Porcine Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Porcine UnidragonPorcine Unidragon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

Added by MasterSki on 10-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
459
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
81
For Trade:
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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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
3.56/5.00

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my cup of tea.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
4.06 out of 5 based on 459 ratings.
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