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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Photo of rab53
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label: "Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston."

Deep brown with thick light mocha head.
Smells faintly roasty and nutty.
Having recently consumed a bottle of the (presumably discontinued?) Pecan Pie Porter, this rendition is overall less sweet and has a subtle tannic quality. The pecan flavor is actually more subdued, and the porter qualities take center stage.
Lightly carbonated, perhaps a touch on the thin side.
Worth a try. I prefer the original pecan porter, but this is by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of off white head that goes away rather quickly. In the smell I'm getting some roasted malt with a moderate sweetness. I think I might be getting some cinnamon, but nothing that reminds me of pie. This is a solid porter, but I'm not sure it reminds me of dessert. There is a decent balance between roast and sweetness. No real caramel or anything like that. The beer is a bit creamy with a dry finish. Overall this is a solid enough porter, but doesn't live up to the billing.

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Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/05/12, 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark brown that appears black until held up to the light. Creamy one finger light khaki head with great lacing and retention.

S - Caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, and chocolate. Has that mineral/malt bitterness found in most porters. A touch of nuttiness on the end. Doesn't really scream "pecan pie" but it does smell like a sweet porter.

T - Roasted malts followed by sweet caramel, charred and lightly bitter malts, and cocoa powder. The finish is nutty which combined with the sweetness creates a vague illusion of pecan pie. Again, not definitive but a slight hint. Mouth feel is medium bodied with high carbonation lending to a quick finish which is great considering how sweet the beer is.

O - I missed my chance to try this beer when it was called Pecan Pie Porter and brewed with extracts. This all natural version is pretty damn tasty. Not a spot on recreation of a pecan pie in bottle, but it is a nice little addition to a porter.

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Photo of emyers
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Off-white head that starts fairly large but dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Smells like a good porter should - roasted grains, chocolate, some caramel, nuttiness. Can't necessarily pick out pecans specifically, but the general nuttiness is there.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but not quite as rich. The nuts are much more up front than in the aroma, with the chocolate and the caramel taking a secodary role. There's a slightly metallic twang in the finish that I'm not appreciating too much, but this is still a good tasting porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin in body for the style. Appropriate carbonation.

Overall: This is a very solid porter, but I think they could have done more to incorporate the pecan pie concept (more sweetness, some more biscuit malt to mimic the crust, etc). And the metallic flavor definitely holds it back.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown. Not quite black. Light penetrates easily enough. Head is a toasty tan color. It dies off to a thin film. The frothy head leaves thick lacing drapes. Good looking beer.

S-Not a gimmick; this is a Porter through and through. Chalky and slightly burnt. Lighter notes of chocolate chips and coffee beans. Not nearly as nutty as I would have expected. There are hints of nuts, but they are soft. Decent brown sugar. I am a fan of how it isn't just a super sweet smelling brew with a fake nuttiness; this is a Porter first and foremost. But hey, I wouldn't mind a bit more pecan here. As the beer warms, the pecan definitely comes out more.

T-Decent nuttiness. Flat cola. Also chalky, chocolatey, and full of java. All the flavors are balanced. To be honest, if there was no mention of pecan on the bottle I likely wouldn't make the connection. The brown sugar slowly permeates the flavor profile. The flavors also linger pleasantly. Soft bitterness from the roastiness and some hoppiness. Really starts getting sweet as it warms.

M-Heavy side of medium bodied. Soft, calming carbonation. A bit sticky. Light to medium bitterness. Booze hidden excellently. A heavier Porter, but it goes down quick!

O/D-Pretty solid. Not their best. At very least, it is a well-rounded Porter. Sometimes it tastes nutty, then some sips seem void.

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Photo of Bung
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BrownNut
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4.0 - Dark brown with a modest cream colored head that endures for a respectable time after an aggressive pour.

S - 3.0 - Weak aroma, but what is there is pleasant. Slightly coffee, a little malty, with something sweet - no doubt the brown sugar on the label. It scores lower not because the aroma is bad - it's not - but because there isn't much of it.

T - 3.75 - Mild and slightly sweet. Slightly astringent in that pecan sort of way. There's something tangy back in the corners of my mouth. Char and wood in the aftertaste, or maybe pecan + char = a sort of wood note. The longer term aftertaste is a nice mix of the same mild sweetness and dryness coming from the woody mild char.

