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Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 452
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 23.65%
Wants: 74
Gots: 84 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of acevenom
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of cpinto6
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of DrippingI
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally have time to enjoy this bottle and sit for a review. Lots of interesting things happening in this beer.

First a good looking Imp Stout. Sturdy, creamy dark tan head with lots of staying power. Clumps of lace left in the glass. Deep dark brown with no light getting through in any way.

You can smell the smoked malt and it adds depth to the barrel notes. This is right above a bit of ash and bourbon. Nice aroma.

Smoke, Black Licorice, Ash, bourbon, wood, almost a slight menthol flavor…. A bot of alcohol at the end. The smokey finish blends nicely with the bourbon flavor and adds a dimension of depth.

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for nudging me to get to this bottle. Perfect for a wintry evening.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porcine Unidragon pours out with the appearance of thick motor oil, topped with a light brown head. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after each sip. The aroma is fantastic, with dark chocolate malts, vanilla bean, and lots of bourbon. After tasting, I found that the most striking aspect was the dark fruit esters - raisins and figs. The bourbon was pronounced as well with the beechwood barrel woodiness complimenting it nicely. The finish was very dry and smoky, with an inkling of citrus-y hops in there. The beer had a velvety mouth feel that was appropriate for an IS. Overall, a very decadent treat!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Bottled on 10/11/12.

A - Pours midnight black with nearly a finger of almond head. Shows good retention for a beer this big. The thick halo of carbonation that remains, leaves a nice tiered lacing as I drink.

S - Smells of vanilla, huge burnt oak, black coffee, and single malt bourbon. Molasses and candied figs add a rich quality to the aroma.

T - Starts with sweet toffee and vanilla. Oak hits midpalate, offering a nice drying bitter character. Chocolate and bourbon on the finish with a smokey sweet aftertaste. The flavors are in your face and work very well.

M - Medium-heavy body with mellow carbonation. A nice smooth feel.

O - I am a fan of Blaecorn, so I was excited to see the BA version on the shelf. I think this version is a bit sweeter than the original, and despite the addition of smoked malt, it doesn't have the same level of burnt flavors. The barrel adds an interesting dynamic to this beer, and it maintains great bourbon and oak flavors without being over the top. This one holds up pretty well against the highly coveted BA Stouts out there, without having to jump through hoops to get it. I am glad I picked up a few, so I can see what a year or two does to this beer. I highly recommend it for bourbon beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of tdm168
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with absolutely no light penetration. 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smoked oak, dark chocolate, char, earth and hints of bourbon.

Dark chocolate and roasted barley. Light notes of smoked meat and fire wood. Tons of caramel and espresso. Hints of prune and vanilla. Some smooth bourbon, earth and charcoal on the finish. Oak lingers.

Medium-full bodied, silky, smooth, dry and warming.

The bourbon barrel adds a great deal of depth without overpowering the base beer. Surprisingly smooth for 12.5%. I'm quite impressed with this Clown Shows offering.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, creamy black with a finger of tan head that fades quickly.

S: Hints of bourbon, oak and smoked malt. There's a thick, smoky BBQ/meaty presence that's really quite interesting.

T: Smoked malt, bitter bakers chocolate, bourbon and vanilla notes. The smoked malt and bourbon lend a bacon-like character that's pretty unique.

M: Thick bodied, with nice carbonation and a silky feel. Very drinkable.

O: Overall, this is a really nice smoked, bourbon barrel stout. Worth the price of admission.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/11/12

A: Pours a midnight black with slightly less than a fingers worth of grown head that fizzles out quickly

S: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate brownies, oak, booze. Smoke is the definite stand-out, which is nice

T: Follows the nose, with a nice salty smokiness, booze, light bourbon, oak, and an inkling of chocolate

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Big and thick

O: The beechwood smoked malt adds a great smoke flavor to the base beer, and the bourbon barrels lend some nice bourbon and oak notes. These are both great additions to an already solid base beer. A little pricey at close to $12 for a bomber, but worth it if you like smoked beers and BA stouts

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

I might was well cut to the chase-- I love this stuff.
OK, the hints of ham is a little un-nerving.. but after the bomber bottle is empty
and the church key is flipping the top on the next, the ham-like flavor note is something of a signature not a detriment.

It's not just a ham-note, the everything-- raisins, malt, hops, licorice, coriander...

Alright-- the resultant hang-over is worth it-- this beer is glorious!

The end.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, October 2012 release
DFH signature glass

A: Pours deep brown leading to black color. Collar of light tan for the head. Reddish hues on edges. Some lacing sheeting is evident with the swirl. There are some alcohol feet on this one.

S: Really nice smelling beer here. Vanilla actually comes first to me, from the aging. Then you get that meaty smoke character. There is a touch of booze coming through, but not overpowering. Then you pull more of that oak. Dark chocolate hints. Really inviting.

T: Bitter dark chocolate up front. Meshing really well with the vanilla and oak character from the wood aging. Then those BBQ smoked malts. It's by no means overly campfire or meaty bacon like flavor. It's just the right touch to add to it. Blends really nicely with the other flavors. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here. You get a little burn on the back end, but that is pretty much it.

M: Full bodied.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle, aged six months. Poured into a tulip glass. Body is engine oil black with visible carbonation. Half finger head that vanished almost immediately. Nose has cocoa, wood and malt, although aroma is faint. Tastes of black licorice up front, anise, chocolate and heavy bourbon on the back end and aftertaste. Strong alcohol burn, more like liquor than beer. Full body loaded with alcohol. Very interesting beer I love that bourbon flavor but it keeps it from being easy to drink. Definitely a "once in a while" brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle - $11.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: As like the Blaecorn, it pours out an unassuming, black body with one inch (and only one inch) of tan suds. A thin glaze of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Slight smokiness from the charred, well-roasted malts edged by dark chocolate with a rather high cocoa content, scant dark fruits, smoked black licorice, mild-mannered resinous-traced hops, and quality bourbon.

Taste: Roasted, burnt malts with some sweetish, sugary treacle and malted milk balls covered in dark bitter chocolate. Moderate smokiness from the beechwood-smoked malts. An ebb and flow of sweet bourbon with notes of oak, brown sugar, coconut. Floral, resinous hops. Medium-plus bitterness. A handful of burnt raisins. Some alcoholic heat in there. Occasionally, you get an additional blip of sugar. Roast, brown sugar, bourbon-soaked brownies on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy, a bit sticky.

Overall: The hard, harsh roastiness and heavy hoppiness of the Blaecorn is smoothed over quite a bit here in the Porcine, making the presentation much more enjoyable. Where, with the Blaecorn, I would be unlikely to revisit the beer, I could cheerfully go for another dose of this stuff.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.