Porcine Unidragon
Clown Shoes

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Porcine UnidragonPorcine Unidragon
Notes: 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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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased back in 2015 finally getting around to drinking it. It's either from 12 or 13 based on the date on the bottle.

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark roasted malts, some smoke, dark chocolate, powdered sugar, some oak, vanilla, and some coffee
T: Taste is fairly smoky up front before some oak comes in, roasted malts, light vanilla, dark chocolate, charred wood, and dark roasted coffee. On the swallow we get more roasted malts, smoke and oak, with some lingering vanilla, charred wood, and slightly burned toasted marshmallow
M: This beer is pretty full in body with a mouthfeel that's slightly silky. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an awesome beer. It's held up surprisingly well given the age and doesn't show any signs of having fell off. I can't pick up any notes of oxidation and everything here tastes like it belongs. Well brewed and bottled. The flavors and complexity on this beer are really nice. The smoke comes through pretty well and really helps to tie everything together. Worth a try if this makes another appearance.

Jan 29, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin collar of dark tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of black licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of black licorice along with associated hints of smoke.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite the bourbon barrel aging, this beer is mostly dominated by aromas and flavors of black licorice.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 17, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head that settles to an everlasting ring but leaves little splotches of lacing. Smells of smoke, bourbon, roasted malts and oak. Taste follows the nose with additional flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, char, licorice and toffee. Medium to heavy bodied, light carbonation, slightly bitter finish and a creamy, somewhat chewy mouth feel.

Dec 05, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

OK head retention. Inviting dark ebony brew.

Smoked malt, roasted barley, bourbon, and oak are all present on the news. It is very clearly a big, strong, imposing beer.

Huge roasty and smoked presence on the palate. Not at all surprising for this brew. A really nice meaty presence from the smoked malt - very good for a US brewer. Bourbon is very restrained, and definitely comes in second fiddle here, but it does blend very well with the overall profile.

Big bold beer, but drinks sub-10%, vice over 12%. Really nice.

Well the barrel presence is less so than in other clown shoes beer, The overall integration of the smoked malt is more impressive than the regular offerings. This will no doubt be more polarizing than their other offerings, as the smoky flavor is not for everyone. However, I found it really darn impressive.

Sep 21, 2018
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice brown, foamy, and slightly creamy head that dissipates but leaves a decent film on the surface of the beer. The beer itself is a nice dark chocolate black that gives a nice look with its slick looking texture that also gives off the impression the beer has some heft.

The smell is good. The charcoal and smoky notes come up front in this beer while the sweeter chocolate note comes out as a good compliment to it. There isn't much bourbon in the smell though.

The taste is great! The charcoal and smoke notes are still the more noticeable notes but the chocolate comes out more with a subtle bourbon and vanilla notes underneath it all.

The feel is decent but personally disappointing. It has a fairly floofy carbonation with a bit of a thin body, which is not really like most other of the same style.

Overall, the taste and smell are pretty interesting and work but the body is a bit of a letdown. Still worthwhile though.

Jul 19, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On the shoulder of the bottle, in what looks like yellow stipple: "BOTTLED ON 01/05/18"

Appearance: It has a black body and a short creamy textured light khaki head. The head retains for a good while and leaves a few large rafts of bubbles along with a thick ring of foam around the glass. There is mild spotty lacing.

Aroma: It smells like a mixture of bourbon and chocolate. There is a bit of a cherry aroma to the beer, as well as some tobacco.

Taste: Up front there is a nice pine and charred wood flavor. Then there is a bit of chocolate towards the middle and end.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel really shines in this beer. It feels very mellow and easy to drink. The beer contains "Alc. 12.5% by volume" (according to the left side of the label) but it feels very easy to drink and much easier to drink than many other beers on the market with a comparable ABV. When the beer hits the palate it has this fullness and smoothness that contrasts with this sharp woody bitterness. Near the end of the sip the beer thins out quite a bit and it doesn't leave much on the tongue.

