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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 654
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 125
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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(512) Brewing Company visit their website
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: 117 | Hads: 654
Photo of tedpeer
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler in trade from thickerfreakness.

A - Poured black into a pint with a huge mocha colored head (2 inch) that subsided to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Nutty, smokey.

T - Very subtle pecan taste. Roasted flavor, slight bitter finish. Pretty balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium carbonation.

D - Yes. The pint went down way to easy. (365 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color with a thick caramel head with eternal retention and a wall of laces.
Nice aroma with notes of coffee, nuts, some dark chocolate and licorice.
Flavor of pecans (not lots of it), char, coffee, mild lactic, some mild spices and licorice.
Very dry aftertaste with an eternal residual taste.
Medium body giving a sensation of full body given its type of carbonation. Completely smooth and silky, I even had to look for nitro addition. Alcohol feels absent.
Very flavorful porter, not hoppy but with a roasted malty bitterness.
Ap.4,5 Ar.4 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4,25 (576 characters)

Photo of RDHerm
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to LukeM23 for the trade.

Pours a dark, opaque brown with coffee brown highlights. Has a dark tan had that starts quite thin, and dissipates into a nice ring that last for the duration and has great lacing.

Strong aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. Hints of bitter chocolate and a slight touch of roasted nuts.

Taste of roasted malts predominates, with undertones of dark chocolate and coffee. There is an ever present hoppy bitterness that's a bit weak at the start, but really picks up at the finish. The roasted pecan flavor really comes through in the aftertaste. It's not terribly strong, but it's very pleasant and the flavor lingers on the palate.

Lighter in body for a beer of this style. Great carbonation level. Very smooth, but a little thin. Dried out the pallet less than any porter I've ever come across, which makes up for the thinness and then some.

Before I knew it, I had sucked down the whole growler, so I'd say the drinkability of this one is high. (991 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a smokey tang of a porter that has a roastiness but no quality of nougat to the degree i would expect from the pecans. looks quite proper and smells of smoke and sour leather acid. earth sweet molasses. a bit metalic but that was a bad keg turnover. with a bit of air the beer smooths out. good but malt thin none the less.

as a result it seems this was a bad bar to have it at. poor poor turn over in plano's holy grail.

had it again a week later... at a better bar with more turn on the taps. creamy... coffee... nougat. roastiness and thick. last beer on a night of porter drinking. (588 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro pint at flying saucer in ft worth. Black with full finger of Nitro foam.

Silky smooth with a nice roast and sweet flavor. Pecan flavor not really noticeable but this is a nice beer nonetheless. Great flavor and mouthfeel. I'd order this again for sure (261 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by womencantsail at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with a tan finger head that left good lacing sticking to the glass. Nice coffee and roasted malt aromas with chocolate and booze notes. The flavor was big malt roastiness with slight nutty and chocolate accents. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet slight bitter creamy finish. Pretty drinkable but was a little too sweet for my palate. (444 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at Ginger Man in Dallas. Been wanting to try this ever since the growler I traded for last Summer burst in transit.
Nearly opaque black with a 1/4" creamy/frothy brown head that recedes to a glass-hugging ring. Leaves some lacing.
Smells good and porter-y; dark chocolate, smoke, char, cream, with subtle nuttiness.
Big smoky-pecany taste up front, with lots of dry, bitter dark chocolate. Charred wood finish. Very rich all the way through. The pecan taste is a little earthy, like raw pecan with a little of the shell in it. As a porter fan, this is an awesome tasting porter.
Typical for a porter, light bodied with a clean finish, smooth and silky.
I could drink a few of these, it's engaging, rich in flavor but light.
Very nicely done porter with a nice, subtle pecan influence. (802 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice suprise find at Flying Saucer in Nashville. Gotta love $4 pints.

The pour is dark brown color with a finger's worth (or so) of tan head.
Plenty of roasted malt, even a touch of smokiness comes through. The pecan nuttiness is there.
A very nice roasted porter base for this beer. The flavor is very complex, chocolate, pecans, coffee, and perhaps some sweet molasses too.
The body is medium with a low level of carbonation, but it doesn't detract from the beer. I was 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. (610 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,814 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of ballz50401
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Saint Arnold pint glass. Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a rocky dark tan head that has great retention.

Smell: Has nice strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and roasted malts. Wonderful smell to this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel: What a great blend of malts. Starts out with big roastiness then the chocolate and coffee flavors come though before finishing with a nutty finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a meduim body.

Drinkability: This is one of the better porters I have tried. A very solid overall brew. Very easy to drink for a high abv too. No problem finishing this growler off by myself. (687 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Strelnikov - thanks a bunch for the great opportunity!! Split w/ proteus93, dkachur, and IBUnit63 at a tasting.

Appearance: Pours a thick, inky brown body, capped by one-finger of tan head, bubbly, foamy, and even-looking, with average retention. While the head doesn't stick around for too long, the collar is thick, foamy, and pervasive, and the lacing - though not sheet-like or too sticky - is glittery, blobby, erratic.

Aroma: Surprisingly roasty - heavily so, in fact, almost smoky in places - with tons of toast, earthy smokiness, slight dirt, and, surprisingly, only a faint nuttiness, and not overwhelmingly pecanny in nature. It's about equal parts pecans, walnuts, and almonds, just very "generically" nutty. It's pleasant, authentic, and well-integrated, though.

