(512) Bruin
(512) Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #176
Ranked #17,263
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 103
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with some brown highlights. Strong malty flavor upfront with hints of coffee and nut. Full bodied. Mild bitterness and biscuit. Finishes with a sweet edge.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown. Some grassy pine on the nose with a hint of roasted character. Medium bodied. Bready, nutty, and some grass on the palate. Finishes with biscuit and bread, roasted malts.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of jamescain
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +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

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Photo of NickTsU
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

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Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of Riccymon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled a double brown ale by the brewery, and "at once cuddly and ferocious."

Served from the tap a robust-looking brown color with a solid finger of head filling up the brewery's own pint glass. Bruin looks a little prettier than your run-of-the mill brown, and if there can be such a thing as a double brown, this appearance seems fitting.

Aroma from Bruin is a little muted by the temperature of the beer, but in time nice roasty malt notes come through, along with a bit of hops. These same hops are the first thing I notice when I sip. They're not in-your-face bitter and don't skirt the edges of the style, but rather they complement the more traditional maltiness of Bruin while still being a dominant aspect of the beer. The flavor really reminded me of a Sierra Nevada beer in the way the hop notes were so well-integrated and balanced that they seemed natural. Well done, (512).

Mouthfeel was a slight letdown, as I was hoping for a more substantial body from this self-proclaimed double. I expected something creamier like I'd experienced in DFH's Indian Brown or Palo Santo. Nevertheless, Bruin did drink smoothly, and it was an improvement on the watery mouthfeel I've often found in lesser brown ales.

I found Bruin to be a winner-- easy to drink and well-crafted. It's a privilege to have the likes of this beer and (512) Pecan Porter brewed locally.

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