(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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of FosterJM.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, whisky, slight nuttiness, and some weird medicinal aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors on the finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation that is just too much for this beer in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not all that well done for a barrel aged beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
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-

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle supplied by thickerfreakness for the Rate Beer Winter Gathering - thanks for sending this one to Orlando for us. Served in a tulip-style taster glass.

A - Pretty nice pillow-like tan foam for the smallish glass. It eventually dissipates to a ring and some haze, and lives a bit of spotty lacing. The body is a very, very, dark opaque brown.

S - Coffee, vanilla, nuts, light oak and whiskey, and some chocolate. It smells exactly like the name suggests - and that's a good thing! Excellent balance and integration, and not obvious alcohol.

T - Roasty bitterness, coffee, chocolate, nuts, oaky vanilla, and a touch of smoke and whiskey. Again, this is really understated from the Jack Daniels angle - kind of like Blackbeerd. Thankfully it's saved by a really excellent base beer that benefits from a touch of whiskey bite. It's closer to a 4.25 so I was a little hard on the appearance.

M - Thin, a touch gritty, moderate carbonation. It's clearly a porter from the texture, but it could benefit from a bit more heft to support the intense flavor and higher ABV.

D - Very drinkable - I'd be happy having a bottle of this one to myself. Too bad it's so limited and tough to get. Reminds me of some of the better Tyranena porters - which are more readily available to me. Well worth trying, but not worth killing yourself to acquire.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to Thorpe420 for sharing this one; thanks Mike. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sugar, roasted malts, sweet fruit, light vanilla, light bourbon, and oak. Very nice, but not as much bourbon as I would have liked.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet sugar and fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate, and toasted malts. Again, nice but not a ton of bourbon.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and not much alcohol warmth.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer, though the bourbon wasn't as strong as I would have liked in the nose or mouth. Would have it again.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe thanks! Beer is black with a tan head medium bubbles, some lacing. Looks like a stout to me.

Aroma is roasty and mildly sweet.

Beer us sweet up front with a nice finish. The bourbon character is pretty mild. The finish is mildly ashy with a mild bitterness. I enjoyed it but it is overrated as a bourbon barrel porter. I'd have it again but that's not going to happen.

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 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 Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a near black shade, with a healthy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma is of oak, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and subtle chocolates. The flavor is very enjoyable and well balanced. The beer is mildly sweet, with the bourbon character very low in the mix. Alcohol content is disguised well. The beer is medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a solid brew, and one I would certainly enjoy again.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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 Duff27
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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)!

Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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

Bottle opened on 9.26.12.
#963

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a very lively large dark brown head that is fizzy, but fades fast.

S - Lots of coffee, pecans, and some booze.

T - Chocolate, pecans, cofee, but the booze is hard to find here.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Tastes wonderful, lower ABV makes it very drinkable.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with friends at the Austin Saucer - finished up plate #6.

Very dark brown beer, with the dim lighting, it was pretty much black. Thinner head than I was hoping for, but retention was good.

Bourbon smell gets in your face and I love it. After the bourbon, this definitely reminds me more of a stout, but I suppose the line between double porter and stout is blurry.

Again, the bourbon is right there and I love it. Not harsh or overdone, but it will be interesting to see how much this fades with age. I get a bit of coffee here that I did not get in the smell, blame the bourbon. The underlying beer has good depth of flavor, and the finish balances out the bourbon nicely.

A very smooth beer, but I think a bit thicker could be nice. I've also been on a big stout kick recently, so I could be biased. As noted above, no real harshness to speak of from the bourbon.

Surprisingly easy to drink, granted we split the bottle 4 ways. This is a very good beer, and probably my favorite big beer from Texas.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Petrol Station in Houston. Kind of surprised to see it on tap, I was very happy to try it.

It looks about like the 512 Pecan Porter I had on tap a couple nights ago, dark brown and opaque with a mocha colored foam, less lacing than the standard Pecan Porter but maybe due to glass handling at a different location.

The whiskey is a little subdued in the aroma, getting just a little stronger as it warmed. A lot of the cocoa character I liked in the original, this smells pretty massive, more stout-y than porter-y.

A little hot tasting, maybe a hint of cough medicine too, where did that come from? These off-notes are slight and probably nitpicky on my part, the underlying beer is quite good. I think this might be one of those occasions where I prefer the beer without a barrel treatment. 512 Pecan Porter is so good on its own, the whiskey barrel doesn't seem to improve it much at all. Maybe makes it a tad worse, meaning it's still a good beer but not where it could be.

A little burn in my upper digestive system after a few sips, the whiskey really becomes more apparent. One and done.

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.

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 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.

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(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.