Pecan Pie Porter (2014)
Clown Shoes

Pecan Pie Porter (2014)Pecan Pie Porter (2014)
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Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
384
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Pecan Pie Porter (2014)Pecan Pie Porter (2014)
Notes: We aged 1/3 of the recipe in bourbon barrels and changed our pecan roasting method, so the beer will have a much different taste.
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle, drank August 31st 2016. Poured into a pint it has a black body with a fluffy beige 2 inch head. Smell of pecan, sweet malt, chocolate, slight roasted barley, coffee, and cinnamon. Taste is a bit of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, lots of pecan, little bit of coffee, little bit of roasted barley, and caramel. Mouth feel is full as well as body and carbonation. Definitely the best year for pecan porter for Clown Shoes, and all around fantastic.

Sep 01, 2016
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Sundrifter from Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very nice dark brown color with a light tan head and smelled very sweet with some distinct notes of malts, coffee and pecans. Tastes very rich and roasty with pecans, chocolate, coffee and bourbon being the more dominant flavors that stand out. It's also quite drinkable given it's moderately high alcohol content. I enjoyed this porter a lot and highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys Fall flavors.

Mar 03, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - black with very nice tan head decent size sticks around for a bit good lacing.

Smell - I get roasted malts and chocolate some molasses very sweet smell.

Taste - Sweet oak and roasted malts I also get some chocolate and molasses maybe some brown sugar.

Feel - slightly fuller body very smooth and creamy.

Overall - A very good porter I wish I could find some more.

Jan 29, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear half-pint glass
From: Yard House in Waikiki (Honolulu), Hawaii
Price: $4.35
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany color with two fingers of dark, khaki tan, frothy head when I got it. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled pecan, dark toffee, brown sugar, light molasses, roasty malts, coffee beans, honey, maple syrup and honey walnuts. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose, getting roasty malts, dark espresso, pecan, molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate, faint licorice, light char, dark honey and faint bourbon barrel. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This beer got better as it went down. Pretty good overall, although hard to taste the bourbon barrels. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

Dec 29, 2015
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Viaduck from California

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lovely shade of black with an ample light brown head. Smells pretty; pecans & coffee & chocolate & caramel & spice. Tastes slightly salty-slightly sweet, very nice flavor. Pecans & porter go together nicely. The pecan flavor could be a more pronounced but this is still an excellent porter.

Dec 06, 2015
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle to goblet. Thick dark brown color. Light brown head. Taste is Toasted pecans, very malty. Brown sugar. Feel is very foamy. Thick. A little disappointed. This was very filling and did not do well with thanksgiving dinner.

Nov 26, 2015
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black with a light brown head that fades to a cap and leaves some spotty lace. Notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, smoke, light nuttiness, and some earthy char. Full body, creamy feel that leaves a coating on the palate. Overall a solid porter, it isn't flashy but it's well done with balanced roasted and sweet profile.

Nov 05, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pecans/nuts, dark malts and a hint of coffee. The flavor is pecans, dark malts, a relatively small hint of spicy heat, fruit/dark fruit and an acidic/coffee finish.

Sep 24, 2015
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bgold86 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, pours jet black with a beautiful dark brown head. Nose is sweet, almost like a bowl of cherries with hints of vanilla. You can taste the pecans, but that's about it. Very drinkable porter at 8%.

Sep 05, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass. Pours black with a 1.5 finger head of sticky, tan foam. Doesn't have a strong aroma, but I get notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, vanilla, and honey. Medium-heavy weight, and very smooth on the mouthfeel. Smokey, roasted pecans and chocolate up front, accompanied by a pleasant bitterness. Finishes smooth. But wait, it's not until the aftertaste that this beer comes to life. Loads of bitter, smokey pecans, chocolate, toffee, and maple syrup on the aftertaste. One of the few beers that tastes better when it's gone - and not in a bad way.

Overall, a very interesting offering from Clown Shoes. I'm always excited to try a new beer by these guys, and this one didn't let me down. A very tasty, roasty porter, but with a delicious touch of pecans. Brilliant.

