Texas Exile - Brash Brewing Company
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3.41/5 rDev -11.7%
22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.
Great looking tan head, pitch black liquid. Mild coffee, chicory, toasted bread, brown sugar, almonds, faint blackberries and yeast in the nose. Thick silky smoothness, charred character is quick to the palate. Coffee grounds, charcoal, molasses, burnt raisins, mildly astringent, slow warming alcohol, drying burnt finish.
I was hoping for a bit more coffee character here, fresh coffee at that ... cold infused would have worked better here IMO. Good enough for a few sips, paired well with some dark chocolate as well ... a full bottle even split by two was even too much.
07-19-2013 02:18:08 | More by Jason
4.23/5 rDev +9.6%
Texas Exile opens to an aroma that comes across very much like an Imperial Stout: black waves of coffee, ash, tobacco, vanilla, and char rest atop a sugary base ripe with fig, raisin, date, prune, and black cherry fruit esters, bolstered by molasses and brown sugar, with toast crust, burnt bread, floury baguette, and rich brown bread adding earthy notes. In many ways this is a pleasing outcome, since the “ale brewed with coffee” note on the label often denotes a weak ale aged on coffee grounds. But here the ale is full-bodied and well-developed, and in fact had I simply been told this was an Imperial Stout, I wouldn’t have questioned the label; the coffee notes here are ingrained into the beer seamlessly, appearing at least to the nose to be an organic part of the malts, rather than a separate ingredient.
On the tongue, the beer is big and black: huge layers of ash, char, carbon, and tobacco dominate, with near-burnt coffee just beneath. The sugars in here are mainly black as well, with molasses and heavily caramelized brown sugars adding even more ash and carbon. There are touches of fig, prune, raisin, and date fruit esters in here, but they’re largely overwhelmed by ash. In subsequent sips these fruit esters do make a slightly larger appearance, but not by much. Overly toasted bread crust, burnt bread, and near-burnt pecans finish out the blackness. The aftertaste is almost exclusively ash, charcoal, tobacco, and burnt coffee grounds, lingering on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a surprisingly slightly watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is very nice beer, though obviously not suitable for anyone who doesn’t like palate-wrecking levels of ash, char, and tobacco. The strangely watery mouthfeel does mar the experience, but it says much of the power of the flavors that the 10.5% ABV is almost entirely forgotten.
11-22-2012 00:51:24 | More by jondeelee
3.79/5 rDev -1.8%
Brash Texas Exile "ale brewed with coffee" and "Mercury brewing" on the humorous label.
A: Light brown head over a near black body. Lacing coats the glass.
S: Coffee and caramel dominate the aroma which also has a hint of toffee.
Coffee and dark roasted malts dominate the flavor, with good balance ... meaning the roasted grains dominate the coffee. The coffee is obvious but not overdone in the lingering aftertaste either. Rich but a bit lacking in complexity. Pleasantly boozy aftertaste.
O: very good. 10.5% ABV is very well hidden.
03-25-2014 00:39:18 | More by chinchill
3.06/5 rDev -20.7%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep brown, nearly black. Transparent at the edges. Thick khaki collar.
Smell - Lots of coffee. Caramel. Some deep roast.
Taste - Sharp coffee. A little acidic. Caramel. Dark malts. Bitter chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Very sweet. Bitter. Sharp coffee.
Overall - The body isn't great. The coffee is too acidic. Eh.
06-25-2013 01:50:29 | More by Alieniloquium
2.98/5 rDev -22.8%
Reviewing this one since I appear to be very inconsistent with prior reviews and here offer my two cents.
Pours black with a medium to dark brown short lived head.
Nose is a pleasant sweet black chocolate; sweet roasted grain and hints of mocha coffee - pleasant and inviting.
Mouthfeel is "half and half" like with a nice carbonation.
