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

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Photo of Volsdrunk
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very black with dark brown head, the head is large when poured. Smooth coffee notes at the start and medium bitter at the end. The beer has a general round smooth mouth feel. This is a fantastic cold or cool weather beer, the only problem I have is the brewery location. As a southern boy it hurts a little to love a beer form Massachusetts.

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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 elNopalero
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes when I’m out and about tasting beers and taking notes I find myself writing descriptions that have very little to do with the actual taste or appearance, and more with the emotional or affect that they have upon me. For the CS imperial stout I noted Curious, good, interesting, dynamic. But that’s only because I had nothing to complain about in terms of appearance, aroma, taste and mouthfeel. Can't believe it's so strong. This was a good one, folks, an A-lister.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Samuel906
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will getting more of this beer.

A - Nice and dark, cannot see through it at all. Excellent! The pour produced a nice medium brown foam about 1/4" to 1/2" thick which shrank to about 1/16" but it never dissapated, very nice. As the taste went on the beer left legs in the glass which shows the hops involved, again very nice.

S - Hints of chocolate, coffee, malts but nice and clean not musty as some of these beer types can be, very nice.

T - Awesome! All of the flavors mentioned in the SMELL seem to come together as well as a splash of alcohol. Nice finish!

M - Very well balanced! Not too thick and not too watery. This beer always your senses to enjoy.

O - Great berr! I will be buying more during these cold winter nights! Nice name too!

I was in Boston this past week and I did not see this beer offered at the local taverns, reason?

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Photo of Tilley4
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle from Maria's at the Firestone Walker Tasting there last night... I was stoked to see this in the cooler and snatched it up... Last bottle...

Rich dark roasted malts pound their way out of the glass at me and bring with them an essence of smoke that takes me by surprise... Man, these aromas have some teeth to them... I might get a little chocolate here but for the most part this beer highlights the roasted malts in a great way... Terrific aromas...

Exceptionally smooth flavors of dark roasted malts, smoked meats, a hint of piney hops (surprise!) as well as a little of that chocolate from the aroma... This is a delicious brew... Sweet but not overly so... Terrific... Really delicious... I can't seem to get enough of this...

A top tier RIS if you ask me... This was great all the way around... Looks, aromas, awesome taste... Well done, Clown Shoes!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black in the glass. Topped by a creamy brown head that leaves sheets of lacing.
The aroma wafts of earth, soy sauce, dark chocolate, black licorice, raisin, prune, cocoa powder, burnt toast, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, charcoal, tobacco smoke.
The taste follows with caramel, molasses, black licorice, bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, burnt toast, almond milk, soy sauce, and earthy hops.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and lightly carbonated, with a lingering bittersweet coffee-chocolate aftertaste.

A very solid imperial stout! Comparable to Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, and Founders Imperial Stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like motor oil, thick and black with a soft, brown head that has good retention

S - chocolate, anise, black licorice, roasted malts

T - anise, roasted malts, chocolate, rich, alcohol

M - full bodied, little carbonation, warm, a bit boozy

This is an incredibly crafted, full bodied, perfectly flavored RIS. I look forward to buying a few more of these bombers in the future.

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

This beer pours black and oily, with a quarter inch of dark tan head that is vibrant and sustained. Great head retention on this brew.

Smell is intense- equal parts alcohol, hops, and dark roasted malt, it's a blend of smokey earthiness and alcohol.

Mouth feel is thick and creamy, velvety smooth, with just a touch of carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly hop forward- bitter hops greets the tongue, followed by an wash of alcohol, then the intense roasted malts on the follow through. I get a touch of licorice and smokiness, maybe bitter chocolate, but its subtle. Finish is slightly bitter and smokey.

I found this to be an ultra aggressive take on the style. The prominence of the hops give it a more East India Porter taste (much like Pretty Things EIP) , but with the mouth feel and lesser carbonation of a stout. The alcohol almost overpowers the smokey goodness of the dark roasted malts.