May 30, 2015
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a0lbudman from Alabama

4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-black with a large brown head that leave a good lace around the glass
S-roasted and a light caramel, but has a chocolate bitter aroma
T-roast, chocolate, and a sweet caramel taste to start, then a slight bitterness in the aftertaste
F-sticky full body
O- great aroma, taste and feel

Apr 21, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body with large tan head leaves nice lacing.
S - Some typical porter roasty toasty, but there is a sweetness from the pecan and/or the barrel aging that comes through nicely.
T - Light roast, light vanilla, caramel sweetness rushes in and overwhelms everything else. Some booziness heats it up then it settles back down to the malt sweetness.
M - Medium to heavy body for a porter. Light carb. Slick feel. Aftertaste lingers.
O - Wasn't expecting much from this brew. I got it as a gift, but this is an interesting brew especially if your a fan of pecan.

Apr 19, 2015
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SFC21 from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose of roasty coffee with hints of sweet pie. Flavors open up a lot more as it warms. Great roasty flavors, a bit of smoke, and just a touch of bourbon and barrel. Lighter feel than expected, which works well here. Overall an enjoyable beer.

Apr 06, 2015
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Extreme dark brown in color; almost opaque. Thin, toffee colored head with nice lacing. The smell is unique: the pecans are prevalent but with plenty of coffee and chocolate, which one would expect in a porter. Well carbonated, it has a nice mouth feel. The taste is equally pleasant. There is a touch of vanilla sweetness. You can discern the bourbon but it isn't overpowering. Taste is a little bitter at the end. Overall, this is an interesting, well-crafted beer. I enjoyed it.

Feb 22, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pumpkin Pie Porter is the absolute darkest shade of brown imaginable, with a nice 1/4" foamy, tan head. It visually could not be any better or stylistically appropriate, taking into account the beautiful lacing on the glass as well.

In regards to the aroma... I'm experiencing a delightful roasty mix! Chocolate malts, coffee bean, roasted nuts, brown sugar, sweet vanilla and bourbon. After indulging in a healthy swig, the flavor and body reveal themselves to be bigger and more abundant than even the intricate aroma leads one to believe. What's even more wild, is that it goes down so easily... this 22 oz will be gone in no time! I have to say, the roasted pecan and spices blend very nicely with the barrel aged aspect. Lots of fresh coffee in there, too.
I'm not sure what exactly was done with this new recipe of barreling 25% of the beer and mixing it with the base brew containing pecan, but however it's constructed, they certainly nailed it! it's so balanced and silky smooth - it has a wonderful mouthfeel. The finish is a bit oaky and earthy, again, fitting in just right and rounding things out. The flavor stays with you, but that doesn't mean I'm taking very long to reach for another sip! Overall, I think this is a real crowd pleaser , and just happens to be very seasonally appropriate at the current moment too!

Feb 18, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge chocolate notes emerge in aroma, with a nutty malt presence.

Flavor follows the aroma closely, fairly sweet, but with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Feb 16, 2015
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was ready to write this off as a very good porter with too little pecan, but the more it warmed in the glass the more the nut flavor came through. Truly unique beer.

Feb 01, 2015
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ZebraCakez from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent porter, but I bought it because I was hoping it would taste a lot more like pecan pie, which it falls short on. There's something there, but it's very faint and quickly gone. No complaints with this beer technically, but I doubt I'll be picking up more (unless I find it for cheap).

Jan 28, 2015
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tedvr from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours really thick with a medium caramel covered head. Faint nutty smell with a malt background. Taste of nuts and burnt caramel, but not as much flavor as I expected. Little creamy with mild carbonation. Overall not as much as I was hoping.

Jan 18, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Pecan Pie Porter."

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

8% ABV. Purchased here in Austin and served cold into a pilsner glass there. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average; I liked but didn't love the old Pecan Pie Porter.

25% bourbon barrel aged. Ostensibly brewed with roasted pecans, though the label's mention of "natural flavors" has me suspicious...

