Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes
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4.44/5 rDev +8.8%
Pitch black and thick. Small brown head with decent retention and some nice lacing.
Smells of vanilla, caramel, and oak. A bit of a meaty scent as well, but somehow not off putting.
More vanilla, caramel, and oak on the tongue. A bit of smokiness. Surprisingly smooth for such a big beer. Thick body and medium carbonation.
I wouldn't be surprised to see this beer get some major hype in the upcoming months. It's delicious and very affordable for a bourbon barrel aged stout.
11-23-2012 17:39:21 | More by Danny1217
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Clown shoes porcine unidragon
This is Blaecorn Unidragon, but made with beechwood-smoked malt and aged in bourbon barrels. Poured into a snifter.
Thick and black as ink. A very thin cap of fizz pops away after a few seconds.
Maple syrup, vanilla, crumbled cocoa, toasted oak, campfire smoke, raisin, alcohol. A quality blend of aromas.
The smoke is more pronounced in the flavor. Huge beechwood notes and burnt oak in the front give way to chocolate and a touch of dark fruits in the middle. Smoke rises again at the swallow, along with a fairly pronounced alcohol flavor.
Alcohol fumes in the nose, and numbness on the tongue. Thick and viscous medium-full body with mild, prickly carbonation. Breaks into a bit of fizz as it moves.
Good stuff. Could use just a bit more sweetness, more barrel, a little less smoke. Better enjoyed in quick sips.
11-22-2012 07:04:16 | More by Phelps
4.48/5 rDev +9.8%
22 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Bottled on 10/11/12.
A - Pours midnight black with nearly a finger of almond head. Shows good retention for a beer this big. The thick halo of carbonation that remains, leaves a nice tiered lacing as I drink.
S - Smells of vanilla, huge burnt oak, black coffee, and single malt bourbon. Molasses and candied figs add a rich quality to the aroma.
T - Starts with sweet toffee and vanilla. Oak hits midpalate, offering a nice drying bitter character. Chocolate and bourbon on the finish with a smokey sweet aftertaste. The flavors are in your face and work very well.
M - Medium-heavy body with mellow carbonation. A nice smooth feel.
O - I am a fan of Blaecorn, so I was excited to see the BA version on the shelf. I think this version is a bit sweeter than the original, and despite the addition of smoked malt, it doesn't have the same level of burnt flavors. The barrel adds an interesting dynamic to this beer, and it maintains great bourbon and oak flavors without being over the top. This one holds up pretty well against the highly coveted BA Stouts out there, without having to jump through hoops to get it. I am glad I picked up a few, so I can see what a year or two does to this beer. I highly recommend it for bourbon beer enthusiasts.
11-22-2012 03:05:02 | More by NoLeafClover44
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
A: Pitch black at the center and brownish at the edges of the glass. Pours with a pretty dense and big mocha head that has excellent retention and leaves a bit of lacing.
S: Vanilla up front along with caramel notes probably both from the bourbon. A subtle smoky quality mixes in to create a wonderful aroma.
T: This truly is delicious and surprised the hell out of me because I usually don't like smoky stuff. I might have to rethink my theory that I would hate barfly. Nice smokiness up front, just the perfect strength that it doesn't overpower or go unnoticed. Then come the vanilla, toffee, caramel from the bourbon. A tiny bit of heat from the hefty 12.5% abv follows. I've tasted 8% stouts that taste boozier than this. Wow the alcohol is well hidden. I get a bit of oak on the back end and some of that smokiness comes back. I really can't believe how much I like the smoky component in this beer but it doesn't make me think of the porcine part of its name.
M: This one is par for the course. Thick, full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. It's good but CCB has spoiled me with regards to my benchmark 5.0 mouthfeel. Yes its a thick full body but its not the motor oil thick type that I love which takes it that extra .5 further and CCB has mastered.
O: Definitely recommend this one. I gave it a 4.5 initially but after thinking it over...its a smoked beer that I not only tolerate but absolutely love...that deserves a 5 from me. If you usually don't like smoky beers, I'd recommend you still try this one because I don't either. The smokiness is subtle yet just barely prominent enough that it integrates very well with the barrel characters which takes the taste to a whole new level. Its a little pricey but hell I'd rather buy more of these and drink less often, it really is perfectly executed. I had pretty much given up on Clown shoes after trying some of their other stouts and hoppy offerings but this one has opened my eyes to their greatness. I bought 2 of them just because it said bourbon barrel aged and was disappointed when I got home and found out they were smoked stouts. Turns out now I'm really glad I have another one and will probably go back for more because its just too good of a beer. Clown shoes, please make this one a yearly offering. Had I known it was going to be this good I would've left the Narwhal and double stout 4packs and picked up 2 more of these.
11-21-2012 06:06:38 | More by cpinto6
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 12.99. Bottled 10/11/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter.
Pours black with one finger creamed mocha head. Small spots of lace.
Interesting aromas of vanilla, bacon, smoke and cocoa. Different for sure.
Taste is a blend of bourbony vanilla, chocolate and meaty smoke followed by caramel, leather, tobacco, figs and booze. A bit hot but not more than expected for 12.5%.
Medium thick oily feel with moderate carbonation. Long sweet bourbon finish.
A truly different take on the original Blaecorn Unidragon. I'd still like to try the unaltered base recipe barrel aged but this was quite good. Sweet and smokey, this is another great stout from Clown Shoes that is worth a try.
11-20-2012 06:01:22 | More by ThickNStout
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
A - How do you describe these quality stouts? After a while you run out of adjectives to describe the deep, awe-inspiring, inescapabale-even-by-light darkness. I'm running out of options. That being said, all the best ones apply to this brew. Motor oil is applicable, that shiny dark ultra black that color alone alludes to a high viscosity. The pours wells up a thin tan head from the fathoms of inky darkness. A head that stays for a spell, but not very long.
