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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 stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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....

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Photo of Jules11788
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch-black color with a thin, bubbly head; medium lacing; lets no light through

S: Smells of chocolate covered raisins, dark fruits, and leather, with a light woodiness that creeps in behind the other smells

T: Smoky wood, roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate; finishes with a vinous whiskey bite.

M: Thin, oily, no booze, but very smooth. Overall it's too thin for my taste though

O: This beer was definitely very good, but not great. My friend brought it to one of our tastings so I don't know how much it costs, but I don't think I'd buy it again if I got the chance. Still, glad I got to try it at least

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Photo of mig100
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

2013 vintage. For a couple hours, I was referring to this brewery as "312". I've been drinkin' Goose Island for too long... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa nibs, light whiskey, and a touch of darkly-roasted nuts. The taste brings in more of the same, with the nuts/caramel mix (yeah, the roasted nuts have been dipped in some rich caramel now, which somehow hasn't diminished the roastiness any) taking astrong lead. The body is a more-than-stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid little beast, with the nuts standing out more than I thought they would.

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Photo of Bobheed
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark cola brown in color with roughly 4 fingers of a massive mocha colored head. Tons and tons of carbonation. Head settles down quick, but remains at about a half a finger throughout

S: Lots of whiskey. In fact that's most of it, lots of wood characters from the barrel and a bit of roastiness as well.

T: Tons of whiskey. It tastes like it would be a significantly higher ABV than it is. After the initial blast of whiskey I picked up lots of roasted, kind of burnt chocolate flavors as well as the nutiness from the pecans.

M: Very highly carbonated, but at the same time a fairly thick body and ultimately smooth. No harshness from the alcohol despite the taste.

Overall I was glad I got to try this. It was a really good porter. Definitely should try if you love whiskey

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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of lsiberian
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- this beer presents a nice black color with weak head. The head could be off from being the tap.

S- this beer gave off a nice combo of floral hops and pecan. It was a nice balance.

T- The taste gave a nice pecan flavor followed by a moderate hops finish that lingers. The beer is a bit simple, but that plays into its strength.

M-This beer is mostly smooth with a bit of tingle leaving the mouth refreshed. The mouthfeel is perfect for the beer.

O- This beer is a refreshing floral finish with a pecan start. The taste is a bit simple for me, but the mouth makes it a definite drink again beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fizzy light tan head that quickly goes to a cap and collar. Dark brown/black body. No lacing.

Dull whiskey notes on the nose.

Whiskey barrel gives way to nutty and roasty tones. Very drinkable for 9.5%abv

A tad overcarbonated but not enough to distract from the overall experience. Full mouthfeel.

The aroma didn't do much for me at first but I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor. Nice change of pace. Great porter/brown ale feel and taste here. Thanks Marc (mj0126)!

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

1st pour I did easy and almost had no head or lacing in my glass. My 2nd pour, I was much more aggressive and received a nice thick mocha head that faded within a few minutes. Better lacing on my glass as well. On the nose all I get is the whiskey and pecans. Taste is pretty much the same, along with the rostaed malts. Mouthfeel is pretty weak, very thin. Overall I feel this is a fun BA beer to drink. I love 512 pecan porter, and I think I was expecting more from the BA version.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a brown one-finger head. Smell of chocolate and oak. Initial taste is strong with chocolate and nut flavors. Medium body has continued chocolate and nut flavors backed by light whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Really complex flavor. Finishes with a touch of whiskey flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to Thorpe420 for sharing this one; thanks Mike. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sugar, roasted malts, sweet fruit, light vanilla, light bourbon, and oak. Very nice, but not as much bourbon as I would have liked.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet sugar and fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate, and toasted malts. Again, nice but not a ton of bourbon.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and not much alcohol warmth.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer, though the bourbon wasn't as strong as I would have liked in the nose or mouth. Would have it again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a small quickly dissipating light brown head. Being a bigger barrel aged beer it gets some slack.

The aromas come off like the regular version with the chocolate and pecan but get a kick of bourbon barrel. A little sweet.

Chocolate, pecan, bourbon, vanilla and at this point of the night I can't tell if the alcohol is peeking through or if it is just bourbon flavor. Lol.

Some prickly carbonation and a medium body.

Glad I didn't go crazy trying to track a bottle down around town. Worth a try especially if you dig the regular Pecan Porter.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe thanks! Beer is black with a tan head medium bubbles, some lacing. Looks like a stout to me.

Aroma is roasty and mildly sweet.

Beer us sweet up front with a nice finish. The bourbon character is pretty mild. The finish is mildly ashy with a mild bitterness. I enjoyed it but it is overrated as a bourbon barrel porter. I'd have it again but that's not going to happen.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mista!

