Genghis Pecan (2013) - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The brewery releases this special beer once a year, just in time for the holidays, and this “2013 vintage” has a slightly tweaked recipe that aims to accentuate the roasted pecan flavors even more. With many breweries releasing pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest styles this time of year, this brewery has taken a different approach, offering a refreshing alternative to an autumnal release.
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Reviews by CardiacNP:
Photo of CardiacNP
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Pie Porter.
A very good 7%abv brewed in Massachusetts from the same guys who make great beer names like "muffin top".
It Pours dark, almost black with a nice think brown head.
The aroma is malty surprisingly not much of the pecan.
The taste is very smooth and nutty flavor, more so than pecan. I do not get the pie taste. Not overly sweet. It does develop more as it warms.
The finish Is very nice with almost a hint of peanut butter.
The mouth feel is a little light. I expected maybe a little more viscosity.
Over all a very good and drinkable beer! Worth a try

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes 2013 Genghis Pecan (pecan pie porter) bottled on 8/28/13 weighs in at 7% abv, there's something natural about their dark beers and porters. I'm glad to hear that they switched to brown sugar and roasted pecan additions and ditched the extract bullshit. The label has Genghis Khan chucking pecan pies at a flock of clown shoe wearing turkeys. It pours pitch black with a hint of brown highlights, dark khaki tan head forms thick leaves thin sporadic lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has dark roasted malts, hints of coffee, vegetal notes deep nuttiness, with some caramelized sugars. There's also a nice fruity sliced apple/grape flesh element amongst the dark roasted malt character, if you gave this to me blindly I highly doubt I would be screaming pecans, but I like the subtle element it plays within a really solid base beer. Slight nuances of pecan skins, roasted barley, hints of creamed coffee, a really complex slightly fruity ale, I'm engaged in the label, and the beer's concept and execution. What I'm perceiving as the lactose element must be the roasted pecans and brown sugar sweetness that just kicks this beer up another notch, not quite dessert but quite decadent and meant to be enjoyed after or before dinner. Hell, I'm thinking this is going to be the Thanksgiving beer this just makes sense. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, rolls perfectly on the palate no off tones or harshness medium to full bodied on the palate with nothing but natural smooth rolling carbonation. Overall, I'm a fan and I will grab another bottle without hesitation.

Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's a half-finger or so of tannish head on top of this robust-looking dark brown porter. It's got pretty good retention and some decent stick to the lace as well.
The main elements of this beer are appropriate, and in appropriate portions as well: strong notes mainly of roast and light char with a little tang in the finish. The question of where exactly the pecan comes in is an issue. That the pecan flavor is supposed to be accentuated makes me wonder how there was any detectable at all in earlier releases, as it's hardly noticeable whatsoever here. Still, it's a good porter and a strong base beer, but the main draw should be much stronger than it is.
This beer has the medium-full body it ought to and is lightly crisp. It's somewhat smooth, and brings some roasty dryness into the finish.

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

One finger, long lasting tan head with great lacing. Solid black brew.

Coffee porter aroma with grapes and a mild nuttiness. Overall subtle aroma at all temps.

Smooth cocoa first, followed by coffee. If there's pecan, it just comes across as a general nuttiness. Very smooth porter, with no bite. Pecans start to come through as it warms.

Slightly resinous, full- bodied, very smooth, great tasty retention in the mouth.

Overall, this is a very tasty but not groundbreaking porter. Worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Looks like it should with an extremely dark pour, almost completely black. A nice surprise is the medium brown head. It doesn't last very long and the lacing isn't much to talk about but the beer is nice looking.

The beer possesses a very roasty scent as you might imagine. With dark malts and roasted pecans, it also gives a slightly smokey note.

As far as taste, the pecans are more subtle than anything. While I couldn't quite place the pecans, I could taste plenty of roasty things, in addition to the slight nutty sweetness. It's supposed to be a pecan PIE porter, but it needs a bit more brown sugar for that. Has an earthy taste to it as many nut beers do.

Fairly gentle feel. A good balance of sweet with enough roast and bitterness to offset that sweetness. A lingering earthy bitter lasts til the next sip. Has a coffee feel to it. No real heat or taste from the ABV.

Overall a nice beer for the cooler fall months. I'd love to get more pecan flacor and feel a bit more heat from the alcohol, but a nice selection regardless.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Initial smell is very pleasant that is typical porter with just a hint of sweetness. Taste is that of a typical porter but I really could not detect any pecan or brown sugar. And I'm really not sure what Genghis Khan has anything to do with this beer. Perhaps he will appear when you finish the entire bottle? Which of course I could not.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage, bottled on 09/17/13. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a while. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pecans/nuts, brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, and some chocolate. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some coffee, vanilla and dark fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I wouldn't exactly call this a pecan pie porter because I didn't think the nuttiness was all that strong, but it's still a good beer that I'd buy again. $8.99 a bomber.

