5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Dirty orangish straw, fine sediment about, thin frothy off-white head, little lacing.   Semi-sweet doughy and bready aroma.   Faint floral and fruity notes.   Seems more citrusy, doughy, with some dank barnish notes on the tongue.   Not heavy in the bready sense, which so many American brewers do.   This was a bit of a surprise to me.   Backside is a bit musty, faint floral and citrusy, doughy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Th 10.5% ABV is very well hidden.   Better than expected.   Thanks Bill!
dfinney23 (1754) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange-amber with little head. Caramel, fruity sweetness, biscuit. Hides its alcohol quite well.
Fratto (2649) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Ashley. Light orange with a massive head that took a solid ten ounces of my glass. Aroma is earthy and crazy sweetness. Taste is way sweet, so much syrup, agh. Sticky finish.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of florals, biscuit, citrus, and dough. Flavor of biscuit, yeast, almond, honey, cardboard (oxidation), and earthiness.
jkwalking05 (3883) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Golden orange with a large off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, whole grain crackers, light lemon, earth, and yeast. Taste is of candy sugar, booze, honey, bread dough, and light leafiness.
travita (4110) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The look is cloudy, not blonde, copper colored, and has a big foamy beige head. The smell is sweet, fruits, styrofoam, sugary, and star fruit. The taste is about the same, alcohol, and malt.
drjay44 (2703) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, very well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a hazy light gold (SRM 4) body.....nose is candi sugar, treacle, light toasted malts with biscuit, toast, minimal hops......taste is sweet with light honey tones, candi lsugar, hints of cereal, finishing sweet, light pepper, with a terminal mild bitterness.....mouth feel, light body, high alcohol burn, sticky, light acidity, low carbonation. This misses the style of Belgian Golden Strong, which the brewery indicated was the goal. It is too simply sweet, without the appropriate, phenolics, esters, and finishing balancing dryness and bitterness. Higher fermentation temperature, perhaps a change of yeast and perhaps lowering the candidate sugar would make a difference. BJCP 6/3/12/3/6
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by AFHops and Adrien-22oz bottle-white ting-hazy gold. A-soft grain. As it warms, some lt fruit. T-lt fruit, grain, some spice. Warming on the way down.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
$6.29/22 oz. bottle. It poured a golden blonde, and yes, it does have an appearance of a "light beer." The aroma has some black pepper and other spice like yeast esters. Maybe even some banana. The taste has some banana with more black pepper and spices. Itís followed by some sweetness with an unpleasing finish. Enough so that Iíll have a hard time finishing a single glass of this. Itís has a touch of a syrup feel but not as much as youíd expect from such a big blonde beer. The palate is slightly sticky. This brewery seems to portray that BIG BRASH LOUD Texan that most people find obnoxious. You know the kind in the movies. Fortunately itís not the norm here, but I commend them for being who they are and being proud about it.
AirForceHops (3404) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. The nose starts off with a light malts, followed by some subtle yeast esters. Taste is light breadiness to begin. Prominent fruity Belgian yeast with large amounts of pale malt character to this beer overall. The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation. The only reason I could recognize the ABV was by the warming sensation after the sip. No alcohol flavor at all. Very well made brew.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 Yellow-tan and just a touch of haze, white head is about a half finger and lasted a bit, leaving a sheen of white and sparse lacing.
Aroma is a bit different from what I expected, kinda like a blonde mixed with a saison, mixed with just a splash of tripel. Thereís just a touch of fruitiness too.
Taste wise, I think they really kind of nailed with the name. Itís very blonde ale-ish, even though the alcohol is so high that few would consider it to be an actual blonde ale. But it does somewhat have the blonde ale taste. Itís not real heavy on the flavor, just like a blonde, but does have a fair bit of lemony citrus, graininess, and some of the yeasty character of tripels and Belgian pales. Thereís enough slightly spicy hops to make it a well balanced beer.
Drink is amazing, medium bodied, but with a well hidden alcohol that packs quite a punch.
Itís very different and innovative. Iím going to pick up another bomber of this one again.
After trying all four of the Texas Big Beers available so far, I like the ESB best, but itís close with the Porter. The blonde and the Scotch ale are also pretty darn tasty. I love the innovation of this brewery, and love that itís pretty local. Great job!