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Rye Knot Brown - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 64
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full bodied dark brown ale. Intense malt character with a slight caramel sweetness. The chocolate and rye malts add to the rich roasted coffee notes.

(Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007)
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's something I can't recall having -- a coffee rye beer. Lest I sound like a broken turntable, Coast earns major points from me for brewing something different for one of their first 3 beers.

This one is a clear, light brown beer with a fat tight tan head. Great retention off the tap, eventually grudgingly fades to about 2 centimeters and stays there.

Yeah, alright, this smells great... a lot like a smooth English porter with a a coffee kick at first, but then in comes the rye "heat" and things liven up considerably. Of course there's roasted malt, chocolate, and that singed note that's essential for this sort of thing.

Tastes very good. Coffee-malt, chocolate, char-roast and bittersweet malts upfront, a hint of bittering hops, and that elusive, mysterious rye flavor bouncing all over the place. Very smooth, the rye is a tease but doesn't overpower. It keeps things interesting, too. I kept going back for more and before I knew it I was standing in line for another glass....hmm...

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is medium. Aftertaste is roasty coffee and bittersweet, but ultimately smooth. Actually rather cooling, oddly.

I really dug this beer. It's tasty, unique, daring, and flat works. I would classify this as a rye-porter if asked, but since I wasn't, let's just stick it in the "good beer" category and leave it at that. Go get you some.

kkipple, Oct 22, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of marvin213
4/5  rDev -5.7%

marvin213, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by pghlee - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of roasted and toasted malts with good amounts of milk chocolate. There's not as much rye in the nose as I was expecting.

Tastes very good. Equal parts roasted and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the rye spiciness kicks in and carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better brown ales I remember having although one could argue it's a hybrid with a stout or a porter. Either way, it's a delicious beer and one that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of whitekiboko
4/5  rDev -5.7%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler obtained directly from the source. Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, caramel, hazelnut, and chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a complex aroma and flavor going on here. The aroma was very nice and the flavor was okay. The flavor was just a little more roasty than I enjoy myself. This is a must try for any fan of the style without doubt.

thagr81us, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of md655321
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

md655321, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Dirty brown pour, half finger of cream colored head. Retained pretty well, just slightly sticking to the glass.

Aroma, nutty, chocolatey, toasted malt. Some leather, peat, earthy/herbal hop notes.

Taste, toasted malt, pumpernickel, walnut. Hop notes are herbal, light pine. Faint anise and some coffee as well. Some cocoa, dark chocolate overcomes it.

Maybe mid- bodied. Good carbonation, good drinkability.
Browns are what they are, it is tough to be too overwhelmed by one. But this is one of the better brown ales out there.

Bung, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of exposur3
4/5  rDev -5.7%

exposur3, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the source, poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with light brown edges and a khaki-colored head that fades to a slight haze and ring. Nose is straight-up coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a touch of roasted hazelnuts and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Taste is quite similar to the nose, mostly milk chocolate and sweet coffee with more roasted malt and nuts. Finish is long-lasting and pleasantly "roasty". Mouthfeel is smooth and quite creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall a superb Brown Ale, glad to finally try this one!

jsanford, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fairly big creamy beige head. Excellent retention keeping a cap on the beer the whole way down with good chunky lacing.

Distinct nuttiness on the nose. A little bit of roasted malt and coffee as well with perhaps a touch of earthy bitterness.

Flavor starts out with more of a sweet chocolate flavor before really finishing very nutty and spicy. Combo of the grainy nut flavor along with rye is superb.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Well done by a brewer I've enjoyed in the past on a style that tends to be fairly even and boring. This one had some distinct characteristics and was a very pleasant beer to put down.

jmarsh123, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Brewgrass festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumed on 09/20/2008 and reviewed from notes taken at the time.

