Genghis Pecan (2013)
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Genghis Pecan (2013)Genghis Pecan (2013)
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American Porter
3.7 | pDev: 10.27%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of justinp444
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Looks like it should with an extremely dark pour, almost completely black. A nice surprise is the medium brown head. It doesn't last very long and the lacing isn't much to talk about but the beer is nice looking.

The beer possesses a very roasty scent as you might imagine. With dark malts and roasted pecans, it also gives a slightly smokey note.

As far as taste, the pecans are more subtle than anything. While I couldn't quite place the pecans, I could taste plenty of roasty things, in addition to the slight nutty sweetness. It's supposed to be a pecan PIE porter, but it needs a bit more brown sugar for that. Has an earthy taste to it as many nut beers do.

Fairly gentle feel. A good balance of sweet with enough roast and bitterness to offset that sweetness. A lingering earthy bitter lasts til the next sip. Has a coffee feel to it. No real heat or taste from the ABV.

Overall a nice beer for the cooler fall months. I'd love to get more pecan flacor and feel a bit more heat from the alcohol, but a nice selection regardless.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Initial smell is very pleasant that is typical porter with just a hint of sweetness. Taste is that of a typical porter but I really could not detect any pecan or brown sugar. And I'm really not sure what Genghis Khan has anything to do with this beer. Perhaps he will appear when you finish the entire bottle? Which of course I could not.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates down to foam. Curtainy lacing.

S: Nutty, malty, chocolate, smokey.

T: Follows nose. Kind of astringent. A nice nutty finish. I think this one would've been better fresher, considering it was about 9 months old.

M: Light to mediums with medium carbonation. Dry.

O: I like Lazy Magnolia's Southern Pecan better. But would love to try it fresher. Perhaps the 2014 edition will come my way.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a nonic to a nice black with a half inch of dense tan head that fades to a small pool leaving a bit of lacing
S: smells kind of nutty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. the nose is fairly sweet
T: the taste on this beer starts a little nutty and then goes brown sugar sweet. the brown sugar sweetness dominates with a bit of chocolate coming through at times along with that pecan flavor. swallow is very sweet with more chocolate, pecan, brown sugar and coffee.
M: this beer is medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Overall a pretty interesting beer. The brown sugar seems to dominate and push the beer toward cloying but it doesn't quite get there. The more I drink it the more it's growing on me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage, bottled on 09/17/13. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that sticked around for a while. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pecans/nuts, brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, and some chocolate. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some coffee, vanilla and dark fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I wouldn't exactly call this a pecan pie porter because I didn't think the nuttiness was all that strong, but it's still a good beer that I'd buy again. $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of lsiberian
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is chocolate black with strong soft brown head and great stay in the glass.

The smell is a moderate sweet roasted brown sugar pecan

The taste is sweet pecan followed by a sweet nutty finish that accurately approximates a pecan pie. Given it's a pecan pie porter that's exactly as expect. Unfortunately the flavor is cloying over time making the beer loose a little bit of it's initial wonder further along the beer.

The mouth is smooth clean crisp and refreshing as expected of a craft beer.

Overall it's a good beer that falls just short of outstanding in the later stages of the glass.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with an off white head and some lacing. The aroma is sweet, sugary, toasty and certainly malty. A bit of a nutty smell as well. In the taste, more sweet caramel, nuts, roasted malt and vanilla type flavor. This would qualify as a dessert beer with a strong sweet nutty notes reminiscent of a vanilla cream hazelnut coffee. Full bodied and smooth, this is a beer that sticks with you with a delicious nutty finish. Overall, this is a sweet nutty beer that I always enjoy. Worthy.

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Photo of CardiacNP
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan Pie Porter.
A very good 7%abv brewed in Massachusetts from the same guys who make great beer names like "muffin top".
It Pours dark, almost black with a nice think brown head.
The aroma is malty surprisingly not much of the pecan.
The taste is very smooth and nutty flavor, more so than pecan. I do not get the pie taste. Not overly sweet. It does develop more as it warms.
The finish Is very nice with almost a hint of peanut butter.
The mouth feel is a little light. I expected maybe a little more viscosity.
Over all a very good and drinkable beer! Worth a try

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a bottle of Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan last month for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Clown Shoes and Pecan Pie Porter sounds pretty interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label pretty nice, I like it and in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that's almost bordering on being black and it didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a really nice looking Porter, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a light brown sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by malts being the first to show up and they impart some medium roasted, slightly grainy, toasted, caramel and light toffee like aromas followed by noticeable nutty aroma. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a very noticeable aroma that is very English Ale yeast like. The aroma was pretty nice but I thought the yeast aspect was a little strong.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like to flavor to it and it's followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the roast seems a little light and more of the toasted flavors show up. Up next comes a noticeable nutty flavor that's on the lighter side and it's followed by the yeast, which still imparts those English Ale yeast aspects and it seems to show up the most. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of bitterness with a grainy, toasted, slightly nutty and yeasty aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought the yeast was a little too dominate and the roast was fairly light.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, slightly silky, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I thought it could be a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of an English style Porter, it reminds me of a Porter I recently had at Grizzly Peak, I didn't think it was too American Porter like because of the yeast and body. I thought the pecans did impart a lighter nutty flavor, but I don't know if I could pick that out if I didn't know about it before hand and I don't really think of Pecan Pie when I drink it. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, slightly silky, not filling and the taste did just an ok job at holding my attention, I think a pint is the perfect amount for me, I could drink the whole bottle, but I would rather split it with someone. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the overpowering English yeast flavors and that the roasted flavors didn't stick out more than they did. I don't think I would buy this beer again, there's a few other nutty beers that I would rather have and I'm not sure that I would recommend this as a good Porter. All in all I was a little let down with this one, it wasn't bad, but I just wasn't expecting it to be so English Porter like and I expected more sweetness with a more pronounced nutty flavor. I never had the version that's brewed with extract, so I can't compare the two. It's not my favorite Clown Shoes beer and it's for sure not a favorite Porter. I appreciate the effort guys, but this one could use a little bit of work.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - quite dark for porter, no light getting through. A thin but solid finger of creamy mocha on top.

