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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Pecan Porter
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Reviews: 123
Hads: 671
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 26.76%
Wants: 127
Gots: 146 | 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: 123 | Hads: 671
Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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?

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Photo of tjkinate
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Bunginus
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of kcbearkat
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of Phoenix2443
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of AnavelGato
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of videofrog
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of stercomm
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of obrike
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

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Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kinupanda
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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)!

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(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.