I have had this before, straight out of the tanks, but hardly fair to review it in such capacity. Thrilled that Jamie and David made the drive up I bee lined for this booth and hung out for a bit getting more then my fair share  the pour was very nice, rich, semi translucent hazelnut brown color. Some carbonation, but hard to make anything out through the color. A smallish tan head came up over the top and let down slowly revealing some nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was rich as could be, big caramel and chocolate malt notes ruled the day here. A slight hint of a peppery like spice tingling the nose, had to be the rye. Very rich though, and very well balanced. The flavor was more of the same. Very nice, medium feel to this one, was just light enough to be able to be session able, but filling enough to thoroughly coat the palate and relieve give you a great sense on its presence. Very nice flavors here, as it works across the tongue. Big not of caramel and chocolate on the first sip, that faded and was quickly replaced by a hit of spicy rye. Very interesting mixture here, and if you had presented the idea of a chocolate rye brown ale to me I would have never thought it would have work, but hot damn, does it ever. One of the best tasting brown ales I have ever had, hell if it isn't the best. So well balanced with a delicate sweet and yet spicy profile that really is just a thrill to behold. Very easy to session this one as the ABV is low and the sippable factor is huge here.

Overall I would love to have this on tap locally. One of the finest beers I have tasted in quite a while, and the uniqueness here is unparallel. If you can get down to Charleston you have just got to try this, it is simply one of a kind.

mikesgroove, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of ecmoon3
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ecmoon3, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: comes with a meringue thick light-khaki head that recedes slowly, and leaves a very generous coating atop the deep ebony colored beer

s: superb balance of dark chocolate and bitter roast aromas, delicately smoky fresh coffee, mildly spicy rye presence, earthy pine hop aroma, full caramel malt backbone

m: assuming this is not nitro, the mouthfeel is even more impressive...tiny bubbles on the low side accompany a milkshake smooth body

t: much like the aroma, creamy chocolate malt with a balanced roasted barley note over a caramel malt sweetness, thick with malt and just a touch of rye towards the finish, very full flavored and delicious, hops earthy and leave a moderate bitterness in the roasty finish, smoky espresso emerges deep in the finish

d: heavy to the point that drinkability could be lower, but the straight deliciousness more than makes up for that

COAST continues to impress...this brown goes well beyond your typical example of the style, and arguably peers into porter territory, one of the more unique browns in quite some time

standard pint at Charleston Beer Works and additional notes from a bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange 12/09

blackie, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jpmclaug
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goes from a growler from Piney Grove Green's into my COAST pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black but when held up to the light provides some ruby notes. Big fluffy tan head sticks around for the ride.

S - Big roasted notes with a nice smattering of hops mixed in. Some chocolate and coffee. In general reminds me more of a porter so far than a brown ale

T - Once again picking up more porter like characteristics. Nice chocolate and coffee notes with a bit of spice provided by the rye. The more I drink the more the rye becomes present. Still this reminds me more of a porter with the rich malty flavors albeit a hopped up one. This is balanced well.

M - Medium bodied, maybe a bit on the high end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - Really drinkable. Really tasty beer. If COAST was going to pick another beer to reside in bottles full time next to the IPA and Kolsch this one would be a prime candidate. I like this beer a lot. I wish it was easier to get.

jpmclaug, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DangerDawg, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -29.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the West Ashley Good Beer Festival and just now getting down to reviewing my notes.

A - Pours dark brown but not quite stout-black, sort of surprising.

S - Wonderful aroma of roasted rye, caramel, malt, a little coffee.

T - The taste is sweet, brown sugar at first but with the rye creeping in to balance it off.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Notes - Delicious, my only complaint is that it is not more widely distributed in the lowcountry.

HeyItsChili, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

CarolinaKev, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler/Duvel tulip. Pours out what barely qualifies as brown, and is rather close to black at first glance. Mahogany brown highlights reveal themselves when held up to light. poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice frothy and long-lasting beige head, plentiful lacing.

Nose at first screams 'hoppy porter'. Huge roasted and burnt malt aromas up front, very dry and fresh. Subsequent sniffs as it warms reveal singed wood and rye in no short supply.