I enjoyed it, however, and would cautiously recommend this brew to Russian Imperial Stout lovers who have a designated driver or are enjoying it at home.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get quite a deal for this usual places around here charge 13-15 dollars a bottle and it is now listed on halftime beverage for 12 bucks. This was purchased for $7.95 tax included!

A - Well it lives up to the Russian Imperial name. Big thick looking beer, deep black tone and a 1/4 inch of rich mocha head.
S - Very rich dark chocolate tones here. Some bittering coffee and roast notes. Very balanced with these smells I can't pick up any ethanol smells so its perfect.
T - Pretty much how I expected it's just a beefed up version of Vampire Slayer with more sweet chocolate. I was most impressed on how smooth it was maybe the bottle was 1+ year old but the hops were mellow. Picked up balanced burnt fudge, some smooth coffee, and some Hershey syrup in the finish.
M - Very smooth and velvety. I really liked how they hid the ABV. Even though smooth it was heavy with a syrup like body.

Overall an exceptional brew well worth the 10+ dollar price tag. I am just so glad I got to try it but I kind of wish it was a growler since I wanted a couple more pours after finishing the bomber. Tasty Stuff.

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Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter. Bottled 2/2012

A- Super dark brown/black pour. Two finger creamy light tan head with super chunky, sticky lacing.

S- Dark roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate, a touch of char. Slight dark fruits and vanilla with brown sugar and molasses.

T- Dark roasted coffee, super dark bitter chocolate, and a good amount of char and tobacco. Brown sugar, vanilla and a bit of oak. The alcohol is invisible, and there is a touch of hop presence in the bitter pine sense.

M- Full feeling, chewy with decent carbonation and a dry finish.

O- I have walked past Clown Shoes beers every time I head to the states. I won't be doing that anymore, this thing is a beast and I can't wait to go back and get more of this and more from them.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of cjgiant
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottled 11/2011, 12.5% ABV.

A - Pouring a dark mahogany brown with good clarity, Blaecorn Unidragon is a dauntingly black color in the snifter. A thick mocha brown head rests on the beer for quite a while. Dots of lace circle the glass.

S - Heavily roasted malt provides an intimidating aroma fit to flow from such a badass bottle. Black licorice undertones skillfully hide behind robust molasses and bittersweet chocolate notes and fruity phenol alcohol. Booze soaked raisin and black cherries come to mind. Earthy hop tones are all but forgotten in the midst of the aggressive malt.

T - Gritty, heavily roasted malt overwhelms the palate with assertive complexity. Profuse bittersweet chocolate leads into a molasses bitterness and fruity alcohol finish that lingers on borderline ethanol.

M - Teeming with warming alcohol, Blaecorn Unidragon is an inky full-bodied stout that coats the tongue and throat. Well-placed carbonation is lower but works well to keep the beer from total syrupiness. That goes double for the balancing hops.

O - Fit for a Czar, Blaecorn Unidragon, my first experience with Clown Shoes, is a bold stout to say the least. Assertive, arrogant, and rightfully so, the potent alcohol and robust malt profile - well-balanced with earthy hops - makes this one of the ultimate soul-warming beers despite it's badass exterior.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of fluffy light tan head. A little bit of soapy lace.

Nice earthy leather aroma with a bit of smoke and char. A little bit of chocolate sweetness with some good roasted malt aromas. The flavor has a big roasted malt character with earthy tobacco and leather flavors. A bit of cocoa sweetness and a bit of smoke.

Full and robust body with smooth carbonation. Really no nonsense here. Well done one by Clown Shoes. I'm going to try more of their beers after this one (on a later date that is).

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Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 8.5oz. glass at Meadhall for the 250K Twitter Beeradvocate Celebration. Many thanks to Todd and Jason for making this event happen.

A- Dark black almost jet black with about a finger to a finger and half of mocha browni creamy head and about average carbonation.

