Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 449
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 73
Gots: 83 | 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 champ103
2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a dark, opaque, inky black color. A bubbly tan head rises for an instant and recedes in a second. A bit of lace, but not much to speak of.
S: Hardly anything in the nose. Some roast, some coffee, a bit of chocolate. Very unassuming, and neutral.
T: Not unassuming or neutral at all here. Bitter bakers chocolate and cloying sweetness is the show. Overpowering in that regard. Then alcohol. Lots and lots of ethanol like burning rubbing alcohol.
M/D: A full and viscous body. Low carbonation, and syrupy. The tons of alcohol and sweetness makes this really hard to drink. This could not have ended fast enough.

Another overpriced and over hyped barrel aged RIS, and another from this brewery. I am glad I did not have to spring for a bottle this time. Nothing I would recommend. (823 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Self-identifies as an American Imperial Stout. Acquired for $14.00 at a bottle shop in the Los Angeles county area. 12.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded standard pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head. Nice cream, nice thickness, bad (~1-2 minute) retention. The high ABV makes the retention more excusable, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Body colour is a solid dark nontransparent black; not quite a jet black - but dark. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks par for the style, but it's not unique or special. No overt flaws are obvious to me. No lacing whatsoever as the head recedes.

Sm: Bourbon, sure. Light vanilla, weak vague unevocative oak. Dark malts. I don't get any smoked malt notes. Not much in the way of woody notes either. Maybe some vague pork. Caramel. Cream. A moderate strength aroma which is not as complex nor as subtle as the brewers seem to want it to be. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character is detectable. I do get some vague alcohol, but it's not a hot or boozy aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it, but based on the aroma I think it'll be good at best.

T: The bourbon is roughly executed, lacking sophistication. Some wanting vanilla notes with too much sweetness. No refined oak or guiding woody notes. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Caramel. Surprising acidity. Maybe a hint of coffee. Very light smoke; not at all rauchbier-esque in character but rather so light as to be nearly unnoticeable. Smokiness is rarely used as a means of imparting a subtle or light flavour, and this beer makes it clear why - it just isn't worth doing. Coconut. Brown and/or unrefined sugars. It feels forced; nothing about this beer comes off natural or cohesive. I want so much more roast than it provides; it comes off too sweet to me in a way that renders it artificial. Decently balanced, but far from ideal. No yeast character comes through. I do get some noticeable if light alcohol, though I wouldn't call it hot or boozy. The smoked malts/beechwood feels wasted here; it's just not deep or evocative. Fair complexity. No real subtlety. Sort of a colour by numbers bourbon barrel imperial stout; many of the beats are there, but it's just not what it should be.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Artificially slick. Imperfect carbonation. Thick, but not necessarily justified - the complexity just isn't there. Okay presence on the palate. Not biting or sharp. A biteen warm, but I wouldn't call it boozy or hot. Decent softness for the style. Suits the flavour profile in a middling generic way; it certainly doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Dr: You've got to bring more to the table than this to really stand out in this style. I sense a lot of wasted potential here; the beechwood and smoked malt seemed lost on the flavour profile. If you're going to go for a flavour, you've got to commit and really go for it. This lacks boldness and a willingness to experiment. Consequently, it's sadly forgettable. I wouldn't get it again; there's a wealth of superior and cheaper beers in the style out there. A decent offering from Clown Shoes, but one which convinces me that my policy of ignoring them for the time being is a good one. Not recommended. Drinkable but unremarkable. Doesn't hide its ABV well.

Low C+

Gets better as it warms. Probably best served slightly chilled. (3,766 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just got the regular Unidragon as an extra a week or so ago, now I get this one, what a coincidence! Thanks to djmichaelk for sending me this as an extra.

Looks pretty nice, dark with a nice head, pretty normal stout appearance.

Smells of dark roasty malt and smoke character, maybe some hop bitterness. Hoping this isn't super smoky. Not smelling much barrel character.

Tastes fairly nice. Good balanced malt character, sweet but roasty as well. Smoky but not overwhelmingly so. Not getting much barrel here either, have to think about it to even notice it. This is drinkable despite the smoke which I really don't like.

This is a nice beer, I don't like smoky stuff or I'm sure I'd like it way more. I prefer the regular Blaecorn Unidragon but I like this okay.

