(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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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #47
Ranked #2,290
4.19 | pDev: 13.37%
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
Notes: A “double” version of our signature flagship beer, Pecan Porter, this beer was aged for three months in freshly emptied Willett Bourbon barrels, where it developed strong notes of whiskey and hints of oak to compliment delicious flavors of pecan, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. The COFFEE version of WBADPP was created using organic Papua New Guinea coffee beans roasted by Trianon Coffee, located here in Austin, and made into a cold brew at the brewery. The cold brew was added directly to the finished beer right before packaging.
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2021 ed. bottle poured to a tulip

coffee colored body pours with a fluffy frothy foam khaki head that has moderate retention, leaving slick small bubbled lacing behind as it settles to a patchy cap with defined halo

aroma is a fragrant bloom of candied, boozy pecan drenched in chocolate.

taste follows that with caramel and molasses...it's sticky and fragrant and wonderful

mouthfeel is low carbonation and medium bodied, running pillowy, smooth, and occasionally prickly and boozy, with a semi-crisp finish and a chocolate, nutty bittersweet aftertaste

beautiful candied pecan and chocolate PORTER. not stout...get it right and set yourself accordingly

May 22, 2021
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Longhorn08 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like to get kicked in the teeth with flavor, but this brew was a bit subtle. Had great flavors, and was very enjoyable. Won’t seek out but will try again for sure if I’m at a bar.

Apr 30, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 vintage
Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of brown colored foam. The head fades super fast, leaving almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rich of a nice dark chocolate and molasses smell mixed with a good sum of roasted malt and a decent showing of brown sugar and a touch of plum and raisin. Along with these smells comes a decent showing of some warming whisky and wood as well as a little bit of a decent showing so some pecan nuttiness. Overall a rather dark, rich, and warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet molasses and brown sugar flavor that is matched by a whole lot of roasted and toasted malt as well as a touch of dark chocolate. As the taste advances the rosaty tastes get stronger, while the chocolate gets lighter. At the same time the sweeter molasses and brown sugar remain constant, all while some tastes of pecan and nut start to develop more. Toward the end the booziness that was sensed in the nose comes to the tongue, with a rather decent showing of bourbon and wood. With a touch more of sweetness with some raisin and cherry that come at the very end, one is left with a sweet, slightly boozy, dark pecan flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is one the slightly more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is low. For the boozy pecan pie like tastes of the brew the feel is rather fitting and makes for a more dessert like feel for the brew.
Overall – A rather decent brew overall, although not worth the rather higher price tag of $15 for a 750 ml. Rich and fun. At least worth a try for a nice dessert like brew at a holiday meal.

Nov 28, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this is March 2018. Not sure who rolled up with it.

Pours dark brown. As dark as can be brown without being 'black'. Produced a milkshake like head that was a full 1".
Pecan and whiskey makes for a lovely aroma. This did not disappoint. Makes you wanna get drunk and eat pie.

Taste was a nice southern journey, light whiskey sweetness meets a smooth non heavy roast robust porter, good smoothness without excessive hopping. I thought the claims of chocolate and coffee were overstated in the commercial tug job. Its not a heavy hand with the whiskey barrel exposure, I would guess between 90-180 days. Its plenty smooth so I'm guessing a hint of vanilla from the barrel even if you can't taste it. You could have told me this was a brown ale and I would have believed you.

I gotta hit up Austin one of these days, I don't know if these guys will fit into the trip, a couple of other breweries putting out better stuff, but I definitely like this brewery's pecan beers.

Sep 01, 2020
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SteveTheDog from California

4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dropping it into a chalice is like watching a Batman convention at midnight, tempting you to join it’s secret underground layer. When you do, it’s like going swimming in a pool of Dr Pepper that was accidentally knocked up a notch by the waitress who wasn’t paying attention to which table she was serving. It finishes smoothly as the Caped crusader Flies effortlessly into the night

Aug 21, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Massive, somewhat coarse dark tan head, atop an all-but-opaque mahogany body, The head retention is good; fat bubbles cling to the glass walls. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Bourbon notes dominate the aroma, along with sweet alcohol, and wood. Also notable are sweet chocolate, cold coffee, and roasted pecans.

