Brettish Bulldog - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: jhartley on 07-25-2014

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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)

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Tilly
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful dark orange slightly hazy colors. Khaki colored frost about one fin impaired.
Sweet aromas of raisins, melons, butterscotch abd pear.
Taste of something else. Malts, sourness and some other funky taste I really can't put my finger on.
Deep, rich full bodied mouth.
Different beer. Worth a try.

Photo of Randunkel
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misleading sour smell, but curiously delicious. Nice balance between malt and funk.

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This presents an interesting array of flavors that seem not to be appropriately paired but work none the less. Lightly sour Brett character mixes with ATGs typical smokey meaty jerky leather. White wine turns to a toffee malt, turns to a ginger and nutmeg. Old Ale meets Brett meets Against the Grain.

Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Huge brett character in this one (duh) and while I initially found the idea of an Old Ale base being brett-conditioned very appealing, I feel like the brett may be detracting from the sweet Old Ale characteristics I was hoping to find. The English malts pull through nicely but that caramel goodness is really hidden. Overall very enjoyable; just not what I expected and not done to the style's fullpotential, imo.

Photo of Joelcowen
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Complex ale with golden caramel smell, slight hint of spices. Sharp hit at the beginning which then mellows out to the caramel and actually finishes with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Overall, very lovely and comes for an ale, well done.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16.9 ounce bottle served in a wine glass

Appearance is amber with plenty of light shining through, a finger or two of head, decent retention, no lacing

Smell is pear, dragonfruit, and white grapes up front, rounds out with brettanomyces, caramel, toffee, and oak

Taste is raisins first, then fades into butterscotch, finish is dry with brett, little bit of booze coming through in the flavor too, dark fruits once it warms with some caramel and then finishes with funk from the yeast

Mouthfeel is slick, relentlessly dry, slightly crisp because of strong carbonation, brett helps it from being cloying, otherwise this had potential to be an overly sweet beer

Overall it is an interesting beer, the yeast saved this from missing the mark, couple years in the cellar would probably do this well and it would be interesting to see how much it changed, if I had an extra bottle, I would not drink it for a while

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

I like this beer but I rate to style and the Bret is very obvious. This is an interesting take on an Old Ale but do not expect the standard flavor profile.

Brettish Bulldog from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.