(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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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: 640 | Reviews: 128
Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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 Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of kinupanda
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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)!

Photo of busternuggz
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at Ginger Man in Dallas. Been wanting to try this ever since the growler I traded for last Summer burst in transit.
Nearly opaque black with a 1/4" creamy/frothy brown head that recedes to a glass-hugging ring. Leaves some lacing.
Smells good and porter-y; dark chocolate, smoke, char, cream, with subtle nuttiness.
Big smoky-pecany taste up front, with lots of dry, bitter dark chocolate. Charred wood finish. Very rich all the way through. The pecan taste is a little earthy, like raw pecan with a little of the shell in it. As a porter fan, this is an awesome tasting porter.
Typical for a porter, light bodied with a clean finish, smooth and silky.
I could drink a few of these, it's engaging, rich in flavor but light.
Very nicely done porter with a nice, subtle pecan influence.

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 brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with one of the darkest tan heads that I have ever seen sitting atop the obsidian liquid; while the head fades to a ringlet, it leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Roasty, unsweetened chocolate, nutskin bitterness and a touch of molasses

Taste: Roasty and fruity, up front, with a slightly sour element that is not inappropriate to the stylel; chocolate and dark fruit flavors fill out the palate, with a nutskin bitterness leading up to mid-palate; after the swallow, the pecan flavor becomes apparent and builds through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really enjoyed the way the pecan flavor added a nutty dimension to this beer - a boldy flavored porter with a balancing bitterness

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ½ finger of tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown, nearing black.

Aroma: Roasted chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, earthy hops. Nice.

Taste: Earthy hops, roasted nuts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Just like the nose, except here it has some vanilla. Good.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, a pretty awesome porter with some great flavors. Good drinkability. One of the better Texas beers I have had on my trip.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LukeM23 for a grolwer of this beer.

Pours a dark black with a two finger head. Smells of roasted pecans, molases and Whoppers (the candy,)

Taste is superb. The pacans really come out in this. Hint of roasted coffee.

Nice thickness.

Great beer.

Photo of Duttonic
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 10/13/10. On-tap at Crickett's in Waco.

A- Dark and deep black/brown, non-transparent, one finger of brown head with a reddish hue.

S- Pecans, bitter chocolate, malt, heavy.

T/M- Medium/heavy body, bitter, chocolate, medium roast coffee, ridiculously creamy/whipped feel and finish.

D- This is definitely on my go-to list for any occasion. I am smitten. It defies conventional porters. It is not overly filling for how rich it feels. It is for sure one of the best beers made in the Lone Star State.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black. Near opaque. Medium brown head that leaves impressive lace, even a day after the growler was opened.

S: Coffee. Molasses? Roasted malt, some sweetness. Maybe dark fruit.

T/M: Sweet, dark fruit, some molasses, coffee-like bitterness in the finish, but no astringency. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, more stout-like, but without the bitterness and astringency I associate with non-sweet/non-Imperial stouts. Seems like this might be one of those boundary-blurring beers.

D: It's tasty. And it doesn't taste like alcohol, despite its fairly high gravity. So...tasty as a session beer, but can have undesirable side-effects of intoxication.

Photo of RDHerm
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to LukeM23 for the trade.

Pours a dark, opaque brown with coffee brown highlights. Has a dark tan had that starts quite thin, and dissipates into a nice ring that last for the duration and has great lacing.

Strong aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. Hints of bitter chocolate and a slight touch of roasted nuts.

Taste of roasted malts predominates, with undertones of dark chocolate and coffee. There is an ever present hoppy bitterness that's a bit weak at the start, but really picks up at the finish. The roasted pecan flavor really comes through in the aftertaste. It's not terribly strong, but it's very pleasant and the flavor lingers on the palate.

Lighter in body for a beer of this style. Great carbonation level. Very smooth, but a little thin. Dried out the pallet less than any porter I've ever come across, which makes up for the thinness and then some.

Before I knew it, I had sucked down the whole growler, so I'd say the drinkability of this one is high.

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 ballz50401
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Saint Arnold pint glass. Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a rocky dark tan head that has great retention.

Smell: Has nice strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and roasted malts. Wonderful smell to this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel: What a great blend of malts. Starts out with big roastiness then the chocolate and coffee flavors come though before finishing with a nutty finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a meduim body.

Drinkability: This is one of the better porters I have tried. A very solid overall brew. Very easy to drink for a high abv too. No problem finishing this growler off by myself.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask poured into a chalice at the Flying Saucer Addison. Black with a 3 finger tan head.

I'm writing from my short hand notes, so describtions will be minimal.

I was in a bar, so my already weak nose can't give a review of this.

The flavor is a wallop of carmeled malts and smoke flavor. As a Pecan fan, I was disappointed as I counldn't find the Pecans in this. I tried and tired and all I could tell that this was a pecan porter was the dryness at the end of the mouthfeel that could be from the pecans.

The mouthfeel was very thin for my likes in a porter, maybe it was a Cask that's been there too long.

Photo of denflyr
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught at the Flying Saucer Houston.

By the time it was served it had a nice 1/2'" head. Poured almost black with a nice "muddy" colored head.

Smelled mostly of roasted malt with just a hint of coffee. I tried to find the pecan on the nose, but I think it was still too cool to detect that. Not overloaded on the hops, but they are there.

Taste was probably the best part of this beer aside from the appearance! Nice roasted malt character, slightly roasted coffee and toffee undertones. A dry beer as you would hope for this style.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not overly carbonated, but still plenty of bubbles to excite your taste buds. A beer that covers your whole palate and leaves you wanting for more, but yet is not heavy even on a hot (all be it a rain cooled afternoon)!!

Drinkability is good. I am good usually for one dark beer a day unless it is high in the hops! So while I could not drink tons of this....it is a very drinkable beer!

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 jzm2500
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black and opaque w/ a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like a porter.

S/T/M- Smeels strongly of dark roast coffee, a little malt, and some dark chocolate. Taste is more of the same. Dark roast coffee flavor right up front..this is the dominant flavor from start to finish. However, there is a pleasant lingering sweet malt flavor on the finish. I have tasted a roasted nut flavor in the past, but I didn't notice it as much this time. Feels moderately thick in the mouth...Not quite as thick as I'd expected.

D- Good.

This is a good, drinkable porter. Nothing amazing here, but it'll do the trick.

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 Dixonian
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Flying Saucer in Addison-poured into a goblet.

nice white head that eventually disappeared atop a nice coffee color. the pecan comes through in the aroma as well as the flavor and is just right. roasted coffee and slight chocolate with the slightest ting of hops.

Porters are very much hit or miss for me and this one was a hit

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Michael for sending this one my way. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a finger's worth (or so) of tan head.

S: Plenty of roast comes through right away with a bit of bananas, which I was not expecting. The nuttiness is there and provides some interesting sweetness, along with a chocolate note.

T: A very nice roasty base for this beer. The flavor profile is sort of all over the place: sweet bananas, chocolate, pecans, coffee, and perhaps some molasses too.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

D: I'm 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 Gobzilla
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by womencantsail at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with a tan finger head that left good lacing sticking to the glass. Nice coffee and roasted malt aromas with chocolate and booze notes. The flavor was big malt roastiness with slight nutty and chocolate accents. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet slight bitter creamy finish. Pretty drinkable but was a little too sweet for my palate.

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 kungpao
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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