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(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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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 397
Avg: 4
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 227
Gots: 103 | FT: 5
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(512) Brewing Company visit their website
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: 86 | Hads: 397
Photo of AgentZero
2.54/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one Andrew! 2011 vintage, reviewed form notes.

A: Pours dark brown with a crazy huge billowing head that almost foamed over the glass.
S: Pecans and wood dominate with just a hint of dark fruit.
T: Follows the nose with an overall nutty quality and flavors of pecans, whisky, and chocolate. The pecans really come out in the aftertaste as well.
M: Carbonation is ample but soft enough over the medium body.
O: Really good with great nutty and barrel flavors. Over-carbonated though. Thanks again, Andrew.

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Photo of jefe2
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

512 Double Pecan Porter, Whiskey Barrel Aged
750 ml bottle
Appearance - Motor oil black with almost no head, small amount of bubbles rise to make a few espresso colored clusters on the surface
Smell - bitter cocoa and sweet coconut, some whiskey booziness
Taste - cocoa, overripe banana, vanilla, woody coconut, boozy alcohol warmth. Little bit of tangy malt at the end. Much smoother an less chalky than last years inaugural version in kegs.
Mouthfeel - thick, creamy, smooth
Drinkability - the harsh elements, chalk, intense coconut, from the original tap version are toned down significantly, and it is now much smoother and more drinkable. Very nice. Better than than regular pecan porter, boozier, less harsh more subtle and complex.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer at Freetail.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin white head that fades into a lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Whiskey (strong), vanilla, hints of roasted pecan, alcohol, chocolate. The aroma is dominated by whiskey and could probably use a little time to mellow out.

Taste: Mostly whiskey and a slight alcohol warming. The more subtle notes would include caramel, a nice woodiness, and pecan.

Mouthfeel: To be honest this is the only part of the beer that disappointed me. It was a little too thin for me, even thinner than the regular pecan porter.

Overall: I enjoyed it, but was disappointed by the body, which could have been because this was a cask version of the 2x pecan porter. I was able to get bottles at the last release so I look forward to trying a bottle of it.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of bisonkron
5/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of gawnphishin
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of chriswilkes33
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of raffy313
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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...

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.2/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
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
89 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.