Pecan Pie Porter - Clown Shoes

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Pecan Pie PorterPecan Pie Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 11-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by ghostwalker:
Photo of ghostwalker
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown body with a frothy tan head.

Nose is sweet caramel malt.

Flavor is rich and dark. Carmelized sugars dominate, as I would expect from a Pecan Pie beer. Nuttiness and butter. Smooth and satisfying on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slick, buttery smooth and coating. A mouthful.

Overall is surprisingly high. This is rich, but not overly so. I think they nailed what they were aiming at with this one, pecan pie in a bottle.

All fours, solid stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, medium carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear

Smell: deep brown sugar and toasted malt

Taste: brown sugar in big doses, nut, roasted malt in back, and some creaminess

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a bit of bitterness in the back, medium carbonation, heavy body

Drinkability: A very good beer but not a great one. I actually wish there was a bit more nuttiness in there. This one is very sweet and you will need to love sweet beers like Southern Tier's Creme Brullee to like this. That said I do, and could have a couple bombers.

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours a hazy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet toasted malts with large amounts of sugar-coated pecans, although the nuttiness of the pecans is lacking and they smell candied.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though less sweet and more nuanced. Toasted malt flavors kick things off and are evened out somewhat by drier caramel malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are nutty flavors with a distinct pecan sweetness. Near the end of the sip the sweetness fades a bit, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass although I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer as the sweetness was a tad too much for me. I prefer Lazy Magnolia’s pecan-inspired beer more than this one, but the Clown Shoes version is still far from awful.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 1/29/11.

A: Pours black, or a very very deep brown, two fingers of mocha head with very slow dissipation. Left behind was very nice sudsy lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice aroma, pecans, pie crust, and some chocolate.

T: Very sweet, pecan pie comes through very nicely. They even get some crust flavor. There is a nice chocolate flavor that combined with the pecan pie is great.

M/D: Light to medium bodied. Very easy drinking and tasty, but over time I think the sweetness might be a bit much. Could probably drink a bomber in a night, but much happier to split it (as I did), and get some dessert with it.

Photo of telecomz
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Leary's in Newburyport, MA.

I love Clown Shoes. Hoppy Feet is still a go-to when I need a substantial hoppy punch in the face. I was totally disappointed with this beer. It is not a bad beer; it simply isn't a good or great beer. The aromas muted to the point of indistinguishable. I truly don't understand the reviews up to this point. I could not discern the breadth and depth of flavors previously attributed to this beer. A bland porter.

Photo of tkelley
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer last night out of a 22oz in a tulip glass.

It was dark, but the edges lightened up to a nice amber/brown. Head wasnt too strong.

The smell was overpowering. Molasses and vanilla, and, obviously, a ton of pecan extract. I mean A TON, probably a little too much. It was awesome -- I was actually in awe of the way this beer hit my nose.

The taste was a lot like the smell. However, it doesnt hit the tongue in the same way, and it is a little less pleasant. I was a little disappointed here.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, went down smooth. Not too bubbly on the tongue, rather pleasant.

The drinkability was not that high for me. I found myself not wanting to finish the entire bomber, which is not usually an issue for me. I think it was just a little too sweet, or too pecan-y. I hear they are re-releasing it in the spring without so much extract, and I look forward to it if true.

Overall it was an interesting, if not entirely positive, experience. I think my expectations were too high. I would like to try it again, maybe with a piece of pumpkin pie next time.

Photo of angusblackheart
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2011

This beer is deep brown, some red shows through in the light.

Smells like a sweet porter but I did catch notes of nuts, vanilla, and roast.

The taste really is like a pecan pie! Sweet, but not too sweet!

Mouthfeel is a little odd, but not too off putting.

Cool beer! Glad I tried it.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with slight reddish highlight and a thin off-white head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Sweet aromas of milk chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and brown sugar. Very nice, I can definitely see "Pecan Pie"!
T - Yeah, it more or less tastes like Pecan Pie.Rich flavors of roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Sweet, but still nicely drinkable and not too gimmicky (unlike the Southern Tier Blackwater offerings, which I can only do about a 4oz pour of).
M - Slick and slightly chewy, with a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a nice bitter finish.
O - A very unique, fun beer that was quite drinkable, a rare feat for a "Dessert" beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a rich look to it. Some light hints of a reddish note poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of fine off white head forming on the top, nothing extreme though, maybe a half an inch or so. This faded down gracefully and left behind just a touch of lace on the edges of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and quite sweet as well. Rich notes of caramel, nuts, and a hint of brown sugar all playing very nicely. As it warmed up some hints of an earthy hop note started to take shape, as well as a nice underlying layer of grain. The flavor was just really top notch here. Rich and vibrant and amazingly complex. Starting with a wave of smooth caramel malts, evolving with an earthy hop tone that offered a nice balance to the sweet notes that had started it all. This was mellow and super smooth. Easing back down the original path, a nice touch of pecan then rolled across the tongue, mellowing out the finish and providing that last gasp of sweetness

Photo of Another6Pack
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Many thanks to portia99 for throwing this surprise in the box for me.

