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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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118 Reviews
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 655
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 125
Gots: 126 | 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: 118 | Hads: 655
Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler sent to me from beerhunter76, reviewed the day after I received it. Poured into a Stone chalice...

A: Very dark pour, oily with no head, minimal carbonation...opaque with slight traces of red along the edges of the glass. Very dark for a porter.

S: Chocolatey sweetness and nuttiness, solid roasted malt backbone shows a light dusting of coffee aromas. Maybe a hint of dark caramel or molasses...

T: Follows the nose, and suffers a bit from lack of carbonation. There is a nice chocolatey sweetness, cocoa, some flashes of dry nuttiness, and some roasted bitter notes of coffee. Dry nutty finish. As it warms some pecan and more dark caramel emerges.

MF: Tough to gauge, obviously I'd like more carbonation...as it is, its drinkable and a bit oily/heavy/syrupy.

O: Really pleasant porter with a good flavor profile. Not life-changing, but a beer that could be a really good everyday drinker. Not too sweet, but definitely leans towards chocolate, caramel, and pecan, which is a good thing in my book. (1,013 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied and interesting without being overly flavorful. Near black in the pint shaker with a modest head and some lacing along the glass.

Dark caramel flavor, a touch of bitter chocolate, and something like nuts. I guess it's the pecans, though the flavor doesn't jump out at you. I wouldn't describe it as buttery, but there is a hint of that acetyl taste. Some bitterness along with a distinct grainy flavor. A walnut shell bitterish taste along with a slight sourness of the burnt barley sort. Not much of a fragrance.

An okay quaff, and more interesting than a lot of Porters. On tap at the Double Horn brewpub in Marble Falls. (639 characters)

Photo of beesy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On vacation in Austin ordered on tap at whip in, this was poured in a way to eliminate the head sadly. Anyways this pours a pitch black with a minimal tan head. The smells are of nuts and dark roasted malts. The feel is medium. The taste is great a load of bitter dark malts along with a nice nutty flavor. (306 characters)

Photo of Ford
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Buffalo WIld Wings in Webster, Texas.

This is a great Porter. Can I taste pecans? I'm not sure. I think they are there. There are the regular porter flavors it seems.. coffee, chocolate... at least to me.

All I know is it's such a good beer. Not one you can drink one after another, but enjoying a pint every now and then is a nice way to finish off a meal. (370 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Deep-Ellum for their Texas Beer Takeover event for the release party of Brash's The Bollocks. Served in a pint glass.

A- An opaque jet-black with about a finger of light creamy slightly bubbly mocha brown head that has good retention, but dissipates slowly. Some spotty mocha lacing. About average carbonation.

S- Pecans, dark chocolate, light roasted malts, some espresso, about average aroma strength.

T- Lightly toasted pecans, some almonds, a tiny bit of sweet dark chocolate, light espresso, lightly sweet, with a pecan slightly chocolate malty aftertaste.

M- Smooth, drinkable, about average carbonation, lightly creamy, abv well hidden.

O- This was a very nice porter that I'm glad I got the chance to try on-tap (first time it's been served in MA). It had a nice pecan taste balanced with chocolate malts with an excellent drink-ability. Definitely not nearly as good as other porters I've had such as Founders and HF Everett. To reach that level it would have needed a little bit more flavor/sweetness and creaminess. Overall well done and I recommend trying some if you get the chance. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown. Almost black, but not quite. Forms a thick dark tan colored head that has good retention. Some light lacing.

S: A lot of barrel comes through on this one. Oak, vanilla, and a lot of alcohol. Actually this one comes off as fairly hot.

T: sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, molasses, raisin, and chocolate. Lots of alcohol on the finish.

M: on the heavier side of medium with medium carbonation, very mild bitterness, and lots of spicy, hot alcohol.

O: a nice porter, but the alcohol really comes through to the point of distraction. if there is pecans in this beer, you'd never n
Know it. (623 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston. Review from notes.

A: Pours pitch black, pretty much opaque. A two finger whispy, tan head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky spiderweb lace is left. This is a looker.
S: A soft nutty aroma. Roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream coffee. A light sweetness of vanilla in the nose. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Nutty, roasted pecans, light roasted malt. Some smoke. Milk chocolate, toffee, coffee. Really well balanced. Love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Velvety smooth and soft. The perfect amount of carbonation for a cask. This is like silk. So easy to drink. I have lost count how many times I have enjoyed this on cask.

One of the true treats in Texas is enjoying this on cask. Near perfect. I can not recommend this enough. (781 characters)

Photo of pgfault
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (373 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)

Photo of Momar42
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Rockwall, TX

A - very dark brown/black with medium-tan foam. Not much head on the unseen pour and what is there vanishes immediately with virtually no lacing.

S - Faint hints of char, sweetness but try as I might, I could not pick up in pecans or nutty aromas. Solid nose on this beer, just didnt meet my expectations.

T - almost all the taste is on the front side of the drink. Matches the nose closely but finally able to detect sublte nuttiness. Again, would have liked more pecan to help distinguish it from several other quality American porters. To me, this style is lacking when brewers dont add unusual (for porters) flavor. Solid flavor for the style tho, thus the score.

M - Like a good porter should, coats the mouth briefly and finishes clean...cleaner than a majority of the ones I have had recently actually. Well done here.

O - Not too overwhelmed by my first (512) brew sadly. I am sure their whales have more character but I was just (perhaps unjustly) hoping for more. However, this is a really good example of the style and I would reach for it over a majority of other American porters if it had ANY distribution near me. Solid porter. (1,209 characters)

Photo of edwardsw
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of jaymesbawned
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (442 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Travis224 for the hook-up!

