Pecan Pie Porter (2014) | Clown Shoes

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Pecan Pie Porter (2014)Pecan Pie Porter (2014)

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. My dad always liked pecan pie on his birthday, which is a week from today - also, plenty of you Yanks are probably having some variation of it tonight, so here I go.

This beer pours a solid abyssal black, with very slight basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy beige head, which leaves some chunky Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted pecans, gritty caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle Bourbon notes - vanilla and a meek woody spiciness - dry black licorice, a hint of day-old coffee, and a soft bitter earthiness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, more sugary than roasted pecan pie, still mild Bourbon essences - the same vanilla and rye grain infused woodiness - mocha coffee, anise candies, and gently burgeoning booze.

The carbonation is quite understated, and barely frothy in its bearing, the body a sturdy medium weight, and well smooth, a splendid creaminess just sort of sliding it right into my pleasure center. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel, sugary pecan, and barrel character not really facing much opposition in the matter.

A tasty American Porter, sure, but this could equally be a dark nut brown ale, if we're up for splitting hairs. Anyway, enjoyable in its full-flavoured nuttiness, while the Bourbon supporting actors do just enough to add, rather than overwhelm. Decent, and a recommendable accompaniment to the titular dessert, and probably many others this time of year.

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Photo of braugon
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a good porter but i expected more coffee and pecan pie. stick w coffee stouts

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of gibgink
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Studfarm69
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Iparedman
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kgammell1
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful jet black brew topped with a dark tan head of enormous size and fantastic retention. Thick lacing.

Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, pecans, and maple syrup dominate the aroma, in about that order. There is a faint whiff of vanilla, oak, and bourbon that are masked by the pecan; difficult to pick out. Smells very roasty, indeed!

Flavor matches the aroma. Roasted barley is dominant, coming through primarily as dark cacao and black coffee. Pecans and vanilla round out the main flavor profile. There's a very faint sour tinge to the oak and bourbon, mostly on the back end, along with a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is shockingly thin, considering everything else. Very drinkable; no noticeable alcohol heat. Smooth, with very little sting, but not very lively, either.

This is a very, very tasty porter; really excellent, in fact. It definitely hits the spot for a robust porter, with just enough sweetness, pecan, and barrel notes to set it apart. I would prefer a thicker mouthfeel, but I'm quibbling.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into my Surly goblet...
A - Pours black brown with a thin caramel colored head that reduces quickly.
S - I smell coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla.
T - Flavor follows aroma - coffee and dark chocolate dominating with a sweet finish.
M - Thin mouth feel.
O - I've never had a slice of pecan pie so I can't say if this smells or tastes like the pie. But I don't smell or taste pecans. But this is a good tasting porter with a sweet edge.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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