M - 3.75 - Just shy of medium body, cut by active carbonation initially.

O - 3.75 - A solid and versatile offering with a pleasant, mature taste and an enjoyable mouthfeel. I wouldn't say it reminds me of pecan pie at all as Pumking reminds me of pumpkin pie. It's a little timid but that also makes it very drinkable, enjoyable, and uncomplicated. I like it better than most porters I've tried. This would be welcome anytime, a nice middle ground between a lighter ale and a stout, a beer to drink when you want something substantial after dinner but don't want to put too much thought into it. Clown Shoes has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep dark brown with a thinner tan colored head that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas of bitter chocolate,coffee, and a nice amount of roasted pecans.The feel is is a little fizzy and on the lighter side.Dryer on the palate with decnet roast and quite earthy in the finis,there is some dark corn syrup and caramel notes underneath but the dry earthy tones win out.not bad but really not anything to seek out,the feel of the beer is a bit of a turn off.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 AlexFields
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark near black, big thick coffee head.

Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, mix of spices.

Taste is a little sweeter, light cocoa, good nuttiness, spices again.

Solid mouthfeel, good carb and full creamy body.

Tasty. Fairly light porter really, spices are subtle and pretty well integrated. You can notice the nuts but they're not the dominant flavor.


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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown in color. Almost black, but not quite. A little light manages to poke through around the edges. Forms a moderate sized, light tan head. Decent retention. Virtually no lacing.

S: Aroma is of roasted malts, molasses, and toasted pecans with a bit of alcohol in the mix.

T: Taste starts off with roasted malts and almost burnt toast. Neither sweet nor dry. There is a fairly heavy roasted pecan flavor, with the pecan even displaying that papery astringency that pecans often have. However, aside from the pecan and the malts, there is little else.

M: Medium bodied. Dry, lightly chalky, and moderately astringent. Lower carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but certainly doesn't live up to the name. Though there is an appreciable amount of pecan flavor, without the sweetness, this one doesn't resemble pecan pie in the least (not even in beer form).

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in the glass with dark brownish edges, creamy tan foam on the top. Spotty lacing in the glass, creamy surface texture.

Dry chocolatey aroma with a hint of nutty pecan.

Roasty bitter black malts, a touch of lactose, slight nutty pecan bitterness. Pretty dry, bitter, and astringent... Not at all sweet or reminiscent of pecan pie. Still it has a creamy feel and is a nice enough porter on its own. Probably wouldn't pick it up again, but it wasn't bad. If you're looking for a good novelty beer though, look elsewhere.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 11/15/2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Clown Shoes' Ghengis Pecan is a fairly straightforward (strong) porter beer, with a notable roasted, chocolate, and caramel malt base. The pecans, though mentioned on the label, do not seem to show up well in the beer itself, nor is there a discernible pie-like influence. In general, a well-made porter, but nothing very far above average, and the $8/22oz price tag doesn't warrant purchasing this again.

Pours a 1.5cm head of medium tan color, bubbles small to medium in size, with average retention length of about a minute. Lacing is present, but fairly modest, a few lines and dots adorn the inside of the glass. Body is dark brown to nearly black, opaque. Light doesn't change much of the coloration, except around the edges, where it brings out a dark brown-amber hue. Carbonation is not visible, except for that which brushes against the side of the glass, giving the appearance of a fairly lowly carbonated beer.

Aroma is sweet, with moderate, but noticeable, roasted and dark caramel malts with a touch of chocolate. I don't detect any toasted (or raw) pecans (or other nuts), despite the advertising. In the strong porter category, bordering on stout territory with the roastiness, though it is still sweet and light enough, at least aromatically, to be a porter.

Overall taste is of roasted, chocolate, and some caramel malt, well-balanced between being sweet and acrid, though the beer is, as others have noted, not pecan or pie-like. Tasting opens with sweet, dark-colored caramel malt, chocolate, and light roasted malt. Mid-palate detects stronger roasted and chocolate malt, though still fairly well-balanced by the caramel-like sweetness. Back of palate gets more roasted malt acridity than any other area, with slightly stronger chocolate malt and a reduced caramel malt presence. Aftertaste is fairly sweet, more of caramel than roasted malt, though the latter is present, and this combination seems to reinforce its porter-side, though the beer is still pushing into stout territory.

