Rye Knot Brown - COAST Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
09-24-2008 22:57:22 | More by mikesgroove
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
I've had this on tap, and casked with chocolate nibs (probably my favorite experience, if only for the one-or-two night possibility), but this review is for one of the bottles released.
Poured out a dark brown with red hues around the edges, almost like a porter. Not a big head, but there are little swirls of tan bubbles lying on top the whole way down and some lacing. The smell is of earthy hops and spicy rye. I can even smell a bit of the roasted malts, I think there's a bit of chocolate rye in this, combining my two favorite smells. The taste is sweet with that rye kicker. I don't know how else to describe the taste of rye in beer for anyone who hasn't had it, but I love it, especially with a bit of roasted goodness. Very smooth drinker, with a wide range of different flavors to seek out. I could enjoy this in any setting. Too bad there probably aren't any more bottles, and I don't know about the current tap situation of this beer, but I suppose that's part of the joy of seasonal beers.
11-25-2008 03:40:03 | More by taylorhamrick
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
Boy am I glad I could try this...quite interesting to say the least.
Pours a very dark brown with ruby edges and an off-white tannish head that settles to a ring. Smell reminds me somewhat of Bender, which can only be a good thing. Some chocolate and caramel, hints of roasted coffee, along with some spicy aromas that must be coming from the rye. Quite a journey when it comes to taste but it's great. Lots of malt flavors. It's sweet a good deal of the time but the rye adds this spice to the beer that is lovely. Great blend of flavors. Some chocolate, caramel, and toffee up front and definite coffee in the aftertaste. The spicy flavor from the rye is a great compliment to a darker beer. In many cases a hop bitterness would be where the spice comes through and while I love my hops this is some good stuff. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Smooth and mostly creamy aside from a great rye finish. It doesn't have a dryness but leaves an interesting sensation following the vevlety beginning. Very drinkable. I certainly got through a large pint with no problem and only hope to try this again in the future. Another winner from COAST!
04-02-2008 03:27:09 | More by ncvbc
4.58/5 rDev +8%
22oz bottle, courtesy of modernartblues, into a Duvel tulip.
A: A steady pour results in nearly 3 fingers of creamy, frothy light brown head above a body that's such a dark brown that it's barely distinguishable from a stout. Definitely darker than expected for a brown ale, but I'm hoping that's a promise of malty goodness to come. Very inviting.
S: Not a stout, but not that far off: plenty of roasted malt jumps out right away, lending hints of coffee and dark chocolate to a base of rich caramel. I'm not getting much in the way of rye, but otherwise the label's promise of coffee, chocolate, and caramel is spot on (and I didn't read that until after I made my initial observations, I swear!). The coffee is just huge for a brown ale, and I'm loving every bit of it.
T: Big and intense up front, with coffee and chocolate leading the way. After the initial wave of roastiness, smooth crystal malt makes its presence felt, followed by a hint of spicy rye on the tail end. Only the faintest hint of earthy hoppiness shows up on the finish, but together with the roastiness its enough to keep the malt sweetness in check. Overall a very well-integrated set of flavors. Delicious.
M: Smooth light-to-medium body with moderate, unobtrusive carbonation. A little more heft might have been nice, but I'm not really complaining.
D: It's so delicious that I could drink multiple bombers easily, but I have to acknowledge that the substantial roastiness makes it a bit more challenging than your typical brown ale. I prefer stouts and porters to browns in general, so it doesn't bother me in the least. Still, I could see a fan of Newcastle or SN Tumbler being overwhelmed by this one.
Notes: Yet another great beer from COAST. This is only the third one of their brews I've had the pleasure of trying (still sitting on a Blackbeerd), and the first malty one. You never know what to expect from the other side of the spectrum, but it only took one sniff for me to know that Rye Knot was every bit as special in its own way as HopArt and Boy King. Complex without being cloying, smooth without being simple, this is probably the best American Brown Ale I've ever had. Thanks a ton, Eli!
12-07-2010 00:54:59 | More by woosterbill
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-25-2010 04:06:05 | More by modernartblues
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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
10-17-2008 14:48:00 | More by blackie
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Bottle courtesy of rnorgart poured into a pint glass.
Pours very, very dark for a brown ale - a deep mahogany - with a small, short-lived tan head that disappeared almost immediately and left no trace of lacing.
The aroma is where things started to get really interesting. There is a bunch of things going on, starting with whiffs of the toasted rye malts with dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Getting a little bit of caramel sweetness as well.
The taste is just as complex with the opening sweetness of caramel and chocolate giving way to a bit of roasted espresso and dark, dark malts. The finish is slightly bitter with the coffee and spicy with the malts. A whole lot going one but comes together very nicely.
The mouthfeel is well-carbonated despite the pour looking fairly dead. It's definitely on the full side of things in the body for a brown ale with such low ABV.
