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(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

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Reviews:
134
Ratings:
730
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
26.34%
 
 
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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LukeM23 for a grolwer of this beer.

Pours a dark black with a two finger head. Smells of roasted pecans, molases and Whoppers (the candy,)

Taste is superb. The pacans really come out in this. Hint of roasted coffee.

Nice thickness.

Great beer.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 10/13/10. On-tap at Crickett's in Waco.

A- Dark and deep black/brown, non-transparent, one finger of brown head with a reddish hue.

S- Pecans, bitter chocolate, malt, heavy.

T/M- Medium/heavy body, bitter, chocolate, medium roast coffee, ridiculously creamy/whipped feel and finish.

D- This is definitely on my go-to list for any occasion. I am smitten. It defies conventional porters. It is not overly filling for how rich it feels. It is for sure one of the best beers made in the Lone Star State.

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

Growler into pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black. Near opaque. Medium brown head that leaves impressive lace, even a day after the growler was opened.

S: Coffee. Molasses? Roasted malt, some sweetness. Maybe dark fruit.

T/M: Sweet, dark fruit, some molasses, coffee-like bitterness in the finish, but no astringency. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, more stout-like, but without the bitterness and astringency I associate with non-sweet/non-Imperial stouts. Seems like this might be one of those boundary-blurring beers.

D: It's tasty. And it doesn't taste like alcohol, despite its fairly high gravity. So...tasty as a session beer, but can have undesirable side-effects of intoxication.

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Photo of RDHerm
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to LukeM23 for the trade.

Pours a dark, opaque brown with coffee brown highlights. Has a dark tan had that starts quite thin, and dissipates into a nice ring that last for the duration and has great lacing.

Strong aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. Hints of bitter chocolate and a slight touch of roasted nuts.

Taste of roasted malts predominates, with undertones of dark chocolate and coffee. There is an ever present hoppy bitterness that's a bit weak at the start, but really picks up at the finish. The roasted pecan flavor really comes through in the aftertaste. It's not terribly strong, but it's very pleasant and the flavor lingers on the palate.

Lighter in body for a beer of this style. Great carbonation level. Very smooth, but a little thin. Dried out the pallet less than any porter I've ever come across, which makes up for the thinness and then some.

Before I knew it, I had sucked down the whole growler, so I'd say the drinkability of this one is high.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Gingermans when I traveled through Dallas. This was a nice robust poster with some nutty aormas. It was a hefty ale with a tonn of flavors. Those notes are choclate, coffee and definitly some nutty flavors as suggested in the title of the beer. it finished very dry. This was a decent selection. Not my favorite porter, but a well made beer.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Saint Arnold pint glass. Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a rocky dark tan head that has great retention.

Smell: Has nice strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and roasted malts. Wonderful smell to this one.

Taste/Mouthfeel: What a great blend of malts. Starts out with big roastiness then the chocolate and coffee flavors come though before finishing with a nutty finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a meduim body.

Drinkability: This is one of the better porters I have tried. A very solid overall brew. Very easy to drink for a high abv too. No problem finishing this growler off by myself.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask poured into a chalice at the Flying Saucer Addison. Black with a 3 finger tan head.

I'm writing from my short hand notes, so describtions will be minimal.

I was in a bar, so my already weak nose can't give a review of this.

The flavor is a wallop of carmeled malts and smoke flavor. As a Pecan fan, I was disappointed as I counldn't find the Pecans in this. I tried and tired and all I could tell that this was a pecan porter was the dryness at the end of the mouthfeel that could be from the pecans.

The mouthfeel was very thin for my likes in a porter, maybe it was a Cask that's been there too long.

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Photo of denflyr
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draught at the Flying Saucer Houston.

By the time it was served it had a nice 1/2'" head. Poured almost black with a nice "muddy" colored head.

Smelled mostly of roasted malt with just a hint of coffee. I tried to find the pecan on the nose, but I think it was still too cool to detect that. Not overloaded on the hops, but they are there.

