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Blaecorn UnidragonBlaecorn Unidragon

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JackieTH
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown-black with a thinnish mocha brown head, leaves fits of lace. Smells of roasted malt, fig newtons, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is lightly sweet..molasses, figs, dark chocolate..balanced against deeply roast-charred malt and bitter citrus pithy hop. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is velvety, medium bodied, nice carbonation pricks the tongue and stirs up,the taste buds. Roasty char finish keeps the palate honest and not cloying. Very good, a big imperial stout. Clown Shoes knows their Stouts, I have yet to be disappointed.

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Photo of stephens101
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's been sitting around for a bit and figured it was time to give it a shot. Always look forward to a new Clown Shoes brew. Pours pitch black with a slight, dark tan head. Smells of burnt wood, caramel, black licorice and dark chocolate. Creamy as fuck with milk chocolate and earthy hops. Medium bodied and heats up the gullet just fine. Brilliant start to my Imperial Stout season.

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, "Bottled 9/11"

Pours black, with a very dark head, lasting and leaving all sorts of froth, collar, sheeting and well developed lacing. Nice looking beer.

Some booze in the nose, but mostly chocolate, coffee grounds and ample roast malts.

Intensly flavor, complex, robust and enjoyable RIS. Loads of chocolate abound, roasted/burnt malts, light smoke, earthyness, black coffee. A lot going on here, all blended into a quite heady mix.

Super rich and smooth on the tongue and in the entire mouth. A chocolate/coffee milkshake comes to mind.

High Quality night capper or a natural with a decadent chocolate dessert. Well done. Likely the most impressive Clown Shoes brew I've tried to date.

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, firm tan head, with remarkable retention. Brew is truly solid black, even against light. Fantastic label art. Lacing is nice where it appears. Everything about this beer looks awesome.

Smell very reminiscent of Founders Imperial Stout: banana chocolate smoothie with roasted barley. Perhaps a tad bit roastier and more bitter in the nose.

Tastes a lot like it smells: bitter roasty notes immediately up front, followed by some semi-sweet chocolate and banana, and finished off by a wave of thickly intertwined dark chocolate and roasted barley. Starts off bitter and sharp, rolling into smooth and creamy.

Earthy green hops, cacao, and barley all contribute to the bitterness in varying degrees.

Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel; creamy and silky. Long lasting finish; you'll be tasting this in your mouth, on your tongue and palate, and on your lips long after you've sent the liquid down to warm your belly.

This is up there with the best imperial stouts I've ever had, taking notes from all of them. FIS is a very clear parallel, but so are Ten-FIDY, Speedway Stout, and Narwhal. Absolutely delicious.

Another big beer that Clown Shoes hits out of the park!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased with my first Clown Shoes beer. I have always considered myself a(n) RIS-guy, although my tastes are very diverse and I have certain ideas about what a(n) RIS should be. That being said:

A: solid - pitch black brew, strong thick head that lasts and laces

S: chocolate/cocoa notes, secondary aromas of the roasted malt - neither bold nor subdued

T: roasted malt predominates with just a bare bitterness - a very mellow, smooth beer, with just a great balance between sweet and dry; pops of espresso and a hint of anise

M: fairly crisp and clean, just a suggestion of astringency - smooth; vague aftertaste left on tongue; better than medium body and avoids being syrupy

O: really impressed; a top 5 RIS for my tastes - I'd put it in the same category as Odin's Tipple, Old Rasputin, Siberian Night, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Most definitely worth a buy for a(n) RIS guy.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in my fridge for a few weeks. Just finally got around to cracking it open.

Pitch black. Nothing new. Nothing trendy. The perfect color for the style. Really!

The roasted malt is strong with this one. Stupid cliches aside, there's more depth to this than Vampire Slayer (in terms of imperial stouts).

My taste buds certainly agree. The hops strike with a renewed enthusiasm, followed by heavily roasted malt. Somehow, I feel compelled to sip, not chug.

The mouthfeel confirms my suspicions. This isn't something that you want to sample in a hurry.

I would probably suggest aging a bottle of this to see how it compares. It's solid as is.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If served slightly chilled, this has a slightly metallic tang, but as it warms to room temperature, the hollow metal taste goes away and it unleashes a mouthful of chocolate and creaminess.

