(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 123
Gots: 118 | 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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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this on cask at Opals. It was served in a standard shaker pint and the beer is a dark, dark brown with a tan priest's collar.

The aroma is of toasted malts, brown sugar and a hint of pecans.

Served at correct cellar temp, the beer is slightly woody with mild roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and those pecans in the background. I wish they would up the nut notes a bit.

The mouth is silky smooth but it thins a bit in the end. Drinkability suffers a bit from the wood notes. Perhaps a cask at the end of its life?

Glad I got to try this one. It's decent, but a bit of tweaking would push it into the excellent category.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with coffee and pecan scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt that gives off coffee flavors and some pecan

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a damn good porter with a southern twist thats very easy to drink this is one of those beers you have to get if you see it around on tap

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

I had this at Gingermans when I traveled through Dallas. This was a nice robust poster with some nutty aormas. It was a hefty ale with a tonn of flavors. Those notes are choclate, coffee and definitly some nutty flavors as suggested in the title of the beer. it finished very dry. This was a decent selection. Not my favorite porter, but a well made beer.

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at BJ's in Round Rock. I normally go for the hoppy stuff but I've been thinking more and more about porters so I gave this a try. I'm glad I did. It's creamy and smooth with lots of chocolate and nuts in the flavor. The aroma has coffee but not so much in the flavor. This is a fantastic beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of deadliest
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.77/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/30/2010 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a very dark reddish brown color body, small tan color head. Roasted aroma, some coffee, some sweetness too. Slight pecanness. Sweet taste, roasted. Very sweet, maybe pecan, maybe. Very roasty flavor, very watery. Too much alcohol or something. Ashy. Not a fan. Dark fruit, too much.

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

From notes, on tap at Ginger Man in Austin. Nearly black, thin tan head fades, minimal lacing, inviting. SMELL roasty, nutty, malty sweet. TASTE roasty, nutty, malty sweet. Smooth, balanced, clean finish. FEEL mediumb body, slightly viscous, clean finish. Easy drinking, mellow, smooth, tasty.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.