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Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel AgedPenn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DapperGrowler on 02-07-2012)
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Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
This porter rests very black in the glass and doesn't really have much head. Deep and dark, it's on the average end of the porter spectrum.

Aroma
The aroma explodes out of the glass with hints of dark chocolate, roast, rye, some booze and oak. The balance here is outstanding and leads me to believe this is going to be a really robust porter that aged nicely with the whiskey.

Taste
The taste is surprisingly fruity. Dark fruits come out on the palate right up front and I can't really place them. Chocolate in the middle, with the rye resting on the back of the palate. Overall, however, the taste is a little bland, which I'm sure you can understand disappointed me.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability
Medium body with a pretty average carbonation. The beer sure does go down easy, I just wish it tasted a bit better.

Value
This set me back $4.50 for the 4oz glass, which accurately represented the drop off in taste. Perhaps the slight drop in price also has to do with how expensive the Rye Whiskey barrel was compared to the Pear Brandy one The Citizen was aged in.

Overall
It wasn't the best BA porter, but it surely wasn't the worst. I enjoyed the aroma a lot and the taste has some surprises, but it didn't quite pull through in the end. On to the next barrel aged DC Brau barrel aged beauty.

russwbeck, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 05, 2013
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1.55/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown. Big khaki head. Thick collar. Reddish transparency at the edges.

Smell - Some roast. A lot of acids and cherry fruitines. Ruh roh. No barrel.

Taste - And it's infected. Lots of fruity acetic sourness. Some roast still comes through, but it's fully infected.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Well carbonated. Sour.

Overall - Obviously, I had a different experience than everyone else.

Alieniloquium, Jun 04, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, topped with a ½ finger of creamy dark mocha froth. This retains with some thin richness around the edges of the glass, leaving back a foamy cascade of spotty lacing that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma has a nice mix to it of barrel up front, with some spice and burnt molasses character that quickly give way to more sweet notes of vanilla, chocolate, and toffee before this finishes with some green citrus and dark roast along the back. This has a solid transition between the flavors here in the nose.

The taste has more of the base up front, with chocolate and caramel (made sweeter by a vanilla addition), light herbal citrus flavor and roasted coffee along the back. The whiskey flavor here has more of a flat burnt character to it than it did in the nose, leaving this with a dry, burnt and tannic feel on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly carbonation in the mouth that has a bit of sharpness to it on the tongue before giving way to more of a firm creaminess as this moves out into the mouth. There isn’t much alcohol here, just a smidge from the barrel that hangs a bit of charred warmth on the back of the throat after each sip.

This was OK. I just wish that the barrel had contributed more definable flavors to the taste than it did in the nose, instead of giving this a flat whiskey feel throughout a lot of the profile. Maybe a little beefiness to those base flavors would have helped in this instance. I still really like the aroma on this though and this drank about as well as you would expect. This is probably worth checking out.

Kegatron, Sep 19, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a snifter glass.

A slightly coffee head is made but disappears quickly. Top is a little filmy. Body color looks like a classic fair walnut brown but really comes across as a very dark garnet red especially with the dark cherry edges.

Nose is real giant vanilla, and oak notes. Woody sense starts taking over, ripped and splintered to sanded wood dust.

Taste is interesting. Probably one of the only beers I have had that takes the rye whiskey angle and it makes it shine (Catoctin ? no?). Fruity spiced rye straight angle somewhere between purple grape and blueberry. Fruity caramel in mid palate. Mouthfeel is almost vinous but a little wet even for a porter. Light bodied but also a noticeable hint of tight fizz.

Overall this is only the second barrel aged porter i've had, and I went in with not much excitement. The first one I had didn't work for me, but this is quite decent. However, this one was considerably more enjoyable, but just not drawn to it like other barrel aged stouts of common practice in comparison. Still a very worthy beer.

smakawhat, Feb 28, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass at Meridian Pint.

A - Just what a dark porter should look like. Nice head with fine bubbles.

S - Beautiful nose. Lots of chocolate, roasty malt with a beautiful bourbon smell. Hints of vanilla.

T - Even at a low alcohol, a really nic combination of roasted chocolate malt and sweet bourbon. A good amount of vanilla follows that up.

M - This is the problem with aging low octane beers in barrels. The mouthfeel is really thin, and this beer would be much better suited if it had that thick, imperial malt backbone.

O - This is the best low alcohol barrel aged dark beer I have had. They really did well with this one. Imperial darks are in their future, and I hope they can do it as well as this beer.

EDIT: I have now had two infected bottles of this. Be careful, yo.

raveskdr, Mar 06, 2012
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3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle through mail order...interesting black tape over cap on 22 oz bottle. Bottled in 2012...5.5% abv. Photo of oaked stamp is in different place than photo in picture as of 2.2013.
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OK...back and there's a slight bubble swirl that's real pretty, the aroma remains large, and the tastes are big and bold, rough and somewhat mouth puckering. I can't say this is easy or delicious.
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There's a rough imbalance of herbs, burnt malts, funky yeast for this mixture, and odd tropical fruit rind flavors. It's not particularly bad, but many may think so. I think it's interesting and I applaud the mix, but it's not especially tasty.

DenverLogan, Feb 21, 2013
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Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged from DC Brau Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.