Coffee Pecan Pie Porter
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Coffee Pecan Pie PorterCoffee Pecan Pie Porter
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Style:
American Porter
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
248
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
88
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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle black under a 1 finger thick mocha head which fades slowly and leaves splotchy lace. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, coffee, aged wood and faint spices. Flavor is slightly astringent coffee (older bottle) roast, faint vanilla, and nutty/earthy. Semi-full body and semi-high carbonation. Finishes somewhat creamy and roasty.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with brownish head. Aroma has dark, roasted malts and coffee beans. Taste is slightly sweet and malty at first but gets more bitter and roasty with big coffee notes on the finish. Body is on the light side, carbonation is medium. Overall it's a good coffee porter but I expected it to be more nutty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light coffee notes with some hazelnut, dust and light pecan notes. Taste is a mix of light pecan notes with some hazelnut and coffee with some black chocolate notes. Body is semi-full with good carbonation. Not bad but missing some balance between the flavors.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Each year we tweak our Pecan Pie Porter. For 2015, we added cold brewed coffee from Atomic Cafe in Beverly, MA. Smooth porter flavors with sweet roast and rich nutty notes resulted. Genghis Pecan, after attacking beer thieving turkeys for 3 years in a row, has now achieved ultimate victory. He reclines eating pie, sipping a cup of coffee under autumn leaves. Genghis, we salute your valiant Mongolian spirit!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter with pecans and spices and with coffee added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a pale cocoa over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.5

(Smell) Rich chocolate malts, lightly caramelized malt body, delicate roasted pecan nuttiness and very slight coffee impact with delicate fruit notes and light acidity. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor follows the aroma, with chocolate malts, light roasted grains and soft caramel bread, a delicate roasted coffee bean backbone and no noted pecan flavor. Drinks fine as a porter, but very underwhelming as far as the pecan and coffee additives go. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly oily, lightly roasted, softly acidic, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even roasted bitter and acidic to sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Not a particularly well-presented coffee nor pecan impact in this otherwise ordinary porter, resulting in a very average beer. 3.5

Clown Shoes'
Coffee Pecan Pie Porter
3.59/5.00

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Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a ton of pecan nuttiness but otherwise a tasty beer. Coffee is prominent with chocolate close behind. I do wish there was more from the pecans however.

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Photo of justinp444
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it is mostly head (was definitely not shaken anytime near opening) and a black body after it dissipated. Smell is coffee, pecan, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, lots of nuttiness, and some earth. Taste is pecan, coffee, chocolate, a bit of cinnamon, roasted malt, some molasses, vanilla, and earth. Mouth feel is full as well as body and carbonation. My least favorite out of the pecan pie series, the coffee is nice but adds too little for what it takes away. Less pecan flavor, less spice, less complexity, and just more in your face coffee flavor.

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Extremely dark brown-black. Carbonation consists of mostly medium to large bubbles that develop a 2 finger rather thick froth but creamy solidly khaki head; both the head retention and lacing is decent. Nice glass curtain and surface remains after is settles.

Aromatics: Nose has a bit of alcohol waft at the beginning but it carries with it the dark roasted malts and coffee-pecan payload. The pecan is (as expected) the subtlest of the aromas, the bitter toastiness of molasses and burnt caramels overrides the gentle nuttiness that pecans would exude. The coffee does stand out a fair bit, and with it common other scents like cacao and vanilla.

Taste: The first part of the sip is a bit tame but is followed by a heavy in-your-face- espresso strength coffee, dark and bitter, but the softer flavours of pecan (if you can sense it) to me its just a sweet nutty flavour, and of course there is a bit of dark chocolate, but there are some hints at some earthier sweets - anise/fennel comes to mind, mildly herbal and spice qualities that do give it a bit more complexity than I would have thought especially after the flavour pack that happens so early on.

Feel: A very robust character; retains a little crispness in the carbonation but still has some creaminess as well. The finish is surprisingly quite dry and the bitterness aftertaste does meander away quite quickly.

Overall: Its strong, rich, and bitter nature make it a good choice for an early morning pick-me-up or after dinner as a digestif. It has enough complexity: smooth, creamy, rich bitter, and sweet nuttiness - that if I see again I may just pick it up again, but only because my food pairing for it is a natural fit. I enjoyed it as a single one-off, but I think this is one of those beers that begs to be a part of a meal if not used in the prep of a meal.

Pairing: My first inclination was to try this porter with a porter/stout cheese just as a way to capitalize on the stout aspect and introduce a bit of creaminess and fat to de-bitter the beer a touch. Though this is a really good combo, I always think of what I had at the pub last St. Patrick’s Day when I have a stout or porter… and then it hit me - though I love my Irish heritage (on my father’s side) and a good plate of boiled cabbage and bacon sounded great in my head; I immediately lept to my mom’s Ukrainian heritage when I thought cabbage. Sour cabbage rolls! - made the way my Baba would make them with sour cabbage, ground beef/pork and bacon, smother and baked with a tomato sauce that only a grandma could make. Now this is a pairing!

