Shoo-Fly Pie Porter | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Shoo-Fly Pie PorterShoo-Fly Pie Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with eight different malts, four types of hops and a touch of Lancaster County molasses, this tasty brew has a rich brown hue with a medium to full body flavor.

Added by hopdog on 02-01-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
138
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
22.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 138
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask Night at Lititz's GEN Sutter Inn (F, 27 Feb 2009) marked its cask release with one other slated for PHL Beer Week. LNCBC's Director of Sales and Marketing, John Frantz; Jin Weber (BeerIsland), my ride home that evening; yours truly; and another fellow who I recognized upon sight but do not personally know were the only four who were at both "release parties". Cheers to all of us!

This one was dispensed via gravity pour and arrived with two fingers of soapy, foamy, deep-tan head with mild retention. The color was a deep, dark, brown with little to no light penetration. Nose had an interesting mix of slight charcoal and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was slightly full, approaching creamy. I got an anise-like flavor on the tongue. The finish was dry, especially so for a porter, but better that than the God-awful sweetness of its namesake.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this gem off the tap and I thought is was a solid porter. It poured a black opaque with white head that left some lacing. The scent and taste had a nice earthy base with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall I felt is was a great porter.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A good beer with a nice appearance, deep ruby brown in the light with a tall two finger beige head which is dense and long lasting.
Aromas of roasted malts char and vanilla.
Taste is like the nose malty rich with roast and char. Vanilla weaves its sweet creaminess throught out the taste.
I like this.

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Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/11/10).

A: Pours a deep and dark mahogany brown with some slight ruby hues capped off with one finger on an off-white heard that left some ringed lace.

S: Aroma is a little weak, but contains very nice tones of roasted malt, sweet malt, coffee, and some chocolate as well as being peppered with dark fruit.

T: Quite balanced with a very fresh flavor profile consisting of molasses, raisins, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Layer of dark fruit are found as well.

M: Medium-bodied with smooth and somewhat creamy carbonation.

D: There is not a hint of the 6% abv. and with it balanced a fresh flavor, this a a rather sessionable American Porter.

Overall this was a very solid American Porter, that contains nothing really unique in its flavor, but it is quite solid and very balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster- Shoo-Fly Porter

A- Deep brown with a thin filmy head.
S- Swwet brown sugar, molasses, and a caramelized sugar.
T- Sweet syrupy pecans, cola, caramel, huge doses of brown sugar, and a slight dusting of cocoa powder.
M- Deep bold molasses, very sweet brown sugar, and a nutty malt finish.

Overall- Sweet, very close to Shoo-Fly pie. A nice dessert/ night cap beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this one up since it sounded interesting. 3.25 for the single.

A - Very light colored porter very clear with ruby hues. Head is a 1/4 inch that dissipates rather quickly. Good lace ring.
S - Good roast and sweetness on this one the molasses is sweet and strong and it has a nice vanilla vibe too.
T - Very sweet and strong molasses so if you don't like sweet beers look away! Vanilla tones really mend well with the roast factor which is dialed back. Not sure where the pie aspect is guess its just a name.
M - Very smooth medium bodied drink.

Overall good sweet porter worth trying. Love having new beers from Lancaster!

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Photo of beerfinder
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A delicious porter. You can really tastes the molasses in this one. Very smooth. Goes done nice after a big meal. Lots of character . A very unique porter .

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Photo of Beertroop
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lancaster Brewing Company at Plum and Chestnut. (Thanks to my fiance' who lives several blocks away)

Poured a dark brown with a small sized off white head.

Great aroma of a light Chocolate roast, coffee and caramel.

Tastes of coarse chocolate, slight sweet molasses, honey, and toffee. Some lacing left on the glass as I drank it. Not an over powering alcohol taste, so it can sneak up on you.

I felt the Shoo-fly pie taste in the molasses note of this beer. This beer seems hard to find at times, so if you get a chance drink one and you will see why.

Well worth it.

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Photo of asabreed
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Appearance: Kind of looks like Guinness because of the nitro tap appearance. Really creamy head, dense, and though seemingly opaque, there's some light getting through, leaving some dark red.

Smell: A good combination of dark sweetness, chocolate, and roasted malt aromas. Lighter, but balanced.

Taste: Seemingly nothing up front, though the finish leaves big roasted malts, mild coffee, and sweeter chocolate notes. Light but very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy initially from the nitro, though there's a bit of following grittiness, which I actually like and it a little weird.

Drinkability: A very solid porter from Lancaster, and I liked the nitro aspect with all the flavors it was bringing. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark chestnut brown with a 1/4 inch of off white foam

S - nice bready malt and molasses aroma to it

T - nice biscuit malt flavor to start with a sweet molasses finish

M/D - very smooth and creamy and very tasty. Not too sweet. Definitely worth trying if you can.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Lancaster Brewing Co.

