Shoo-Fly Pie Porter | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Shoo-Fly Pie PorterShoo-Fly Pie Porter
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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with eight different malts, four types of hops and a touch of Lancaster County molasses, this tasty brew has a rich brown hue with a medium to full body flavor.

Added by hopdog on 02-01-2009

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a deep ruby-brown color with a thin, mocha-colored head and extensive lacing. It smells of molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, nuts, and roasted malt. It's a unique and pleasant smell. The taste is molasses and vanilla forward - quite sweet at first, but followed with a solid backbone of roasted malt, char, nuts, and a slight bitterness at the finish. It is a unique taste. This porter is medium-bodied, rather light in carbonation, and easy to drink with an ABV of 6.2% Overall, this is a really unique tasting porter that is pleasant to drink. I wish I had had it fresher. I'll look for it next Fall to see whether it makes a difference. Like many other beers, I suspect that this would be better fresh and on draught.

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very hazy copper to reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, fading on the slow side and leaving good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells nutty up front with maple syrup and vanilla hitting first, followed by toasted grains, brown sugar, cocoa powder, wheat bread, light char, coffee grinds and a hint of piney hops. No clue what a Shoo-Fly Pie smells like, but this smelled like a nut brown ale with a lot of toasted grains. Hides the ABV very well.

Tastes just like it smells, with toasted nuts, maple syrup and vanilla starting it off, then toasted grains, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa powder, wheat bread, light char, coffee grinds, earthy notes and mild hints of piney hops. The molasses comes out more as it warms up, with the vanilla trailing for a nice finish. It almost tastes like a cream soda, which was pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick, with a medium body, little to no carbonation and almost a flat, watery feel. Seems like hard mineral water was used and the result is like a glass of cream soda that sat out for a few hours and lost all it's carbonation. In spite of those slightly negative qualities, I liked this beer overall and it grew on me when I drank it. Wouldn't seek it out, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this one up since it sounded interesting. 3.25 for the single.

A - Very light colored porter very clear with ruby hues. Head is a 1/4 inch that dissipates rather quickly. Good lace ring.
S - Good roast and sweetness on this one the molasses is sweet and strong and it has a nice vanilla vibe too.
T - Very sweet and strong molasses so if you don't like sweet beers look away! Vanilla tones really mend well with the roast factor which is dialed back. Not sure where the pie aspect is guess its just a name.
M - Very smooth medium bodied drink.

Overall good sweet porter worth trying. Love having new beers from Lancaster!

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Photo of beerfinder
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A delicious porter. You can really tastes the molasses in this one. Very smooth. Goes done nice after a big meal. Lots of character . A very unique porter .

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Photo of EMV
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally, PA. Served in a snifter.

L: Dark brown pour with thick tannish head. Reasonable lacing.

S: Toasted grains and gingerbread. Molasses and spice.

T/F: Taste is sweet, a bit cloying with strong presence of molasses and brown sugar. Gingerbready and full bodied.

O: A bit sweet for my taste but as a homage to shoo-fly pie it's about what you would expect. Molasses dominates the flavor profile. Not one I can get into but glad I tried it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this gem off the tap and I thought is was a solid porter. It poured a black opaque with white head that left some lacing. The scent and taste had a nice earthy base with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall I felt is was a great porter.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Deep mahogany with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Root beer, molasses, licorice, and milk chocolate.

Taste
Black licorice, molasses, and Birch beer. Light caramel and milk chocolate. Hints of spruce.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Overall
Imperialize this and then we'll talk. ;)

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Had on nitro at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

A nice, easy-drinking beer, that is exceptionally smooth due to the nitro.

This beer could REALLY benefit from some more roasty, malted goodness. The taste is just a little bland/ watered-down. Otherwise, all the right flavors are there - just extremely muted.

Still, a nice, forgetful drinker.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A good beer with a nice appearance, deep ruby brown in the light with a tall two finger beige head which is dense and long lasting.
Aromas of roasted malts char and vanilla.
Taste is like the nose malty rich with roast and char. Vanilla weaves its sweet creaminess throught out the taste.
I like this.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A red-brown light seeps through this dark beer. Spores of foam collect as sheeting on the surface.

Sweet English two-row with molasses and light roastiness. Fruity with a browned apple and fig note, but gushing with dark rummy sugars.