Unfortunately, the flavor profile is a single dimensional assertive bitter charcoal. I get not even a hint of sweet or mocha or coffee or anything else pleasant. It just tastes like bitter ashtray that goes into a long bitter finish of dull pine. Far in the back finish there is a hint of coffee and black chocolate but you really have to wait for it and it's really faint. Bottle just hit a local store in Los Angeles around Feb. 20, 2013 - I'm wondering if the bottle is old, was stored poorly and if this is really the character of this beer. Salesperson says it's the latest and freshest. If so, not for me - JMO
02-27-2013 00:49:40 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, soft smoke and oatmeal. Nice!
Decadent flavours, big roasted malt, beechwood smoke, roasted coffee and a little booze.
Nice syrupy body. Carbonation could be a bit higher.
07-24-2013 03:44:17 | More by CrazyDavros
4.04/5 rDev +4.7%
22 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/28/12. Guess I'll find out if I should have drank this one sooner or not, I've had this bottle for about 6 months now and just haven't got around to drinking it until tonight. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that sticks around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some brown sugar. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt, and a bit of a mineral flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. After a year, I think this has held up pretty well. I liked it a lot, it's a good coffee beer. It's nice and roasty. Next time I'd like to to try a fresher bottle of this. $10.49 a bomber.
12-07-2013 01:36:01 | More by bluejacket74
3.76/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a rather large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some floral undertones and some light dry roasted malt notes are also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some floral dry coffee notes with some dry roasted bitter malt notes. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice use of floral coffee notes with solid porter base.
01-13-2014 02:27:27 | More by Phyl21ca
4.24/5 rDev +9.8%
dark as old engine oil. the 10.5% abv is masked by the complexity. all dark roasty bitterness in the aroma. the taste is chocolatey sweetness, bitter tang, and kind of a burnt coffee aftertaste. mouthfeel is smooth and finely carb'd. overall a must-try coffee porter for anyone who likes the style
02-19-2013 23:46:50 | More by Doshkin
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
Huge thanks to Ben @ Brash for this bottle!
Pours like motor oil. It's thick, with a rich, deep, mocha coloured head. Leaves a lot of lace and dissipates to a foamy cap.
The aroma is full of rich, somewhat toasty malts. BIG Belgian chocolate nose, with some coffee roast. No booze in the nose.
Tastes of bittersweet cocoa, roasted black coffee, roasted black malts, sweet, nutty. It's rich and sultry.
The feel is fantastic! It's full, rich and thick. Velvety smooth, chewy and mouth coating.
This is a fantastic, rich, bold and hearty (Imperial) Porter! Can't wait till this shows up locally!
11-17-2012 01:25:59 | More by EgadBananas
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine half finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toasted malt, hints of coffee and booze. Flavor is toasted, slightly charred malt, light chocolate, boiled, slightly charred coffee. Finishes with char, coffee, toasted malt and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice coffee porter with an appropriate "boiled over a fire" coffee element; malt is a bit light, but sufficient to support the strong coffee. I think this one will wake me up in the middle of the night, but it will be worth it. First beer from this brewery and I'll be back.
07-23-2013 02:32:16 | More by LiquidAmber
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 10/4/12. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.
Pours black with a quarter finger tan head. Small strings of lace.
Smells of roasty malts, coffee and brown sugar.
Tastes of coffee, charred malts, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, burnt wood, anise and carmelized brown sugar. Lots of burnt flavors but they don't take over. Very little perceived alcohol.
Medium thick, oily coating feel with moderate carbonation. Long, mouth coating, bittersweet coffee aftertaste.
Brash seems to be all about some seriously hefty brews. If this is what they consider an imperial porter, I look forward to seeing an imperial stout from them! Big, rich, bold and full. This is an imperial coffee beast.
11-26-2012 05:56:46 | More by ThickNStout
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
Now this is one damn dark beer. Black colored ale with a tall brown head about the color chocolate.
Smells strongly of dark roasted malt. Scents of chocolate and coffee and alcohol. Little bit of pepper in the ethanol fumes.
Starts out slightly sweet and very smooth with a smoky after taste. Slight sourness with mostly coffee flavor. Little bit chocolate but mostly this is patent malt flavored.
Mouthfeel is full but not real thick.
Overall this is OK.
03-02-2013 02:55:43 | More by Zorro
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