(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 123
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 10-29-2008

Nearly black in color, (512) Pecan Porter is made with Organic US 2-row and Crystal malts along with Baird’s Chocolate and Black malts. Its full body and malty sweetness are balanced with subtle pecan aroma and flavor from locally grown pecans. Yet another true Austin original!
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Reviews by pgfault:
Photo of pgfault
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head into std pint glass, but maintains traditional thin head for porter.

Nose is very malty as is the initial taste. Leaves a bit of a nutty/coffee aftertaste. This is a very good slow drinking bar beer, enjoyable to the very end. It's not distributed to stores in my area yet, but I'd puck up some of this for a late night beer if it was. Good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Opaque mahogany brown, verging on black, with a large tan head, which retains fairly well. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls. (4.0/5.0)

Aroma: Strong notes of roasted barley, cold coffee, bitter cocoa, brown sugar, earth, and roasted pecans, the last well befitting its name. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with strong roasted malt flavors, very pleasant, and largely free of acidity. Cold coffee soon follows, with a compliment of bitter chocolate. Later in the taste, the rich nuttiness of the pecans is evident, as well. Late in the taste, there is a slight earthy hop presence, and a lingering note of roasted barley and cold coffee. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant, with just the slightest sting of carbonation. (4.0/5.0)

Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly excellent, I wish this were bottled. If you should find yourself in Austin, Texas, (512) Pecan Porter should be on your bucket list. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packaged in a 64 ounce brown glass growler purchased at HEB in Austin, Texas, on 08/26/2014. Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass. The growler fill was $12.00 plus tax.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Billy's (not Uncle) in Austin
A- Deep black with no ruby edges, nice 1 inch beige head. Looks nice on the pour with decent lacing.
S-Smokey smell with some dark chocolate and pecan
T-First taste is like roasted coffee without too much bitterness, there is a smoked earth feel on the back end which is a great finish, the pecan taste is there but fairly subtle, chocolate is in there as well as well as a slight caramel/malt sweetness, very nice taste with a lot of good flavors
M-Creamy and full in mouth very good carbonation for style
O-Very very drinkable and i've found myself ordering this more as it gets colder

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer. Pours black with basically no head. Aroma is roasted malt along with a little bit of coffee and some pecan nuttyness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with the pecans being the star of the show. Medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and one of the best beers I have tried from Texas.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask poured into a chalice at the Flying Saucer Addison. Black with a 3 finger tan head.

I'm writing from my short hand notes, so describtions will be minimal.

I was in a bar, so my already weak nose can't give a review of this.

The flavor is a wallop of carmeled malts and smoke flavor. As a Pecan fan, I was disappointed as I counldn't find the Pecans in this. I tried and tired and all I could tell that this was a pecan porter was the dryness at the end of the mouthfeel that could be from the pecans.

The mouthfeel was very thin for my likes in a porter, maybe it was a Cask that's been there too long.

Photo of aschwab
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the flying saucer in Austin.

A: Dark colored, looks right for a porter. About a finger-widths of head.
S: A slight pecan smell, as well as the usual smokey smell.
T: Not much pecan flavor in it, which is a good thing for me (not a big fan of pecans). I really enjoyed the flavor of it, a solid porter.
M: Good carbonation, what is to be expected from a Porter
O: I order it all the time when I see it on tap, refreshing for a porter.

Photo of Andyyyyyy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

I do not like porters at all. That being said, this is a good tasting pecan porter. I enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap@ Whip in in Austin, TX 3/18/15. On nitro.

Appearance - Pours near black with dark mahogany brown edging where light can penetrate. Broken layer of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the cup.

Smell - Malty, with light brown sugar notes, nutty pecan and a distant powdered cocoa character.

Taste - Follows the nose with sweet and earthy flavors upfront with brown sugar, light pecan and faint cocoa flavor. A bit more earth and pecan hit in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low carbonation. Silky smooth delivery that comes with the nitro.

Overall - A mighty fine porter, but didn't quite live up to the expectations that the hype train behind it had bestowed upon me. Of course I've always noticed a dip in the strength of flavor with every beer I've had on nitro, so that could be an issue here too. Would love to try again, but who knows if I'll ever find my way back to the Austin area.

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Immense thanks to lnashsig for helping me secure this long-time want. Growler wasn't perfectly sealed, but still opens with a gentle hiss. Served in my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a finger of soapy khaki/earth-yellow foam which slowly recedes to a thin puffy cap, partially obscuring the seal brown liquid. Basically opaque, though at certain angles there are faint tawny highlights suggesting a fine clarity. Decent retention, anaemic mottled lacing, fine glassy legs.

Pecan pie, gingerbread, spice cake, toasted oats, light-roast coffee (from malt), cracked pepper, and very light grassy hop notes in the nose. Perhaps a little chocolate (or other specialty) malt?

Mild roast malt on the palate - toasted nuts (only slowly discernable as pecans), biscotti, brown bread, and a low bitterness lead into the finish which is faintly smokey but otherwise clean and slightly dry and toasty. Delicate profile, but well put together.