S - Bourbon! Oak! Whoa! The bourbon aroma literally slapped me in the face (okay figuratively but the difference is negligible). The bourbon-osity is accompanied by a toasted oak plank. It seems like the whole plank is in there, lending its bicameral flavors, rich roasted woodiness and smooth sensual vanilla notes. Incredible, and thats just the top tier. After the big elements, a second level of subtle notes emerge, chocolate, vanilla, toffee and caramel. A regular London Sweet Shop of aromas lending support.
T - The beer only adds to its character with the flavor. It mirrors the aroma pretty closely. The vanilla, chocolate, toffee flavors lay down a fine bedding for the humongous flavors that are capably, but barely retained. Those huge bourbon, oak, and toasted wood notes that make a beer incredible.
M&D&O - smooth of course, but palate heavy from the compendium of flavor notes. Thankfully, it's not as thick as it appears, which is a good thing. You can spend each sip savoring the flavorinstead of chewing your sludge. A redeeming beer for Clown Shoes for me. My second from their brewery and far superior than the first, this shelf section will now get more, and deserved, attention from me as I shop. Well Done!
11-18-2012 15:01:17 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Porcine Unidragon opens to a rich, malty, syrupy, smoky nose that immediately bespeaks a massive brew. Fresh-ground black coffee, ash, tobacco, and healthy doses of smoky peat form an almost solid wall in their potency, bolstered by heavy cream, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and a touch of vanilla and charcoal from the bourbon barrel aging. Figs, dates, prunes, and black cherries add further nuance to the sugars, accompanied by both milk and dark chocolate. As the bottle sits open for a minute or so, faint smudges of citrusy and piney hops begin to appear and rim the edges. As a whole, the nose is fantastic, offering pretty much everything one could hope for in a barrel-aged Imperial Stout: massive sugars, ash, tobacco, and hints enough of bourbon to please the nose. A slightly larger bourbon presence would have added further pleasure, but this is still an aroma to be reckoned with.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a huge wave of tobacco, ash, coffee grounds, espresso, black malt, smoky peat, and charcoal – it’s difficult to imagine more smoke, ash, wood, and char in a beer. These are somewhat tempered by heavy cream, molasses, brown sugar, and a few fruit esters (fig, black cherry, date, prune), but even the massive sugars present in here aren’t enough to overcome the ash fugue. Then a shot of pretty much straight bourbon laces the teeth and tongue together, bringing heavy vanilla and charcoal, as well as a strong bourbon alcoholic burn that rises into the nasal cavities. In subsequent sips the bourbon notes somehow increase in potency, almost overly-dominating the flavor profile. The aftertaste is a long-lingering ashy and bourbon-alcoholic reminder of the main notes. Mouthfeel is a surprising medium (though it feels like it should be more viscous, given the flavors), and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is very good Imperial Stout, and the bourbon barrel aging has added lovely layers of complexity to the base Blaecorn Unidragon. While the bourbon notes aren’t as immediately present on the nose, they come out in full force on the tongue, and actually might end up being a bit too strong, overshadowing the stout, which struggles to come through. Which is to say: anyone who is not a fan of bourbon should probably stay away. But lovers of Imperial Stouts will find this a nice addition to their repertoire.
11-17-2012 16:35:23 | More by jondeelee
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-08-2012 03:55:58 | More by Dope
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottled on 10/11/12
A: Pours a midnight black with slightly less than a fingers worth of grown head that fizzles out quickly
S: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate brownies, oak, booze. Smoke is the definite stand-out, which is nice
T: Follows the nose, with a nice salty smokiness, booze, light bourbon, oak, and an inkling of chocolate
M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Big and thick
O: The beechwood smoked malt adds a great smoke flavor to the base beer, and the bourbon barrels lend some nice bourbon and oak notes. These are both great additions to an already solid base beer. A little pricey at close to $12 for a bomber, but worth it if you like smoked beers and BA stouts
10-29-2012 21:44:19 | More by BEERMILER12
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass ... Bottles on 10/11/12
A: pours black with about half a finger of coffe colored mocha head. Head dissapates quickly and leaves a nice little bit of lacing.... Good looking brew.
S: roasted malts and a bit of chocolate, a slight bit of burbon contributing some notes of vanilla, also a bit of salty smoke, although not as much as I expected, the nose smells nice and well rounded, and surprisingly unboozy considering the strength of this beer. As the beer warms the burbon character really starts to shine through along with the smoke.
T: chocolate and some light smokiness first off, going into a bit of the bacon notes and burbon barrel notes in the middle and on the finish, I'm not sure if I am getting wood notes from the beechwood smoke or if it is from the barrel aging, or possibly both, the burbon contributes some nice vanilla burbon notes that blend wonderfully with the taste profile here. As the beer warms the smokey bacon notes and burbon flavors intensify more and more, along with some mild coffe like notes. this is quite well rounded and tasty.
M: nice creamy heavy mouthfeel, with lower carbonation but just enough to keep it remarkably drinkable for 12.5 abv, have to be careful with this one. Nice aftertaste with a touch of smoke and burbonyness. Really diggin the mouthfeel here.
O: a very good burbon barrel impy stout, with some very nice smoke notes, I like how the smoke is not overbearing and still allows all the other flavors to come through while still adding a nice complexity overall. So far I'd have to say this is my favorite of the stouts I've tried from clown shoes. Dangerously drinkable for the abv and well balance, deffinatly give this one a try if you have the chance.
10-27-2012 03:43:38 | More by PeterIngemi
Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.