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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: hopdog on 02-01-2009)
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

01-08-2012 01:55:26 | More by acurtis
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

03-11-2009 21:16:24 | More by NJpadreFan
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asabreed

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

11-22-2009 18:35:44 | More by asabreed
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-14-2010 01:20:32 | More by tempest
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

09-16-2013 23:40:51 | More by Bdel34
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JT99125

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-26-2013 22:41:10 | More by JT99125
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-23-2013 03:15:11 | More by Pensfan0782
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

P- Lancaster Brewing Co.

A- Wow a huge head pour. Very frothy and luscious. Amazing. sticky lacing and grabs on to glass. A slight nut brown color to the head as well. A dark jet black color thatis opaque. Some light glistens through but not much.

S- a bready smell with molasses in the midst of it. alcohol and malt as well.

T- a dark roasted chocolate cocoa bean is exactly what it tastes like. Sweet molasses lingers around as well. Coffee taste hits the back end.

M- a medium bodied beer that has some good qualities. The coffee flavor coats the mouth pretty well.

D- not too bad but the dark roast portion of it is a tad overpowering. I think the molassess should be the focus, given the name.

02-22-2009 22:02:59 | More by Dodo2step
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-27-2014 21:30:35 | More by DrBier
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 02:50:51 | More by oline73
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-25-2012 21:40:28 | More by zoso1967
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

03-09-2009 20:49:37 | More by weeare138
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Beertroop

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

On tap at the Lancaster Brewing Company at Plum and Chestnut. (Thanks to my fiance' who lives several blocks away)

Poured a dark brown with a small sized off white head.

Great aroma of a light Chocolate roast, coffee and caramel.

Tastes of coarse chocolate, slight sweet molasses, honey, and toffee. Some lacing left on the glass as I drank it. Not an over powering alcohol taste, so it can sneak up on you.

I felt the Shoo-fly pie taste in the molasses note of this beer. This beer seems hard to find at times, so if you get a chance drink one and you will see why.

Well worth it.

02-15-2009 22:13:22 | More by Beertroop
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3%

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.

04-15-2009 01:47:00 | More by drtth
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

03-23-2010 00:35:59 | More by bigfnjoe
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10%

Cask Night at Lititz's GEN Sutter Inn (F, 27 Feb 2009) marked its cask release with one other slated for PHL Beer Week. LNCBC's Director of Sales and Marketing, John Frantz; Jin Weber (BeerIsland), my ride home that evening; yours truly; and another fellow who I recognized upon sight but do not personally know were the only four who were at both "release parties". Cheers to all of us!

This one was dispensed via gravity pour and arrived with two fingers of soapy, foamy, deep-tan head with mild retention. The color was a deep, dark, brown with little to no light penetration. Nose had an interesting mix of slight charcoal and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was slightly full, approaching creamy. I got an anise-like flavor on the tongue. The finish was dry, especially so for a porter, but better that than the God-awful sweetness of its namesake.

02-28-2009 13:16:30 | More by woodychandler
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

On tap at Capones. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocloate, lighter roastiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, molasses, roast, and caramel. Some lacing left on the glass. I love Shoo-fly pie, but just didn't see it in this one.

02-01-2009 00:56:38 | More by hopdog
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-05-2012 03:18:49 | More by Rojada1988
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-10-2013 18:04:46 | More by VikeMan
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

12-23-2009 12:52:28 | More by Gavage
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-07-2011 19:28:07 | More by ROGUE16
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scottDC

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-23-2013 14:28:43 | More by scottDC
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-01-2014 19:55:02 | More by zapahoppa
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awholtzapple

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-31-2011 20:59:29 | More by awholtzapple
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Ranbot

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

12-01-2009 01:52:45 | More by Ranbot
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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter from Lancaster Brewing Company
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