Molasses, brown sugar, roast grain, pomme, porter malt bitterness, and light toffee. Hints of black cherry. Not much in the line of hops. Very un-American.

Drinks like a decent porter, except that it's a bit on the light side. Carbonation has good dimension.

A good porter of the English style.

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Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

During a recent visit to LBC harrisburg, I couldnt resist ordering this. I am surprised I dont already have a review for this because I vividly recall this beers release in 2009 and my drive with friends to the Lancaster location to try it.

Served in a pint, the brew appears a dark amber to mahogany color. It is quite clear and lighter in color than expected for a porter. A finger of yellowish stained tan cap sits atop. Pretty solid retention that leaves a wall of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma consists of caramel to toasty toffee sweetness. Some mineral aspect with mild fruit and citrus hops are an afterthought. At times, the darker faint sweetness suggests molasses but never quite gets there.

The taste is quite mineral filled with fruity to floral notes from a mild hop inclusion. Mild toasty grain somewhat like toffee is evident. The aftertaste is very weak with the faintest hint if molasses and chocolate grain. This brew is somewhat nutty actually more than anything.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp almost like a baltic porter but lacking a bit across the board. I didnt care for the mineral quality at all that seemed to dominate the brew. Overall a good idea but it just didnt pan out the way it could if the recipe was revisited.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notse
I had this beer on tap at pardidise by the slice in wernserville,pa. The appearance was a dark brown color body, with a thin creamy lace round the top of the body. The smell was of roasted malts and some molasses. The taste had some choclolate notes but the malts and the molasses was the dominate flavor. The mouth feel was great nice and smooth and not thick like a regular porter. Over all i enjoyed this one and wish they bottled it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out as a transparent dark brown color, with almost no head at all on it. This has a surprising appearance for a porter, the color to me should have been much darker. The smell of dark roasted malts and just a little bit of molasses on the nose. The taste is pretty weak, I really hoped for this beer to be much more flavorful but to me it seemed as though they were forgetting something. The mouthfeel was watery and kind of boring. Not really sure about this one.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint on cask at Tap and Table. It appears a murky dark brown with a short tan head. The beer is smooth and drinkable, but a bit strong for the flavor impact. It sounds silly, but a 6% beer should be richer. This had a pleasant chocolate and coffee roast flavor, but not much else. I'd have expected it to be only about 4.5%. Anyways, it's a simple but tasty beer. Certainly worth drinking a pint.

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Photo of regspeir
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Capone's
Dark tan with a thick two-finger, mocha head. Nose is molasses, brown sugar, roasted barley, malt and chocolate. Taste is what I should have expected, having had shoo-fly pie - molasses and brown sugar with some bread and chocolate. Very sweet. No false advertising at work here! Finish included a welcome slight bitterness. All together a decent beer, but not one I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Harrisburg location into my giant mug of doom and destruction.

A- Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Light cream colored head that fades nearly instantly.

S- Hardly any aroma, but I get a little molasses. Typical LBC with the weak scent.

T- Very creamy with a bite of molasses at the end. Its...interesting. I guess thats a good word for it

M- Kind of thick, and not in a good way. The molasses really isn't a good thing at the end.

D- Not much of a porter of molasses fan, but I wasn't too impressed overall with this. Felt a little bland. Hopefully this falls off tap soon and the pub gets something a little better up.

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Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/11/10).

A: Pours a deep and dark mahogany brown with some slight ruby hues capped off with one finger on an off-white heard that left some ringed lace.

S: Aroma is a little weak, but contains very nice tones of roasted malt, sweet malt, coffee, and some chocolate as well as being peppered with dark fruit.

T: Quite balanced with a very fresh flavor profile consisting of molasses, raisins, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Layer of dark fruit are found as well.

M: Medium-bodied with smooth and somewhat creamy carbonation.

D: There is not a hint of the 6% abv. and with it balanced a fresh flavor, this a a rather sessionable American Porter.

Overall this was a very solid American Porter, that contains nothing really unique in its flavor, but it is quite solid and very balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy brown in color with a short 1" head. No lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is most dominant here but it is a little hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, molasses, bitter chocolate, and raisins create an enjoyable flavor. Bitterness is mild. Malt level is a bit thinner which is appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a very sessionable porter that is easy to quaff and hits the spot when looking for a beer in the style. Worth trying this.

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Photo of Ranbot
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler I bought at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Despite the name this beer is far from a substitute for shoo-fly pie, but it's good in it's own right.

