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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

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

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369
Ratings:
1,581
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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Photo of jpwobbles
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle on date of August 2014, drank 10 months later.

Strong coffee and roasted flavors. Strong alcohol flavor. Might have been better closer to the bottled-on date, in my opinion.

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Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A sleeper RIS that has won me over and become a go-to. Dark as pitch with a just thick enough mouthfeel and heavy lacing. Dark notes of earth, chocolate, espresso and hazelnut are well-balanced and come out more when the beer is warmer, when the smoky flavor also shines through. Just enough bitterness. Another hit by Clown Shoes. I see that some people have felt that this brewery has not impressed them, but I have had the exact opposite experience. I went initially with a negative bias from the first bottle for some reason and have had that completely disappear. Many of their beers are outstanding and a few have become all-time favorites... Cheers!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated Feb, 2015:
Pours black with a decent growth of dark tan head. The head is a little bubbly, however (not creamy). After collecting at the sides, it does cling to the glass for decent lacing.

Nose is a coffee base, but a bit of spicy heat interests me (cinnamon, ginger?). There's also some smoke, and something I perceive as lemon-which seems odd.

Taste also has a coffee roast base, but the smoke I got from the nose is much more pronounced. I do get cinnamon also, and also a hint of chili pepper (with spice). Flavor engulfs my mouth, pretty full body (thins slightly as it warms). Warmth does smooth out the experience even more than it was at the start.

Really enjoyed this beer. I'm not sure if the smoke and spice are supposed to be there, but I hope so, as I expect to buy more because of those flavors.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle – Stone IRS snifter glass
Notes from 01/10/2015

A: Black as pitch. To match the horned beast portrayed on the label. Dense and creamy sandstone head expands over top the body resting for a forgotten length of time. Retracks to a filmy layer and some gentle lathery curtains close out the show.

S: The aroma is engulfed with darkly roasted barley notes of charcoal, dark chocolate, and house blend coffee. There is a touch of hop earthiness coming out as well. Not super but definitely very roasty with lots of blackened barley character.

T: I find the flavor to be bold and robust but just not all that in depth. There is significant char and roast to this with more restraint on the key notes of dark chocolate and coffee. This stout has an upper moderate amount of hop bitterness to it that constricts in tangent with some of that acrid smokiness. Has a few pine and earth elements sprinkled in. One thing I will say is this is dangerously drinkable with the ABV well hidden.

M: For a big bodied Imperial Stout this one maintains a nice creamy smooth experience across the palate. Seems soft and lighter with a good dose of bitterness to help dry out the finish. Kind of clean without much of any further impressions here.

D: Big and roasty with a nicely balanced body but lacking in much complexity. I was expecting more from this one actually. Seems every time I try to get into some Clown Shoes beers they come off a bit meh. Further research maybe required.

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Photo of Attenunenation
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Alcohol hidden extremely well for being 12.5% About half a finger of darker tan head. The taste was extremely smooth without a hint of heat from the alcohol. Overall an amazing beer.

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Photo of uvachief
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft from keg to grunt then into a big Duvel glass. Pours thick pitch black with 4 fingers of rich creamy tan head. Bubbles slowly dissipated but thick lacing left behind on the glass. Smells like lots of chocolate, toffee, vanilla and coffee. Tastes are much the same with coffee on the back end. Not over powering espresso. The right thickness in the mouth for a good RIS. Its abv is 12% but it is not noticeable until half way through the glass. Then a little noticeable. Little burn. More I drink it the more I taste hidden cherries. Its dark bitter chocolate and toffee. Something a little bitter on the back end. Hops maybe. Really good ris. Not darkness or dark lord but not that far behind. Excellent effort.

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Photo of don1481
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/2/14, poured into snifter.

Appearance : Pours like motor oil. Dark, viscous and leaves a dark tan head with big bubbles. As it dissipates, it leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Smell : Lots of chocolate. Faint coffee notes.

Taste: Not quite what I expected from the nose. No chocolate to be found, faint coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel : sticky. Sludge. Different.

Overall: I don't think a year in the cellar did this any favors.

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Photo of bassfishingguy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I've had from Clown Shoes, and I enjoyed it very much. I got quite a bit of roasted chocolate on this one with light hints of alcohol.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black viscose motor oil pour shows a bready-foam topping, mocha coloring, one inch with a great retention. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Smooth burnt chocolate malt and dark roasty bitterness grabs the nose's attention with a finish of freshly charred wood and smokiness. Burnt pine and alcohol combines with an okay strength factor.

T: Flavor was smoky burnt pine and burnt dry chocolate. Big charred campfire minerality, dry creamer, scorched barley, roasted walnut shells with dried dark fruit skin.

M: Chewy full bodied, warming of burnt bitterness and alcohol glow on the inner cheeks.