Taste was probably the best part of this beer aside from the appearance! Nice roasted malt character, slightly roasted coffee and toffee undertones. A dry beer as you would hope for this style.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not overly carbonated, but still plenty of bubbles to excite your taste buds. A beer that covers your whole palate and leaves you wanting for more, but yet is not heavy even on a hot (all be it a rain cooled afternoon)!!

Drinkability is good. I am good usually for one dark beer a day unless it is high in the hops! So while I could not drink tons of this....it is a very drinkable beer!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a smokey tang of a porter that has a roastiness but no quality of nougat to the degree i would expect from the pecans. looks quite proper and smells of smoke and sour leather acid. earth sweet molasses. a bit metalic but that was a bad keg turnover. with a bit of air the beer smooths out. good but malt thin none the less.

as a result it seems this was a bad bar to have it at. poor poor turn over in plano's holy grail.

had it again a week later... at a better bar with more turn on the taps. creamy... coffee... nougat. roastiness and thick. last beer on a night of porter drinking.

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Photo of jzm2500
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black and opaque w/ a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks like a porter.

S/T/M- Smeels strongly of dark roast coffee, a little malt, and some dark chocolate. Taste is more of the same. Dark roast coffee flavor right up front..this is the dominant flavor from start to finish. However, there is a pleasant lingering sweet malt flavor on the finish. I have tasted a roasted nut flavor in the past, but I didn't notice it as much this time. Feels moderately thick in the mouth...Not quite as thick as I'd expected.

D- Good.

This is a good, drinkable porter. Nothing amazing here, but it'll do the trick.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with coffee and pecan scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt that gives off coffee flavors and some pecan

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a damn good porter with a southern twist thats very easy to drink this is one of those beers you have to get if you see it around on tap

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Photo of Dixonian
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Flying Saucer in Addison-poured into a goblet.

nice white head that eventually disappeared atop a nice coffee color. the pecan comes through in the aroma as well as the flavor and is just right. roasted coffee and slight chocolate with the slightest ting of hops.

Porters are very much hit or miss for me and this one was a hit

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Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Michael for sending this one my way. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a finger's worth (or so) of tan head.

S: Plenty of roast comes through right away with a bit of bananas, which I was not expecting. The nuttiness is there and provides some interesting sweetness, along with a chocolate note.

T: A very nice roasty base for this beer. The flavor profile is sort of all over the place: sweet bananas, chocolate, pecans, coffee, and perhaps some molasses too.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

D: I'm very glad to have finally tried this one, and to find that it was as good as I expected. A very enjoyable beer that I would have again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by womencantsail at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with a tan finger head that left good lacing sticking to the glass. Nice coffee and roasted malt aromas with chocolate and booze notes. The flavor was big malt roastiness with slight nutty and chocolate accents. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet slight bitter creamy finish. Pretty drinkable but was a little too sweet for my palate.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.77/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/30/2010 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a very dark reddish brown color body, small tan color head. Roasted aroma, some coffee, some sweetness too. Slight pecanness. Sweet taste, roasted. Very sweet, maybe pecan, maybe. Very roasty flavor, very watery. Too much alcohol or something. Ashy. Not a fan. Dark fruit, too much.

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Photo of kungpao
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at the Petrol Station in houston.

A- Dark brown, with little to no visibility when held to the light

S- roasted malts, a little bit of coffee, not as much pecans on the nose end when compared to taste.

T- This is a very tasty brew. Upfront tastes of roasted malts with a bit of mollasses or brown sugar. Finishes pretty dry, with a definate pecan aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation, spot on for a porter style beer

D- I could easily drink two or more, though Im sure drinkability fades with quantity.

