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Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
91
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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 71
Gots: 86 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-05-2012

This is Blaecorn Unidragon made with Beechwood Smoked malt, which adds a natural meaty note (there is no actual meat in the brew). Aged 100% bourbon barrels. Little piggies run, squeal to the heavens: Clown Shoes wishes you luck.
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Ratings: 436 | Reviews: 76
Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark brown. Slight ruby highlights when held to light. Average (for a high ABV beer) tan head and lacing. I may just be in a different state of mind but this looks better than I recall the un-barrelled version.
smell: Charred smoke with a sweet note (I guess the bourbon?). A bit of chocolate. Again, this smells much better...richer, more complex than I remember the un-barrelled version.
taste: The bourbon is more prominent than the nose but otherwise the taste and nose are very similar. A little harsh (alcohol and smoke) but I kinda like that.
overall: a damn good imp stout. Tasty and different.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was black in color with a small tan head.

Aroma of coffee primarily. Some chocolate. Rather boozy.

Coffee taste up front, followed quickly by chocolate. A bit of vanilla. There was a little meat taste, pork rinds maybe. Boozy.

A nice beer. I think you have to enjoy a boozy taste to like this beer.

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porcine Unidragon opens to a rich, malty, syrupy, smoky nose that immediately bespeaks a massive brew. Fresh-ground black coffee, ash, tobacco, and healthy doses of smoky peat form an almost solid wall in their potency, bolstered by heavy cream, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and a touch of vanilla and charcoal from the bourbon barrel aging. Figs, dates, prunes, and black cherries add further nuance to the sugars, accompanied by both milk and dark chocolate. As the bottle sits open for a minute or so, faint smudges of citrusy and piney hops begin to appear and rim the edges. As a whole, the nose is fantastic, offering pretty much everything one could hope for in a barrel-aged Imperial Stout: massive sugars, ash, tobacco, and hints enough of bourbon to please the nose. A slightly larger bourbon presence would have added further pleasure, but this is still an aroma to be reckoned with.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge wave of tobacco, ash, coffee grounds, espresso, black malt, smoky peat, and charcoal – it’s difficult to imagine more smoke, ash, wood, and char in a beer. These are somewhat tempered by heavy cream, molasses, brown sugar, and a few fruit esters (fig, black cherry, date, prune), but even the massive sugars present in here aren’t enough to overcome the ash fugue. Then a shot of pretty much straight bourbon laces the teeth and tongue together, bringing heavy vanilla and charcoal, as well as a strong bourbon alcoholic burn that rises into the nasal cavities. In subsequent sips the bourbon notes somehow increase in potency, almost overly-dominating the flavor profile. The aftertaste is a long-lingering ashy and bourbon-alcoholic reminder of the main notes. Mouthfeel is a surprising medium (though it feels like it should be more viscous, given the flavors), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very good Imperial Stout, and the bourbon barrel aging has added lovely layers of complexity to the base Blaecorn Unidragon. While the bourbon notes aren’t as immediately present on the nose, they come out in full force on the tongue, and actually might end up being a bit too strong, overshadowing the stout, which struggles to come through. Which is to say: anyone who is not a fan of bourbon should probably stay away. But lovers of Imperial Stouts will find this a nice addition to their repertoire.

Photo of Paynebr21
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter
A - pours a dark brown almost black with a very thin light brown head
S - chocolate, coffee with a slight hint of bourbon on the nose. Not quite as boozy as I thought it would be
T - Much like the nose chocolate, coffee, with slight vanilla and a bit of the bourbon barrel on the finish
M - not too carbonated (which I like for this style). Starts slow but has a dry, pleasantly boozy finish. Smoke notes throughout
O - The only thing I love more than beer is bourbon, so I am all over every bourbon barrel aged beer I can find. Not quite as much of the boozy bourbon taste I like in a bourbon barrel beer but still an excellent brew. An excellent, high quality imperial stout that I will be purchasing a couple more bombers of to go in the cellar!

Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- deep brown almost black with a thin mocha head
S- bourbon , charred wood, smoked grain, cocoa
T- heavily smoked malts, burnt brownies, harsh bourbon, oak
M- thick body and smooth mouthfeel followed by a harsh bite from the barrel. Strong presence of alcohol.
O- a lot of strong harsh flavors in this brew but I love it. Very smokey and hot. For a lack of better comparison it reminds me of Jack Daniels whiskey.

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This bottle, a find in a recent US road trip, has some incredible characteristics. However it is much more boozy that the 12.5% abv would represent. Not that the booze is in the nose or even finish, but certainly in the aftertaste it is pure alcohol. A little thin for an IS. However the beechwood smoke was outstanding, and the bourbon is well integrated in the flavour. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of tdm168
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - thick, oil-like black with a large, dark brown head that is thick and dense. The head has good retention and leaves nice lacing

S - bourbon, vanilla, licorice, plums, raisins, roasted malts

T - roasted malts, vanilla, huge bourbon, booze, plums, raisins, burnt caramel, licorice, faint chocolate

M - warming alcohol, full bodied, well carbonated

This is really a big beer. The nose and flavor truly showcase the bourbon barrel aging. The stout itself is rich, full flavored, and deep. This beer hits on every flavor that a RIS should, the bourbon is huge but well matched. My only complaint is that this is intensely boozy. I'm sure a little age could mellow it out. Overall, this is really a solid offering that I highly recommend to any serious BBA or stout lover.

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Somewhat becalmed oily black pour. Some brown around the edge. Just a few light tan bubbles.

Aroma, yep, bourbon. Some woody roast malt and chocolates.

Taste, some carmelly bourbon and vanilla up front. Some roast malt, smoke is super faint, but there is some there. Some bitter chocolate, anise, booze in the finish.

Quite coating, not cloying, but it seems like a bit much. If there was some more smoke and roast malt to balance out the sweet rather than the booze, this would be better. It is a little on the warm side, but still bearable.

This falls into the third slot of their stouts for me. Vampire and Sombrero are heads above this, but this is better than Luchador which was terrible imo.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is very dark, almost black in body and is topped off whit a very healthy dark tan head that starts off about two fingers thick and slowly thins into a layer of fluffy pillows of bubbles. Very good lacing all around. I can pick up some dark fruits, caramel, roasted hops and malts and chocolate in this beer. It has a medium to thick mouth feel and is rather tart at first, grape and figs are present when it hits the sides of your tongue. Mild clove flavors after you breathe, hops a more present as it hits the back of your mouth. This is a pretty good beer over all.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled April 17th 2013.

Classic dark walnut brown to black body, some faint red, very small, hues along the edges. Makes a decent light cocoa head of about a finger with moderate staying power. Some leopard like spotted lacing, and a bubbly but good sized collar.

Nice soft roasty malts, slightly velvety smelling and hinting of a silky palate. A bit one dimensional, not much else, maybe some small vanilla tones, but not much hint of excellent barrel aging.

Palate works out nicely. Good thick and controlled ganache like bitter chocolate, with large roasting bitterness in the end. Subtle piney hop bitterness after a swallow that lingers. Large amounts of dark chocolate and solid bitterness. Good silky feel to carry flavors forward. Really impressed with the mouthfeel on the Clown Shoes stouts it seems. Mild warmth not boozy hot for the finish.

Overall it doesn't seem to bring some of the greatness of the barrel notes and qualities, but it delivers as a real solid stout either way.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 12.99. Bottled 10/11/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours black with one finger creamed mocha head. Small spots of lace.

Interesting aromas of vanilla, bacon, smoke and cocoa. Different for sure.

Taste is a blend of bourbony vanilla, chocolate and meaty smoke followed by caramel, leather, tobacco, figs and booze. A bit hot but not more than expected for 12.5%.

Medium thick oily feel with moderate carbonation. Long sweet bourbon finish.

A truly different take on the original Blaecorn Unidragon. I'd still like to try the unaltered base recipe barrel aged but this was quite good. Sweet and smokey, this is another great stout from Clown Shoes that is worth a try.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber pours a rich black color with a large cap of light brown, fine-bubbled head. Excellent retention and lacing...a fine looking beer here.

Nose is smoky chocolate with a little bit of licorice and plums.

