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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at the Austin Flying Saucer New Year's Eve Party. Happy 2010!!!

The bigger, badder whiskey-barrel-aged Double Pecan Porter looks a lot like the original, with a dark, opaque body the color of the Austin night I'm celebrating. The head is equally as attractive, with a reddish, dark custard hue and creamy consistency. Not the best retention or lacing, but the foam is easily revived by a quick swirl of the snifter. The aroma is as big as the name suggests--whiskey-laden with a warmth of booze and charred wood. Coffee and macadamia nut in the background, with toasted dark chocolate malts laying down a solid backbone.

No doubt this is a good beer, but the barrel-aging did little to improve upon the original Pecan Porter flavor in my opinion. A slight whiskey warmth adds some spice and breathy alcohol, while the rest of the palate picks up chocolate and coffee maltiness and some earthy hops. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, with a low carbonation level and semi-boozy finish. Easy to drink, and easy to get carried away with if you neglect the 8.8%(?) ABV. I had to keep reminding myself that this was an imperial porter, not a stout, and in that respect it certainly succeeds. Perhaps a bit over-hyped, but a very good beer nevertheless. Nice job, (512).

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Spring '12
Plastic clear cup at tailgate

A: Pours deep dark brown. Over carbonated like crazy. Light tan head. Sticky lacing. Lots of smutz yeast. Head sticks around.

S: Lots of whiskey on the nose. Really dominates. Don't initially pick up the pecan. Get some roast and chocolate. As the head dies, I do pull some of that nuttiness.

T: Right up front, you get nice roast character and chocolate. Dark chocolate. Then that whiskey note comes through with soft vanilla. This drinks really nice actually. You taste the whiskey but there is no burn and the lower ABV is hidden nicely.

M: It's full but the over carbonation makes it easier to tackle.

O: A-

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Photo of dhayter
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass at The Bottle Shop in Dallas Texas.

A - Pours very dark with a nice brown head. Low height that dissipated rather quickly.

S - The first notes are whiskey (was told this was a bourbon barrel) with hints of roasted malt. Light pecan smells linger.

T - Starts with a nice roasted malt taste with nutty pecan very evident. The high alcohol is not noticed, but the pecan stays on the palate, along with the well balanced porter flavors. Ends with a slightly sweet whiskey finish.

M - Smooth for the high alcohol.

O - Very drinkable porter. I am a (512) Pecan Porter fan, this one adds complex whiskey notes and sweetness with a little more alcohol.

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Photo of gawnphishin
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a small quickly disappearing head.

S- Oak first then whiskey and alcohol

T- A good roasty chocolate flavor, then oak and bourbon. Sweetness lingers.

M- Silky and smooth

O- A very well done barrel aged beer.

Cheers to 512

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Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler shared by Andrew (nasty31) in line for DLD. Big Thanks! Serveded in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown with plum like edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: The initial smells are of whiskey and oak. Slightly chocolately and roasty as well. There is a more raw wood and freshy nutty taste with a little green hop presence.

T: Sweet whiskey, roasted malts and oak all pop up front it. It melds to a nutty and chocolate flavors combination in the middle and the finish has a slightly fruity hop presence.

M: Low carbonation with a medium body. The finish is slightly astringent but it doesn't detract from the overall feel.

O: Great beer. I like the nuttiness and the barrel was well integrated. Would like to have again.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of GreatBloomer
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh 750-ml bottle of this straight out of the Twins Liquor store into a Jester King tasting tulip. I shared this with my wife who was not crazy about drinking bourbon- or whiskey-flavored beer of any type, yet she was satisfied with the outcome.

A - Dark brown beer with a pretty thick tan head, up to the size of two or three fingers. It left some laces on the sides of the glass for a few minutes, however, dissolving much slower than the top brand Belgian ale ones.

S - The smell of bourbon notes came up to the nostrils first pleasantly. Some sour chocolate and roasted malts blended and flowed in with the bourbon counterparts as to be nominated the best rating value of all assessments for this beer.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some pecans intertwining to make the taste fantastic. Yet, the mouth feel, described below, stripped away the potentials of this beer going prominent.

M - Medium to heavy carbonation took the toll on the authenticity of this beer. It would have been handpicked amongst the cream of the crops if the body was made smooth and full. I had the inability to differentiate this much without carbonation partaking and playing a factor.

O - I will drink this over and over. Perhaps, I'd leave several bottles to age over time to hopefully dilute the carbonation. I am interested to see if this is also being served on tap.

Note: If you leave the bottle in the fridge a couple days after opening it, the taste and mouthfeel have improved tremendously to lessen the carbonation. The rating would have been better than 4.18 for this case.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage (kept in my fridge the whole time to avoid infection)

A: Pours very dark brown with a huge dark brown head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Honestly it's a bit overcarbonated.

S: The nose had nice notes of vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, and a touch of molasses.

T: The taste is very smooth. I get vanilla, chocolate, slight molasses, and a touch of fudge. Everything has melded well over time.

