Texas Exile - Brash Brewing Company

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Texas ExileTexas Exile

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149 Ratings

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 10-22-2012

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

From the 650 ml bottle. Sampled on August 24, 2014.

Black pour basically with a modest tan head that becomes a ring.

Aroma of dark roast coffee primarily with dark fruit that may actually be booze, which I get a lot of.

Full body.

The alcohol presents itself more firmly in the taste with, again, coffee and a lingering bitter finish. I had to drink it very slowly.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage draft at Owen & Engine, served in a tulip.
Jet black with tan mocha foam, leaves lots of spindly lacing. Wispy skim settles across the surface.

Aroma has a slight oxidized roast malt note, though not distracting. Mellow coffee and bakers chocolate beyond that.

Bitter dry bakers chocolate, espresso with cream, smooth. Lingering dry bitter finish. Nicely mellowed after 2 years. Overall a nice little coffee and chocolate number.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Doshkin
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of EgadBananas
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/02/12...whoops.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Big chocolate aroma with heavy dark roast.

T- The chocolate continues and is accompanied by some char and a hint of smoke. No coffee to speak of, but one can't possibly expect a nearly three year old bottle to still have it be present. Bitter, roasty, slightly boozy. There is this lull in flavor mid-palate that I attribute to the aging causing some fading. But it's semisweet in front and has a bit of vanilla in the finish.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Well I'm actually pretty glad I didn't check the date at the store because I wouldn't have bought this very good beer. It bears a good deal of complexity and has all the flavors I look for in a high-octane porter. No coffee, but oh well. Now I can revisit a fresher bottle later and compare notes. And now I can let you all know that this beer ages quite well.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, so I think I get the whole Brash-Mercury-Clown Shoes connection: Clown Shoes and Brash are two separate companies that are contract-brewed out of Ipswich, MA by Mercury, and the founders are friends and former coworkers at the brewery. Took a bit of Google-fu, but I think that’s how it went down.

Pretty old for a coffee beer: brewed 11/28/12, more than nine months before the date of this tasting.

A: Deep, impenetrable black body with a dense brown head – looks like wet sand in color and consistency. The bubbles rise up to no more than an inch, but the lacing is intricate and sticky and the retention forms a prominent ridge around the glass’s interior.

S: An upfront nose of spent coffee grounds and burnt sugar, with undertones of burnt marshmallow and cocoa; the vanilla/chocolate blend reminds me of an ice cream sandwich, to an extent. Doesn’t seem like the coffee has faded a bit, though, as it’s the main scent here.

T: Roasty and robust, this palate is primarily bitter. First impressions are dark chocolate and slightly burnt coffee, like chocolate-covered espresso beans, blended with a highly acidic hop tone of pine and wild berry. The acids come to a peak over the stout character, giving this a slightly sour and metallic edge above a traditional taste of dark chocolate, roasts, and brown sugar that dwell beneath. Finishes in that same vein: a mineral-heavy interpretation of coffee flavors, like coffee made with really hard water. The aftertaste lingers for minutes at a time, drying out the mouth with remarkable potency.

M: For this high of an ABV, there’s a thinness to it. With a mildly viscous body and a carbonation that’s light-to-moderate, its fizz serves as a welcome distraction.

O: The more I drink this beer, the less I like it – typically, that’s a bad sign. This beer gave me a lot to start with, though, so the end result is still a nice interpretation of a coffee ale. Moral of the story: with some beers, a bomber is too much.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours blacker and thicker than Texas gold, a dark mocha colored creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, thick legs as well, no light coming through this puppy.

Nose is quite nice, rich dark malts, tons of fresh brewed coffee, light roasted malt, plenty of dark and bakers chocolate, light chalky powdered choc, little creamy, light bitter earthy hops, fresh roasted coffee beans come out more add it warms.

Taste starts with lots of coffee, fresh roasted beans and coffee grounds, no real acrid burnt flavors either, with just a bit of roasted malt. Smooth and rich malts come through, big chocolate, bakers and quite bitter dark choc, little chalky powdered cocoa, hint black patent, some caramel and vanilla like. Bitterness is strong, mostly from the dark roasty malts but some earthy hops as well, a strong earthy bitter dark chocolate and some char. Just a touch of warming booze. Bitterness ramps and brings a spicy earthy chewy hop finish that lingers, big mouth coating that sits there giving lingering roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, and fresh coffee.

Mouth is huge, thick rich little creamy, dark tasting even, just a little warming booze.

Overall quite nice. Lots of dark malts, chocolate, many fresh coffee flavors, nice earthy spicy hops as well. Tasty and fairly drinkable. I should try aging a bottle as well.

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours a half finger, foamy, brown head. Dissipates quickly leaving a ring of bubbly brown foam around the rim of the glass. Spotty lacing. Head renews slightly with each pour.

S: Roasted espresso, charred malt, unsweetened dark chocolate, grass, and butterscotch.

T: Very woody malt. Smoked and charred espresso and unsweetened chocolate, with just a touch of bittersweet black licorice.

M: Thick and hearty with a pungent finish and aftertaste that lingers long after.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Dark hue, and a dark foamy head. Not much in terms of lacing. Nose is roasted and charred malt and espresso. Flavor is smoky roasted coffee and malt with hints of chocolate and a little sweetness of butterscotch and bitterness of licorice. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

The first time I've ever seen Brash beers on tap, and I'm having a couple. Nice. This one pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, with massive waves of coffee all through the proceedings and well into the finish. It borders on rather bitter in the finish, but never makes it all the way into negative territory. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice coffee porter. 'Nuff said.

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, hops, slight pine, sweet malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness from the roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, alcohol, slight chocolate, hint of hops, hint of dark citrus, and slight pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The coffee is strong, but not overpowering.

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with minimal head retention and minimal carbonation.

The nose contains distinct coffee notes but there is definitely some cocoa present as well.

There's a bit of booziness upon sipping but the dominant flavor is of roasted coffee beans. It finishes bitter, but not like an IPA, rather like a cup of strong black coffee tinged with alcohol.

I wouldn't recommend this for someone just starting to get into beer but I really enjoyed it and it is one of the better coffee stouts I've had. It's strong but not overwhelming and just full of flavor. The alcohol is present in the taste but only just (though I will say I felt it's effects more than anticipated).

Bottom line: if you like stouts, definitely give it a try; if you have a taste for coffee, you'll likely enjoy it; and, if you are just looking to experiment a bit with bold flavored brews, this is a good one to look into.

Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep dark brown with a tiny tan head.

S - Bitter coffee up front with a good amount of roasted malt character.

T - Dark Chocolate & coffee combine to make an outstanding opening. Turns a very subtle sweet and has a bitter roasted malt ending.

M - Velvety, creamy, medium carbonation.

O - Well done, well done. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep black with a bold flavor but a lighter consistency than expected. Dark beige foam and a spritzy mouthfeel. A whiff of cofee and cocoa.

Bitter coffee on the tongue. There is a touch of malty sweetness but mostly this is the dark roast. Burnt, charred, bitter, and a touch of sour. Warm nutty flavor rises up in the middle. Definitely not the unctuous RIS style. The hoppy, charcoal bitter chocolate flavor stays with you. Very dry, and quite sharp at the finish.

While the taste is better than a lot of coffee-flavored stouts, it's not very user friendly. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown to black with thin light tan head.

Smell is molasses, smoke, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is rich dark chocolate, coffee and hint of smokiness. Dark roasted malt and nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall nice example of the style. Very enjoyable.

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