Despite being a pretty big beer for the style, it's still very drinkable. This is my first beer from COAST and I certainly look forward to trying others after this impressive brew.
12-31-2008 02:35:57 | More by gford217
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Served from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange on Nov 3 of this year. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a fluffy cashmere head.
Aroma is bready and slightly chocolatey. A touch of metallic coffee as well. Toasty with the slightest bit or roast character as well. Smells nice.
Really nice flavor. Chocolatey with a nice toast character. I am not sure if I taste any rye but I certainly get a spit of spiciness that is typical in rye beers. Quite earthy and musty with earthy hoppiness. Coffee begins to emerge and makes its presence known as the beer warms.
A liked this one a lot. The spiciness really makes this an interesting brown ale that I am able to drink and drink lots of. COAST puts out awesome beers and this is just another one of those class act beers from the Charleston brewery.
12-02-2009 21:25:26 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.45/5 rDev +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.
11-14-2010 15:35:27 | More by jpmclaug
4.45/5 rDev +5%
poured from a growler into an irish pub glass.
very ruddy ruby hue, would be opaque if not held to a light.nice tan head that disapates to a thin ring.
a very nice sour rye aroma dominates, yet is not over powering.additional wiffs of a nice malty grain bill and very minamal hops.
I pick up on a black coffee flavor right away that yeilds to a nice hoppy bitter and finishes with a long rye sour mash and unsweet chocolate.WOW!
what might appear to be a stout is not, porter you might ask well no again.the mouthfeel is absolutly of the style, a little thin with a medium carbonation.
This brew has some outstanding flavorful drinkability, seek out and enjoy. Wonderful stuff!
11-19-2010 02:06:33 | More by welldigger888
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Consumed from the tap at Barley's Taproom in Greenville on 11/05/08.
Rich and decadent from the pour, rich and brown in color. Some carbonation and a faint tan head left a light lacing.
Aromas thick with notes of the roasted malts, rye goodness, caramel, and some hop twang. Very rich and extremely well-balanced. Smooth on the palate with the caramel and chocolate intertwined with the rye notes. Solid sweetness, but balance is the name of the game here. Bold flavors but not overly so. Low-ish ABV makes this one an all-nighter.
While I am partial to the 32/50 Kolsch, this is perhaps my next favorite from Coast. Solid, solid offering.
11-06-2008 13:32:08 | More by goindownsouth
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-21-2013 18:08:51 | More by jmarsh123
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Aroma:Smells a little malty, some smokeyness, some oak aromas. There is also a little tangyness to the aroma.
Appearance:Dark reddish-brown in color. Light tan head that's quite tall with good retention.
Taste:Malty, a little caramel, chocolate, toasted malts, hazelnut.
Mouthfeel:Medium body with good carbonation.
Drinkability:This is one of the better examples of brown ale out there, I really enjoyed it.
03-01-2011 23:46:13 | More by fear025
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
on tap at the mellow mushroom
appearance: THick dark brown, really cloudy with a thick head.
smell: sweet and bitter chocolate along with a little maple
taste: rich and malty with just enough hops to bring some balance. Very strong chocolate, but not overly sweet.
Overall: really rich and delicious, very highly recommended offering from coast, they really are doing great things and especially in a state starved of people making beer within it.
10-29-2008 22:49:27 | More by YankChef
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
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!
11-21-2011 00:40:51 | More by jsanford
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.
L – Deep brown color with a 3-finger dense, creamy, foamy cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and phenomenal lacing with sheets of foam running down the glass. This has some of the best head retention and lacing that I’ve seen in a long time.
S – Toasted, nutty, and caramel malts with a hint of spicy rye, as well. There might be a touch of the roasted coffee notes that the bottle talks about, but toasty and nutty malts dominate as they should in a beer like this.
T – Starts off sweet with caramel and chocolate flavors and progresses to more nutty and toasted notes at about mid-taste. A bit of roasted coffee bitterness and a definite rye spiciness can be appreciated at the finish.
F – Medium-to-full-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky, creamy, and silky-smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Some roasted bitterness but mostly rye spiciness lingers on the tongue nicely.
O – This is a brilliantly crafted brew and a very interesting take on a brown ale. The appearance and mouthfeel are both phenomenal. The head characteristics are out of this world, and the mouthfeel is absurdly smooth and creamy. It is downright tasty, too. Adding some more roasted malts and some rye definitely set this beer apart from other beers of the style that I’ve had. I’m not sure if it tastes any better or worse than beers of this caliber from the style; it’s just different. This is definitely a beer you should try to get your hands on.
12-08-2012 02:05:13 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-25-2009 03:11:09 | More by glid02
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-25-2012 03:00:53 | More by Bung
Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.