Rye Knot Brown - COAST Brewing Company

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 63
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

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.
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 36
Photo of MayLattimore
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice head. Smelled like coffee and chocolate with roasted malt. The taste was okay. I don't know what I was expecting to be different. But, I was a bit put off by this. The mouthfeel was very nice however. Overall, I guess I just didn't come away loving this beer. I only had one. But, I'm looking forward to tasting other beers from them.

Photo of craytonic
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown murky pour, big frothy tan head

Smell: Tons of roasted malts and some burnt coffee and bitter chocolate with rye

Taste: Similar to the above, roasted malts, rye, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate. I hate all of them and wasn't a fan. A bit smokey.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, perfect carbonation. COAST excels here.

Drinkability: Big flavors, hard for me to consume much.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours more like a nitro stout than anything else. Huge cream head with very small bubbles. Color is very dark brown with a tinge of red.

S: Nutty... lighter than expected. Hard to define due to a bit of weakness. Malty.

T: Pretty solid. Good nut charachter. Malt comes through well. Balanced by some bitterness. Very earthy. A bit of smokiness.

M: A little light in body. Carbonation is moderately aggressive but not too bad. Bitter develops more than other flavors.

A pretty solid showing from COAST. Def not my favorite from them but a solid brew. One of the better nut browns I've had.... or it is knot brown? Nah it's pretty nutty. Worth checking out.

Photo of Nesued
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of grayburn
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice local example of a brown ale, noticably spiced up from the rye. A dark brown pour with minimal head, a bit too cold from the tap, but gets much better as it warms up.

The nose is quite subdued, but the flavor is far from it. A very nice brown ale complimented by the peppery rye quite well. The mouth is nice and thick, finishing nicely dry which makes this very drinkable.

Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Coast... Served in a shaker pint -

A: Dark, dark brown; light tan head forms about a quarter inch of foam and leaves no lace.

S: Light roasty notes; chocolate malt; pungent rye is pretty noticeable throughout the sniff(s).

T: Sweet malt with some nice toasty / roasty notes thrown in... Chocolate and light coffee, too; rye doesn't overpower - just adds a nice extra dimension; maybe a tad of smoke on the end.

M: Full bodied and moderate carbonation; rye adds a touch of dryness and complements the earthy / slightly grassy hops present towards the finish; pretty smooth.

D / O: A nice brew, but not one of my favorites from Coast; a very big, bold brown ale, with a lot going on in the aroma and taste departments... A good fall beer, but nothing I'd go to crazy for.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by ryan011235 via PDXhops.

A- Ryan put it nicely when he said, "This is a puffy sum bitch". We both ended up with quite a lot of sand colored foam. I expected a generous lacing but was disappointed. The beer is mighty dark, but allows roasty shades of auburn and mahogany to peek out.

S- A slight weakness in the nose is a minor let down. I'm getting lots of brown ale style chocolate and grassy/floral hops. A milky creaminess and plenty of rye grain sourness.

T- This tastes pretty good. A creamy chocolatiness kicks things off. Balancing is left up to hops that are mostly grassy with notions of lemon interspersed. This is one of the most rye heavy beers I've had. Loads of toasted sourdough, spicy and sour rye grain. Some dark fruits are at play as well.

M- Quite creamy feeling most of the time. Carbonation dials its self down over the course of the glass. The finish has a slightly odd slickness to it.

D- In all this is a pretty good beer, but not one that I would usually find myself drinking.

Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade with raverjames. Thanks a lot man!

Pours a very dark hazelnut/chestnut brown color which is completely opaque with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger beige head that quickly fades into a thin ring.

Roasted sweet chocolate malt aroma with touches of coffee, toffee, caramel, oatmeal and toast. The bittersweet dark chocolate notes are very prominent and the roastiness is subtle enough to not overpower the other scents. Slightly smokey with minimal earthy hops.

Roasty medium chocolate malt body that is a little thinner than I hoped with plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, along with hints of hazelnut, rye, burnt toast, roasted coffee bean and toffee. The roasted malt presence is much more prominent than he aroma suggests slightly overpowering the silky chewy chocolate malt. Subtle rye sweetness and a dry finish.

Photo of jnn4v
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from CBX in Charleston and reviewed it within 24 hours.

A: Poured a dark brown color, but slightly translucent. Foamy head filled about 1/4 of the 20 oz glass i was using. No sediment or haze.

S: Lots of roasty scents, and a hint of something citrusy as well. The roastiness is unique, since it's more of a roasted malt scent, with little or none of the coffee that you'd expect. Overall good, and very interesting at that.

T: Taste matches up nicely to the scent. I'm enjoying a blend of malty, chocoaltey, bready sweetness with some good bitterness from the hops. The citrus and hop flavors are a bit more concealed, but still there. As it warmed, some coffee did begin to lurk out.

M: Very good texture. The foaminess that I thought was indicative of overcarbonation turned out to be just fine. Not too bubbley or flat, and not too thick or too thin.

D: Good drinkability. The 7% alcohol is well concealed with the balance of sweetness and bitterness. However, after 20oz, I wasn't 100% sure I was ready for another glass that size.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a Dark brown color and a somewhat thick texture. There was a good half inch of head and some solid lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, coffee and mild hops.

T: A well done taste, with roasted malt, roasted coffee, hops and a sugary quality. Nicely balanced.

M: A decently carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer and a good example of an American brown ale. A likable beer altogether.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of kkipple
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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!!!``

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to JISurfer.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a tiny light tan head and uneven lacing.

Scent of fairly strong roasted malts, coffee, caramel, spicy hops, rye, and sweet milk chocolate. Very similar to a Porter, reminds me of Founders Porter with a nice bite of rye.

Taste of spicy hops, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, rye, and coffee. Starts off with bitter roasted malts and coffee and finishes with a sweet hoppy rye flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong bite, a little overbearing, but pleasant.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: dark brown with some light passing through. Half finger head and lots of lacing.

S: chocolate and light roast malt with some coffee/ espresso notes.

T: lots of coffee throughout this one, more than expected. The sweet chocolate flavor lasts throughout as well and actually overshadows the coffee in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation .

Overall: a very good and very drinkable beer. The chocolate and coffee is more than expected but balanced.

Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of YankChef
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fear025
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
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