Rye Knot Brown - COAST Brewing Company
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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
4.43/5 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
3.48/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
01-28-2011 19:54:41 | More by MayLattimore
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-28-2010 13:14:15 | More by thagr81us
District of Columbia
3.55/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
12-20-2010 01:55:50 | More by craytonic
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
4.45/5 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%
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
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-11-2010 01:48:04 | More by Ryan011235
3.9/5 rDev -8%
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.
11-07-2010 04:46:51 | More by MbpBugeye
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
11-01-2010 13:07:17 | More by PDXHops
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-29-2009 07:22:35 | More by corby112
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
12-04-2009 23:58:12 | More by paco1029384756
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
4.33/5 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
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
11-23-2009 20:50:17 | More by grayburn
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
11-08-2009 18:08:04 | More by Nesued
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-02-2009 19:17:53 | More by jnn4v
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-10-2009 16:29:28 | More by HeyItsChili
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
4.72/5 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
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-20-2008 16:17:44 | More by avalon07
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
Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.