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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 393
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 23.68%
Wants: 16
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
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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: 49 | Hads: 393
Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. the appearance is your much desired "used motor oil" look. Great malty aroma and a taste that borders on heaven. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would call this a chocolate stout before I would a milk stout.. it's definitely tasty and easy drinking not overly sweet and not complex .. I would recommend this and will buy it again I've really enjoyed their offerings and look forward to finding more of their brews

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking dark hazy brown really close to a black color. A one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds leaving some moderately messy lacing. The smell had a big luscious sweet milk chocolate with a superb roasty to robust coffee, maybe a lil bit of espresso running in to balance. The taste was mainly sweet with an ample back up of the roasty coffee to try and balance. A nice sweet to roasty blended aftertaste slides into a nice sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the roastiness to really grind out the feel on my tongue. Wait, did I say grind, haha, not really, this is so smooth with the roasty milk chocolate running into my tongue. Bitterness, oh what bitterness, haha. Overall, what a wonderful milk/sweet stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of justinp444
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on draft it has a thin off white slight beige ring and a black body. Smell of roasted malt, lactose, bit of coffee, and a little bit sour milk. Taste is smooth chocolate with a bit of coffee and a good amount of lactose. Full creamy mouth feel with a bit of warmth down the throat and a rich full body. A very lactose forward milk stout.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a khaki head. Surprising for a beer this strength. Sweet dark chocolate on the nose with hints of char. The flavor is roasted dominant. With burnt wood flavors and burnt sugar. A lot of chocolate in this beer, very dark and earthy, dry aftertaste reminiscent of coffee. A good bitteerness rom the dark chocolate balances out well. Drinks really easy and has a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Awesome stuff from ATG.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum. A sweet, thick stout with creamy dark malt flavors and coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth and easy drinking. As another reviewer noted, the initial sweetness of each sip fades to a typical stout dark malt bitterness that encourages you to take another sweet sip.

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Photo of pants678
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with light brown head.


Sweet milk chocolate with a tinge of bitter like cocoa. Damn near perfect balance. Not many stouts better cold than warm. Maybe a tad on the powdery side from the lactose.

Thick, smooth like milk shake.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a left hand speiglau stout glass.

Pitch black with amber highlights and a tan head.

Aroma is lots of roasted coffee. Kinda astringent.

Taste is thick and sweet with roasted malt highlights. Like a blend of light coffee with chocolate.

Excellent roast milk stout.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler of this over the weekend. The color was a dark brown, not as thick or as dark as some other milk stouts I have seen. The flavor is sweet, definitely some cocoa taste...but not overly so for the genre in my opinion. Mouthfeel again was not as heavy as many milk stouts, but still smooth as you would hope. I really liked it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It is brilliant chestnut under a 1” quickly dissipating tan foam cap. Lacy. S: Dark fruit, light roast, faint chocolate, medium malt, low hop aromas. T: Medium dark fruit, chocolate, grain, light roast, medium sweetness F: Medium full body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy. O: A very nice, easy to drink sweet stout.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown body on an aggressive pour with a 1.5 finger thick mocha colored head; head recedes to a smaller collar of fine bubbles but remains persistent through the first 3/4 of the glass; sticky lacing coats the sides on the drink down.

S: Smooth roasty overtones of fresh roast coffee and toast melding nicely with hints of sweeter chocolate - like powdered cocoa - and a smooth creamy note that must surely come from the lactose; very pleasing on the nose.

T: Starts with a nice, roasted profile - showing off fresh roasted coffee, breakfast toast, and some toasted nutty flavors; this is quickly supplanted by a burst of sweeter chocolate flavor - powdered cocoa and milk chocolate notes; creamy through the middle from the addition of lactose; finish is a lingering coffee-mocha note that has enough of a dry edge to welcome the next sip.

M: Super smooth and creamy from the addition of lactose, but not overly thick; seems spot on for a milk stout.

O: A very well done milk stout in my opinion - great flavors, easy drinking, and the 7% ABV is well hidden throughout. Simply put, this is the best locally-produced (Louisville, KY) non-imperial stout that is readily available at most every bottle shop in Louisville area. Excited to find this in cans, now that ATG has recently started canning 35k. Also, I'm excited to get back down to the brewpub to try it's bigger brother - the 70k "imperial" milk stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Pours a deep opal black. The creamy tan head retains at a half inch for the duration. Lacing coats the glass in a webbing.

S: Hershey's syrup, malted milk balls, hazelnut iced coffee. Roasted malts have the edge smoothed over by all the sweetness. Tight red berry fruitiness is buried deeply.