A- Wow a huge head pour. Very frothy and luscious. Amazing. sticky lacing and grabs on to glass. A slight nut brown color to the head as well. A dark jet black color thatis opaque. Some light glistens through but not much.

S- a bready smell with molasses in the midst of it. alcohol and malt as well.

T- a dark roasted chocolate cocoa bean is exactly what it tastes like. Sweet molasses lingers around as well. Coffee taste hits the back end.

M- a medium bodied beer that has some good qualities. The coffee flavor coats the mouth pretty well.

D- not too bad but the dark roast portion of it is a tad overpowering. I think the molassess should be the focus, given the name.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy brown in color with a short 1" head. No lace develops.

Smell: malt sweetness is most dominant here but it is a little hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, molasses, bitter chocolate, and raisins create an enjoyable flavor. Bitterness is mild. Malt level is a bit thinner which is appropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: this is a very sessionable porter that is easy to quaff and hits the spot when looking for a beer in the style. Worth trying this.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA on 2/27/09. Served in an Imperial pint glass.

A - Poured a dark brown/mahogany body with copper tones and one-finger creamy light tan head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and deposited spotty lace on the glass.

S - Initial aroma is dark roasted malt with a touch of brown sugar and molasses. There is also a hint of caramel malt and mild licorice.

T - Begins with the requisite dark roasted malt, brown sugar and molasses with a hint of dark fruit in the backend. Some licorice and coffee notes also emerge in the finish, paired with an earthy bitter character.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy but somewhat thin texture. Oddly enough, there is just a slight bit of grittiness to the mouthfeel, especially for a cask ale.

D - Not as much of a Shoo-Fly presence as I was anticipating, but still very tasty and drinkable. One of the better offerings from Lancaster I've had, and certainly unique, especially for the area.

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Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, brownish copper (mahogany) with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap that left spotty lace.

S-Light caramel malt sweetness, a bit of raisin and a building licorice aroma in the end. All of this present but light.

T-Starts light and then builds to a nice level. Molasses, sweetness, raisin. A rather well flavoured brew without being too sweet or going over the top.

M-Medium-light bodied to the point of actually feeling thin.

D-Good. This brew doesn't blow you away but it builds into a well done, easy drinking and flavourful brew.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notse
I had this beer on tap at pardidise by the slice in wernserville,pa. The appearance was a dark brown color body, with a thin creamy lace round the top of the body. The smell was of roasted malts and some molasses. The taste had some choclolate notes but the malts and the molasses was the dominate flavor. The mouth feel was great nice and smooth and not thick like a regular porter. Over all i enjoyed this one and wish they bottled it.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a deep ruby-brown color with a thin, mocha-colored head and extensive lacing. It smells of molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, nuts, and roasted malt. It's a unique and pleasant smell. The taste is molasses and vanilla forward - quite sweet at first, but followed with a solid backbone of roasted malt, char, nuts, and a slight bitterness at the finish. It is a unique taste. This porter is medium-bodied, rather light in carbonation, and easy to drink with an ABV of 6.2% Overall, this is a really unique tasting porter that is pleasant to drink. I wish I had had it fresher. I'll look for it next Fall to see whether it makes a difference. Like many other beers, I suspect that this would be better fresh and on draught.

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very hazy copper to reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, fading on the slow side and leaving good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells nutty up front with maple syrup and vanilla hitting first, followed by toasted grains, brown sugar, cocoa powder, wheat bread, light char, coffee grinds and a hint of piney hops. No clue what a Shoo-Fly Pie smells like, but this smelled like a nut brown ale with a lot of toasted grains. Hides the ABV very well.

Tastes just like it smells, with toasted nuts, maple syrup and vanilla starting it off, then toasted grains, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa powder, wheat bread, light char, coffee grinds, earthy notes and mild hints of piney hops. The molasses comes out more as it warms up, with the vanilla trailing for a nice finish. It almost tastes like a cream soda, which was pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost slick, with a medium body, little to no carbonation and almost a flat, watery feel. Seems like hard mineral water was used and the result is like a glass of cream soda that sat out for a few hours and lost all it's carbonation. In spite of those slightly negative qualities, I liked this beer overall and it grew on me when I drank it. Wouldn't seek it out, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Had on nitro at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

A nice, easy-drinking beer, that is exceptionally smooth due to the nitro.

This beer could REALLY benefit from some more roasty, malted goodness. The taste is just a little bland/ watered-down. Otherwise, all the right flavors are there - just extremely muted.

