Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

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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1,599
Avg:
4.06
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9.85%
 
 
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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottled 9/11"

Pours black, with a very dark head, lasting and leaving all sorts of froth, collar, sheeting and well developed lacing. Nice looking beer.

Some booze in the nose, but mostly chocolate, coffee grounds and ample roast malts.

Intensly flavor, complex, robust and enjoyable RIS. Loads of chocolate abound, roasted/burnt malts, light smoke, earthyness, black coffee. A lot going on here, all blended into a quite heady mix.

Super rich and smooth on the tongue and in the entire mouth. A chocolate/coffee milkshake comes to mind.

High Quality night capper or a natural with a decadent chocolate dessert. Well done. Likely the most impressive Clown Shoes brew I've tried to date.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this one at Total Wine Fort Lauderdale.

A-Pour is a deep dak brown, nearly black with a thin off white head.

S-Boozy with molasses, dark chocolate and mild booze. Dose not smell like 12.5%.

T-does not taste like 12.5% either. Lots of dark molasses, nice roast, some mild sweetness and dark bittersweet chocolate.

M-Medium to heavy, rich but not overly so.

O-Pretty darn good. Tasty, rich, well controlled alcohol.

HV

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Photo of jsh420
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of dark fruit roasted chocolate malt a fair amount of hops and call me crazy but cinnamon sugar and some apples?

taste is very solid - reminds me quite a bit of GD Yeti with that dark fruit berry flavor and a great hop bite - plenty of dark burnt roasted malt

mouthfeel - this is where the beer could use some work - thin-ish body with a little too much carbonation

overall - as i drank more and more and killed the entire 22oz i felt that this beer should have been labeled a black ipa - the hops are there and the body was on the lighter side - overall will buy this again

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

Pours a thick, pitch black with a big, dark tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells heavily of coffee, chocolate, roasted character, dark fruit, some slight hop citrus, with hints of bread, toast, and spice.

Taste is up front dark fruit, fig/plum, chocolate that fades into a more creamy, roasted character that mixes with the hop character, and ends on a bright, coffee, chocolate, plum, cherry note. Some lingering alcohol is present. The finish is slightly astringent from the roasted malts but not out of balance.

Heavy body with lower carbonation are right on for the style. The alcohol stands out a bit too much as it is...age would help a lot.

A complex, roasted, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, cherry, slightly sweet stout that is strong and heavy on alcohol. This is one of the better non-barrel aged stouts I've had in a while, but it needs age. A year or two will do wonders.

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Photo of obrike
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Specs in Round Rock for around 9 bucks.

Pitch black pour, a light tan head that leaves spiderweb lacing too. Nice.

First scent I get is black licorice/anise...followed by bitter chocolate, burnt malt...maybe even a touch of cinammon? I like.

Wow...kick in the palate bitterness...coffee/dark chocolate/hops/ roasted malt...a very big punch. This is a big beer...a sipper...booze on the backend is there, but won't kill you...certainly a nice cold night sipper. Pretty creamy, but does not hide booze as well as other big stouts I've tried.

I really liked it, but it seems like it might be better after sitting a year or so.

Nice job Clown Shoes!

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black body with a tan 2-finger head that has some OK retention before falling to a thin spotty cap. Very little lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, roasted malts.

T- Just like the aroma: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some bitterness towards the end. Some metallic flavors there as well.

MF- A little lighter than I expected, but still medium bodied and fairly creamy.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/2011

Pours beautifully black with a finger of mocha foam which falls to a central cap and rim of the same. Blasts me with cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee, some burnt sugar. I dig it.

Bitter chocolate, some coffee beans, some roasted malts. Really a well balanced and tasty beverage, wish it was local. It is sweet and bitter and full bodied with low moderate carb and a semi dry finish.

I like this beer substantially. The thing is this: it's really drinkable, and simple as far as RIS's go, making it a great go to, unfortunately it's not in my area, and it's not special enough to seek out specifically.

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

Beer shared by Lunch, thanks Paul. Beer is dark brown / black with a thin tan head, low lacing, low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is a little metallic but mostly sweet, alcohol, malt, strong.

Beer is a little boozy, strong with a great malt thickness to start, thins toward the back of the palate, strong throughout, decent finish, mildly bitter from the roast, I might have it again.

