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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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very good

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 365
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BEERchitect on 10-25-2012

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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is very dark and opaque and sports a nice finger of tan had that slowly dissolves down to a thin, bubbly lacing. Some roasted grain coming through on the nose as well as a little coffee.

Medium-full body with a nicely balanced flavor that features plenty of roast and sweet tones. Nice malt sweetness up front and a creamy, sarsaparilla-like vanilla flavor at mid-palate. All this is tempered by a mild roasty flavor like coffee that extends over the palate. The finish is slightly sweet, not dry, and still allows a little roastiness to linger. Very drinkable. Feel is plenty firm and slightly creamy.

Overall, a really nice representative of the style. It has all the features one looks for: bitter flavors from the roasted malt and some nice creamy sweetness to balance it out. Hop character is fairly nonexistent. This is about malt and roast. Excellent after-dinner sipper on a chilly evening. I wish it came in 6-packs (instead of pricey bombers).

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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!

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Opaque brown with a small rootbeer coloured head.
A: Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, hint of vanilla.
T: Predominantly sweet milk chocolate flavour, some coffee with that hint of vanilla.
M: Wonderful medium balanced, no complication here, mild carbonation.
O: Nice Sweet Stout from ATG. Bravo.

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35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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