Overall: It's a good beer and I would drink it again. It is very well made. One thing to note is that on the side label it says that this is "made with Beechwood Smoked malt, which adds a natural meaty note." The beer really lacked that meaty character and it didn't have any smoked character. The label also states that this is "Aged 100% in bourbon barrels." The woody and bourbon characters do come through and they really make this beer what it is. I would never recommend this to a Rauchbier or Smoked Beer lover but I would recommend it to people who like bourbon-barrel beers or who are fans of Imperial Stouts in general.

Jul 12, 2018
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An improvement over the previous iteration.

All the characteristics of blaecorn unidragon with a predominantly meaty/smoke note and a rather subdued bourbon barrel twist. The bourbon barrel is far less pronounced than in their Catcher in the Rye.

Overally, pretty good - though I prefer their stouts in which the bourbon notes are more pronounced.

May 13, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber bottled January 2018. This most recent batch is less aggressive on the meatiness than the original, which I think lands it in more favorable territory. Plenty of chocolate from the base, dry oak from the barrel, with the beechwood contributing a smoked-but-not-smoky flavor, if that makes any sense; it's also less apparent on the nose than the palate. I really enjoy this one more than I thought I would given previous experience.

May 06, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Mini-clear shaker pint
From: BC’s Pizza & Beer in Clovis, Calf.
Price: $7
Purchased: April 21, 2018
Consumed: April 21, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Went to this place after that interesting trip to Zone 9 Brewing, where they served out of plastic cups. Great tap list here. Had this after having New Glory’s Do You Even Mosaic Broh? Online description read, “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.” Had a lot of luck with Clown Shoes before and was hoping this would be in the 4.10-4.25 range.

Was dark inside, but appeared to be a very dark color with two fingers of khaki frothy head when I got it. Serene setting underneath the head. Perfect spiderweb foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled smoky char wood, beef jerky, toasted oak, bourbon, herbal, menthol, honey and toffee. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was not as smoky as the nose. Got oaky bourbon, herbal, toasted wood, menthol, honey, dark fruit, dark rich chocolate and chewy toffee. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Liked this overall. May have slightly overrated it though. (Overall - 4.25)

4.20 | 94 | A-

May 03, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Dark brown / black pour with soapy tan lacing that sticks to the glass, nice legs on this beer.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T - Some chocolate roasted malt but mostly dominated by char / charcoal roast, a hint of caramel roast, bourbon, oak tannin, with some chocolate poking through at the tail end of the finish. Cocoa and creme surface at the very end also.

M - Medium body with a bone dry finish on the top of the tongue.

O - A solid barrel aged stout that lands somewhere in the middle of the pack for the style.

Apr 30, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark brown nice pretty lacing on the glass. Very thick.
Smells of bourbon
Taste is bourbon and smoke
Thick mouthfeel
Overall I'm getting drunk so this review is over

Apr 18, 2018
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hophugger from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black in color with fizzy spreading head. Aroma is of bourbon, sweet malts and a touch of bitter chocolate. Taste is slightly stinging from the 12.5 abv and yields flavors of bourbon barrel, heavily roasted malts, light hop bitterness and a touch of burnt coffee. Finish is a bit bitter with a bittersweet chocolate taste and feel, slightly dry

Mar 19, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This hefty brew pours a deep and murky
blackish brown with a nice head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin light layer, and shows some nice sudsy lacing. Nose consists of
dark bakers chocolate, subtle smoked oak, bourbon, and hints of vanilla.
Flavors lightly exceed the nose with a smoke and bourbon note on the middle
that is surrounded in dark bakers cocoa with light hints of vanilla and oak
with a moderate hop bitterness that elevates the smoke notes with light
hints of dark fruit in the muddle. Nice mouth feel; light carbonation, full
slick body, and a rich boozy smoked finish.

Overall, a solid brew but a little too heavy on the smoke department for my taste.
Some aging would mellow it down a touch. Very good but like some of their
other offerings a bit better. If you dig smoked malts then this one is for you.


Mar 10, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks good like a good stout should.

Aroma is kicked off by notes of currant, dark chocolate, and persimmon. Black grape, and burnt wood to close.

Goes down with grain and chocolate up front followed by big notes of smoke, dark fruits and candy.

Medium to heavy in body an viscous. Alcohol heat is well-blended and barely noticed.

