(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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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 227
Gots: 93 | 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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Reviews by bisonkron:
Photo of bisonkron
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown approaching black in color. Nice thick tan head with good retention. Looks very inviting. Carbonation is just right.

Huge whiskey smell, which I love. Pick up some toffee smells I would expect from a stout. A hint of licorice.

It has a nice sweetness to it. Great to drink all by itself. Hints of coffee/caramel and licorice. The whiskey flavor is very big and forward just like in the smell. A great deep rich flavor overall.

Very smooth body, with just the right level of creamy/thickness. The alcohol is smooth, but the presence of whiskey notes really reminds you that its there, which is great.

Great complexity and richness. Easy to drink, I'll be sure to grab another bottle next year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Clonies720
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip-In. 8 oz pour.

Pours dark brown to black with a beige head. The aroma is oak and whiskey, with some roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is bourbon with some milk chocolate and dark chocolate. There is a little nuttyness which I guess is the pecan and some light bitterness at the end, either from the hops or the chocolate. Medium-thick, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation. A truly great beer.

Photo of rissues24
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(512) Bourbon-Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
Served from a cask at The Dig Pub and poured into a pint glass

A: Beautiful beer that poured black into the (512) glass that I got to take home with me. Thanks Dig Pub! There was no head present when delivered to our table, just a little lacing at the top of the glass.

S: I noticed the smell of the Jack Daniels bourbon right away. I also noticed the aroma of the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: The taste of the bourbon barrel aging is the first thing that you notice, followed by the roasted malts. The variety of all of the various flavors work well with each other and nothing dominates.

M: Coming out of a cask, the mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with very little carbonization present. I will have to search out more cask events.

D: Aging in the Jack Daniel's barrel was a great idea that made a great beer even better. Putting the beer in a cask helped make a very complex beer even more drinkable.

Wish that I could have had another pint but this was another great event at Dig Pub and there was only enough in the cask for everybody to have one. I hear that they are working on aging a batch in Maker's Mark barrels. A great reason that 2011 should be another great year for beer lovers in Austin.

Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chriswilkes33 for sending me this in the N00b BIF 4.

Pitch black with rocky cappuccino foam with fantastic head retention. The fringes shows mahogany highlights

Smells like a lot of bourbon and vanilla, with a bit of chocolate and sweet malts

Tastes comparatively light in relation to the aggressive nose. The bourbon is very well balanced with the toasty malt and sweet chocolate. The roast, cocoa, and barrel are very well paired.

The beer is definitely overcarbonated, but not infected and tasty.

Great to try this beer, thanks again Chris!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

2012 bottling.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the Draught House in a nonic half pint glass.

Had to make it out to the Draught House for this unique offering. Brought along a bunch of other Chem E's with me to try it out.

The beer poured a dark brown with a creamy one finger tan head. Nicely composed beer. Wish the lighting would have been better for me to appreciate it a bit more.

The aroma was pure barrel. I wanted to get some of the malty and nutty notes out of it, but it was just an overpowering vanilla. Not a bad nose, but definitely one dimensional.

The taste was also overwhelmed by e barrel. To me, it seemed sweet and vanilla. Even though it was a double pecan porter, I couldn't get the wonderful nutty and roasted tastes from the standard (512) offering (which I had on hand for a comparison). Other people described it as a pure whiskey taste, a mixture of 75% beer and 25% whiskey or like drinking a barrel. There was no subtlety to this beer.

For how barrel-dominated the flavor was, this beer had a great mouthfeel. One person at the table described it as round, which I thi is an excellent way to put it. Smetimes the regular pecan porter can come across as watery, but this had an excellent weight. I would love to have some non barrel aged double pecan porter. I bet that beer would put me on cloud 9.

Overall, this was an interesting experience that I was glad to share with some friends, but I feel like the barrel aging could have been better executed. If they would have blended this beer with some unaged double pecan, I think I would have loved this beer to no end. *sigh*

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, poured into a goblet.

