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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 655
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: 655
Photo of Phoenix2443
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Gingerman last year, from my notes:

Appearance: Poured its usual thick dark brown-blackish color. Small brownish head.
Smell: This is where the cask made the difference! Strong roasted pecan smell with coffee tones.
Taste: Followed the smell a great deal, roasted pecans, coffee, milk chocolate. overall malty and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy for a porter but very drinkable even in the heat.
Overall: This is usually my go to when I'm looking for something a little indulgent. luckily its on tap all over the place here in Austin. I toast to 512's success and hope one day a six of this will sit my fridge. Until then I'll be filling my growler.

/homer review (694 characters)

Photo of AnavelGato
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (1,212 characters)

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

Served a pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Smells of sweetened espresso. Taste is a blast of fresh coffee up front, followed by a sweet toffee middle, and a smokey woody finish. Rich mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall a good porter I would get again. (260 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 jamescain
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the Draught House in Austin, Texas.

Appearance: Black with a nice tan head of about a finger high. After a mocha the head fades to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: I would say the best description of the aroma would be roasted pecans with notes of chocolate and caramel. The pecan aroma is subtle but it is definitely there and adds a nice character.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted pecans, a lot of nuttiness to the flavor. Again the pecans do not dominate the flavor profile, but they are there complimenting the overall character of this porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and lighter body than what I prefer, but it is a porter and not a robust porter, so that is to be expected. There is a creamy, smooth feel to the beer while drinking it.

Overall: I like this one a lot. It is getting pretty easy to find at different restaurants and is always a go to when the selection is limited. (930 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 videofrog
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown beer that looks just a touch brown in the light. Brown, carbonation bubble head rose a little late. Faded to a partial cap and then a small ring.

S - Roasted malts, pecans, chocolate, and some coffee. There are some slight lactic sour notes.

T - Taste is actully quite good. Roasted malts and pecans. There is quite a bit of chocolate on this one. Flavors all meld together pretty well. Only knock I have on this is a slight lactic sourness on the end. It gets a lot stronger as the beer warms up.

M - Nice body, soft carbonation. It's a little bit thin on the end. But not bad.

O - Actually a pretty good beer, if it wasn't for the lactic sourness on the end, this would be great. (695 characters)

Photo of JayAre46
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - on tap poured into a 512 pint glass 1 finger of light coffee or tan head that is clinging to glass as the head recedes, black opaque body. thick rings of lacing all the way down.

S - light roasted malts with little pecan, not impressed with the aroma.

T - again roasted malts, more pecan which im enjoying. not getting some coffee, chocolate spices are present with some oak dryness. light hops present pushing toward balance, chocolate after taste remains.

M - medium to full body, light carbonation very creamy love the mouth feel very soothing on the palate.

O - this is a solid brew, I wouldn't drink more than one personally but a great night cap, prime time would be cool evenings with a maduro. one day (717 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrives a dark almost black color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice with nutty chocolate, deeply roasted malt, and hints of coffee. The beer is very smooth, and the palate is left with some powdery dryness. Chocolate and coffee flavors are accented by a hint of smoke. The beer finishes with a kick. Complexity and plenty of depth to this one. Smooth and pleasurable. A well crafted brew. (403 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - very popular in Austin and a reliable go-to for a dark beer.

A - deep dark beer with very little tan head and almost no lacing.

S - smoky and dark malt; on cask it had a definite soy sauce character

T - super toasty malt with a smoky undertone. Powerful and with no bitterness. Looking far a nutty character and only finding a hint in the initial taste

M - very light with only a hint of carbonation

D - goes down very easy - an epic beer

Great, great beer. Go to Austin and drink it! (499 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 TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. It was dark brown-black and opaque, with a thin tan head that laces big-time, thick sheets on the glass. It struck me as a rich smelling stout, not so strong on pecans (until tasted), more chocolate and roasted malts (significant amounts of chocolate).

On tasting I get lots of cocoa flavors, very rich, with a little pecan in the aftertaste that I sure wouldn't guess at without first knowing it was there. It's more sweet than bitter. It's very thick feeling for a porter, this is a serious drink and I like it. (565 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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... (1,329 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 kinupanda
3.09/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a beautiful jet black, but that seems to be the best quality of the beer. Little head, but a nice reddish-tinged collar that promotes a minute amount of lacing. The nose is an obvious roasted malt, with nuttiness and perhaps some chocolate; the alcohol content is very strongly noticeable, however. The taste is nutty and bitter, as indicated from the scent. A creamy mouthfeel, but perhaps too dense and somewhat overwhelmed by the alcohol taste.

FourthBeer potential: AVERAGE. Not as drinkable as their Cascabel Cream Stout and possibly a bit overwhelming, but still decent for the style.

Note: I am willing to assume that this particular keg might have been an aberration, as I feel it has tasted better in the past, and might re-review in the future. (764 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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)! (935 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 deadliest
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with one of the darkest tan heads that I have ever seen sitting atop the obsidian liquid; while the head fades to a ringlet, it leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Roasty, unsweetened chocolate, nutskin bitterness and a touch of molasses

Taste: Roasty and fruity, up front, with a slightly sour element that is not inappropriate to the stylel; chocolate and dark fruit flavors fill out the palate, with a nutskin bitterness leading up to mid-palate; after the swallow, the pecan flavor becomes apparent and builds through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the way the pecan flavor added a nutty dimension to this beer - a boldy flavored porter with a balancing bitterness (763 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ½ finger of tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown, nearing black.

Aroma: Roasted chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, earthy hops. Nice.

Taste: Earthy hops, roasted nuts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Just like the nose, except here it has some vanilla. Good.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, a pretty awesome porter with some great flavors. Good drinkability. One of the better Texas beers I have had on my trip. (506 characters)

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

Thanks to LukeM23 for a grolwer of this beer.

Pours a dark black with a two finger head. Smells of roasted pecans, molases and Whoppers (the candy,)

Taste is superb. The pacans really come out in this. Hint of roasted coffee.

Nice thickness.

Great beer. (257 characters)

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

From notes 10/13/10. On-tap at Crickett's in Waco.

A- Dark and deep black/brown, non-transparent, one finger of brown head with a reddish hue.

S- Pecans, bitter chocolate, malt, heavy.

T/M- Medium/heavy body, bitter, chocolate, medium roast coffee, ridiculously creamy/whipped feel and finish.

D- This is definitely on my go-to list for any occasion. I am smitten. It defies conventional porters. It is not overly filling for how rich it feels. It is for sure one of the best beers made in the Lone Star State. (514 characters)

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