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Genghis Pecan (2012) - Clown Shoes

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Genghis Pecan (2012)Genghis Pecan (2012)

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by M_C_Hampton:
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark purple brown with a short tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: nutty malt aroma, brown sugar, toffee, caramel

T: average porter flavor, slight pecan bitterness, some flavor of sweet alcohol

M: medium to full bodied with average carbonation, alcohol present

O: It does not taste like pecan pie. It is an average porter that is slightly boozy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark brown with a thinner tan colored head that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas of bitter chocolate,coffee, and a nice amount of roasted pecans.The feel is is a little fizzy and on the lighter side.Dryer on the palate with decnet roast and quite earthy in the finis,there is some dark corn syrup and caramel notes underneath but the dry earthy tones win out.not bad but really not anything to seek out,the feel of the beer is a bit of a turn off.

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Poured dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head. The head soon reduces to a durable partial coat and ring. Moderate lacing.

Smells sweet and delicious. Some pecan pie filling with cinnamon. Moderately strong. Only faint grains.

Less sweet than it smells, there's a solid layer of medium and dark roasted grains with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate. A hint of roasted pecans, but wuite faint, as is the coffee in the finish. Near equal sweet/bitter by the finish. Nice nutty/malty aftertaste.

Medium body; very good carbonation level; very smooth; dry finish.

O: Lightly boozy nose and feel, but still drinks like 4-5% ABV brew. A distinct, remarkably smooth Amer. Porter. Recommended.

Photo of rdilauro
1.93/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I never like to bad mouth anything and I wont start here. But, this was a beer that I did not like at all. Right from the onset, the pour was less to than favorable, there wasnt much of any aroma in the glass and the first sip didnt offer me anything that I was looking for.

Each follow on sip did nothing more to impress me with this one

Sorry, guess we cant like every beer

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Underrated porter. The pecan adds a nice slightly sweet and certainly nutty beer. Above average mouthfeel. Dark brown coloured body. Pleasant and slightly sweet aroma. Very good drinkability. Fun unique stuff worth trying for those not hung up on being purists. One of the best bottle labels of recent years.

Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Murky dark brown pour, thin but nice looking light brown to light tan as the head sticks down below sea level. Retention is very good.

Aroma, roast malt, some toasted nut.

Taste, heavy roast malt and some coffee. Pecan peanutty accent, some dark chocolate. The roast and coffee is just a tic overpowering.
Not as bad as the big hoppy feet, which was like drinking burnt toast.
A little herbal and piney bite in the finish.

Medium body and fairly creamy. The pecan seems to add more to the body than flavor. Drinks pretty well. A nice enough example, just not quite up there.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in the glass with dark brownish edges, creamy tan foam on the top. Spotty lacing in the glass, creamy surface texture.

Dry chocolatey aroma with a hint of nutty pecan.

Roasty bitter black malts, a touch of lactose, slight nutty pecan bitterness. Pretty dry, bitter, and astringent... Not at all sweet or reminiscent of pecan pie. Still it has a creamy feel and is a nice enough porter on its own. Probably wouldn't pick it up again, but it wasn't bad. If you're looking for a good novelty beer though, look elsewhere.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark and opaque. Looks more like a stout than a porter. Messy mocha lacing.
Smell: nice mix of sweetness, and roasty char. Not a stunner but nice.
Taste: much like the nose. Pretty simple despite all the pecan stuff, but nice.
Overall: was hoping for a little more depth. Didn't distinguish pecan at all. But a tasty brew.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/05/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark near black brown with a full finger of cream khaki head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Aromas of sugar, nuts and roasty earth.

Taste is a different take on porters. The roasty notes are certainly present but they are complemented by a distinct sweet nutty taste.

Creamy medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Long nutty finish.

I don't know that it tastes like pecan pie but this is a smooth rich tasty porter. Not my favorite from Clown Shoes but it does keep their excellent track record with me.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle pours a mostly black color with a bubbly khaki head. Retention and lacing are both a tad below average. Bonus points awarded for a great label and beer name.

Nose is definitely sweet...with caramel, simple syrup and a misplaced black licorice aroma. One-dimensional for sure and the lack of darker malt aromas has me a bit worried. Where's the pecans??

Taste still shows this odd flavor of black licorice, it just doesn’t fit here. The sweetness is not as over the top as I thought it would be, and comes across mostly in the form of burnt caramel and roast. I do get a little bit of roasted pecan in here, but it kind of astringent and not very nutty. Nor is the beer very pie-esque. Mouthfeel on it basically sucks...its flimsy, one-dimensional, flat tasting and has no direction or flow. Some of Clown Shoes beers I find to be quite delicious...this one, however, is not one of them...Mr. Khan would go ape shit on Massachusetts if he got wind of this.

Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of off white head that goes away rather quickly. In the smell I'm getting some roasted malt with a moderate sweetness. I think I might be getting some cinnamon, but nothing that reminds me of pie. This is a solid porter, but I'm not sure it reminds me of dessert. There is a decent balance between roast and sweetness. No real caramel or anything like that. The beer is a bit creamy with a dry finish. Overall this is a solid enough porter, but doesn't live up to the billing.

Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Genghis Pecan pours a deep brown with a relatively sizable head. The aroma is sweet, roasty, and slightly sour. The taste offers a full, nearly ashy roast along with a subtle nut characteristic. The sour component is still present, if not as strong as the nose presented, suggesting the beginning stages of an infection. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good. Overall, Genghis Pecan is a pretty solid porter. The sour aspects haven't progressed to the point where they really hurt the beer that much.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass. bottled 11/13/12

A: almost black, but not quite. A bit darker than most porters, but not quite as dark as a stout. Nice, tan-ish head. settles to a nice ring.

S: roasty, a bit of chocolate

T: roasty, chocolate, not as much pecan as I was hoping for. Very hard for me to pick any out. Who knows, maybe it is just not hitting on my palate. YMMV? Tastes good. Don't get me wrong. It tastes good. Just not getting the pecan. Maybe more will come through as it warms.

M: Pretty solid. Nothing special. Medium+ carbonation.

O: a good beer. Probably wouldnt buy again if I'm looking for a pecan porter. Probably would buy again if I'm just looking for a tastey, reasonably priced beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with some dark amber highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger and a half tall very dark tan head that reduces to a patchy thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and roasted malts with additional aromas of pecan, brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Very light notes of chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon which grow in strength as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of roasted and toasted malts that then fade into the flavors of toasted pecans. After that, there are some very light notes of cinnamon, molasses, and coffee. Throughout there are some light notes of brown sugar and chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy.

O: Overall this was an enjoyable beer and I'm glad that it was not overly sweet as I feared it might be when called a pecan pie porter - there is a lot of potential to go over the top with sweetness. Pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Pretty well balanced.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker colored rich but bubbly 1 finger head that holds well, a high water mark of lacing, over just about black beer with slightest hint of very dark light coming through in the edges.

Nose has a toasty porter start, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, light cocoa, touch of roast, coffee and mocha, brown sugar, molasses, hint of cinnamon like spices, sweet bread, light nutty sweet pecan like. Chocolate and caramel sweet candy comes out more as it warms.

Taste starts with chocolate, powdered cocoa, a light roasted malt and coffee mocha, but somewhat creamy as well. Nutty caramel malts, light pecan and nuts, very light pecan that is, light acrid roast as well. bitterness cuts in with light earthy grassy hops, little roast bitterness as well. Toasted malts and toasted bready flavors too. Finish is sweet sticky, some light roast, plenty of chocolate, caramel, light nutty, and more bitter earthy hops, with just a touch of acrid roast.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, creamy and a bit lush, decent carb.

Overall interesting, but not what I expected. More porter like and roasted malt than anything, a little roasty acrid burnt, very light on pecans and pie flavors, so a little disappointing overall.

Photo of bens0n
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque black with a nice amount of dark tan head, leaves a little bit of lacing, looks solid.

On the nose you can pick up on a sweet and nutty pecan pie aroma, its got way more sweetness than I would have expected, no hops or boozyness detected.

Flavor wise its got a nice sweet start and a really roasty and nutty finish.. I can pick up on a little bit of bready malt somewhere in the middle. Has a smokey aftertaste that lingers on the tongue inbetween sips

Its substantially thick for a porter, which I really like.

Overall, exactly what I expected from clown shoes, a solid offering, really interesting porter.

Photo of BrownNut
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4.0 - Dark brown with a modest cream colored head that endures for a respectable time after an aggressive pour.

S - 3.0 - Weak aroma, but what is there is pleasant. Slightly coffee, a little malty, with something sweet - no doubt the brown sugar on the label. It scores lower not because the aroma is bad - it's not - but because there isn't much of it.

T - 3.75 - Mild and slightly sweet. Slightly astringent in that pecan sort of way. There's something tangy back in the corners of my mouth. Char and wood in the aftertaste, or maybe pecan + char = a sort of wood note. The longer term aftertaste is a nice mix of the same mild sweetness and dryness coming from the woody mild char.

M - 3.75 - Just shy of medium body, cut by active carbonation initially.

O - 3.75 - A solid and versatile offering with a pleasant, mature taste and an enjoyable mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it reminds me of pecan pie at all as Pumking reminds me of pumpkin pie. It's a little timid but that also makes it very drinkable, enjoyable, and uncomplicated. I like it better than most porters I've tried. This would be welcome anytime, a nice middle ground between a lighter ale and a stout, a beer to drink when you want something substantial after dinner but don't want to put too much thought into it. Clown Shoes has yet to disappoint me.

Photo of bmwats
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly. Very slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, and pecan... I guess.

