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Genghis Pecan (2012) - Clown Shoes

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-27-2012)
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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Bung, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -17.4%

thegerm87, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Milwguy00
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Milwguy00, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

HopsHopenstein, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kaelingirl, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev +10.2%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held to the light with a nice finger of khaki head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there defenitely was some pecan nuttiness which was a surprise with a little burnt sugar, brown sugar notes, a little toasty bready malts, mild coffee aroma and a little toffee as well..

T: the coffee character was more inviting in the taste alongside the pecan nuttiness, toasty dark malts, caramel sweetness coming through, mild brown sugar and a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, toasty and slightly creamy finish.

O: I gotta say it was pretty damn tasty and the aroma was nice too. Definitely glad to have tried it.

Gobzilla, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

jlindros, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Rizalini, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

ThickNStout, Nov 18, 2012
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.

Maxwell, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm digging the surreal label art on this one.

It pours out a deep dark brown (nigh black) with about three minutes' worth of khaki-colored foam on top that leaves behind some lovely curtains of lacing. Medium body and medium-light carbonation levels.

It seems that this beer's balance knobs are set at about 85% Porter and 15% pecan nut brown ale. I was pleasantly surprised by this, as the name of the beer had me expecting something stuffed so full of nuts that it was out of whack, or something cloyingly sweet like a pecan pie. But no, I've got the usual char-roasted and dry porter profile coming on strong with semi-burnt malt bitterness in the end and just a touch of molasses sweetness held in check quite nicely. If I have to pick something to gripe about, it would be that it is actually somewhat difficult to identify the somewhat generic nuttiness that is present as coming specifically from pecans and not other nuts. I'd call this one a decently solid offering, but not something worth putting on the beer "bucket list."

WastingFreetime, Nov 18, 2012
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date for some reason but this is pretty fresh.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost fully black. Big and dense light brown head adorns it. Fades at a moderate pace with decent retention. Good lacework to boot.

S: Nutty for sure. Not immediately identifiable as pecans, I almost thought hazelnuts at first. Touch of brown sugar and some decent roasted malt aspects. Char mainly with a touch of coffee bean. Gives it an almost hazelnut coffee aroma initially. Even get a little toast. It kinda smells like a cross between a brown ale (toast, nuttiness, brown sugar) and a porter (roasted malt).

T: Lots and lots of pecans and brown sugar up front. Creamy roasted malt contributes some mild char, coffee bean and a decent amount of chocolate. A bit toasty and salty(?) to boot in the middle. Chocolate is sweeter in the middle and the finish, it gets a little bitter into the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Well, this one certainly surpassed any sort of expectations I could have had. It's a nice creamy and smooth porter with lots of brown sugar and pecans. As mentioned earlier, it's almost like a hybrid brown ale/porter. Definitely on the sweet side too. It is honestly excellent given the uniqueness. I really enjoyed it.

Dope, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Burt, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Davepoolesque, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On 10/03/12

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head that settles down to a thin cap

S: A bit of roasted malts, char, chocolate, and a hint of nuttiness

T: Sweet roasty malts, a good bit of char, and then some sweet chocolate and pecans. The char keeps the sweetness at a restrained level, but ultimately the brown sugar, chocolate, and pecans all lend a good deal of sweetness. No alcohol at all. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering nuttiness

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Again, fairly drying

O: A good dessert porter for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Fits the fall/winter seasons well, and has a fairly high drinkability even with the relative sweetness. Worth a shot

BEERMILER12, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

davey101, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of YourOnlyMan
3/5  rDev -17.4%

YourOnlyMan, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

CliffBrake, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Thomas_Picton, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark brown. Not quite black. Light penetrates easily enough. Head is a toasty tan color. It dies off to a thin film. The frothy head leaves thick lacing drapes. Good looking beer.

S-Not a gimmick; this is a Porter through and through. Chalky and slightly burnt. Lighter notes of chocolate chips and coffee beans. Not nearly as nutty as I would have expected. There are hints of nuts, but they are soft. Decent brown sugar. I am a fan of how it isn't just a super sweet smelling brew with a fake nuttiness; this is a Porter first and foremost. But hey, I wouldn't mind a bit more pecan here. As the beer warms, the pecan definitely comes out more.

T-Decent nuttiness. Flat cola. Also chalky, chocolatey, and full of java. All the flavors are balanced. To be honest, if there was no mention of pecan on the bottle I likely wouldn't make the connection. The brown sugar slowly permeates the flavor profile. The flavors also linger pleasantly. Soft bitterness from the roastiness and some hoppiness. Really starts getting sweet as it warms.

M-Heavy side of medium bodied. Soft, calming carbonation. A bit sticky. Light to medium bitterness. Booze hidden excellently. A heavier Porter, but it goes down quick!

O/D-Pretty solid. Not their best. At very least, it is a well-rounded Porter. Sometimes it tastes nutty, then some sips seem void. I would love to have tried their Pecan Pie Porter and identify the differences between the two. Mostly anything Clown Shoes puts out is well above average and often nears greatness. This one leans closer to "above average" for me.

VelvetExtract, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: "Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston."

Deep brown with thick light mocha head.
Smells faintly roasty and nutty.
Having recently consumed a bottle of the (presumably discontinued?) Pecan Pie Porter, this rendition is overall less sweet and has a subtle tannic quality. The pecan flavor is actually more subdued, and the porter qualities take center stage.
Lightly carbonated, perhaps a touch on the thin side.
Worth a try. I prefer the original pecan porter, but this is by no means a bad beer.

rab53, Oct 27, 2012
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Genghis Pecan (2012) from Clown Shoes
82 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.