(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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92
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639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
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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Ratings: 639 | Reviews: 128
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
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+

Photo of stinkydaddy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of fizzgig
3.28/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of Premo88
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of flip387
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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 MattLBC
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Imperial pint glass at BD Riley's in Austin. Nice toasty finish, a bit nutty front but not Newcastley harsh. Small head, slight earthy aroma, I identified as pecan only because of the name. A good drinkable porter, not the best I have had but if it is on tap it is worth a pint.

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 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 FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1687th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@TheGingerMan
Plano, TX

App- Black like a stout which was a welcome suprise. The beer itself pours with a nice head for a porter was again a good suprise. Light khaki with some spotted cling.

Smell- Really a nice aromatic porter. The base malts are hidden and the pecan really comes through with a bit of cream behind it. The malts are hidden but still there is more of a correct statement.

Taste- A semi-layered porter. Had a ton of upfront pecans with some creamy malty notes that came off a bit more than the 8%. Was a tasty porter and nicely balanced without being cloying.

Mouth- A bit of a light body with a light-medium carbonation. A bit smooth with a lot of residual pecan flavor.

Drink- I really enjoyed this one. Much better than the base beer was. I'd like a couple bottles of this.

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 mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of beesy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Ford
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

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 Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of pgfault
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Momar42
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of edwardsw
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of jaymesbawned
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of CliffBrake
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.