Opaque black color with a light brown head that leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Awesome aroma of chocolate, a bit of stone fruit and roasted grains. The pecan is subtle but comes out a bit as the glass empties and warms a bit.

Big flavor with the malts, hops and pecan all well integrated into a pretty, round whole. Roasty, sweet in the middle with a crisp dry finish.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied but with some finesse - not too heavy.

A great American porter - one of the best I have had! (548 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of GrayHam
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Black Star Co-op.

A: Opaque black with small, tan bubbles. Moderate head
retention and lacing.

S: Very nice. Sweet, roasted malts and a subtle but noticeable
pecan presence.

T: Excellent. Near perfect balance and no off flavors.

M: Medium carbonation and body. I wish it were a tiny bit less
carbonated.

O: They have really dialed this one in. Didn't used to be a fan,
but I am now. (405 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours the color of smoke and char, topped by a foamy head the color of cocoa. Full of all sorts of roast aroma, and just a touch of mellow maltiness to round it out. You don’t taste the pecans until you start to sip, and even then it’s not as apparent as you might think. The pecans play a role, as the name implies, but it’s in conjunction with a lot of roasty coffee, some dark chocolate, and a touch of hoppy bitterness to keep it engaging. Seriously folks, this is one of my favorite porters. I had it at the tail end of its release last year and I’m glad I’ve been in Texas long enough to try it fresh this year. Look for it on hand pump—it's also an amazing candidate for cask conditioning.

[9/11 review] Had on cask at the Draughthouse in Austin. They have such a limited distribution for this that I'll take it when I can get it.

Served in a nonick pint glass. Pours a delicious black with a good amount of head. Great carbonation, strong roasty aroma and dark coffee in the nose. Great body, and on cask it works so well that i might *might* not be able to drink it on tap again. I kid, I kid. But on cask, wow! Needless to say, tastes fantastic. Smooth oily mouthfeel, sharp roastiness, some coffee. I don’t taste the pecans at first but the smoothness and residual sweetness is there as it warms. Definitely reminds me of a pecan coffee, where there’s a balance of sweet & savory through the roast. This is a seasonal that has a limited distribution and I wish they’d bottle it so i could take it with me. (1,541 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz->(512) Glass
On-tap at Mellow Mushroom

A ~ Black with a butterscotch head. standard in appearence for a porter. There's light webs of lacing.

S ~ Molasses-sweetness & toasted grain
with an undercurrent of burnt coffee notes

T ~ BIG handfuls of heavily roasted grains & coffee. Milk sugar & caramelized pecans mid palette. Slight hoppy resins.
Touch of chocolate cake batter. YUM!

M ~ Would like for a little more balance in terms of sweet maltyness & bitter roast notes. Hop resins play well in the mix of things.

D ~ Pretty easy to drink, but did not pair well with food as I hoped. A good porter, heavy on the roast. (633 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to johnsaulrubio for sending this to me.

Growler poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger dark to medium tan head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Nutty and old coffee.

T - Similar, Very nutty with a coffee finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Ok, but nothing really stood out here to me. (364 characters)

Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Gingerman, Rice Village, pint glass

A: pours a dark brown almost black with dark brown thick foamy head. Nice lacing

S: coffee and nutty, woody and smoke. A good sign

T: more of the same. Coffee and nutty flavors dominate

M: smokiness lingers with a creamy texture on the tongue

O: very solid. But no distinct pecan flavor but who cares? (357 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer at “The Ginger Man” last night, it was my first time visiting this establishment and was pleasantly surprised by their abundant local beer selection.

A: The beer poured a dark ashy brown that was topped with a small head and exhibited some lacing.

S: Earthy malts with coffee and chocolate undertones.

T: Slightly nutty with subtle coffee and chocolate as indicated by the scent, unfortunately they faded quickly and didn’t deliver enough flavor in my opinion.

M: Medium bodied, relatively high carbonation.


O: Good porter, but not up to par with many others I’ve tasted. (604 characters)

Photo of Bunginus
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appears as close to black as you can get. About 3/4 inch head that laces nicely throughout the drink.

Smells of coffee, pecans and dark chocolate.

First taste is impressive. Goes through the gamut of chocolate, coffee and nuttiness. Hops accentuate all the characters and balance well with a good bit of malts. Best porter I've tried, leaves room for more. Only minus is an average mouthfeel, which may not be a minus for some. Wonderful beer! (478 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my "beer supplier" from TX, exiled. Jason sends me beer pretty much constantly. On this occasion he surprised me with a growler of 512 PP. A long time want. Thanks Jason. You are a great BA.

Growler split with like minded beer geeks. Poured into a globe.

A: Pitch black with a good amount of cascading head. No carb problems on this growler. About a half finger of mocha hued head settles on top and fades leaving soapy lace.

S: Roast black coffee, chocolate, smoked pecans and a touch of vanilla. Smells like some sort of concoction from Starbucks.

T: The flavors are smooth and seamless. Rich roast coffee melds with Sweet smoked pecans. Hints of vanilla and chocolate give this an extra layer. It actually finished with a slight hoppy kick.

M: Medium creamy body. Smooth carbonation but not flat.

O: Very tasty and well done porter. Would love to have regular access to this. Thanks again Jason. (924 characters)

Photo of kcbearkat
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at The Flying Saucer Houston

A: Dark mahogany, with a thin brown head had a nice cling to the side of the glass.

S: Smells like mild coffee, slight chocolate smell.

T: Bitter coffee and slight chocolate. This lingers for a few minutes, but the finish is tasty.

M: Light bodied, thin for it's style. Could drink several in a row without feeling full.

O: Great beer. I only wish they bottled it regularly. Tasty but not life changing. (444 characters)

(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.