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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
THE BROS
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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ryanpj, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Prost76, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a somewhat quickly dissipating finger length light tan head. The beer is opaque, but some tiny bubbles are visible on the edge of the glass. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. The smoked malt aroma brings some recollection of Schlenkerla, which is to be expected due to the use of beechwood smoked malt. I also get some chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and some sweetness. There are some bourbon notes and the smokiness from the malt up front. I get some of that coffee, chocolate, and some of that malt sweetness. The alcohol is forward, but it's tough not to expect that at 12.5% ABV. There's also a touch of meatiness there from the beechwood smoked malt. The body is full and the beer coats the mouth well with each sip. The carbonation is on the lower end. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Rekrule, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Sean9689, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Danobold, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Heretic42
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 10/11/12

A - Pitch black with almost no head that fades quickly.

S - A touch of smoke and quite heavy on the booze

T - The smell worried me, but having a sip allayed those fears -- this is tasty. It starts smokey and finishes with a nice dark chocolate taste that has bourbon overtones. As it warms, the smoke settles a bit, with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate coming through.

M - Smooth and rich, with low carbonation. Not very dry on the finish, which I like.

O - This is a tasty brew. Smokier than I'd expect for the style it's listed as on BA, but lives up to its description on the bottle with the Beechwood Smoked malts. My only real complaint is the nose -- I wish more of the chocolate and vanilla aspects of the bourbon came through rather than just booze.

Heretic42, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Massbmx, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

whatname, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

wdarcy77, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

bbadger, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

thegerm87, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Goosey, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a hater. Haters gotta hate. It is in my natural instinct. I WANT to hate, I search out things to hate. I wanted to hate clown shoes. I 1st had Tramp Stamp, it was good (see my review). I moved on and had several other Clown Shoes beers, all better than average (Blarcorn Unidragon, Gangis Pecan, Miracle). Now this, how pretale am I supposed to hate a product like this?
Inky black, tan head, barely any lacing. Thick. Aroma is lacking somewhat. What is there smells boozy and hot, but also vanilla and smoke. Oh, smokey and so full of bourbon barrel wellness, burnt marshmellows and chocolate. Maybe a little to hot from fusel alcohol, but there is balance too. A fine dark chocolate aftertaste. A rather thick mouthfeel. Not dry, but not sweet. For the style could/should be a bit more dry. I'm really excitted about this beer. I'd buy more of it. I think it is amazing that a brewery is putting out a beer of this caliber that you can walk into a store and pick up off the shelf and buy. God if my hater friends read this my hater card would be revoked.

pmlondrigan, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 03, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

jlindros, Dec 03, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is very dark, almost black in body and is topped off whit a very healthy dark tan head that starts off about two fingers thick and slowly thins into a layer of fluffy pillows of bubbles. Very good lacing all around. I can pick up some dark fruits, caramel, roasted hops and malts and chocolate in this beer. It has a medium to thick mouth feel and is rather tart at first, grape and figs are present when it hits the sides of your tongue. Mild clove flavors after you breathe, hops a more present as it hits the back of your mouth. This is a pretty good beer over all.

vickersspitfire, Dec 02, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might was well cut to the chase-- I love this stuff.
OK, the hints of ham is a little un-nerving.. but after the bomber bottle is empty
and the church key is flipping the top on the next, the ham-like flavor note is something of a signature not a detriment.

It's not just a ham-note, the everything-- raisins, malt, hops, licorice, coriander...

Alright-- the resultant hang-over is worth it-- this beer is glorious!

The end.

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

freduardo, Nov 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Kelp, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

kaelingirl, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Danny1217, Nov 23, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phelps, Nov 22, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NoLeafClover44, Nov 22, 2012
Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
91 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.