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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 107
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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Photo of kungpao
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at the Petrol Station in houston.

A- Dark brown, with little to no visibility when held to the light

S- roasted malts, a little bit of coffee, not as much pecans on the nose end when compared to taste.

T- This is a very tasty brew. Upfront tastes of roasted malts with a bit of mollasses or brown sugar. Finishes pretty dry, with a definate pecan aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation, spot on for a porter style beer

D- I could easily drink two or more, though Im sure drinkability fades with quantity.

I'd say this was the best tasting porter I've ever tried to date. Simple and straight forward, this beer doesn't over complicate things and pecans seem to compliment the style perfectly. Does this beer taste better because I am from, and reside, in Texas? Probably, but I'm ok with that. As I sipped my brew, memories of hanging out underneath the pecan tree as a youngster came rushing back. Kudos to 512 for representing Texas and making a really great porter.

kungpao, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of fjordhook
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very dark brown color, pretty much black and has a minimal head. Smells were malts, coffee, and of course pecans. The taste reciprocated the smell, the pecans blended beautifully. Very tasty. Smooth beer when first sipped, but finishes with a nice bite that didn't take anything away from the beer.

fjordhook, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer. Pours black with basically no head. Aroma is roasted malt along with a little bit of coffee and some pecan nuttyness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with the pecans being the star of the show. Medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and one of the best beers I have tried from Texas.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

sprucetip, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap about a month ago... old notes that I didn't date at least...

A: Dark brown, nearly black. More than an inch of very tan head. Beautiful appearance. Good lacing.

S: Very coffee like aroma, and an earthy smoke. Not much pecan on the aroma, but I'm not sure I could pick out pecans by smell.

T: Dark malts. Smooth molasses, smoke, a little nuttiness I guess but maybe I was anticipating more pecans.

M: Solid body, very nice.

D: I could have many of these, definitely a go-to beer.

aggiearcher13, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 07.01.09 in notebook while traveling to the great city.

Nose is dark and malty with nice roasted malt, sugar, and dark fruit. Hints of vanilla. Smells good.

Pours jet black, almost no head. Looks pretty good.

Nice dark malt with great roast, powdery dryness, dark sugar, roasted bitterness. Woody earthiness that may be the pecans. Kind of savory... perhaps notes of DMS, maybe. Finishes like dark almost burnt toast or very dark bread. Dark fruit sweetness. Mild nutty oiliness. Wonderful coffee notes, some dark chocolate. Tastes quite good. Feel good. Great drinkability.

A great example of Robust Porter. It's dark, strong, and balanced. Dry and roasty. Almost smells like a sticky molasses spill.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great beer from another great Texas brewery. I, of course, am not without my nits to pick, but this beer was delightful.

A: A rich mahogany brown with a finger of coffee colored head that left a fair lacing on my plastic cup at Petrol.

S: Big roast and booze on the nose. Some brews are deceptively high in alcohol because they mask the booze notes on the nose. This brew goes in the opposite direction.

T: Big burnt malts and smoke go hand in hand with the nose...so does the alcohol, but to a mercifully lesser extent. This brew has a fantastic intense roast to it. My only complaint is the deceptive name. I could neither smell nor taste the pecans.

M: A little heavy, but otherwise spot on for the style. Smooth as roasted silk.

D: Definetly sessionable due to its low ABV. I found this beer most pleasing on a cool night.

DeathbySexyBT, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of tedpeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler in trade from thickerfreakness.

A - Poured black into a pint with a huge mocha colored head (2 inch) that subsided to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Nutty, smokey.

T - Very subtle pecan taste. Roasted flavor, slight bitter finish. Pretty balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium carbonation.

D - Yes. The pint went down way to easy.

tedpeer, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Opal Devines. Pours a deep, dark brown with frothy brown head. The aroma is very sweet - brown sugar, some nuttiness, and a bit of earth from the hops. The taste is malt dominated, with some nice balance from the hops at the end. The pecan flavor is present but subtle, as I am told they use real pecans, and not a flavor syrup. Overall, very drinkable and delicious, and worth seeking out.

