Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel AgedPenn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DapperGrowler on 02-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 50
Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best beer I've had from DC Brau and damn you for making a Porter. On tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a snifter. Beer is black with a tight tan head of small bubbles, lacing good, carbonation is low, retention is fine.

Aroma is like a sweet porter, the whiskey is there but it is subtle, nice, roast and malt too.

Beer is medium in body and sweet throughout the palate, the first sip I didn't get any barrel at all but the second sip was barrel heavy, nice whiskey, nice oak, a great moderately bitter finish, not dry. A good beer overall, a really good beer overall. I would have this again in fact this should be a seasonal release, you could even get away with more barrel character. Very good beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared thanks to my good friend Dana.

The beer pours a great black color and a brown (awesome!) head and has excellent lacing too. Really nice look.

The smell and taste are both great, definite nice edge of the whiskey barrel in both but it isn't overpowering, it a very nice pleasant sweet and savoriness to it, little bit of rye too. The porter is very toasty and almost approaches a American stout to my taste. Just a touch of coffee and lactose type sweetness to it as well.

The mouthfeel is a little thin to me, toasty and good carbonation, but too thin for sure.

An excellent beer, probably my second favorite to this point behind on the wings of Armageddon.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan.

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head that fades rapidly, leaving some oily lacing on the glass. The aroma offers roast, oak, chocolate, whiskey. Smells very nice. Roasted chocolates and vanilla with a delicate whiskey finish. Light in bodied and full of flavor. Nice oak character - bold but not overly woody or tannic. A really tasty beer. I would definitely recommend this.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass at Meridian Pint.

A - Just what a dark porter should look like. Nice head with fine bubbles.

S - Beautiful nose. Lots of chocolate, roasty malt with a beautiful bourbon smell. Hints of vanilla.

T - Even at a low alcohol, a really nic combination of roasted chocolate malt and sweet bourbon. A good amount of vanilla follows that up.

M - This is the problem with aging low octane beers in barrels. The mouthfeel is really thin, and this beer would be much better suited if it had that thick, imperial malt backbone.

O - This is the best low alcohol barrel aged dark beer I have had. They really did well with this one. Imperial darks are in their future, and I hope they can do it as well as this beer.

EDIT: I have now had two infected bottles of this. Be careful, yo.

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Photo of DapperGrowler
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer last night at its second of three release events at American Ice Co in DC. This is an Oak barreled aged version of DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter. The Oak barrels came from Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Virginia.

A: The beer was black. There was also a dark brown head (although there was not much of it)

S: The beer appeared to have a distinct Smokey taste. There was also a very slight alcohol vapor smell. There were also some chocolate and coffee notes.

T: The beer was very smooth. It seems in comparison to their regular PQP, this one was a lot smoother on the front and the back of the pallet. There was a slight alcohol taste; the beer was also bitter on the back of the pallet.

M: This was a very heavy beer

O: As a huge fan of barrel aged beers, I really appreciated this beer. It was full bodied and rich in flavor.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a snifter glass.

A slightly coffee head is made but disappears quickly. Top is a little filmy. Body color looks like a classic fair walnut brown but really comes across as a very dark garnet red especially with the dark cherry edges.

Nose is real giant vanilla, and oak notes. Woody sense starts taking over, ripped and splintered to sanded wood dust.

Taste is interesting. Probably one of the only beers I have had that takes the rye whiskey angle and it makes it shine (Catoctin ? no?). Fruity spiced rye straight angle somewhere between purple grape and blueberry. Fruity caramel in mid palate. Mouthfeel is almost vinous but a little wet even for a porter. Light bodied but also a noticeable hint of tight fizz.

Overall this is only the second barrel aged porter i've had, and I went in with not much excitement. The first one I had didn't work for me, but this is quite decent. However, this one was considerably more enjoyable, but just not drawn to it like other barrel aged stouts of common practice in comparison. Still a very worthy beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had two glasses of this tonight at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont. Poured in a 10 oz. snifter, this is their normal PQP aged in Catoctin Creek Whiskey barrels.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with half an inch of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of whiskey, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and toasted malts. As it warms up some caramel malts as well. Really nice.

t - Tastes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, and cream. Sweet fruits as well. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great BA porter; tied for their best beer for far with OTWOA. The whiskey is there but not dominating. The nose has a lot of nice sweet chocolate and vanilla, while the taste has those and some sweet dark fruits. Easy to drink beer I'd love to have again.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint.

Beer pours an opaque dark brown/black with a pretty substantial fluffy tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of bourbon, chocolate and oak. Taste is quite impressive. For a beer that didn't spend that long in the barrels, it really took on a lot of the bourbon and oak flavors, while the chocolate of the porter kinda hangs out in the background. This makes for a great tasting beer, despite being very barrel heavy, kind of like a much less boozy Bourbon County. Unfortunately the mouthfeel throws things off a bit. The beer is very thin and heavily carbonated, which isn't surprising considering the base beer has the same characteristics, but it's much more off-putting with the barrel aged version. A beer like this just needs a little more heft to it. Overall, for DC Brau's first venture into barrel aging, I was very impressed. I would totally buy bottles of this if they every do bottle it, and I'm excited to see what else they do going forward barrel-wise.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle courtesy of Crabbicuss. I assumed this was the regular version until noticing the "OAKED" stamp across the label. Nice surprise. Bottled in 2012 and poured into an Allagash goblet.

A - Pours midnight black with about a finger of mocha head. The head dies to a halo after a few minutes, but leaves behind a tiered lacing.

S - Roasty character on the forefront along with noticeable contributions from the barrel and its contents. Sweet toffee is balanced with bitter blackstrap molasses. The aroma is quite complex and vibrant considering it's un-imperial status.

