Clown Shoes Beer has built a reputation on big, bold and outrageous beers.

Experimenting a lot with barrel aged beers and beers that hit very high ABV marks. Clown Shoes was named by it’s founded, Gregg Berman, he says about clown shoes, “They remind me about humility and to find humor in life. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. We hope you enjoy the beers…”

Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter (2015)

Coffee Pecan Pie Porter has become one of its fall seasonal staples and each year they change the recipe just a little bit. In 2015, it added cold brewed coffee from Atomic Café, located in Beverly, Mass., thus creating the name change to, Coffee Pecan Pie Porter. In 2014, one-third of the beer was aged in bourbon barrels and the way in which the pecans were roasted changed some, it also jumped from 7 to 8 percent ABV, where it remained for this year’s version.

The Coffee Pecan Porter pours really nicely into my tulip glass, it’s very dark, has a stout-like appearance and khaki head that lingers for a while. When I swirl it around the glass the beer hugs the sides and slowly lowers itself back into the beer, it appears to be bigger than 8 percent based on the amount of sugar seemingly in the beer. When it rests fully, there is a thin layer of head around the edges of the glass and at the very outside top of the beer a mahogany color where the light shines through.

Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter (2015)

I am getting a lot of roast on the nose from the malt and what I believe is the coffee as well. It smells fairly sweet also; notes of caramel and molasses are very prevalent on the nose.

The taste follows the nose for the most part, but it is not as sweet as I would have imagined. The bitterness from the coffee and roasted malts are taking more of a center stage on this one. I am getting some sweetness, but it comes in the form of burnt sugar and is more muted. I am not getting a whole lot of the smoothness I would think cold brewed coffee would provide either; it’s a little more harsh and acidic in that area. It leaves dryness in my mouth as well; I’m assuming that is from the pecans, as they tend to do that. It feels thicker than I would have thought at 8 percent, which is really nice, coats, the tongue and allows the flavor to resonate well.

Clown Shoes Coffee Pecan Pie Porter (2015)
BREWERY: Mercury Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Ipswich, Mass.
STYLE: Porter
ABV: 8 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $8.99
RELEASE DATE: 2013 (Bottled 2015)
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One
This was a really good and balanced beer, there are areas it could have improved in, but overall a really nice and approachable “big beer." The coffee didn’t shine through like I was hoping, it was much more dark baker's chocolate in the taste with the sweetness as the backbone. Clown Shoes continues to make some pretty solid beers and I’ve come to enjoy many of its offerings. If you come across this one, it’s worth picking up.
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