And this isn't a one trick stout, it gives off multiple levels of chocolate. There's a little bitterness, as in bakers chocolate, then there's a deeper creaminess and warmth from a milk chocolate-ness. I'm also getting a bit of coffee.

And it has a nice lingering after-taste that never goes to far into bitterness. Instead, it has a nice sweetness that's never cloying. Very warming. And the alcohol never gets out of control.

I'd say if you have to choose between Vampire Slayer and this, go with this. Much more cohesive and grown up.

I'm betting this would be an excellent candidate for aging.

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Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of amphion1065
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Though, technically, the label art shouldn't factor into the "Appearance" rating for this beer, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how sick it is. As for the beer itself, it pours a pure pitch black, and it just glugs out of the bottle. A two-finger brown head with very tight bubbles forms, leaving great lacing around the glass. Excellent retention.

Lots of charred, roasted malts in the nose. There is a strong, dark chocolate element - it's not quite sweet, more like an earthy raw cocoa aroma. Robust hop presence. There's plenty of coffee in the mix as well. A very slight touch of alcohol.

This is one aggressively-hopped RIS. Up front, this is all about burnt ember malt flavors, but in the finish there is a lingering taste of citrus fruit. Strangely enough, it's somewhat tropical, with a touch of bitterness. Plenty of coffee and chocolate. Not much in the way of dark fruits. There's a very pleasant vanilla note that really comes out as this warms. The alcohol is remarkably well-hidden - I would never guess this was above 8 or 9%.

Great mouthfeel, this is thick like velvet with a perfectly low level of carbonation. Given how imperceptible the alcohol is, it's a pretty easy-drinking beer.

By far the best-tasting and most technically impressive Clown Shoes beer I've had to dare. I would prefer more sweetness, but I can't find any real faults in this. At a time when few New England breweries are producing stouts this big, I'm glad to see that Clown Shoes is pushing the envelope.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heard good things about this on BA, so I decided to give it a shot. My favorite Clown Shoes offering so far... and definitely an interesting beer. Served from a bottle into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer is dark and has a tan head. Yeah, yeah... heard that before. A bit thin for a RIS, too. However, I do like the way most RISes look... and it has a nice little swirl of foam at this moment. Slightly above average.

The nose is thick and chocolatey. Very nice. A whiff of hop bitterness is there, too. However, I can almost feel the thickness from the smell. Slightly above slightly above average.

The taste is pretty unique in terms of RISes for me. Very thick and chocolately up front. However, this dries out with a chalky bitterness balanced by some hop bitterness. The finish comes off as very clean. There's also some smoke that lingers. An excellent evolving sip. The mouthfeel is thick without being coating. Very, very nice.

I'm liking this more and more as I get through the bottle. Maybe it's because of the sneaky 12.5% ABV. Maybe it's because this is a damn good beer. Maybe it's a hybrid like the name of the beer. Either way, I'm happy... and what more can you ask from a beer?

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Photo of bnes09
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, herbal, spicy floral aroma with surprisingly subtle roasted aroma. Aggressive charcoal and tobacco bitterness. Highly herbal, green, botanical, floral hop presence. Gin like quality. Well balanced. Full yet dry body. Well carbonated. Excellent Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

OK, I have now had a Clown Shoes Beer that I REALLY ENJOYED!
No question in the fact that I am a Stout lover, especially Russian Imperial Stouts.
Right from the initial pour, I knew this was going to be a good one. The semi-chocolate head stayed quite a while on top of the jet black stout.
The aroma was full of chocolate, coffee, liquor. and more. The taste was bold, full and very smooth.
The lingering aftertaste just left me wanting another one.

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Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 21st Amendment/Magnolia Maximum Strength Ales 2012 Tulip.
Worthy glass for a worthy beer.
Looks brown Darkest brown with quickly fading minimalist head that leaves a ring of small foam around the edge - again very brown.
No lace to speak of but a lot of small bubbles that cling to the glass in no particular pattern.
Smells of bakers chocolate.
Taste. First impression - wow! Chocolate. Dark chocolate. 90% cocoa dark chocolate.
Aftertaste is burnt bitterness.
And that's my one minor complaint. A little too overpowering flavor wise. Cloying? Not quite but keeps it from being a totally memorable experience.
A great beer though. Very impressed. A fun beer,

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Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you're into the dark stuff, it doesn't get much better. Extreme black pour, old nasty used oil. A think brown head slowly forms; and quickly disappears. You're left with moderate lacing and a thin tan film sitting atop the black hole of beer.