S- Sweet dark milk chocolate, espresso beans, malts and a little bit of booze.

T- Tons of dark milk chocolate dominate the taste buds with hints of vanilla, roasted espresso beans, cocoa nibs, etc..

M- A little bit on the heavy side. Nice and creamy which mixes well with the chocolate taste. About average carbonation for a stout. Smooth and very drinkable, especially for such a high abv. Can feel the booze a little bit, but blends in smoothly with the intense chocolate taste.

O- I was a huge fan of this stout. One of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had. I loved the intense milk chocolate flavor that dominated this beer and mixed smoothly with the high abv. At 12.%, the alcohol was barely detectable. This beer was packed with flavor and I would recommend any stout lover to try it.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pitch black - almost ten fidy black. 3 finger dark tan head with a bunch of little bubbles

s: huge smell, caught it as soon as i opened the bottle. big roasted malt and chocolate aromas here. sweet caramel, figs, and a hint of wood and leather. finishes with a nice smooth, creamy vanilla note. the aroma isn't overly complex, but its so smooth, creamy, rich and inviting. no hint of alcohol in the nose

t: whoa momma. right away you know this is huge. first there is a real nice balance of dark sweet chocolate and smoothly bitter roasted malts. this is followed by a real nice sweetness that comes from the malts, and also a nice dark fruity component. there is a slight earthy bitterness towards the end - but this beer is all about the chocolates and roasted malts. no real taste of the 12+%, but you can definitely feel the alcohol burn in the throat

m: full, for sure. carbonation is there, but minimal

o: this is a giant beer, and definitely a sipper. not the most complex RIS, but its flavors are harmonized well and it drinks smooth. very tasty, and dangerous for its ABV. make sure you sip.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 evilkalla
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a goblet.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, almost black. Has about an eighth inch of head on it, with a fair amount of carbonation seen coming up from the bottom. It laces the glass up fairly nicely.

S: Coffee beans and chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Very nice.

T: Slightly bitter, with a huge roasted malt taste. Has hints of oak and smoke as well. Pretty aggressively hopped. This would probably mellow out a lot in a year or two. Very nice.

M: Mouthfeel is perfect.

O: Very good imperial stout. Another reviewer said it tastes burnt and boozy. Was it the same batch? None of that here! Cheers!

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Photo of ADZA
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was not going to drink this tonight but after mates being around for a few drinks i cracked it and it pours the darkest kola hue which leaves a three finger milkshake looking head and similar lacing everywhere,the smell is dark roasted coffee,dark belgian chocolate,booze and fruit cake almost perfect smelling,the mouthfeel is full bodied,silky smooth with minimal carbonation and has tastes of chocolate coated cherries and sultanas,dark chocolate malts,fresh berries,dark roasted coffee,a touch of aniseed and finished just like a milky bittersweet cappicino and overall i love it and it hides its high ABV very well something that could only improve with age and ill be buying it again cheers.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter. Appearance: dark black color,thick, dark brown head, lasts a while then fades to a nice lacing. Aroma: toasted barley, toasted almonds and other nuts. Grapes, Red wine. Taste is dark fruits up front, coffee in the finish. Also some dark chocolate and a wine/brandy taste. Tasty. After a while, a burnt taste catches up to you. Feel: Smooth. Medium carbonation. Very nice beer. Slowly becoming a big fan of Clown Shoes."

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Photo of Betonade
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It was a very good beer what can I say? The taste was good but not the best. There is a bit of an after taste that kinda bugs me a bit and when I drank it it was a bit foamy. It didn't take much for it to hit me which I like. It would take at least 9 beers for it to hit me halfway through this bottle. As you can see I'm not a beer master or anything but this beer was really good.

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Photo of prg1976
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a pale brown head. Dissipated quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell, with a slight hop bite.

It's very smooth, even with the high abv. Low carbonation, strong flavors.

Very good. Will look for this one again in the future.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,592 ratings.
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