Pecan Pie Porter (2016)
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Pecan Pie Porter (2016)Pecan Pie Porter (2016)
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
63
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  15
SCORE
89
Very Good
Pecan Pie Porter (2016)Pecan Pie Porter (2016)
Notes: Genghis Pecan begrudgingly entered a pie eating contest at our request and ended up truly enjoying himself, but he no longer fits into his armor. For this year's version of our Pecan Pie Porter, we tweaked the base recipe and added some honey malt for some additional sweetness along with the roasted pecans. We raise a toast to Genghis Pecan, whose memory will live on as long as you are drinking this beer.
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Stamped dating info on bottle neck is illegible.
Dark brown colored body, with mahogany backlit highlights. Long lasting khaki head, kind of creamy in texture, with lots of tiny bubbles. Some small sheets of lacing are left behind.
Aroma is roasted malts, roasted pecans, and milk chocolate.
Taste is heavily nuanced by the roasted pecans which add a slightly acidic and teeth bracing note. Base is roasted malts. Expresses quite a bit of honey sweetness throughout. Has a milk chocolate note that adds in. Not getting the caramel notes as others have reported.
Mouth feel is coating and medium creamy. No bitterness expressed at all.
I have had this bottle in the cellar for at least a year, probably more. Still very expressive with the added pecans.

Sep 19, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/17/17 bottling

A: Pours black with a tall and dense dark brown head. Good head retention but no real sign of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and vanilla from the bourbon is immediately apparent. Can definitely get a bit of burnt bread and some richness from the pecans in there too.

T: Sweet caramel up front meets an immediate roasted pecan flavor. Lightest hint of chocolate in there along with a touch of honey, especially in the finish. Savory pecan flavor lasts all the way through to the finish, even lingering in the aftertaste. Just a touch of that bourbon harshness in the aftertaste balances it nicely.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: I was always a fan of the original pecan pie porter but this has jumped up one notch with the new recipe and barrel aging. The bourbon balances out the richness and savoryness of the pecans nicely. It's definitely sweeter but not "sweet". Excellent beer.

Sep 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Treated as an imperial porter, bottle was sent to snifter. The appearance was a black color with a fingers worth of tan foamy head that fell off to some concave lace that slid with the sips. The aroma had some caramel/molasses sweetness up front with a little bit of pie crust. Light honey, touch of woodiness, some vanilla, leather, earthiness, and ended with a little bit of milk chocolate. The flavor was moderately a dry sweetness running into the blend of light roasted nuts, pie crust, honey, vanilla which all lead into the aftertaste and then bled into a sticky sweet to roasty sort of finish. The palate was about medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV seemed on par. Overall, pretty nice imperial porter that I could come back to.

Jun 05, 2017
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mjurney from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Deep brown to black, slight ruby red highlights. Creamy tan head.

Aroma:
Brown sugar, molasses, roasted malts, nutty, some chocolate.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, nutty, some chocolate. Dark fruit, fig like. Hop bitterness is mild. Sweet-dry finish. Medium-heavy bodied, smooth, creamy, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's a very good porter.

Mar 18, 2017
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very pretty, but still, opaque blackish brown brew with a khaki-ish head that goes away, but that's my fault; I let my growler go too long unreviewed. Nose is strongly chocolate, though there's a bit of that underlying pecan pie filling/crust light sweetness coming through. Taste is strongly (and deliciously) chocolate, but you do get the beer-ier roasted malt elements there. Mouthfeel is another unfair evaluation having gone flat; it feels thin. A very nice beer, and one hat was better at its freshest.

Mar 02, 2017
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MMOSNN from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - deep dark brown, almost black, and a mocha head with little retention and no lacing.
Smell - pretty subtle in the nose; nutty, roasted and bready malts, brown sugar/molasses, and some chocolate.
Taste - nutty flavors are strong and mixed with chocolate, molasses, and roasted bready malts.
Feel - medium carbonation, medium body, creamy finish.

Mar 01, 2017
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degueulasse from California

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark and fairly thick with a rather creamy head that stays for some time. My sense of smell isn't great, but I caught hints of something sweet, and this was matched by the taste of praline. Not sure I tasted anything all that nutty, but no matter: the pie flavors are more dominant, making this taste like a more than satisfactory dessert.

Jan 31, 2017
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm, deep brown with about a fb of light khaki/off white head. Smells of molasses, toasted malts, hints of pecan and cocoa. Taste is sweet malts forward, chocolate, molasses with nutty quality that flattens out the sweetness with a mineral/earthy quality of hops and fairly clean finish.
Medium bodied with scan effervescence, good mouthfeel and mild astringency.

Overall, a decent porter with some pecan qualities. I'm a bigger fan of their stouts, but this porter is quite good.

Jan 28, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light pecan nose and flavor is sweet, nutty, hints of baked chocolate. $9.50 for 22oz bottle from Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe Londonderry, NH.

Jan 15, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Near-black with a finger of reddish-brown head.