I did have this again a few days later, the second bottle was less impressive.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: booze, sweet, chocolate, roast, malts,

taste: booze, sweet, roast, bitter chocolate,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: pretty decent brew. would be more drinkable if they cut down on the ABV. other then that I think they are going in the right direction.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been living in my lagering cooler for at least two months now, and tonight seemed like the time to give it a shot. I am pouring it into my Duvel tulip rather than any other glass. I like Impy Stouts in a tulip.

Appearance: After a pretty aggressive pour, the beer was a pitch black color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles. The head was quite fizzy and died down to a very small ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: My first impression was of some spicy alcohol already along with some almost nutty roasty notes and a little bit of ashy dryness. Second sniff was giving more dark fruit like plums, raisins, and figs. Some American hops and coffee are coming out as the beer sits a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a good bit different than I was expecting from the aroma. It is much smoother and cleaner than the aroma suggested. The carbonation is present on the palate and helps to keep the beer from feeling heavy on the palate. The beer is a bit warmer now that I am getting into the flavor, but the coffee notes are definitely a key component in the flavor. The hops are quite strong in this beer, but so is the malt, so they are fighting it out to the finish. I wouldn't say that either one wins out in the end, but the finish is pretty dry not only due to the hops, but also because of the carbonation, and dark malt acidity.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. It already has a good bit of hop complexity that will definitely mellow with age, but I think that the balance is such that it will do really well in a cellar. I will probably end up picking up a couple more and put them back for 2-4 years and see what happens. Regardless, it is a good beer to drink now, but will probably soften up nicely if left to its own devices. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from Blind BIF 6
poured into my Bruery snifter, as instructed.

A - Pours black as night, no light can get through this darkness. an inch of dark tan/khaki head-nice retention as a top layer of foam stays on this beer. as i swirl this beer, carbonation is released perfectly and the head reappears instantly. Very nice lacing, im in for a high abv beer... 4.5

S - this has got to be a bourbon bbl stout. the smell is phenomenol! Bourbon, vanilla, cherries, plums, chocolate, a bit of roasty coffee. 4.5

T - the taste is a little more astringent and the flavors of the nose do not come through at all. Lots of black patent roasty malt to this beer. Very high IBU's, something i do not typically enjoy in my stouts. this beer is so astringent I feel i need to hydrate. this beer tastes like it needs a couple years of age to get out of puberty. 2

M- the mouth feel is good, slightly thin for this style. could be a little thicker and a little creamier. 2.5

O - this beer is about to be a drain pour for me. the hoppy astringency are just not inviting to my palate at all. If I had to choose a style, Im going with Russian Imperial Stout.

The reveal: Blaecorn Unidragon. Thanks Alewatcher! This beer was a definite want but not at all what i was expecting from the reviews I have read. I am really glad I had the opportunity to try this beer!!! I hope I can get my hands on another to age!

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Photo of imintune2
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 12oz snifter (bottled 9/11)

A: solid black. a thin wispy head rises up and quickly dissipates, leaving a fractal-like swirl on the surface.

S: malts, chocolate, charcoal, leather, candies

T: bonfire, burnt edges of a grilled steak, toasted malts, hops. the exhaled-nose reveals a greater complexity to the charcoal, smokey flavor.

M: thinly coats the mouth and provides a sweet tingle on the tongue as it's going down.

O: this is both a hoppy and a smokey RIS with minimal alcohol burn (despite weighing in at 12.50%). thoroughly satisfying stout for a carefree tasting.

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Photo of Pahn
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy tan head that dissipates steadily leaving a tight ring of lacing. Pours black with brown highlights and leaves arches and walls of lacing.

Smell: Coffee beans, lots of hops (sort of a greenhouse, "general hop" smell, as opposed to pine or citrus or spice), mild toffee. Roasted malt. Suggests a balance not achieved by the flavor.

Taste: Powerful and ashy roasted malt up front, some black coffee bitterness through the finish and a hint of coffee ice cream aftertaste. Double punch of roasted malt bitterness and hop bitterness with little to no balancing sweetness. Exceptionally well-hidden 12.5% ABV.

There's occasionally a slight coffee liqueur note up front, along with lots of charred and ashy flavor (too much). The beer is named after a combination of two mythical animals, but it tastes like half of a Russian Imperial Stout (has all the bold roasted notes and bitterness, but nothing more).