Thin bodied, and just sufficient carbonation, but I suspect the growler is at fault much more than the beer.

Quite sessionable, this unique ale seems more of a Southern take on a traditional brown porter (as opposed to the more common robust porters available in the U.S.) - very pleased to get to sample this finally. Hope to re-visit it in-person at some point...

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Gingerman in Austin. Man, this was a heck of a porter. Upfront I got a blast of sweetened coffee with chocolate liqueur and caramel underneath. It was both satisfying to have after dinner, but didn't fill me up. After the Live Oak Hefe, this is the next must-try beer in Austin.

Photo of JFCLACK
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tan head, great lacing, roasted malts rich texture nice finish. I really think it's well balanced porter didn't get any pecan notes but who cares it's good

Photo of edwardsw
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Black Star Co-op Brewpub in Austin, TX.

A. Black. Typically what I expect for a porter.

S: I get pecan aroma more than from taste.

M: Thick. Lots of body. Very nice.

T: In a word, awesome. Funny, but I would swear this brew was bourbon barrel aged. I don't taste pecan, buf the flavor is outstanding.

O: One of the best porters I've had. Definitely recommended.

Photo of AnavelGato
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at The Flying Saucer in Austin, Texas.

Appearance: Pitch black 1-2 fingers of "tan" head bordering on light mocha colored

Aroma: Strong notes of caramel and chocolate however i didn't pick up on the pecan that's been so often mentioned of the smell, there was some faint nuttiness but nothing could be deciphered in particular

Taste: The Pecan flavor does come out in the flavor however it plays second fiddle to the strong flavor of chocolate and some coffee notes as well. Overall the nutty character of the beer definitely ads to the flavor profile however there is a disingenuousness to labeling a beer "Pecan" when the truly dominant flavor is chocolate. No "yeasty" flavor found. very light bittering on the tail end of the drink. overall a very delicious beer

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for a porter or stout, carbonation was present but definitely not intended to be a "fizzy" beer. "Thick" when sipping and almost creamy.

Overall: Just moved out to Austin and this was my introduction to the beer scene out here an honestly could not be happier with it, overall a very good porter. Drinks down very well and definitely worth a try. will definitely be one of my regulars

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this countless times, but I'm finally giving in and reviewing it. Had it on cask at the Flying Saucer.

This beer pours a wonderful black with an inviting brown head. I love seeing this in pitchers at the Posse, because I know it's the best beer they carry. I guess looking at this thing reminds me of all the good times I've had with it... and that of course means extra points.

The nose tonight is powerful and intoxicating. Nutty and roasty, it's easy to see why it's called a Pecan Porter.

The flavor is rich. It leans heavily on the nutty backbone and has enough of a roasted bite to keep me honest. There's good depth there, as Ive had it many times and I can still be impressed.

The weakest aspect is the mouthfeel. I've had a few situations where I've felt it was quite watery and some where I felt it was thick. Strange and inconsistent. However, it is quite drinkable and I keep going back for more. Huzzah (512)!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info available.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this growler. Or as my soon-to-be uncle-in-law calls it despite my constant reminders, "grobbler".

A - The hiss from the screw cap signals carbonation! Short-lived cascading ends up with a low tan head with little retention / lace. The porter is almost fully black.

S - Abounding roasted chocolate malt gives this a great base! Big nuttiness compliments the chocolate roast well. A great earthy hop balance is an awesome addition.

T - Chocolate, cocoa, and heavily roasted malt blends well with the simple nuttiness in this brew,. A bit of a metallic finish though.

M - Acridly bitter and dusty-dry with a medium body and surprising crispness to the finish. Not too malty, this is a well-balanced porter.

O - Enjoyable nuttiness and chocolaty roasted malts blend well. The barrel-aged version of this has some serious potential. Good with sharp cheese too!

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a straight sided pint glass. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on opaque black, with a finger of creamy light brown head that leaves thick lacing as you drink from the glass. A few bubbles stuck on the edges of the glass.

Nose is milk chocolate, nutty pecan, roasted malt, and a bit of oat grain.

Taste follows the nose, milk chocolate, nutty flavors, roasted and toasted malt. A light hop bitterness on the finish.

Full body and creamy, perhaps a bit of oat in the recipe. An enjoyable porter.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks again for the hand bottled gift I received of this one. One of the first to come off the line, this unlabelled twelve ounce bottle arrived on my doorstep last week. I immediately through one in the fridge and got to work. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/23/2008.

The pour was very nice, deep, dark brown in color with a rich look to it. Some light hints of a reddish note poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of fine off white head forming on the top, nothing extreme though, maybe a half an inch or so. This faded down gracefully and left behind just a touch of lace on the edges of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and quite sweet as well. Rich notes of caramel, nuts, and a hint of brown sugar all playing very nicely. As it warmed up some hints of an earthy hop note started to take shape, as well as a nice underlying layer of grain. The flavor was just really top notch here. Rich and vibrant and amazingly complex. Starting with a wave of smooth caramel malts, evolving with an earthy hop tone that offered a nice balance to the sweet notes that had started it all. This was mellow and super smooth. Easing back down the original path, a nice touch of pecan then rolled across the tongue, mellowing out the finish and providing that last gasp of sweetness before the flavor finished out. Easily session able, I went through this one far too quickly, and the only factor I could come up with to say negatively about this is the feel was a touch under carbonated, but other then that, it was as solid as they come.