DousedInStout, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top growler received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a layer of teensy bubbles, with lace that falls at an average pace. Aroma is nutty dark malts. Taste is roasty and chocolate sweetness to start, nuttiness in the middle, and closes with a burnt bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Interesting spin on the style.

ppoitras, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

tai4ji2x, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of vdread
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(512) Pecan Porter
1 pint on tap

i tried this one at the flying saucer earlier this evening. i had my notebook with me, so i did a review as i drank it. it was one of the best beers i've tried.

deep black color with nearly no light passing through and a medium sized tan head with low retention. smells of burnt toast, roasted coffee, slight nuttiness. tastes creamy and slightly bitter. roasted malts and nuttiness dominate. smooth and creamy mouthfeel. pleasant and easily drinkable.i could sip these all day.

i am continually being blown away by the general greatness of craft beer. beers like this are the reason we don't drink bud light. i just wish i could pick up a sixer of 512 at a gas station...

vdread, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

deltatauhobbit, May 15, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass an opaque black color with a fine-bubbled dark tan head. Nice retention and collar with just a few hints of lace. A good looking brew.

Smells mainly of roasty malts and some west coast hops. Milk chocolate and cocoa are also there. Fresh and sweet. I dont get much, if any pecan on the aroma.

Taste is a bit thin and has a hint of sourness, is there a bit of sauer malt in here? Not tasting much pecan in here either, has a bit of a nutty tannin-like feel to it though. It's an ok beer, but it did not live up to the hype for me, but I would be willing to try it again to see if my feelings change.

twiggamortis420, May 15, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, with a half inch thick dark head. Smells mainly of chocolate and roasted malt. Tastes rather creamy with a distinct coffee like bitterness. Theres a hoppy bite to it as well with a nice chocolate finish. It's a good beer but where are the pecans? I dunno if my palate just sucks or what but I couldn't taste them.

drunkboxer1, May 04, 2009
Photo of aschwab
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the flying saucer in Austin.

A: Dark colored, looks right for a porter. About a finger-widths of head.
S: A slight pecan smell, as well as the usual smokey smell.
T: Not much pecan flavor in it, which is a good thing for me (not a big fan of pecans). I really enjoyed the flavor of it, a solid porter.
M: Good carbonation, what is to be expected from a Porter
O: I order it all the time when I see it on tap, refreshing for a porter.

aschwab, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

IBUnit63, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

CrellMoset, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint at yesterday's (512) spring open house.

Served a dark, dark brown with about half an inch of brown head. I smell a deep smokey/roasty malt and the nut character the name implies. All of the previous come out in the taste, along with a cola-like quality that reminds me of a much bigger beer, particularly of the old ale style. Mouthfeel was also a bit like cola, full and a little syrupy. Another unique offering from (512) that I feel fortunate to have so nearby.

Riccymon, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Redrover, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of BgThang
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at draught house.
By chance ran in to kevin and nate from 512 brewery who were chillin outside. They were very interested in my thought on this beer.

Appearance - still creamy cascading head that infiltrates the darkness. Was a little less head but still very creamy.The color is still very very dark hardly no lights can get in.

The nose still gettin roasted coffee, chocolate, raisin, hops, and some pecan. Also on cask the hops in the nose seem to come out more.

Mouthfeel - I get a creaminess coffee up front with some smokey roasted chocolates going on. Then after that the hops come through quite abit with the pecans on the back end coming in. Still Very light though. Medium body which seems to be even thinner a bit on cask. The hop profile really comes through on the backend before the nutty hits you. Was a nice surprise.

Drinkability - Having this on cask was slighty different than the draught itself. Most notable is the hop profile that comes through

Still a damn fine beer.