A - Dark ruby red when held up to the light. Initially thick tan head dissapated into a thin film leaving speckled lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is light with roasted grains with molasses.

T - The first second the liquid hits my tongue the taste is somewhat watery, immediately followed by a nice blast of roasted malts with with a touch of molasses and brown sugar. The roasted malt has a slightly smokey flavor that lingers pleasantly long after swallowing. Hops are very mild and mostly complement the roasted malts in the aftertaste. The middle and back of my tongue feel like they are being caressed between the malts and hops. Carbonation is moderate and typical the style. There is a mild, but distinct alcoholic hotness that is not entirely welcome.

M - Surprisingly light and slightly watery, but not bad by any means.

D - It's good, but I have to detract for the alcoholic hotness.

I love the aftertaste of the Shoo-Fly Porter. You can take a sip and feel the malts playing with your taste buds for a long time after swallowing. However, for being only 6% it does have a distinct alcohol flavor. With so much riding on its great aftertaste i think this beer is best as a slow sipper.

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Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Kind of looks like Guinness because of the nitro tap appearance. Really creamy head, dense, and though seemingly opaque, there's some light getting through, leaving some dark red.

Smell: A good combination of dark sweetness, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas. Lighter, but balanced.

Taste: Seemingly nothing up front, though the finish leaves big roasted malts, mild coffee, and sweeter chocolate notes. Light but very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy initially from the nitro, though there's a bit of following grittiness, which I actually like and it a little weird.

Drinkability: A very solid porter from Lancaster, and I liked the nitro aspect with all the flavors it was bringing. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown body but when held up light will penetrate...a soapy tan head forms and retains rather nicely...some lacing

S - Lighter than I was expecting...definite notes of brown sugar and molasses

T - Not overly complex on the taste buds...dark roasted malts are present and I like that they aren't burnt in flavor...the molasses plays a big role in taste...it comes in after the initial malts and lingers even after you swallow...some dark fruits are present in the very back...the sweetness takes over any other flavors...a bit of an Earthiness at the end but again mixed with molasses

M - Medium bodied...not very creamy even on cask...would have liked more creaminess to go with the sweetness

D - I guess I was expecting more from this beer...if I had to chose I might actually have a piece of pie over this beer...nice for dessert but a little too much molasses for me

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Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, brownish copper (mahogany) with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap that left spotty lace.

S-Light caramel malt sweetness, a bit of raisin and a building licorice aroma in the end. All of this present but light.

T-Starts light and then builds to a nice level. Molasses, sweetness, raisin. A rather well flavoured brew without being too sweet or going over the top.

M-Medium-light bodied to the point of actually feeling thin.

D-Good. This brew doesn't blow you away but it builds into a well done, easy drinking and flavourful brew.

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Photo of drtth
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in an standard Shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: A dark brown with reddish undertones, ¼" off-white or tan head which fades quickly leaving ring of foam behind and some light, speckled lacing.

Smell: The smell is light but definitely is of molasses and caramelized brown sugar.

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the sweet, dark molasses taste pops out first and is followed by the sweet bitterness of caramelized sugar.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation. The finish is medium long and dry with faint hops and occasional notes of molasses sweetness.

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable so that I could easily have a couple more. While the flavor is not as intense and rich as eating a piece of Shoo Fly Pie, the taste and aroma capture some of the experience. I'll probably try this one again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster- Shoo-Fly Porter

A- Deep brown with a thin filmy head.
S- Swwet brown sugar, molasses, and a caramelized sugar.
T- Sweet syrupy pecans, cola, caramel, huge doses of brown sugar, and a slight dusting of cocoa powder.
M- Deep bold molasses, very sweet brown sugar, and a nutty malt finish.

Overall- Sweet, very close to Shoo-Fly pie. A nice dessert/ night cap beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Devil's Den in South Philly...
Appears a dark brown with steady streams of CO2 quickly rising to the top of the thick, off-white head. Scattered streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty malts, molasses, bitter hops, and some cocoa.
Taste is of the same aromas with an unexpected bitterness that doesn't come across as being as sweet as I would've imagined. Certainly not as sweet as real shoo-fly pie that I remember having as a kid.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with the carbonation. Full bodied, and spritzy along the tongue. I'd like to try this either on nitro, or on cask to escape the zippiness of the bubbles.

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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter from Lancaster Brewing Company
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