6.2/10 (775 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: as it pours it looks rather thin for a smoked r.i.s. aged in bourbon barrels... not thick and oily looking like most I've had. but the head on the beer is a little thicker than a normal r.i.s as well, light khaki head about 3/4 inch thick, color is a nice dark black.
s: smells slightly sweet and very malty with hints of smoke but no traces of bourbon on the nose, hopefully more bourbon in the taste than in the smell...
t:...taste is very similar to the smell, the smoke is apparent which is nice but on the border of too much, would be much better if balanced more with boozy bourbonyness, unfortunately not enough bourbon for me, it is definitely there but not enough, i'd say its a 2.5 outta 5 for bourbon flavors. this is a rich one though, starting to wonder if i'm going to be able to take down this 22 ounces in its entirety, it might take me all night, good thing its early. and the boozy heat is coming out more unfortunately without the bourbon :(
mf: it's okay but a little too carbonated for a stout i'd say a medium high to high low carbonation, does has a dry finish which does help though.
oa: this is subpar for what I was really looking forward to with this one, glad I only bought one bottle but kinda wonder what it tasted like fresh about 4 months ago...? (1,281 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 6/5/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Dark, deep brown - pours with a frothy, light tan head - keeps a medium-sized collar and some wisps of a cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Roasty, burnt, bourbon, booze, and wood - hot and intimidating - smoked malts, burnt malts, bourbon, and wood, all big, all burly - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, charred dark fruits, dark licorice - dry in a distinctively hard-liquor way

T: Roasty, charred, burnt, woody, and boozy - the big players here are the burnt, smoked, charred malts, the wood, and the bourbon - vaguely meaty character from the smoked malts, but mostly it just tastes burnt, charred, and boozy - burnt chocolate malts - the caramel and chocolate cake, fudge brownies I associate with Balecorn have been burnt away - finishes dry

M: Medium to heavy, low carbonation, smooth, finishes hot

O: Dragons that taste like pork?

Blaecorn is already very burnt and kind of smoky. Adding smoked malt and putting it in bourbon barrels is just a bit too much. Interesting, if you're into that kind of thing. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stole this bottle from Beerdrifter when he was mashed and looking the other way. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Blaecorn Unidragon, beechwood smoked and then aged on bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A black pour, slightly transparent, yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Black bdy with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. A swirly wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definite smoked malts with light meaty tones. Roasted malts, nice dark chocolate in there, with bourbon barrel as well. Vanilla and sweet cream from the barrels balances nicely with the smoky, roasted base. Bold and well balanced.

TASTE: Some roasted and smoked malts up front with bourbon, oak, sweet cream and some smoked meat notes at the swallow. Big alcohol presence with a bold and lingering finish that's smoky, roasted with a touch of bitter chocolate and a solid dose of bourbon barrel as well. A little too hot for top marks, but it's enjoyable and complex for sure.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, luckily, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of heat after the swallow. Too light and carbonated for the style, but not rough or airy.

OVERALL: This was pretty nice. The feel was sub-par and the alcohol a little too present, but this brew showed lots of flavor and an impressive degree of complexity. Not one I'd need to search out again, but one I'd happily drink again if it was offered. I'm glad Drifter happened to be cleaning up the beer I'd spilt while I stole this out of his bag. Cheers! (1,639 characters)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours near black with some very dark browns and reds at the edges when held to direct light. Head is khaki and loose with a ton of bubbles. Drops to a few clumps of a cap with a loose super bubbly collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Tons and tons of bitter cocoa. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, all the chocolate. Smoke is abundant with a slight sweetness. A touch woody. Fudgy. Hints of alcohol. Some vague dark fruit - plum and cherry. A tartness that reads as alkaline more than anything else. Sweet deeply roasted malts. Meaty - soy and jerky.

Taste: Loaded with sweet smoke. Woody. A solid push of char and charcoal. Smoke and more smoke. Meaty, but more like homemade jerky. Liquid smoke. Tons of bitter cocoa. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nibs, and baker's chocolate. Fudge and some chocolate cake. A ton of sweet roasted malt. Alcohol and a lot of it. Sharp alcohol on the back of each sip. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Barrel adds some additional heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to full body. Almost syrupy at times but it never quite gets there. Carbonation is moderate. Barrel thins things out a bit as well.

Overall: Swiiiiiiiiiiiinnnee. Swiiiiiiiiiinnne.