BgThang, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This growler was ferried to the area all the way from Austin via BGThang and his truck of beer goodness (well, following the flight to Louisville). Enjoyed at the Dilly Deli with Peanutski, the barkeep.

Appearance - pours an opaque brownish black. Maybe in brighter light there would be some hues along the edge, but not here in this setting. Initially a good half-finger of foam, the resulting thin ring of mocha leaves small dots and rivulets of lace running down the goblet.

Aroma - very roasty, a surprising burst of boozy solventy alcohol. 6.8% you say? You sure those numbers aren't backwards? This smells potent for sure.

Taste - charred malt, an expected initial hit of booze. There is a slight bit of smokiness on the front of the palate, turned prickly by the hot feel of the beer.The intense roastiness is sustained through the swallow, enhanced and dried out by some hops and tannic pecan nuttiness. As this warms some, the heat settles down and the malts and pecan reach another level, although a bit subtle. Just a better interplay between the two.

Mouthfeel - plenty smooth. The carbonation makes for a full bubbly feel in the mouth, and the weight is a little more than average.

Drinkability - if you like a smoky, nutty porter, this is far too sessionable for its own good. Thanks Ken!

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of cs45977
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quickly becoming one of my 'regular' beers. It is a solid well crafted offering by 512. IMHO the best offering of their line-up.

A - Very dark nearly black. small (one finger) of brown foam that leaves nice brown lacing while drinking this beer.

S - Roasted coffee and nut abound

T - Dry in the front with heavy roasted coffee flavors. The back/aftertaste brings out the subtle nutty pecan and seems to 'clean' the palate. There are some high alcohols pressent but never overpowering
It is the subtle nut flavor that makes this beer special. Without it it would be a fine porter but not unique.

M - Appropriate for a Porter

D - Very drinkable. There is nothing here to offend the easily offended and yet the beer still provides pleasant complexities that someone looking for a bit of a uniqueness can enjoy.

cs45977, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Billy's (not Uncle) in Austin
A- Deep black with no ruby edges, nice 1 inch beige head. Looks nice on the pour with decent lacing.
S-Smokey smell with some dark chocolate and pecan
T-First taste is like roasted coffee without too much bitterness, there is a smoked earth feel on the back end which is a great finish, the pecan taste is there but fairly subtle, chocolate is in there as well as well as a slight caramel/malt sweetness, very nice taste with a lot of good flavors
M-Creamy and full in mouth very good carbonation for style
O-Very very drinkable and i've found myself ordering this more as it gets colder

hopsleeroy, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks again for the hand bottled gift I received of this one. One of the first to come off the line, this unlabelled twelve ounce bottle arrived on my doorstep last week. I immediately through one in the fridge and got to work. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/23/2008.

The pour was very nice, deep, dark brown in color with a rich look to it. Some light hints of a reddish note poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of fine off white head forming on the top, nothing extreme though, maybe a half an inch or so. This faded down gracefully and left behind just a touch of lace on the edges of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and quite sweet as well. Rich notes of caramel, nuts, and a hint of brown sugar all playing very nicely. As it warmed up some hints of an earthy hop note started to take shape, as well as a nice underlying layer of grain. The flavor was just really top notch here. Rich and vibrant and amazingly complex. Starting with a wave of smooth caramel malts, evolving with an earthy hop tone that offered a nice balance to the sweet notes that had started it all. This was mellow and super smooth. Easing back down the original path, a nice touch of pecan then rolled across the tongue, mellowing out the finish and providing that last gasp of sweetness before the flavor finished out. Easily session able, I went through this one far too quickly, and the only factor I could come up with to say negatively about this is the feel was a touch under carbonated, but other then that, it was as solid as they come.

Overall this was an excellent beer, something I would love to try on tap and will be certainly looking for in the future. I would have to say this was darn interesting and definitely worthy of another look.

mikesgroove, Nov 26, 2008
(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.