Pecan Pie Porter | Clown Shoes

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Pecan Pie PorterPecan Pie Porter

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by jamie2dope on 11-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drdang
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best one from Ipswich breweries. I have tried all of the clown shoe series. All of them all exceptional. Pecan Pie just put you to holiday spirits. By the time you finish the bottle you are burping pecan pie,the beer is thick and full bodied.

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Photo of BenjieK
4.79/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Blanchard's in Allston. Holiday leftover?

A: Dark brown. Fluffy tan head. Nice lace.

S: Woaaaahhh! Pie crust, butter, pecans, chocolate, dark fruits, some hop. Sweet, very sweet.

T: Not as sweet as the nose but the flavors are all there. Finishes dry and roasty.

M: Low carbonation. Creamy.

D: Hard to take the bomber down, but doable.

Edit: Just tried this years version and it is better! More balance. Less overpowering nose, more pleasing mouthfeel. Great beer!!

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Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a whim considering I haven't had a bad brew from Clown Shoes. This one does not let me down! Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pour is a deep mahogany brown almost black with a nice healthy one finger tan head that slowly fades leaving nice side lacing and a good tan cloud.

S - Sweet mother of mercy. If I could give something higher than a 5 I would for this. At the appropriate temperature this porter is knock your socks off. Buttery pie crust and cake batter, carmel, vanilla, butter pecan icecream, and some chocolate.

T - Similar to the aromas, though much more muted. Still, its incredible how the piecrust and pecan nut flavour assaults the pallet. This is shocking how this profile can be made with the handful of ingrediants. Malty roastyness with full pecan pie flavours.

M - Nice and smooth and creamy with a slight dryness at the end. Low carbonation is typical here but man is this smooth and creamy.

D - Great taste, great mouthfeel, and a crazy good aroma. The aroma is very, very intense and reminds me of Southern Tier Pumpking. This is a very flavorful porter that delivers exactly what it claims it will. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of wburch1967
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clown Shoes beer have been among the best I've tried locally as I am getting into the craft beers. I thought I missed this one, then randomly was in a shop on the North shore and was able to grab it. The beer is mohogany brown with a big tan head. Not much lacing. The smell was awesome. Pie crust, vanilla, dark malt, a little hops. The tastd was a little less great, but well balanced, just a little thinner and less sweet than I thought it would be, but perhaps that is because I had it with an actual slice of Pecan Pie!

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Photo of ambluhm
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours beautifully with a dark brownish/black color and a cream-colored frothy head. The head remained for a while and left a gorgeous lace.

The smell is exactly what I was hoping for when I read the name. It is popping with a fresh and spicy roasted pecan aroma. A hint of toasted malts comes through to provide a beautiful and mouth-watering sense of DESSERT!

The taste was also what I was hoping for as I generally do not love sweet beers. This base porter is actually dry...that's right, DRY! A plus for my personal taste.

My only caveat with the beer is that the pecan extract can leave a bit of a coating texture on your tongue, which I initially perceived as sweetness. That, however, was not enough to make me dislike this tasty porter.

This is definitely a beer that I would drink again. The nose is beautiful and I know plenty of people who would love this beer. An absolute must try for anyone who likes interesting beers.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black into a tulip glass. Light brown head was large at first but dissipated quickly to a film that stayed throughout.

The aroma at first, when cold, wasn't smelling like pecans at all to me. I actually smelled a cross between sugary fruit candy, and marzipan. Once the brew warmed I did smell more of a pecan pie aroma which was nice. Very strong aroma.

The taste was more like toffee at first, then morphed into a more molasses, caramel, and sugary dessert. Once it warmed did I taste slightly bitter pecan on top of fairly strong vanilla and butter.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy.

Drinkability was great - I couldn't put this one down once it warmed up after 5 minutes.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 1/29/11.

A: Pours black, or a very very deep brown, two fingers of mocha head with very slow dissipation. Left behind was very nice sudsy lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice aroma, pecans, pie crust, and some chocolate.

T: Very sweet, pecan pie comes through very nicely. They even get some crust flavor. There is a nice chocolate flavor that combined with the pecan pie is great.