Still, a nice, forgetful drinker.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at February cask night at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz PA. Served from the cask in a 1/2 pint.
A - Slightly hazed deep walnut brown w/ a thin medium tan band

S - Dark toasted malt, roasted barley aromas upfront w/ hints of pine hops and cocoa

M - Rich, creamy feel w/ roasted notes and mildly charred edge w/ a slight chewiness

T - A flavor like you expect from Shoo-fly pie made in Lancaster County - Shoo fly pies caramel and molassess w/ a nice undercurrent of roasted barley and bittersweet cocoa notes

D - This is a far better way to taste shoo fly than traditional co2 - I find the malt to be smoother and nuances of malt come forward and the chance to taste the molasses is there. John Frantz asked 'how did you like it?' I must say I appreciate the cask much more, it isn't gassy and I actually wanted to order more than 1, but the cask was kicked

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Photo of regspeir
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Capone's
Dark tan with a thick two-finger, mocha head. Nose is molasses, brown sugar, roasted barley, malt and chocolate. Taste is what I should have expected, having had shoo-fly pie - molasses and brown sugar with some bread and chocolate. Very sweet. No false advertising at work here! Finish included a welcome slight bitterness. All together a decent beer, but not one I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A red-brown light seeps through this dark beer. Spores of foam collect as sheeting on the surface.

Sweet English two-row with molasses and light roastiness. Fruity with a browned apple and fig note, but gushing with dark rummy sugars.

Molasses, brown sugar, roast grain, pomme, porter malt bitterness, and light toffee. Hints of black cherry. Not much in the line of hops. Very un-American.

Drinks like a decent porter, except that it's a bit on the light side. Carbonation has good dimension.

A good porter of the English style.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint on cask at Tap and Table. It appears a murky dark brown with a short tan head. The beer is smooth and drinkable, but a bit strong for the flavor impact. It sounds silly, but a 6% beer should be richer. This had a pleasant chocolate and coffee roast flavor, but not much else. I'd have expected it to be only about 4.5%. Anyways, it's a simple but tasty beer. Certainly worth drinking a pint.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with an off white one finger head. Not real thick as light does shine through when you hold the glass up. Full ring lacing but it does not really last.

S: Biscuit bready malt with sweet molasses. No real hops nose to it.

T: Sweetness up front with a bready biscuit malty flavor. The molasses and brown sugar sweetness comes in the middle of the beer with some roasted qualities to it. Finish is really different and very dry with a slight hop bite to it. This beer really has some of the same flavors I detect in some of their other maltier beers (Hop Hog, Milk Stout).

M: I thought mouthfeel was medium at best. It was a dry finish that seemed to evaporate pretty quickly. No trace of the alcohol.

D: Fairly high. These were enjoyable and the abv is low enough to have a few.

Overall a decent but not outstanding beer. A really cool concept to localize it to PA, but just something that didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of drtth
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in an standard Shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: A dark brown with reddish undertones, ΒΌ" off-white or tan head which fades quickly leaving ring of foam behind and some light, speckled lacing.

Smell: The smell is light but definitely is of molasses and caramelized brown sugar.

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the sweet, dark molasses taste pops out first and is followed by the sweet bitterness of caramelized sugar.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation. The finish is medium long and dry with faint hops and occasional notes of molasses sweetness.

Drinkability: Reasonably drinkable so that I could easily have a couple more. While the flavor is not as intense and rich as eating a piece of Shoo Fly Pie, the taste and aroma capture some of the experience. I'll probably try this one again.

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Photo of Ranbot
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler I bought at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Despite the name this beer is far from a substitute for shoo-fly pie, but it's good in it's own right.

A - Dark ruby red when held up to the light. Initially thick tan head dissapated into a thin film leaving speckled lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is light with roasted grains with molasses.

T - The first second the liquid hits my tongue the taste is somewhat watery, immediately followed by a nice blast of roasted malts with with a touch of molasses and brown sugar. The roasted malt has a slightly smokey flavor that lingers pleasantly long after swallowing. Hops are very mild and mostly complement the roasted malts in the aftertaste. The middle and back of my tongue feel like they are being caressed between the malts and hops. Carbonation is moderate and typical the style. There is a mild, but distinct alcoholic hotness that is not entirely welcome.

M - Surprisingly light and slightly watery, but not bad by any means.

D - It's good, but I have to detract for the alcoholic hotness.

I love the aftertaste of the Shoo-Fly Porter. You can take a sip and feel the malts playing with your taste buds for a long time after swallowing. However, for being only 6% it does have a distinct alcohol flavor. With so much riding on its great aftertaste i think this beer is best as a slow sipper.

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