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(512) Bruin - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Bruin
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
At once cuddly and ferocious, (512) BRUIN combines a smooth, rich maltiness and mahogany color with a solid hop backbone and stealthy 7.6% alcohol. Made with Organic 2 Row and Munich malts, plus Chocolate and Crystal malts, domestic hops, and a touch of molasses, this brew has notes of raisins, dark sugars, and cocoa, and pairs perfectly with food and the crisp fall air.

(Beer added by: Riccymon on 11-07-2009)
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

dehjosh, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

tjkinate, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

profoundlypaige, Dec 02, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Dwtucker90, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of NickTsU
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Austin,TX Flying Saucer

A - Very Dark brown Rich Color head dissapates quickly.

S - Smells Malty and Fruity with Molasses notes.

T - deep fruits like a deep raison taste molasses and a kick at the end.

M - mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

D - I have had this beer twice now, on seperate occasions typically order atleast two when I go for beers. A great beer from 512, a must try 512 seasonal!

NickTsU, Nov 20, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Austin_M, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

htdoerge, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer at Freetail.

Appearance: Dark brown and hazy with a small amount of protein floating in the beer. The head was off white and about a finger thick. It faded into a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Banana and clove dominate with subtle spiciness and a bready aroma.

Taste: Dark fruits, banana, sweet maltiness and a slight chocolaty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body, easy to drink and smooth. Even at 7%ABV it is easy to put back a couple, even though you probably shouldn’t.

Overall: I really enjoyed it and was glad I got to try it. There was a little confusion between the people working at the bar as to what the style of beer actually was, I thought it was a weizenbock and they thought it was a dark strong Belgian style, but it turns out it is a brown ale.

jamescain, May 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

MisterGrizz, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Ford, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a coffe brown color; the ecru head sheets lace

Smell: Dark fruit and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Brown bread, fig and molasses, up front, with a sweetness that builds by mid-palate; fruity and malty after the swallow, with a hint of sweet chocolate that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusua take on the style; creative and enjoyable

brentk56, Dec 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bfizzy, May 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Furley80, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bayern1987, May 19, 2014
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Draught House on 10/29/2010. It was during Austin Beer Week and there was a sign for the beer with a growling bear outside. Awesome.

A - Very dark brown. Wonder what kind of crystal malts they used in this thing.

S - Surprisingly sweet. Malty and fruity.

T - Deep crystal malt flavors. Sweet. Brings up dark fruits, mostly plums. Has some spicy notes at the finish. Big and interesting. Reminiscent of a dubbel without the Belgian yeast characteristics.

M - Thick and rich. Can definitely feel the booze.

D - Definitely enjoyed my glass and I'll order it again... but I wasn't dying to get another glass right then.

UTCengOwl, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served in a snifter shaped glass at the Flying Saucer, Addison, TX. Black and opaque with a khaki head that quickly faded and had average retention. Very muted aroma of caramel. First sips had a bit of carbonation presents but revealed light dried fruit (prunes) and coffee through the middle. A touch of alcohol was noticeable but was quickly gone. Bittersweet finish with a medium body. Easy going down.

LittleDon, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 11/04/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear in Waco.

A- Deep, dark, brown. Good lacing, 1/2 finger light tan head.

S- Green raisins, brown sugar, and malt.

T/M- Medium/heavy body, sweet, mildly bitter.

D- This is in my top three brown ales. It is really, really good. (512) makes some phenomenal offerings, and this will not disappoint.

Duttonic, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of JonathanCrites
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Suacer in Houston.

A - Poured dark with a frothy head that smeared down the sides of the glass.

S - Strong mollasses and brown sugar aromas; enought to make my mouth water.

T - What a delicious beer. I asked our waitress what the style was before ordering and she said it was a black IPA. I really like that style so I ordered it and was shocked when I got this delicious Brown instead of an IPA. The hops are there but complement the malt instead of starring themselves. Absolutely delicious.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel and very smooth. There is something about 512's beers that feels really creamy and soft as you drink them.

D - At almost 8% ABV it is a little hard to have one after another and I think I drank it a little to fast because I got full very quickly. Good as a winter warmer.

JonathanCrites, Dec 17, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Draught House 41st Anniversary party. Randallized through Centennial hops.

Appropriately, (512)'s Bruin pours, well, brown. Murky, muddy brown with a good depth to the caramel core. A foamy sand head settles nicely, draping rings of lacing along the inside of my tasting glass (probably due to the hop addition). Aroma is a pleasing blend of caramel and toffee, with a light dusting of chocolate and coffee. The Centennial hops are faint-smelling, but throw in a pinch of musty, earthy citrus.

Very good flavor on this beer--in my opinion one of (512)'s better releases as of late. Loads of toasted caramel malt and rich, buttery English toffee lay down a thick, chewy backbone within which lighter notes of chocolate and citrus zest reside. The hops add a healthy dose of bitterness to the finish, but this baby is a bonafide MALT BOMB. Thick, rich mouthfeel that could use a touch more carbonation, but is otherwise a delight to consume. One of my top beers of the evening, which is saying a lot given the incredible line-up that the Draught House presented to its loyal, imbibing followers.

wagenvolks, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Solomon420
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this growler from BgThang (thank you sir). I am really digging 512 beers, their pecan porter is great too.

A: medium brown color, nice head formation and retention.
S: sweet aroma, almost like honey or molassess. wheat bread, ripe bananas
T: slight alcohol burn at first, but not over powering, but very noticeable. slight roasted caramel, wheaty bread, bananas. Nice malt bill with not too much hopiness. Perfect for a nice strong brown ale.
M: medium body at first, but the alcohol opens it up in the end and gives it more complexity. Its a great ride for sure.
D: I find this very drinkable, nice balance and texture to this beer. I just may be able to finish the growler within one sitting.

A pleasure to drink. Thanks again BgThang

Solomon420, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled a double brown ale by the brewery, and "at once cuddly and ferocious."

Served from the tap a robust-looking brown color with a solid finger of head filling up the brewery's own pint glass. Bruin looks a little prettier than your run-of-the mill brown, and if there can be such a thing as a double brown, this appearance seems fitting.

Aroma from Bruin is a little muted by the temperature of the beer, but in time nice roasty malt notes come through, along with a bit of hops. These same hops are the first thing I notice when I sip. They're not in-your-face bitter and don't skirt the edges of the style, but rather they complement the more traditional maltiness of Bruin while still being a dominant aspect of the beer. The flavor really reminded me of a Sierra Nevada beer in the way the hop notes were so well-integrated and balanced that they seemed natural. Well done, (512).

Mouthfeel was a slight letdown, as I was hoping for a more substantial body from this self-proclaimed double. I expected something creamier like I'd experienced in DFH's Indian Brown or Palo Santo. Nevertheless, Bruin did drink smoothly, and it was an improvement on the watery mouthfeel I've often found in lesser brown ales.

I found Bruin to be a winner-- easy to drink and well-crafted. It's a privilege to have the likes of this beer and (512) Pecan Porter brewed locally.

Riccymon, Nov 07, 2009
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(512) Bruin from (512) Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.