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(512) Bruin - (512) Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Riccymon on 11-07-2009

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.
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.23/5  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

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip-In during a recent trip to Austin.

The beer pours medium brown with a light tan head. The aroma is sweet malt with some dark fruit. The flavor is caramel malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, citrus hops and some light smoke. Some alcohol is also present. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask-conditioned but served via traditional CO2 tap. Shaker pint glass appears a very dark brown color, looks pretty hazy in the glass. Creamy tan foam adorns the top of this pseudo-pint glass.

Nose is super malty and fruity...almost to the point of being musky; not unlike sour cherries. Malts are like heavy caramel syrup. Maybe a bit of herbal hops in here, but the near-sourness/raspberry syrup nose is the most prominent.

Very heavy beer with the malts playing the most prominent role - dark, cherry infused toasted toffee. Burnt toast mingles with some dark raisins, but the fruitiness found in the nose is nowhere near as prominent in the taste. Little bit of hops are in there to help with some sort of semblance of balancing, but this thing is hellified malty. Mouthfeel is very full and almost chewy. Carbonation is low, as expected from a cask conditioned beer. The closest thing I can compare this to is an English Old Ale. Pretty tasty and filling, not sure I would want more than one of these in a sitting.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Queen Vic in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. At first a one finger beige head forms, but recedes in a second. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Some citrus hops up front, and sweet malt lingering. I don't get a lot out of the nose.
T: At first a big citrus hop flavor is prevalent. As it warms up lots more malty flavors come out. Toasted malt, toffee, light chocolate. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. At well over 7% ABV this is pretty easy to drink. I could put back a few easily.

Really enjoyable. There might be a bit to much alcohol for me to make this an everyday drinker, but something I really enjoyed. 512 continues to impress me. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pint glass from a cask at petrol station

A: murky dark brown. zero head.
S: bakers chocolate, toffee
T: sweet. almost cola-like. definite hop presence, but subtle enough. cracker-like biscuit.
M: thin and no carbonation, but it was cask. a little syrupy and sticky.

overall, I enjoyed the taste. would like to try again from a regular keg.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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(512) Bruin from (512) Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.