(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by tjkinate:
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 15:22:25 | More by Alieniloquium
3.49/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-07-2014 22:36:43 | More by kojevergas
(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.