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Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Porcine UnidragonPorcine Unidragon

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 63
Gots: 90 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / 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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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Zorro, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of lokieman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

lokieman, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of thebcc
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

thebcc, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -2%

Davepoolesque, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jsanford, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of OldTime
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

OldTime, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

browniewithnuts, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours black with a two finger dark tan head that sticks around for awhile. Nice looking beer, that's for sure

S- slight bourbon and a smoky, meaty aroma in the nose. Awesome, but mild

T- incredibly balanced. Slight smokey/meaty taste (but not overwhelming like in most smoked beers), slight hints of the bourbon barrel coming through, nice bit of chocolate, and a slight bit of coffee...not too much of anything, just a perfect blend.No booziness either. Amazing

M- huge body, very viscous. Unreal.

O- this is a fantastic beer. My first offering from Clown Shoes, and I'm a big fan. Well done.

bigfnjoe, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of MightiestBeard
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MightiestBeard, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bluesplit63, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of mhbarber
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

mhbarber, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
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

AlexFields, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2%

nmann08, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Blanco, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -2%

tobelerone, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

innuendobrewskiman63, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

vonnegut21, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of aorloski
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

aorloski, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

justintcoons, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Reagan1984, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of benoit917
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

benoit917, Jan 09, 2013
Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.