Blaecorn Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JamnesCameron on 09-25-2011

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1,610
Reviews:
375
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Photo of Rpm0003
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Surprised this doesn't have better reviews. Excellent imperial stout! Pours pitch black with a chocolatey head which then turns into a nice creamy foam head before it dissipates. Smell is very chocolatey and sweet. Very strong. Taste and feel is complex. Chocolatey, sweet, and floral upfront with a little bit of a peppery aftertaste which balances it out. Don't even really taste the 12.5% abv. Overall this is a very fine Russian imperial, and will definitely revisit this one again.

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4.96/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

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4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I told myself I wouldn't review a beer until I tried one that I would give a 5, and I wouldn't give a 5 until I tried a beer I literally thought was perfect. I never thought either criterion would be fulfilled. It has.

Poured into a glass mug an almost black body with a deep mahogany head that lasted a while. It smelled a beautiful aroma of roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate and anise. The flavor was a deep bot not immediately noticeable sweetness, with deliciously heavy malt and, again, slight hints of chocolate and anise. The mouthfeel was a perfect consistency, thick but not cloying, with mild carbonation.

Overall, this is exactly what a stout should be. I can't even imagine a better stout. Despite a whopping 12.5% ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable in comparison to a mind-blowingly awesome flavor. Anybody who gets a chance to try this should absolutely pick up a bottle.

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4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprise package received today. In it was a bottle of this black beauty. Bottled September 2011. Thanks Gregg!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep jet black, no light gets through. On top sits a light mocha head that drops rather quickly, leaving a mere wisp of foam around the glass rim and some lacing.

Aromas of big, dark roast - coffee, malt, and hints of dark cocoa. Come candied dark fruit, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

Flavors of burnt sugar, dark roasted coffee, dark (90%) cocoa, no hint of dark roast malt harshness, very intense. Warming alcohol bite, vanilla. Finish is long, dark, roasty, coffee bitterness, and alcohol warmth. Finish goes on for days.

Mouthfeel is sticky, oily, mouthcoating roasty bitterness. Good level of carbonation. An alcohol bite.

Overall, another very intense, outstanding brew from Clown Shoes. This Shoehead loves these beers!

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4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

yum yum YUMMY

very difficult to find any faults with this one... I can't. amazing RIS and a go-to

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4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Shit...this was one terrific RIS!! up there with the best.
Appearence: Awesome, dont know if this is bottle conditioned but it looks to be...nice head that fades away as normal but leaves lacing.

Smell: heavenly, roasted malts, dark/milk chocolate, coffee/espresso, alcohol.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee bean, espresso, dark chocolate, alcohol.

Mouth feel: perfect carbonation along with buzzy alcohol that cleans the palate. Probably the best mouth feel of any RIS i have had!

Drink this thing at room Temp and you will be amazed! I cant say enough about this brew...just great!

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4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Wasn't sure what to expect, even though i am huge fan of Clown Shoes. The only hoppy stouts I have tried are Storm King and Nightstalker. Love Storm King, hated Nightstalker for some reason.

B.U. pours a dark, dark brown with a thick milk chocolate colored head. Lot's of lacing as I sipped.

Smell is of roast, smoke, chocoalte, coffee, dark fruits, some hops.

The tastes was more bitter when it was cold then sweetened with dark chocoalte and coffee as it warmed. Fanatstic and CREAMY.

The twelve percent is not noticable until you feel it hit you.

Clown Shoes hit a home run with this one. As complex as many of the barrel aged RISs out there, but amazingly balanced.

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4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque brown/black in nature stout that has a decent foamy tan head with minimal lacing. Smells of mostly roasted malts with nibs of chocolate and some coffee mixed in too. Tastes of bitter chocolate, dark brewed coffee, and roast. Smooth, and silky mouthfeel that finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Clown Shoes has produced another high quality stout that I have enjoyed greatly. Overall, not as good as Undead Party Crasher, but Blaecorn Unidragon holds it's own and I would try this one again.

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4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark/pitch black with about 1/2inch of off white head that slowly dissipates. Lovely!!!!

S: Very nice roasted malt aroma!!! It has lots of toffee, coffee, caramel, vanilla aroma.

T: lot of dark roasted malts taste, mixed with coffee. very very nice.

M: Well balanced, for a 12.5% beer. It is really nice, has a medium body, yet still has all the complexity of a great imperial stout.

O: A well balanced 12.5% Imperial stout that doesn't hurt the budget and it taste better than the popular once in a blue moon stouts. At a price less then $10 for a bomber this is a must have.

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4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow I love the smell of this beer! Make a candle of this!!!

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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