Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes
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4.9/5 rDev +20.1%
Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a somewhat quickly dissipating finger length light tan head. The beer is opaque, but some tiny bubbles are visible on the edge of the glass. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. The smoked malt aroma brings some recollection of Schlenkerla, which is to be expected due to the use of beechwood smoked malt. I also get some chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and some sweetness. There are some bourbon notes and the smokiness from the malt up front. I get some of that coffee, chocolate, and some of that malt sweetness. The alcohol is forward, but it's tough not to expect that at 12.5% ABV. There's also a touch of meatiness there from the beechwood smoked malt. The body is full and the beer coats the mouth well with each sip. The carbonation is on the lower end. This is an excellent beer.
12-30-2012 18:54:19 | More by acevenom
4.86/5 rDev +19.1%
A: Dark/pitch black with about 1/2inch of off white head that slowly dissipates. Lovely!!!!
S: Very nice smoked malt aroma!!! It has lots of toffee, coffee, caramel, vanilla aroma. lots of spices
T: woody/oaky with sweet spices rooming around. lot of dark roasted malts taste, mixed with coffee. very very nice. Has some bourbon but not over powering. Getting some warming and booziness that lingers.
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. It is very smooth and creamy.
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 $12 for a 100% bourbon barrel aged bomber this is a must have.
2013 bottle ---bottle date 4/17/13. A lot like Blaecorn but amped up with smoked malts and bourbon is lovely
05-03-2013 23:41:39 | More by King_KongDCO93
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
A: Pitch black at the center and brownish at the edges of the glass. Pours with a pretty dense and big mocha head that has excellent retention and leaves a bit of lacing.
S: Vanilla up front along with caramel notes probably both from the bourbon. A subtle smoky quality mixes in to create a wonderful aroma.
T: This truly is delicious and surprised the hell out of me because I usually don't like smoky stuff. I might have to rethink my theory that I would hate barfly. Nice smokiness up front, just the perfect strength that it doesn't overpower or go unnoticed. Then come the vanilla, toffee, caramel from the bourbon. A tiny bit of heat from the hefty 12.5% abv follows. I've tasted 8% stouts that taste boozier than this. Wow the alcohol is well hidden. I get a bit of oak on the back end and some of that smokiness comes back. I really can't believe how much I like the smoky component in this beer but it doesn't make me think of the porcine part of its name.
M: This one is par for the course. Thick, full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. It's good but CCB has spoiled me with regards to my benchmark 5.0 mouthfeel. Yes its a thick full body but its not the motor oil thick type that I love which takes it that extra .5 further and CCB has mastered.
O: Definitely recommend this one. I gave it a 4.5 initially but after thinking it over...its a smoked beer that I not only tolerate but absolutely love...that deserves a 5 from me. If you usually don't like smoky beers, I'd recommend you still try this one because I don't either. The smokiness is subtle yet just barely prominent enough that it integrates very well with the barrel characters which takes the taste to a whole new level. Its a little pricey but hell I'd rather buy more of these and drink less often, it really is perfectly executed. I had pretty much given up on Clown shoes after trying some of their other stouts and hoppy offerings but this one has opened my eyes to their greatness. I bought 2 of them just because it said bourbon barrel aged and was disappointed when I got home and found out they were smoked stouts. Turns out now I'm really glad I have another one and will probably go back for more because its just too good of a beer. Clown shoes, please make this one a yearly offering. Had I known it was going to be this good I would've left the Narwhal and double stout 4packs and picked up 2 more of these.
11-21-2012 06:06:38 | More by cpinto6
4.7/5 rDev +15.2%
50 degrees, served in a tulip.
A: awesomeness, dark, nice inch of head, sticky lacing.
S: oaky, boozy, smoky. can't wait to....
T: wow. nice complete coating, slight toffee, caramel, but with a back end bite of oak, and bourbon. Strong flavor.
M: Nice, coating, full, tannic. great beer.
O: Awesome find. Glad I bought some to age, and some to share.
03-02-2013 04:51:29 | More by watsonmd
4.69/5 rDev +15%
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.
11-09-2013 00:31:56 | More by AdamF625
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
A - How do you describe these quality stouts? After a while you run out of adjectives to describe the deep, awe-inspiring, inescapabale-even-by-light darkness. I'm running out of options. That being said, all the best ones apply to this brew. Motor oil is applicable, that shiny dark ultra black that color alone alludes to a high viscosity. The pours wells up a thin tan head from the fathoms of inky darkness. A head that stays for a spell, but not very long.
S - Bourbon! Oak! Whoa! The bourbon aroma literally slapped me in the face (okay figuratively but the difference is negligible). The bourbon-osity is accompanied by a toasted oak plank. It seems like the whole plank is in there, lending its bicameral flavors, rich roasted woodiness and smooth sensual vanilla notes. Incredible, and thats just the top tier. After the big elements, a second level of subtle notes emerge, chocolate, vanilla, toffee and caramel. A regular London Sweet Shop of aromas lending support.
T - The beer only adds to its character with the flavor. It mirrors the aroma pretty closely. The vanilla, chocolate, toffee flavors lay down a fine bedding for the humongous flavors that are capably, but barely retained. Those huge bourbon, oak, and toasted wood notes that make a beer incredible.
M&D&O - smooth of course, but palate heavy from the compendium of flavor notes. Thankfully, it's not as thick as it appears, which is a good thing. You can spend each sip savoring the flavorinstead of chewing your sludge. A redeeming beer for Clown Shoes for me. My second from their brewery and far superior than the first, this shelf section will now get more, and deserved, attention from me as I shop. Well Done!
11-18-2012 15:01:17 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.54/5 rDev +11.3%
A: No head at all with the body being absolutely pitch black.
S: Decadent chocolate notes mixed smooth layer of bourbon, vanilla, and oak with small tidbits of coffee thrown in here and there.
T: Vanilla, coffee (more than the nose let on), dark chocolate, and bourbon. The bourbon isn't overpowering at all and blends beautifully with the Imp. Stout.
M: Full body with low-moderate carbonation.
O: Such a delicious beer. I've had this a couple times before and it's been the same each time. So consistent.
01-02-2014 07:01:38 | More by DrippingI
Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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