Taste: The taste begins with strong, but mellow notes of bourbon, and spicy alcohol. Soon after, milk chocolate, and mild coffee present. Restrained notes of oak carry throughout the taste. Vanilla, too, are on offer, as well as roasted pecans, and there is a hint of what I can only call marshmallow, something I cannot recall experiencing in any beer before. Finishes with a long and lingering note of bourbon, brown sugar, and wood.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and soft, full, with only the slightest hints of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply outstanding. In this, there is an artful balance of complexity that prevents (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter from being a mere alcohol bomb. The brewers of (512) are entitled to a bow. This example had been refrigerated since purchase, long, long ago. Such is proof that special beers can retain their grandeur, long after they are bottled, if well-cared for.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber, with a pry-off crown and a black wax seal, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass. This bottle was part of the 2012 bottling.


Today I opened a long-cellared bomber of the 2013 bottling. Despite misgivings on my part, it was simply excellent, showing no signs of its age, except, perhaps, it had mellowed slightly in its intensity. All of the rich flavors of bourbon, coffee, roasted pecans, and bitter cocoa were on full display. In a word, superb.

Jan 13, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer reminds me of a slightly boozy liquid Almomd Joy candy bar! Had it on tap. Dark brown, good lacing. Very distinct smell of whiskey and chocolate. The earthy taste includes chocolate, coconut, almonds, and sweet vanilla. A great desert beer!

Mar 16, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pinthouse Pizza in Austin, TX.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like earthy roasted pecans, vanilla, creamy coffee, oak, chocolate and roasted malt.

There’s a little bit of whiskey flavor here and it’s nicely woven into the whole beer. There’s definitely some oak and vanilla, with a killer toasted pecan flavor- very roasty and nutty, with just a little bit of sweetness. The base is super chocolatey. There’s basically no boozy flavor at all.

This is medium bodied, rich and creamy, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is a really fun beer. It’s nice to have a good beer with a less common ‘adjunct’- you don’t see many pecan beers.

Mar 15, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

nuts in beer fascinate me, i think the potential is enormous, but in my experience it has been really hit or miss. i have been looking forward to trying this one, after hearing about it for years. this is an interesting beer, it surprised me in that the base porter is pretty light and boring, not that great really, almost more of a deep brown ale than anything else, not as roasty or dark as anticipated, lots of cocoa and some sweetness to it, i think a more robust porter would be a better starting place for this recipe, but the rest of it i liked a lot. the pecan profile is great, they can be smelled and tasted effortlessly, with the roasted richness there, and a hearty and warming baked sort of profile that works with the residual sugars in here. the whiskey is way ahead of the wood, and more wood mellowing this would be nice. the booze aspect is strong, and it tastes kind of cheap to me, strong vanilla and corny sweetness, still nice with the nuts, but it doesnt taste like amazing bourbon to me, almost like some whiskey is actually blended into this instead of just the barrel ageing. i was a little disappointed overall by this, i wanted it to blow my mind and be the best nut beer ever, but its not. that said, still a really enjoyable product, nice for fall, and something i would gladly drink again. ambitious stuff, pioneering to some extent, but the execution could be picked up a notch i reckon...

Nov 09, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(512) Brewing Company "Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter"
on tap @ Craft Pride, Austin, TX on 5 November 2015
$5.50 / 6.5 oz.

Notes: Listed at 8.2% ABV... not sure what year it is. The barrel actually brings out the pecan in comparison to the regular, unless of course there's actually double pecans in use - I tasted them side by side. Bourbon and oak are found in the aroma along with a mild dark roastiness. The flavor follows with an additional touch of fruit and chocolate and milky coffee; and then finishes with fruit, cocoa, a hint of alcohol (Bourbon) and coconut. Medium bodied with a median carbonation. It's unlike any beer I've ever tasted, and I've had other pecan beers before. Was it worth the cost? Probably when you consider that it's a beer you sip at rather than just drink down; and that there are added costs in the ingredients (mainly the pecans) to get it to where it is. In any case it's unique, and probably worth trying based on that alone, but I'd suggest you look for the standard version as well so that you can compare the two.

Jan 20, 2017
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enrique_m from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: pitch black, cinnamon lacing and 3 inches of head.
Smell: whiskey, cocoa, and hint of coffee.
taste: delicious, whiskey, chocolate, raisins, and ends with a hint of pecans.
Feel: smooth, medium bodied , and flavorful.
overall: delicious

May 16, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bangers. Dull pour and mild aroma, but wait for it....huge taste and lingering warmth. Nutty, sweet, woody. All comes together quite nicely. Drinkable, but sip slowly, and savor....

Feb 10, 2016
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SuburbanCowboy from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate, coffee, pecans, whiskey. Whiskey is a little too much for me. I would recommend doing some blending to chill it out a little bit. Otherwise, I always look forward to what these guys will produce!

