(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 385
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 228
Gots: 98 | FT: 4
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 12-20-2009

(512) Double Pecan Porter is a robust porter accented by locally grown roasted pecans and subtly enhanced by aging in recently emptied oak whiskey barrels. For the first ever bottling, only one 200L barrel was bottled. Notes of chocolate, coffee and pecan marry with the subtle flavors of vanilla and whiskey to make this a wonderful winter warmer worth sharing and savoring. We sincerely hope you enjoy every sip.

2010 - Jack Daniels barrels
2011 - Maker's Mark barrels
2012 - Jack Daniels barrels
2013 - Maker's Mark barrels
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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

L - Pours a black coffee body with a frothy one finger head. Good retention, but not much lacing.

S - Subtle whiskey barrel notes along with faint pecans and vanilla.

T - The taste really opens up compared to the smell. More than subtle bourbon notes up front as well as vanilla, light roasted malts through the middle and roasted pecan on the end. I swear the pecan just lingers.

F - Medium bodied and medium to somewhat high carbonation. Has a wet finish. Prickly carbonation.

O - I was worried the bottle was past its prime. Aside from the somewhat muted nose, this vintage seems to be holding strong.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body with a half finger dark tan head that dissioates quickly with decent lace. Aroma is just right in strength alluding a semi sweet vanilla and whiskey dominant brew. Flavor follows with vanilla, pecan, dark cherry, mild but well applied whiskey and some mild toasty bitterness. A little off balanced by the sweetness but still very good. The fruitiness makes this one odd but doesn't ruin it.Smooth body, nice fullness for the style, little too much carbonation.

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Photo of thereal_adam
1.3/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infection going on here. Total gusher, carbonation totally off. Some smell of pecans that I would expect, but then something else wrong here. Once the carbonation calmed down, the beer looked well enough, some hope that everything else would be alright. But from the mouthfeel it was obvious this had gone bad, just didn't seem normal. The carbonation ruined everything about this beer. Might be best to avoid bottles of this and focus on getting it on draft.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with black chocolates with subtle pecan notes. Whiskey notes are also easily noticeable and provided a nice smooth finish to the beer. Body is a bit thinner then I was expected with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nice beer but can’t say that pecan are as apparent as I would have expected.

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Photo of joeyfeets
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

a great offering from local brewer 512. They added locally grown, roasted pecans to this porter & upped the ante by aging it in oak whiskey barrels. In the glass, the beer is dark black w/ a small khaki colored head. I could definitely smell the oak & whiskey in the brew. The aroma was also slightly nutty & earthy w/ a hint of chocolate. When tasting it, I could pickup the whiskey but it wasn't overpowering in this batch. Roasted malt comes through w/ pecan flavor throughout. A hint of vanilla sneaks in at the end. Despite the higher ABV, this porter is as drinkable as the regular Pecan Porter they offer. Tastes somewhat similar but this one has a lil more carbonation & the "ramped up" flavors from the whiskey barrels.

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Photo of Phelps
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Bottle into a new Belgium goblet. Shared by ejyoung.

Explodes upon touching the glass -- one part liquid, three parts foam like spun brown sugar. It eventually recedes to a thick, half-finger layer above plain black liquid. 3

Vanilla, booze, tons of toasted pecans, milk chocolate and maple in the nose. Sweet and rich. Maybe a touch metallic.

Crumbled chocolate, a touch of tangy dark fruit. The whiskey is well integrated, lending tangy booze to the chocolate malts. Pecans actually take a backseat. As it warms, sweet caramel and toasted bread emerge. Lingering chocolate bitterness and a finish of dry pecans.

Carbonation from the appearance carries into the mouthfeel, exploding when it hits the tongue. This is the main downside to the brew -- I want a heavy, thick, creamy body, not crazy Belgian bubbles.

Good flavor. A little thin, both in flavor and body, but enjoyable.

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Photo of dhayter
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass at The Bottle Shop in Dallas Texas.

A - Pours very dark with a nice brown head. Low height that dissipated rather quickly.

S - The first notes are whiskey (was told this was a bourbon barrel) with hints of roasted malt. Light pecan smells linger.

