamy luscious like chocolate malt lingers as it tries to finish, and by try I mean it just coats the mouth and lingers for a while. As it warms the booze finally starts to come out, but it never reaches anywhere near 12.5% burning booze feel, although I can taste the alcohols a bit on the finish. The chocolate, light vanilla and caramel seem to linger for a while with it, and more bitter espresso roasted coffee grinds and light briny earthy spicy hops. It seriously just sits on the mouth for many minutes after each sip letting the memory last for a while.

Mouth is pretty big bodied, thick and syrupy but smooth at the same time, light but decent for the style carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall really nice, delicious malts, tons of chocolate all dark and bitter, bit creamy, light coffee and espresso, lots of great flavors all combines. It's actually fairly drinkable since you can barely tell the booze, and would never suspect 12.5% even after it warms. the only thing that really takes away the drinkability a bit is the thick syrupy sticky mouth feel that never goes away.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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