Photo of mj81
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent as a porter but didn't get the pecans at all.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

The pecan flavor is more or less just a nutty flavor, and nothing specifically pecan like. But I don't necessarily find that to be a bad thing. But for something that is labelled as a "pecan pie" porter, it would have been nice to have the beer be slightly sweeter so that it would taste more like a pecan pie than just nuts. Overall, not a bad beer. It's very smooth with a prominent nutty taste.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Pecan Porter
Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 80/100

Nice roasted type porter, has a nice rich smooth flavor... Awkward nutty aftertaste will probably keep it out of the top tier type porters for me. Would pair well with a holiday dinner~

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a nonic to a nice black with a half inch of dense tan head that fades to a small pool leaving a bit of lacing
S: smells kind of nutty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. the nose is fairly sweet
T: the taste on this beer starts a little nutty and then goes brown sugar sweet. the brown sugar sweetness dominates with a bit of chocolate coming through at times along with that pecan flavor. swallow is very sweet with more chocolate, pecan, brown sugar and coffee.
M: this beer is medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Overall a pretty interesting beer. The brown sugar seems to dominate and push the beer toward cloying but it doesn't quite get there. The more I drink it the more it's growing on me.

Photo of schwemjw
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with a light mocha head. fantastic lacing around the glass.

s: hmm not alot going on here. slightly nutty character with traces of toast. that's about it, underwhelming.

t: this totally picks up the aroma. sweet caramelized nuts. walnuts and pecan. the roast is very prevalent but buy over powering letting flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and brown sugar come through. on the back end bitter coffee erupts. a finish of walnuts lingers delicately.

m: this is a medium bodied porter with just small hints of alcoholic heat. a light finish of nuts hangs with you for a short visit.

o: a porter perfect for fall or winter nights. just warm enough with a great compliment of flavors. not sweet enough for desert but a perfect accompaniment for an after dinner treat. /88

Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a bottle of Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan last month for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Clown Shoes and Pecan Pie Porter sounds pretty interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label pretty nice, I like it and in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that's almost bordering on being black and it didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a really nice looking Porter, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a light brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by malts being the first to show up and they impart some medium roasted, slightly grainy, toasted, caramel and light toffee like aromas followed by noticeable nutty aroma. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a very noticeable aroma that is very English Ale yeast like. The aroma was pretty nice but I thought the yeast aspect was a little strong.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like to flavor to it and it's followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the roast seems a little light and more of the toasted flavors show up. Up next comes a noticeable nutty flavor that's on the lighter side and it's followed by the yeast, which still imparts those English Ale yeast aspects and it seems to show up the most. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a grainy, toasted, slightly nutty and yeasty aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the yeast was a little too dominate and the roast was fairly light.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly silky, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I thought it could be a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of an English style Porter, it reminds me of a Porter I recently had at Grizzly Peak, I didn't think it was too American Porter like because of the yeast and body. I thought the pecans did impart a lighter nutty flavor, but I don't know if I could pick that out if I didn't know about it before hand and I don't really think of Pecan Pie when I drink it. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, slightly silky, not filling and the taste did just an ok job at holding my attention, I think a pint is the perfect amount for me, I could drink the whole bottle, but I would rather split it with someone. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the overpowering English yeast flavors and that the roasted flavors didn't stick out more than they did. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's a few other nutty beers that I would rather have and I'm not sure that I would recommend this as a good Porter. All in all I was a little let down with this one, it wasn't bad, but I just wasn't expecting it to be so English Porter like and I expected more sweetness with a more pronounced nutty flavor. I never had the version that's brewed with extract, so I can't compare the two. It's not my favorite Clown Shoes beer and it's for sure not a favorite Porter. I appreciate the effort guys, but this one could use a little bit of work.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twenty two (22) ounce bottle dated 9/17/13.

A: Pours a dark brown with nearly 1-finger thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Brown sugar, roasted grainy malts, faint vanilla, marshmellow, nutty.

T: Roasty and grainy, dark chocolate, nutty (could not identify pecans distinctly), pie crust without the typical sweetness.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Roast, chocolate and grainy finish with trace bitterness.

O: A decent porter good for a chilly night. Enjoyed.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is a bit subdued with some subtle roast and nuttiness along with a hint of brown sugar and mocha. The taste is a little more interesting than the nose, but still pretty underwhelming from what I was hoping for. With that said, it still has some nice nutty notes and good balance. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with decent body and a subtle bitter-sweet finish. Overall, it's not a bad representation of a Porter, but I guess I was expecting it to mimic pecan pie as Southern Tier Pumking mimics pumpkin pie.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured pretty hard but only got a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head. Beer is also very dark and black a very deep hue porter.
S - Somewhat typical porter smells of roast mild sweet nuts from the pecans but not very deep like pecan pie deep. Does smell rather sweet so hopefully the taste has more to offer.
T - Well its unlike typical porters defiantly more sweet than roasty. Not getting much pecans maybe they are there just like a "liquid smoke" flavor rather than full on roast. Other than that some brown sugar sweetness it taste rather nice.
M - Well it doesn't have a full body you would expect from such a deep porter. Drinks mildly watery with a light to medium body.

