Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Not Rated.
35K35K

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

39 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 39
Hads: 351
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 16
Gots: 50 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 10-25-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 39 | Hads: 351
Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap at the brewery. Nice deep brown almost black color...good off white head.
Smell is sweet sugary malts. Taste is sweet lacto malts...not much roasted flavor but very sweet and sugar forward. Its very sweet and a definite "lacto" flavor is obvious. I like a good sweet stout, but this was VERY sweet...but i guess thats the style. Its a good sweet stout - one is good but its a good one, (401 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And its with a straight-down-the-middle approach that Against the Grain brews a spot-on English-style milk stout without deviating from the path. For a brewery that prides themselves on making beers of creativity and innovation, they didn't AtG this dark ale up too much.

Like many stouts, 35K pours with a dark, bark brown hue with just enough haze to prevent an onyx-like sheen. Firmly headed with a blanket of lightly tanned foam, the beer retains well and laces lightly on the glass. Its the classy milk stout look.

Malty aromas of dark roast coffee, cocoa, and burnt toffee evokes impressions of coffee as much as beer. Roasted walnuts, starchy malted milk, and mild grass and wood emit from the glass as the beer warms and the nose becomes accustomed to the scent.

Rich and savory flavors of French-press coffee offers a genuine robust taste without the elements of smoke or ash. The coffee flavor weaves into the bittersweet chocolate flavors and is reminiscent of chocolate milk and "Whoppers" candies. Aided by a starchy malt foundation, the residual sweetness and lightly scorched toffee only adds to the succulent taste. Balanced lightly by woodish hops, the broad and earthen bitterness rises moderately in finish and signals closure. An aftertaste of walnut brownies linger robustly on the palate much like dark coffee.

Medium-full in body throughout, its the light carbonation that allows the malt to press firmly on the tongue, giving the impression of weight. Couple that with the the added milk sugars and the beer takes on dessert-like proportions. But the beer remains smooth, silky, and drinkable without wavering until the hop dryness, pronounced alcohol warmth, and fleeting malt density to carry the beer through the gullet.

It seems that I'm quick to detract their more experimental beers because of the unusualness of their creative spirits and the unsettled palate that's then created. Though they didn't go "against the grain" here, I kinda miss the game of "what's new" in this glass. Perhaps I just need to turn the brain off and simply drink the damn beer! (2,101 characters)

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a milk stout fan..Not because of the (L,S and F) but because of the Feel.I don't like my stouts to be Thin.But I guess that's the nature of the milk stouts.

Enjoy.not bad at all Overall. (191 characters)

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mattco
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of boogerisu
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mtpHokie
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachpaschal
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Bellybuttonjam
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brewshound
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrew8626
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bconsidine
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.