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

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

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%

Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
(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

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 12-20-2009)
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Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 15:27:44 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:32:14 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of drummermattie02


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:15:06 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of bisonkron


5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:54:14 | More by bisonkron
Photo of gawnphishin


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:21:43 | More by gawnphishin
Photo of chriswilkes33


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes

On tap into snifter

Appearance: Beer pours pitch black with a finger width brown head that recedes quickly leaving little to no lace.

Aroma: Whiskey and roast. Thats about it.

Taste: More of the same although this beer has a sweetness to it that makes it seem to fit the imperial stout category best, it is well balanced and very good.

Mouthfeel: Maybe just a bit on the sweet/thick side but carbed well and I would say exactly where it should be

Overall: This brewery seems to do everything right, with the exception of the 2010 bottle release of this beer (little brett issue) This is just another exceptional example of their brewing skills. This beer in my opinion is the best big beer made in Texas at this point.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 03:56:47 | More by chriswilkes33
Photo of Fenris244


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 19:36:35 | More by Fenris244
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Whip In in Austin

A - Pours a very dark opaque brown with light tan head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S - Oak and whiskey, coffee, sweet vanilla, and just a touch of cocoa, very enticing.

T - Nice roasted malts, oak and whiskey notes are pleasantly present, sweet vanilla, espresso and a touch of cocoa dryness and bitterness.

M - Pretty accurate for a porter, well balanced with moderate carbonation.

D - This was a really pleasant surprise, super tasty and very drinkable. I would really recommend giving this one a taste!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 09:49:51 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of raffy313


4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First ever review!!

Had this on tap 3-08-11 at The Ginger Man(FW) for their "Logo Pint Night", so picked up two free (512) pint glasses to boot.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color, with a very minimal tan head that still left behind some nice lacing. *The lighting at the pub was not the best so I had to work with the little I had available.

I got an initial smell of bourbon with some oaky-ness from the barrel aging, and later on picked up on some nice roasted malts and a definate coffee presence. Not too overpowering in the aroma, but a nice in-between balance.

The taste was very similar to the smell, with an actual hint of roasted pecan. Very up front malty sweetness, and there was absolutely no denying the bourbon presence here. Little to no hop characteristics which are abit more present in other porters including (512)'s standard PP. Very enjoyable all around taste.

Very smooth, medium to heavy body(but not overly syrupy) with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Although an obvious whiskey presence, the alcohol was not at all overpowering, but left a "warm", soothing feeling. Slight whiskey aftertaste.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable aged Double Porter, that I will have no problem going back to again. I hardly ever say this about a beer but I hope this (512) offering remains as "draught only" in my area, as I feel bottling this will somewhat ruin the overall experience for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 22:21:55 | More by raffy313
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-7-2011

A - Dark brown, red light on edges, no head, small off white ring of foam.

S - Chocolate, coffee, whiskey, booze, warming rawhide.

T - whiskey, chocolate, sweet nuts, dryness, vanilla. good balance of whiskey.

M - very smooth, medium body, heat after swallow.

D - very tasty, good drink, nothing offensive.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2011 23:50:15 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of brew3crew


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with tan head that quickly disapates
S-subtle whisky and vanilla. Very well balanced
T-this has been warmed up a while and is very heavy on the whisky. Overpowering. Can't get much else off it. Maybe a little vanilla, but hardly any at all.
M-medium body and crisp. Slow whisky aftertaste.
D-very drinkable, but I do not like all the whisky...

Serving type: growler

03-08-2011 02:30:06 | More by brew3crew
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours brown/ black with brown edges and a creamy tan head that leaves specs as it dissipates to a ring with a bit of foam.

S. Whiskey on the nose with caramel, some malty sweetness, vanilla, and oak.

T. The whiskey is a bit harsh. Vanilla, oak, with nice roasted character - not as dry as many porters.

M. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

D. Well rounded, interesting. I'd drink this if it was available.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 21:38:07 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of Urbancaver


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow... Thanks jenray for the mad hookup on this one!

Pours out of the growler very dark almost black with a bit of light brown head .great retention around the edges of the glass. Smells roasty with a touch of whiskey. Smells very sweet with just the tiniest hint of oak from the whiskey. There is a great malty roast going on on the nose. Tastes malty and roasty. The roasted flavors are fairly mild especially good for the whiskey presence. The light oak and booziness from the whiskey barreling couples nicely with the roast. As it warms up you can definitely taste the pecan coming out more. Nicely sweet but not overly syrupy. Good mouthfeel and well carbonated especially for a growler fill. Very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 20:44:02 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 23:14:27 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of womencantsail


2.35/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 04:20:13 | More by womencantsail
Photo of MasterSki


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 15:15:11 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Mora2000


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 20:43:15 | More by Mora2000
Photo of specksnreds


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I have had excellent experiences with 512 in the past, and my expectations were very high. Unfortunately I received a short pull from the tap, but my disappointment in my portion size soon dissipated after my first look/sip.

