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Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Porcine UnidragonPorcine Unidragon

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

389 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 65
Gots: 93 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-05-2012)
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champ103

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 02:51:29 | More by champ103
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-19-2013 20:04:59 | More by cdwil
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kew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-19-2013 19:49:40 | More by kew
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-19-2013 05:34:20 | More by Rollzroyce21
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-18-2013 13:56:11 | More by jayhunter357
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-18-2013 12:43:15 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:17:39 | More by maximum12
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2013 03:21:14 | More by In_Control_Mike
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-18-2013 02:44:53 | More by Yabev15
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -2%

05-17-2013 05:58:06 | More by BAsbill
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-17-2013 04:08:56 | More by Zaphog
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-16-2013 17:26:05 | More by FreshmanPour77
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.69/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 06:33:29 | More by TMoney2591
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csparace

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

05-15-2013 03:32:04 | More by csparace
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-12-2013 22:54:35 | More by Colosdog
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-10-2013 18:48:01 | More by JamesStreet
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Buff0910

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2%

05-05-2013 18:23:05 | More by Buff0910
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:41:39 | More by King_KongDCO93
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:40:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-28-2013 23:03:25 | More by roostor07
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xtrastoutalex

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-28-2013 21:01:42 | More by xtrastoutalex
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-26-2013 02:53:05 | More by CDCNAM
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles. Fair amount of random lacing.

S: Roasted espresso. dark unsweetened chocolate, molasses, and licorice.

T: Woody, smoky, roasted espresso, dark chocolate, peat, and licorice.

M: Thick, heavy, bittersweet finish. Very smoky.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty damn good. Nice head, and lots o' lacing. Nose is coffee and chocolate, with sweet and bitter components. Flavor similarly... coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 08:16:24 | More by bmwats
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

04-19-2013 04:15:16 | More by Crimsontider22
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videofrog

Texas

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Real Ale tulip. Bottled On date of 10/11/12.

A: Jet black, no light escaping this one. Dense mocha head that takes a while to settle. Sporadic lacing down the glass.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, smokey malts, booze. A bit of sweetness that I can't pinpoint: maybe the bourbon?

T: Meaty smokiness is up front. Dark chocolate with booziness. Not getting a lot of barrel character. Harsh roastiness covers up any hop flavor; maybe there's a bit of earthy hopiness.

M: Nice and thick. One of the thicker Carbonation is high for the style.

O: A Christmas gift from my mother-in-law, glad I finally got around to this one. A bit harsh on the booze and roastiness even after 6 months, but still enjoyable. Maybe I'll pick another up and let it sit a year to see if it mellows any.

Paired with smoked gouda. Highly recommend pairing this brew with food as this brew is a bit much on its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 14:50:57 | More by videofrog
Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.