T - Starts with smooth, roasty grains and a mellow sweetness. The whiskey flavor is big on the first sip, but fades as my pallate acclimates to the other flavors. Diminutive cola flavors and slight hop bitterness hit in the middle. The finish is mostly clean with a slightly bitter coffee linger. Flavorful.

M - A little bit thin, but otherwise pretty good. Carbonation is fitting for the style.

O - This is a very good porter with complex aromas and flavors. The whiskey aging adds more to the aroma than the flavor, in my opinion. This beer never gets too sweet, roasty, or bitter, but balances each of these elements nicely. I tend towards BA imperial stouts so this was a different playing field for me. I was impressed nonetheless. I recommend this beer if you can get it.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, topped with a ½ finger of creamy dark mocha froth. This retains with some thin richness around the edges of the glass, leaving back a foamy cascade of spotty lacing that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma has a nice mix to it of barrel up front, with some spice and burnt molasses character that quickly give way to more sweet notes of vanilla, chocolate, and toffee before this finishes with some green citrus and dark roast along the back. This has a solid transition between the flavors here in the nose.

The taste has more of the base up front, with chocolate and caramel (made sweeter by a vanilla addition), light herbal citrus flavor and roasted coffee along the back. The whiskey flavor here has more of a flat burnt character to it than it did in the nose, leaving this with a dry, burnt and tannic feel on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly carbonation in the mouth that has a bit of sharpness to it on the tongue before giving way to more of a firm creaminess as this moves out into the mouth. There isn’t much alcohol here, just a smidge from the barrel that hangs a bit of charred warmth on the back of the throat after each sip.

This was OK. I just wish that the barrel had contributed more definable flavors to the taste than it did in the nose, instead of giving this a flat whiskey feel throughout a lot of the profile. Maybe a little beefiness to those base flavors would have helped in this instance. I still really like the aroma on this though and this drank about as well as you would expect. This is probably worth checking out.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This porter rests very black in the glass and doesn't really have much head. Deep and dark, it's on the average end of the porter spectrum.

The aroma explodes out of the glass with hints of dark chocolate, roast, rye, some booze and oak. The balance here is outstanding and leads me to believe this is going to be a really robust porter that aged nicely with the whiskey.

The taste is surprisingly fruity. Dark fruits come out on the palate right up front and I can't really place them. Chocolate in the middle, with the rye resting on the back of the palate. Overall, however, the taste is a little bland, which I'm sure you can understand disappointed me.

Medium body with a pretty average carbonation. The beer sure does go down easy, I just wish it tasted a bit better.

This set me back $4.50 for the 4oz glass, which accurately represented the drop off in taste. Perhaps the slight drop in price also has to do with how expensive the Rye Whiskey barrel was compared to the Pear Brandy one The Citizen was aged in.

It wasn't the best BA porter, but it surely wasn't the worst. I enjoyed the aroma a lot and the taste has some surprises, but it didn't quite pull through in the end. On to the next barrel aged DC Brau barrel aged beauty.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle through mail order...interesting black tape over cap on 22 oz bottle. Bottled in 2012...5.5% abv. Photo of oaked stamp is in different place than photo in picture as of 2.2013.
Poured in Stone tulip with smallish dark head.
Big aromas of bourbon, molasses, dark roasted malts.
Modest carbonation and penetrating mouthfeel.
Flavors of bourbon, oak, dark roasted malts, cold coffee, minerals, carob. Slight bitter coffee, Italian herbs, funky fruit rind juices, some astringency, slight aspirin...let's give this 5 minutes...
OK...back and there's a slight bubble swirl that's real pretty, the aroma remains large, and the tastes are big and bold, rough and somewhat mouth puckering. I can't say this is easy or delicious.
Uh oh...just gave it to my experienced tasting partner...she says: "that's harsh...smoky, too smoky."
There's a rough imbalance of herbs, burnt malts, funky yeast for this mixture, and odd tropical fruit rind flavors. It's not particularly bad, but many may think so. I think it's interesting and I applaud the mix, but it's not especially tasty.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart flavor and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not as good as I was hoping for.

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Photo of billab914
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. Black in color with just a trace amount of a head scattered across the top of the beer. It's got a pretty steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass as well.

The aroma shows a good amount of the whiskey and oak to it. I get some coffee and chocolate notes to it as well. It comes together very well in the aroma.

The taste shows the barrel characteristics pretty prominently. Whiskey, oak and vanilla flavors all come out in it. I get some dark chocolate and coffee coming out in the finish, but overall the base flavors of PQP seem a little overshadowed.

The mouthfeel feels very light and almost watery for the style. Carbonation seems overdone as well unfortunately for my tastes in the style. The mouthfeel was the weakest part of the beer for me.

Overall, it was a good beer but not a standout one in the style unfortunately. The mouthfeel could have been a little fuller and carbonation lower. The barrel flavors were pretty good, but they dominated the base beer a little too much for me. I love PQP, but it just didn't seem to hold up all that well to the barrel treatment to me unfortunately. Still, a pretty solid beer to sip on this evening though.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head on a jet black body. Licorice, coffee, whiskey, dark chocolate and dark fruit on the nose. Palate is very earthy up front and bland moving to bourbon and oak with a very musty sense. The finish is mostly roasted malt and coffee. Smooth. Medium body ad light carbonation. Not sure if I don't like this base beer for barrel aging. I thought many of their others aged better.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
1.66/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown. Big khaki head. Thick collar. Reddish transparency at the edges.

Smell - Some roast. A lot of acids and cherry fruitines. Ruh roh. No barrel.

Taste - And it's infected. Lots of fruity acetic sourness. Some roast still comes through, but it's fully infected.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Well carbonated. Sour.

Overall - Obviously, I had a different experience than everyone else.

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Penn Quarter Porter - Whiskey Oak Barrel Aged from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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