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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jamie2dope on 11-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle consumed at Dark Lord Day. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves just a speck of lacing there as it goes down. The nose brings forward some pecan as well as light toffee and butter. Almost reminiscent of cotton candy as you move into the flavor; it's just that sort of sweetness. Nuts and a bit of butter and toffee finish off the flavor. Not unpleasant, but not something I really enjoyed too much either. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and one of the better aspects, but the creamy toffee still crept through. Not a bad beer, but not something I would seek out again.

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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bready malts, nuts, dark fruit and some spices.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of coffee, caramel, spices, dark fruit, nuts and some chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style while adding the pecan pie twist, it’s a bit different from your typical winter seasonals and is a good beer overall, but still falls into that group with most winter seasonal where I can either take them or leave them.

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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 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 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 mdfb79
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared by nmann08 at a local tasting; thanks Nate.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla, sugar, sweet fruit, pecan pie. Way too sweet, very overpowering.

t - Tastes of sugar, vanilla, bready malts, pecan, sweet fruit, and alcohol. Again, very sweet and some alcohol as well. Not that great.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - Overall I just didn't think this beer was very drinkable; it was way to sweet to me. I know some people liked it but didn't do it for me; lots of sugar and vanill in the nose and mouth. Wouldn't look to have again.

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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 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 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 mltobin
1.91/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bomber of this while passing thru Mass.

Appearance is dark brown with a thin tan head. The smell is extra sugary in an artificial way, kind of medicinal as well. Its` taste is even worse, more hyped up sweetness, like the candied peanuts a street car vendor sells. And there is also more of that medicinal quality, similar to a cough syrup. MF is so-so, fairly smooth. But with everything in mind, I did not enjoy this beer. Other selections from Clown Shoes I have enjoyed...oh well.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with reddish brown edges and a thin coating of fine tan bubbles coating the surface of both the beer and about a half inch of the glass. Decent head retention. The aroma was quite roasty, bread and caramel, brown sugar and butter, a bit spicy. Pecans in the flavour, quite sweet with bitterness that didn't quite provide balance, toffee and butter, a hint of roast. Medium bodied with a bit of astringency, medium/low carbonation, fairly smooth, decent texture. Overall, I liked it -- the only (slight) issue I had was that I found it a bit too sweet for my tastes. Probably would have been better with dessert than on its own.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown, basically black, with one full finger of brown head. The foam settles in a reasonably amount of time. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up sweet malt, caramel, and blueberries. Yup. It reminds me of blueberry pomegranate juice. It's overly sweet and the fruit notes dominate.

T: It starts out malty and fruity sweet. But there is an underlying grossness to this beer. It's stale, and a bit sour (not in a good way). There is a dry bitter funk that lingers on the palate long after the beer has been downed. I'm getting way more blueberry than pecan.

M: Full bodied beer. This starts out sweet, and finishes with an awful dry bitter funk that lingers forever.

O: I love the idea of a pecan pie porter (I love pecan pie and I love porters), but this is not a very good beer. It starts out ok, but it falls short on so many levels.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours a hazy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet toasted malts with large amounts of sugar-coated pecans, although the nuttiness of the pecans is lacking and they smell candied.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though less sweet and more nuanced. Toasted malt flavors kick things off and are evened out somewhat by drier caramel malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are nutty flavors with a distinct pecan sweetness. Near the end of the sip the sweetness fades a bit, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass although I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer as the sweetness was a tad too much for me. I prefer Lazy Magnolia’s pecan-inspired beer more than this one, but the Clown Shoes version is still far from awful.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: molasses, caramel, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, smoke, bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body, creamy

drinkability: this beer is outstanding. wish I had access to this beer all the time. just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more. great dessert beer or night cap.


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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown beer with an off-white head that left a lot of stick on the sides.

S - Very sweet, with vanilla and a pecan nut smell. Something like pie crust or graham crackers or something is in there, as well as a bit of roast from the malts.

T - Taste is about like the nose with lots of roasted pecans, roasted malt, sweetness, vanilla and a bit of chocolate coming through. Tastes pretty pleasant, but is more of a desert thing than a great drinking beer.

M - Creamy, soft carbonation, pretty full bodied.

O - An enjoyable beer, but not a great one. Didn't mind drinking it and would have it again, but the sweetness of it will make this beer hard for some to get down.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mate Doopie had a bottle of this and hated it, so he forced me to take his other bottle from him so it wouldn't negatively influence his other beers. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, light brown head with very great retention. Black body with piles of carbonation going nuts all over the place. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains until the end leaving some nice lacing. Head was solid, but the carbonation was out of control.