It smells manly. Lots of dark, evil things attack the nose. Whatever hops may love in this drink are completely overmatched by the roasty malts. A bit of alcohol emerges as the beer warms.

Combinations of alcohol and bittersweet chocolate tempt the taste buds.

A secondary combination of those things, plus the hops, temper and balance the initial sweetness. Relatively smooth and creamy for such a strong beer, though the heat comes on stronger and stronger the longer it takes to finish the beer.

Take your time and sip this and you're rewarded with a brilliant and tasty RIS. Knock it back quickly and you're rewarded with a hangover.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with about 2 fingers of brown head, fairly quickly dissipates. Good alcohol legs, leaves little lacing. Fairly impressive head for 12.5%.

S: Dark chocolate, a little coffee, light wood/char, dark fruits, licorice/molasses sweetness.

T: Follows the nose with heavy dark chocolate, a little medium roast coffee, heavy roasted malts with a little char and a little wood character. Fairly hoppy with mainly an earthy and floral character that gives a little bright punch up front and leaves lingering bitterness and depth on the finish. Moderate licorice and molasses sweetness and plenty of dark fruit and almost vinous qualities from the middle on. Alcohol is just a little bit noticeable on the finish with a little burn on the back of the throat.

M: Close to a full body, slick and slipper mouthfeel that's fairly smooth. Light carbonation.

O: This was really a pleasant surprise. I heard friends giving praise for this but being known as a hoppy stout, I had my reservations. It delivered. While it is pretty hoppy fresh, the hop flavor work excellently with the malt flavor profile. Delicious with pretty good depth and a fantastic body, this is easily the best Imperial Stout I've had from a Mass brewery.

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Photo of silentjay
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hoppy dark beer from Clown Shoes. Why don't they just make an IPA already? Easily the best looking label art of their repertoire, the name? interesting, kinda... still very excited to try this one.

doesn't pour as viscous as many of the style, and produces a nice light mocha head that sticks around a while and laces extremely well.

definite chocolate and pine notes in the aroma. dark roasted malts and some char. dark roasted coffee, some toasted nuts.

starts with a charred malt flavor that brings on notes of pure cacao. piney hops come through in abundance, but don't overtake the stout flavors. it gets a bit of cigar smoke in the middle. alcohol is there, but not obtrusive. just a slight heat that comes out as the beer warms. some woodiness and nuttiness also presents itself as it gets closer to room temp, while the hops stay in the mix throughout, but get pushed to the back more and more as the beer progresses. very complex brew that needs to be savored over the course of a night to notice the changes from fridge temp to cellar temp to room temp.

not the thickest Imperial Stout I've had. not even close, but its extremely creamy with a soft carbonation. It leaves the mouth absolutely coated with a syrupy feel and a dark cacao flavor, like if you slowly let a bit of dark chocolate melt on your tongue.

very impressive. The first few sips reminded me of their Hoppy Feet 1.5, then it developed into something a bit different, and better. drinks slowly, but the 12.5% abv is well integrated.... Its probably their best beer to date. And no "controversial" hidden innuendos to stir the pot. all around a pleasant experience.


After a few months, the hops are still there, providing a tobacco leaf and woody flavor. The alcohol is integrated even better than before with a slight anisette flavor, but after I finish the bottle and get up to go to the bathroom, I stumble a bit, look at the bottle see the 12.5% and am kind of shocked. the bold flavors overtake the booze even better after these months.

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Photo of darktronica
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a Russian imperial for fans of Islay whiskies, with plenty of peated smoke on the nose thanks to the heavily roasted malts and intense hop character. Wonderful to sniff, but the taste has a bit more herbal bitterness than I would prefer. There are some notes of chocolate, wood pulp, and toasted pecan to provide balance. Six to twelve months of age seems to be the sweet spot for the Blaecorn Unidragon; it is still potent and quite flavorful, but it gives the flavors some time to meld into a more balanced and coherent whole.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blaecorn Unidragon could only vaguely be described as 'dark' - in truth, there is no word to describe just how black this liquid is. Its complexion is opaque enough that even Superman couldn't see through. Its head - yes, healthy lather on a beer of double-digit strength! - has the colour and density of wet sand.

