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35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 10-25-2012

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 519
Photo of DaveBar
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 473ml can served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours no head at all. Very dark brown colour

S- Lots of chocolate and you can just smell the lactose. Tons of chocolate and malt.

T- Huge chocolate and lactose on this one. Not overpowering but it needs to be there and it is. Nice chocolate notes and just a touch of heat

M- Not as creamy as expected. Wish it has that thick and rich niceness that you see in other milk stouts out there.

O- Very good brew. Would buy if I saw it I would buy it. Looks like it's reasonably priced so it would be a regular in the beer fridge

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Home cured and smoked beef brisket.


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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into nonic glass.

Pours a very dark, coffee color with a small brown foamy head.

Instantly you get a sweet aroma from the glass. Malts, chocolate, and spices can be detected.

The taste follows the nose really well. You get a sweet tasting, malty flavor. Toasted malts, burnt sugar, and chocolate are easily detected. You get hints of bitter all the way at the end.

Good body with medium carbonation. The sugar gives it a drying effect in the mouth once sipped.

I haven't had many milk stouts but this one is easily at the top. It is a great beer and is welcomed into my rotation. Plus the can art is amazing! Cheers

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a medium-thick creme colored head. Head retention is moderate, with a few spots of lacing left behind. Toasted malts, and cocoa nibs create a simple milk stout aroma. Rather pleasing and simple. Toasted malts, cocoa nibs, and lactose sugar make up a sweet, tasty flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thin, and a bit carbonated and grainy. Overall, a really tasty brew. I find most milk stouts to be too thin or sweet for my liking, but I really dig this one.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of do_ob
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter. Pitch black in color, like a watery, spent motor oil cocktail. About 1 finger of khaki foam on top initially, which quickly fizzed down to nearly nothing. Cold coffee, sweet whiskey tobacco, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of lactose on the nose. The taste follows along pretty well, with an exponential intensity. Big notes of sweet tobacco are plainly evident to me, as is bittered chocolate, roasted malt, and lactose. Loads of lactose on the back end, especially as it warms up. Th mouthfeel is relatively dense and chewy, but still has noticable carbonation. Heavy for the style, but not overdone.

This is a weird one. It really presents as a RIS, but then has some redeeming qualities towards the finish that makes you say, "eh, I guess is is a milk stout". It's big & bold, and pretty damn tasty. I picked up a lot of tobacco in this, which might just be me. Either way, it's different, and it's good. The end.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a decently sized tan head. Retention is so-so and lace doesn't remain.
Smell is toasty malts, baking chocolate, some oatmeal, hint of coffee.
Taste is more pronounced with notes dark chocolate, toasted malt, light coffee, molasses, a whiff of rum and a general sweetness that offsets the char. Great balance overall.
Body is approaching full, finish is drying. Effervescence is non-intrusive as it should be. Smooth and creamy. Extremely good, I look forward to others from this brewer.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown to black color with less than a finger of head. The nose is solidly roasty. This offering is smooth and drinkable but the mouthfeel is not quite creamy. There is a solid roast throughout the flavor profile and the body is spot on for the style.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, no date but 2 pink paint dots on the bottom, 7% ABV. Pours black with an average sized khaki head; lots of carbonation bubbles. Smells of roasted malt, fresh and earthy hops, cocoa, coffee, and sweet lactose. The taste follows exactly with mostly roasted malt and hops with some cocoa, coffee, and lactose; good intensity. Light bitterness and some mild sweetness. Fairly thin body and higher carbonation, but drinkable. Overall, the flavor balance and intensity surprised me on this one. The hops brighten up the beer without taking over the roasted profile. Could use a better mouthfeel and some more lactose to better fit the style, but well done nonetheless.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, earth, char, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, milk chocolate, brewed coffee, cream, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid mix of cocoa, coffee, cream, and roast characteristics that work nicely together all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, black and opaque, with a big billowing tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaves a lots of lacing.