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours entirely foam. The body doesn't emerge for a good 30 seconds. Head is khaki in colour, beautifully supple and creamy, thick, and has a gorgeous even, smooth complexion. Soft-looking and luscious. Retention is incredible - this easily lasts 10 minutes, and leaves a light albeit thick coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Dark opaque cola-black. Not an ink or jet black, but dark. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a nice looking porter, but isn't amongst the best in the style I've seen. It's not unique or special, but I'm looking forward to trying it and the head retention is fantastic.

AROMA: Heavy caramelization, with evocative pecan notes. Cream, dark malts, sugar glaze, and wonderful maple. Hazelnut. I struggle to identify the spice mentioned on the label - maybe nutmeg, or even cinnamon? It's definitely on the sweeter side, and - as I feared - has an artificial feel to it, no doubt a result of the "natural flavors."

I miss the roast mentioned on the label - both in terms of pecan and roasted barley. Additionally, any bourbon character is disappointingly reticent; I get a dab of vanilla but no rich toasty oak, barrel sugars, etc.

Fundamentally, what really works is the pairing of pecan character and classic American porter dark malts. Sure, some chocolate malt presence would help, as would bourbon, but it's not an unappealing aroma. Aromatic intensity is mild.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are/is detectable.

TASTE: Has your usual dark and chocolate malt backbone, with some artificial pecan character adding an atypical but welcome dimension; it's just a shame the pecan isn't more authentic. For a nutty brew, though, it is pretty evocative. Caramelization is heavy, but works with the nuttiness. I think I find some hazelnut, but I'm not sure. And any spice is reticent at best; I search for nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice - I can't identify any overt spice.

Speaking of reticent, where the shits is the bourbon barrel character? I pick up on no toasty oak, no barrel sugars, and no real vanilla. A shame, as this flavour profile would definitely from bourbon character.

It does feature some nice notes of cream, schwarz malts, and malty sweetness, as well as some cocoa and pie crust. Actually, there it is - I do find some nutmeg buried in that pie crust, but it's hidden, and doesn't seem worth the effort to add. Faint nougat.

Overall, I find it wanting. The premise is great - a bourbon barrel aged pecan porter? Count me in. But the execution just isn't quite there. The pecan should be more genuine, the bourbon more present, and the spice more well integrated. It's on the sweeter side, which isn't a problem, but more chocolate and vanilla would give that sweetness more soul. It also leans a bit too hard into cola territory, hinting at schwarzbier/black lager notes - which just plain don't work in a porter.

Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. Balance is decent but lackluster, and the build isn't what it should be. This could be a far richer and more evocative brew, and should boast more intricacy and subtlety. I do like the pie crust character, and that's a compelling avenue down which to take a pecan porter build, but it's not committed to.

Caramelization dominates. I do like it, but its artificiality is bothersome.

There's no off character, overt booze, or noticeable hop profile.

TEXTURE: It's too creamy and light-bodied for a porter, weakening its presence on the palate in spite of its fair thickness and apt smoothness & wetness. It's unrefreshing, but what porter isn't? Carbonation isn't quite on the mark, but I can't decide which direction it errs in.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, rough, or dragging.

Overall presence on the palate is decent. This texture fails to elevate the beer, but suits the taste decently. More of an assertive heavy feel would help it substantially.

OVERALL: On par with my memory of the last iteration of this beer, which is to say it has some nice elements but doesn't quite come together like it should. The build isn't gestalt, though it does have cohesion, and the mouthfeel just doesn't quite accentuate the taste the way it ought to. That said, it's a drinkable beer and I'd be curious to try future variations of this because I see a lot of potential here. Those drinkers hoping for a bourbon-forward brew will be severely disappointed. Worth trying.

B-

Jan 12, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It'd be convenient for Pecan Pie Porter to have, as many porters do, pecan-coloured highlights but no - it is entirely, thoroughly opaque and not even an LED lamp can tease any colour out of this pitch black beer. Not at all. Its head, however, does have an almond-tint.

The brewery calls this "a decadent tribute to autumn" and they aren't just whistling dixie. It has the air of a sweet and satisfying dessert, with just the right amount of roastiness to keep it in check. Despite an appreciable amount of candied pecan flavour, the beer smells properly balanced.

And that extends to the palate; while one can certainly appreciate the influence of bourbon-barrel aging, it is by no means overwhelming. Strong vanilla and wood spice notes permeate the palate but are tempered by flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, and heavily toasted nuts.

