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

Brewed by:
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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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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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4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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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4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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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