M/D: Light to medium bodied. Very easy drinking and tasty, but over time I think the sweetness might be a bit much. Could probably drink a bomber in a night, but much happier to split it (as I did), and get some dessert with it.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with the real thing for dessert on Thanksgiving and continue to be impressed with Clown Shoes. This beer could have been horrible, but they did a good job of making a porter taste and smell like a pie. The smell is all butter and butter pecans with roast and chocolatey porter aromas. The taste is less sweet, actually hoppy, but you get a great nuttiness, vanilla, and a weird but nice fruitiness. I could only have a glass, so marking down on mouthfeel and drink, but overall, a very solid dessert beer.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a healthy head. Decadent aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, spices, nutmeg, and pecan of course. The nose on it reminded me of Southern Tier's Pumking. After tasting it I have to say it is literally like drinking pecan pie in a glass as well. I usually am not one for sweets but I rather liked this beer. Very rich. Similar idea as their 'Brown Angel' in that it packs in several flavors without one overpowering the others somehow. I think I understand this brewery's style and I like it!

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Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/18
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, deep, dark chocolate brown that really borders on black. One finger of light brown head tops this brew. Head recedes relatively quickly and leaves minor wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is buttery, strong vanilla, cake batter, pecan, and I swear I picked up a hint of blueberrry.

T: Taste is just fantastic. Starts with a nice chocolaty flavoring that quickly moves in to a nice buttery pecan nuttiness. Finish is a strong vanilla presence, a bit of coffee, and nice bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice silky feel the ends a touch chewy.

D: Goes down easily, VERY tasty, nice kick, somewhat filling, a nice variation of style. I'd love to grab a few more bottles of this one!

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled November 2011

This beer is deep brown, some red shows through in the light.

Smells like a sweet porter but I did catch notes of nuts, vanilla, and roast.

The taste really is like a pecan pie! Sweet, but not too sweet!

Mouthfeel is a little odd, but not too off putting.

Cool beer! Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a dark black with two fingers of foamy brownish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweet with a big pecan flavor that is mixed with a bit of a cake bater flavor and a little bit of frosting as well. Some nutty flavor that is in the background.

The taste is full pecan flavor that is top to bottom full of the flavor of pecans. Some mixed nut flavor is evident in the background with a creamy nut flavor that seems to butter the different nut flavors together.

The feel of this beer is smooth and creamy and has a poppy twang that is a little lactic as well.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of pecans, brown sugar, dark chocolate and graham crackers. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of pecans, graham crackers, dark chocolate, carmel and brown sugar with a smooth lingering pecan finish. Easily one of the best pecan beers I've tasted!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 variety. Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is non-existant. Lacing is mild. Has more of a java and chocolate aroma to me. Don't get the pecan as much. Pecan more evident on the taste with some java and mild chocolate at the end. More heavy bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle thanks to Gregg B, original release near thanksgiving.

Pours near black with a little brown around the edges into my Clown Shoes pint. 1 finger mocha head with nice retention and good lace.

Aromas are very sweet. Buttery pecans with a touch of butterscotch and chocolate, bready biscuits with butter spread. Touch of delicate hops.

Taste is very sweet and flavorful. Strong nutty flavors collide with the traditional porter flavors and create a very distinct taste. They came as close as it gets to making pecan pie into beer. Their is a certain bitterness that adds to the beers complexity that i enjoy very much.

Medium bodied and creamy with ample carbonation that lets the pie flavors flow a little easier. sweet nutty buttery finish thats coats the mouth for a short while.

Very good drinkability for a desert beer! I hate pecans but i enjoyed this beer very much it was delicious by all means. I once again tip my hat in the direction of Clown Shoes crew, Great job!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Jayli for this extra from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark, cola-black with a creamy, khaki colored, two finger layer of foam that sported nice retention and some slight tendrils of sticky lace.

S: Holy crap! This smells good. Cookie dough/cake batter, butter pecan ice cream, vanilla, praelines, and cocoa.

T: Just as it smells with a pinch of espresso, bakers chocolate, roasted malt, and a definite (piney) hop presence.

M: Suprisingly dry and spicy considering how sweet and rich the aroma is. Oily and astringent with a lingering sweetness that spreads across the lips.

D: Something touting "Pecan Pie" could've gone horribly wrong. This, however, was pretty great. Thanks Jayli!

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Photo of plehnus
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Floral hops initially. Dried fruits; apricot, raisin, plum, grapes. Sweet roasted malts.

Appearance: Black body with a creamy tan head.

Flavor: Extremely dark well roasted malts upfront. Slight coffee notes. Hints of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium-heavy body. Long very slightly dry-bitter-burnt finish.

Overall: Smooth, balanced, and fairly complex. Not getting the pecan flavors but happy with the profile regardless of the label.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a DFH snifter. Beer is black / brown, clear at the corners of the glass, thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet with chocolate and some sugar / caramel.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet, as advertised. It doesn't tastel ike Peacn Pie (in my opinion) but it has a definite kind of milk chocolate flavor that tastes pretty good. it is easy drinking and enjoyable. I'd have it again.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with a bottle of this tasty brew. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: Poured into my DFH chalice, the beer is a dark black color and has a good 1/2 inch worth of head on top. The retention isn't that impressive, and the lacing is thin, soapy, and runny.

