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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
lancasterbrewing.com

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:
38
Ratings:
144
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
22.31%
 
 
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6
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24
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 144
Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out as a transparent dark brown color, with almost no head at all on it. This has a surprising appearance for a porter, the color to me should have been much darker. The smell of dark roasted malts and just a little bit of molasses on the nose. The taste is pretty weak, I really hoped for this beer to be much more flavorful but to me it seemed as though they were forgetting something. The mouthfeel was watery and kind of boring. Not really sure about this one.

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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 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 stakem
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

During a recent visit to LBC harrisburg, I couldnt resist ordering this. I am surprised I dont already have a review for this because I vividly recall this beers release in 2009 and my drive with friends to the Lancaster location to try it.

Served in a pint, the brew appears a dark amber to mahogany color. It is quite clear and lighter in color than expected for a porter. A finger of yellowish stained tan cap sits atop. Pretty solid retention that leaves a wall of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma consists of caramel to toasty toffee sweetness. Some mineral aspect with mild fruit and citrus hops are an afterthought. At times, the darker faint sweetness suggests molasses but never quite gets there.

The taste is quite mineral filled with fruity to floral notes from a mild hop inclusion. Mild toasty grain somewhat like toffee is evident. The aftertaste is very weak with the faintest hint if molasses and chocolate grain. This brew is somewhat nutty actually more than anything.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp almost like a baltic porter but lacking a bit across the board. I didnt care for the mineral quality at all that seemed to dominate the brew. Overall a good idea but it just didnt pan out the way it could if the recipe was revisited.

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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 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 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 tone77
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of molasses, light chocolate. Taste is chocolate, much more pronounced than the aroma, vanilla, molasses, some roasted malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Devil's Den in South Philly...
Appears a dark brown with steady streams of CO2 quickly rising to the top of the thick, off-white head. Scattered streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty malts, molasses, bitter hops, and some cocoa.
Taste is of the same aromas with an unexpected bitterness that doesn't come across as being as sweet as I would've imagined. Certainly not as sweet as real shoo-fly pie that I remember having as a kid.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with the carbonation. Full bodied, and spritzy along the tongue. I'd like to try this either on nitro, or on cask to escape the zippiness of the bubbles.

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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 hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocloate, lighter roastiness, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, molasses, roast, and caramel. Some lacing left on the glass. I love Shoo-fly pie, but just didn't see it in this one.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Deep mahogany with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Root beer, molasses, licorice, and milk chocolate.

Taste
Black licorice, molasses, and Birch beer. Light caramel and milk chocolate. Hints of spruce.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and semi-dry with a light bitterness.

Overall
Imperialize this and then we'll talk. ;)

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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 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 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 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 DIM
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark, slightly murky, brown. It was served to me with a perfect one inch with froth. Beautiful.

s: I couldn't find much here. Mild toasty malts and doughy bread, no molasses.

t: This was a pretty good porter, but the molasses was very mild to me. The porter aspects were strong, roasty, doughy malts. I think the molasses tasted like caramel to me. Very good overall, but I wanted more molasses.

m: Luscious, creamy cask, yum!

d: I liked this more than the score would indicate, I was just hoping something more diferent I suppose. If you have the chance, definitely try this one.

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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 bigfnjoe
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Harrisburg location into my giant mug of doom and destruction.

A- Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Light cream colored head that fades nearly instantly.

S- Hardly any aroma, but I get a little molasses. Typical LBC with the weak scent.

T- Very creamy with a bite of molasses at the end. Its...interesting. I guess thats a good word for it

M- Kind of thick, and not in a good way. The molasses really isn't a good thing at the end.

D- Not much of a porter of molasses fan, but I wasn't too impressed overall with this. Felt a little bland. Hopefully this falls off tap soon and the pub gets something a little better up.

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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 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, ┬╝" 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 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 thain709
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown body but when held up light will penetrate...a soapy tan head forms and retains rather nicely...some lacing

S - Lighter than I was expecting...definite notes of brown sugar and molasses

T - Not overly complex on the taste buds...dark roasted malts are present and I like that they aren't burnt in flavor...the molasses plays a big role in taste...it comes in after the initial malts and lingers even after you swallow...some dark fruits are present in the very back...the sweetness takes over any other flavors...a bit of an Earthiness at the end but again mixed with molasses

M - Medium bodied...not very creamy even on cask...would have liked more creaminess to go with the sweetness

D - I guess I was expecting more from this beer...if I had to chose I might actually have a piece of pie over this beer...nice for dessert but a little too much molasses for me

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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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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter from Lancaster Brewing Company
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