O: A huge burnt bitterness, alcohol is well maintained. Blunt, acrid flavor, a generally very good beer 88, needs some polishing and smoothness around the edges for me to consider a outstanding >90 rating.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque dark chocolate brown in a Brooklyn Snifter with a 1/2 F head.

Aroma: some chocolate, strong cocoa. With warming- an emphasis on smoky roasted malt.

The taste transitions from the aroma: roasted malt finished by a tart, smoky alcoholic finish.

Overall: as usual Clown Shoes has a their unique approach to a style. Most RIS emphasize chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sometimes sweetness. Not this beer. This RIS brings out
smoky roasted malt. Excellent beer- especially for Beer Geeks who savor their RIS.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I love Russian Imperial Stout's too much, but this is just fantastic. Balanced flavor, all the stout regulars, but no one sticking out. Just a marvelous beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color. Poured with huge, dense, dark beige foam with excellent retention. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fig and prune aromas with a definitive booziness. Light medicinal phenolics toward the end. Medium-full bodied with medium light carbonation and a lightly boozy heatness. Roasted malts and chocolate flavors with phenolic notes and astringency that push the drinkability limits. Lots of better RISs out there.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black, 2” foam cap, thick lace. Smell: the hops hit first on the nose, then malt and then some cocoa and roast. Taste: rich, fruity, espresso, fruity, some faint tobacco, alcohol on the finish Some dark chocolate notes and the bitterness is more dark bitter chocolate than roast. Mouthfeel: very creamy, chewy, medium low carbonation

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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's in MI for around the $10.00 mark for a 650ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny brown head that is gone in a minute. Very dark black color

S- Coco and heat.

T- Coco flavored malty beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Burnt nut flavor as typical in a RIS. Pretty good blend but the coco leaves an aftertaste that hangs around in a bitter way.

M- Chalky but has some creaminess to it.

O- Pretty good overall beer. Not great but good

Food Pairing

This pretty good heavy beer went well with...... BBQ steak.

Enjoy

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Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (a bit of age on it...bottled 1/2012) poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep black in the glass with brownish highlights when held to the light. A fizzy cap of off-white foam falls in a soda-like fashion quite quickly and leaves not even a trace of a collar or lacing on the glass.

S - Dark malts, licorice, caramel and some booze up front. Followed by milk chocolate, mild dark fruits.

T - Roasty, fairly heavy charcoal, light coffee, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder, coffee, mildly boozy.

M - Medium bodied, feels a bit thin for the style, low carbonation. Slick and oily on the tongue. Still a good amount of hops left after 3 years in the bottle. Overall dry, roasty and bitter imperial stout.

O - Overall, a good imperial stout. Decent complexity, pretty smooth drinker. Definitely roasty and a fair amount of charcoal put this on the burnt/roasty side of the style profile.

T -

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. Nicely colored mocha head. It's pretty foamy. Colors are alright, but composition lacking.

S: Found it hop forward. Herbal and orange notes. Earthy chocolate and some leather. Quick scent if raisins. Complexity is there.

M: Thick, slick and full. Low carb.

T: Warm chocolate malt. Brazen leather. Has some spiciness to it; not alcohol derived, has a sandalwood flavor. Hints of licorice and roasted coffee grounds. Nice hop brightness that leaves a lingering grapefruit bitterness.

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Photo of anon
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February 2013.

Pours pitch black with very little carbonation, if any. The aromas in this one are nice. Big malts,, raisin, ash, hops and slight alcohol presence. Same goes through in the taste. Malts hit big in this one with notes of deep dark roasted coffee beans, deep dark chocolate and deep dark malts. This is a deep dark beer befitting of its fantastic name and label. The alcohol is hidden well in this one but it will creep up on you. Don't underestimate the Blaecorn Unidragon.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a small head. Smell is classic RIS: Chocolate and coffee. Smooth; not overly carbonated. Taste includes raisins and licorice. Complex malts. I really like Extremely angry beast, of which Blaecorn Unidragon is a component, so I thought that BU itself might suffer by comparison. However, it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle has some age, at least I year I think.

A: Pours a thick pitch black with two fingers of very soft and very dense looking dark tan head. Head took forever to slowly recede into a thick and lasting film.
S: Very potent notes of rich chocolate fudge and chocolate syrup dominate, with undertones of leather, anise, and slight booze. There might just be a hint of vanilla as well.
T: Again, chocolate malt is rich, decadent, and lingers long into the aftertaste. Flavors of peat, anise, and vanilla mix nicely. The finish has hints of leather and very mild booze.
M: Nice thick body, slick and smooth mouthfeel with soft low carbonation. There is no heat from the alcohol at all.
O: Extremely thick and decadent. This definitely hits the spot of you are in the mood for a solid, heavy, imperial stout. Well done.