Malts do indeed hold their own against the barrel. The sweetness combats the alcohol strength (a relatively modest 8%) impressively and ensures an unusual approachability for something (even partially) barrel-aged; it's not often bourbon casks have such a soft touch. This may lack the intensity but it benefits from the depth; rich vanilla notes compliment the malt.

There are plenty of American microbreweries that are consistently average and many that are occasionally great, but few are as consistently great as Clown Shoes. For a brewery that always sounds like they're joking around, they make some of the beers most worthy of being taken serious. This blend of barrel and non-aged porter is seamlessly done. A laudable effort indeed.

Jan 10, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
2014 Vintage.

Appearance
Black with a short, brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Dark chocolate, pecans, milk chocolate, raisin, and hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Taste
Loads of chocolate, both dark and milk. Definite pecan nuttiness. Roasted barley, caramel, and raisin. Subtle notes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, crisp, and slightly sticky.

Overall
Super well balanced. Tasty and easy drinking. Pecan Pie Porter rules! Clown Shoes rules!

Jan 09, 2015
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger foamy caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is earthy and nutty with hints of toffee, caramel, cocoa, espresso, and vanilla. The taste is dominated by the nuts as well along with hints of coffee, molasses, cocoa, subtle soy sauce, toffee, vanilla, with the barrel aging becoming much more evident as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Overall, I loved the nuttiness of this beer, but it was a tad thin with a bit too much carbonation. Would love to see a stout version of this beer. With that said, Clown Shoes doesn't make bad beers, and this is still a really solid Porter.

Jan 04, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What better way to get ready for Xmas than an beer that should be drank at the end if Xmas.

Twas the night before Christmas and the beer that I poured,
Fluffed into my glass the pitch black color lured,
me into peek further dark head so thick,
leaves lacing here and there but just a lick.
legs on the sides drip down nice and slow,
reminder of the alcohol hidden below.

Nose abounds with dark malts and sweet things,
roasty chocolate malts and the cocoa it brings,
a mild fluffy nougat mixed with a nice nut,
a sweet candy brown sugar is there too but,
the biggest thing around that carries the nose,
is the caramel and vanilla that mix in nice prose.
A fleck of sweet pie filling mixed with pecan,
finishes that nice aroma and enjoy it I can.

Taste is nice too, but not as much as the nose,
the heavy roasted malts and char really shows,
some alcohol cuts through with a mild warm booze,
and taste is there too to make some frat bros cry "dudes",
A nice toasted cocoa with dark chocolate too,
Some creamy oats toasted right through.
Lots more caramel with nuts that are faint,
but a pecan pie I pretty much think it ain't.
A touch of vanilla on the back end rounds nice,
With a hoppy bitterness balancing to suffice.

Finish is sticky but dry and a bit sweet,
lingering acrid roasty bitter dark malt meat,
A touch of earthy bitterness and sticky caramel,
not the best tasting finish for a beer to sell.

Mouth is medium bodied and a bit oat like creamy,
Decent carbonation and the booze is a bit gleamy.

Overall not bad, a nice dark malt flavor,
But the heavy roast and bitterness don't savor,
A bit acrid and burnt don't blend with the beer,
the nuts are too light and pie isn't anywhere near,
Enjoyable at least, I can say that it is,
but what I was expecting from these guys, it's fizz.

This was one of the early beers from Clown Shows, before they really hit their stride, so I think that it wasn't as good as most of their beers. Now. it really was missing that nice pecan pie flavor, which attempts to come through now and then, but really gets overpowered by that big roasty acrid flavor. I really wish this was more pecan pie like as I think I really would ahve enjoyed that beer.

Dec 25, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly. Some mild lace develops on the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and a decent nut aroma are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, toasted nuts, brown sugar, a hint of maple syrup, and a moderate bitterenss are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, smoother at the finish. A little more full bodied than other porters.

Overall: a decent winter beer for drinking in front of a warm fireplace. Nice flavor profile and easy to drink.

Dec 21, 2014
Pecan Pie Porter (2014) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 384 ratings