Taste: Very nice, and very "porterish." Heavily toasted malts, faint bitter chocolate, earthy, dirty malts, faint smoke, and a nice solid nuttiness throughout, which augments the sweetness as it comes through. It tastes a little more like pecan in the mouth than it smelled like in the nose, and its presence evokes a few other notes - something like dark molasses, though that may be too many nights at Waffle House as a Georgia boy comin' through.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly even in a medium body, slightly creamy but still crisp, lightly milky. Very nice for the style, and very nice with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A really solid, drinkable, low abv% straightforward brew, perfectly pleasant. Really glad to have tried this one, and it makes me wish I lived in Texas - this is the sort of beer I could have half a dozen pints of with friends over the bar on a crisp autumn day. The pecans add a really nice dimension, and as I've said before, as a Georgia boy, I'm a huge fan of the pecan-infused brews. Recommended. (1,823 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good head for a bar pour. Leaves ring lace with streaks. Near black where no light shines through.

Full of aroma--plenty of cocoa. I must admit I don't know what a roasted pecan is supposed to smell like, but I do detect a nutty aroma I would describe as walnut. Mild smokiness.

Starts mild but the burnt malts really take over. The bodied is surprisingly thin. The aftertaste is like burnt toast. Bready. High carbonation. Despite the body, it still has a chewy element to the mouthfeel. (492 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Hopdoddy's in Dallas. Jet black with thin carmel colored head. Symphony of chocolate, roasted coffee and just a subtle hint of pecan. One of the top two or three porters I have ever had. Don't pass this one by if you have the opportunity to drink one (or four) :-) (276 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top growler received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a layer of teensy bubbles, with lace that falls at an average pace. Aroma is nutty dark malts. Taste is roasty and chocolate sweetness to start, nuttiness in the middle, and closes with a burnt bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Interesting spin on the style. (502 characters)

Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Opal Devines. Pours a deep, dark brown with frothy brown head. The aroma is very sweet - brown sugar, some nuttiness, and a bit of earth from the hops. The taste is malt dominated, with some nice balance from the hops at the end. The pecan flavor is present but subtle, as I am told they use real pecans, and not a flavor syrup. Overall, very drinkable and delicious, and worth seeking out. (407 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Friendly Spot, San Antonio, TX 4.21.11.

Half finger brown head, quick dissipation over dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Nose is dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla , not picking up any pecan/roasted notes, though perhaps due to beer being poured too cold. Roastiness picked up once it warmed. Taste features more roast than chocolate, big coffee hit, the pecan notes are more like roasted shells than nuts re smoked wood profile, backed up by grassy hops. Mouthfeel just on the heavy side of medium, good effervescence, pretty sticky. Interesting, more of a smoked porter, fairly nuanced and complex. One of the highlights of my SAT beer tour. Definitely worth seeking out. (700 characters)

Photo of Riccymon
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of cs45977
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quickly becoming one of my 'regular' beers. It is a solid well crafted offering by 512. IMHO the best offering of their line-up.

A - Very dark nearly black. small (one finger) of brown foam that leaves nice brown lacing while drinking this beer.

S - Roasted coffee and nut abound

T - Dry in the front with heavy roasted coffee flavors. The back/aftertaste brings out the subtle nutty pecan and seems to 'clean' the palate. There are some high alcohols pressent but never overpowering
It is the subtle nut flavor that makes this beer special. Without it it would be a fine porter but not unique.

M - Appropriate for a Porter

D - Very drinkable. There is nothing here to offend the easily offended and yet the beer still provides pleasant complexities that someone looking for a bit of a uniqueness can enjoy. (822 characters)

Photo of obrike
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back for another on tap at Alamo drafthouse Lake Creek in Austin.

Nice looking, black porter...not much head as it appears the pour went right to the lip of the pint glass.

Great smell...coffee, pecans, some chocolate. Very inviting.

Flavorful coffee and pecan taste...not too overpowering.

Quite drinkable...was about to order another when we got the last call...decided against it as I still had to drive home.

Overall a solid brew from 512! (449 characters)

Photo of kungpao
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at the Petrol Station in houston.

A- Dark brown, with little to no visibility when held to the light

S- roasted malts, a little bit of coffee, not as much pecans on the nose end when compared to taste.

T- This is a very tasty brew. Upfront tastes of roasted malts with a bit of mollasses or brown sugar. Finishes pretty dry, with a definate pecan aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation, spot on for a porter style beer

D- I could easily drink two or more, though Im sure drinkability fades with quantity.

I'd say this was the best tasting porter I've ever tried to date. Simple and straight forward, this beer doesn't over complicate things and pecans seem to compliment the style perfectly. Does this beer taste better because I am from, and reside, in Texas? Probably, but I'm ok with that. As I sipped my brew, memories of hanging out underneath the pecan tree as a youngster came rushing back. Kudos to 512 for representing Texas and making a really great porter. (1,017 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Ginger Man in Austin.
Looked black, but the lights were dim so there could have been a little colour. Dense tan cap, good head retention, some spotty lacing. Tons of roast in the aroma, nutty, milk chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. Roqst and bittersweet chocolate up front in the flavour, some fruitiness mid-palate, caramel sweetness, nutty, rich maltiness. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation, creamy texture and a bit os astringent dryness from the dark malts. Pretty good overall - I enjoyed my pint quite a bit. (543 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (520 characters)

(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.