huge tan head that crept up over the top of the glass after reaching a height of three inches. Settling down very slowly it left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass, thick, and coating, this one looked like a monster right off the bat. The aroma was equally as big, rich chocolate and bourbon notes slip seamlessly around a shell of molasses and baked brown sugar. Decadent and dessert like in every sense of the word and hard to envision this as anything other then a big stout. Very sip is like black gold. Rich full feel, and near perfect carbonation compliment everything so well. Chocolate and coffee notes lead the way with a rich boozy bourbon feel kicking at the back of the throat. Sweet molasses notes coming in next, just dissolving over the tongue and really pushing the envelope on the flavor. Touches of licorice and a moderately dry finish smooth it out very well, while nearly all the ABV is well masked behind huge flavor.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ericandersnavy for this one! pours a rich, dark, earthy brown with ruby and caramel highlights. a frothy two-finger dark dark brown head bubbles up, then slowly fades.

aroma of vanilla, bourbon, rich dark malts, sweet caramel, carob, blackstrap molasses. smells amazing. earthy and sweet.

taste is complexly beautiful. rich vanilla, oak, char, sweet malt and maple syrup. cocoa, figs, and a hint of bourbon.

mouth is definitely overcarbonated... maybe a bit shook up via fedex, but still... with the hot carbonation, it made the alcohol a bit hot and really accentuated the peppery, hoppy notes of the brew. I saved 8 oz of this one in an 8oz swingtop bottle I have for just such occasions, and the next day, it was infinitely smoother with a more subtle carbonation, allowing the flavors to shine through even more.

all in all, overcarbonation aside, this is a beautiful brew. lusciously porterific with some impressive yet balanced bourbon qualities goin' on. If you want an intensely bourbon-forward brew, this isn't it. but this shows some impressive use of the barrel to really accentuate an outstanding brew.

Photo of gawnphishin
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a small quickly disappearing head.

S- Oak first then whiskey and alcohol

T- A good roasty chocolate flavor, then oak and bourbon. Sweetness lingers.

M- Silky and smooth

O- A very well done barrel aged beer.

Cheers to 512

Photo of Dajtai007
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Petrol Station has yet to let me down:

After a couple of pints of this I was in Heaven.
A: Very dark brown, as a Impy Porter should look like. Nice short head, clean retention.
S: Some bourbon, but mostly oak and barrel. Some chocolate, cinnamon, biscuit.
T: I was pleasantly surprise to experience a BA beer that didn't blow my taste buds out of the water. It was noticeable and subtle that it allowed the porter to remain a porter and not a stout. Good smooth oak notes at the end cleaned up the flavor nicely so that it made me took another sip, then another, then another. Very nice.
M: Nice medium carbonation that mellowed to a smooth coat onto the pallet.
D: It was so drinkable that I had three. Kinda wished I had that fourth.
Overall a very standout beer. I am always happy to see TX breweries barrel aging beers and taking that risk for truly exceptional beer. Cheers!

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012
750 ml black waxed bottle
Served into a snifter

A: High carbonation on the pour yielding a huge frothy tan head. Dark brown body, black in the glass. Lacing was good and the retention cap was thick, too.

S: Roasted malts, nutty, pecans, chocolate, oak and not too much in the way of whiskey. A sweetness with a little booze could be the affects of the barrel but it doesn't stand out like other spirit barrel aged beers.

T: Plenty of roasted malt, a little coffee, bitter chocolate and a lot of nuts. Not necessarily pecans per se, but a very overall nutty flavor. Back of the palate has a bit of whiskey and wood, just enough to compliment the base beer without overpowering it.

M: Too carbonated for my liking. This could easily be toned back quite a bit to give it a full-body, instead this is kind of fizzy and thin.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It has plenty of different flavors that all work well with the porter base. The whiskey barrel could have come through slightly more but nonetheless a tasty beer to be sure.

Photo of Fenris244
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this since I heard about it and finally got to at the saucer!

Black in color, 2 finger tan head, decent retention, doesn't leav much of a lace.

Big coffee aroma and a Jack Daniels Like sweetness, caramel, toffee aromas are tucked away some where as well as an licorice/anise aroma.

Coffee flavor comes first followed quickly followed by a toasted sugar sweetness, there's a caramel richness as well. Licorice and some whiskey flavors start to become apparent as the beer warms.

Medium in body and very smooth, the smoothness and flavors coupled with the light carbonation lend this beer almost a silky texture. Easy to drink, the alcohol is well masked by the flavors.

Overall this a really good beer, the flavors hang in near perfect balance, it's easy to drink and wonderfully complex. This is a beer I could have any day, great stuff.

