(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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85.7%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 426 ratings
(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
512brewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,871
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
426
Liked:
365
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
13.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
216
Gots:
114
Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of FosterJM.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, whisky, slight nuttiness, and some weird medicinal aromas. Taste is much the same with some woody flavors on the finish. This beer has a high level of carbonation that is just too much for this beer in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not all that well done for a barrel aged beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass at the Draughthouse in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Retention is bad - less than one minute. Lacing is inconsistent.

Body colour is an opaque solid black; pretty predictable for a porter. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. It's definitely to style, and looks good. Not unique or special, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: There's a definite bourbon presence. Hints of vanilla, oak barrel, and lovely milk chocolate. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Maybe some booze. Pecan nut is a highlight here; I also get some hazelnut which complements it nicely. Strangely, the pecan is more developed and evocative here than I remember it being in the base beer. I like the aroma; it's very inviting. No yeast character/hop profile is detectable. I'm really looking forward to trying it. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Quite sweet - overly so. Sweet bourbon-induced vanilla notes, sweet chocolate, and a kiss of oak. Heavy dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the body, but sadly there's little roasted barley character to be found. Cream. Marshmallow. The pecan is quite timid (just like it was in the disappointing base beer). The barrel notes don't overwhelm the base, but they don't really complement the base either. I'd love more oak - ideally with some toasty or charred character. It has nice complexity, but not enough subtlety. Needs more of a sweet/bitter balance. Some cola and sassafras notes.

As it warms, I pick up some licorice and molasses.

There's no perceptible hop presence, nor do I pick up nay yeast or overt alcohol. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: A bit creamy. Smooth and wet. Slick. A bit syrupy and thick. Full-bodied. Has a ice presence on the palate. Well carbonated. A bit more dryness and coarseness would help coax out more depth of flavour.

Not oily, astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, or harsh.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. Quite drinkable. It's an enjoyable barrel aged imperial porter from 512, and I'd get it again. But it's far from world class, and the reticence of the pecan is very disappointing. I'd recommend this to friends, but this is only good where it has the potential to be great.

High B-

***
08.20.17 2nd impression from a 2014 vintage bottle (fifth bottling):

"Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter." "Ale brewed with pecans and aged in oak whiskey barrels." 8.20% ABV.

"...aging in recently emptied oak whiskey barrels for two months."

Served cold into a teku.

HEAD: Fizzy and thin. Khaki-tan in colour. Recedes quickly, moving from ~9cm to ~4cm within 30 seconds and dying completely within a couple minutes. Not as creamy, robust, or enticing as would be ideal.

BODY: Opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Caramelized gooey pecan is present, though it's far more subdued than one would expect in a beer marketed so heavily towards the pecan angle. Dark malts, specialty chocolate malts, charred oak barrel with some whiskey heat but no whiskey peat or spice, and nougat.

Suggests a sweet imperial porter with faint whiskey notes. I imagine more time in barrels would help the aroma (its scant two months doesn't seem to be cutting it judging by the aroma). No overt hop aromatics, yeast aromatics, booze, or off-flavours are present.

TASTE: Sweet and nougaty, with a caramelized nut flavour but no vivid or expressive pecan; maybe the pecan has just faded with 3 years of aging the bottle, but 512's ordinary Pecan Porter was more committed to the titular nut than this is.

Overly sweet and a bit flat in terms of malt presence, hitting on generic but thin dark malts and little else.

Whiskey barrel is reticent as anticipated; its two months of aging in barrels just wasn't enough to really contribute much flavour. I appreciate 512's transparency about the aging duration, but nevertheless the whiskey aging seems more for marketing than for actual flavour yield.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, thin, and lacking in terms of adequate body. Should be fuller-bodied, heavier, and more robust.

Unrefreshing. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Pretty underwhelming, all things considered. I remembered this better and it seems to have declined with age. The premise is great - who wouldn't want a whiskey barrel aged pecan imperial porter? - but the execution is flat. Drink this fresh.

Constructively, I'd like to see 512 commit more to the pecans (i.e. use more), select more interesting whiskey barrels, up the malts, and let this age longer in barrels. Roasted barley could also be employed to good effect; this doesn't drink roasty as-is and a roasted pecan flavour seems apt given the premise.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured from a 7450ml bottle. It poured pitch black with a huge foamy head to it. Great head retention and lacing to it as I drank it. Very nice looking beer overall.

The aroma has some very good dark chocolate flavors mixing with some sweeter, light bourbon. It's nutty, with some caramel sweetness. There is a Little coffee to it as well. It comes together well and seems very smooth for the style.

There is a little more whiskey in the taste, especially in the finish. Milky chocolate with some caramel flavors add the sweet component. Again, it's got a smooth nutty flavor to it but I don't think I'd pick out pecan if didn't know they were there. Some roasted malts come out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is way too high for the style. Mouthfeel is unfortunately the downfall of this beer for me, it just doesn't fit what I expect in an imperial stout.

Overall, a very solid beer but the mouthfeel did hurt it for me. The flavors come together very well though. The pecans seemed to give it a smooth nuttiness, which was pretty appealing with the chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty nice beer overall.

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