T - Starts with a nice roasted malt taste with nutty pecan very evident. The high alcohol is not noticed, but the pecan stays on the palate, along with the well balanced porter flavors. Ends with a slightly sweet whiskey finish.

M - Smooth for the high alcohol.

O - Very drinkable porter. I am a (512) Pecan Porter fan, this one adds complex whiskey notes and sweetness with a little more alcohol.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a brown one-finger head. Smell of chocolate and oak. Initial taste is strong with chocolate and nut flavors. Medium body has continued chocolate and nut flavors backed by light whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Really complex flavor. Finishes with a touch of whiskey flavor.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Draught House on 4/7/14

A-Pours a dark brown, almost black with a big, medium thick, mocha head that recedes fairly quickly but then a small head lingers throughout. Medium light lacing and moderate legs.

S-Aroma has a moderate chocolate note with medium high dark fruit character. Medium light bourbon notes.

T-Flavor has moderate roast notes with medium light dark chocolate. The fruit character of the aroma is lighter with only hints of dark fruit. Light bourbon character with a moderate nuttiness. Finish has some bourbon and alcohol spice along with some roast malt notes.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high to high carbonation.

O-Overall a great BA would like to try an aged bottle.

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Photo of Duff27
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fizzy light tan head that quickly goes to a cap and collar. Dark brown/black body. No lacing.

Dull whiskey notes on the nose.

Whiskey barrel gives way to nutty and roasty tones. Very drinkable for 9.5%abv

A tad overcarbonated but not enough to distract from the overall experience. Full mouthfeel.

The aroma didn't do much for me at first but I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor. Nice change of pace. Great porter/brown ale feel and taste here. Thanks Marc (mj0126)!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - Black, but brown at the edges. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of whiskey. Nutty. Chocolatey and very oaky.

Taste - Strong whiskey and oak. Chocolate. Less intense on the nuts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A little thin. High carbonation.

Overall - They told me this might be infected, but it's not. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass at the Draughthouse in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Retention is bad - less than one minute. Lacing is inconsistent.

Body colour is an opaque solid black; pretty predictable for a porter. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. It's definitely to style, and looks good. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: There's a definite bourbon presence. Hints of vanilla, oak barrel, and lovely milk chocolate. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Maybe some booze. Pecan nut is a highlight here; I also get some hazelnut which complements it nicely. Strangely, the pecan is more developed and evocative here than I remember it being in the base beer. I like the aroma; it's very inviting. No yeast character/hop profile is detectable. I'm really looking forward to trying it. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Quite sweet - overly so. Sweet bourbon-induced vanilla notes, sweet chocolate, and a kiss of oak. Heavy dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the body, but sadly there's little roasted barley character to be found. Cream. Marshmallow. The pecan is quite timid (just like it was in the disappointing base beer). The barrel notes don't overwhelm the base, but they don't really complement the base either. I'd love more oak - ideally with some toasty or charred character. It has nice complexity, but not enough subtlety. Needs more of a sweet/bitter balance. Some cola and sassafras notes.

As it warms, I pick up some licorice and molasses.

There's no perceptible hop presence, nor do I pick up nay yeast or overt alcohol. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: A bit creamy. Smooth and wet. Slick. A bit syrupy and thick. Full-bodied. Has a ice presence on the palate. Well carbonated. A bit more dryness and coarseness would help coax out more depth of flavour.

Not oily, astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, or harsh.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. Quite drinkable. It's an enjoyable barrel aged imperial porter from 512, and I'd get it again. But it's far from world class, and the reticence of the pecan is very disappointing. I'd recommend this to friends, but this is only good where it has the potential to be great.

High B-

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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For a special occasion in November, 2013 I cracked open my 2012 bottle of the WBADPP.

Bottle #00653

The beer foams up upon uncapping and cutting through the rock solid wax.

It pours a jet black topped by a coffee colored foam that's light and airy. This dies down in a hurry leaving liquid goodness behind.

On the nose is an evident whiskey barrel influence, although my palate and sense of smell are not discerning enough to tell what particular barrels are used.