SMELL: Really smells like pecan pie. Nuts, buttery aroma, and doughy bread aromas. Some dark malts as well, but mostly buttery nuts. Quite bold as well.

TASTE: Not as bold as the nose, (un)fortunately. Dark malts and nut flavored, buttery bread. Lots of butter and nuts move into a pecan pie aftertaste that’s bold enough and lingers well. This is a pecan pie porter for sure. Believe the label. Buttery pecan nuts.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Fine here.

OVERALL: I’m not sure what to say. They wanted to brew a pecan pie porter, and they certainly succeeded. I’m not sure if pecan pie makes a great porter, but they certainly brewed exactly what the label says. Give it a try if you’re into pecan pie. For me, this was interesting, but ultimately a bit tough going and definitely difficult to score. Regardless, I will drink your rejects anytime Doops. Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fun brew from Clown Shoes.

Pours with a very aggressive head that is dark tan in color and had excellent retention. Deep brown in color with no light getting through.

Aroma is thick nutty and sweet. Wouldn’t pick out pecan specifically, but certainly a general nuttiness to the aroma.

Interesting flavor, I think I enjoy the aroma more. A slightly sweet nuttiness and roasted malt flavor rules the day here. The addition of the flavoring is perceptible but not quite overdone. Interesting.

I think a kick up in the body would do wonders for this beer. Just a touch thin. Frankly, it’s fine for a standard porter, but I think with the flavor profile a touch more body would do wonders for it. Reminds me a bit of Ballast Point Coffee Vanilla Porter. This is very smooth.

A decent little porter.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

827th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz bottle

2010 Vintage

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- A deeper brown with some amber colored highlights running through the edges. A one finger pulled apart bubbly head was there and faded rather quickly. A small bit of dotted cling.

Smell- Smelled if it can sticky. A little bit of sugar with a lot of sweetness. Roasted notes come next with a pressed and bagged nut aroma. Small amounts to me of some whispy spice and vanilla.

Taste- This was a really sticky tasting beer. A lot of sweetness still remained and a lot of the pecan shined through. All in all it was very smooth and had a few ripples of flavors with roasted malts and just a touch of hops to add a little bitter to keep it balanced and not one-sided.

Mouth- Lighter-medium bodied and a medium carbonation level. A bit of the sticky sugars with a roasted pecan shined through on residual flavors.

Drink- This was a nice and clever beer. Unique, playful and well constructed for my 1st beer from Clown Shoes. As I mentioned it did remain balanced without overplaying the pecan flavor. It was there but integrated well. This would be good fresher I think.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Black with a dark tan short head.

This is a decently roasty porter with a slightly sweet but dry finish.

I'm not getting an easily detectable hit of pecan or pecan pie in any way, which I suppose for many is a good thing since overly sweet beers can be a turn off. Not a bad nearly basic porter.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head blankets a black beer underneath. Break apart retention hangs around for the whole glass and throws up a few lacey splotches.

Smells like pecan butter mocha ice cream. I brewed a chocolate peanut butter stout recently and it smelled similar this. Make of that what you will.

Smooth and roasty with pecan nut butter and sweet chocolate. Not unlike a peanut butter cup. There's a heavy film that coats my tongue after each swallow which I'm not sure if I like or not.

I'm a fan of just about anything with nuts or nut butters including this beer.

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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 jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with slight reddish highlight and a thin off-white head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Sweet aromas of milk chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and brown sugar. Very nice, I can definitely see "Pecan Pie"!
T - Yeah, it more or less tastes like Pecan Pie.Rich flavors of roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Sweet, but still nicely drinkable and not too gimmicky (unlike the Southern Tier Blackwater offerings, which I can only do about a 4oz pour of).
M - Slick and slightly chewy, with a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a nice bitter finish.
O - A very unique, fun beer that was quite drinkable, a rare feat for a "Dessert" beer.

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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 NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.

Opaque caramel in color. Creamy, coffee colored head filled with pools of bubbles. Spotted lacing with good strength.

Sweet vanilla and toffee aromas that are balanced nicely over a dry, hazelnut and coffee bean character. A pleasant dose of diacetyl given its accompaniment to the nutty, toasted malts. Notes of plum and cherry.

Fresh, roasted coffee beans, dry hazelnut and pecans. Notes of rich toffee and vanilla that provide a mild sweetness to the primarily dry, nutty flavors. The bitterness at mid-sip is a bit too intense for the flavor profile of this Porter. A bit too buttery prior to a surprising dose of fresh fruit: red apple, grape, and plum.

Full bodied. Dry and a bit rough on the palate, but it matches the aroma and flavors well.

A very interesting, unique Porter; however, all of the flavors don't quite marry perfectly.

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