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(512) Bruin - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Bruin
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
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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Photo of jheezee


4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-15-2011 02:32:35 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-12-2011 22:15:21 | More by drummermattie02
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-12-2011 22:07:45 | More by SquidVicious
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3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pretty dark mahogany, redish around the edges, nice head with medium retention.

S: Alcohol, rich malt, some hops, nothing extraordinary.

T: Very dry, but very balanced. Nutty and rich, but never overpowering.

M: Not as exciting as I'd hoped. My waitress pitched this to me as a double brown ale, but I felt it was lacking in body somewhat.

O: This was a tasty beer. I got it for 3 dollars on tap. Great session beer, highish alcohol, just didn't quite pack the punch I thought it would.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 09:33:35 | More by jkanavel
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-02-2011 02:17:58 | More by profoundlypaige
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a pint glass. Pours a dark cloudy brown/hint of red with a nice half inch milk chocolatey head. no visible carbonation.

Smells very hop forward. caramel malt, sweet and bitter nose. medium spice on the nose, almost like ginger and pepper.

Tastes less hoppy than the nose, but still a nice bitter balance. Malty spiciness is still there, and very pleasant. Molasses. Dark figgy fruit sticks on the back.

Feels sticky and slightly chewy.

Overall, a very pleasant liquid concoction.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2011 01:26:03 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
Photo of kjkinsey


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-01-2011 17:49:57 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of mhenson42


5/5  rDev +26.9%

12-01-2011 05:12:55 | More by mhenson42
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-01-2011 00:05:06 | More by nickhiller
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-28-2011 21:22:15 | More by TenHornsProud
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-22-2011 21:33:57 | More by tjkinate
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-20-2011 06:54:56 | More by dehjosh
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-16-2011 01:14:55 | More by PhatAtUT
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-14-2011 17:03:10 | More by bentwookie
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 16:25:20 | More by jamescain
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 16:02:24 | More by JonathanCrites
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 02:06:56 | More by brentk56
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4.65/5  rDev +18%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 22:48:29 | More by NickTsU
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 23:00:53 | More by LittleDon
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 03:43:35 | More by Duttonic
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3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 03:20:17 | More by champ103
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 23:47:12 | More by UTCengOwl
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 21:05:25 | More by Mora2000
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 21:32:52 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: growler

11-21-2009 22:12:51 | More by Solomon420
(512) Bruin from (512) Brewing Company
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