I found some elements of dark cherries and bitter chocolate emerge, along with just a touch if vanilla and some leather.

Time has mellowed it out a bit, with a wonderful mélange of dark cherries, dark chocolate, a subdued roast and a hint of leather. Whisky kisses the palate at the end. A true imperial porter, its body doesn't cross into heavy stout territory. Has a bitter roast which gives it a great kick. Of course it tastes great. My only regret is I may never obtain another bottle of this!

Original review:

This is my 500th review.

The (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Pecan Porter, on tap at Freetail in San Antonio.

This pours a dark brown-black, the color of burnt oak (charred staves perhaps from a barrel ready for filling?) with a thin, tight ring of foam.

The aroma has notes of bourbon mixed with a hint of dark roasted malt, the combination of their pecan porter and a barrel-aged boozy bear of a beer. As it warms there is more of a presence of dark chocolate and some coffee rounding out the aromatics, along with a touch of toffee.

The flavor has a sharp, almost harsh, upfront roastiness at first but this mellows out as it warms and opens up, releasing bourbon notes along with a sharp roast and dark cocoa as well as a dry finish. It’s not a big boozy barrel-aged beer but it does warm as it warms in the most pleasing of manners.

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Photo of brurevu
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 version most recently at the brewery's 5th Anniversary on tap. It poured a dark brown to black with a slight tan head. The aroma held deep chocolate and pecans with the whiskey barrel nose coming through. It smelled great. The flavor was an amped up version of their already wonderful Pecan Porter with the rich chocolate and pecan but the barrel aging gave it a vanilla smoothness and whiskey touch that rounded it out. A well done barrel aged beer that adds perfection to their Pecan Porter. It was nice to have it on tap at their Anniversary and my favorite of the day.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

2013 vintage. For a couple hours, I was referring to this brewery as "312". I've been drinkin' Goose Island for too long... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa nibs, light whiskey, and a touch of darkly-roasted nuts. The taste brings in more of the same, with the nuts/caramel mix (yeah, the roasted nuts have been dipped in some rich caramel now, which somehow hasn't diminished the roastiness any) taking astrong lead. The body is a more-than-stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid little beast, with the nuts standing out more than I thought they would.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a small quickly dissipating light brown head. Being a bigger barrel aged beer it gets some slack.

The aromas come off like the regular version with the chocolate and pecan but get a kick of bourbon barrel. A little sweet.

Chocolate, pecan, bourbon, vanilla and at this point of the night I can't tell if the alcohol is peeking through or if it is just bourbon flavor. Lol.

Some prickly carbonation and a medium body.

Glad I didn't go crazy trying to track a bottle down around town. Worth a try especially if you dig the regular Pecan Porter.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

1st pour I did easy and almost had no head or lacing in my glass. My 2nd pour, I was much more aggressive and received a nice thick mocha head that faded within a few minutes. Better lacing on my glass as well. On the nose all I get is the whiskey and pecans. Taste is pretty much the same, along with the rostaed malts. Mouthfeel is pretty weak, very thin. Overall I feel this is a fun BA beer to drink. I love 512 pecan porter, and I think I was expecting more from the BA version.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

2013 edition of the (512) Whiskey-Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter. 9.5% ABV. Special yearly release in the Spring. No wax around the gold cap this year like the 2012 edition had. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a viscous, oily black with a nice, dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: The nose starts off with freshly roasted coffee with a touch of vanilla. Notes of chocolate and roasted pecans abound within. It ends with a pleasant dash of spicy phenolics and whiskey.

Taste: The whiskey is very upfront and direct, but not unpleasant. The flavors really come together and blend nicely in this beer. Whiskey flavors give way to the pecans. The pecans acquiesce to the vanilla and chocolate. On the finish, I get some herbal/floral hops

Mouth feel: Low-medium carbonation, which gives the beer a surprisingly thin and watery mouth feel for 9.5% ABV. I'd say I'd say it's a touch or two under medium-bodied.

