Monday, November 5, 2012

Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon - Gus #14

Another review for the wonderful Stout Season.  I love this time of year with all the seasonals that come out. You get some of the biggest stouts of the year and then some companies mix in the winter IPAs as well.  This is a big Russian Imperial Stout.  It's not a seasonal but I happened to have one in the fridge.  I previously reviewed another one from this brewery and it was very very good.  How will this one hold up?  Will it be just as good?  Or better?  It has an epic name, so the beer has to be great right?  Let's take a look at Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon.

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Information from the website:
About the Beer:
Style:  Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume:  12.5%
IBUs:  Unknown

"What should we call our Russian Imperial Stout? Black Unicorn? Soul Dragon? Nahhh. Let's combine them and create the ultimate mythical creature: Blaecorn Unidragon!"

"Brewed with a monstrous amount of malt and combined with aggressive American hops, this beer is powerful and complex and designed to age.  Smokiness is subtle but present and blends nicely with the rich, dark flavors"

I poured this brew into a 10oz snifter glass.

Appearance:  Poured extremely dark, pretty much black with a finger and a half of dark tan head.  A mixture of small and large bubbles mixed in but, the head didn't stick around very long.  You wouldn't expect too much head retention with the 12.5% ABV.  After the head was gone there was a ring around the glass with an island of bubbles in the middle.  Pretty decent head lacing and very prevalent alcohol legs.  No light getting through the glass at all.  Very much your typical Russian Imperial Stout look to it.

Aroma:  Huge roasted notes right off the bat.  Slight milk chocolate and some dark chocolate aromas as well.  Little bit of alcohol.  But not as much as you would expect.  Some licorice/star anise aromas in there.  Big sweet malts almost like a roasted marshmallow or caramelized sugar note in there.  Maybe a little bit of smokiness mixed in.  Getting some espresso bitterness mixed in with a coffee aroma.  The coffee aroma is more like a coffee liqueur more so than just flat out black coffee.  

Taste:  Big roasted coffee flavors.  First sip had a solid coffee bitterness aftertaste.  It really stick around back there.  Some sweet chocolate, kind of like the semi sweet morsels not the full on milk chocolate.  It's interesting, this one has a lighter mouthfeel than their Vampire Slayer to me.  Some similarities in flavors but this one doesn't have as much of the smokiness and sweet flavors that the Vampire Slayer had.  This one is more bitter with the hints of espresso and dark chocolate.  You don't taste the alcohol at all.  There is a warmness on the back of the throat but it's nothing unpleasant.  Some of the caramel and toffee flavors mix in after a few sips.  Pretty nice tasting stout.

Verdict:  Overall this was a very nicely done stout.  It's a very big stout and carries a lot of flavors.  I'd like to get another bottle and let it cellar for a while to see what changes it may have.  As compared to their other stout release, the Vampire Slayer, I preferred the Vampire Slayer.  But that's not to say this one isn't a terrific brew.  I'm going to give this one an B+.  It's right there on the border of an A but just not quite there.  For pairings I'm going to say German Chocolate cake.  Or maybe some rich chewy brownies.  I think the bitterness that is in there would work great with those two choices. 

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