(512) Pecan Porter
(512) Brewing Company

(512) Pecan Porter(512) Pecan Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #18
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,516
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 10.84%
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
809
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(512) Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Year-round
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92
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(512) Pecan Porter(512) Pecan Porter
Notes: 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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Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy black with a moderate tan head settling to a bubbly thick and creamy blanket clinging in wobbly ridges.

A nutty tobacco roast is accented by semi-bitter cacao and a little woodiness, as the smooth, silky medium body has a light crackly carbonation before its paper dry finish.

There are hints of vanilla within an otherwise nondescript tang, but it's not really very pecany overall. Angry Chair's nuts have spoiled me rotten.

Apr 17, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 3/14/2020.
I have had this beer on tap many times but it's been a few years. I was excited to find out they started bottling it.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark brown with a quarter inch of tan head from an aggressive pour. The head recedes rapidly. 3.00
The aroma is close to medium-low and of chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. 3.5
The taste is medium-high in strength and has flavors of high quality dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, a little pecan, and some char. The moderately bitter finish is long lasting. 4.5
The mouth feel is just below medium, moderately creamy, and has light carbonation. There's a very light level of astringency. 4.00
Overall, the flavor is world class and makes up for the average appearance. I had difficulty waiting for it to warm up because it tastes so good. 4.25

Mar 23, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a roasted malt smell with lots of caramel and a little bit of molasses and chocolate. Along with these smells comes some light nutty smells as a little tiny bit of herb.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather molasses and caramel brown bread and toasted malt taste that has just a touch of nuttiness. The sweetness is quite big, and gets even slightly bigger in nature with some chocolate hitting the taste buds. The nuttiness increases ever so slightly as the taste advances, producing a slightly more pecan like flavor. At the same time some earthy hop comes to the tongue and leaves one with a lighter pecan, and rather big and sweet porter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather robust and thick with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the tastes and style the feel is pretty decent and makes for a robust, but easy drinking feel.
Overall – A little big on the sweetness for me, without that much of a pronounced pecan flavor. OK, but not one I will likely go back to again and again.

Nov 24, 2019
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snowman4440 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A true porter excellent clean finish after hints of chocolate, coffee and pecans. A new favorite. 512 brewery has hit a home run with this great beer.

Jan 18, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black glass doesn't hold a head or lace beyond a few spots. Glows a bit brown with back light, but pretty opaque.

Aroma: Mild wood / pecan shell note on top of a burnt grain and sweet malt base.

Taste: Balanced start goes a bit burnt and lightly nutty (pecan) with a grainy finish. A little astringent in the finish, but it's a well crafted char.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, oily texture, fairly clean if drying finish.

Overall: I'm not a Porter fan, but I always try beers from styles I don't like because I occasionally find the exception to the rule. This transcends style and is an experience onto itself. Makes me yell "Texas" a lot, I like it.

Sep 27, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House, San Antonio, TX. Pours dark brown with creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit and chocolate. Finish is long with coffee after taste. Good porter.

Mar 02, 2017
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abethegreat from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.
Looks really dark, pretty much black. Small head that thins out to a small lace that keeps over time.
Taste has notes of coffee, at times burnt coffee. Malty. And some light notes of pecan that don't always come through.
Pretty good beer, I'd get it again.

Dec 05, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a shaker, pours a mahogany with a thin khaki crown....not a ton of lacing. Nose is promising if a little underdeveloped- I get some bitter coffee, some baker's chocolate, meaty and woody pecan (but light). Taste follows the nose...and there might be a little vanilla in there. It's nice but I'm a limited way. Feel is a little thin, a litle flat.

Nov 19, 2016
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The_Epopt from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Some say I'm a dreamer, but my mind is set on believing this is 512's best beer. the IPA may sell better but they perfected the balance of toasty/burnt malts of the porter with the level of pecan flavor. It goes down smooth and is perfect for cool Autumn weather.

Sep 16, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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

I was very surprised by this one. It had a very thin mouthfeel as expected, but the flavor was great. It had a nice roasty flavor and almost reminded me of pecan pie crust.

Jun 09, 2016
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5-17-16 - On tap at the Hyatt Lost Pines outside of Austin, TX. Served in a classic pint glass. Super black with nice tan head. Quick swirl and the head came right back. Tasty porter with nutty tones. Went very well with my jalapeno burger.

May 25, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black draft pour with smooth (nitro) creamy tan head; some clarity under cap which was long lasting; heavy lacing. Almost no aroma save for a hint of roasted nuts. Roast malt and subtle pecan flavors. Creamy nitro mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Wish it had a stronger nut presence.

May 11, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft into a pint glass. Very dark brown with little head and ok lacing. The beer is very dark. Rowan with a coffee and chocolate smell and taste. The pecan taste is subtle, and overall a pleasant beer. This keg may have been around a while and the bartender a poor pourer. I had him pour my wife's Ultra in a glass and he did not do that well!

