Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter

Reviewed by on November 24, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Clown Shoes

  • Origin: Ipswich, MA, US

  • Rated On: November 24, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.5

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s American Thanksgiving 2016 – so here we have another new variant on this holiday-themed tipple.

This 22oz bottle pours a fairly solid black abyss, yet with some none-too-subtle basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy light brown head, which leaves some tiered streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet milk chocolate, grainy and bready caramel malt, a nuttiness that may or may not be pecan in origin, cafe-au-lait, vanilla cookies, a hint of anise spice, and some very understated weedy, leafy, and floral hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some muddled oily nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, Tootsie Rolls, weak earthy honey, and more of that tame leafy, weedy, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite thorough in its coddling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and genuinely smooth, with a nice airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a wee bit.  It finishes off-dry, the chocolate, caramel, and nuts doing a bang-up job of mimicking the last bite of a store-brand candy bar.

Overall, this is a decently made and more or less drinkable ode to the titular confection – and the other ones that typically surround it at this time of year.  Sweet, without necessitating a tongue scraper, if you know what I mean – and let’s not forget that 17-proof ‘booziness’, which is only conspicuous by its overt absence in the proceedings here.  Why, yes, uncle Dave, I’ll have another!

Brady White

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