If I were blindfolded, made to smell the beer, and then asked where I was, I would answer 'baked into the inside of a chocolate cake'. Or maybe dunked into a cup of espresso. Either way, it's rich and 'dessert-y' enough that if Betty Crocker got even a whiff of it they'd pay millions for the recipe. It's hard to believe 'fudge' isn't listed on the ingredients list.

I feel insane to even suggest this 12.5% alcohol, thick-as-tar Russian Imperial Stout is refreshing, but I had to restrain myself from finishing the first glass in a matter of only a few big gulps - what can I say? I'm in the mood! I'm drinking this thing as if it were a pale lager. I opened the bottle looking for a nightcap to slowly savor but at this rate I'll need another one.

Seriously, this RIS has enough hoppiness not only to be thirst-quenching, but also to impress notes of tree bark and resin amidst such heavy, rich mocha flavouring. Naturally, it's the double chocolate brownies and coffee tastes that define the beer (and certainly the aftertaste). It's like a black forest cake, but is far richer than anything offered at your local supermarket.

For most people, paying $11 (or more) for a bottle of beer - even a bomber - is a hard purchase to justify; I could defend buying Blaecorn Unidragon at almost any price. This beer (a combo of 'Black Unicorn' and 'Soul Dragon') is a rare mythical creature indeed: rich and roasty, yet easily and endlessly drinkable. The label may look like Charlie Day's famous t-shirt but this is a beer to be taken very seriously.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a slightly brown/off-white head that settles around one finger. The nose is pretty hoppy for something so burly. Some pine, grapefruit, a bit of chocolate, some roasted malts, coffee and some raisin and prune notes. There's some spice in there too like cinnamon and clove. The taste is more roasty than the nose but hops are definitely prevalent. Grapefruit, roasted malts, char, pine, coffee, smoke, a hint of dark chocolate, a bit of spice and some zesty citrus way in the back. Its full bodied, medium mouthfeel, lighter than expected but it works very well. It has weird flavors for a stout, I don't remember so much hops the last time I had it but that may have been an older batch. This one was bottled 9/25/12 so its pretty fresh. I'd love to grab another and set it aside for about a year to see where it goes when the hops fall off.

As it warms up the hops fall off and the smoke and char become more intense.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I planned to buy this beer and cellar it for at least a year, but I wanted to find out if it was worth the wait, so I bought one to try now. I got one that had been bottled in January, so it already had 9 months in the bottle. It was inky black, with very little head. Super malty chocolate, with a strong alcohol taste. A really big beer (obviously at 12.5% ABV). I wonder if another year in the bottle will really improve it? Haven't decided if I'm going to get another one and cellar it. Every time I get a Russian Imperial Stout like this, I always just wish I was drinking an Old Rasputin instead!

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really excited for a Clown Shoes RIS, their other dark beers are mostly great so this should be awesome.

Pours a nice fluffy darker 1/2 finger head that never wants to fade, although leaves a nice lacing as it eventually does, over pitch black thicker beer, no light at all coming through.

Nose brings lots of cocoa, powdered cocoa and hot cocoa, dark bitter earthy chocolate and bakers' choc, a bit of roast but not much with a hint of espresso. then more sweet additions with light caramel and molasses and hint of vanilla. I even get hints of raisin and fig like fruits, and some booze but not a ton.

