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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 671
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 26.76%
Wants: 127
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Michael for sending this one my way. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a finger's worth (or so) of tan head.

S: Plenty of roast comes through right away with a bit of bananas, which I was not expecting. The nuttiness is there and provides some interesting sweetness, along with a chocolate note.

T: A very nice roasty base for this beer. The flavor profile is sort of all over the place: sweet bananas, chocolate, pecans, coffee, and perhaps some molasses too.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

D: I'm very glad to have finally tried this one, and to find that it was as good as I expected. A very enjoyable beer that I would have again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This growler was ferried to the area all the way from Austin via BGThang and his truck of beer goodness (well, following the flight to Louisville). Enjoyed at the Dilly Deli with Peanutski, the barkeep.

Appearance - pours an opaque brownish black. Maybe in brighter light there would be some hues along the edge, but not here in this setting. Initially a good half-finger of foam, the resulting thin ring of mocha leaves small dots and rivulets of lace running down the goblet.

Aroma - very roasty, a surprising burst of boozy solventy alcohol. 6.8% you say? You sure those numbers aren't backwards? This smells potent for sure.

Taste - charred malt, an expected initial hit of booze. There is a slight bit of smokiness on the front of the palate, turned prickly by the hot feel of the beer.The intense roastiness is sustained through the swallow, enhanced and dried out by some hops and tannic pecan nuttiness. As this warms some, the heat settles down and the malts and pecan reach another level, although a bit subtle. Just a better interplay between the two.

Mouthfeel - plenty smooth. The carbonation makes for a full bubbly feel in the mouth, and the weight is a little more than average.

Drinkability - if you like a smoky, nutty porter, this is far too sessionable for its own good. Thanks Ken!

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Photo of stercomm
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass, on tap at B.D. Rileys in Austin.

A - Very dark , slight tan head, very little lacing.

S - Smoky, malty, some coffee

T - Rich in taste, coffee, smokiness, sweetness from the malt, some chocolate, my palate must be not that discerning, couldn't pick out the pecan.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation, mild sweetness.

D - This is a very nice porter, deep and rich, well bbalanced with lots going on.

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Photo of jaymesbawned
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at my local Whole Foods. Very excited to try!

poured into a new belgium globe.
A: very nice dark color with a medium brown head
S: Solid Porter smell, but nothing out of the ordinary
T: awesome malty taste. not a ton of PEcan flavor, but you do get some subtle nutty notes as the aftertaste comes in
M: very good, accurate porter representation
O: VEry Solid porter!1 I wish they would start bottling and distributing it!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Opal Devine's Freehouse. Celebrating the signing of my gf's and my lease for an apartment in Austin!

Poured a beautifully opaque, seal brown body. Glimmers of ruby red squeeze in around the edges. Excellent retention on the finger's width of custard-colored head; thick sheets of brown lacing left behind on most of the glass. Aroma is rife with roasted coffee and chocolate malts backed by earthy, floral hops and a rich presence of yeasty esters.

Taste is not as flavorful or complex as the aroma had suggested, but still quite good, with dark chocolate and a nutty caramel sweetness. Dank, dark fruits drop out of the middle before getting pushed aside by soft chocolate and hoppy notes. A touch of coffee bitterness lingers in the finish. The full-body provides a creamy mouthfeel, and the light carbonation makes for an easy-drinking porter--more stout like in it's consistency, to be honest, but I don't mind. Thoroughly enjoyable brew, and one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of thatche2
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is almost completely black with some dark red around the edges. The head is very thin, but there is some nice lacing around the glass with an aggressive pour.

The smell is earthy nuts/pecans with some molasses coming through (fresh).

Taste has nice malt flavor with an earthy and roasted pecan aspect. Some molasses and raisin flavors are noticeable upfront in which the finish is fairly dry. A nice but faint coffee/cocoa flavor is also present. There is very little bitterness or acidity.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, medium to heavy bodied with some noticeable carbonation. There is some chewiness, but the beer avoids excessive heaviness.

