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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:
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Photo of slackattack
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours tar black, can't find any other color in it and I like that. Has a nice thick tan head. Smell is of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a hint of dark ripe fruits reminiscent of fig. Initial sip reveals a pretty complex brew that doesn't have as much of the distinct chocolate or coffee flavors that the nose suggests. A plum/prune fruitiness is up front and the long lingering aftertaste is where the bitter dark chocolate, burnt caramel, and coffee comes into play. Thick rich mouthfeel that feels pretty good leaves me wanting more. High quality RIS, my first clown shoes experience has been a good one.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep opaque black, absolutely no light penetrates it. Head is two fingers of creamy deep mocha color the lingers around for quite awhile before leaving some beautiful lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is fairly subtle. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are all detectable. There is also a distinct aroma of earthy hops, and a slight smokiness. It smells like you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout but the aromas are somewhat subdued.

T: The taste is much less subtle. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and cinnamon greet you upfront, then you find some earthy hops and subtle smoke flavor. Very well balanced yet slightly hoppier then the norm. Finishes with a nice taste of chocolate milk, and espresso with some hop bitterness and a slight warmth bringing it all together. It seems to get better with each drink and opens up as it warms.

M: Full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy initially with a slightly dry slick oily finish. There is some nice alcohol warmth but for being 12.5% it is hidden quite well. This one is dangerously drinkable.

O: I am very impressed with this one. I have enjoyed Clown Shoes quite a bit since they came into my distribution area. I found this very refreshing as it had what I wanted for it's style but had some unique quality's to offer as well. I will definitely have this again and would recommend it to any fan of the style looking for something a little different.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Color was a completely opaque, very dark brown/black color, with a thin light brown head. A bit of side cling with the head, but not much. Strong aroma, seemed to be slighty brown sugar sweet up front, maybe some caramel, with a bit of smoke in the back. Little bit of alcohol present as well. Tasted remarkably like it smelled, slghtly burnt brown sugar, with just a hint of fruit. A bit of bitter booze taste as well. A slighty funny feel in the mouth. Coated very well, but the tongue tingled as if there was a lot of carbonation which there wasn't. Slightly offputting. Overall a solid beer, perhaps aged a bit too long.

Bottled 10/11

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Not much of head on this one. Only about 1/4" tan head at most that fizzled down to a dusting across the surface and a ring along the glass. Decent lacing, however. Colour is a very dark murky muddy brown bordering on black.
AR: Hearthy black bread with chocolate syrup and molasses are the first aromas I get, with a bit of alcohol. Hints of coffee/espresso and bitter chocolate in the background with a bit of rum/brandy soaked dark fruits of fig and raisin.
T: Flavour mirrors the nose with the addition of a chocolate pudding/fudge taste and brownie batter. Earthy bitter hops on the aftertaste that wrestle with the sweetness of the malts to give some balance. Alcohol in the nose is better hidden in the taste.
M: Fairly carbonated for a RIS which makes the body feel a bit lighter to me. Still, it does have a moderate creaminess and an oily finish that coats the tongue.
OV: A solid RIS, just not great/outstanding. Not chewy enough for me as I like my RISs to be big bold mothers. Flavours were good and I liked the bitter Earthy hop bite on the aftertaste that lingered. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with a half finger light brown head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of chocolate. Some roast. Mostly really nice chocolate.

T - Sugar. Roast was much more evident with a nice chocolate component. A little smoke in the finish but very subtle.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, and a bitter roasty finish with that small amount of smoke.

O/D - Definitely a tasty Imperial Stout. Lot's of great chocolate dominance, but more subtle notes in the backgroud. Complex and tasty. Split the bottle so the high ABV wasn't too difficult. Couldn't taste the alcohol. A good one.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a large snifter at below cellar temp. Bottle date is 1/02/13 (I think); I bought it about two weeks ago from a place notorious for questionable storage practices, so we'll see...

Appearance: Nothing remarkable. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell: Very intriguing. A lot of spice notes—cinnamon and nutmeg—along with ample fruits: raisin, comice pear, maybe pink grapefruit. Much brighter than expected, with very little chocolate/coffee/dark fruit/roast character. As it warms, I get more vanilla in the nose.

Taste: My first reaction is that this tastes like an ABA—very hop-forward initial flavor. After that moves out of the way (and it takes a while), some chocolate, roast malts, and dried fig comes forward. As it warms, the first flavor gives way to something more like apple or pear. Not unenjoyable, but not what I typically associate with the style!

Feel: The mouthfeel actually suits the flavor profile quite nicely. It's surprisingly light and tingly for the style (still medium bodied overall). I'd honestly almost believe I was drinking some sort of sparkling white wine from a heavily toasted barrel, given the taste and feel.