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Photo of atr2605
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention and leaves nice lacing
S-tons of roasted coffee, cocoa, pecans, wet stone
T-dominated by the roasted coffee flavor, followed by pecan nuttiness, dry biscuit flavors in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-very solid porter, pecan flavor is a bit subdued but still very tasty beer

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Photo of g_rat
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look- Dark brown and opaque. Creamy espresso like head with good lacing.

Smell- sweet caramel, roasted malts, faint hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Very subtle overall.

Taste - coffee, vanilla, cream. Sweet with just the right amount of bitterness

Feel- smooth as silk with little to no carbonation. Surprisingly thin for such a dark beer.

Overall - very good & drinkable beer. Smooth for the amount of alcohol. Not getting any of the pecan pie flavor.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served chilled into a Mill Street pint glass. Purchased while visiting the US. Bottled October 6, 2015.

Appearance - Pours virtually jet black, no light gets through. A nice finger of tan head appears and lingers for a while leaving behind a trail of lacing at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Lots of coffee up front there are some other aromas going on that sort of have a buttery pie crust and nutty aroma, but it's not decisive. Maybe some herbs as well.

Taste - Lots of coffee up front with a creaminess to it. Some salted caramel and maybe a faint hint of nuts comes in afterwards. Flavors not as bold as expected especially the pecan and caramel.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, super creamy, the mouthfeel is a delight. Slick without being heavy. Full-bodied yet light on the tongue. Superb. Hides the booze very well.

Overall - Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter is a fine experience, however the smells and flavors lack the intensity that some of the other "infused type" of beers seem to have (think Pumking, Warlock by Southern Tier, Peche Mortel and FBS) where in addition to being a high alcohol punch, the flavors are rich and intense. While that may not be for everyone, that is the way I prefer my flavored stouts. Still it's a good effort that is rescued by a silky smooth, rich and creamy mouthfeel, that is nearly beyond reproach. Worth a try if you get a chance, if for nothing else to an experience a well made coffee stout with great mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours nearly totally black with a thin cap of brown head that leaves a thin sheet of dripping lace as it recedes.

Smells of cold coffee, pecan pie drizzled with caramel, semi-sweet chocolate and faint herbal hops.

Tastes of creamy coffee, pecan pie and mixed roasted nuts, more baker's chocolate and more mild drying hops.

Feels soft and creamy. Full bodied with firm carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Not enough pecan pie to satisfy the pastry gods, but good enough anyways.

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Photo of andreak8
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown (almost black) color with mahogany on the rim
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of roast nuts
T: Strong espresso taste, bitter dark chocolate and subtle pecan pie sweetness finish
F: Medium creaminess, medium carbonation, crisp finish
O: Fun bitter-sweet porter that will definitely become a regular

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed form the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This smooth beast pours a muddled brownish black with a touch of brown outlines. A firm head of mixed bubbled foam settles to a thick ring, light pool, and nice lacing. Nose of subtle coffee, deep nutty aroma on the verge of a wood mill, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors exceed the nose with rich roasted malts on the front and middle, subtle brown sugar on the sides, subtle light herbal hops on the rear, and light cold pressed coffee flavors on the back that feature VERY smooth and light bittering coffee notes. Very nice mouth feel, slick and coating with a subtle nutty/woodsy aftertaste with medium carbonation to keep it lively. Overall an excellent porter that hides it's strength very well.

Cheers

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black but light does pass thru when pouring. Light tan head, slightly creamy with solid retention.

Coffee up front but not overpowering, its like coffee with cream to dull it. Faint pecan, I had to imagine pecan swirls (little debbie snack) to pick it up. Perhaps I just tricked myself, I don't know!

Creamy mouthfeel with a light coffee syrup-like taste up front. Dry after that, nutty, the roasted malt character is way in the back which is a nice change. So many porters/stouts I try with a bit too much roast up front.

Amazing lacing too, just noticed. Every line is there.

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Photo of Sathanas
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sent by my buddy Lee, thanks Lee! Coffee is the main player but with a nice balance of the usual imp porter aspects and a slight pecan pie/Caramilk bar in the background. For the price, definitely worth it!

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of wood, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of hop, hint of wood, and slight oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma is muted, the body was weak at first but with multiple sips I was able to discern some more finite characteristics; a very subtle brew.