Nose is deep peanut butter and dark chocolate with a touch of pecan. Really nice.

The taste follows with milk and dark chocolate, strong nuttiness, and a touch of oak. Little to no bitterness, and medium sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and soft. Medium viscosity.

Overall, probably one Id revisit. Good stuff but a touch artificial tasting.

Dec 22, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big buttered pecans, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, light cocoa/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pecans and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big buttered pecans, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, light cocoa/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pecans, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of pecans and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, lightly slick/silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol. Overall this is an excellent dessert porter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of pecans and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Nice malty richness, but never overly sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 04, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No bottling date- this is one of the "cheap label" bottles that I believe comes from Schmaltz. Other Schmaltz-bottled Clown Shoes beers have similarly lacked any bottling date. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours black with a finger and a half of sand hued head. A silky layer of retention fans out to thefluffy crown which leaves scattered specks of lacing.

Smells roasty with dark chocolate, pralines and some burnt caramel. Not bad at all.

Tastes very nutty. Roast malt, crushed pecans, turbinado sugar, lactose, caramel, toast and just an occasional tickle of alcohol.

Smooth, creamy medium body with moderate carbonation. Dark malt and toasted pecans play on the palate in the finish.

This year's Pecan Pie Porter may not be my favorite variation of this annual release but is still a fine brew.

Dec 02, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours pitch black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells like roasted pecans, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, honey malt, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, pie crust, with mild earthy grassy herbal pine. Tastes like dark chocolate, mild dark fruits, roasted pecans, dark coffee, caramel, toffee, honey malt, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, pie crust, with some earthy grassy herbal pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice pecan pie porter.

Nov 24, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - another year, another new variant on this holiday-themed tipple.

This beer pours a fairly solid black abyss, yet with some none-too-subtle basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy light brown head, which leaves some tiered streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet milk chocolate, grainy and bready caramel malt, a nuttiness that may or may not be pecan in origin, cafe-au-lait, vanilla cookies, a hint of anise spice, and some very understated weedy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled oily nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, Tootsie Rolls, weak earthy honey, and more of that tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite thorough in its coddling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and genuinely smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a wee bit. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate, caramel, and nuts doing a bang-up job of mimicking the last bite of a store-brand candy bar.

Overall, this is a decently made and more or less drinkable ode to the titular confection - and the other ones that typically surround it at this time of year. Sweet, without necessitating a tongue scraper, if you know what I mean - and let's not forget that 17-proof 'booziness', which is only conspicuous by its overt absence in the proceedings here. Why, yes, uncle Dave, I'll have another!

Nov 22, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with a sliver of tan head. Nice viscosity, slight head retention & lacing

S: Caramel, chocolate & nuttyness, great nose, especially once warmed up

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front. Faint charred grain notes, chocolate, dryness, & pecan hulls as this warms. Finishes dry, nutty, with a little caramel, with a slight astringency like pecan shells

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

This is a fun beer that works for me, almost wish I had one to go with my pie in a few days

Nov 21, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A coal black brew with two fingers of dark tan froth above. Smells of milk chocolate, caramel, honey and faintly roasted nut. More milk chocolate on the tongue, along with slight notes of plum, caramel, honey and nut. A bit of yeast is noticed as well. Medium in body. There's a tingle of alcohol heat in the finish.

I'm never really blown away by Clown Shoes beers, but they are generally consistent and tasty, and this one fits that bill very nicely.

Nov 10, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Patriots pint glass, couldn't find the bottle date, but it is pretty fresh. Pours a dark brown with a two inch tan head that leaves some nice lace behind.

Smell is biscuit, pecan, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and toffee.

Taste follows pecan, cocoa upfront with coffee, vanilla, biscuit, and some honey in the subtle finish.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, a good amount of carbonation, not really dry, and excellent drinkability for 8.5% ABV.

Overall this is a very nice porter, really love how they slightly tweak the recipe each year.

Nov 06, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle date.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and the head is thick and light brown. The head forms very large and fizzy at first, then recedes to a medium sized foamy cap.

Aroma: Even while pouring I was getting a strong chocolate aroma. Closer to the glass I get more of that tootsie roll chocolate scent and a bit of a nutty aroma. It doesn't smell like pecans though.

Taste: It has a nice toasty flavor. Honestly the only thing about this beer that reminds me of pecan pie is a burnt pie crust. There is a bit of a chocolate flavor. Not much in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with just a touch of a charcoal bite that doesn't hamper drinkability.

Overall: It's a good porter but it doesn't taste anything like pecans or pie. I would highly recommend against buying the beer if you want it for its pecan merits. As a porter it's pretty good but the lack of any lingering aftertaste makes it feel a bit empty. It's not one I would pick up again.

Nov 05, 2016
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer comes off exactly as advertised. You have your base porter, which is a solid beer. Then you add some honey and roasted pecans, and you get pecan pie porter, a sweet, nutty, enjoyable beer.
Well done!

Oct 30, 2016
Pecan Pie Porter (2016) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 63 ratings