Overall for $8.99 it was an interesting one off but it kind of missed the mark of a pecan pie porter. Kick ass cover art though Genghis Kahn throwing pies at turkeys I mean who the hell thinks of that?

At least I still have Vampire Slayer to look forward too.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It requires a slightly aggressive pour. I got half a finger of rich brown head over a dark brown body. Retains a good ring, lace falls into beer quickly.

Smells nice and roasty! Deep malt aromas with brown sugar, caramel and roasted nuts. A little hint of dark fruit and chocolate.

Brown sugar and caramel up front start it off. This adds in a richly roasted nuttiness that follows on into the taste of slightly burnt pie crust, pie spices, cinnamon and a little more brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied. It leaves a little trail of residue down the tongue. The carbonation almost seems nil but it doesn't bog down at all, keeps flowing.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/15/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, pecans and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong and rich black coffee flavor. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, pecans and some spice come along with some smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent variation of style to drink for a while.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 10/27/13

A: A brown body so dark it is more of a black really. Think blackish-brown. Rather dense looking and completely opaque with a thin layer of khaki cream on top. Low retention efforts leave the glass mostly clean after each sip.

S: Brown sugar and molasses make up a good portion of the nose with some light underpinnings of chocolate and roast nuts. Nothing that is discernibly pecan like. Dash of earthy hops. Fairly nice but heavy on the molasses like aromatics.

T: Dark malts laden by some black strap molasses are met with lesser notes of toasted nuts and bakers chocolate. Again nothing that makes you think of pralines which would have been great. There is a moderate earthy hop bitterness towards the finish of the beer and the alcohol is pretty well disguised. Smooth and nicely balanced but a rather drab one-note beer really.

M: Semi thick body with a nice smooth and creamy feel. Light drying effect with some viscous leftovers to an otherwise fairly clean finish.

D: I was excited to try this one hoping for some pecan pie in a bottle. What I got was a fairly average Porter at best. Somewhat disappointing and definitely not worthy of the $10 price tag. Needs moar nuts and better caramelized sweetness. Heck give me some coffee too and ditch the molasses.

I want some damn pie!

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Near black color where light does not shine through. Small, one-finger head. Decent spotty lace.

The smell is of mocha and alcohol. No pecan that I can tell, but then again I associate that smell with the molasses-laden pie.

Starts with a dark malt flavor, but no burnt flavors. Bitter chocolate finish. Relatively thin bodied with an elevated carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of chocolate soda. There's a light touch of coffee to the overall taste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours black with foamy, frothy, light tan head. Nose of subtle nut, sugary sweetness, and light caramel. Flavors are rich and roasty forward, with a solid milk chocolate backbone, and caramel highlights ribboning throughout. Subtle nutty highlights in there, too. Sugary sweetness abounds! Smooth bodied, with a sharp end-feel The aftertaste is sugary sweet and rich, with roasted undertones. Smooth, slick finish. Tasty.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - quite dark for porter, no light getting through. A thin but solid finger of creamy mocha on top.

Aroma - sweet, malty, roasty with dark chocolate syrup.

Taste - nice malt start, roasty but not ashy, The sweetness shows off very light nuttiness, mostly dark chocolate. Some good espresso notes on the aftertaste, even some mild alcohol warming at the finish. Oh well, maybe four months has lost the pecan, although I am getting some as it warms. Tastes great nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - good sturdy body and crispness, a little fluffy in the mouth but it the heaviness of the grain flavor has no trouble getting through.

Overall - great brew, I hope they brew this again so I can try one fresh enough to enjoy the pecan side.

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours almost opaque black with half inch of coffee cream colored head. Smell is subtle but a very nice mix of cocoa and roasted pecans. The mouthfeel is a tad thin but substantial enough for a porter. The taste is very nice. A combination of dark chocolate and a bit of molasses and perhaps black licorice. The pecan flavor is light but hits upon the finish

Overall, I find this a very enjoyable beer. Not too sweet yet it would make a great accompaniment for dessert or in lieu of dessert. I enjoyed this beer most as it warms. I definitely plan to pick up a few more bottles. Nice change of pace for a porter. Nice job Clown Shoes

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with an off white head and some lacing. The aroma is sweet, sugary, toasty and certainly malty. A bit of a nutty smell as well. In the taste, more sweet caramel, nuts, roasted malt and vanilla type flavor. This would qualify as a dessert beer with a strong sweet nutty notes reminiscent of a vanilla cream hazelnut coffee. Full bodied and smooth, this is a beer that sticks with you with a delicious nutty finish. Overall, this is a sweet nutty beer that I always enjoy. Worthy.

Photo of justinp444
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A gorgeous inch thick chocolate brown head with a dark dark brown body. This beer smells of nuts, dark dried fruit, some roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is of pecan (my burps taste very nutty like eating a trail mix), roasted malts, ash, a tiny bit of chocolate and bitter, and vanilla. A moderate mouth feel, only a tiny bit watery, with crisp burnt aftertaste. Light enough for me to still consider it a porter but full and rich flavored enough (without being overly sweet to compensate) to compete with a stout.

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Genghis Pecan (2013) from Clown Shoes
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