T: Mocha, iced coffee, Hershey's syrup, malted milk balls, sugary lactose, muted notes of char and charcoal are bracketed by the sweetness and seem smooth and tame as a result. Quick flash of red berries and a very quick hint of alcohol. Roasted barley emerges a bit more toward the finish. Roasted barley, tootsie rolls, and lactose on the finish,

M: Medium-thick body. Silky smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: An all around great milk stout. They could really give Left Hand and Duck Rabbit a run for the money if they could get it into regular distribution at a comparable six pack price.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark brown; appears jet black in the glass. Pours with a HUGE tan head. The head dies down and leaves an uneven layer foam on the surface of the beer and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Sweet smell with scents of coffee and chocolate. Rich, sweet taste with hints of coffee and malt, and a velvety smooth finish on your tongue. Delicious. Medium body, smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Overall an excellent stout that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of macher0
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip

A. Poured black with a minimal head that remains with a significant rim and film that is slightly brownish. Slightly spotty laces. Thin.

S. Major notes of dark roasted malts, lacto, and coffee. Bitter. Minor notes of molasses, dust, and leather.

T. Follows the nose very close with dark roasted malts, lacto, and coffee. Fairly straightforward. The bitterness builds.

M. Kind of thin for a stout. Medium carbonation. Extremely smooth. Medium body.

O. I consider this a thin stout. I'm not sure of ABV but it's well hidden if it's high. Great nose and taste. Very coffee forward and smoothed out with the lacto. A session stout.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-black with a large brown head that leaves a strong lacing
S-dark chocolate with a mixture of hops
T-bitter chocolate taste with a mixture of hops that comes thru in the aftertaste
F-high carbonation and full body
O-great beer with a great mixture of aromas and flavors

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Photo of themind
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark, motor oil appearance. The beer's aroma is roasted coffee. The taste is coffee, chocolate with a slight sweetness. The mouth feel is a little carbonated for my preference but is still not a major setback. The beers flavors kind of mesh but seem a bit separated. In the end, a brewery smoked beef brisket with a pint of this brew was an awesome experience.

Bottom Line: ATG knows brisket and beer!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a willibecher at The Firkin.

Glad to see Dave is grabbing some of those AtG kegs floating around out there. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, light coffee, and very light dark cocoa powder. Despite the seeming ethereality of some of those elements, things come across rather pleasantly. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast comeing through a bit milder, the cocoa coming through more powerfully, and a bit of lightly-toasted oats tossed in for good measure. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice milk stout, one that AtG somehow managed to not go too crazy with, allowing a tasty beer to shine on its own. Good times.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, tight bubbled, fizzy, tan head that quickly settles out into an uneven surface coating. Aromas of coffee and cream were pouring out of the glass as soon as the beer hit it, and upon further inspection, there is a heavy dose of coffee and cream on the nose, as well as some milk chocolate highlights, and hints of booze. Smells delicious! Flavors are roast forward, with a heavy bitter coffee and baker's chocolate backbone, solid lacto overlay, creamy highlights, and hints of smoke and wood. This is a deep drink, more layered than your typical milk stout. Pleasant and weighty. The body is full, robust, and smooth, with a dry undertone to remind you this is still a stout. The aftertaste is more of the roast and bitter, but hints of cream linger. The finish is smooth, clean, and slightly dry. This is a very well balanced, well put together beer, and it tastes damn good at the same time.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, cream and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, definitely worth a try if you come across it!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black, body with minimal head and lace patches. Both roasted and milk-like aromas greet my nose as I smell and then same flavors greet my tongue as I drink. I found the beer to be medium-bodied, smooth, even silky, with good balance as the roasted malts are in the background and the beer has a light, not overpowering, milk and milk chocolate like sweetness. With the sweetness being the major taste sensation, not to minimize the other tastes, this might not be a beer for everyone but I really enjoyed it as it pleased my sweet tooth.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep rich black with two fingers of dark tan head. Sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of dark berries, roasted malts, coffee, and light smoke.

The taste was ashy upfront followed by dark berries, coffee and roasted malts.

Medium bodied and dry with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 snifter. Pours a slick almost pitch black, with a 2 inch light brown head that behind beautiful lace.

Smell is oats, dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla.

Taste is lots of dark chocolate, with the other stuff from the nose lending a hand.

Body is medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very solid stout, but at $18.99 I will never purchase again! I bought this over the phone and had my brother pick it when he was at Redstone Liquors. Didn't bother to ask the abv when he told me that price. Once again good, but wanted to be floored for that price tag.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the roasted malts stand out a little bit more and there are also hints of coffee beans. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to other milk stouts, the taste of this beer didn't seem to be as sweet and have as much flavors of lactose. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable stout that has nice smoothness in the mouthfeel and a blend of lactose and roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.