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Pecan Pie Porter - Clown Shoes

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Pecan Pie PorterPecan Pie Porter

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 41
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 11-12-2010)
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New York

1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

05-24-2013 14:59:14 | More by Pahn
Photo of mltobin


1.88/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bomber of this while passing thru Mass.

Appearance is dark brown with a thin tan head. The smell is extra sugary in an artificial way, kind of medicinal as well. Its` taste is even worse, more hyped up sweetness, like the candied peanuts a street car vendor sells. And there is also more of that medicinal quality, similar to a cough syrup. MF is so-so, fairly smooth. But with everything in mind, I did not enjoy this beer. Other selections from Clown Shoes I have enjoyed...oh well.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:46:29 | More by mltobin
Photo of ms11781


2.08/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with an almost non-existent head. Maybe a very thin, slightly light brown head at most.

Smell is almost overpowering. Butterscotch with pecan and vanilla extracts.

Taste is much of the same. Heavy on the butterscotch, pecan and vanilla. Way too sweet. Almost sugary. Very cloying.

Has a syrupy thickness to it. Almost zero carbonation.

Luckily I split this one with some because I wouldn't have been able to finish the full 22oz. The smell, taste and mouthfeel were all too overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 04:34:14 | More by ms11781
Photo of telecomz


2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:52:12 | More by telecomz
Photo of jneiswender


2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 13:42:44 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Khazadum


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transferred from tasting notes.

A- Solid finger head with chocolate brown head. Creamy with full lacing, thick retention. Very tiny bubbles and a almost pitch black body. The right angle in a decent light shows a mocha edging.

S- Super buttery. Super biscuity. This smells like pie crust with a nauseating sweetness to the back end. It really hurts to smell this after the first few discerning sniffs. Nutty, but not pecans.

T- That sweet aroma translates here in the opening with an almost burnt edging. The sweetness is nutty, not pecans at all, but malty sweetness all over some earthy flavors. Middle is biscuit malt that becomes overwhelmed by the finish within seconds. Finish is bitterly hopped that lingers and dominates in a manner that I really didn't want for this beer.

M- Thin, mild body. Some carbonation issues here; flat. Wish it was stronger mouthfeel. Lingers unfortunately strong making me think this is an extremely hopped porter.

D- No thank you. This is interesting, but I had to work through my 10 ounce pour. I am unimpressed with my first Clown Shoes. The alcohol doesn't present a problem, at least.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 04:42:55 | More by Khazadum
Photo of Thorpe429


2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 10:58:03 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared by nmann08 at a local tasting; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, sugar, sweet fruit, pecan pie. Way too sweet, very overpowering.

t - Tastes of sugar, vanilla, bready malts, pecan, sweet fruit, and alcohol. Again, very sweet and some alcohol as well. Not that great.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - Overall I just didn't think this beer was very drinkable; it was way to sweet to me. I know some people liked it but didn't do it for me; lots of sugar and vanill in the nose and mouth. Wouldn't look to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:46:41 | More by mdfb79
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-17-2012 02:15:09 | More by kevgod
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-15-2011 22:30:10 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-15-2012 02:43:55 | More by ComRock12
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-10-2013 22:38:07 | More by ScottStache
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-17-2013 13:57:10 | More by canders0927
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-21-2011 18:29:10 | More by celticfutblclub
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3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pecan Pie Porter has a giant, sudsy head, like a foaming pitcher of root beer. It seems almost artificial, something you would see in a cartoon image of an overflowing mug of beer. I’ve never seen one like it. Golden brown foam rests atop a dark brown/black body.

It smells like a deconstructed pecan pie; toffee, cream, butter, sweet malts and vanilla. I wish I enjoyed the taste as much as I did the aroma. What I thought was going to be a sweet, dessert beer was really similar to an American brown ale, composed of toasted and bready malts, roasted nuts, and a slight mineralness. The body was medium and sticky, with a lingering sweetness.

To me, this was a very one-dimensional beer. It wasn’t much like pecan pie, and mixing that with a bitter brown ale made it not too drinkable. I wanted something more like oatmeal-type beer, but was left disappointed as it thinned out in the end

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 01:05:10 | More by kristiekatk
Photo of Jeffo


3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mate Doopie had a bottle of this and hated it, so he forced me to take his other bottle from him so it wouldn't negatively influence his other beers. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, light brown head with very great retention. Black body with piles of carbonation going nuts all over the place. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains until the end leaving some nice lacing. Head was solid, but the carbonation was out of control.

SMELL: Really smells like pecan pie. Nuts, buttery aroma, and doughy bread aromas. Some dark malts as well, but mostly buttery nuts. Quite bold as well.

TASTE: Not as bold as the nose, (un)fortunately. Dark malts and nut flavored, buttery bread. Lots of butter and nuts move into a pecan pie aftertaste that’s bold enough and lingers well. This is a pecan pie porter for sure. Believe the label. Buttery pecan nuts.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Fine here.

OVERALL: I’m not sure what to say. They wanted to brew a pecan pie porter, and they certainly succeeded. I’m not sure if pecan pie makes a great porter, but they certainly brewed exactly what the label says. Give it a try if you’re into pecan pie. For me, this was interesting, but ultimately a bit tough going and definitely difficult to score. Regardless, I will drink your rejects anytime Doops. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:06:13 | More by Jeffo
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown, basically black, with one full finger of brown head. The foam settles in a reasonably amount of time. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up sweet malt, caramel, and blueberries. Yup. It reminds me of blueberry pomegranate juice. It's overly sweet and the fruit notes dominate.

T: It starts out malty and fruity sweet. But there is an underlying grossness to this beer. It's stale, and a bit sour (not in a good way). There is a dry bitter funk that lingers on the palate long after the beer has been downed. I'm getting way more blueberry than pecan.

M: Full bodied beer. This starts out sweet, and finishes with an awful dry bitter funk that lingers forever.

O: I love the idea of a pecan pie porter (I love pecan pie and I love porters), but this is not a very good beer. It starts out ok, but it falls short on so many levels.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:26:39 | More by trxxpaxxs
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3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 23:42:23 | More by anotherpg
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3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:43:12 | More by Another6Pack
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-15-2013 15:55:41 | More by mactrail
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-31-2012 20:37:04 | More by SalMineo
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-09-2012 00:17:24 | More by MikeDATL
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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a super thick motor-oil black with almost no bubbles at all. Nose is over-poweringly dense. Lots and lots of pecan extract, vanilla extract, molasses, and maple syrup.

Palate is super rich and thick, chewy really. Flavors match aromas, with lots of pecan and molasses. Really huge. Finish is long and cloying, thus the low drinkability score.

Notes: Like super thick, chewy stouts? This is for you. Too dense to be appropriately named Porter. Tastes like a lot of extracts, malt, flavor, etc. But it's almost so much extract that it's not artificial tasting. Wouldn't want to drink this again. FFO Southern Tier Creme Brulee.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:05:12 | More by SFLpunk
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:38:56 | More by tkelley
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Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a one-finger brown head. Average lacing and head retention. Really nice aroma. Smells of pecans, buttery crust, vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor follows, but mellower and not as well executed. Buttery start to the flavor. Roasted pecans and pecan butter. A little acidic towards the middle followed by some dark chocolate notes to cap it off. Flavor doesn't exactly mix well and the beer lacks smoothness and cohesion.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:42:47 | More by uustal
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Pecan Pie Porter from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.