Follows the same path as other Unidragon based beers. It's solid if a bit too sweet and the barrel is used poorly, but it shows the hint of something better. I'll have to check out modern Clown Shoes barrel aged stuff to see if they'v improved. (1,436 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass. Apears dark blak with tan head. Smells of chocolate with some oak tannins and vanilla. Tastes full bodied chocolate & vanilla upfront with some light bourbon & oak in the background. A little astringency seems noticeable, maybe from too much bittering hops. Mouthfeel seems heavy, especially as it warms. Bourbon character cones through more and body seems more full. Overall, a good beer. Wish it had some more initial oomph. (459 characters)

Photo of Paynebr21
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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! (797 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of abraxel
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I missed out on the small wave of bottles of this around here, so I was thrilled to see this stuff pop up as part of Firkin's Brash/Clown Shoes tap takeover. It pours a solid obsidian topped by a finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises chlorinated bourbon, light oak, cocoa, mild smoke, and thick roast. I've gotta say, that strangely chlorine-laden bourbon dominated in a bad way, but not bad enough to ruin things completely: just bad enough to make me generally unhappy. The taste brings in more of the same, luckily with much less chlorine and a helluva lot o' bourbon. There's hardly a hint of the smoke, though, which is decidedly disappointing. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid stout, very heavy on the barrel, but one that doesn't really showcase the smoke in any way whatsoever, instead opting for a heavy dose of bourbon barrel. It's not a strictly bad thing, just a thoroughly disappointing one. (1,014 characters)

Photo of sitarist
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On to the last bomber from Brez.

It pours an opaque brownish sludge. Short caramel colored head falls to a thin ring that leaves behind a few spots of lacing that slide back into the drink. 4.0

The aroma teeters between smoky, and sweet. I get chocolate, toasted marshmallow, anise, burnt caramel, and wood. I'm guessing its barrel aged, no oak, no vanilla, but there is some peat. I'm not a fan of the scents, but they are balanced very well. 4.0

Its flavors fall in line, just not as balanced. I taste coco, prune, toasted marshmallow, anise, with a peppery bite. Not sure what I'm dealing with here at all, not a big fan either. 3.5

It has a medium body, which seems a little thin with all its flavor. It has a long warm finish. 3.5

A slow sipper for sure. Much more suited for a cold winter day. 3.5

I really have no clue as to what beer this is, or even a style. Maybe it's an Imperial Barrel Aged Porter.... nope, it is a Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes. If this is the worst beer I get, then I guess I'm doing good. (1,028 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium bodied thickness which is dark brown but sits black in the glass. A finger of creamy head on the pour and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation active for an BA imperial stout.

Smell: Getting a ton of smokey malt and strong oak. A sticky, mossy, and heavy hop presence is picked up. Light to medium barrel aged character. Hop character is much brighter then I expected but has all the checkpoints of a good BA stout.

Taste: The front is a mix of bourbon and leafy, mossy hop character. The body is some medium bodied roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. The backend of this beer is filled with smokey malt and strong oak that seem to linger on the palate forever. Deep fruity tones poke their way through on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with heavy cloying hop tones. Bourbon character is light. A slow sipper for sure though.

Overall: A decent BA stout. I wish there was more barrel character but this beer makes up with it good smokey malt additions and layers of complexity. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle, bottled on 4/17/13, and poured into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours almost black, with a finger of brown head. Spotty lacing as I sip this one down.

S - The smell is slightly smokey with notes of dark chocolate.

T/M - The taste is very bittersweet chocolate forward, with hints of bourbon in the background. Big dark/burnt malt profile with moderate lingering heat from the alcohol. An aftertatse of wood, slight smoke, and alcohol.Medium/full mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - Clown Shoes makes some damn good stouts. This is just a slight variation on the Blaecorn Unidragon, and I do mean slight. If I didn't know about the "bourbon barrel" from the label, I wouldn't have been able to pick it out. It's a good stout, but not one I would pick up again. (785 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Fairly straight black in colour, like treacle. Not much head on this when poured, only about 1/4" of a tan head that dissipates to a rim and dusting with minimal lacing.
AR: Bloody hell, I can smell the Bourbon booziness and the glass is sitting on the desk at such a length that my outstretched arm can touch the glass with my fingertips. Damn. Vanilla, chocolate and a little bit of roast as well. Not really getting any other aromas on this, but the ones that are here smell delicious.
T: Pretty much spot on to the nose. Wow, this thing has got some Whiskey heat on it. It starts out somewhat smooth and mellow and you can really taste the Whiskey in it, then the heat goes up the longer it lingers in your mouth. Finish is pretty hot. Probably a little too hot and this one could have benefited from 6-12 months of cellaring. The Whiskey heat takes over a little too much, IMO.
M: This feels a bit thin in body for a Stout. Silky smooth texture, but lacking in body. Maybe that's why the Whiskey heat comes through so much, because it lacks chewiness?
OV: Well, if you like a strong Whiskey presence in your Stout, then this is the beer for you. Me, I prefer more balance and harmony and this beer has neither. Still good, but not great by a long stretch. Due to the thin body, I don't even think a year of cellaring would help this much. (1,429 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Almost opaque black, with just a hint of ruby/brown on the edges when held up to a light source.

