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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter | Lancaster Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 144
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Shoo-Fly Pie Porter from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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