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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a monstrous amount of malt and combined with aggressive American hops, this beer is powerful and complex and designed to age. Smokiness is subtle but present and blends nicely with the rich, dark flavors.

Added by JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a nice opaque black that resembles dark chocolate. The appearance is good and the presentation looks wonderful with the head's texture giving it a nice cream and smooth look.

The beer smell is very good. A robust aroma of chocolate and malt notes hit the nose and set the tone for the rest of the beer. The main notes appear to be a light nutty smell mixed with a strong roasted malt note and dark chocolate. There is a noticeable hop presence in this beer that contrasts well with the other notes here.

The beer taste is still but not as good as the smell. The chocolate and nutty malt notes are still there but there is less roast and the hops taste a bit off. Still, the beer gets the job done with a more than passable experience.

The feel is a bit disappointing compared to the smell and taste. The beer is very smooth and heavy bodied but lacks a certain weight associated with RIS. The carbonation, while present, gives the beer an unwelcome fluffy feel at times. However, the feel is not super bad and can pass for a decent RIS.

Overall, a very good and one worth getting. Even for a contract brew, this beer surpass and comes close to some of the best RIS made by actual breweries.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excited to see Clown Shoes finding it’s way out West. Love the artwork on this.

Pours a black colored ale with a nice amount of foamy beige/brown head. Decent lacing.

Big and chewy molasses is the star here. Dark fruits, leather, smoke, apple, chocolate, marshmallow and roasted malts. Good smelling brew which makes each sip enjoyable.

The taste is very roasty and leathery. Smoky on the back end and swallow. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate abound. Hops up front but round at the swallow. The alcohol is definitely there but works well with the flavor.

Hoppy and carbonated more than most RIS’s.

Overall I think this is a winner. The 12.5% was hardly noticeable during the session but did catch up with me at the end. This is my first venture into the Clown Shoes family and with more offerings like this….I might not be afraid of clowns anymore. Naaaah.

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Photo of SavageHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very black, minimal tan film on top after a slightly vigorous pour and small luscious chocolate milk head.
all the typical beautiful smells one would expect and very aromatic. chocolate and malt, burnt wood, cocoa. very nice. very typical.
taste is the same. a little heavy, slightly bitter. a measure of sweet to balance but the bittering wins by a margin.
overall.... it's a very good brew. very 'standard', but above average in that it holds all the right parts up well....

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Samuel906
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review! And it wasn't wasted... this is a terrific beer! I had been sitting on this one for about 7 months, and it was worth the wait. Pour absolutely pitch black; very little color even when held to light. Khaki head that diminished quickly. Great smell, and pretty spot on for what you would expect from an RIS: lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee but with more hops than most. Flavor has about the same profile, but more coffee comes through. Not overly sweet, and still pretty hoppy for a stout. Just a touch of alcohol, but you would never suspect it was pushing almost 13%. Mouth feel is great, full and smooth, not thick and sticky, mild carbonation brings some of the lighter flavors to life. Overall, excellent, and worth every penny.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Mdog
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, good head--actually very good for this strength.

Smell: Chocolate, powdered cocoa, booze.

Taste: Big sweet chocolate followed with mild bitterness. Sweetness is kept in check, so not cloying despite being dominated by chocolate. No booze detected.

Overall: I like big Russian Imperials since they are usually sweeter than the American style. This one lived up to my expectations, nice sweet chocolate flavor and not boozy despite its strength. I might have to try some of CS's other big stouts.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,639 ratings
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