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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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, campfire, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor and bourbon kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and smoky bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice smoke presence all around.

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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 nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head of tan foam on top of a black body. An odd aroma of booze, chocolate, and roast grain. Caramel and chocolate malt up front. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee in the middle and a finish with smoke and bourbon. A thick body, modately carbonating, and a sweet finish. Oddly, this starts out kind of weak with an almost chemical aroma, but it fades as the beer breathes and turns into something pretty nice. The smoke works nicely with the bourbon and while it is a little boozy it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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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 kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/17/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoked meat, light char, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness; with a bit of booziness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/smoked malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, char, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, char, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and barrel flavors; with a nice roasted/sweetness/barrel flavor balance with no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barrel aged imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted/smoked malt and barrel flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Tom's place. I'm a terrible person and can't remember who brought this. Served in a mini-pint glass.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Very, very dark brown body.

S - A mix of smoke, oak, and bourbon. It's perhaps a touch fusel and boozy, with a hint of green apple in there. There's a touch of malt sweetness, but this is heavy on char and roast flavors.

T - The taste has a bit more dark chocolate and sweet malt flavors, with vanilla, maple-glazed ham, hickory, smoke, and campfire. Much less boozy than the aroma, with a nice balance between roasty and sweeter flavors.

M - Smooth, creamy, and not very dry for a 100% barrel-aged beer. Full body, lower carbonation, and not much alcohol heat. Quite good.

D - Once you get past the mildly boozy aroma, this is quite good. I suspect it will be even better in six months or so. Hope we get this one in Chicago, as it's another well-made stout from Clown Shoes, a brand I can actually purchase without having to fight off bandwagon beer fans and speculators. Obviously not a beer that you're going to drink in massive quantities, but really nice in small quantities.

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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 smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite an interesting beer- the combination of the beechwood smoked malt combined with the Bourbon barrel aging could be a recipe for overload or taste clash, but it actually works very well, partly because neither flavor is overbearing and they are nicely balanced with each other. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that either the smokiness nor the Bourbon barrel are faint flavors here, rather that they are restrained enough not to overwhelm the other or to throw everything off balance. Nice campfire and smoked meat flavors, and some restrained Bourbon married with some roasty notes from the stout and a touch of creamy sweetness. Fairly silky in the mouth, and very well integrated. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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.


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Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/10/13 cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A looks black but the edge goes nearly half way to the other side of the glass, short lived finger of mocha foam fizzes out leaving no lace, legs try to form down the side

S loads of wood both barrel and char, smokey bourbon or maybe just smoke in general, some pipe tobacco, campfire ash, vanilla, cinnamon, some dark chocolate, licorice, lots of booze and faint burnt bacon

T more booze and barrel, lots of ash and char, some espresso I wasn't smelling, pretty solid but lots of booze burnt notes of all sorts

M not quite full, some tannins, lots of heat and more smokey burnt notes linger on the finish

O ultra dark smokey roast and big bourbon barrel booze, needs age but smells great and other then the booze popping up shes solid, I suppose I shouldn't be too hard on a 12.5% monster for being boozy

If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for a while, I enjoyed today it but see long term potential but I won't get find out.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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 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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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black pour. Big and very dense mocha-colored head. Fades slowly; excellent retention. Decent amount of lacing left behind.

S: Decent bourbon presence initially. Lots of caramel, toffee and vanilla. Acrid BBQ pit smoke wafts up and mixes in. Just a hint of chocolate to boot.

T: Strong bourbon and smoke up front, mixes together surprisingly well. Fresh and boozy bourbon for sure. Bourbon is quite sweet, lots of caramel and vanilla. Sweet milk chocolate shows up in the middle. It's a touch meaty especially towards the finish. Kinda tastes like well burnt BBQ with all the smokiness in there. Oaky in the lingering finish.

M: Big thick and heavy. Boozy bourbon cuts it a bit but it's got a smooth oily mouth-coating character that won't be denied.

O: A complex stout for sure. Bourbon is quite strong and so is the smoke. Between the two they drown out most of the base stout itself other than a bit of chocolate - otherwise I would be giving this a much higher score. Definitely check this one out if you like bourbon and/or smoke.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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