A: Black brew with a 1" black and tan head on an aggressive pour.

S: great nose here...caramel escaped as soon as the bottle was opened, a little chocolate, a little toffee. Smells a lot like the Jones Soda version did a few years ago.

T: Hmm...not nearly as sweet as it smells. Not a whole lot of flavor here - a little sweet kick at the finish that tastes chemically created. Makes me suspect we're dealing with artifical extracts to give this one its excellent smell.

M/D: More thin and watery than my nose wants to believe, and on the lower end compared to other Am Porters I've tried. Oily, soapy mouthfeel affects drinkability negatively.

Photo of bostonbottles
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it appears to be a standard porter (motor oil, dark roast coffee) with a nice, sudsy head. It looks great.

Smell of roasted dark malts. Not too much of a nose, but I never get much aromatics off porters.

Flavors of roasted malts edging on coffee and something very slightly pecan-esque. Even then you might be imagining something. Some hops to balance things out.

The mouthfeel is one area where the beer excels. Fine carbonation and very full from the elevated ABV.

Overall, the beer is a good representation of a porter. The pecan pie flavor is subtle, barely there.

-Boston Bottles

Photo of injuredreserve
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with brown edges with thin tan head.

S: Pecans, Caramel, buttery graham cracker crust.

T: Buttery crust right up front, followed by nutty goodness and a bitter chocolate linger.

M: Kinda thin and watery.

D: Pleasant surprise, and would definitely revisit again.

Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was color a basically opaque brown, with a light mocha brown head. Head didn't really exist, just had a small ring around the top. Aroma was sweet, almost too sweet. Reminded me a bit of a butter scotch and molasses. taste was halfway there. Parts of it was well balanced, a bit of malt, with a touch of hops, with some slightly overdone pecan pie. The other part was acidic and bitter. Depending on which part you tasted, it was either a solid porter, or an EH porter. Definitely better as it warmed up. Felt very good in the mouth, Coated extremely well, and was fairly nicely carbonated. Fairly drinkable, just a bit acidic in the mouth.

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Jayli for this extra from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark, cola-black with a creamy, khaki colored, two finger layer of foam that sported nice retention and some slight tendrils of sticky lace.

S: Holy crap! This smells good. Cookie dough/cake batter, butter pecan ice cream, vanilla, praelines, and cocoa.

T: Just as it smells with a pinch of espresso, bakers chocolate, roasted malt, and a definite (piney) hop presence.

M: Suprisingly dry and spicy considering how sweet and rich the aroma is. Oily and astringent with a lingering sweetness that spreads across the lips.

D: Something touting "Pecan Pie" could've gone horribly wrong. This, however, was pretty great. Thanks Jayli!

Photo of jneiswender
2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 24 ounce bottle into a euro mug. Served cool.

Got this beer at Blanchards in Allston MA. Dark brown body and a dark tan head. Smells of milk chocolate with a hint of brown sugar. Slight pecan smell. Taste is malty chocolate with a slight booze finish. Medium to full body and somewhat dry finish. Not a bad brew but a bit disappointing on the pecan part of it. Don't really taste any pecans.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head blankets a black beer underneath. Break apart retention hangs around for the whole glass and throws up a few lacey splotches.

Smells like pecan butter mocha ice cream. I brewed a chocolate peanut butter stout recently and it smelled similar this. Make of that what you will.

Smooth and roasty with pecan nut butter and sweet chocolate. Not unlike a peanut butter cup. There's a heavy film that coats my tongue after each swallow which I'm not sure if I like or not.

I'm a fan of just about anything with nuts or nut butters including this beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma contains bready malts, nuts, dark fruit and some spices.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, caramel, spices, dark fruit, nuts and some chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style while adding the pecan pie twist, it’s a bit different from your typical winter seasonals and is a good beer overall, but still falls into that group with most winter seasonal where I can either take them or leave them.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle consumed at Dark Lord Day. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves just a speck of lacing there as it goes down. The nose brings forward some pecan as well as light toffee and butter. Almost reminiscent of cotton candy as you move into the flavor; it's just that sort of sweetness. Nuts and a bit of butter and toffee finish off the flavor. Not unpleasant, but not something I really enjoyed too much either. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and one of the better aspects, but the creamy toffee still crept through. Not a bad beer, but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker colored frothy thick creamy fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over black colored beer, just a slight amount of light sneaking through. Leaves a slight bit of lacing.

