Stopped at a different liquor store than I usually go to, looking for a sixer or a bomber of something interesting or new. Turns out this place had beer from a company that I haven’t heard of before, Texas Big Beer Company. I must say that on the main page of their website, I see this, and I quote:
We are passionate about our beer. All of our beers are Big in Flavor and Style. We love High Alcohol beers, but love Flavor and Style more. We, just brew beer we love and share it.
Our Big Texas Blonde is our “Light Beer” (with tongue in cheek) The law states a light beer is light in color, so our light beer is 10.55% ABV (ROTFLMAO)
I gotta say that I like them already!
The guy behind the counter said that their store just got in four different beers from this brewery, and that they had done a tasting with all of them. He said he liked them all, even the blonde, which is a style that he normally doesn’t care for. I saw the blonde, the porter, the working man’s stiff ale, which is an ESB, and renaissance ale, which is a Scotch ale. At first I had selected the Scotch ale, but that was because I couldn’t quite read the label in that lighting (I’m slowly losing my ability to read things up close, a typical effect of aging, LOL). I decided against the scotch ale because I’m not a real big fan of scotch ales. Had I realized that there was an ESB, I would have chosen that one for sure. I’ll have to go back for it tomorrow. So anyway, I picked up a bomber of the porter, which I will review shortly.
Price wise, I was more than willing to give this new brewery a shot. They were all either $4.99 or $6.79 (or something close to that). When you’re in the mood for a bomber of something new, these are very reasonable prices. I’m far less likely to try a $10 or $12 bomber than I am a five or seven dollar one! Now of course style plays a role (big stouts and IIPAs are often more expensive), but still, the price was right, so sold!
Numbers wise, the specs for this beer are as follows:
So let’s have a taste!
Appearance was something a bit more like an imperial stout than a porter, although I’m not sure how much that is really going to matter here. The color is jet black without room between any two molecules of inky blackness for light to pass through. The head was about a half a finger and was lightly brown, but didn’t last too long. There was ample lacing in thin sheets as the head went down.
The aroma was initially roasty, with a little burnt malt as an accent, and some subtle dark fruit notes. There was also some sweetness, brown sugar and molasses come to mind.
I think the taste was considerably more bold than the aroma. There’s a real nice dark malt and roasty malt component that’s up front, with side notes of coffee, chocolate, and just a tinge of burnt malt character. Sweetness is also a major component of the flavor, with a real nice brown sugar component, with a touch of blackstrap molasses as an accent. My take is that the chocolate component is more of a milk chocolate one than a dark chocolate one, and I don’t taste much of the semi-sweet baker’s chocolate flavors that I sometimes get from stouts or robust porters.
I rather like the mouthfeel. It’s not real heavy or thick, but isn’t overly watery or too thin either. The medium mouthfeel is well suited for this beer’s flavor and alcohol profile. And by the way, I really can’t taste or smell any alcohol in this beer.
My overall impression is that this is a fine porter, and having tried it, I want to try more beers from this brewery.
The bottom line is that a local brewery has produced a fine and tasty beer which is available for sale in my local area stores (at a reasonable price too!). Anytime someone can buy local beers from local breweries, it’s a good day for us all. Support local breweries and businesses. For me that means picking up another variety of Big Texas Beers next time I’m near the liquor store. I think I’ll pick up the blonde and the working man’s stiff ESB. I might still try the scotch ale (if I can get into the mood for a scotch ale, lol, it’s just not a style that I’m real crazy about).
Cheers to Big Texas Beers, I hope your brewery is a big success! And Keep ’em coming, I’m always looking for new beers and new breweries!