Shiner Candied Pecan Porter
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Candied Pecan PorterShiner Candied Pecan Porter
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Porter - Robust
Ranked #66
Ranked #38,503
3.66 | pDev: 19.13%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Very Good
Shiner Candied Pecan PorterShiner Candied Pecan Porter
Notes: Brewed with roasted praline pecans, this robust porter provides subtle notes of roasted pecans, vanilla, caramel and brown sugar.
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Pegasus from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep amber in color, quite clear. A moderate, persistent off-white head, crowns the body, with fine beading. Thick, Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass fall. Before a strong light, profuse fine streams of bubbles can be seen to drift languidly to the surface.

Aroma: To my great surprise, the first impression the aroma conveys is... Cocoa Puffs, something I had not expected. Still, pleasant, nonetheless. As well, there is rich, sweet chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, nuts, brown sugar, and a bit of sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with sweet caramel, bitter coffee, and roasted nuts. Soon after, sweet cocoa and milk chocolate offer a flourish. As the taste progresses, there is a bit of char, which lingers throughout the taste. Still later, there are dark fruit notes, in particular, plum, with a brief tangy note. Late in the taste, there is a bit of black licorice, and a mild, lingering note of wood to finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and delicate, very full and soft.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely stunning, perhaps the best beer Shiner has ever produced, and a proper accolade to this special day, the Autumnal Equinox.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Save the World Brewing teku.

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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/13/2020. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted pecans, toast, biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of dark fruit, molasses, smoke, char, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit of a root beer and lightly buttery aroma, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted pecans, toast, biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of dark fruit, molasses, smoke, char, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted pecans, toast, biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, smoke, char, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very good flavored American porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pecan, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish; not aggressive. Nice balance of nicely complex malts and praline pecan flavors; with balancing earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Minimal residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Wish it was a bit thicker/richer for the ABV, but it's not unpleasant.

Jun 18, 2020
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The final beer from my Shiner mixed pack. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown with a dark tan head.

The nose is malts, nuts and something sweet.

There are the pecans and some lightly roasted malts with residual sweetness from the candied part of the pecan. The beer is sweet but not overly so. I liked it more than I thought I would.

The mouth is medium. I would like to see a bit more heft and less carbonation, but I am being guilty of thinking what this beer could be instead of what it is. What it is, is a nice desert type beer that you will enjoy.

Mar 28, 2020
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JohnDee from Texas

3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep amber brown with a thin off-white head. Smells almost like root beer. Thinner than expected with a kind of benign roasted malt character. The flavor is a little odd, somewhat artificial and slightly phenolic, as if it were made with a pecan flavored syrup. Less objectionable than their S'more beer and more drinkable, but in a similar vein.

Feb 11, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks dark almost black. Reddish brown when held up to a light.
Smells like vanilla extract.
At 45 degrees it is sweet, vanilla, toffee, dark roast coffee, very slight caramel.
Probably be better at 55-60.
Mouthfeel is medium.
ABV is not present.
Definitely a sipper. Not bad but too sweet for me.

Feb 09, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent hazel with a sliver of rapidly falling tan head. some lacing & head retention

S: Nuttyness & a little brown sugar, some grainyness on the edges

T: Hazel nut, vanilla sweetness, dryness & a little toastyness up front. Artificial nuttyness/sweetness that really detracts, plus dryness/toastyness as this warms. Finishes dry with some pecan and cloying vanilla

MF: Light/medium body, these guys are consistently too thin on body for my liking, moderate carbonation

Drinks alright, just tastes like a mediocre brown with some coffee flavor added

Jan 16, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Dark brown in color with a tan head. Smells super sweet, vanilla, caramel and malt. Flavor is over sweet and tastes like coffee creamer. Not really getting pecan.

Jan 10, 2020
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Traveler1 from Texas

2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Waaaayyyy too sweet to make this one palatable as a beer. Never knew that vanilla (I think that’s what it is) could could be negatively overpowering.