I can't remember having a Clown Shoes Imperial Stout I didn't like, and I don't think I've had a better barrel aged brew for the price.

Mar 08, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with minimal tan head and lace. Woody, boozy, bitter chocolate aroma with slight meatiness. The booze is strong and prevalent throughout beer and while not ruining beer it certainly hits you upside the face (figuratively). The other elements are not held back, though, as you do you get some woody smoothness and vanilla and chocolate sweetness.

Mar 01, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, but not great, aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, a smoky quality, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate (could've used a bit more), some smoky roasted malt notes, light hops in the finish), a tinge of the advertised bourbon, a little lactose, and a hint of vanilla. In some ways this is an underwhelming flavor. The bourbon isn't quite as aggressive as it should be, nor the chocolate. Still, the vanilla and smokiness make up for it.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely an uneven beer with some good qualities. Worth a look.

Feb 17, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2+ fingers of caramel colored head. Better than average head retention & lacing

S: Smokiness, cocoa, a touch of booze & barrel as well once warm

T: Follows the nose, dry and a touch of red grape up front, along with woody barrel, just a little vanilla on the edges. More dryness, smokiness, a touch of vanilla & cocoa once warm. Finishes uber-dry with smokiness in a good amount, but not overpowering, charred grain & a little vanilla as well

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation that recovers as as it warms

A solid IMP Stout that leads with dryness& smokiness. A little harder to drink as a result, but worthy of your consideration. I will always buy Clownshoes hoppy stuff & Imperial Stouts sight unseen, a solid bet

Feb 11, 2018
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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% in bourbon barrels. Little piggies run, squeal to the heavens: Clown Shoes wishes you luck." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Originally released as an anniversary ale, and while it still makes occasional appearances, I have not seen it in a bottled format in quite some time.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a maple brown color over a near jet black body. Retention is below average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Moderate peat smoke forward, with lesser notes of medium roasted grain, chocolate and soft licorice and dark fruit impact. The smoked malt character is balanced nicely in this ale, creating impact without overpowering the other stout characters. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Smokey malt, heavily roasted barley, cocoa and undertones of dark fruit, bourbon and toasted oak. This beer may be a bit beyond its prime, as the smoked malt doesn't quite make the same level of impact as the aroma suggests, and there is a definite smack of alcohol for a burning finish, alongside a paired blend of smoked malt and silk chocolate. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, chewy, mildly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly fruity, smokey and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters in this beer to note. 3.5

(Overall) I fear I held off on this beer too long and that it is over the hill. Good news is I enjoyed it enough to hope it comes around again, and if it does, I would certainly get another bottle. Unfortunately, at its current state, the smoked malt character is too delicate and the alcohol presence is a bit too bold to hit an optimum balance. Although Clown Shoes tends to create a lot of one-off beers, I'm hoping they revisit this ale again soon in the future, as they generally hit home runs with all of their Stouts. 3.5

Clown Shoes'
Porcine Unidragon

Sep 08, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Chimes, Covington, LA

A: Dark black with a tan one finger head that lingered. Frothy lacing.

S: Smokey, charred malts, bourbon, dark chocolate, anise, leather.

T: Follows nose with a slight "meatiness" from the smoked malts. The 12.5% commands your attention quickly. The bourbon barrels really add another layer of love to the mix. This is a huge taste to be savored slowly.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Chewy, full and lovely.

O: I love me some Unidragon. Porcine is an outstanding "next level" brew from Clown Shoes. By far, the best beer of the day. Recommended.

Aug 12, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 6/5/15

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

A: Dark, deep brown - pours with a frothy, light tan head - keeps a medium-sized collar and some wisps of a cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Roasty, burnt, bourbon, booze, and wood - hot and intimidating - smoked malts, burnt malts, bourbon, and wood, all big, all burly - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, charred dark fruits, dark licorice - dry in a distinctively hard-liquor way

T: Roasty, charred, burnt, woody, and boozy - the big players here are the burnt, smoked, charred malts, the wood, and the bourbon - vaguely meaty character from the smoked malts, but mostly it just tastes burnt, charred, and boozy - burnt chocolate malts - the caramel and chocolate cake, fudge brownies I associate with Balecorn have been burnt away - finishes dry

M: Medium to heavy, low carbonation, smooth, finishes hot

O: Dragons that taste like pork?

