(512) Pecan Porter | (512) Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
512brewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by JonathanL7890 on 10-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
742
Reviews:
135
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
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137
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-draught at the Crown and Anchor pub in Austin, Texas. Expectations were high given its current ratings. Reviewed from notes.

A: Disappointingly, the nitro-pour doesn't yield the bubble show you'd expect in the best nitro-draught versions of the style.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of beautifully creamy soft complexion. Gorgeous. Head is a khaki-tan colour with great milk-like thickness and supple creaminess. Lovely surface tension suspends the creaminess. Light gleams off the even head. Nice consistent lacing as the head recedes. Retention is excellent - about 7+ minutes. Damn, I do love a good nitro head. Cask ale doesn't come close.

Body colour is an opaque solid black - not quite a jet black. Some cola-like carbonation bubbles line the sides. No yeast particles are visible. No vibrance (it's opaque).

Sm: Cream, pecan nut, chocolate malts, dark malts, roasted grains/barley, and hazelnut. Caramelized pecan is a highlight, but boy do I wish it was more evocative and deep; it's not as prominent as it should be. A pleasant approachable aroma of mild strength.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.

T: The creamy open gives way to a body comprised of your usual dark and chocolate malts, but it takes a turn for the better on the climax, whereupon pecan nut and a biteen of hazelnut come out to play. Some muddled caramelization. Hmm. Pecan should definitely be the star here, but it doesn't quite rise to the task. Balance is decent, but there's not much complexity here so it isn't much of a feat. Not gestalt. Not particularly subtle either.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Average amplitude. I do like it for what it is.

Mf: Nicely creamy, but a bit thin unfortunately. Smooth and wet - perhaps unnaturally so. It suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Decent/adequate carbonation. Decent body. Above average execution, but there's room for improvement.

Dr: Drinkable, but it didn't deliver on the potential of the premise. I'l revisit it - hopefully on-draught - but frankly I'm disappointed. It's a pretty nice little porter, but it really needs to commit more to the pecan flavour. Go big or go home.

High C+

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a bit shy of black but an extremely dark brown with subtle hints of amber at the edges when you hold it up to the light. Half finger tall dark tan head with great head retention. Also, significant lacing can be observed,

S: Sweet roasted malts with hints of burnt coffee and pecans.

T: Very nicely balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness. Starts with sweet roasted malts, follows with hints of pecan, and finishes with a burnt coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink - I could easily have had another couple of these and would very much like to on my next visit to Texas. A great beer for the fall to winter - the tastes remind me of sitting around a fireplace with family at the holidays.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied and interesting without being overly flavorful. Near black in the pint shaker with a modest head and some lacing along the glass.

Dark caramel flavor, a touch of bitter chocolate, and something like nuts. I guess it's the pecans, though the flavor doesn't jump out at you. I wouldn't describe it as buttery, but there is a hint of that acetyl taste. Some bitterness along with a distinct grainy flavor. A walnut shell bitterish taste along with a slight sourness of the burnt barley sort. Not much of a fragrance.

An okay quaff, and more interesting than a lot of Porters. On tap at the Double Horn brewpub in Marble Falls.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a very dark, deep brown body with a thinnish, khaki-toned head.

Smell: Pecan Porter has a roasty, subtly nutty nose with sweetish touches of chocolate and cooked sugar.

Taste: A flavor that mirrors the nose, with tastes of well-roasted malt, chocolate and burnt sugars. The pecan addition is appreciable but is not the focus of the flavor, here, remaining fairly light. Small hint of raisin. Hop character and bitterness remains low. Very minimal alcohol presence. Mellow, lightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While the pecans add a light, scant flavor and may leave you wanting, it still remains a nice, pleasant porter.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Good head for a bar pour. Leaves ring lace with streaks. Near black where no light shines through.

Full of aroma--plenty of cocoa. I must admit I don't know what a roasted pecan is supposed to smell like, but I do detect a nutty aroma I would describe as walnut. Mild smokiness.

Starts mild but the burnt malts really take over. The bodied is surprisingly thin. The aftertaste is like burnt toast. Bready. High carbonation. Despite the body, it still has a chewy element to the mouthfeel.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks again for the hand bottled gift I received of this one. One of the first to come off the line, this unlabelled twelve ounce bottle arrived on my doorstep last week. I immediately through one in the fridge and got to work. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/23/2008.

The pour was very nice, deep, dark brown in color with a rich look to it. Some light hints of a reddish note poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice touches of fine off white head forming on the top, nothing extreme though, maybe a half an inch or so. This faded down gracefully and left behind just a touch of lace on the edges of the glass.

The aroma was very nice and quite sweet as well. Rich notes of caramel, nuts, and a hint of brown sugar all playing very nicely. As it warmed up some hints of an earthy hop note started to take shape, as well as a nice underlying layer of grain. The flavor was just really top notch here. Rich and vibrant and amazingly complex. Starting with a wave of smooth caramel malts, evolving with an earthy hop tone that offered a nice balance to the sweet notes that had started it all. This was mellow and super smooth. Easing back down the original path, a nice touch of pecan then rolled across the tongue, mellowing out the finish and providing that last gasp of sweetness before the flavor finished out. Easily session able, I went through this one far too quickly, and the only factor I could come up with to say negatively about this is the feel was a touch under carbonated, but other then that, it was as solid as they come.

Overall this was an excellent beer, something I would love to try on tap and will be certainly looking for in the future. I would have to say this was darn interesting and definitely worthy of another look.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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