Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged - DC Brau Brewing Co.
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1.55/5 rDev -59.5%
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.
06-03-2013 23:46:42 | More by Alieniloquium
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
No head on a jet black body. Licorice, coffee, whiskey, dark chocolate and dark fruit on the nose. Palate is very earthy up front and bland moving to bourbon and oak with a very musty sense. The finish is mostly roasted malt and coffee. Smooth. Medium body ad light carbonation. Not sure if I don't like this base beer for barrel aging. I thought many of their others aged better.
08-15-2012 11:45:06 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. Black in color with just a trace amount of a head scattered across the top of the beer. It's got a pretty steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass as well.
The aroma shows a good amount of the whiskey and oak to it. I get some coffee and chocolate notes to it as well. It comes together very well in the aroma.
The taste shows the barrel characteristics pretty prominently. Whiskey, oak and vanilla flavors all come out in it. I get some dark chocolate and coffee coming out in the finish, but overall the base flavors of PQP seem a little overshadowed.
The mouthfeel feels very light and almost watery for the style. Carbonation seems overdone as well unfortunately for my tastes in the style. The mouthfeel was the weakest part of the beer for me.
Overall, it was a good beer but not a standout one in the style unfortunately. The mouthfeel could have been a little fuller and carbonation lower. The barrel flavors were pretty good, but they dominated the base beer a little too much for me. I love PQP, but it just didn't seem to hold up all that well to the barrel treatment to me unfortunately. Still, a pretty solid beer to sip on this evening though.
09-30-2012 02:25:08 | More by billab914
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart flavor and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not as good as I was hoping for.
10-07-2012 04:00:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.56/5 rDev -7%
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.
Poured in Stone tulip glass...black with smallish dark head.
Big aromas of bourbon, molasses, dark roasted malts.
Modest carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel.
Flavors of bourbon, oak, dark roasted malts, cold coffee, minerals, carob. Slight bitter coffee, Italian herbs, funky fruit rind juices, some astringency, slight aspirin...let's give this 5 minutes...
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.
Uh oh...just gave it to my experienced tasting partner...she says: "that's harsh...smoky, too smoky."
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.
02-21-2013 05:55:43 | More by DenverLogan
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
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.
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.
Medium body with a pretty average carbonation. The beer sure does go down easy, I just wish it tasted a bit better.
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.
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.
07-25-2012 23:39:00 | More by russwbeck
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
09-19-2012 17:06:01 | More by Kegatron
Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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