Dec 26, 2015
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chrismann65 from Texas

1.29/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I love 512 pecan porter , I always order it when I see it on tap, many times & have always loved it.! So knowing the 2014 BA pecan porter was funky tart from the infection & had to be poured out ! When I saw the (2015) I was so happy to try it. ! No,--- Not the same thing , I got a bad sour,tart flavor big time, W/ heavy carbonation totally off. ! So be aware this can be a hit or miss, cant believe (512) has not pulled this beer .? P.S. I will not stop drinking Reg, 512 pecan when I see it on tap ! I was so looking forward to this beer... ! Anyone else taste the sour, tart notes in this BA, porter.? Cheers

Dec 06, 2015
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lone Star Taps & Caps on 11/30/2015.

The nose is wonderful and the whisky is perfectly balanced. On the taste, the whisky is a little overwhelming and intense, not balanced. Still very tasty.

Nov 30, 2015
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valarking from Texas

1.79/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Disgustingly infected. Smells like a bunch of mixed bottom shelf liquor mixed together in a bathtub at a frat party. Taste is boozy with an overwhelming funky tart from the infection. Can't really give any more specific tasting notes because I was so distracted by the funk. I'm normally not so negative about (inadvertently) funky beers and I suck it up when Ranger Creek does this constantly, but this pecan porter was a solid $15-20 a bottle here, so the lack of quality control is egregious. Last beer I buy bottled from 512.

Nov 24, 2015
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galuskan from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015. Poured black with nice head. Head lingered longger than most porters. Very boozy smell and flavor. Doesn't seem to be 'infected' as I had heard.

Nov 22, 2015
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aubzachsyd from Iowa

1.26/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Bottle from 2014. Infected bottle. Gusher once opened and poured into a teku glass. Smell of pecans and a hint of whiskey. Taste very off. Sour and not in a good way. Was really looking forward to this one, big disappointment.

Nov 20, 2015
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mig100 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage - 3.84.
Possibly infected, slight weird tart taste uncharacteristic of a porter.

2013 vintage - 4.09.
Roasty and creamy with a nice oak, whiskey and pecan finish. Smooth as can be on the drink down.

Oct 28, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

L - Pours a black coffee body with a frothy one finger head. Good retention, but not much lacing.

S - Subtle whiskey barrel notes along with faint pecans and vanilla.

T - The taste really opens up compared to the smell. More than subtle bourbon notes up front as well as vanilla, light roasted malts through the middle and roasted pecan on the end. I swear the pecan just lingers.

F - Medium bodied and medium to somewhat high carbonation. Has a wet finish. Prickly carbonation.

O - I was worried the bottle was past its prime. Aside from the somewhat muted nose, this vintage seems to be holding strong.

Apr 08, 2015
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Apr 03, 2015
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thereal_adam from Texas

1.3/5  rDev -69%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infection going on here. Total gusher, carbonation totally off. Some smell of pecans that I would expect, but then something else wrong here. Once the carbonation calmed down, the beer looked well enough, some hope that everything else would be alright. But from the mouthfeel it was obvious this had gone bad, just didn't seem normal. The carbonation ruined everything about this beer. Might be best to avoid bottles of this and focus on getting it on draft.

Jan 09, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Jan 09, 2015
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BKotch from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottling. Ratings are for a 2014 consumed in 5/20. It's not too different from the 2012, which I rated at 4.25 (before the matrix was added). Lovely beer -- aroma, flavor and appearance-wise. Oddly, it's now a little over-carbonated, at 6 years old. A big beige head forced a slow pour but receded pretty quickly. The mouthfeel was fairly fizzy. I've never experienced this before. Quite drinkable, though, but odd.

Oct 24, 2014
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joeyfeets from New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

a great offering from local brewer 512. They added locally grown, roasted pecans to this porter & upped the ante by aging it in oak whiskey barrels. In the glass, the beer is dark black w/ a small khaki colored head. I could definitely smell the oak & whiskey in the brew. The aroma was also slightly nutty & earthy w/ a hint of chocolate. When tasting it, I could pickup the whiskey but it wasn't overpowering in this batch. Roasted malt comes through w/ pecan flavor throughout. A hint of vanilla sneaks in at the end. Despite the higher ABV, this porter is as drinkable as the regular Pecan Porter they offer. Tastes somewhat similar but this one has a lil more carbonation & the "ramped up" flavors from the whiskey barrels.

Sep 12, 2014
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 451 ratings