Overall: This is a really nice beer that's well-rounded. The only thing I'd change if I could, would be the low carbonation. It didn't do so much for the beer. I'd also like to have been able to taste the barrel aspect a little more.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours coffee black, with three fingers of medium brown head which deflates ever-so-slowly. Some lacing. Oddly enough, the foam comes out of the bottle in a slow stream well after it's open for about an hour.

S: Roasted malt and pecan, a little dark chocolate shavings and vanilla, and a touch of oak and whiskey. Nice stuff. A little heat is evident also.

T: Similar, roastiness is in the forefront, and it finishes with a little sweetness.

M: Medium body and carbonation on a creamy texture. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: Lovely, like a roasty pecan pie, and easy to drink. An excellent porter.

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Photo of Ford
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Flying Saucer Sugar Land, Texas

Second straight year I have had this on tap. Wow. Still so good.

I love the regular Pecan Porter from 512.. one of my favorite Texas beers.

This takes everything up a notch.... a bit more malty and bitter on the end than some of the bb beers I've had recently...

This really stands up and the smell is amazing.

Great beer.. if you can try it, make sure you do. Don't miss out.

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Photo of lsiberian
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- this beer presents a nice black color with weak head. The head could be off from being the tap.

S- this beer gave off a nice combo of floral hops and pecan. It was a nice balance.

T- The taste gave a nice pecan flavor followed by a moderate hops finish that lingers. The beer is a bit simple, but that plays into its strength.

M-This beer is mostly smooth with a bit of tingle leaving the mouth refreshed. The mouthfeel is perfect for the beer.

O- This beer is a refreshing floral finish with a pecan start. The taste is a bit simple for me, but the mouth makes it a definite drink again beer.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ok so poured out of a bottle into a snifter glass
it pour with very little head almost flat like
very dark and smell boozy and sweet with a nutty chocolote back end
taste is very similar coffee hints chocolate and slightly nutty on the back end
with hint of vanilla pretty sweet
smooth easy to drink
not that high an abv the smell of booze is more than the taste when you drink
overall it is a pretty nice brew definitely worth trying

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured from a 7450ml bottle. It poured pitch black with a huge foamy head to it. Great head retention and lacing to it as I drank it. Very nice looking beer overall.

The aroma has some very good dark chocolate flavors mixing with some sweeter, light bourbon. It's nutty, with some caramel sweetness. There is a Little coffee to it as well. It comes together well and seems very smooth for the style.

There is a little more whiskey in the taste, especially in the finish. Milky chocolate with some caramel flavors add the sweet component. Again, it's got a smooth nutty flavor to it but I don't think I'd pick out pecan if didn't know they were there. Some roasted malts come out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is way too high for the style. Mouthfeel is unfortunately the downfall of this beer for me, it just doesn't fit what I expect in an imperial stout.

Overall, a very solid beer but the mouthfeel did hurt it for me. The flavors come together very well though. The pecans seemed to give it a smooth nuttiness, which was pretty appealing with the chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty nice beer overall.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights when held to the light with a huge 4 finger khaki colored head that left way too much bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I did get plenty of whiskey heat upfront in the aroma with chocolate goodness, maybe a little pecan character but I did manage to sniff out some good wood notes, slightly dark fruits and coffee coming through as well.

T: the pecan was more apparent on the palate but was still a little muted alongside great dark chocolate flavor, nice woody barrel character, sweetness from the vanilla, very well hidden whiskey boooze heat, good coffee notes and roastiness.

M; the brew was medium in body with tons of carbonation which had a semi sweet, nutty, mildly dark fruity, boozy, woody frothy and creamy finish.

O: it was a good beer all around but I feel the over carbonation took away from the overall flavor.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch-black color with a thin, bubbly head; medium lacing; lets no light through

S: Smells of chocolate covered raisins, dark fruits, and leather, with a light woodiness that creeps in behind the other smells

T: Smoky wood, roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate; finishes with a vinous whiskey bite.

M: Thin, oily, no booze, but very smooth. Overall it's too thin for my taste though

O: This beer was definitely very good, but not great. My friend brought it to one of our tastings so I don't know how much it costs, but I don't think I'd buy it again if I got the chance. Still, glad I got to try it at least

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(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
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