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

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(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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

Added by wagenvolks on 12-20-2009

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 425
Photo of bisonkron
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable barrel aged beer. I'm very particular on the barrel aged stouts and this is the first barrel aged porter I have tried and it did not disappoint. Great porter taste with smooth whiskey finish. This is up there with the best barrel aged beers and the best beer I have had to come out of ATX.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.81/5  rDev +20.6%
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

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Photo of SuburbanCowboy
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

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Photo of Nada05
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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?

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Photo of Ford
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Flying Saucer Sugar Land, Texas

Second straight year I have had this on tap. Wow. Still so good.

I love the regular Pecan Porter from 512.. one of my favorite Texas beers.

This takes everything up a notch.... a bit more malty and bitter on the end than some of the bb beers I've had recently...

This really stands up and the smell is amazing.

Great beer.. if you can try it, make sure you do. Don't miss out.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For a special occasion in November, 2013 I cracked open my 2012 bottle of the WBADPP.

Bottle #00653

The beer foams up upon uncapping and cutting through the rock solid wax.

It pours a jet black topped by a coffee colored foam that's light and airy. This dies down in a hurry leaving liquid goodness behind.

On the nose is an evident whiskey barrel influence, although my palate and sense of smell are not discerning enough to tell what particular barrels are used.

I found some elements of dark cherries and bitter chocolate emerge, along with just a touch if vanilla and some leather.

Time has mellowed it out a bit, with a wonderful mélange of dark cherries, dark chocolate, a subdued roast and a hint of leather. Whisky kisses the palate at the end. A true imperial porter, its body doesn't cross into heavy stout territory. Has a bitter roast which gives it a great kick. Of course it tastes great. My only regret is I may never obtain another bottle of this!

Original review:

This is my 500th review.

The (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Pecan Porter, on tap at Freetail in San Antonio.

This pours a dark brown-black, the color of burnt oak (charred staves perhaps from a barrel ready for filling?) with a thin, tight ring of foam.

The aroma has notes of bourbon mixed with a hint of dark roasted malt, the combination of their pecan porter and a barrel-aged boozy bear of a beer. As it warms there is more of a presence of dark chocolate and some coffee rounding out the aromatics, along with a touch of toffee.

The flavor has a sharp, almost harsh, upfront roastiness at first but this mellows out as it warms and opens up, releasing bourbon notes along with a sharp roast and dark cocoa as well as a dry finish. It’s not a big boozy barrel-aged beer but it does warm as it warms in the most pleasing of manners.

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Photo of BgThang
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 vintage black wax version. Poured in to a snifter from jester king.

THe pour produces quite a bit of carbonation. a tad too much. this was chilled for 72 hours pre pour.

This looks every bit like a big stout. the thickness, the blackness, the unholyness. please stop all the madness

The smell is of dark fruit, licorce, roast, and some whiskey barrel notes.

THe mouthfeel is divine. the bottle fermentation adds those very fine bubbles that add to the creaminess. Has that silky smooth coating feel as you sip it with a tinge of heat from the alcohol

Taste is chocolate, roasted, dark fruit, boozy goodness. Its not over the top boozy but enough you know this is the bigger badder version of the pecan porter.

Overall impression. I believe fresh this is the best release so far. I am saving several of these for guily pleasures.

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Photo of brurevu
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 version most recently at the brewery's 5th Anniversary on tap. It poured a dark brown to black with a slight tan head. The aroma held deep chocolate and pecans with the whiskey barrel nose coming through. It smelled great. The flavor was an amped up version of their already wonderful Pecan Porter with the rich chocolate and pecan but the barrel aging gave it a vanilla smoothness and whiskey touch that rounded it out. A well done barrel aged beer that adds perfection to their Pecan Porter. It was nice to have it on tap at their Anniversary and my favorite of the day.

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Photo of rissues24
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(512) Bourbon-Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
Served from a cask at The Dig Pub and poured into a pint glass

A: Beautiful beer that poured black into the (512) glass that I got to take home with me. Thanks Dig Pub! There was no head present when delivered to our table, just a little lacing at the top of the glass.

S: I noticed the smell of the Jack Daniels bourbon right away. I also noticed the aroma of the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: The taste of the bourbon barrel aging is the first thing that you notice, followed by the roasted malts. The variety of all of the various flavors work well with each other and nothing dominates.

M: Coming out of a cask, the mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with very little carbonization present. I will have to search out more cask events.

D: Aging in the Jack Daniel's barrel was a great idea that made a great beer even better. Putting the beer in a cask helped make a very complex beer even more drinkable.

Wish that I could have had another pint but this was another great event at Dig Pub and there was only enough in the cask for everybody to have one. I hear that they are working on aging a batch in Maker's Mark barrels. A great reason that 2011 should be another great year for beer lovers in Austin.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at our Bros Brunch 2012

Poured a deep black with 2.5 fingers of cinnamon colored head

Nose is full of Pecans, dark chocolate, bourbon and pecan pie! Amazing aroma!

Taste follows the nose! Pecan pie soaked in bourbon! Absolutely amazing.

Medium to full in body with ample amounts of carbonation. I really like the level of carbonation as it gives it life on the mouth. Fantastic!

Overall, this beer does Texas proud. It's about time Texas had a big time, top notch brew. Can't wait to get more

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Photo of jwillcourt
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

Served in a frosty 12 oz. tulip, I let it warm up for about twenty minutes before drinking.

Look- Dark, dark ruby brown with a ring of toasted marshmallow/graham cracker foam that lingers until the glass is emptied. Leaves a few sticky legs.

Smell- Fusel, cinnamon raisin bread, ripe banana, toasted marshmallow. Very roasty, sweet. Interesting.

Taste- Woah. Banana cream pie, black cherry preserves, chocolate-dipped candied pecans. Absolutely delicious. Touch of oxidation at the end. Lingering toasted rolled oats, along with buttered pecan and a bit of lactic sweetness. I'm not one to give fives, but this is top notch.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, lighter than expected. Tart start, just a touch of carbonation. Rich, velvety. Substantial without getting heavy or syrupy.

Oerall- Outstanding. Pecan porter is already a solid beer, but this one blows it out of the water without throwing out what makes it great and unique.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 chriswilkes33
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 raffy313
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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 reebtaerG
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Draught House on 4/7/14

A-Pours a dark brown, almost black with a big, medium thick, mocha head that recedes fairly quickly but then a small head lingers throughout. Medium light lacing and moderate legs.

S-Aroma has a moderate chocolate note with medium high dark fruit character. Medium light bourbon notes.

T-Flavor has moderate roast notes with medium light dark chocolate. The fruit character of the aroma is lighter with only hints of dark fruit. Light bourbon character with a moderate nuttiness. Finish has some bourbon and alcohol spice along with some roast malt notes.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high to high carbonation.

O-Overall a great BA would like to try an aged bottle.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.26.12.

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a very lively large dark brown head that is fizzy, but fades fast.

S - Lots of coffee, pecans, and some booze.

T - Chocolate, pecans, cofee, but the booze is hard to find here.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Tastes wonderful, lower ABV makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 specksnreds
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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