Rye Knot Brown - COAST Brewing Company
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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
4.5/5 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
4.88/5 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
4.7/5 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
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-22-2007 05:18:46 | More by kkipple
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
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!!!``
10-21-2007 00:14:35 | More by MarkSCCOT
Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.