Porcine Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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4.07/5
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492 Ratings
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: 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.

Added by MasterSki on 10-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,079
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
492
pDev:
9.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Rdavis4
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Devonking
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madtowndmb1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger86
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mabermud
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RajaSTL
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 492 ratings