Texas Exile - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rab53 on 10-22-2012)
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.41/5  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
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of riotontheroad
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ordybill
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Kevincredible
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GRG1313
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
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 cfrobrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Drtfinelli
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +5.2%
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 liquorpig
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  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
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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
4.05/5  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 st9647v3
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Texas Exile from Brash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.