T: Roasted coffee is prominent. Pecans are also very prominent. Subtle inklings of other accentuates available in the nose.

M: Roasty and hearty. Syrupy, and a little boozy. Slightly bitter, liquory aftertaste lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight head and very little lacing. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, licorice, and molasses mostly. The pecans come out in the flavor along with the coffee, but very little of the other components are evident. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The perfect pairing for doing battle with Attila the Bun, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, slightly-muted coffee, and a general nuttiness that tends more toward walnut than pecan to me. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of cocoa powder, which seems to detract from the nuts a bit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice little porter, but it seems like the pecan addition really doesn't do much for the beer, positively or negatively, as it's hardly there (and even when it is perceptible, it's not clear whether or not I'm just forcing myself to see it due to the label). Still, it's not a bad porter, just nothing to get excited about.

Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/05/12, 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark brown that appears black until held up to the light. Creamy one finger light khaki head with great lacing and retention.

S - Caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, and chocolate. Has that mineral/malt bitterness found in most porters. A touch of nuttiness on the end. Doesn't really scream "pecan pie" but it does smell like a sweet porter.

T - Roasted malts followed by sweet caramel, charred and lightly bitter malts, and cocoa powder. The finish is nutty which combined with the sweetness creates a vague illusion of pecan pie. Again, not definitive but a slight hint. Mouth feel is medium bodied with high carbonation lending to a quick finish which is great considering how sweet the beer is.

O - I missed my chance to try this beer when it was called Pecan Pie Porter and brewed with extracts. This all natural version is pretty damn tasty. Not a spot on recreation of a pecan pie in bottle, but it is a nice little addition to a porter.

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, opaque with a thin skin of khaki foam that leaves lacing. Smell is dark chocolate, toasted biscuit, roasted coffee..very nice. Taste is chocolate and a dose of hop bitterness then lightly sweet, prunes, dark cherries, hint of roast hazelnut coffee, char. Mouthfeel is medium, coating and velvety. Finish is mostly dry with lingering charred biscuit, and bitter baker's chocolate. An enjoyable porter but nothing remotely akin to pecan pie.

Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown-black with a thick, fat, and creamy head the color of coffee ice cream. The head lasts for awhile at a half fingers width, but the beers body is dark black and impenetrable to the eye. Lacing is light and filmy on the sides of the glass. This beer smells roasted and nutty with sweet syrup underlying everything, roasted bread is there too. A faint sweet scent of alcohol is also present but it works well with the syrupy smell and is not overpowering. The taste begin as sweet toffee and then travels into roasted nuts, faintly reminiscent from of pecans, and then slowly moving itself into roasted sweet coffee with the faintest hints of cocoa chocolate. Creamy sugar is also faintly present at the beginning of the sip. My girlfriend says the beer almost tastes like olives on the back of the throat, which I do not detect, but I kind of see where she is coming from. As it warms the beer brings more of the astringent roast that is nicely reminiscent of coffee. On the mouth, the beer is medium to thick bodied and creamy on the tongue, with a slight cloying taste from the sweet sugars and nuts, though it is by no means bad. The tongue is left damp but with a slight dryness lingering from the roasted sweet flavors. Overall this is a delicious sweet sipper. A dessert beer for sure, it carries some lovely complex flavors. Does it taste like a pecan pie though? I don’t really think so. I can sense the candied pecans and a little of the bready crust, but the roast is really what plays the most prominently with the sweet nuts, which is more reminiscent of coffee than of a pie. Great holiday beer to try, and very tasty, but don’t walk into it expecting liquid pecan pie.

Photo of Rizalini
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip... Happy Thanksgiving!

A - Pours very dark brown, with a finger of light brown head that disipates rather quickly. Spotty lacing is left behind as I sip.

S - Burnt malts dominate the aroma, but after I get my nose in there, I get a slight hint of pecan.

T/M - The taste matches the aroma very nicely, but there is a slightly more noticable pecan taste. It's not strong because they use natural pecans, not extract. The middle is bursting with dark toasted malts. Finishes with a bittersweet/cocoa powder taste. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - This is a very tasty, drinkable porter that is very suited for the holidays. At the $5.99 price point, I will definitely be grabbing another one of these. Cheers!

Photo of HoustonZ33
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I won't go into all the fancy stuff with you, I will just say that the key to this one is FORGET THE WORDS "PECAN PIE" - It's just a solid Porter Beer that packs a punch, that's it.

I wouldn't Drainpour it or pass up a free one but, it's also not one I would hunt down.

Photo of AlexFields
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark near black, big thick coffee head.

Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, mix of spices.

Taste is a little sweeter, light cocoa, good nuttiness, spices again.

Solid mouthfeel, good carb and full creamy body.

Tasty. Fairly light porter really, spices are subtle and pretty well integrated. You can notice the nuts but they're not the dominant flavor.

7.1/10

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Genghis Pecan (2012) from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.