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Brettish Bulldog - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jhartley on 07-25-2014)
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Reviews by ZombiesAteMyDog:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 19, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Decent lacing & okay head retention

S: Brett sourness,, pears, faint butterscotch notes

T: Sourness, caramel, dryness, woodiness & pears & figs up front. Sourness & oaky notes as this warms , fig & white grape notes as this warms. Finishes figgy, sour, oaky, & dry

MF: Medium bodied, dry, delicate carbonation, warming

Interesting take on the style, the Brett worked well. It would be great set back a few for aging, but these bad boys aren't cheap at $10 a bottle ( 500 ml)

russpowell, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle consumed at the brewery in Louisville, KY and another stop in this city I wish I had more time to spend at. Full notes taking during consumption of this 500ml.

A- Pours a somewhat muddle maroon brown to a goblet from the bottle. An off white cap rises to half a finger or so with a foamy consistency. The head has decent retention and falls to a small ring. Lacing is sparse but some spots and sheets remain.

S- Spiced raisins, slight cherry Brett and a hefty dose of malts. Brown sugar, medium caramelized grain, light cocoa, red fruits, spicy straw and nuts.

T- Brett brings spice, slight cherry pie and that extremely dry straw feel to a malty brew. Grains responsible for toasted nut, bitter cocoa dust, medium caramel, cereal and slight sweetness. Raisins are big with grapes, brown sugar, musty leather and some alcohol. Very light lactic tarts.

MF- The body is fairly thick and oily slick but quite dry probably from the Brett aging. Carbonation somewhat high with a foamy and fluffy consistency. Finishes warm from the alcohol.

Brettish for sure but not a ton of the funk but brings a spicy dry feel with some cherry. Malty and fruity with some Brett.

cbutova, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

braugon, Sep 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

GRG1313, Oct 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

MichaelLamb, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Magery, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

johnjohnbeer, Oct 25, 2014
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

SPLITGRIN, Aug 09, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

jaydoc, Sep 19, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

crbnfbr, Aug 15, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

chrismattlin, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

threedaggers, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jman005, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Drahtschwein, Sep 15, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I see what you did there, and you almost pulled it off! The classic but young taste of nearish barleywine coupled with wild yeast nearly tricked me into thinking that this was indeed an Olde Ale. But eluding to that technique in its label wasn't a trick at all, rather- it's a skill!

While sweeter and hardened toffee notes about, its nearly butterscotch character floats above a stellar burgundy and mauve appearance. Laced with a creamy ecru creme, other earthen compounds arise- corkish must, weathered oak and simple wood rot come across as the taste gets back to the simpler toffee-laden character that forms the beer's foundation.

Across the middle, the beer goes back and forth between leather, tobacco and must then in the next sip its butterscotch, toffee and seared caramel. Even a drift of stone fruit, vinous red wine and cellar earthiness come into play before the long and savory finish ensues.

Strong in its taste, the full-bodied and slick beer wants to lessen but its youth remains persistent- demanding a strong sweetness that's reluctant to integrate it wild mustiness. Somewhat powdery and sweet the ale is caught between mature ale and sweeter young beer. Disjointed in its taste, the patient cellerar will reap this beer's rewards in a year or two.

BEERchitect, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

tsgooch79, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

esktime, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

TwelveOunces, Aug 25, 2014
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2.85/5  rDev -25%

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4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 for a 500 ml bottle.

I really enjoyed this beer. Although an usual mix it worked. Definite full malt from old ale component with softness of brett in background. I'm a big brett fan so my scores may be a bit higher than usual but the brett is not overpowering (which is why I liked this so much). Dense rocky head kept it all the way to the bottom of the glass.

wisrarebeer, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

gutbuster, Aug 12, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Slightly funky, woody, a touch sour. Lacks malt complexity for an old ale, and not funky enough for a good brett.

barczar, Aug 18, 2014
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Brettish Bulldog from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.