Taste starts rich and creamy, but with a powdered like cocoa flavor, hot cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, baker's chocolate again, which fades to molasses and caramel. The dark chocolate really has that super high 85% like cacao mix bitter chocolate taste that seems to pool and sit on the tongue like I'm trying to let the chocolate melt on my tongue. It's pretty thick and coats the mouth. As it swirls around some light coffee beans and espresso come out with a hint of roasted malt. Bitterness starts to take over as it goes, with some earthy hops and lots more from the scortched malts, with a hint of salty briny roast but not a lot. No fruit this time, but I do seem to get a hint of smoke. Creamy luscious like chocolate malt lingers as it tries to finish, and by try I mean it just coats the mouth and lingers for a while. As it warms the booze finally starts to come out, but it never reaches anywhere near 12.5% burning booze feel, although I can taste the alcohols a bit on the finish. The chocolate, light vanilla and caramel seem to linger for a while with it, and more bitter espresso roasted coffee grinds and light briny earthy spicy hops. It seriously just sits on the mouth for many minutes after each sip letting the memory last for a while.

Mouth is pretty big bodied, thick and syrupy but smooth at the same time, light but decent for the style carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Overall really nice, delicious malts, tons of chocolate all dark and bitter, bit creamy, light coffee and espresso, lots of great flavors all combines. It's actually fairly drinkable since you can barely tell the booze, and would never suspect 12.5% even after it warms. the only thing that really takes away the drinkability a bit is the thick syrupy sticky mouth feel that never goes away.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is from 11/2011

Pours a 1/3 inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are barely above average.

Smell is big on charred, roasted malts. I get semi sweet chocolate, freshly baked cookies, burnt oak, and even some vanilla bean. Hops arent very noticeable and alcohol is lightly detected. One of the most complex smelling beers I've had.

First taste is of chocolate covered espresso beans, sweet but with a bitter bite. Charred oak and some smokiness balance out the sweetness and some medicinal hops come out in the aftertaste. At 12.5% abv it's not too potent but the alcohol does coat the throat and leave a nice warmness in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Beer could have used more of a head or a fuller body, one of the few flaws in this outstanding stout.

Overall this beer was very good, an excellent example of a bold Imperial stout without being brash or over the top. The sweetness on the nose was amazing and when the taste was about to get cloyingly sweet, burnt malts and bitter hops balanced the palate out and left you wanting more. For almost 13% abv, this beer drank well and wasnt overbearing. If only the body had the substance of say a Ten Fidy or Peche Mortel it would easily be in my top 5 of all time.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having this fresh. Not what I was expecting at all. Citra hops, charred oak, chocolate, espresso, and chipotle peppers. It's an interesting mix. This is a pretty unique beer. It probably drastically changes with aging.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was really surprised by this one.

A: From a hard pour into my Duvel tulip produced a large 2 fingered, creamy cocoa brown head that exhibited solid retention and lacing. In true RIS fashion the beer's body is pitch black and allows no light to penetrate.

S: Chocolate malts, molasses, overall sweet, but hops do poke through on the tail end.

T: Loads of malts, molasses, semi sweet chocolate, nice hops with citrus undertones and coffee. Great flavors that mixed well together.

M: Heavy, but not too heavy.

O: Very, very good. I am very pleased with this RIS and love the fact that it's widely available.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been living in my lagering cooler for at least two months now, and tonight seemed like the time to give it a shot. I am pouring it into my Duvel tulip rather than any other glass. I like Impy Stouts in a tulip.

Appearance: After a pretty aggressive pour, the beer was a pitch black color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles. The head was quite fizzy and died down to a very small ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: My first impression was of some spicy alcohol already along with some almost nutty roasty notes and a little bit of ashy dryness. Second sniff was giving more dark fruit like plums, raisins, and figs. Some American hops and coffee are coming out as the beer sits a bit.

Taste: The flavor is a good bit different than I was expecting from the aroma. It is much smoother and cleaner than the aroma suggested. The carbonation is present on the palate and helps to keep the beer from feeling heavy on the palate. The beer is a bit warmer now that I am getting into the flavor, but the coffee notes are definitely a key component in the flavor. The hops are quite strong in this beer, but so is the malt, so they are fighting it out to the finish. I wouldn't say that either one wins out in the end, but the finish is pretty dry not only due to the hops, but also because of the carbonation, and dark malt acidity.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. It already has a good bit of hop complexity that will definitely mellow with age, but I think that the balance is such that it will do really well in a cellar. I will probably end up picking up a couple more and put them back for 2-4 years and see what happens. Regardless, it is a good beer to drink now, but will probably soften up nicely if left to its own devices. I would recommend this beer.

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Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,589 ratings.
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