Pecan Dream | Holy City Brewing

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85
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49 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
holycitybrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We don’t blame you if you don’t believe us, but this beer was born in a dream. Sean arrived at the brewery one day, having woken from a dream where we brewed two beers. One was made with boiled peanuts, and the other with pecans. For logistical reasons, among others, we decided we had to make with ones with pecans. After sourcing 150 lbs of them, we split them up amongst ourselves, roasting every last nut in our respective home ovens. 5 pounds of those home-roasted pecans were added per barrel of this American brown ale, imparting a great nutty nose that presents itself more as the beer warms up.

Feel free to consult your psychology textbooks for “dreams about nuts” at this point.

25 IBU

Added by UnderPressure on 12-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.17/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Can poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: A great deal overcarbonated - this took a half dozen pours to get a full glass. Deep brown practically black color. Head is a beige foam. Hard to judge retention on an overcarbed brew, but a short ring of lacing is left.

2.75 S: Dry, dusty toastiness. The pecans are rather tame and barely detectable. In fact, this is much less nutty than at least half of the browns out there that don't have nuts in them. Mild tangy caramel. Underwhelming here.

2.0 T: The tanginess is stronger in the taste. I'm not sure if this is due to an early infection, a stange manifestation of the overcarbonation, or just the way that it's supposed to be. In any case, it doesn't taste great. Again there's a dry toastiness and just a slight nuttiness.

1.75 M: Lighter medium body. Well overcarbonated. Somewhat watery rather than creamy.

1.75 D: Obviously not what the brewer intended, but I have to review the result rather and not the plan.

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Photo of Bill-w
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of pjhalifax
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a six pack at Charleston Beer Exchange and, from glancing at other reviews, I can only guess something has gone wildly wrong with the cans I got. The beer is overcarbed and has a sour note that makes me think there's been a packaging issue. I don't get much in the way of pecan even after letting the beer warm up -- tastes mostly like a brown ale that went off the tracks somewhere.

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Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cola brown color presents, without much of either head or lacing

Smell: Brown bread, with hints of chocolate and coffee; not picking up the pecans

Taste: Brown bread, with the chocolate and coffee flavors and nutty character that develops by mid-palate; a little grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was looking for a bit more pecan flavor; as it was, this tasted more like a middle of the road brown

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Photo of strohme2
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, fluffy tan head that fades quickly. Smell is oaky, maple, nuts. Super sweet, nuttiness, smoke. Thin mouthfeel, a bit cloying aftertaste. Different, but a one and done for me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty nutty brown ale, with some pecan taste, sweet and sticky. A big brown foamer. OK drinkability, maybe on a very hot day. Thanks for the extra can, Brian.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery, poured a dark brown color, produced a thick tan head, excellent retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma of this Brown Ale consisted of roasted malt, and nuts. (dare I say Pecans?) Medium in body, this beer had a foundation of roasted malt, coffee and Pecans! One of the first ales that use pecans that I can say, actually tasted like a pecan! Outside the box take on a Brown Ale but that is why it's and American Brown Ale instead of a classic Brittish Brown Ale! Excellent session beer- If you get the chance, check this one out!

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jshusc
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cauthen22
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown with frothy white foam this beer is very nutty and strong on the pecan flavor in a slightly sweet way. this is a nice treat from your typical brown ale goes down easy

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Photo of thatche2
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter glass.

Appearance is dark brown with one finger thick head and decent retention. Head appears creamy and inviting with good lacing around the glass.

The smell is earthy nuts/pecans with some woody and floral notes.

Taste has nice caramel malt backbone with good pecan flavor coming through on the finish. The pecan flavor surges in for half a second on the mid palate and vanishes rather quickly. There is not much roast as expected from a brown ale. Sweetness is moderate in the form of caramel and molasses with fairly low bitterness. The one complaint is that the finish is slightly watered down, which mutes the flavors a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a lot of carbonation (nicely effervescent). The beer has a good medium bodied feel without being heavy. The finish is slightly watery.

Overall this is smooth yet nicely carbonated brown ale with some good pecan flavors. This is a great beer to enjoy after a long day at work. I prefer a little more body, but this beer is quite enjoyable in its current form.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several of these on tap around King St. in Charleston. Pretty nice, lots of nutty notes, roasted malts, peanuts, chalk, cocoa notes. One of their better beers IMO.

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Pecan Dream from Holy City Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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