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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

(512) Pecan Porter
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%


Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 10-29-2008)
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Momar42

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 08:12:49 | More by Momar42
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edwardsw

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 22:59:56 | More by edwardsw
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jaymesbawned

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-09-2012 15:12:45 | More by jaymesbawned
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.48/5  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!

Serving type: growler

02-24-2012 23:08:16 | More by CliffBrake
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 01:09:21 | More by dbrauneis
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GrayHam

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 17:20:41 | More by GrayHam
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elNopalero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 05:12:50 | More by elNopalero
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:04:51 | More by chocosushi
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 04:07:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 22:36:17 | More by roodie
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tjkinate

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 13:44:42 | More by tjkinate
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Bunginus

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 00:26:22 | More by Bunginus
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2011 16:39:18 | More by beerwolf77
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kcbearkat

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

07-13-2011 23:49:50 | More by kcbearkat
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info available.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this growler. Or as my soon-to-be uncle-in-law calls it despite my constant reminders, "grobbler".

A - The hiss from the screw cap signals carbonation! Short-lived cascading ends up with a low tan head with little retention / lace. The porter is almost fully black.

S - Abounding roasted chocolate malt gives this a great base! Big nuttiness compliments the chocolate roast well. A great earthy hop balance is an awesome addition.

T - Chocolate, cocoa, and heavily roasted malt blends well with the simple nuttiness in this brew,. A bit of a metallic finish though.

M - Acridly bitter and dusty-dry with a medium body and surprising crispness to the finish. Not too malty, this is a well-balanced porter.

O - Enjoyable nuttiness and chocolaty roasted malts blend well. The barrel-aged version of this has some serious potential. Good with sharp cheese too!

Serving type: growler

07-09-2011 17:57:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Phoenix2443

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: cask

07-08-2011 16:53:50 | More by Phoenix2443
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AnavelGato

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 21:04:51 | More by AnavelGato
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 20:17:14 | More by tronester
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 02:05:08 | More by DrJay
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jamescain

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 17:42:42 | More by jamescain
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jdense

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 23:13:06 | More by jdense
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videofrog

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 02:09:32 | More by videofrog
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2011 04:26:06 | More by AgentZero
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JayAre46

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 20:22:08 | More by JayAre46
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stercomm

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 00:58:30 | More by stercomm
(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.