S - A lovely hit of malt, chocolate and dark breads, molasses and toffee.

T - Following that nose, with a deep malty dough flavor, full of bread, molasses and caramel. A chocolate hint in the front, and a ghost of coffee bitter acidity in the close.

M - A sticky full feel, but just enough acidity in the close to keep it from being cloying.

O - This is a beautiful beer, very refined and full flavor, depth in the malts offering many of the great milk stout elements without blowing the taste buds out with either sweetness or bitter notes. This is one I'll pick up again, and not just in a mix-six.

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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, w/o freshness/canning date info

Pours basic black,quickly departing mocha head goes to minor to next to no head/film/lace

Roasty nose, with coffee grinds coming to mind.

Tasty Brit style stout, more roasted coffee grinds, dark malts and dark bread toast.

Carbonation on the low side, medium bodied

Flavorful stout, worth a try.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours about as brown as you can get without actually being black. It has a moderate amount of light tan head that melts off quickly. The aroma has some nice chocolate malt, a little cocoa, and hints of lactose sweetness. Not very strong but nicely balanced. The taste takes the aroma up a notch, combining all those qualities into a delicious quaff. The body is lighter but not weak, almost completely smooth with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark in color producing a moderate head. I found the aroma to be subtle. Clear sweet and chocolate notes and a surprisingly light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a solid inch of densely packed brown head resting on top. Aroma is of malted milk balls. The taste is definitely plenty sweet with sweet lactose and chocolate. It finishes with a faint dark malt bitterness. The mouth is very light and viscous.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stout glass. It pours a deep mahogany with a one-finger khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malts, cocoa, caramel, and a whiff of dark fruit. The taste follows the nose but with more chocolate and less fruit. There is also more coffee in the taste than the smell. At the finish, there is a somewhat odd metallic taste. This stout is creamy, medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. With a manageable ABV of 7%, it is quite easy to drink. Overall, I was rather disappointed with the taste. It's not bad but it pales in comparison to some well-known examples of this style, including Left Hand and Xocoveza.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Terrific American stout. Almost black in color. Subtle smell. Complex taste with lots of coffee and chocolate undertones. Balanced just slightly more to the hoppy side of the spectrum. Excellent!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass from 16oz can.

Deep brown pitch with fb of off white foam, moderate effervescence and good lacing.
Smell is somewhat muted, roasted malts, dark fruit, hint of cocoa. Tastes sweet malts forward, some toffee, cocoa, molasses and transitions to mild bitter sweetness before leaving a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is milky smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation to balance the sweet notes and provide some astringency.

Overall,this is a solid milk stout - malt notes predominate, abv is well hidden, and the beer is highly quaffable and quite good. I really enjoy the art work, its provocative and interesting and mirrors the complexity of this beer. I'm looking forward to tracking down more of their beers.

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Photo of Uanof
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz. can to a Rogue stout glass.

L - pours jet black with a 1.5" beige head that recedes into a 1/4" layer over the top leaving good amount of lacing as it fades.

S - very clean in the beginning with some notes of nuts and almonds and lactose lurking in the shadows.

T - the taste was the biggest let down, more on the bitter end of the spectrum as opposed to the sweet side where it should be at. Asides from a chocolatey roastiness there's not much more to be picked here.

F - medium to full bodied. Satisfying in the front but missing a big gap at the end of the palate. Goes down as if you never had anything to begin with.

O - seems well built, just wished it had a bit more going on flavorwise. It's almost as if I could pound this by the can.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 2/24/16. Comes in a 16-ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5:00 Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours very close to a pitch-black in color with a good 1-finger creamy beige head. LOTS of lacing was seen when sipped that stayed in place. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, nutty with a hint of dark fruit. Taste has more going on that the aroma suggests with a hint of chocolate and a light hint of coffee even. VERY smooth, creamy and goes down easy. A light hint of bitterness for the finish but nothing to worry about at all. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation as well. Overall, a very tasty brew with some cool artwork.