Jan 08, 2020
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Pnotuner from Texas

4.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To skip the technical speak, It is very tasty. I like the sweet nutty flavor and that it is also not hoppy at all. I think it is better at room temperature than chilled. It came in a Holiday variety 6 pack with two other varieties. I would buy this Porter or any nice Porter Shiner made. I just wish they would cater to us Porter drinkers a little bit.

Mar 21, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Black glass shows some ruby edges and clarity when back lit with a flashlight, daylight doesn't make it through. Struggles to hold a thin halo of tan foam head.

Aroma: Caramel, lots of it, with a popcorn butter note, and some nuttiness. It does smell like candied pecan in some whiff, in others it's a heavy chemical additive smell.

Taste: Super sweet, heavy toffee / caramel, struggle to taste any malt flavors, nothing near any hop notes. Butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, low carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Super sweet, candy like beer. The butterscotch does give a candied pecan note, so I'm not going to trash this, but it is just so sweet, I'm not going to finish it. I'll hand it to my wife, she likes sweet beer and so will probably enjoy this. I did not.

Mar 12, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 9.73(Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.135/oz) from Total Wine-Forum, Selma, TX. Reviewed 3/10/19.
Undated bottle. In reefer at store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), tan, low density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Fair. Partial rings of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Sweet, some pecan, some chemical solvent, not unpleasant.
Flavor – 3.5 - Begins cloyingly sweet with a brown sugar taste. Some pleasant pecan is present, more so than most “pecan” beers. No alcohol (6% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – Lives up to the qualifier “candied” – grab some insulin before you drink this because, if you’re not diabetic when you begin, you’ll be by the end of the first bottle.

Mar 10, 2019
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singletary from Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep oily black withh a small tan head. The smell is nutty just like the taste. The taste starts out with a chocolate flavor but the longer it stays on the tongue the more nutty flavor comes out. The feel is medium and smooth to drink. Overall a nice slightly different drink to try.

Feb 24, 2019
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Jeffrey_Moreland from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with 1/4” head. Smells fruity, nutty, sweet biscuity. Little vanilla. Tastes similar with some malt as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. Not over the top on the bite but not too mellow. Very good beer overall. Only note is it’s sweet. Would be hard to drink more than a couple.

Feb 19, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: big pecan nutty notes, candy sweetness, chocolate malt, smokey, clean finish. Same with the nose. Mahogany/Blackish hue, mostly opaque, tan foamy head with some lace. Medium/full body. A tasty dessert ale.

Feb 08, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of pecans, chocolate and toffee. Tasted very nutty with pecan taste. Some roasted malt and chocolate.

Feb 02, 2019
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mjurney from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, almost opaque. I could see some rising bubbles. Thin head.

Sweet pecans, vanilla, buttery, some dark roast, hint of mild chocolate.

Sweet and roasted malts, some caramel. I'm getting some pecans, vanilla and cocoa in the taste, it's not overpowering. Hop character is super low. Finish is creamy coffee like, semi-dry, lingers fairly long. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, moderate carbonation.

It's a little too sweet for my taste, otherwise is fairly good Porter.

Jan 26, 2019
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LoamRock from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cellar temp.
Direct sunlight barely penetrates the deep brown color. Foam is tan/gold, fizzy and gone quickly. Mild carbonation. Smells like organic root beer. Flavor is sweet at first, fades perfectly into a pleasantly dry pecan aftertaste. Smooth on the palate and satisfying, not filling. Overall I'd say this is an outstanding brew and goes well with a Cafe Bustelo Supreme to get the evening going.

Dec 22, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black. The head is two fingers and brown. Retention is decent and leaves a bit of lacing.

Sweet pecans and lightly roasted malts up front. You also get vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel.

The taste is mostly roasted malts. The pecan character has almost vanished. There is a nice caramel sweetness to it though.

The mouthfeel is full bodied. Its smooth and has soft carbonation.

Nov 10, 2018
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GoStars from Texas

2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer smells great. Hints of caramel and coffee.
I don't really taste the candied pecan. Definitely taste the caramel and brown sugar.
Taste too much like coffee to me. I don't like coffee.
This might be a good winter beer sitting around a fire. But, I won't drink it a gain.

Oct 26, 2018
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