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Photo of teromous
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Oily black with a dark brown creamy fluffy head. It's actually a neat color for a head...it's really dark.

Aroma: It has an odd horse blanket and old house aroma...not what I would expect from a RIS...it is interesting but again it's not what I would want in this beer.

Taste: Burnt acrid charcoal, some raw coffee grounds. This probably tastes like what a fire breathing dragon mare's mouth would taste like after a night of rampaging and partying. Again there is this funky horse blanket taste. Maybe that's the point? I don't know. The initial roasted burnt flavors are there, and they're ruined at the end by the out-of-place flavors of attic mildew.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is awesome. It's thick, it's present, it's right in your face. Perfect.

Overall: It's not something I'd buy again, despite the awesome label art. It just doesn't work for me. It's like some cross between a brett beer and a RIS.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Great aroma! Tons of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, dark molasses and some brown sugar.

Taste: Nice flavors of roasted malt, dark molasses, some brown sugar-like sweetness and a long, coffee-ish finish with some subtle smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and pretty smooth. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 12.5%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a good Imperial Stout. Good flavors of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and dark molasses. Definitely worth a drink.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling date. This beer holds up incredibly after 3 years. Rich and roasty, chocolatey notes completely coat my palate, with some smoke in the background. The alcohol is just barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, thick and chewy. This beer made quite an impression on me, but now I need to find a fresh bottle.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: pours an inky black with copious off white (tan) foam head with persistent tan lacing
Smell: dark roasted malts, strong hops, minimal coffee, some hard to define herbs (peat? mulch?). The hops definitely contributing more to the bouquet than the malt

t: Malt forward, sweet, caramel like akin to toffee, little hay, barnyard (not unpleasant but gives an odd twang). No coffee notes, very mild cocoa flavors, mid taste and through finish is strong hops providing bitterness and a palate cleansing bite. Well balanced between sweetness of malts and bitters.
Mouthfeel: medium body (2%milk) with minimal carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel and good for a swish and swallow

overall: for the genre, a very good Russian Imperial Stout with great balance of flavors; and a pleasant change from the malt dominant beers typically associated with RIS. I wouldn't consider myself a hophead, but I did rather enjoy this beer, loved the art work and I look forward to trying other beers from Clown Shoes

update: the more often I drink this - the more nuance I notice and really enjoy this beer - increased by rating across all domains - in particular taste and complexity

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Photo of dmgeng
4.96/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Awesome art work and a creative name made me have no choice but to grab this. It's almost like 3-F's and Clown Shoes are cut from the same cloth.

A - Jet black almost like unidragon blood. It pours very thick with a nice fluffy brown head and strong lacing.

S - Just explodes with tons of of sweet malt smell with mostly roasted, chocolate, caramel, and some toffee notes radiating out. There are even some hops with the rich herbal character that you don't usually find in big black stouts but this one is a real Winner.

T - The first sip you are overwhelmed with tremendous flavors of malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and toffee/caramel sweetness. Also the hops keep it very interesting lending some flavorful hoppiness and bitterness to the decadent taste. Only the slightest of alcohol but is definitely mask very well with all of the flavor. I've had many smaller beers with much more alcohol bite. The roasted character is preserved in flavor and not just bitterness or char allowing the coffee like flavor of roasted malt to shine.. I am extremely happy to taste a stout that actually uses some alpha acids to calm the sweetness and not just rely on the bitterness of the roasted malts.

M - HUGE mouth-feel with perfect moderate to low carbonation. Super thick and full but some how the bitterness on the finish and the perfect carbonation lets you keep drinking this to the last drop.

Overall, an extremely good RIS! I am unsure as to why it doesn't have the rating that I would expect from such a flavorful stout but then again I am a "hop-head" and I really enjoy being able to taste the hops in every beer I have. The hops may be a negative trait for other dark beer enthusiasts that prefer to keep Imperial stouts and IPAs out of the same drink. If price and availability were not a consideration I would pick this stout over any other regular RIS on the market; however, with Ten Fidy being in every local liquor store and only being $15 per 4 pack it is hard to justify paying $15 dollars for a bomber just to taste some hoppiness in my stout.

Do yourself a favor and try this the next time you are craving a big imperial stout!

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/19/13. Pours oil black with a finger of tan head. Smells of dark fruits, smoke, and some coffee. Taste is of dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of coffee. Just a little bitterness and some heat. Smokiness plays well in this brew. I wanna say this has some spicyness to it but I'm positive it doesn't have chilies in it. As it warms up the bitterness settles down and the bold flavors really come through. Mouthfeel is a nice mix of wet and dry. It's not overly thick but at the same time you're gonna want to drink this over a long period of time. I poured about 5oz and have been drinking it over the past hour or so. Overall a pretty damn good RIS. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it but Clown Shoes is doing great things.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,581 ratings.
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