(512) Bruin | (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

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.

Added by Riccymon on 11-07-2009

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Solomon420
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 LadyOfMuchBeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 UTCengOwl
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JonathanCrites
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Riccymon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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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