More smoke comes out in the flavor, but it is balanced nicely by the sweet, chocolaty malt. The barrel character is subtle, but adds a nice dimension as it warms. Woody, roasty flavors are more pronounced as it warms. Still plenty of leafy hops to give it a dry, bitter finish. This is a beer that has a lot going on, but manages a semblance of harmony despite a multitude of flavors. Pretty good, though I think another year or two in the cellar would improve it.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Clown Shoes Porcine Unidragon that my buddy brought over for me to try last week, thanks Ben. I've been wanting to try this beer so I was happy when my buddy brought it over, ideally I would like to try the base beer first, but for some reason this one showed up first, but I'm interested to see how this turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is really nice looking, it looks like some sweet fantasy artwork and I think it's very eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through with two fingers worth of medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color was nice, but the head and ;acing were really good especially for how strong it is.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of dark roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate aromas in the background along with some smoked malt aromas. Up next come the bourbon barrels which impart a nice oaky and bourbon like aroma with a somewhat lighter alcohol aroma. The aroma is very nice, I thought there was great balance between the roasted malts, smoked malts and bourbon barrels.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of dark roasted malts with noticeable coffee and chocolate flavors in the background followed by a somewhat lighter amount of smoked malts that have a slight smoked meat flavors to them and show up just enough. Up next comes the bourbon barrel which imparts a nice oaky and bourbon like flavor with a little boozy and warming alcohol coming through. This was a very nice tasting beer, the balance is very good just like it was in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, creamy, a little boozy, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice, it was pretty smooth considering the ABV.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a pretty good example of the style, this beer was just as advertised and all the aspects mentioned on the bottle worked well together with some pretty nice balance. This beer had pretty good drinkability, especially for how strong it was, it drank much smoother then I expected and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, I think I would tackle a whole bottle by myself but I'm sure it would give me a pretty nice buzz so that would probably be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, neither of the aspects in the flavor and aroma were too overpowering and they worked very well with each other. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything wrong with it and there's nothing I would change. I would for sure buy this beer at the store and I wouldn't mind getting a bottle for the cellar to see how it develops over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes big barrel aged stouts. All in all I really enjoyed this beer and I thought it was impressive, this is about as close as I have gotten to being wowed by a Clown Shoes beer and so far this is the best one I have tried from them and I would say its one of the better Barrel aged stouts I've had but it isn't a favorite. Good job guys, you can be sure that I'll be on the look out for the base beer, keep up the good work.

Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light proof black beer with a good sized brown colored head.

Smells of berry and patent malt with some caramel. Chocolate, coffee and toasted grain with roasted nuts. Scent of ethanol and in that a light plum aroma.

Starts out sweet with a smoky and slightly bitter after taste. Stays sweet mostly tastes of smoke and mocha. Definitely a bit boozy in the mouth. Little bit of a berry flavor here and a little plum brandy but this is quite heavy on the dark roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good RIS but not my favorite.

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Flynn. More weekend reviews, all from full notes taken to computer at the time.

A- Pitch black pour comes from a 22oz bottle into three pint glasses with an oily, thick pitch black body. A tan cap forms with frothy texture and falls to a big ring. The ring has huge bubbles and deposits spots of lace here and there.

S- Smoky and roasty and for me that is pretty much most of what comes to mind here. Deep dark chocolate and charred grains with beachwood smoked malts; not quite full-on campfire and seaweed but still something smoked with a hint of caramel.

T- Roastiness comes on full speed here with decadent bittersweet chocolate coming to mind with charred grains, coffee and burnt sugar. Beechwood smoked malts provide the other main aspect of the flavor with a smoky but not so camp-firey feel overall. Raisin, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, Bourbon and cocoa powder come to mind.

MF- Fairly thick bodied with a chewy, oily and frothy consistency battering down the palate. Carbonation is at a medium level and it finishes quite warm but that compliments the smoky and roasty flavors.

The smokiness seems to overshadow the barrels just a bit but for me that is the key this beer. It delivers a rich roast malt character with a big smoked grain aspect and barrel hints; it all balances out nicely. I think this is the third time I have had this beer and it still holds up very well.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had very few meaty stouts like this before, and even fewer that were bourbon barrel-aged. Cheers to new beers!