Aroma - sweet, malty, roasty with dark chocolate syrup.

Taste - nice malt start, roasty but not ashy, The sweetness shows off very light nuttiness, mostly dark chocolate. Some good espresso notes on the aftertaste, even some mild alcohol warming at the finish. Oh well, maybe four months has lost the pecan, although I am getting some as it warms. Tastes great nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - good sturdy body and crispness, a little fluffy in the mouth but it the heaviness of the grain flavor has no trouble getting through.

Overall - great brew, I hope they brew this again so I can try one fresh enough to enjoy the pecan side.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from these guys been keen to try and pours a dark non see through hue with a khaki laced creamy two finger head and some nice tight lacing here and there,the smell is very porter like with aromas of dark chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a touch of herbal hoppiness and behind all that I do get a little of the pecans and brown sugar but not much,the mouthfeel is almost full bodied with medium carbonation and the tastes are mainly porter with a blend of dark and milk chocolate,dark fruits and in the background the pecans and brown sugar are always there but light on and it's finished with a toasty mocha dryness and overall it's nice but was expecting a bigger influence from the pecans and sadly they are there but not in your face cheers.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 22 oz. bottle into 33 cl snifter. 2013 vintage, no other visible bottling info.

Look- Deep brown, pours with three fingers of khaki head that falls slowly. Good retention, excellent lacing for the style and ABV. Very appealing.

Smell- Somewhat sharp, toastier and nuttier as it warms. Vaguely fruity, vegetal, dusty. Not the best aroma.

Taste- Nice toasty-nutty-caramel flavor, definitely reminiscent of 512 pecan porter but a little bolder, sweeter. Aftertaste is nutty, vanilla and toffee. Lingering graham cracker and molasses.

Mouthfeel- Full body, sluggish carbonation. Smooth, creamy. Lingers on the tongue a bit. A little roasty bite, but mildly cloying. 12 oz. is plenty.

Overall- Pretty good dose of pecan flavor, but I'd probably pick the lighter, leaner 512 pecan porter over this in most cases. It's a little too heavy, a little too sweet. There's definitely potential there, but it's not quite punchy enough or enough butter-caramel-pecan flavor to make it into the all-stars. I'd also recommend holding onto it for a while, it seemed a little green.

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Photo of qchic
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/tan head that fades quickly. Roasty aroma with smoke and a touch of spice. Typical porter flavors but not enough of those pecans I was so curious about. Brown sugar adds to richness of this balanced beer that finishes dry. The body is ample for 7%. It's good, but doesn't say pecan pie to me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours black with foamy, frothy, light tan head. Nose of subtle nut, sugary sweetness, and light caramel. Flavors are rich and roasty forward, with a solid milk chocolate backbone, and caramel highlights ribboning throughout. Subtle nutty highlights in there, too. Sugary sweetness abounds! Smooth bodied, with a sharp end-feel The aftertaste is sugary sweet and rich, with roasted undertones. Smooth, slick finish. Tasty.

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Photo of scratch69
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a fingers worth of tan colored head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness and nuts.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with some nuttiness, molasses, and brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy end of medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Slightly silky and smooth.

Overall- A decent porter, but I would have prefered more of a noticable pecan flavor instead of a generic nutty flavor.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It requires a slightly aggressive pour. I got half a finger of rich brown head over a dark brown body. Retains a good ring, lace falls into beer quickly.

Smells nice and roasty! Deep malt aromas with brown sugar, caramel and roasted nuts. A little hint of dark fruit and chocolate.

Brown sugar and caramel up front start it off. This adds in a richly roasted nuttiness that follows on into the taste of slightly burnt pie crust, pie spices, cinnamon and a little more brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied. It leaves a little trail of residue down the tongue. The carbonation almost seems nil but it doesn't bog down at all, keeps flowing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a really dark brown, almost black in the body, but with some clarity and a slight brown colour at the edges. Head is a little bit filmy, but forms a fine ring of beige around the glass. Carbonation is quite fine in the body, but the body overall is surprisingly light. Looks okay though.

Nose is great. Big brown malt body giving roasted, but sweet and slightly nutty aromas, no doubt enhanced by the pecans. There's a slight brown-sugar/crumble character to it as well, which enhances the suggestion of sweet pecan pie. It does a pretty decent job of matching its description, I have to say.

Taste is also very good. Really pleasant nutty notes always mingled with a slightly fragrant sweetness. Front of the palate is light and sweet, but towards the back the porter notes come in more strongly, giving a rather dark roasted character, almost suggesting a bit of char or ash. It's a bit of a downer in a way, because otherwise the beer is right on message.

Feel is light. Decent enough at least.

Overall, it's still pretty impressive. The nutty characters do come forward very nicely, and if they stayed more persistently the beer as a whole would be more successful. Even so, it's tasty stuff, and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is a bit subdued with some subtle roast and nuttiness along with a hint of brown sugar and mocha. The taste is a little more interesting than the nose, but still pretty underwhelming from what I was hoping for. With that said, it still has some nice nutty notes and good balance. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with decent body and a subtle bitter-sweet finish. Overall, it's not a bad representation of a Porter, but I guess I was expecting it to mimic pecan pie as Southern Tier Pumking mimics pumpkin pie.

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Genghis Pecan (2013) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 324 ratings