Genghis Pecan (2013)
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Porter - American
3.69 | pDev: 10.3%
Apr 06, 2019
Oct 05, 2013
Genghis Pecan (2013)Genghis Pecan (2013)
Notes: The brewery releases this special beer once a year, just in time for the holidays, and this “2013 vintage” has a slightly tweaked recipe that aims to accentuate the roasted pecan flavors even more. With many breweries releasing pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest styles this time of year, this brewery has taken a different approach, offering a refreshing alternative to an autumnal release.
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4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter (from 2013 notes).

Poured dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head. The head soon reduces to a durable partial coat and ring. Moderate lacing.

Smells sweet and delicious. Some pecan pie filling with cinnamon. Moderately strong. Only faint grains.

Less sweet than it smells, there’s a solid layer of medium and dark roasted grains with a bit of caramel and dark chocolate. A hint of roasted pecans, but quite faint, as is the coffee in the finish. Near equal sweet/bitter by the finish.

Medium body; very good carbonation level; very smooth. Dry finish.

O: Lightly boozy nose and feel, but still drinks like 4-5% ABV brew. A distinct, remarkably smooth Amer. Porter. Recommended.

Apr 06, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Brown/purple hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Roasted coffee & brown sugar nose. Nice!

Medium mouthfeel.

Coffee & pecan are present here, but mild.

Good but not memorable.

Mar 31, 2019
4.05 by AGust82 from Connecticut on Nov 23, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes taken in January 2014: Pours a deep brown-black producing 2+ fingers of thick & frothy, shortlived, mocha head which diminishes to a thin cap and rim leaving splashes of Webby, wispy lace. Aroma is burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, deeply roasted malts, roasted pecans, some char, faint vanilla,marshmallows & a spice hint that is vaguely cinnamon-like. The nose is sweet & promising without discernible hops or alcohol. Taste is less sweet than the nose promised expressing itself as a deep roastiness, burnt (caramel, molasses & chocolate) malts, char & a roasted nuttiness that is not as distinctly pecan like as in the nose. An acidic hint develops at mid-sip and lingers into the aftertaste. Subtle dark chocolate & even fainter coffee notes emerge after mid-sip becoming more discernible in the finish & lingering in the lightly acidic, cola-like, malty, roasted nut aftertaste. There is a nice balance between bitter & sweet in the finish & aftertaste. Overall the taste is somewhat thinner than expected. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation & a dry finish. Very smooth but thinner than expected: milky, not creamy. As a final word I would like to note that this brew, while it may not be very pecan pie like, does have a very roasted pecan character in the nose. Many reviews I have read expressed disappointment in the low pecan profile. Well this might be true in the mouth it is definitely not true in the nose. I live in one of the largest pecan producing areas of the world and can say positively that the pecans are distinctly present in this brew. Think roasted pecans not pecan pie as the label promises and reevaluate.

Mar 06, 2017
3.69 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Sep 12, 2016
3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Mar 07, 2016
3.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Feb 15, 2016
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 30, 2016
4.08 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Dec 18, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TheBrewo from New York

We pry the top off a bomber, pouring out into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a one and a half finger tall head the color of a mocha latte. This retains decently, before descending into a thick, bubbling film across the top of this deeply shaded, root beer colored liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be limited. The aroma offers up notes of burnt marshmallows, distant cinnamon spice, clean vanilla, black cherry juice, dusty sand, deep chocolate and cacao nib roast, day-old coffee grounds, heavily burnt black and coffee maltiness, confectioner’s sugar cloy, dense molasses, Kahlua booziness, hazelnut coffee creamer, moist German chocolate cake, printer ink, soy sauce, coconut meatiness, and heavy mineral quartziness. The flavoring is robust, with each supporting denomination heavily influenced by a deep, dark, burnt, roasty coffee maltiness. Taste-wise, we experience a blend of smoldering charcoal, young black leather, dark chocolate malts, raw cocoa powder, brown sugar nuttiness, mild Nutella sweetness, green strawberry tops, cold black coffee, warm heavy creamer, malted milk balls, ceramic and cork dryness, spicy and floral booziness, and singed tobacco leafiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is lightly moderate. Each sip give fair slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left with a general, papery dryness, with a little lactic, acidic heartburn lingering towards the back of the throat. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back nicely.

