Genghis Pecan (2012) | Clown Shoes

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Genghis Pecan (2012)Genghis Pecan (2012)

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rab53 on 10-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of crownrl28
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with a thin tan head that doesn't last.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a light nutty aroma.

T - Roasted malt, sweet caramel, milk chocolate lost in some burnt malt. Cocoa powder, sweet brown sugar bordering on molasses flavors with a lingering nutty finish.

M - Medium body with low carbonation and a sweet, nutty finish.

D - I get characteristics of both porter and nut brown ale in this beer. Another solid beer from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The perfect pairing for doing battle with Attila the Bun, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, slightly-muted coffee, and a general nuttiness that tends more toward walnut than pecan to me. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of cocoa powder, which seems to detract from the nuts a bit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice little porter, but it seems like the pecan addition really doesn't do much for the beer, positively or negatively, as it's hardly there (and even when it is perceptible, it's not clear whether or not I'm just forcing myself to see it due to the label). Still, it's not a bad porter, just nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decidedly dark brown with a somewhat creamy, though short-lived, dark tan head. Head drops to a thick, somewhat chunky, film from over an inch in under a minute. Lacing is minimal.
Smell is cardboard and nut with a faint whiff of malt. Definitely room for improvement.
Taste is better with malt, nuts, some hops, a roasted note. Well balanced but it feels a bit weak somehow. Aftertaste is burnt toast/ash and malt and pulls the score down a tick.
Medium bodied, very light effervescence, smooth and warming. Slightly drying finish. I like it but need some pecan notes and maybe a bit of brown sugar and molasses to get more of a pecan pie taste. Or maybe that should be a different beer.
I really want to rate this brew higher. I gladly consumed the first of two bombers with this review and am looking forward to the second bottle. But I won't be rabidly searching for more in the future either.

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Photo of retreminy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Dat
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Murky dark brown pour, thin but nice looking light brown to light tan as the head sticks down below sea level. Retention is very good.

Aroma, roast malt, some toasted nut.

Taste, heavy roast malt and some coffee. Pecan peanutty accent, some dark chocolate. The roast and coffee is just a tic overpowering.
Not as bad as the big hoppy feet, which was like drinking burnt toast.
A little herbal and piney bite in the finish.

Medium body and fairly creamy. The pecan seems to add more to the body than flavor. Drinks pretty well. A nice enough example, just not quite up there.

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Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held to the light with a nice finger of khaki head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there defenitely was some pecan nuttiness which was a surprise with a little burnt sugar, brown sugar notes, a little toasty bready malts, mild coffee aroma and a little toffee as well..

T: the coffee character was more inviting in the taste alongside the pecan nuttiness, toasty dark malts, caramel sweetness coming through, mild brown sugar and a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, toasty and slightly creamy finish.

O: I gotta say it was pretty damn tasty and the aroma was nice too. Definitely glad to have tried it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker colored rich but bubbly 1 finger head that holds well, a high water mark of lacing, over just about black beer with slightest hint of very dark light coming through in the edges.

Nose has a toasty porter start, toasted malts, caramel, toffee, light cocoa, touch of roast, coffee and mocha, brown sugar, molasses, hint of cinnamon like spices, sweet bread, light nutty sweet pecan like. Chocolate and caramel sweet candy comes out more as it warms.

Taste starts with chocolate, powdered cocoa, a light roasted malt and coffee mocha, but somewhat creamy as well. Nutty caramel malts, light pecan and nuts, very light pecan that is, light acrid roast as well. bitterness cuts in with light earthy grassy hops, little roast bitterness as well. Toasted malts and toasted bready flavors too. Finish is sweet sticky, some light roast, plenty of chocolate, caramel, light nutty, and more bitter earthy hops, with just a touch of acrid roast.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, creamy and a bit lush, decent carb.

Overall interesting, but not what I expected. More porter like and roasted malt than anything, a little roasty acrid burnt, very light on pecans and pie flavors, so a little disappointing overall.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip... Happy Thanksgiving!

A - Pours very dark brown, with a finger of light brown head that disipates rather quickly. Spotty lacing is left behind as I sip.

S - Burnt malts dominate the aroma, but after I get my nose in there, I get a slight hint of pecan.

