Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,604
Reviews:
374
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Photo of ahbithwabm
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Cpmitchno1
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bendover80
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 BeerMeCJS
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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 tmm313
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Poloplaya
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 CharlesK
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biblioista
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 erjaq
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,604 ratings.
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