Extremely foamy pour, off the charts :-/ Appears a little thin but mouthfeel turned out to be okay. Too tart in the nose and apparently a little funky... something is off here with weird nose and carbonation issues. Tastes fine though: chocolate, roast, and only slightly nutty if at all. In spite of the somewhat off aroma this was an enjoyable brew.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a near black shade, with a healthy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma is of oak, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and subtle chocolates. The flavor is very enjoyable and well balanced. The beer is mildly sweet, with the bourbon character very low in the mix. Alcohol content is disguised well. The beer is medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a solid brew, and one I would certainly enjoy again.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

2013 edition of the (512) Whiskey-Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter. 9.5% ABV. Special yearly release in the Spring. No wax around the gold cap this year like the 2012 edition had. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a viscous, oily black with a nice, dark tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: The nose starts off with freshly roasted coffee with a touch of vanilla. Notes of chocolate and roasted pecans abound within. It ends with a pleasant dash of spicy phenolics and whiskey.

Taste: The whiskey is very upfront and direct, but not unpleasant. The flavors really come together and blend nicely in this beer. Whiskey flavors give way to the pecans. The pecans acquiesce to the vanilla and chocolate. On the finish, I get some herbal/floral hops

Mouth feel: Low-medium carbonation, which gives the beer a surprisingly thin and watery mouth feel for 9.5% ABV. I'd say I'd say it's a touch or two under medium-bodied.

Overall: This is a really nice beer that's well-rounded. The only thing I'd change if I could, would be the low carbonation. It didn't do so much for the beer. I'd also like to have been able to taste the barrel aspect a little more.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, many thanks to Millerbuffoon!!!!

A - Pours a total dark brown opaque and no light is getting through, totally dark and cloudy with a thck and creamy lacing ring.

S - Cocoa powder, chocolate, slightly medicinal, and a little bit of Boozy goodness.

T - Chocolate, pecans, a slight hint of vanilla, a small trace of medicinal character and very slightly boozy.

M - Medium full body and a lingering sugary chocolate dark fruit finish with a very slightnwoody character.

O - Try it.

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Photo of jefe2
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

512 Double Pecan Porter, Whiskey Barrel Aged
750 ml bottle
Appearance - Motor oil black with almost no head, small amount of bubbles rise to make a few espresso colored clusters on the surface
Smell - bitter cocoa and sweet coconut, some whiskey booziness
Taste - cocoa, overripe banana, vanilla, woody coconut, boozy alcohol warmth. Little bit of tangy malt at the end. Much smoother an less chalky than last years inaugural version in kegs.
Mouthfeel - thick, creamy, smooth
Drinkability - the harsh elements, chalk, intense coconut, from the original tap version are toned down significantly, and it is now much smoother and more drinkable. Very nice. Better than than regular pecan porter, boozier, less harsh more subtle and complex.

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Photo of jamescain
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer at Freetail.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin white head that fades into a lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Whiskey (strong), vanilla, hints of roasted pecan, alcohol, chocolate. The aroma is dominated by whiskey and could probably use a little time to mellow out.

Taste: Mostly whiskey and a slight alcohol warming. The more subtle notes would include caramel, a nice woodiness, and pecan.

Mouthfeel: To be honest this is the only part of the beer that disappointed me. It was a little too thin for me, even thinner than the regular pecan porter.

Overall: I enjoyed it, but was disappointed by the body, which could have been because this was a cask version of the 2x pecan porter. I was able to get bottles at the last release so I look forward to trying a bottle of it.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ericandersnavy for this one! pours a rich, dark, earthy brown with ruby and caramel highlights. a frothy two-finger dark dark brown head bubbles up, then slowly fades.

aroma of vanilla, bourbon, rich dark malts, sweet caramel, carob, blackstrap molasses. smells amazing. earthy and sweet.

taste is complexly beautiful. rich vanilla, oak, char, sweet malt and maple syrup. cocoa, figs, and a hint of bourbon.

mouth is definitely overcarbonated... maybe a bit shook up via fedex, but still... with the hot carbonation, it made the alcohol a bit hot and really accentuated the peppery, hoppy notes of the brew. I saved 8 oz of this one in an 8oz swingtop bottle I have for just such occasions, and the next day, it was infinitely smoother with a more subtle carbonation, allowing the flavors to shine through even more.

all in all, overcarbonation aside, this is a beautiful brew. lusciously porterific with some impressive yet balanced bourbon qualities goin' on. If you want an intensely bourbon-forward brew, this isn't it. but this shows some impressive use of the barrel to really accentuate an outstanding brew.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Pours opaque black with cocoa colored head, nice retention. Nose starts with whiskey, a bit of smoke, a bit of nuttiness. Taste is well balanced, starts off with some vanilla and a hint of smoke. A little bit of nuttiness, nothing that I can pick out as pecan though. Mouthfeel is medium wih moderate carbonation . Overall, pretty tasty brew with nice balance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-7-2011

A - Dark brown, red light on edges, no head, small off white ring of foam.

S - Chocolate, coffee, whiskey, booze, warming rawhide.

T - whiskey, chocolate, sweet nuts, dryness, vanilla. good balance of whiskey.

M - very smooth, medium body, heat after swallow.

D - very tasty, good drink, nothing offensive.

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(512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
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