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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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very good

232 Ratings
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 232
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | FT: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 10-25-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

BEERchitect, Oct 25, 2012
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

themind, Oct 14, 2014
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Pours a deep black with brown head, some lacing. The nose starts with heavy roast and chocolate along with some cream and mill sugar. Taste starts with considerable sweetness. Notes of cocoa, carob, and heavy roast. Finish has a decent balance. Mouthfeel is medium with somewhat high carbonation. Overall, this is a very straightforward and to style milk stout. Clean flavors, decent roast, and plenty of cream stout sweetness.

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35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
88 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.