I'd say this was the best tasting porter I've ever tried to date. Simple and straight forward, this beer doesn't over complicate things and pecans seem to compliment the style perfectly. Does this beer taste better because I am from, and reside, in Texas? Probably, but I'm ok with that. As I sipped my brew, memories of hanging out underneath the pecan tree as a youngster came rushing back. Kudos to 512 for representing Texas and making a really great porter.

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Photo of fjordhook
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very dark brown color, pretty much black and has a minimal head. Smells were malts, coffee, and of course pecans. The taste reciprocated the smell, the pecans blended beautifully. Very tasty. Smooth beer when first sipped, but finishes with a nice bite that didn't take anything away from the beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer. Pours black with basically no head. Aroma is roasted malt along with a little bit of coffee and some pecan nuttyness. Flavor is similar to the aroma with the pecans being the star of the show. Medium mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and one of the best beers I have tried from Texas.

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Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, on tap at Ginger Man in Austin. Nearly black, thin tan head fades, minimal lacing, inviting. SMELL roasty, nutty, malty sweet. TASTE roasty, nutty, malty sweet. Smooth, balanced, clean finish. FEEL mediumb body, slightly viscous, clean finish. Easy drinking, mellow, smooth, tasty.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap about a month ago... old notes that I didn't date at least...

A: Dark brown, nearly black. More than an inch of very tan head. Beautiful appearance. Good lacing.

S: Very coffee like aroma, and an earthy smoke. Not much pecan on the aroma, but I'm not sure I could pick out pecans by smell.

T: Dark malts. Smooth molasses, smoke, a little nuttiness I guess but maybe I was anticipating more pecans.

M: Solid body, very nice.

D: I could have many of these, definitely a go-to beer.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 07.01.09 in notebook while traveling to the great city.

Nose is dark and malty with nice roasted malt, sugar, and dark fruit. Hints of vanilla. Smells good.

Pours jet black, almost no head. Looks pretty good.

Nice dark malt with great roast, powdery dryness, dark sugar, roasted bitterness. Woody earthiness that may be the pecans. Kind of savory... perhaps notes of DMS, maybe. Finishes like dark almost burnt toast or very dark bread. Dark fruit sweetness. Mild nutty oiliness. Wonderful coffee notes, some dark chocolate. Tastes quite good. Feel good. Great drinkability.

A great example of Robust Porter. It's dark, strong, and balanced. Dry and roasty. Almost smells like a sticky molasses spill.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great beer from another great Texas brewery. I, of course, am not without my nits to pick, but this beer was delightful.

A: A rich mahogany brown with a finger of coffee colored head that left a fair lacing on my plastic cup at Petrol.

S: Big roast and booze on the nose. Some brews are deceptively high in alcohol because they mask the booze notes on the nose. This brew goes in the opposite direction.

T: Big burnt malts and smoke go hand in hand with the nose...so does the alcohol, but to a mercifully lesser extent. This brew has a fantastic intense roast to it. My only complaint is the deceptive name. I could neither smell nor taste the pecans.

M: A little heavy, but otherwise spot on for the style. Smooth as roasted silk.

D: Definetly sessionable due to its low ABV. I found this beer most pleasing on a cool night.

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Photo of tedpeer
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler in trade from thickerfreakness.

A - Poured black into a pint with a huge mocha colored head (2 inch) that subsided to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Nutty, smokey.

T - Very subtle pecan taste. Roasted flavor, slight bitter finish. Pretty balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium carbonation.

D - Yes. The pint went down way to easy.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Opal Devines. Pours a deep, dark brown with frothy brown head. The aroma is very sweet - brown sugar, some nuttiness, and a bit of earth from the hops. The taste is malt dominated, with some nice balance from the hops at the end. The pecan flavor is present but subtle, as I am told they use real pecans, and not a flavor syrup. Overall, very drinkable and delicious, and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top growler received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a layer of teensy bubbles, with lace that falls at an average pace. Aroma is nutty dark malts. Taste is roasty and chocolate sweetness to start, nuttiness in the middle, and closes with a burnt bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Interesting spin on the style.

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