Beautiful opaque black color and a small, tan, cool-whip-like head. Laced extensively.

Initially it smelled like whiskey and molasses. As it warmed up more toffee notes appeared. I noted an almost anise-like aroma at times.

Taste is a huge whiskey/molasses 1-2 punch. Layers appear after repeated sips. Definitely toffee, as in the nose, but more nuttiness than I expected. The barrel is pronounced through out the beer, but never overpowering. The flavors are intertwined delicately. I could pick each one out initially, and then put them back togthter as I swallowed.

Not too thick on the mouthfeel. Near perfect balance of weight and brightness. It never became too heavy or tiresome. Tough to call it an easy drinker though. Too big for more than one at a time.

I must say that I can't see calling this a porter, or even a double porter. It's more IRS-like, but without the oiliness and weight. I'd argue its uniqueness requires another look at its categorization.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2010 17:53:20 | More by specksnreds
Photo of jwillcourt


4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a half-pint glass at the Draught House.

A - Opaque, near-black, iced espresso color. No head, but a small latte colored ring of foam. Little lacing. Leaves a syrupy coating on the glass when swirled.

S - Whiskey dominates the nose, adding vanilla sweetness to the underlying roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aromas.

T - There are many flavors and they all taste good. They don't overpower each other; they flow in balanced succession. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Nutty undertones throughout. Sweetness from the whiskey. Lingering oak and whiskey finish. The whiskey taste is still there minutes after sipping, but it is not overpowering at all. I really enjoy the pecan porter, and I think the whiskey aging is a brilliant touch. I don't think the flavor can be improved.

M - Light to medium body. Creamy as it foams. Slight syrup left on the lips.

D - Very delicious. You wouldn't want to drink too much of this in one sitting due to the alcohol. That's why it was served in a half pint. However, the flavors are well-balanced and not fatiguing. I would like another serving, and I look forward to my next one. Other reviewers are correct that this seems more like an imperial stout than a porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 17:37:48 | More by jwillcourt
Photo of Dajtai007


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 08:36:06 | More by Dajtai007
Photo of wagenvolks


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at the Austin Flying Saucer New Year's Eve Party. Happy 2010!!!

The bigger, badder whiskey-barrel-aged Double Pecan Porter looks a lot like the original, with a dark, opaque body the color of the Austin night I'm celebrating. The head is equally as attractive, with a reddish, dark custard hue and creamy consistency. Not the best retention or lacing, but the foam is easily revived by a quick swirl of the snifter. The aroma is as big as the name suggests--whiskey-laden with a warmth of booze and charred wood. Coffee and macadamia nut in the background, with toasted dark chocolate malts laying down a solid backbone.

No doubt this is a good beer, but the barrel-aging did little to improve upon the original Pecan Porter flavor in my opinion. A slight whiskey warmth adds some spice and breathy alcohol, while the rest of the palate picks up chocolate and coffee maltiness and some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, with a low carbonation level and semi-boozy finish. Easy to drink, and easy to get carried away with if you neglect the 8.8%(?) ABV. I had to keep reminding myself that this was an imperial porter, not a stout, and in that respect it certainly succeeds. Perhaps a bit over-hyped, but a very good beer nevertheless. Nice job, (512).

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 20:21:22 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of omnigrits


4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The guys at 512 have come up with a near-perfect beer, in my humble opinion. Their Pecan Porter is already a firm favourite of mine, but this has raised it several notches above its already high standard.

It pours every bit as dark as the regular porter, with that familiar coffee-coloured head that lasts and lasts, but when you raise the glass to your nose there's a familiar whiff of vanilla that you get from an oak barrel, along with more than a hint of the whiskey that was once in it. The pecans are slightly overpowered in this brew but that's not something to mark it down for - it's still one of the best porters I've tasted. There's a wonderfully dry, bitter finish to the brew. As full-bodied as it should be.

I have to knock half a point off the drinkability just because of the 8.8% ABV. It's not a beer I could drink more than one of a night, nor should you, I reckon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 22:44:11 | More by omnigrits
Photo of Nada05


4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When i went to the (512) brewery and saw the JD barrels i almost cried. When i asked Kevin and Nate what they planned on doing with them, and they told me double pecan porter... I did cry.

This beer pours like a pecan porter, head looks like a pecan porter. When you give it a good whiff, it smells like a shot of whiskey. You hesitate putting it to you lips because your nose is telling you you're drinking whiskey, but once you taste it... you're mouth calls your nose a liar. It is a very smooth/drinkable beer. Props to Nate and Kevin for this brew. Believe this one is about 10% ABV?

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 17:00:38 | More by Nada05
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(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
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