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Rye Knot Brown - COAST Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
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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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
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

InspectorBob, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

corby112, Dec 29, 2009
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 avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

avalon07, Nov 20, 2008
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 gford217
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

gford217, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 07, 2010
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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
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 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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

MacQ32, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
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 SaCkErZ9
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 02, 2009
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
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

jrohrbacher, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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.

MbpBugeye, Nov 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

scott2269, Feb 01, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

paco1029384756, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

craytonic, Dec 20, 2010
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Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.