Bottled 04/18/13, three months before the date of this tasting.

A: A bold, creamy brew with an opaque chocolate body and a sizeable head; it’s a full two inches of dark khaki cream, slow to form but a little quick to go. Some sticky lacing strands here and there.

S: A robust, inviting mix of coffee-forward roasts and heavy chocolate tones – it’s one of those beers that’s strong enough that you can smell it as soon as you crack the bottle. The residual sugars are deep, with a single whiff giving a noseful of vanilla ice cream, Oreos, Black Forest cake, and Irish cream. Scents of espresso, toasted almonds, campfire, and smoked ham (just a hint) make up the roasts.

T: Complex, layered, and monumentally enjoyable. Begins with a hardy breadiness; tastes of biscuit dough and baguette crust give this palate a dense character for other flavors to build upon. Bitter roast and hop flavors, spicy and intense, dry out of the mouth with bold notes of pine sap, chili pepper, astringent black tea, charred oak, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Sweet flavors are reminiscent of vanilla cream soda, butterscotch, melted caramel, and semi-dark chocolate, all controlled in their richness; nothing’s cloying. Finishes dry in the way most DIPAs do – with a flavor of thick pine resin – but this time there’s the barrel’s lingering tones of whiskey and bacon (i.e., the breakfast of champions).

M: One of the slowest-burning beers I’ve had in recent memory. Starts creamy and full, enough to chew on for a moment before being quickly replaced by a tingling dryness. The alcohol burn builds and builds, eventually replacing the dry hop profile with boozy heat. In the end, the feeling of warmth gets pretty intense; at 12.5%, it’s to be expected.

O: I really, really enjoyed this beer – a definite must-try if it’s in your area. Clown Shoes got the barrel-aging just right here. Even though it’s 100% barrel-aged, the whiskey and wood character doesn’t dominate what is already a solid beer: it enhances it. Well done.

Photo of abraxel
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 8, courtesy of Auror. Poured into a snifter.

A - Another dark, dark stout! This one has a few fingers of dense, sticky head that lasts a while and leaves nice chunky lacing down the sides. Very pretty.

S - Somewhat smoky, with cocoa powder and, unless my nose deceives me, some spicy heat! Possibly some oak/barrel character as well, but it's hard to tell. Unusual and intriguing.

T - Cocoa powder and smooth smokiness, over some molasses and dark fruits. A little bit of hoppy bitterness. I think I was hallucinating the spiciness on the nose, but it's somehow still hard to say for sure. This is a weird beer.

M - Moderately thick, pretty smooth. Not much carbonation. Some hop bitterness and smoke lingers for a while.

Overall, I don't quite know what to think... It is tasty, but kind of a mish-mash of flavors that don't quite come together. It's certainly not bad, but could be better.

Non-blind comments: The bourbon barrel influence was pretty subtle, I only picked it up in the nose. I think this lines up with how I've felt about other Clown Shoes beers: Good and somewhat unique, but not great.

Photo of kdahnke123
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.
A - Pours a dark brown color with minimal medium brown head. The head is gone almost instantly, leaving a long lasting lacing.
S - Bourbon, chocolate and a sour hop finish.
T - Bourbon, charred wood, chocolate and a hoppy finish.
M - Medium viscosity with a small amount of carbonation.
O - The smoke is a little on the heavy side, the bourbon is light and the alcohol is well integrated. All and all not bad if you like smoked beers. OK for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours black with a two finger dark tan head that sticks around for awhile. Nice looking beer, that's for sure

S- slight bourbon and a smoky, meaty aroma in the nose. Awesome, but mild

T- incredibly balanced. Slight smokey/meaty taste (but not overwhelming like in most smoked beers), slight hints of the bourbon barrel coming through, nice bit of chocolate, and a slight bit of coffee...not too much of anything, just a perfect blend.No booziness either. Amazing

M- huge body, very viscous. Unreal.

O- this is a fantastic beer. My first offering from Clown Shoes, and I'm a big fan. Well done.

Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 4/17/13

A: Opaque black with browning on the edges. Less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan head quickly dissipates down to only a bubbly outer ring, but that ring leaves a decent amount of patchy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge leather and tobacco notes, lots of smoked malt/char, more subtle bakers chocolate and oak, cinnamon, a hint of booze. I dont get many barrel notes at all, but still very nice aroma.

T: Roasted malt and bakers chocolate, sweeter than the aroma implies. I also get coffee, smokey/char notes, leather, tobacco and some barrel notes including oak and bourbon-y booze. Smoked malt builds as I continue through the drink giving it a unique characteristic that I really like.

M/D: Very smooth, moderate carbonation, full bodied but mouthfeel on the thinner side, ABV is very well controlled and drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a really nice IS. Not my favorite of the Clown Shoes IS line, but very good nonetheless. I do wish the bourbon barrel characters were stronger, and it had a thicker mouthfeel. That being said I still definitely recommend.

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light fluffy 1/4 finger mocha colored head that fades fairly quickly, typical for that high abv, super dark pitch black beer.

Nose is great, some smoke starts out right away, a touch of smoked malt and light smoldering beachwood like smoke, then ridiculous chocolate, mostly cocoa nibs and darker chunk chocolate melting, milk chocolate, light powdered cocoa too, light roast, little chalky, caramel, nice nutty toffee, etc. Then barrel, nice vanilla barrel oak, light bourbon but def present. The more I nose the more the smoke goes away the more a myriad of malts seem to present themselves.

Taste is very nice too, starting with big dark malts, plenty of chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, melting dark chocolate and even bakers, powdered cocoa, and the works. Next comes the caramel and toffee, light nutty and semi sweet syrupy malt base, with a light fluffy nougat like, and little creamy. Smoke is there again but lighter, smoked malt flavor for sure but doesn't overpower, light smoked beachwood like again. Later a bitterness comes through, mostly from the darker malts, light earthy like hops. In the back end is the barrel, light oak and nice vanilla, light bourbon that gets mostly overpowered by the malts and seems more of an after thought. As it dries on the finish, little sticky, touch of booze, a light bitter roasty malt, earthy bitter hops, light barrel char, wisp of smoke, long lingering chocolate.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich, slight creamy, light warming booze, little sticky syrupy, decent carb.

Overall quite nice. I should snatch up some more before it disappears. Nice malts, great chocolate, nice use of light smoke without acrid roast, good barrel addition although wish the barrel and bourbon was a bit more.

Photo of bens0n
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very dark brown, with a slight ruby tinge, pretty close to opaque but not quite. Almost no head at all.

On the nose it has a sweet nutty smell, not too boozy or anything though. You can pick up a trace of the barrels, but its not overpowering by any means.

Flavor wise, its pretty similar, slightly nutty with a tiny bit of sweetness that comes in afterwards. Finishes with a nice barrel aged flavor.

Its got a little more carbonation that I would expect for an aged stout, and for an imperial stout in general, but its pretty slick and easy to down.

Overall, its a nicely blended stout I love the regular unidragon, the barrel aging was definitely done right.

Photo of Danny1217
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and thick. Small brown head with decent retention and some nice lacing.
Smells of vanilla, caramel, and oak. A bit of a meaty scent as well, but somehow not off putting.
More vanilla, caramel, and oak on the tongue. A bit of smokiness. Surprisingly smooth for such a big beer. Thick body and medium carbonation.

I wouldn't be surprised to see this beer get some major hype in the upcoming months. It's delicious and very affordable for a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles. Fair amount of random lacing.

S: Roasted espresso. dark unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and licorice.

T: Woody, smoky, roasted espresso, dark chocolate, peat, and licorice.

M: Thick, heavy, bittersweet finish. Very smoky.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty damn good. Nice head, and lots o' lacing. Nose is coffee and chocolate, with sweet and bitter components. Flavor similarly... coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a rich, dark brown head. Heavy duty oak aromas with a little bit of whiskey heat hanging behind full bodied roast, chocolate, and tobacco. Flavors are heavy roast, tobacco, chocolate, whiskey, oak. The flavor profile of this beer doesn't marry all that well, it seems everything is competing for attention.

Could probably benefit from a year in the cellar.

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Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.