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Photo of soupermirl
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Toasty, roasty, slightly hoppy. Nice nose, hints of chocolate. Taste pretty good. Dry finish. It's a good beer for sure. Hints of chocolate in the after taste.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with no discernable bottling date

Pours opaque black with a thin mocha head after an aggressive pour

Smells as advertised with coffee and pecans

Pecan taste lost in the smell, good coffee presence especially in back. Could use a bit more sweetness to live up to it's name. Edit: A bit sweeter as it warms

Nice and carbonated, as a lager fan I love it, creamy coating on the tongue too

Overall a good Porter

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Photo of T-34-85
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was looking forward to this beer, but in the end, it did not provide any particularly unique character from a typical heavier porter. I was looking for a porter with a little extra oomph.

Overall, this is a decent porter, with malty nose and sturdy malt taste and a thin to average mouthfeel, but nothing distinguishing.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For once-- maybe it's my nose, but I have been longing for a porter
to make itself known before I quaff a sip!
This porter's got a coffee hit-- I think the pecan pie part is just hype. Sounds good.
It's by all means a porter on first and second and third... tasting.
It's not quite the "Clown Shoes" stance I expected-- I expected POWER... but maybe that's just their Imperial stouts.
Flavor is nicely balanced and I believe that this beer fits into the definition of Porter with aplomb.
It is worth your time and money to sample.

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Photo of MicTar
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4oz from draft

L: black and thick with brownish head
S: coffee followed by more coffee. Really all I smelled was coffee, yummy yummy coffee
T: coffee upfront followed by pecans
F: astringent, just like eating pecans. No real pecan pie sweetness
O: pretty good Porter, not as sweet as some I have had but still good

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter a couple weeks ago for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I wasn't the biggest fan of Ghengis Pecan, but I thought the coffee might work well with this one and it could be worth a try so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks great, it's got a great design and it goes well with the story on the label. It poured a dark brown color that was almost black and it didn't let any light come through with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium amount of sweetness with the English ale yeast being the first to show up and it impart some typical english yeast flavors that are followed by the coffee which imparts a nice black coffee like aroma. Up next comes a sweet pecan like aroma that is just a little noticeable. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I wish the english ale yeast was toned down a little.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the english ale yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the coffee which imparts the same black coffee aspect that it did in the aroma and it's followed by a little bit of chocolate. Up next comes some roasted and slightly charred malts that lead into some very light pecan pie aspects and on the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a black coffee like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice beer, but I still wish the yeast wasn't so dominant.

M- Fairly smooth, not too crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with it.

Overall I thoought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, the coffee seemed to work well with this beer, but it still had the same issues that I had with Genghis pecan. This beer had nice drinkability, I think on glass would be a good amount of me. What I like the most about this beer is that the coffee worked well with the base beer, What I like the least about this beer is the balance, it could have had less yeast flavors. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love it and I think with a little work it could be a great beer. It's not a favorite Clown Shoes beer and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was a nice take on the style.

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Photo of Slack
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown to Ruby brown in color with little head and tremendous lacing.

Aromas of coffee, pecan, cinnamon, and malt.

Taste is coffee dominated with roasted / sweet malts, very minor pecans, and some hops.

Mouthful is medium, creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finish lingers.

Not bad or good. The name would be better served without pecan pie. This beer is acpretty straight forward Porter with nothing remarkable going on. Easily drinkable but not nearly as good as Edmund Fitzgerald or similar. Pass on this bottle but try a taster on tap.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulips:

Appearance: jet black, with mahogany brown highlights on the rim. Mocha-colored fluffy head atop this lovely brew, which lingers awhile. Tons of lacing.

Aroma: espresso is the dominant scent here, along with some mild allspice and cinnamon. Little bit of roasted malt as the base.

Taste: definitely starts more subdued, but gets much better as the beer warms a little. I got mostly espresso and coffee, with a little sweetness mixed in. I didn't really detect a pecan pie flavor, though I did get some spices.....a touch of cinnamon, a little caramel.

Feel: felt thin to me, more English-style Porter than thick, luscious American style. Carbonation was more crisp than I'd expected. Creamy in the mouth, but dry on the finish.

Overall: a very nice Porter, but at $9.99 for the bottle, I might go with Sam Smith next time.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark porter with an almost black body to it and topped off with a thick, medium tan head that sticks around for a long time. The head is thick, creamy and very billowy and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.
Roasted malts and coffee bean come through followed by chocolate, mild fig and raisin aromas with a hint of bitterness to it.
Nice roasted malts and coffee bean hit you first followed by the chocolate some mild caramel and slightly bitter overall. The aftertaste is thin and filled with that familiar cocoa bitterness.
Light bodied, maybe a little to light bodied for a porter, but very smooth and refreshing.
Overall this is a pretty good porter and another good beer from Clown Shoes.

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