Porcine Unidragon
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,446
Ranked #7,020
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Dec 22, 2020
Oct 05, 2012
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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4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Dec 22, 2020
4.08 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Jul 02, 2020
4 by user785335 from Florida on Feb 01, 2020
4.92 by RBorsato from Virginia on Nov 20, 2019
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Sep 28, 2019
4.49 by JamesBondGA from Georgia on Aug 30, 2019
4.06 by PvtSnowball from Florida on Jun 21, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
4.23 by gobuccos from Ohio on Jan 06, 2019
4.17 by petewheeler from Maryland on Jan 01, 2019
3.8 by deg from New Hampshire on Dec 22, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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
3.94 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 17, 2018
4.05 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 17, 2018
4.11 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Dec 15, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by EMH73 from New York

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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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

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
4 by archero from Texas on Sep 13, 2018
4.04 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Aug 31, 2018
5 by jmikepool from Texas on Aug 15, 2018
4.5 by Dsimenson from California on Jul 31, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

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
4.62 by SynthetikReality95 from Arkansas on Jul 16, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

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
4.13 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on Jul 11, 2018
3.99 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Jul 04, 2018
4.27 by GracelandII from Virginia on Jun 17, 2018
4.15 by Muss42 from Michigan on Jun 10, 2018
2.46 by M_chav from New Mexico on May 28, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by ericsbrown from Ohio

Wonderful and easy to drink. Good strong flavor and smell, yet nice and mellow. This is a good one!

May 23, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ThaneMcC from Germany

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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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

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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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BucannonXC5 from California

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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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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
4.25 by paulish from New York on Apr 29, 2018
4 by avisong from Virginia on Apr 28, 2018
4.23 by dental from Massachusetts on Apr 21, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eddieeight from Ohio

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
3.67 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 15, 2018
4.03 by JdubsNY from New York on Apr 08, 2018
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