T/M - The taste matches the aroma very nicely, but there is a slightly more noticable pecan taste. It's not strong because they use natural pecans, not extract. The middle is bursting with dark toasted malts. Finishes with a bittersweet/cocoa powder taste. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - This is a very tasty, drinkable porter that is very suited for the holidays. At the $5.99 price point, I will definitely be grabbing another one of these. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.49. Bottled 10/05/12. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark near black brown with a full finger of cream khaki head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Aromas of sugar, nuts and roasty earth.

Taste is a different take on porters. The roasty notes are certainly present but they are complemented by a distinct sweet nutty taste.

Creamy medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Long nutty finish.

I don't know that it tastes like pecan pie but this is a smooth rich tasty porter. Not my favorite from Clown Shoes but it does keep their excellent track record with me.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown-black with a thick, fat, and creamy head the color of coffee ice cream. The head lasts for awhile at a half fingers width, but the beers body is dark black and impenetrable to the eye. Lacing is light and filmy on the sides of the glass. This beer smells roasted and nutty with sweet syrup underlying everything, roasted bread is there too. A faint sweet scent of alcohol is also present but it works well with the syrupy smell and is not overpowering. The taste begin as sweet toffee and then travels into roasted nuts, faintly reminiscent from of pecans, and then slowly moving itself into roasted sweet coffee with the faintest hints of cocoa chocolate. Creamy sugar is also faintly present at the beginning of the sip. My girlfriend says the beer almost tastes like olives on the back of the throat, which I do not detect, but I kind of see where she is coming from. As it warms the beer brings more of the astringent roast that is nicely reminiscent of coffee. On the mouth, the beer is medium to thick bodied and creamy on the tongue, with a slight cloying taste from the sweet sugars and nuts, though it is by no means bad. The tongue is left damp but with a slight dryness lingering from the roasted sweet flavors. Overall this is a delicious sweet sipper. A dessert beer for sure, it carries some lovely complex flavors. Does it taste like a pecan pie though? I don’t really think so. I can sense the candied pecans and a little of the bready crust, but the roast is really what plays the most prominently with the sweet nuts, which is more reminiscent of coffee than of a pie. Great holiday beer to try, and very tasty, but don’t walk into it expecting liquid pecan pie.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm digging the surreal label art on this one.

It pours out a deep dark brown (nigh black) with about three minutes' worth of khaki-colored foam on top that leaves behind some lovely curtains of lacing. Medium body and medium-light carbonation levels.

It seems that this beer's balance knobs are set at about 85% Porter and 15% pecan nut brown ale. I was pleasantly surprised by this, as the name of the beer had me expecting something stuffed so full of nuts that it was out of whack, or something cloyingly sweet like a pecan pie. But no, I've got the usual char-roasted and dry porter profile coming on strong with semi-burnt malt bitterness in the end and just a touch of molasses sweetness held in check quite nicely. If I have to pick something to gripe about, it would be that it is actually somewhat difficult to identify the somewhat generic nuttiness that is present as coming specifically from pecans and not other nuts. I'd call this one a decently solid offering, but not something worth putting on the beer "bucket list."

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark and opaque. Looks more like a stout than a porter. Messy mocha lacing.
Smell: nice mix of sweetness, and roasty char. Not a stunner but nice.
Taste: much like the nose. Pretty simple despite all the pecan stuff, but nice.
Overall: was hoping for a little more depth. Didn't distinguish pecan at all. But a tasty brew.

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date for some reason but this is pretty fresh.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost fully black. Big and dense light brown head adorns it. Fades at a moderate pace with decent retention. Good lacework to boot.

S: Nutty for sure. Not immediately identifiable as pecans, I almost thought hazelnuts at first. Touch of brown sugar and some decent roasted malt aspects. Char mainly with a touch of coffee bean. Gives it an almost hazelnut coffee aroma initially. Even get a little toast. It kinda smells like a cross between a brown ale (toast, nuttiness, brown sugar) and a porter (roasted malt).

T: Lots and lots of pecans and brown sugar up front. Creamy roasted malt contributes some mild char, coffee bean and a decent amount of chocolate. A bit toasty and salty(?) to boot in the middle. Chocolate is sweeter in the middle and the finish, it gets a little bitter into the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Well, this one certainly surpassed any sort of expectations I could have had. It's a nice creamy and smooth porter with lots of brown sugar and pecans. As mentioned earlier, it's almost like a hybrid brown ale/porter. Definitely on the sweet side too. It is honestly excellent given the uniqueness. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Genghis Pecan (2012) from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 207 ratings