Overall: This was miles away from what I was expecting. Maybe my bottle was stored poorly over the last 15 months, and therefore has morphed into a different beast, but I actually like this a lot!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this on the shelf and glad to see Clown Shoes now available in Texas.

The beer pours an inky black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt with some chocolate and alcohol mixed in.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of heavily roasted or burnt malt, with some chocolate and coffee mixed in. I also get some cream notes and a little bit of bitterness from the piney hops.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Mbo108
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured nice and dark, decent lacy though i've seen better. IMO it seemed a little hot, especially for a non-BA beer, though admittedly it only had 5 months on it. I might let it go another 7 at least and try again. Pretty decent for a shelf-beer, but nothing I'd miss if I cant find it again.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit more than a finger's worth of active slightly fluffy perfectly uniform medium brown colored head... Modest retention gives way to a moderately thick full layer of creamy lacing... Sleek black - 99.99% opaque - only a slight bit of light leaks in around the edges at the top of the glass... Under close examination, a few stray micro sized carbonation bubbles can be seen rising at a sluggish to moderate pace... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Terrific and spot on for the style... A mix of rich chocolatey goodness... Some milk chocolate... Some dark chocolate... Some cocoa... A bit of coffee is up next... Some roasted malt... Just a hint of soy sauce...

T - The palate is true to the nose... The chocolate notes are at the forefront, but the remaining flavors are a bit amplified... Roasted malts and coffee compliment the chocolate wonderfully... Some light dark fruit notes as well... Just a slight bit of booziness...

M -Not as thick as expected... This one doesn't go beyond the fuller side of medium bodied... Perhaps just the slightest bit thin... Light carbonation... A bit sleek... Goes down smooth sip after sip...

D - An interesting Russian Imperial Stout... The 12.5% ABV is extremely well hidden and sneaks up on you bit... Walks the fine line between very good and excellent, but ultimately falls on the very good side of the equation - which still makes this a terrific brew... Highly recommended for fans of the style and I will gladly revisit in the future...

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes. Becoming a big Clown Shoes fan, see how this turns out.

A- Pitch black body into a pint glass with a big dark mocha cap. Head has good retention and leaves nice spotty mocha lace.

S- Big roasty malt, cocoa, raisin, sugars. Hop presence in the background is somewhat pine and earthy. Caramel.

T- Again, big and roasty up front with a hop presence that comes in with warmth. Lots of cocoa, dark acrid roast malt. Hops give an earthy, pine flavor, more than most RIS.

MF- Silky thick and creamy body. Moderate carbonation and some roast bitterness.

Nice roast malt profile with some hops that kick in nicely. Unique feel for a 12.5% RIS but a good one.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque flat black. Two finger tan head of dense bubbles. Clingy lace left on my glass.

Smell was heavy on the roasted malt. Also detected earthy peat like notes.

Taste was dominated by roasted malt. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not cloyingly sweet based on the 12.5% abv. Dry dark baking coco notes. A slight milk chocolate sweetness, followed by a good amount of hop bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Definite feeling of oily hop resins in the mouthfeel. Full bodied, yet not overbearing. Warming on the way down.

Excellent Imp Stout. Not as complex as many offerings, but quite solid. Very impressed that it didn't go the over sweet route that many modern RIS's seem to go nowadays.

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Photo of BrownNut
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. 4s across the board.

A - Opaque, nearly black. Light brown head that settles down reasonably quickly to a lasting film.

S - I don't even know what to call this smell anymore. "Stouty". Roasty char, cocoa.

T - Char/ash/ baking chocolate in a suspension of something mild and smooth and on the edge of sweet but not quite. A rumor of fruit. A pleasant light sting as you swallow and afterwards. Nice stouty fumes on the exhale with residual bitter chocolate on the tongue, not particularly sweet.

M - Lighter than expected. A bit north of medium bodied. Some viscosity but finishes fairly clean.

O - A solid stout. More charry than some. But if you need your stout itch scratched, that amped char note will do it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glass

Black liquid, taupe ring

Aroma of roasted malts and coffee

Taste of roasted malts, sweet coffee

Full body, creamy and smooth, I did not pick up on the alcohol

Nice stout

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a brown-to-black, with a sandy tan head, foamy, fluffy, and light, with a slow carbonation flow throughout. The aromas are boozy forward, with a heavy handed dose of hops bitterness, roasted coffee notes, cocoa nibs, woody notes, and earthy tones. Very dry and bitter on the nose. Flavors are dry and roasted forward, with a blast of booze, followed by coffee bitters, bittersweet cocoa nibs, subtle cream notes, earthy tones, and a boozy undertone that solidifies everything on the palate. Powerful brew. The body is robust and huge, but dry throughout. There is no sneaking through this beer. Big, all the way around. The finish is dry, but with solid, strong lingering characteristics of dry, bitter, and roast qualities. This is a big ass beer, and damn tasty!

