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Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%

eyes...
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...

nose...
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)

Verdict?
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.7%
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 Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on my wants for quite a while. Perhaps the 12.5% explains why I had to backspace 15 times while trying to spell "quite."

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Good times.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled January 2012

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, quite loose, bubbly, fizzy, mocha colored head with decent retention. Transparent black body and ver high levels of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a thick foam cap that thickens out a bit as it sits. A ring and swirly wisp remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. The initial head after the pour was scary, but it settled just fine.

SMELL: A big nose on this one. Nice. Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate aromas, as well as cocoa powder and espresso. Big nose and plenty roasted and burnt. A touch of smoke as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses, and some nice dark chocolate and cocoa poweder. Some smoky notes and vanilla cream at the swallow as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted and burnt malts, dark baker's chocolate, molasses and bitter coffe notes. Quite flavorful, and overall, quite good as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating. Very nice feel. Definitely on the thicker side with more than enough weight.

OVERALL: This was great. The 12.5% only explains the "quite" delema, but otherwise, it wasn't anywhere to be found. This is an aromatic, flavorful, and well balanced beer with lots to contemplate. Glad to have had the chance to try this and would gladly get more if the opportunity arose. Recommended.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass here at Tapcity Grille in Cape Cod, MA.

Appearance: Thick black body with heavy bubbles on the body creates a light tan head rising just over a finger's length. Settles real slow after three or four sips...looks beautiful.

Smell: bland, like I try to inhale the scent but you barely can feel it's coffee properties. Light at best.

Taste: When you let this brew hit your lips versus the scent it's night and day. Bitter coffee notes closer to the realm of espresso.

Mouth: Little dry for a stout but sticky. Has heavy alcohol after notes.

Overall: Very good beer reminds me of a few other Russian Imperial Stouts and honestly can hang with the best of them. Salud

P.S. Let it warm up, wait five minutes before you judge.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black in color with a mocha colored head comprised primarily of tiny bubbles with a few big ones about one finger high.

S: Roasted malts up front with a little bit of cocoa present as well. I detect some vanilla notes as well as a little bit of bitterness, possibly hops.

T: A bit of spicy malts up front followed by a light breadiness, a bit of cocoa and coffee. Also a light amount of hops on the back end.

M: A little lighter on the body than I would expect from an RIS, with the usual lighter amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, definitely tasty, again, the complexity seems to be a little bit lighter than other RISs but still quite good.

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

No price record.
Bomber bottled 03/03/15 at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of roasted malt, weakens throughout the glass
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly disappearing leaving no ring and no layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence
Flavor – roasted malt, slightly bitter, with a hint of hop aromatics; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle from Trenton road takeout after I missed the big arrival of vampire slayer.

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Pours opague black with a decent fizzy deep brown heading. Settles to a very thin lacing.

One of the finest noses to a beer yet. Heavy roasted coffee aroma just fills the room. Nice cocoa chocolate aroma as well to where my wife says "that is very chocolately isn't it". Subtle smokiness with a nice kick of booze.

Taste was a little weak. Although the burnt roasted malts were there at the beginning they seem to disappear just as fast as they touch the tongue. A hot sugary alcohol takes over with a linger of cocoa powder. A piney hop touch in the finish.

Full bodied ,ok carbonation. Very thin and boozey in the mouth.

Decent R.I.S. nothing worth seeking out. Just a bit to hot and heavy for me. Definetly a sipper.

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Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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 NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee glass. Bottled February of this year.

A - Pours nearly black with one finger of ,ocha colored head. Holds at a half finger for the duration and leaves the glass speckled with lace. For the most part, beers of this style all look the same. This one fits the mold.

S - Big toasted malts, almond, and lousy coffee. I get a pretty powerful mix of windex and booze in this one as well. Not impressive.

T - The flavor is dominated by toasty, burnt flavors and coffee. Just a touch ofsweet malt to balance the otherwise dry, bitter, smokey flavors. Not too much alcohol on the finish, especially for a beer with an ABV this high. I really like it.

M - Well carbonated and a medium body. The texture and flavors work to leave my mouth watering after each sip.

O - This has been on my "to drink list" for a while and finally got around to cracking it open tonight. The smell was a bit offputting, but I enjoyed it from the first sip. Strangely, the windex aroma went away after I started drinking it. Clown Shoes is becoming one of my favorite breweries, especially with their dark beers (the Hoppy Feets, Vampire Slayer, Chocolate Sombrero). The prices are lower than most other breweries bombers as well; this one was only $8 which isn't bad for a 12.5% RIS. Overall, very good and I will get it again.

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Photo of lokieman
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin head that leaves decent lacing on my glass.

Smell is roasted espresso with a chocolate backbone and a slight astringent odor, probably from the 12.5 abv.

Taste is complex and a bit surprising after smelling. More of the espresso and roasted to perfection. Finishes brightly with a coffee porter like finish.

I bought this beer originally to tuck away in my collection but thought I'd do the wise thing and try it first...glad I did. Now I know it's worth a year or so of painful waiting...but it will be well worth it. Cheers...

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.
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