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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 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 nhindian
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously provided by apollokim during the 'You Aint From Around Here?' BIF, thanks Kim!

A - A deep dark brown pour, with a 1.5-finger, tan head on top. Retention is pretty good, lasting a few minutes. Lacing is nice as well, covering a generous portion of the sides with thin lace.

S - Smell is much more sweeter than I would've expected, despite the pie that is glaring at me on the label. A delicious-smelling concoction of brown sugar, toasted pecans, bread crust, and a surprising amount of vanilla entice the nose. It's not on the same level of sweetness as say, Southern Tier's dessert beers, but it is approaching it.

T - Taste is a direct continuation of the nose. Big, big vanilla notes mixed an insane amount of nuttiness. This is a sweet beer, but I'm not sure I'd expect anything else. Some chocolate and coffee, but the majority of this beer is sugar, vanilla, and toasted pecans.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with lowish carbonation. Not too abrasive in the mouth but a tad bit watery. Aftertaste is all nutty sugar.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Probably one of the most interesting and well-executed dessert beers I've had. Really nice flavors, but the sugar in this keeps it from being one you drink a lot of or too quickly.

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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 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 jboucher
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown opaque color with a small tan head. Below average lacing. Mediocre carbonation.

Smell: The nose smells of pecans, butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted malts.

Taste: This beer arrives with a sweet punch of pecan pie followed by a lingering smoked finish once the sweetness subsides. Tastes like a perfect dessert beer. Malt, butter, and caramel notes are prominent. Hints of chocolate are in the background. The taste is just like the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Smooth, sweet, and creamy.

Ending notes: I was impressed by this beer. It was, however, a little on the sweet side. Overall, it's a very good dessert brew and I would recommend it as such.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottles brought home from my trip to boston for EBF/NotB. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out an opaque dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- woah, this is going to be sweet. as soon as my nose nears the glass, i get big scents of cake batter and vanilla. lots of toasted pecan in here also. some chocolate towards the end.

T- yeah, its sweet. it starts out with the cake batter and toasted pecans that i could smell before quickly moving into the chocolate area. a little bit of vanilla comes out near the end, and a little bit of alcohol sneaks in also.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. a nice lower level of carbonation really works here. very smooth and creamy.

D- definitely an interesting beer. a little over the top with sweetness, but i can see having this as an after dinner thing. id be willing to try it again sometime. a nice introduction to a new brewery.

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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 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 uustal
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a one-finger brown head. Average lacing and head retention. Really nice aroma. Smells of pecans, buttery crust, vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor follows, but mellower and not as well executed. Buttery start to the flavor. Roasted pecans and pecan butter. A little acidic towards the middle followed by some dark chocolate notes to cap it off. Flavor doesn't exactly mix well and the beer lacks smoothness and cohesion.

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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 Another6Pack
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Many thanks to portia99 for throwing this surprise in the box for me.

A: Black brew with a 1" black and tan head on an aggressive pour.

S: great nose here...caramel escaped as soon as the bottle was opened, a little chocolate, a little toffee. Smells a lot like the Jones Soda version did a few years ago.

T: Hmm...not nearly as sweet as it smells. Not a whole lot of flavor here - a little sweet kick at the finish that tastes chemically created. Makes me suspect we're dealing with artifical extracts to give this one its excellent smell.

M/D: More thin and watery than my nose wants to believe, and on the lower end compared to other Am Porters I've tried. Oily, soapy mouthfeel affects drinkability negatively.

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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 Gushue3
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours black into curved pint glass. Small mocha head that quickly goes away

Smell- very sweet smelling. Brown sugar off the bat maybe even raisins

Taste- sweet to start and bitter sweetness lingers after its gone. slightly nutty

Mouthfeel- tiny carbonation quite life for a porter

Drinkability- great taste but I can't drink this all night. A bomber is the perfect size

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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 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 craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark cola-brown, decent head and lacing

Smell: Butter pecan ice cream, vanilla, cocoa

Taste: A bit bitter with pecans, cocoa, toffee, vanilla and hops. Very nutty and a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Dry, perhaps a bit thin and acidic

Drinkability: My buddy killed his half of a bottle, I wasn't crazy about this one.

