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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 672
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 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 bwood06
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass

A - Ultra thin head that is retained as a thin lacing. Beer is pitch black in appearance. Slight mahogany tint around bottom edge of glass. Unable to comment regarding carbonation level. 4.25/5

S - Very muted aroma with notes of molasses, pumpernickel bread, dark toasted bread, and an earthy nuttiness. 3.5/5

T - Very earthy and nutty profile overall which also features notes of brown sugar, tobacco, and grassy hops. Slightly sweet despite the earthiness of the beer which balances things out a bit. No lingering bitterness to the flavor. 4.25/5

M -Heavy but with a high carbonation burn. Somewhat chewy but the carbonation burn maintains a lightness that would not be achieved without the level carbonation that is present. 4/5

O - Very good Pecan Porter offering here. Nice to see a porter that is not crazy sweet or crazy dry or crazy bitter. Very well balanced between earthy, bitter, and sweet. There is a smoothness to this beer that some porters just don't achieve. 4/5

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer. Very dark with light head - nice clean malt taste and I get a nice hint of coffee and caramel. I don't get the pecans though which is good, as nobody really likes pecans. If we can bury them in beer, let's do that

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Photo of JFCLACK
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like coffee and pecans. Maybe a hint of toffee. Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State! Boldest and grandest, Withstanding ev'ry test; O Empire wide and glorious, You stand supremely blest.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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) :-)

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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 jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a 32 oz growler from Central Market in Fort Worth, Texas. Poured into a glass in Oklahoma one day after purchase.

Pours a thick dark brown almost black with a brown head. Excellent malty aroma with hints of maple and chocolate.

Flavor is outstanding. Dark chocolate, toasted grain, caramel, licorice, just a little bit sweet at first with a dry finish. Slight hops in the background.

Nice medium-full mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall, I wish they bottled this beer. It is very good.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of HipCzech
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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Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a very dark, deep brown body with a thinnish, khaki-toned head.

Smell: Pecan Porter has a roasty, subtly nutty nose with sweetish touches of chocolate and cooked sugar.

Taste: A flavor that mirrors the nose, with tastes of well-roasted malt, chocolate and burnt sugars. The pecan addition is appreciable but is not the focus of the flavor, here, remaining fairly light. Small hint of raisin. Hop character and bitterness remains low. Very minimal alcohol presence. Mellow, lightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While the pecans add a light, scant flavor and may leave you wanting, it still remains a nice, pleasant porter.

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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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour. Nose is pecan. Very nice nutty/chocolate flavor upfront. Body had a really nice roasted flavor. Chocolate, nut, malt, and espresso all come through. Medium bodied. Nice finish that is creamy espresso with a slight bitterness.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured black with an off-white frothy head that left lots of splashy lace.

S- Big chocolate, cocoa, nutty, brown sugar, and spice notes in the aroma. Very aromatic and rich aroma.

T- Big chocolate, cocoa, nutty, roasted malt, brown sugar, and some light spice notes.

M- Very creamy, smooth, silky, medium body, and dry finish. Incredible mouthfeel and just what I want in a porter or stout.

O- This is the first beer I have had from a Texas brewery on my trip in Texas and it has set the bar very high. This porter is incredibly flavorful, unique, and silky smooth. This beer reminds me of nutella with the big cocoa notes and nutty characteristics.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Stubbs in Austin. Have heard great things about this brew so excited to try it. Dark brown pour with creamy mocha head. Roasty and nutty aroma, but not much going on. Slight roast up front with a lingering nuttiness. Bunch of chocolate coming through as I go. Not sure if this is on nitro or what, but very low carbonation and maybe slightly watered down (or maybe I've been having too many stouts lately). Solid beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-draught at the Crown and Anchor pub in Austin, Texas. Expectations were high given its current ratings. Reviewed from notes.

A: Disappointingly, the nitro-pour doesn't yield the bubble show you'd expect in the best nitro-draught versions of the style.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of beautifully creamy soft complexion. Gorgeous. Head is a khaki-tan colour with great milk-like thickness and supple creaminess. Lovely surface tension suspends the creaminess. Light gleams off the even head. Nice consistent lacing as the head recedes. Retention is excellent - about 7+ minutes. Damn, I do love a good nitro head. Cask ale doesn't come close.

Body colour is an opaque solid black - not quite a jet black. Some cola-like carbonation bubbles line the sides. No yeast particles are visible. No vibrance (it's opaque).

Sm: Cream, pecan nut, chocolate malts, dark malts, roasted grains/barley, and hazelnut. Caramelized pecan is a highlight, but boy do I wish it was more evocative and deep; it's not as prominent as it should be. A pleasant approachable aroma of mild strength.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.

T: The creamy open gives way to a body comprised of your usual dark and chocolate malts, but it takes a turn for the better on the climax, whereupon pecan nut and a biteen of hazelnut come out to play. Some muddled caramelization. Hmm. Pecan should definitely be the star here, but it doesn't quite rise to the task. Balance is decent, but there's not much complexity here so it isn't much of a feat. Not gestalt. Not particularly subtle either.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Average amplitude. I do like it for what it is.

Mf: Nicely creamy, but a bit thin unfortunately. Smooth and wet - perhaps unnaturally so. It suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Decent/adequate carbonation. Decent body. Above average execution, but there's room for improvement.

Dr: Drinkable, but it didn't deliver on the potential of the premise. I'l revisit it - hopefully on-draught - but frankly I'm disappointed. It's a pretty nice little porter, but it really needs to commit more to the pecan flavour. Go big or go home.

High C+

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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 fizzgig
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Umami Mia Pizzeria in Austin TX.

A: Came in a pint glass. Looked like a porter, what little head it has vanished quickly.

S: Typical for a porter, roasted coffees, chocolates. No memorable hop smell.

T: Well done toast with slight cacao bitterness, little bit of coffee and faint hint of nuttiness presumably the pecans but nothing jumps out. The different flavors do swirl around for a second, making for an interesting moment. The menu said 30 IBU and for sure there was little hop bitterness there.

M: A bit watery for a porter, was hoping for more malts.

O: A very unoffensive porter but not highly memorable. If you give it to me I won't complain but next time I'll try something different. Not a good complement to pizza.

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Photo of Premo88
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Onion Creek in Houston
16 oz. standard pint glass

L: black brown with 1/4-inch tan head; what a stout/porter looks like.

S: wine, loads of malt and there's a distinct burnt note coming through; you can smell the pecans in there at times

T: smokey burnt oak/wood with burnt pecans; so much malt ... it keeps it sweet and helps balance out the darker "burnt" notes.

F: full ... a midweight to more with enough carbonation to keep it clean

O: i would LOVE to get a bomber or 6-pack of this for the house, so i could sit with it and study it much more closely ... but without question, it's awesome.

i've had it twice at Onion Creek, the first time by accident. a friend ordered it, didn't want it, so i traded my SA Santo for the pecan porter not really wanting to do so, but what a fortunate event! this brew was a major step for me in my efforts to get more comfortable with the stout/porter genre ... those pecans are too yummy.

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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 MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes served in a pint glass. It has a dark body with ruby/brown highlights in the light. Light brown head with good retention.

Chocolate, coffee, and pecans jump out. Not complex but very inviting. A little bit of caramel seems to come out towards the end of the glass as it warmed.

Lots of carbonation and a medium body. Washes away quickly leaving a roasty coffee and pecan aftertaste. Light chocolate flavor dominated by the coffee. Get a touch of caramel buried in there.

A great porter here. Hits on all cylinders.

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(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
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