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Five Roses: A Rick Astley Joint - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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(Beer added by: jtladner on 01-04-2014)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, apparently this is the Schwartz edition. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark ruby red/mahogany color with about a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, wood, tart berries and some funk. It tastes like roasted malt, tart dark fruit, wood, chocolate, and a bit of funk and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth. I thought this was a tasty brew, definitely worth a try. Hope I get to try the other versions!

bluejacket74, May 24, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color—it is nearly opaque but the edges appear translucent near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of wood from the red cypress aging are present in the nose. Hints of dark malts are also perceptible.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with hints of wood.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste much like a wild kölsch, but more like an oak aged schwarzbier. Nonetheless, it is easy to drink and unique.

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A: Pours an almost opaque but still clear mahogany in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a hint of cola brown + reddish-amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy beige head that reduces quickly to a medium sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of slightly funky sourness with hints of wood (red cyprus) and almost a hint of vinegar acidity.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of vinous malts with a hint of sourness. There is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts and light to moderate notes of cypress wood. Minimal amounts of bitterness and just a touch of acidity.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of acidic prickliness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a slightly strange yet enjoyable hybrid - sort of a kolsch mixed with a barrel-aged schwarzbeir and just a hint of a belgian style sour. Easy to drink and very light. Overall not very sour, just the lightest hints of sourness.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kolsch-style, cypress, wild yeast and Rick Astley- and just when you thought creativity was dead?!

Where something caught between traditional German-type Kolsch and Belgian sour is expected, the complicated ale pours with a hazy canary-yellow color that's full of yeast. The second pour goldens things up a bit. Where head character is lightly fizzy and short-lived, this can be common for sour ales and lighter wood-aged beers.

Its funky and grainy aromas are also delicately malty with notes of fresh bread dough and dry wafer crackers. But the fruit and acidic tones blend in with the sulfury aromas in order to lend a cidery and limey scent. Still, a musty whiff of aged wood and dry leather permits.

Its taste is the same part-malt, part-grain combo that was promised in aroma. But the tartness of green apple, green grape, and dried limes brings the beer out of the Kolsch world and into the funky sour world. Where the beer mere stops at tangy tartness, its sharpness and earthiness is evident. Mild salt brine, dried wood, mineral, and a crisp herbal bitterness gives the finish a briskness that avoids complete grainy flavor.

Light bodied throughout, the beer's Kolsch-like tendencies are already light and bready, but the wild yeast and bacteria really dies the beer and leaves an arid grain-derived bite on the late palate. Minty warmth, grain and acidity play out is a quick aftertaste for quite a refreshing session.

Where the base for Kolsch already contain many of the recipe options that are common to sour ales, the beer isn't Kolschy enough to gain favor- it lacks the floral hop character and soft breadiness that make them so endearing. Also, it isn't sour enough to qualify as a gueuze, lambic, or American Wild Ale. But its straddle of the fence should appeal to markets of both. The beer is certainly not as tasteless as Rick Astley's music.

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Five Roses: A Rick Astley Joint from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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