Mar 12, 2016
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ranger7 from Texas

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

On draft at Main Event. Nice looking. Typical porter with brownish head. Rich and somewhat toasty, but not overpowering which I appreciate. A solid porter, but not my favorite.

Jan 23, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To-go from Craft And Growler. From notes.

Dark brown in color. Roasty and nutty with little else in the aroma. Tastes of dark chocolate, toasted grain, candied sugar and mineral water. Medium in body and comparatively thin.

Jan 05, 2016
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sokol_1993 from California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black, milky and foamy.
Taste: Really sweet of chocolate taste. The pecan taste also came up often. Little hoppy taste.
Feel: viscous and thick, full body. Sweet after taste from the chocolate.

Had it on tap at the Londoner, Addison, TX. A lovely brew, extremely tasty, and I would gladly introduce this to anyone.

Dec 28, 2015
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SuburbanCowboy from Texas

4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer. Pecan sweetness, but not over powering. Done really well. Exceeded my expectations, I was a little worried it would be gimmicky but it was real solid

Dec 26, 2015
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is almost completely black with some dark red around the edges. The head is very thin, but there is some nice lacing around the glass with an aggressive pour.

The smell is earthy nuts/pecans with some molasses coming through (fresh).

Taste has nice malt flavor with an earthy and roasted pecan aspect. Some molasses and raisin flavors are noticeable upfront in which the finish is fairly dry. A nice but faint coffee/cocoa flavor is also present. There is very little bitterness or acidity.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, medium to heavy bodied with some noticeable carbonation. There is some chewiness, but the beer avoids excessive heaviness.

Overall this is a very enjoyable and well balanced Pecan Porter. There is some sweetness, but it is not excessive. The pecan flavor has nice earthiness and roasted qualities, and the flavor is not over the top.

Nov 16, 2015
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass

A - Ultra thin head that is retained as a thin lacing. Beer is pitch black in appearance. Slight mahogany tint around bottom edge of glass. Unable to comment regarding carbonation level. 4.25/5

S - Very muted aroma with notes of molasses, pumpernickel bread, dark toasted bread, and an earthy nuttiness. 3.5/5

T - Very earthy and nutty profile overall which also features notes of brown sugar, tobacco, and grassy hops. Slightly sweet despite the earthiness of the beer which balances things out a bit. No lingering bitterness to the flavor. 4.25/5

M -Heavy but with a high carbonation burn. Somewhat chewy but the carbonation burn maintains a lightness that would not be achieved without the level carbonation that is present. 4/5

O - Very good Pecan Porter offering here. Nice to see a porter that is not crazy sweet or crazy dry or crazy bitter. Very well balanced between earthy, bitter, and sweet. There is a smoothness to this beer that some porters just don't achieve. 4/5

Nov 12, 2015
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer. Very dark with light head - nice clean malt taste and I get a nice hint of coffee and caramel. I don't get the pecans though which is good, as nobody really likes pecans. If we can bury them in beer, let's do that

Oct 13, 2015
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JFCLACK from Texas

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tan head, great lacing, roasted malts rich texture nice finish. I really think it's well balanced porter didn't get any pecan notes but who cares it's good

May 11, 2015
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ElJacobian from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like coffee and pecans. Maybe a hint of toffee. Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State! Boldest and grandest, Withstanding ev'ry test; O Empire wide and glorious, You stand supremely blest.

May 09, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on [email protected] Whip in in Austin, TX 3/18/15. On nitro.

Appearance - Pours near black with dark mahogany brown edging where light can penetrate. Broken layer of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the cup.

Smell - Malty, with light brown sugar notes, nutty pecan and a distant powdered cocoa character.

Taste - Follows the nose with sweet and earthy flavors upfront with brown sugar, light pecan and faint cocoa flavor. A bit more earth and pecan hit in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low carbonation. Silky smooth delivery that comes with the nitro.

Overall - A mighty fine porter, but didn't quite live up to the expectations that the hype train behind it had bestowed upon me. Of course I've always noticed a dip in the strength of flavor with every beer I've had on nitro, so that could be an issue here too. Would love to try again, but who knows if I'll ever find my way back to the Austin area.

Apr 11, 2015
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MarkLinton1 from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Hopdoddy's in Dallas. Jet black with thin carmel colored head. Symphony of chocolate, roasted coffee and just a subtle hint of pecan. One of the top two or three porters I have ever had. Don't pass this one by if you have the opportunity to drink one (or four) :-)

Jan 27, 2015
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AustinEric from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bartlett's. Proud to have this brewed in Austin. Kind of a one note taste, but the look and feel are top class porter. Carbonation? The feel is smooth and creamy as it should be.

Jan 25, 2015
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