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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 injuredreserve
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with brown edges with thin tan head.

S: Pecans, Caramel, buttery graham cracker crust.

T: Buttery crust right up front, followed by nutty goodness and a bitter chocolate linger.

M: Kinda thin and watery.

D: Pleasant surprise, and would definitely revisit again.

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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 Khazadum
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Transferred from tasting notes.

A- Solid finger head with chocolate brown head. Creamy with full lacing, thick retention. Very tiny bubbles and a almost pitch black body. The right angle in a decent light shows a mocha edging.

S- Super buttery. Super biscuity. This smells like pie crust with a nauseating sweetness to the back end. It really hurts to smell this after the first few discerning sniffs. Nutty, but not pecans.

T- That sweet aroma translates here in the opening with an almost burnt edging. The sweetness is nutty, not pecans at all, but malty sweetness all over some earthy flavors. Middle is biscuit malt that becomes overwhelmed by the finish within seconds. Finish is bitterly hopped that lingers and dominates in a manner that I really didn't want for this beer.

M- Thin, mild body. Some carbonation issues here; flat. Wish it was stronger mouthfeel. Lingers unfortunately strong making me think this is an extremely hopped porter.

D- No thank you. This is interesting, but I had to work through my 10 ounce pour. I am unimpressed with my first Clown Shoes. The alcohol doesn't present a problem, at least.

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Photo of ms11781
2.09/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with an almost non-existent head. Maybe a very thin, slightly light brown head at most.

Smell is almost overpowering. Butterscotch with pecan and vanilla extracts.

Taste is much of the same. Heavy on the butterscotch, pecan and vanilla. Way too sweet. Almost sugary. Very cloying.

Has a syrupy thickness to it. Almost zero carbonation.

Luckily I split this one with some because I wouldn't have been able to finish the full 22oz. The smell, taste and mouthfeel were all too overpowering.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was color a basically opaque brown, with a light mocha brown head. Head didn't really exist, just had a small ring around the top. Aroma was sweet, almost too sweet. Reminded me a bit of a butter scotch and molasses. taste was halfway there. Parts of it was well balanced, a bit of malt, with a touch of hops, with some slightly overdone pecan pie. The other part was acidic and bitter. Depending on which part you tasted, it was either a solid porter, or an EH porter. Definitely better as it warmed up. Felt very good in the mouth, Coated extremely well, and was fairly nicely carbonated. Fairly drinkable, just a bit acidic in the mouth.

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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 tkelley
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer last night out of a 22oz in a tulip glass.

It was dark, but the edges lightened up to a nice amber/brown. Head wasnt too strong.

The smell was overpowering. Molasses and vanilla, and, obviously, a ton of pecan extract. I mean A TON, probably a little too much. It was awesome -- I was actually in awe of the way this beer hit my nose.

The taste was a lot like the smell. However, it doesnt hit the tongue in the same way, and it is a little less pleasant. I was a little disappointed here.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, went down smooth. Not too bubbly on the tongue, rather pleasant.

The drinkability was not that high for me. I found myself not wanting to finish the entire bomber, which is not usually an issue for me. I think it was just a little too sweet, or too pecan-y. I hear they are re-releasing it in the spring without so much extract, and I look forward to it if true.

Overall it was an interesting, if not entirely positive, experience. I think my expectations were too high. I would like to try it again, maybe with a piece of pumpkin pie next time.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a super thick motor-oil black with almost no bubbles at all. Nose is over-poweringly dense. Lots and lots of pecan extract, vanilla extract, molasses, and maple syrup.

Palate is super rich and thick, chewy really. Flavors match aromas, with lots of pecan and molasses. Really huge. Finish is long and cloying, thus the low drinkability score.

Notes: Like super thick, chewy stouts? This is for you. Too dense to be appropriately named Porter. Tastes like a lot of extracts, malt, flavor, etc. But it's almost so much extract that it's not artificial tasting. Wouldn't want to drink this again. FFO Southern Tier Creme Brulee.

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