Overall this was an excellent beer, something I would love to try on tap and will be certainly looking for in the future. I would have to say this was darn interesting and definitely worthy of another look.

Photo of Opportunivore
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nutty brown with a smooth pleasant mouthfeel finish. Highly recommended for hot days and with ice cream

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio, TX.

A - Dark brown/black. Not much head on this one.

S - Wonderful sweet malt, a hint of roasted chocolate, and of course sweet pecans.

T - Definitely more sweet than roasty. Sweet pecan, roasted chocolate malt, creaminess offsets what little bitterness there is. Very easy drinking, nothing really overpowers.

M - Moderate-to-high carbonation for a porter. It's definitely smooth and creamy, but I would have preferred it to be a little thicker and chewier. Goes down easy, good aftertaste of sweet pecans and a little bit of roasted chocolate.

O - One of my favorite porters. Sweet, smooth, creamy, I could drink this a lot.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to screach for the chance to try this beer, first time I had heard of this brewery, always love trying new smaller breweries.

Pours from a growler dark dark brown color, virtually black, no light is able to get through, decent sized head, fades a bit fast but leaves a little bit of patchy lacing.

Smell is mostly malt but has a tinge of a metallic aroma which sets it a bit back, slight nuttiness but not as much as I would have hoped for something called Pecan Porter.

Taste is not heavy like some porters but is rather refreshing with enough stickiness for a porter, nice soft carbonation, sometimes porters can be a bit too assertive in that aspect, still has that weird metallic feel to it though but unlike in the aroma it's hardly a distraction, the nuttiness comes through a bit better but not nearly enough.

I found myself drinking a quick pint of this a bit too easily, a solid porter, if they could make it even more nuttier it'd be a real winner.

Photo of Riccymon
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at yesterday's (512) spring open house.

Served a dark, dark brown with about half an inch of brown head. I smell a deep smokey/roasty malt and the nut character the name implies. All of the previous come out in the taste, along with a cola-like quality that reminds me of a much bigger beer, particularly of the old ale style. Mouthfeel was also a bit like cola, full and a little syrupy. Another unique offering from (512) that I feel fortunate to have so nearby.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass an opaque black color with a fine-bubbled dark tan head. Nice retention and collar with just a few hints of lace. A good looking brew.

Smells mainly of roasty malts and some west coast hops. Milk chocolate and cocoa are also there. Fresh and sweet. I dont get much, if any pecan on the aroma.

Taste is a bit thin and has a hint of sourness, is there a bit of sauer malt in here? Not tasting much pecan in here either, has a bit of a nutty tannin-like feel to it though. It's an ok beer, but it did not live up to the hype for me, but I would be willing to try it again to see if my feelings change.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black. Near opaque. Medium brown head that leaves impressive lace, even a day after the growler was opened.

S: Coffee. Molasses? Roasted malt, some sweetness. Maybe dark fruit.

T/M: Sweet, dark fruit, some molasses, coffee-like bitterness in the finish, but no astringency. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, more stout-like, but without the bitterness and astringency I associate with non-sweet/non-Imperial stouts. Seems like this might be one of those boundary-blurring beers.

D: It's tasty. And it doesn't taste like alcohol, despite its fairly high gravity. So...tasty as a session beer, but can have undesirable side-effects of intoxication.

Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a thin tan head, great retention though.

Caramel aromas right up front with roasted malt coming through strong as well. Some pecan and coffee notes are also apparent.

Pecan flavor comes through very well in the flavor, bitter roasted flavors are strong with a pleasant mineral/metallic flavor as well a little more coffee flavor backing everything up

Beer is medium in body and keeps from feeling heavy at all.

Very drinkable and it was just what I was looking for after coming in from the balmy 25 degree Texas spring.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand-bottled bomber courtesy of crellmoset split at an impromptu Charlottesville BA tasting. Many thanks to Chris, dkachur and Proteus93 - bottle split between us all. Sampled in Williamsburg Alewerks tasting glass.

Deep and dark with a solid maple walnut head and sparse lacing. Quite opaque - a little on the dark side, even for the style.

Nice sniff of roasted coffee - mild and very creamy pecans abound as well, but in subtlety. Solid hop presence - a little pine and grass together. Coffee balances out with deep dark roasted malt. Quite velvety.

Excellent balance in this - pecans provide a mild nuttiness and maybe a pinch of salt. Coffee grounds and some bittersweet chocolate notes with no hint of alcohol. Nicely done.

This is very creamy - the pecans smooth out the bitter coffee and chocolate malts. Slight slate in there with a little hop grass.

This sips very nicely. Balance doesn't show a hint of alcohol and it's very smooth and comforting. I have wanted to try this offering for quite a while so I am happy for the opportunity to check it out - no disappointment here. Must be even creamier and smoother on the tap. Well-crafted.

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(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.