Nose is really interesting, lots of toasted pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, a bready malty crust like aroma too, plenty of sweetness, a bit of a dark malt, and a slight bit of coffee and roast. Very interesting.

Taste is more of what you would expect, starting with toasted pecans but less that the nose had, plenty of sweetness but not overboard, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutty flavors, toasted malts adding a bit of a bready crust, a slight creamy porter like flavor, hints of toffee and roast. Finishes somewhat sticky with a lingering sweetness, pecans, sugars, and a little drier but still somewhat sweet. A bitterness seems to come through on the finish as well.

Mouth is medium bodied, just slightly creamy, but gets a slight watery feel for some reason, perhaps my mind just wants it to be thicker, creamier, and oatmeal-y. Decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze, but some bitterness and minerality start to come out, and fairly sweet overall.

Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown beer with an off-white head that left a lot of stick on the sides.

S - Very sweet, with vanilla and a pecan nut smell. Something like pie crust or graham crackers or something is in there, as well as a bit of roast from the malts.

T - Taste is about like the nose with lots of roasted pecans, roasted malt, sweetness, vanilla and a bit of chocolate coming through. Tastes pretty pleasant, but is more of a desert thing than a great drinking beer.

M - Creamy, soft carbonation, pretty full bodied.

O - An enjoyable beer, but not a great one. Didn't mind drinking it and would have it again, but the sweetness of it will make this beer hard for some to get down.

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with the real thing for dessert on Thanksgiving and continue to be impressed with Clown Shoes. This beer could have been horrible, but they did a good job of making a porter taste and smell like a pie. The smell is all butter and butter pecans with roast and chocolatey porter aromas. The taste is less sweet, actually hoppy, but you get a great nuttiness, vanilla, and a weird but nice fruitiness. I could only have a glass, so marking down on mouthfeel and drink, but overall, a very solid dessert beer.

Photo of Neorebel
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a healthy head. Decadent aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, spices, nutmeg, and pecan of course. The nose on it reminded me of Southern Tier's Pumking. After tasting it I have to say it is literally like drinking pecan pie in a glass as well. I usually am not one for sweets but I rather liked this beer. Very rich. Similar idea as their 'Brown Angel' in that it packs in several flavors without one overpowering the others somehow. I think I understand this brewery's style and I like it!

Photo of anotherpg
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Great color, good smell, great presentation. Even the taste, on the way down, was good, but this has a very odd aftertaste. Someone noted bitter -- I'd go as far to suggest that it's a pecan nut extract flavor and, a good 10-15 minutes after finishing it, I can still taste it. This is surely a sipping beer -- and perhaps one which must have the real pecan pie to balance it out. I didn't finish the bottle -- rare in my experience -- due to the aftertaste.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a two-pour beer. Served with a half I ch of beige foam. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Dark brown color where light shines through only at the edge.

The smell is a combination of deeply roasted malts and a sour cherry kicker. I also detect a bit of yeast.

Think semi-sweet chocolate with some unsweetened raspberry juice. An attractive flavor. Creamy aftertaste with a touch alcohol warmth. Highl carbonated by also full bodied. An easy beer to drink.

Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

827th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz bottle

2010 Vintage

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- A deeper brown with some amber colored highlights running through the edges. A one finger pulled apart bubbly head was there and faded rather quickly. A small bit of dotted cling.

Smell- Smelled if it can sticky. A little bit of sugar with a lot of sweetness. Roasted notes come next with a pressed and bagged nut aroma. Small amounts to me of some whispy spice and vanilla.

Taste- This was a really sticky tasting beer. A lot of sweetness still remained and a lot of the pecan shined through. All in all it was very smooth and had a few ripples of flavors with roasted malts and just a touch of hops to add a little bitter to keep it balanced and not one-sided.

Mouth- Lighter-medium bodied and a medium carbonation level. A bit of the sticky sugars with a roasted pecan shined through on residual flavors.

Drink- This was a nice and clever beer. Unique, playful and well constructed for my 1st beer from Clown Shoes. As I mentioned it did remain balanced without overplaying the pecan flavor. It was there but integrated well. This would be good fresher I think.

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Pecan Pie Porter from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.