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy, peppery and piney. Good roasted malt aromas, too.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with strong roasted flavors. Some chocolate and spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good Russian Imperial Stout. Another good brew from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice roasty presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an opaque dark as night black in color with a thin head that left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Had a very nice dark chocolatey aroma upfront in the nose with plenty of malty sweetness, hints of toffee, coffee, a hoppy presence, slightly earthy and a little vanilla was coming through as well.

T: The flavor had some good roastiness alongside that sweet dark chocolate that the aroma suggested but with a good coffee kick, sweet toffee, hints of earthiness, hoppy accents and a touch of underlying vanilla.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, slightly hoppy, mildly bitter and silky finish.

O: was a solid RIS which was better than I thought it was going to be and the hop character was well balanced and not over done.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" dark mocha head with a lasting merengue, however, the beer seemed to exhaust all its effervescence in the process. Looks black as coffee. Smells like coffee, cocoa, and malt. Taste repeats the smell but what I definitely want to address is the high alcohol. I'm not at all averse to high alcohol in beers but they need to meld with the flavors, not simply burn. In my opinion Blaecorn is hot for hot's sake. If they'd toned this down to 8% or 9% like many others Imperial Stouts I suspect this would be even more of a winner.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an inky black, no highlights seen when held up to the light, a good amount of tan head that sticks to the glass

S-Earthy hops, roasted malts, light roasted coffee, and chocolate

T-this RIS is heavier on the hops than I expected, but has a nice amount of roasted malt to balance it out. Taste also includes dark fruits, black coffee, and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is surprisingly absent except for a small warming sensation.

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, leaves a nice roasted feeling on the tongue

Overall it is a good beer, the alcohol doesn't overpower it which is good. I would have it again.

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Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev -1.2%

black as a stallion like from a movie about a black stallion, cocoa head fades quickly but never completely disappears, leaves a nice sheet of foam on a gentle roll around the glass, this befits your typical looking ruskie imp...

a cave of dark chocolate, chalky dark cocoa powder, molasses, slight roasty tone, some faint dark fruit notes, the cocoa tones are really super strong here - impressive!

taste etc...
much like the dark nose the flavor goes, the after taste is all chalky cocoa - almost reminiscent of baltic style porters, you know that "dry" ish type finish, the beer remains light enough to not be too thick but is certainly not light, sort of borders on medium heft, the sweetness
kind of translates into a licorice flavor up front but in the after taste it mellows into definite black strap type molasses, this ranges just a touch too sweet for me but not total cloy my pie hole shut disaster town mode, as this warms it smooths out some and is not AS sweet but
still not 100% to my liking (the ABV is hidden really well though)

pretty solid, not my personal fave but has some real strong points depending on your taste.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no freshness dating noted. Deep black body and highly carbonated for a RIS. Big, three-finger dark mocha head that has excellent retention and leaves streaky lacing all along the glass.

The aroma starts of sweetly, featuring dark fruit notes, primarily raisin. The sweetness fades to roasted malt and a note of alcohol. Expecting this to be hot.

The flavor is tilted toward the roasted malt substantially. Bitter notes of dark malt blend with a nearly equal combination of dark fruit and dark chocolate. The finish gives a taste of licorice and cherry, but in small amounts.

Thick mouthfeel and a bit of alcohol present. Not the best RIS I’ve had, but very solid nonetheless.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Decent head, medium opacity. Not bad at all, but not great.

Smells nicely intense, but the nodes don’t quite all jibe up. Smokiness. Big—is this supposed to be smoked? The firewood cinder smell overrides everything, and while it’s got some very pleasant nodes of meat and cheese, it’s a wee bit one dimensional.

Tastes as it smells. Nicely intense, very smokey, tokey, meaty, and peaty, but not all that much balance or complexity, in spite of the pleasant strength.

A solid RIS.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter a watery black as a solid mocha head rises with big puffy bubbles. Very good lacing for an otherwise thin pour.

Nose is nice; some roast and lightly burnt/smokey chocolate, some pine, a hint of coffee and vanilla.

A sip is upfront with rich chocolate that is hammered with piney hops from the get go. Some charred flavor through the middle and more piney bitterness on the finish. Very creamy and sticky despite the thin body - alcohol only perceptible long after a sip.

First off - I enjoyed this beer. But...it's way more hoppy than any RIS I've had. I agree with others' sentiment that it's borderline Imperial Black IPA. I might snag another to cellar, though. Good brew, just not up to my standards for the style in terms of viscosity.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,581 ratings.
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