M: The feel is slightly on the thinner of medium with carbonation the whole way through. As it settles the carbonation settles but it started very bubbly.

O: Age has toned this down and brought out more vanilla than a fresh bottle. Even though it's a bit overcarbonated that didn't detract from the overall enjoyment. We drank this next to a fresh bottle and the fresh one was overcarbonated as well and had more coffee and roasty flavors. I prefered the aged version.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-dipped bomber into CCB pint glass.

A: Crazy dark brown in color, and opaque. Forms a huge light brown head, and this kind of looks like a Coke with a big craggy head that lasts longer. No visible carbonation, but I wonder if it exists but invisible due to the opacity of the beer.

S: Whiskey, coffee, amaretto...reminds me a bit of an Irish coffee. Maybe hints of dark fruit and spices.

T: Whiskey, nutty coffee, dark fruit sweetness, cacao, then more whiskey. Overall boozy impression but very tasty.

M: Medium weight to mouthfeel. This has a significantly higher level of carbonation sensation than I've ever had in a porter, but it's welcome in this beer.

O: This is good, quite pleasant. But for a relatively restrained ABV, I wouldn't find it to be sessionable at all - one & done for me. But for a special occasion, it really hits the mark. Recommended.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle supplied by thickerfreakness for the Rate Beer Winter Gathering - thanks for sending this one to Orlando for us. Served in a tulip-style taster glass.

A - Pretty nice pillow-like tan foam for the smallish glass. It eventually dissipates to a ring and some haze, and lives a bit of spotty lacing. The body is a very, very, dark opaque brown.

S - Coffee, vanilla, nuts, light oak and whiskey, and some chocolate. It smells exactly like the name suggests - and that's a good thing! Excellent balance and integration, and not obvious alcohol.

T - Roasty bitterness, coffee, chocolate, nuts, oaky vanilla, and a touch of smoke and whiskey. Again, this is really understated from the Jack Daniels angle - kind of like Blackbeerd. Thankfully it's saved by a really excellent base beer that benefits from a touch of whiskey bite. It's closer to a 4.25 so I was a little hard on the appearance.

M - Thin, a touch gritty, moderate carbonation. It's clearly a porter from the texture, but it could benefit from a bit more heft to support the intense flavor and higher ABV.

D - Very drinkable - I'd be happy having a bottle of this one to myself. Too bad it's so limited and tough to get. Reminds me of some of the better Tyranena porters - which are more readily available to me. Well worth trying, but not worth killing yourself to acquire.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of pmarlowe
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours coffee black, with three fingers of medium brown head which deflates ever-so-slowly. Some lacing. Oddly enough, the foam comes out of the bottle in a slow stream well after it's open for about an hour.

S: Roasted malt and pecan, a little dark chocolate shavings and vanilla, and a touch of oak and whiskey. Nice stuff. A little heat is evident also.

T: Similar, roastiness is in the forefront, and it finishes with a little sweetness.

M: Medium body and carbonation on a creamy texture. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: Lovely, like a roasty pecan pie, and easy to drink. An excellent porter.

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Photo of Soonami
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chriswilkes33 for sending me this in the N00b BIF 4.

Pitch black with rocky cappuccino foam with fantastic head retention. The fringes shows mahogany highlights

Smells like a lot of bourbon and vanilla, with a bit of chocolate and sweet malts

Tastes comparatively light in relation to the aggressive nose. The bourbon is very well balanced with the toasty malt and sweet chocolate. The roast, cocoa, and barrel are very well paired.

The beer is definitely overcarbonated, but not infected and tasty.

Great to try this beer, thanks again Chris!

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours brown/ black with brown edges and a creamy tan head that leaves specs as it dissipates to a ring with a bit of foam.

S. Whiskey on the nose with caramel, some malty sweetness, vanilla, and oak.

T. The whiskey is a bit harsh. Vanilla, oak, with nice roasted character - not as dry as many porters.

M. Medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

D. Well rounded, interesting. I'd drink this if it was available.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow... Thanks jenray for the mad hookup on this one!

Pours out of the growler very dark almost black with a bit of light brown head .great retention around the edges of the glass. Smells roasty with a touch of whiskey. Smells very sweet with just the tiniest hint of oak from the whiskey. There is a great malty roast going on on the nose. Tastes malty and roasty. The roasted flavors are fairly mild especially good for the whiskey presence. The light oak and booziness from the whiskey barreling couples nicely with the roast. As it warms up you can definitely taste the pecan coming out more. Nicely sweet but not overly syrupy. Good mouthfeel and well carbonated especially for a growler fill. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ok so poured out of a bottle into a snifter glass
it pour with very little head almost flat like
very dark and smell boozy and sweet with a nutty chocolote back end
taste is very similar coffee hints chocolate and slightly nutty on the back end
with hint of vanilla pretty sweet
smooth easy to drink
not that high an abv the smell of booze is more than the taste when you drink
overall it is a pretty nice brew definitely worth trying

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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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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 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 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 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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