Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter

Reviewed by on November 26, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Clown Shoes

  • Origin: Ipswich, MA, US

  • Rated On: November 26, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled October 6, 2015

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Clown Shoes adjust their recipe for this brew each year, and 2015’s, um, ‘tweak’ is cold brewed coffee.  Via the swath of near-nonsensical exposition and imagery on the label, I do get a heady sense (pecan pie and turkeys, of course) of the American Thanksgiving ethos, at least.

This 22oz bottle pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of red cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some splendid hairy potato profile lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, a muddled oily nuttiness, slightly acrid cafe-au-lait, a weak black fruitiness, ethereal earthy spice, free-range wet ash, and perhaps a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is creamy milk chocolate, toasted caramel malt, laid-back coffee grounds, a sedate gritty nuttiness, some softly edgy black licorice, brown sugar-heavy dark fruit, and a singed earthy, leafy, and weedy hoppiness. The bubbles are quite understated in their low-grade and at times ephemeral frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a minor minefield of char to traipse through, is all. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, creamed coffee, and wannabe nuttiness still mixing, mingling, and matching.

A decent ‘winter’s coming’ brew (well, they cleared the snow in the streets today, up here), for sure, but the coffee and the roast don’t do the pecan side of things any favours. Overall, though, this is fairly pleasurable to drink, with no particular guest ingredient overstepping its bounds – a robust and thorough coffee shop experience, encapsulated in a bottle.  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Brady White



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