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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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very good

50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 397
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 23.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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: 50 | Hads: 397
Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the can. Sampled on November 29, 2015. It says drink from the can but I poured into a small glass for review purposes and finished it from the can.

Jet black pour with lingering tan head. About as opaque as it can get.

Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and smoke.

Light to medium body.

The taste is sweet and puts an emphasis on the chocolate malt character. Low to no bitterness. Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark black with 1/2 inch head. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, coffee roast and tons of sugar and cream. This beer has light bitterness from the deep roast, but the finish is about as sweet an ending as any beer that I have had. One of the better coffee-centric beers I have had in a while. I would get this one again if I wanted a coffee beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap...good amount of coffee which is always a plus. Easy drinking and fairly thick. Not sure I would seek out, but pretty solid given it's low abv's.

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Photo of mlockman
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from the can, as instructed therein, this beer was silky smooth. It is malty and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and the flavor continues to blossom as the beer warms.

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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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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 cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a deeper black and thicker body than I was expecting. The dark cola body has an almost two finger medium tan head that has great retention and good lacing on the glass. Tight bubbles on the carbonation.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and light roasted malts on the nose. It's about what I would expect.

T - The tasted follows the nose as there is not a lot of variation between the two. It's straight forward and solid.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The carbonation is lively and tight.

O - This is a very solid milk stout..

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Photo of kirok1999
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid sweet stout. Rich and creamy and a slightly smoky finish. Sweet chocolate notes throughout and a slightly dry finish.
The smoke makes for an interesting sipper, all the dark notes come through much more as it warms.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
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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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 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 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 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 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 Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maduro's in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint 11/29/2014.

A- Dark brown body, one finger foamy offwhite head with good retention time. No lacing. Average-looking. [3.5]

S- Roast, coffee, slight bit of sweet milk chocolate. Not much else. Not particularly complex, but there are at least no off flavours. [3.5]

F- Roasted malt, slight graham crackers, a little bit of milk chocolate. Not much lactose. Not complicated, but solid. [3.75]

M- Medium body, a bit higher carbed than I would expect. Smooth, a bit sticky. No booze. [3.75]

O- Decent milk stout, but lacking a bit in the milk department. It drinks like a generic stout for the most part. [3.5]

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium off white head. Good retention.

Smell - Roasted malt. Lots of sugars. Milk chocolate.

Taste - Crazy sweet. Milk chocolate and tons of sugars. Monotone.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Creamy.

Overall - Just too sweet.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pour is black with a good bit of mocha colored head. Nose has a heavy roasted malt, lots of berry sweetness and residual sugars, a fair bit of vanilla cream, and faint notes of milk chocolate. Taste has a lighter roast up front, milky vanilla cream, less sugars, a bit cleaner. Body is very creamy and soft, lower carb, a touch slick and thin.

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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 homebrew311
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 50 ratings.