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Porcine Unidragon - Clown Shoes

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Porcine UnidragonPorcine Unidragon

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BA SCORE
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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 72
Gots: 87 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 433 | Reviews: 76
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of aorloski
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

Photo of justintcoons
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ryanpj
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of acevenom
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Heretic42
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
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