Photo of brurevu
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to wagenvolks for getting this beer out my way. Shared at a recent tasting and served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin, fizzy tan head and some sparse lacing afterward. The nose carries some brown sugar alongside a bit of intermingling chocolate and roast. Bit of a nutty character is there along with a moderate whiskey-barrel presence. The flavor isn't quite as pungent or integrated, with some oak and whiskey plus background chocolate and roast. The feel is nice--medium body that is slightly-creamy with light carbonation. Overall, definitely a pretty solid brew.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Huge thanks to atxdelivery for delivering this one.

Big fizzy fluffy darker head fades quickly at first but then leaves a long smaller head with a little lacing, pitch black thick beer.

Nose has light whisky and oak, light pecan, a bit of toasted malts, fairly nutty, caramel malts, little brown sugar, touch of boozy phenolic aroma, touch of chocolate malts as well, fairly week nose that doesn't really come through until fairly warm.

Taste brings lots of chocolate to start, baker's, dark choc, molasses, toffee, caramel, aged malts, light whisky, nutty malts, some pecan, light oak, toasty malts, chocolate syrup, some earthy hops, light bitterness, toasted pecans muted, light roasty porter, rich darker malts.

Mouth is heavier bodied, waaaay too much carbonation esp for the style, very light booze warmth.

Overall great taste but lacking a bit on the nose, too much carbonation as well, the flavors come out much better once the carbonation settles.

Photo of AgentZero
2.54/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dropped a bottle fo this a few months back, finally got another one and was excited to pop it open.

A - Dark brown beer with a pretty big tan head that had some decent retention and left a bit of stick on the sides.

S - Apparently the first batch of this was great and then got infected. Seems that this is what happened to the second batch. Almost smells like some brett or something got in there, a little fuzzy. You get the pecans and some whiskey that turned somehow?

T - It doesn't taste right. This has become infected. It's not raging yet, but it's gotten a good hold on the beer. There is some pecan and roasted malts underneath. I guess it could have been good, but unfortunately it's infected.

M - Close to full bodied, infection-type carbonation.

O - Seems to be some infection issues with this beer in both batches. Keep hearing good things, want to get a fresh bottle of the next batch and give it a try.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Robert for this bottle. Shared at a tasting today.

A: We've got a gusher! Huge tan head that finally subsides to the point where you can drink the dark brown liquid that lies beneath.

S: A bit of nuttiness to the nose along with a very noticeable acidity. Light chocolate and really no barrel/whiskey character at all--not surprising due to the infection.

T: Luckily the flavor is not completely overwhelmed by the infection, and there is a bit of vanilla and pecan, but it is subtle and muddled. Definitely some lactic notes, though.

M: The body is medium and obviously very overcarbonated. Again, a product of the infection.

D: Very unfortunate that this one has gone this way. If you're sitting on any bottles of this, drink 'em now. Hopefully they re-release this beer and I'll get to try it again.

Photo of Ford
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of thereal_adam
1.3/5  rDev -68.8%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1298th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml Waxed

2012 vintage

30th Birthday party
Thanks to Lnashsig for sending this in our last trade.

App- Black like a stout which was a welcome suprise. The beer itself pours with a nice head for a BA porter was again a good suprise. Light khaki with some spotted cling.

Smell- Really came down on this one. It wasnt the most offensive smelling BA beer but had a off aroma cant place. Sticky pecans were there with some oak but overshadowed.

Taste- A semi-layered BA porter. Had a ton of upfront prickly pecans with some booze notes that came off a bit more than the 8%. Was just okay.

Mouth- A bit of a light body with a light-medium carbonation. A bit prickly with a lot of residual pecan flavor.

Drink- I really wanted to love this. Just didnt.

Photo of champ103
2.97/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this again at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

This is not the beer I remember a year ago.
A: This pours the same with a small bubbly tan head that quickly fades.
S: The aroma is of whiskey barrels and alcohol. Some burnt toasted malt. Bitter and acrid.
T: The flavor is incredibly hot. Lots of nondescript bourbon/alcohol flavors going on. Sweet malt, char, and wood that finishes acrid and bitter. Not much of any stout here. Mostly barrel. There is a certain sourness here as well. It is not pronounced, but always in the background. Kind of odd.
M/D: This is really thin and watery. Not easy to drink at all. It was a chore to finish my glass.

This is overwhelmingly whiskey/alcoholic/barrel. There is also some notes of sourness, probably not from infection, but it is there on the newer release. Overall, this is a disappointment and almost a different beer than I remember last year. I would not recommend this.

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