Huge rye flavors, absolutely the most I've tasted in a beer. It works quite well with the burnt malts. A hint of smokiness seems to come and go at times. Exceedingly dry, with just a modest amount of semisweet chocolate. Long burnt malt and rye finish. Palate fatigue became an issue... about halfway through my 4th pint. So yeah, drinkability's pretty good. Damned tasty, very distinctive.

Overall impression: Maybe this should have been classified as a rye ale? Not sure I go along with the designation as an American Brown. Then again, this style doesn't seem to have much in the way of strict guidelines. Regardless of labels, another winner from COAST. Tasty, challenging, easily recommended.

PDXHops, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 11/6/10

Thanks to PDXHops for the growler; I've enlisted MbpBugeye to help kill it

Very high carbonation; easily pours three fingers of foam - tiny bubbles look like caviar wiggling around. Quite dark in the glass, though when held to the light it has a rusty brown color. The head is slow to dissipate; lacing is pretty good throughout.

The aroma boasts a lot of rye, indeed. Lots of dry, toasted bread notes & a pointed rye spiciness. Mild, cocoa-like sweetness lingers in the back. Earthy hints on the peripheries. The nose is straight-forward & the taste is no different. Bold toasted rye notes. Semi-sweet cocoa nibs offer an tasty balance. Even-keeled spiciness. What more is there to say? This unabashedly rye-centric. Medium body with fairly low carbonation - just a very slight agitation. No surprise, rye lingers long on the finish.

Rye? Rye Knot? Boulevard Rye on Rye is the only other beer I've had that utilizes rye to this level of max. Anyway, this is an easy drinker. Right on, COAST.

Ryan011235, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an experimental beer tried by the Coast Brewing Company. Yet, I think they almost hit the nail on the head.
To preface this review, one of my all time favorite beers is Terrapin Wake "N" Bake Stout. This beer folds coffee into a beer without the horrible experience of drinking a cold brew with a shot of beer. I held this beer up to this standard, rightly or wrongly.

A. A great dark beer with a moderate head and decent lacing.

S. It says chocolate rye, but I smell coffee. Good strong cofee with a sweet aftertaste.

T. Coffee. Good healhty coffee. The ending is a little sharp, but faithful to the style.

M. Good. Keeping the comparison in mind, I wish the finish were softer and sweeter, but still great!!!

David, do this beer with an oatmeal mash and keep the rest the same. Then...put me down for a 6'er a week myself!!!``

MarkSCCOT, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Nesued
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained a growler on Rare Keg Thursday at the Piney Grove Green's in Columbia, SC.

Appearance - Dark caramel/brown color, light to moderate head formed upon the inital pour. Dimished quickly. Hard to determine the amount of carbonation but if I had to guess it would be light.

Smell - Big initial coffee nose with a faint grassy body as well. A toasty toffee nose overall.

Taste - Ample continuation of the coffee presence at the opening, a bold/bitter middle game where the hops make their presence known and a somewhat biting, almost tart finish from the rye addition.

Mouthfeel - A light watery mouthfeel. My only down-tick. Could have used more body to go along with the density present in the initial offering. Really lost it at the end.

Drinkability - I like browns, both DFH offerings being high on my list of great ones. This falls short of those, but is no slouch. I would prefer to have more of a mouthfeel.

Nesued, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of modernartblues
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown, tending towards black. Nice coffee looking head that is pretty persistent. Excellent lacing.

S: I get mostly a light dark chocolate aroma and a roastiness that reveals notes of coffee.

T: Excellent. Light notes of coffee and chocolate, that manage to tickle the palate without being overbearing. I usually think brown ales don't taste like much, but in this case the usually muted palate is used to good affect. Either the rye or the hops give a light bitterness at the end that is the metaphorical icing on the cake.

M: COAST excels at creating beers that immensely palatable regardless of their flavor profiles and this is no exception. Smooth light creaminess with just enough roast to keep me interested.

D: Growler #2 please.

Not sure if this a brown ale to style...the use of chocolate malt is far more prevalent in stouts and porters right? but the mouthfeel here is closer to a brown. Rather than debate the style, I'm just gonna say I love this beer and I think many others will too.

modernartblues, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev -5.7%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
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Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.