35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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3.59/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Received with a finger's worth of head and seems to have okay retention. The head is a light creamy beige while the body is almost opaque. It's a dark chocolate brown that shows hints of garnet and burgundy when held up to the light. Very Guinness. Considerable lacing is left behind.
Nose- Very subdued as milk stouts are wont to be. Shows light notes of bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and bubblegum. Not much else and those notes were hard to place. Slight roasted malts. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture.
Taste- Starts off with a little more bubblegum and generic candy sweetness that I would like. As I rarely want any, even a touch is a bit much. Light cocoa, perhaps a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The overly sweet flavors mellow and fade, leaving mostly light bittersweet chocolate, some cocoa, and roasted malts. I prefer a little more cream and milk- this seems more like a basic stout. Does start to mellow even further and show some elements of a milk stout- slight creaminess, slight (non-candy) sweetness. Above average to good beer, mostly good. Doesn't do anything that really excites the senses but is fairly competent. Not the smoothest of milk stouts but still a quality, solid stout.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. Some smoothness, some creaminess. Pretty true to this aspect of the style.
Drinkability- There are some initial road bumps but this beer really smooths out and becomes quite accessible. The website list this beer at 7.7% and 5% while Beer Advocate and Apex post it at 6.75%. Doesn't show any heat but if it is 7.7%, that would be notable. At 5%, not so much. 6 bucks is too much even for its airplane ticket.
Overall- Above average to good, but mostly good. I would give it a try but it falls toward the lower end of all the milk stouts I've had lately. I would probably rather have a Guinness and definitely a Murphy's. Still pretty good though.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 22:57:55 | More by artoolemomo
3.74/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a glass, produced a huge 3-4 fingers of an off white khaki head. Smell up front is smokiness, chocolate, roasted malt and milk sugar sweetness that usually accompanies a milk stout. Taste up front is all smoke. then it starts to mellow out into a nice flavored classic milk stout. Mouth feel was silky smooth, slight carbonation. I'm not sure if this was intended to be a smoked milk stout, but that s the impression I get. Along the lines of there Bo & Luke, only creamier and not barrel aged.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 13:43:13 | More by Davepoolesque
35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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