Overall this is a very enjoyable and well balanced Pecan Porter. There is some sweetness, but it is not excessive. The pecan flavor has nice earthiness and roasted qualities, and the flavor is not over the top.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 07.01.09 in notebook while traveling to the great city.

Nose is dark and malty with nice roasted malt, sugar, and dark fruit. Hints of vanilla. Smells good.

Pours jet black, almost no head. Looks pretty good.

Nice dark malt with great roast, powdery dryness, dark sugar, roasted bitterness. Woody earthiness that may be the pecans. Kind of savory... perhaps notes of DMS, maybe. Finishes like dark almost burnt toast or very dark bread. Dark fruit sweetness. Mild nutty oiliness. Wonderful coffee notes, some dark chocolate. Tastes quite good. Feel good. Great drinkability.

A great example of Robust Porter. It's dark, strong, and balanced. Dry and roasty. Almost smells like a sticky molasses spill.

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Photo of videofrog
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at The Draft Pick in Austin. Poured a deep dark brown into a room temp pint glass with minimal head. Tan head quickly dissipated and left slight spiderweb lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, slight chocolaty sweetness, and of course, pecans.

T: Loved the nutty roastiness and coffee flavors true to the style.

M: Thick for a porter, low carbonation, and damn smooth.

O: Definitely one of my favorite porters to date. I enjoyed this and am hoping it becomes widely available in bottle form. Til then, I'll opt for it whenever given the chance at bars/pubs.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Flying Saucer on 4/7/14

A-Appearance is a rich dark brown with a moderate white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is nutty with hints of caramel, malty, sweet and decadent.

T-Taste is great, nice rich porter with great pecan/hazelnut notes.

M-mouthfeel was great being well balanced.

O-Overall an excellent porter love the pecan flavor and aroma

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Photo of deadliest
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Light brown head, black-brown body.
S: roasty chocolate, small amount of pecan. Smells good, but a bit light.
T: pecans are much more present in the taste, roasted pecans and some chocolate, slight smokiness.
M: Smooth with good carbonation, a tad light feeling.
D: Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of beesy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Esquire Tavern in San Antonio. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - pours what looks like black I the glass. It it more of a deep brown when viewed with sufficient lighting. A two finger medium brown head builds and collapses on itself within a few minutes. A few rings if lacing appear as the libation is consumed.

S - nutty, toasty, malty, brownies, milk chocolate, Mars bar

T - malty chocolates and nutty - very smooth. Rich and decadent wih a slight nuttiness from the pecans that added to, but doesn't dominate the beer. Finishes with a so lean, slightly sweet maltiness with some caramel dry chocolate.

M - medium bodied and slightly creamy

D - easy to drink. It's lighter has great taste and a slight drying that makes a pint go down smooth.

Overall, a fantastic beer I'm glad to have tried. It blows the doors off other pecan beers I've had and even without it I think it would stand as a fantastic beer.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to BgThang (ratebeer user) for the trade.

(note: when i took the growler out from the box it was shipped in, it was warm. i barely touched cap, but out from the electric tape around the cap soon "growled" out a huge hiss of carbonation, and a gushing leak of foam came out too. i immediately tried to screw it on harder and rushed to the fridge. meanwhile i had to clean up a caramel/pecan mess in the basement...)

tasted in mid-may, same day of shipment.

nearly opaque black. trace rays of light make it through the edges in a red/brown tint. 2-finger brown head fades to wispy layer and creamy, foamy ring. some thin rings of splotchy lace, but tend to shrink or slide back down.

aroma: dark caramel, vanilla, hint of roast and coffee, and yes - some nutty pecans, almost "creamy" in the nose. earthy tones. not the most fragrant, even at cellar temp, but interesting and well harmonized.

taste: dark malts with caramel note, leaning more towards roast, esp in finish. but light and classically porter-like. roast and coffee tones meld with moderately earthy hop bitterness, light mash acidity, and then the nutty, creamy pecan notes with faint vanilla come in. slight hints of phenols and alcohol. roast and coffee in the aftertaste too, with lingering hints of nutty pecans.

medium body, smooth and creamy at times. some coffee astringency in the finish. mildly tingly carbonation, helping with creaminess.

drinkability takes a SLIGHT hit, in that the something in the flavor (the sweetness of the malts? the pecans?) starts to get in the way. plus, it's very filling (and high ABV) for a porter.

i'm just glad that the leaky growler didn't ruin my experience.