Aroma - I might've had this a bit too cold, as I didn't get much in the aroma. I could faintly pick out some smoke, wood (?), and maybe the slightest bit of chocolate.

Taste - First thing I noticed was the smoke and bourbon (sweetness). Then the classic RIS flavors try to push through: chocolate, toasty malt, slight vanilla...

Mouthfeel - This was a bit too much in the middle for me. I wish it were to be almost no carbonation, or a bit more. It was slightly light, but not enough. IMO. The carbonation doesn't assist the flavors in the way I feel it should.

Overall - I would drink this again, but only if I had the Blaecorn side by side, so as to compare the two. It's definitely good, but nothing to call home about. (887 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and a bit thin for the style. An inch-tall, super tight and creamy, tan colored crown topped the liquid. The head quickly faded to a bubbly ring of lasting froth. Streaks of lacing coated the sides of the glass.

Smoky notes dominated the nose. The beechwood smoked malts lent the beer a campfire-like quality. Strong bourbon/barrel character. Quite boozy. Lots of vanilla. Fairly sweet overall. Brown sugar and caramel notes were also apparent.

Roasted and beechwood smoked malts were immediately noticeable in the flavor profile. The smokiness was more subdued than in the nose however. Brown sugar, caramel and vanilla notes appeared in the center. The beer finished with notes of ashy, charred malts and a sharp booziness. I definitely tasted all 12.5%. Slightly bitter, earthy hops came through as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and smooth but rather thin for an imperial stout. A fine, mellow effervescence gave the liquid a soft texture.

Both the aroma and the flavor profile of this beer were quite interesting, but the booziness was really excessive. I sat on this bottle for a little over a year, but it definitely could have benefitted from further aging. If the alcohol presence could be toned down, this beer would be far better. (1,392 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another intriguing-sounding beer from a brewery that continues to appeal to the 16 year old Dungeons & Dragons fan I once was. Man, those were fun nights. Beers like this probably would have made them even more so. 22 oz. bottle split with my adorable wife.

The pour is black, like you didn't fucking know that already, & I'm not going to wax poetic about the particular shade. Nose is smarmy chocolate by the handful, notes of barrel, sweetness, & a gentlesnack of underlying smokiness...which I appreciate. Subtle is always the best way to go with smoked malts.

Porcine Unidragon is a thick unibrow of a beer. Heavy barrel clamps down on the tongue without the faintest trace of vanila. Warm smokiness arrives without overpowering. Sweetness of the malt is underneath & earthy, warm, chocolatey. Love the mouthfeel, it's absolutely turgid. If it tasted as good as it felt, I'd be writhing on the floor.

Good shotgun wedding of restraint & barrel that makes the base beer a bit better. Very good beer that is a poster child for a big, thick stout. (1,054 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/17, has had roughly six months to age and about twenty minutes to warm up

Pours black with a half finger khaki of foam. Mild retention, mild carbonation, good legs and lacing

Smells of bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate, smoked malts, and quite a bit of alcohol. It all comes together well, bourbon is pretty dominant though

Taste is close with the nose, bourbon, strong roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and a big splash of alcohol

Feel is the weakest part, very light for some reason, almost watery. Pretty dry finish, still drink pretty hot

Overall not bad, I'm not going to drop another $10 on one to cellar though. Not a lot of complexity, but it's hard not to appreciate barrel aging (707 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is pitch black. Pour results in a a smallish tan head. Fades fairly quickly.

Bourbon jumps out as the first smell, along with smoke. Roasted malt.

Taste is quite smoky, actually much stronger than the bourbon, although that is there as well. Wood. Fairly hot. The smoke and the barrel drown out most of the base beer. Some roast malt, rather bitter.

Full bodied, low carbonation. A bit astringent.

Overall, good but not more than that. Hard to get much of the base beer- smoke, bourbon and heat is too strong. (522 characters)

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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a GI Clybourn snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big webs and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate amd coffee aromas, faint bourbon and some vanilla.

T- bitter chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and some bitter roast at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Slight heat, slick and lighter feel.

O- good RIS, not a big barrel influence but its there. Nice coffee, chocolate and some vanilla notes in this beer is a plus. (509 characters)

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