Smell: Wow, impressive nose. Very sweet, lots of caramel and pecans. If they were going for pecan pie I'd say they just about nailed it.

Taste: Definitely sweet, and like the nose lots of caramel and candied pecans. There's even a graham cracker like quality to it similar to a pie crust. Really impressive, actually. Did Southern Tier brew this?

Mouthfeel: A little thin in the body, which is surprising given how much flavor this beer is packing. Otherwise, though, pretty good.

Drinkability: I'm torn here. On one hand I'm not a fan of overly sweet beers. On the other hand, as far as being a sweeter beer it is very flavorful. This beer is perfect for a dessert beer, however like a dessert I don't think I could really have more than one in a single sitting. With that being said, I am really enjoying this beer and would welcome another.

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Photo of silentjay
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pretty standard dark brown porter color that is completely opaque with a large grayish khaki colored head that slowly recedes while clinging nicely to the glass.

holy shit. pecan pie is right. lots of toasted pecans, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and creme brulee. not exactly like pecan pie, but very dessert-like.

flavor is a bit more porter-like that the aroma. some dark roasted malts bring some coffee and a touch of char into play along with the pecans and pie flavors that were present in the aroma. nice.

almost medium bodied with a watery finish that is this beer's weak point. carbonation level is okay. could use a creamier body to accentuate the sweetness.

drinks pretty well. could never do more than 1 in a sitting, but its a very well done dessert beer. not overly sweet, as the nutty and roasty flavors balance well.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a two-pour beer. Served with a half I ch of beige foam. Leaves ring lace after each sip. Dark brown color where light shines through only at the edge.

The smell is a combination of deeply roasted malts and a sour cherry kicker. I also detect a bit of yeast.

Think semi-sweet chocolate with some unsweetened raspberry juice. An attractive flavor. Creamy aftertaste with a touch alcohol warmth. Highl carbonated by also full bodied. An easy beer to drink.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, medium carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear

Smell: deep brown sugar and toasted malt

Taste: brown sugar in big doses, nut, roasted malt in back, and some creaminess

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a bit of bitterness in the back, medium carbonation, heavy body

Drinkability: A very good beer but not a great one. I actually wish there was a bit more nuttiness in there. This one is very sweet and you will need to love sweet beers like Southern Tier's Creme Brullee to like this. That said I do, and could have a couple bombers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a rich look to it. Some light hints of a reddish note poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of fine off white head forming on the top, nothing extreme though, maybe a half an inch or so. This faded down gracefully and left behind just a touch of lace on the edges of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and quite sweet as well. Rich notes of caramel, nuts, and a hint of brown sugar all playing very nicely. As it warmed up some hints of an earthy hop note started to take shape, as well as a nice underlying layer of grain. The flavor was just really top notch here. Rich and vibrant and amazingly complex. Starting with a wave of smooth caramel malts, evolving with an earthy hop tone that offered a nice balance to the sweet notes that had started it all. This was mellow and super smooth. Easing back down the original path, a nice touch of pecan then rolled across the tongue, mellowing out the finish and providing that last gasp of sweetness

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Photo of ghostwalker
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown body with a frothy tan head.

Nose is sweet caramel malt.

Flavor is rich and dark. Carmelized sugars dominate, as I would expect from a Pecan Pie beer. Nuttiness and butter. Smooth and satisfying on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is slick, buttery smooth and coating. A mouthful.

Overall is surprisingly high. This is rich, but not overly so. I think they nailed what they were aiming at with this one, pecan pie in a bottle.

All fours, solid stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker colored frothy thick creamy fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over black colored beer, just a slight amount of light sneaking through. Leaves a slight bit of lacing.

Nose is really interesting, lots of toasted pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, a bready malty crust like aroma too, plenty of sweetness, a bit of a dark malt, and a slight bit of coffee and roast. Very interesting.

Taste is more of what you would expect, starting with toasted pecans but less that the nose had, plenty of sweetness but not overboard, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutty flavors, toasted malts adding a bit of a bready crust, a slight creamy porter like flavor, hints of toffee and roast. Finishes somewhat sticky with a lingering sweetness, pecans, sugars, and a little drier but still somewhat sweet. A bitterness seems to come through on the finish as well.

Mouth is medium bodied, just slightly creamy, but gets a slight watery feel for some reason, perhaps my mind just wants it to be thicker, creamier, and oatmeal-y. Decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze, but some bitterness and minerality start to come out, and fairly sweet overall.

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