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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 441
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.98%
Wants: 18
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

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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Photo of MNAle
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +7.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -33.8%
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 +4%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours basically black, no light passes through, with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Light roasty malt, chocolate, slightly nutty and earthy, lactose sweetness, and a little toffee.

T: Mild roasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, some lactose sweetness, dark fruit, and a little grain.

M: Medium to full body, low carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Well balanced, not overly sweet. Pretty much everything you want in a milk stout.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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 +12.6%
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 +9.8%
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 +13.1%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.3%
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 +8.8%
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 +1%
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 -1.8%
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 +1%
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 +12.1%
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 -4.3%
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 -11.1%
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 -25.5%
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 +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with light brown head.

Lactose.

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 +1.5%
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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35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.