Overall, this beer is not nearly as sweet as you would expect it to be following that nose. The burnt coffee malt flavoring essentially dominates the palate, with more charcoal and smoke than the nose gives on. The pecan is there, but you really have to look for it. It hides amongst the folds, between the burnt waves of grain and that smokiness. Given the beer’s age, it has held up rather well. Perhaps the adjunctive novelty ingredient has faded, but the beer itself has not in the slightest. It is difficult to discern. Either way, it is nice to taste what the “old” Clown Shoes was offering, especially now that we’ve got their newest, rebranded pecan porter in our fridge right now. It will be nice to have that direct comparison, but we’ll be sure to first elucidate how much has changed between recipes. If you’ve still got a bottle of this then now is the time to drink it. If you want to sit on it, then that’s fine too, as there is enough density of darkness and smoke to keep you going for some time now.

Sep 24, 2015
3.57 by Homebrew from Connecticut on Sep 05, 2015
4 by freshcarl from Connecticut on Sep 01, 2015
3.5 by joeroma5 from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2015
4.6 by rw1992 from North Carolina on Aug 13, 2015
3.5 by Eziel from Ohio on May 16, 2015
3.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on May 09, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by justinp444 from Michigan

A gorgeous inch thick chocolate brown head with a dark dark brown body. This beer smells of nuts, dark dried fruit, some roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is of pecan (my burps taste very nutty like eating a trail mix), roasted malts, ash, a tiny bit of chocolate and bitter, and vanilla. A moderate mouth feel, only a tiny bit watery, with crisp burnt aftertaste. Light enough for me to still consider it a porter but full and rich flavored enough (without being overly sweet to compensate) to compete with a stout.

May 07, 2015
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4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Cyberkedi from Georgia

Smoky aroma has notes of caramel, malt - and yes, pecan. Pours a rich, warm sable with a thick and persistent light tan head. Rich flavor fills the mouth with brown sugar, caramel, pecan and malt notes plus hints of chocolate and roast quality coffee. May be a whisper of licorice in there, too. Fairly sweet, but not too much. Smooth, firm texture has a good amount of fizz and very nice body. A nutty conquest indeed!

Apr 15, 2015
3.94 by paresis from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mj81 from New Jersey

Decent as a porter but didn't get the pecans at all.

Jan 10, 2015
3.58 by campfirebrew from New York on Jan 04, 2015
3.66 by Dicers from Colorado on Dec 21, 2014
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on Dec 11, 2014
3.75 by NorthCoastPranqster from Georgia on Dec 05, 2014
4.08 by Wildwing54 from New Jersey on Dec 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
by iheartmyTHO from Georgia

The pecan flavor is more or less just a nutty flavor, and nothing specifically pecan like. But I don't necessarily find that to be a bad thing. But for something that is labelled as a "pecan pie" porter, it would have been nice to have the beer be slightly sweeter so that it would taste more like a pecan pie than just nuts. Overall, not a bad beer. It's very smooth with a prominent nutty taste.

Nov 29, 2014
3.5 by socon67 from New York on Nov 28, 2014
3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2014
3.5 by SpartyJoe from Colorado on Nov 22, 2014
4 by MN_Beerticker from Minnesota on Nov 20, 2014
4.25 by chefbigjon from Arizona on Nov 20, 2014
4 by lillitnn92 from Virginia on Nov 19, 2014
3.25 by dleiner from New York on Nov 11, 2014
4 by RavenForBeer from Georgia on Nov 11, 2014
3 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey on Nov 05, 2014
4.2 by AleMarys from Michigan on Oct 25, 2014
4.52 by Fudala on Oct 15, 2014
3.5 by BlueAndBrew from Michigan on Oct 14, 2014
3.75 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota on Oct 12, 2014
Genghis Pecan (2013) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 324 ratings