Texas Exile | Brash Brewing Company

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Texas ExileTexas Exile

Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rab53 on 10-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is coffee a little bitterness and sweetness. Flavor is coffee and roasted malts. Has hoppy bitterness and reminds me of a black IPA. Has a nice feel and overall very solid.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes out of the bottle a deep sable barely a flea’s eyebrow above black with a thick and rather persistent tan head. Smoky aroma has firm coffee and, interestingly, hoppy notes. Flavor has tones of hops, coffee and chocolate plus some woody hoppy hints. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, and some sass. Wherever you have it, a good one!

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a big coffee aroma with some spices tossed in. Appearance- This beer is a dark brown to black color with a nice sized tan head. Taste- Has a bitter flavor mixed with the coffee and yeast, not bad, but not great. Palate- A heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish. Overall- Not great, but a fairly solid beer. It is worth a try.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, just colour around the edge up to the light. Head is ochre, speckly, with decent bubbles. Lacing is not that great, but otherwise looks like a nice stout or porter.

Smells hugely coffee-esque. Very bitter spice, lots of earthy spice notes, almost vegemitey and yeasty. Nice heavy bitterness, but ultimately just oddly yeasty. At times, at least. First smell is quite good.

Tastes bitter, nice roasty notes with a touch of espresso. More the roast aspects of coffee though and none of the spicy complexity. Slight nuttiness on there, decent most of the way with dark bitterness underlying it all. There's a slight unpleasantness to that dark bitterness, but otherwise fairly well-balanced, and tastes OK.

Decent body, bit dry; feels OK for the most part.

Nice porter, but could use a touch more malt coming through, just feels very bitter and otherwise the yeast just shows through a bit too much.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz brown bomber purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam.

Pours a lovely rich dark brown colour, with a fine head of mocha that leaves little sprigs of tight lace. Body is thick and nicely heavy; it leaves a beautiful set of streaky carbonation. Really beautiful look to it.

Nose is also really lovely. Tight, toasty richness with overtones of coffee and nut bread, and a slightly dusty, perhaps peppery tone that gives it a leavened character. Plenty of solid nutty sweetness underneath as well—it's a really very genuinely good aroma.

Taste is also good. Smooth, rich sweetness with a pronounced savoury nuttiness that develops into a roasty bite on the back. Middle has some smoothness from the malt, and a full palate that really helps the complexities develop. A touch of smoke and almost a vinous character on the back palate help sustain some of the richer more broad tones of the roast. It's really quite pleasant stuff.

Feel is lovely and smooth, with a bite from the roast.

Overall, this is a really lovely brew, and I'll be honest, I didn't quite expect it to be this good. It has the richness on the palate to support a lot of complexity, and while the complexity is subtle, it is certainly present. It gives a lot of nuanced style to a beer that could have been pretty by-the-numbers. Really very good stuff.

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a brown head that leaves a good lace
S-coffee, cocoa, chocolate, and a sweet sugar with a roasted aroma
T-coffee taste a chocolate background that turns to a very bitter roasted hop aftertaste that last til the finish
M-full body and medium carbonation
O-the taste was overpowering coffee taste that goes to an overpowering roasted bitterness with a coffee flavor the whole way

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, cookie dough, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that starts to get more roast and smoke forward as it warms up.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark almost black kola hue with a chocolate laced one finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark chocolate,brown sugar,raisins and milky coffee,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and the tastes are dark bitter chocolate,chocolate coated sultanas,black Forrest cake and finished with a boozy port herbal bitterness,overall it's definitely a nice night cap with it's high ABV and yeah I'd buy this again perfectly matched with rich decadent desserts cheers.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Apathetiq
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, bottled 11/28/12
I expected this to be a big beer and deviate stylistically from the other American Porters that I adore. The ol’ Exile pours a solid black and has no discernible bubbles creeping up from the bottom of my pint glass. The 1 in frothy espresso head dissipates quickly leaving delicate lacing down the glass as it settles. The smell of roasted caramel malt and chocolaty sweetness dominate the nose instead of the anticipated coffee. I actually quite enjoy the smooth nasal experience with a pang of alcohol and limited coffee, it pleasantly masks the dark roasted beans beneath.

Initially there is mellow sweet malt with light carbonation, not tingly or refreshing as with lighter porters, just satisfying (the oatmeal talking?) As you progress down the glass, this beer becomes cowboy coffee, a handful of ground beans left in a pot overnight. For you more refined folks it’s all espresso with one sugar. The intense coffee can get out of hand, but the Exile is astoundingly balanced with smooth caramel espresso bitter seamlessly integrated into the alcohol. This exile is surprisingly smooth on the palate and invites you to take your time. The “brewed too long coffee” acid with an alcohol pang finish out the beer, but the chocolate lingers. It is a short but drool inducing finish.

There is a rustic comfort about this beer that is undeniable. The Exile is an ale brewed with coffee, and nothing more. If you must call it a porter, his abv, and brash coffee will put hair on your chest as he flicks his cigarette in your face. This is damn fine beer that ya’ll should buy immediately.

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