Beer is of medium weight, with medium-low carbonation intensity, resulting in a primarily smooth mouthfeel with enough bubbles to render it interesting and not stagnant. Closes fairly dry, with moderate stickiness left on the palate.

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Photo of bmwats
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly. Very slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, and pecan... I guess.

T: Roasted coffee is prominent. Pecans are also very prominent. Subtle inklings of other accentuates available in the nose.

M: Roasty and hearty. Syrupy, and a little boozy. Slightly bitter, liquory aftertaste lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Slight head and very little lacing. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, licorice, and molasses mostly. The pecans come out in the flavor along with the coffee, but very little of the other components are evident. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass 9/1/13, bottled 11/13/12.

Pour: Dark brown, with a decent foamy head, though that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma: Nice dark malt notes; baker's chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coffee, and a little bit of bitterness that seems to attach to the chocolate.

Taste: Matches the aroma, with big chocolate flavors right up front, but the bitterness attached has a slight hint of hop flavor as well. There's also a good amount of vanilla flavoring, and sweet pecan in the background.

Overall: At first, this beer is spectacular, but as it warms, it adds no complexity, and perhaps loses some flavor, fading into a mouthful of baker's chocolate and little else. Still, worth the venture.

I wish I had also had one of these last November for comparison.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This porter pours dark, like a stout dark. The only pour consequence is a thin tan ring of a head.

S - Roasted nutty malts are huge up front and are quickly followed by the characteristics of the pecans. That somewhat sweet nuttiness.

T - The taste is also malt heavy. The pecans are there, but subdued and lack sweetness. Smoked, nutty malts are pleasant and nice though.

M&D&O - Though a tasty brew, this is a pecan porter, but not quite a pecan pie porter. It lacks that brown sugar/molasses style sweetnes we (or at least I) love in a pecan pie. Still impressed with Clown Shoes.

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Photo of Houston_E89
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I won't go into all the fancy stuff with you, I will just say that the key to this one is FORGET THE WORDS "PECAN PIE" - It's just a solid Porter Beer that packs a punch, that's it.

I wouldn't Drainpour it or pass up a free one but, it's also not one I would hunt down.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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 M_C_Hampton
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark purple brown with a short tan head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: nutty malt aroma, brown sugar, toffee, caramel

T: average porter flavor, slight pecan bitterness, some flavor of sweet alcohol

M: medium to full bodied with average carbonation, alcohol present

O: It does not taste like pecan pie. It is an average porter that is slightly boozy.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As usual, this Clown Shoes beer pours nicely enough, a nice dark, rich brown with a decent head. I was certainly intrigued by the idea of this beer- a pecan pie porter- just imagine how decadent and delicious that could be! Unfortunately, this beer isn't either. It has a bit of pecan pie on the finish, but it's very faint. The front and main body of the beer is too thin, has a fair bit of grainy sourness, and lacks flavor. The aroma almost wholly lacks any indication of what kind of beer this is. Certainly it seems more like a brown ale than a porter, and not a very good one at that. It really cries out for richness and depth, and some roastiness. None are really there. The only saving grace is the hint of nutty brown sugar sweetness right at the end of the finish. Great idea, now get back to the drawing board and make it work.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle pours a mostly black color with a bubbly khaki head. Retention and lacing are both a tad below average. Bonus points awarded for a great label and beer name.

Nose is definitely sweet...with caramel, simple syrup and a misplaced black licorice aroma. One-dimensional for sure and the lack of darker malt aromas has me a bit worried. Where's the pecans??

Taste still shows this odd flavor of black licorice, it just doesn’t fit here. The sweetness is not as over the top as I thought it would be, and comes across mostly in the form of burnt caramel and roast. I do get a little bit of roasted pecan in here, but it kind of astringent and not very nutty. Nor is the beer very pie-esque. Mouthfeel on it basically sucks...its flimsy, one-dimensional, flat tasting and has no direction or flow. Some of Clown Shoes beers I find to be quite delicious...this one, however, is not one of them...Mr. Khan would go ape shit on Massachusetts if he got wind of this.

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Photo of rdilauro
1.93/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I never like to bad mouth anything and I wont start here. But, this was a beer that I did not like at all. Right from the onset, the pour was less to than favorable, there wasnt much of any aroma in the glass and the first sip didnt offer me anything that I was looking for.

Each follow on sip did nothing more to impress me with this one

Sorry, guess we cant like every beer

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