I often think big stouts are too sweet and under-attenuated, but this one is over-attenuated... the dryness is nice (I like dry beers), but this beer is dying for sweetness to tame these bold, abrasive flavors. The slight BBQ smoked malt flavor in the aftertaste is nice, but no relief from the assault.

The good flavors could exist quite comfortably in a 4.0 ~ 4.5 for taste beer, but the balance is that of a 2.0 for taste beer. So, 3.0.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Slightly overcarbonated for my tastes. Pretty dry finish.

Overall: Some good flavor, but monumentally imbalanced. Also, while the 12.5% ABV is expertly hidden, there's a real question of "why does this beer have that much alcohol?" What it does well could easily be done at 5% ABV (some ash and roasted flavors, with high IBUs).

Furthermore, Blaecorn Unidragon tastes pretty similar to Victory Storm King Stout. I can't think of any reason to drink this over that, and I don't really like Storm King to begin with.

I feel a tinge of regret for sending this beer to a trading partner as an extra. It seemed like people across the country were interested in Clown Shoes, so I bought this and sent it off. This is the first time I've given this brewery a chance, and there probably won't be a second time unless the beer is free.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with deep brown, ruby highlights. Thin mocha head leaving a ring of foam behind and oily patch of brown foam floating in the middle.

S - Strong bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee and licorice.

T - Roasty almost burnt malt, Bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, vanilla, ash. The ash builds as it warms mixed with some dark fruits.

M - Seems light for a RIS at first but as all the roast and ash builds it starts to get heavier very fast.

D - The roast and ash become dominating taking away from the complexity.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard good things about this on BA, so I decided to give it a shot. My favorite Clown Shoes offering so far... and definitely an interesting beer. Served from a bottle into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer is dark and has a tan head. Yeah, yeah... heard that before. A bit thin for a RIS, too. However, I do like the way most RISes look... and it has a nice little swirl of foam at this moment. Slightly above average.

The nose is thick and chocolatey. Very nice. A whiff of hop bitterness is there, too. However, I can almost feel the thickness from the smell. Slightly above slightly above average.

The taste is pretty unique in terms of RISes for me. Very thick and chocolately up front. However, this dries out with a chalky bitterness balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish comes off as very clean. There's also some smoke that lingers. An excellent evolving sip. The mouthfeel is thick without being coating. Very, very nice.

I'm liking this more and more as I get through the bottle. Maybe it's because of the sneaky 12.5% ABV. Maybe it's because this is a damn good beer. Maybe it's a hybrid like the name of the beer. Either way, I'm happy... and what more can you ask from a beer?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lunch for opening up this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near-black with a tan head. Spotty lacing and a collar throughout. The nose carries some heavy sweetness and a bit of booze. Loads of chocolate. Flavor really pulls back from there with too much booze and too much of the roast from the malt. Medium body with a slightly-boozy finish. Nose was great, but the rest was just pretty good.

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

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer appears near black with a half inch of dense beige head. The aroma brings prominent dark roast with dark fruits, molasses, chocolate. Heavy roast throughout, with alcohol content unobtrusive. Hard to believe this is 12.5%. A bit one dimensional, as the roast dominates the majority of the flavor profile. Really smooth feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of the beer. All in all, a solid beer, and one I would have again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Temperature of the ale was about 50ยบ. Ale poured jet black with a mocha-brown head. Aromas were roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Initial tastes were intense smoke and roasted malt, followed by some residual sweetness, slight cocoa and anise. The smokiness continues to linger on the palate and dominate the overall flavors. For 12.5%, the alcohol is well concealed! Mouthfeel seemed to be a little thin compared to others in the style, but still acceptable. Overall, I enjoyed this one, but I feel there are many more RIS's out there that are superior to this one.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A-Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head that dissipated quickly. Leaves wisps of lace as you drink.

S-Nose is pleasant but subdued. Roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, a hint of booze. A more prominent nose would help.

T-Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a bit of vanilla, dark fruit and booze. It's good, but not outstanding. Maybe a bit of age will help this along.

M-Medium body, slightly creamy with carbonation a touch high for the style.

O-A nice effort by Clown Shoes, but it isn't a top notch stout. It's an enjoyable beer, but doesn't stand up to the big hitters in the category. Maybe a bit of age will help this one along. I'll revisit this one in a year or so.

Once again I wish I could grade in .25 increments. A 3.75 overall fits the bill here, but since I can't I'll give it a 4

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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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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,599 ratings.
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