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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

Knapp85, May 19, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at February cask night at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz PA. Served from the cask in a 1/2 pint.
A - Slightly hazed deep walnut brown w/ a thin medium tan band

S - Dark toasted malt, roasted barley aromas upfront w/ hints of pine hops and cocoa

M - Rich, creamy feel w/ roasted notes and mildly charred edge w/ a slight chewiness

T - A flavor like you expect from Shoo-fly pie made in Lancaster County - Shoo fly pies caramel and molassess w/ a nice undercurrent of roasted barley and bittersweet cocoa notes

D - This is a far better way to taste shoo fly than traditional co2 - I find the malt to be smoother and nuances of malt come forward and the chance to taste the molasses is there. John Frantz asked 'how did you like it?' I must say I appreciate the cask much more, it isn't gassy and I actually wanted to order more than 1, but the cask was kicked

Slatetank, Mar 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +7%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Gavage, Dec 23, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

woodychandler, Feb 28, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

weeare138, Mar 09, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

tempest, May 14, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

stakem, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

wrightst, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

hopdog, Feb 01, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA on 2/27/09. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

A - Poured a dark brown/mahogany body with copper tones and one-finger creamy light tan head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and deposited spotty lace on the glass.

S - Initial aroma is dark roasted malt with a touch of brown sugar and molasses. There is also a hint of caramel malt and mild licorice.

T - Begins with the requisite dark roasted malt, brown sugar and molasses with a hint of dark fruit in the backend. Some licorice and coffee notes also emerge in the finish, paired with an earthy bitter character.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy but somewhat thin texture. Oddly enough, there is just a slight bit of grittiness to the mouthfeel, especially for a cask ale.

D - Not as much of a Shoo-Fly presence as I was anticipating, but still very tasty and drinkable. One of the better offerings from Lancaster I've had, and certainly unique, especially for the area.

ffejherb, Mar 02, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Deuane, Jul 20, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

thecheapies, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jbaker67, Jul 06, 2012
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3.98/5  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.

NJpadreFan, Mar 11, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark, slightly murky, brown. It was served to me with a perfect one inch with froth. Beautiful.

s: I couldn't find much here. Mild toasty malts and doughy bread, no molasses.

t: This was a pretty good porter, but the molasses was very mild to me. The porter aspects were strong, roasty, doughy malts. I think the molasses tasted like caramel to me. Very good overall, but I wanted more molasses.

m: Luscious, creamy cask, yum!

d: I liked this more than the score would indicate, I was just hoping something more diferent I suppose. If you have the chance, definitely try this one.

DIM, Feb 28, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

bigfnjoe, Mar 23, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jpd7374, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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

thain709, Oct 19, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch of off white foam

S - nice bready malt and molasses aroma to it

T - nice biscuit malt flavor to start with a sweet molasses finish

M/D - very smooth and creamy and very tasty. Not too sweet. Definitely worth trying if you can.

mikereaser, Feb 18, 2009
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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.