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Photo of MNAle
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, deep, deep ruby, nearly opaque. 1 inch+ tan/brown bubbly, lumpy, thick head. Smoakey sweet aroma. Dark fruits, nutty, hints of coffee, perhaps a bit of chocolate. Very nice. Moderate feel, not thin by any means. Smooth malt-dominated initial taste. Finish is appropriately bitter, but not overly so. Taste does not seem as complex as the aroma, mostly dark malts, nutty, with hop bittering. Smooth and clean, not sweet. Very nice stout without all the (sometimes overdone) adjunct flavors that are all the rage. There is still a lot to be said for a well-done true to style stout. (But their artwork is about the worst in the business, IMO.)

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark stout with a tan head. A bit of lacing is left behind. The nose is a nutty, roasted malt with coffee notes. This is way sweeter than it smells but the bitter roasted malts and coffee flavors work well with it. Really smooth beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a very tight, tan colored head.

Not much on the nose to me, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate malt and a faint hint of alcohol.

Taste is more potent than the aroma.
Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.
Definitely getting the lactose feel as well.

Pretty good stout ive never heard of before seeing it in store.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the discount rack at Colonial Spirits, if you can call 11.99 a discount.
Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges and a frothy creamy tan head that persists. Roasty earthy chocolate on the nose with bits of fruity, earthy, and sherry notes. Creamy with a solid roasty bite. Coffee and chocolate flavor with bits of fruit and sweet milky sugar. Creamy smooth in the mouth. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.62/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in Buffalo during the latest installment of GABER. Cheers guys!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of good lacing down the glass. A little foamy and light in color, but quite nice lacing.

SMELL: Roasted malts, cacao powder, sweet cream and vanilla, lactose sugar and milk chocolate on the nose. Okay.

TASTE: Lots more lactose and sweet sugar than the nose had indicated. Roasted flavors up front with sweet cream, milk sugar and notes of milk chocolate for sure. Sweet finish of lactose sugar, sweet vanilla, cacao, milk chocolate, and lightly roasted flavors. Not enough bitterness here to balance the sweet lactose character. This is definitely overwhelming and gets old fast.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. A touch light, perhaps.

OVERALL: This is pretty sweet and lacks that decent hop bitterness that would bring this one into balance. As it stands, the lactose sugar runs riot and it's hard to finish. I made it though the whole bomber and it got easier as it sat, but it was never really overly enjoyable. I'd pass on this and roll the dice on something else.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Big charry roast nose with some metallic notes as well as a bit of hops.

T- Charry and sweet at the same time which actually works for me. Bitter aftertaste from the roast and hops, also nice. Very drinkable for the ABV. Slightly smoky.

M- Soft and somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A different take on a milk stout and a good one at that. There's a neat dichotomy between the assertive roast and lactose.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Very dark brown to black beer. Pours our with a hearty 1 1/2 finger tan head. The head is dense looking. This beer looks great in a glass. The can lists the ABV (7.0%) bu there is no dating.

S: [3.25] Charred wood. Smoked hickory. Mild "bacon" scent (that is a little off and it is dropping the score)

T: [4.25] Definitely has the charred wood up front - really delicious. Actually the more I sip the more I realize that flavor permeates all of the levels (start, mid and finish). As I sip more I am starting to get some sweetness. There is some nice sweet malt flavor, like in a milk stout. Very good flavor overall.

M: [3.75] A bit more tingly than a typical stout. Still has a creamy feel and some heft to it.

O: [3.75] This is a good honest stout. No crazy bits added in or on it (like cocoa, vanilla, coffee, etc.). I like flavored stouts but it is nice to hit one that is just stout flavored every once in a while and this is a good representation of the style. The more I drank the more I liked the flavor and the less I liked the aroma (some off scent in the nose).

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