Brash: Texas Exile
Damn I love the rain. I get to leave my “real job” early so I can come home to drink and write. The bad thing is, when you start drinking at 9 am, you can’t drink just any beer. I mean, I’m still not fully awake yet, I need coffee. I’m not thinking Starbucks; I’m talking about a dark, strong, coffee infused beer of course! I think that I have found a good one too. This week I’m drinking a great imperial porter from Brash Brewing Company called Texas Exile. With an abv of 10.5%, it definitely has the strong part handled. Not to mention the 33 plus gallons of real coffee that go into every batch, it has the coffee aspect in check, as well. As for all you vegans out there, I couldn’t find anything on this specific beer; however, I did find that all but one of their beers are indeed vegan friendly.
When I got home it wasn’t long before I had the 22 oz. bomber out of the fridge, opened, and the awesome black liquid poured into my favorite glass. The pretty khaki head dissipated rather quickly, but left a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Immediately I could smell the coffee aroma as it filled my nostrils. Along with the coffee, there was a slight alcohol scent to it. It didn’t take long for me to taste all 33 gallons of the coffee, damn that’s nice. As the beer hit the edges of my tongue, I could taste the familiar flavor of dark chocolate. Of course, with a beer that’s over 10% abv, you’re going to notice a little bit of alcohol burn. If you’re not a fan of coffee I would stay away from this one. This IS a big beer, but being a porter, it doesn’t have the thick mouth feel that a stout would have; although, it is nicely carbonated for a beer this huge. I really enjoy this beer, and it’s going into my list of favorites, I’d give it an 8.5 out of 10.
It’s early in the day, raining, so I can’t start rocking out yet. But as rain drops fall onto the roof, I do however get a coffee house vibe for obvious reasons. Mumford and Sons, Little Lion Man, fits the mood perfectly. So well in fact, I think I might pour another glass. So until next week, don’t forget to turn your lights down low, turn your music up loud, and open up a new beer.