Blaecorn is already very burnt and kind of smoky. Adding smoked malt and putting it in bourbon barrels is just a bit too much. Interesting, if you're into that kind of thing.

Jun 06, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours near black with some very dark browns and reds at the edges when held to direct light. Head is khaki and loose with a ton of bubbles. Drops to a few clumps of a cap with a loose super bubbly collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Tons and tons of bitter cocoa. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, all the chocolate. Smoke is abundant with a slight sweetness. A touch woody. Fudgy. Hints of alcohol. Some vague dark fruit - plum and cherry. A tartness that reads as alkaline more than anything else. Sweet deeply roasted malts. Meaty - soy and jerky.

Taste: Loaded with sweet smoke. Woody. A solid push of char and charcoal. Smoke and more smoke. Meaty, but more like homemade jerky. Liquid smoke. Tons of bitter cocoa. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nibs, and baker's chocolate. Fudge and some chocolate cake. A ton of sweet roasted malt. Alcohol and a lot of it. Sharp alcohol on the back of each sip. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Barrel adds some additional heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to full body. Almost syrupy at times but it never quite gets there. Carbonation is moderate. Barrel thins things out a bit as well.

Overall: Swiiiiiiiiiiiinnnee. Swiiiiiiiiiinnne.

Follows the same path as other Unidragon based beers. It's solid if a bit too sweet and the barrel is used poorly, but it shows the hint of something better. I'll have to check out modern Clown Shoes barrel aged stuff to see if they'v improved.

Jun 06, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Flynn. More weekend reviews, all from full notes taken to computer at the time.

A- Pitch black pour comes from a 22oz bottle into three pint glasses with an oily, thick pitch black body. A tan cap forms with frothy texture and falls to a big ring. The ring has huge bubbles and deposits spots of lace here and there.

S- Smoky and roasty and for me that is pretty much most of what comes to mind here. Deep dark chocolate and charred grains with beachwood smoked malts; not quite full-on campfire and seaweed but still something smoked with a hint of caramel.

T- Roastiness comes on full speed here with decadent bittersweet chocolate coming to mind with charred grains, coffee and burnt sugar. Beechwood smoked malts provide the other main aspect of the flavor with a smoky but not so camp-firey feel overall. Raisin, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, Bourbon and cocoa powder come to mind.

MF- Fairly thick bodied with a chewy, oily and frothy consistency battering down the palate. Carbonation is at a medium level and it finishes quite warm but that compliments the smoky and roasty flavors.

The smokiness seems to overshadow the barrels just a bit but for me that is the key this beer. It delivers a rich roast malt character with a big smoked grain aspect and barrel hints; it all balances out nicely. I think this is the third time I have had this beer and it still holds up very well.

Nov 16, 2014
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber pours a rich black color with a large cap of light brown, fine-bubbled head. Excellent retention and lacing...a fine looking beer here.

Nose is smoky chocolate with a little bit of licorice and plums.

More smoke comes out in the flavor, but it is balanced nicely by the sweet, chocolaty malt. The barrel character is subtle, but adds a nice dimension as it warms. Woody, roasty flavors are more pronounced as it warms. Still plenty of leafy hops to give it a dry, bitter finish. This is a beer that has a lot going on, but manages a semblance of harmony despite a multitude of flavors. Pretty good, though I think another year or two in the cellar would improve it.

Oct 07, 2014
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Overall: This beer is delicious yet too much smoked malt to my liking (smoked bacon), the barrel adds some depth yet not as intense as I would prefer. The mouthfeel is a little light yet I didn't have a problem killing the bomber. All in all this brew is recommended.

Sep 23, 2014
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass. Apears dark blak with tan head. Smells of chocolate with some oak tannins and vanilla. Tastes full bodied chocolate & vanilla upfront with some light bourbon & oak in the background. A little astringency seems noticeable, maybe from too much bittering hops. Mouthfeel seems heavy, especially as it warms. Bourbon character cones through more and body seems more full. Overall, a good beer. Wish it had some more initial oomph.

Apr 20, 2014
Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 518 ratings