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 DrippingI
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of mscottjohnston
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (529 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 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 AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (3,493 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 bens0n
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Overall, its a nicely blended stout I love the regular unidragon, the barrel aging was definitely done right. (682 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark brown. Slight ruby highlights when held to light. Average (for a high ABV beer) tan head and lacing. I may just be in a different state of mind but this looks better than I recall the un-barrelled version.
smell: Charred smoke with a sweet note (I guess the bourbon?). A bit of chocolate. Again, this smells much better...richer, more complex than I remember the un-barrelled version.
taste: The bourbon is more prominent than the nose but otherwise the taste and nose are very similar. A little harsh (alcohol and smoke) but I kinda like that.
overall: a damn good imp stout. Tasty and different. (619 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small tan head.

S- Chocolate, roasted coffee, smokey, some vanilla, some bourbon and oak.

T- Chocolate, smokey, coffee, bourbon, oak, hot finish, bitter, licorice.

M- Hot, medium body.

O- I am enjoying this more and more as I drink it, not the best barrel aged stouts, but worth the money. Wish the body was thicker and a little creamy. (390 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 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 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)

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 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 tdm168
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +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. (323 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

O: I really, really enjoyed this beer – a definite must-try if it’s in your area. Clown Shoes got the barrel-aging just right here. Even though it’s 100% barrel-aged, the whiskey and wood character doesn’t dominate what is already a solid beer: it enhances it. Well done. (2,170 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 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 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)

Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.