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Photo of vdread
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(512) Pecan Porter
1 pint on tap

i tried this one at the flying saucer earlier this evening. i had my notebook with me, so i did a review as i drank it. it was one of the best beers i've tried.

deep black color with nearly no light passing through and a medium sized tan head with low retention. smells of burnt toast, roasted coffee, slight nuttiness. tastes creamy and slightly bitter. roasted malts and nuttiness dominate. smooth and creamy mouthfeel. pleasant and easily drinkable.i could sip these all day.

i am continually being blown away by the general greatness of craft beer. beers like this are the reason we don't drink bud light. i just wish i could pick up a sixer of 512 at a gas station...

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Photo of denflyr
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught at the Flying Saucer Houston.

By the time it was served it had a nice 1/2'" head. Poured almost black with a nice "muddy" colored head.

Smelled mostly of roasted malt with just a hint of coffee. I tried to find the pecan on the nose, but I think it was still too cool to detect that. Not overloaded on the hops, but they are there.

Taste was probably the best part of this beer aside from the appearance! Nice roasted malt character, slightly roasted coffee and toffee undertones. A dry beer as you would hope for this style.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not overly carbonated, but still plenty of bubbles to excite your taste buds. A beer that covers your whole palate and leaves you wanting for more, but yet is not heavy even on a hot (all be it a rain cooled afternoon)!!

Drinkability is good. I am good usually for one dark beer a day unless it is high in the hops! So while I could not drink tons of this....it is a very drinkable beer!

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Photo of stinkydaddy
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a – dark malt with toffee. roasty. slight nuttiness as it warms. little hops.

a – thick cappuccino head lingers and laces. dark brown with garnet when held to light.

f – roasty with malt sweetness. chocolate & espresso. balanced. picking up astringency from pecans but not in a bad way as it helps to balance the malt.

m – creamy. med-heavy body. excellent carbonation.

o – excellent robust porter with pecans used to good effect. nice looking beer. outstanding flavor and mouthfeel leave me wanting more.

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Photo of AustinEric
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bartlett's. Proud to have this brewed in Austin. Kind of a one note taste, but the look and feel are top class porter. Carbonation? The feel is smooth and creamy as it should be.

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Photo of flip387
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 4.0

Dark brown in color, no light passes through this porter. Slim foamy head.

Smell: 4.25

Pecan flavors are present and other hearty malts most likely chocolate.

Taste: 4.25

Dark flavors consisting of pecan and chocolate with a medium to heavy body.

Mouthfeel: 4.0

Slight carbonation and hoppy taste , leaves a slightly bitter after taste.

Overall: 4.25

This is a great dark beer with the flavors of Austin Texas, the pecan is pleasant, but doesn't over due the other flavors of bitter malts and chocolate notes. I would recommend this one to any porter lover out there.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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)!

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a bit shy of black but an extremely dark brown with subtle hints of amber at the edges when you hold it up to the light. Half finger tall dark tan head with great head retention. Also, significant lacing can be observed,

S: Sweet roasted malts with hints of burnt coffee and pecans.

T: Very nicely balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness. Starts with sweet roasted malts, follows with hints of pecan, and finishes with a burnt coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink - I could easily have had another couple of these and would very much like to on my next visit to Texas. A great beer for the fall to winter - the tastes remind me of sitting around a fireplace with family at the holidays.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Sampled as an 8 oz pour into a goblet during (512)'s 6th Anniversary... poured out of a carved pumpkin "keg"! The pumpkin didn't seem to add to the always enjoyable flavor. Rich, sweet, roasted malt flavors abound (coffee, chocolate), with light bitterness to balance and some earthy, almost smoky notes. Medium body and carbonation, very drinkable, even in 80 degree heat on a sunny October afternoon in Austin.

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(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
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