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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 361
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +2%
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 +13.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -10.2%
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 -24.7%
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 +10.2%
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 +2.6%
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 +4.6%
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 +14.3%
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 +9.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -23.7%
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 -15.8%

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 +4.1%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight chocolate, yeast, hint of hop, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, slight yeast, hint of chocolate, and slight alcohol. Overall, a really good stout, but very little milky sweetness.

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a little bit of brown tint. One finger tan head that settles fairly quickly to a small ring around the edge.

S: Roasted coffee beans, lactose, and a hint of campfire smoke.

T: Coffee with cream and sugar. Malted milk balls. Toasted bread. A hint of vanilla.

M: Full bodied with a creamy finish. Not much carbonation.

O: Very nice milk stout. I would love to see this in 6 packs and in much wider distribution.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Pours a deep opal black. The creamy tan head retains at a half inch for the duration. Lacing coats the glass in a webbing.

S: Hershey's syrup, malted milk balls, hazelnut iced coffee. Roasted malts have the edge smoothed over by all the sweetness. Tight red berry fruitiness is buried deeply.

T: Mocha, iced coffee, Hershey's syrup, malted milk balls, sugary lactose, muted notes of char and charcoal are bracketed by the sweetness and seem smooth and tame as a result. Quick flash of red berries and a very quick hint of alcohol. Roasted barley emerges a bit more toward the finish. Roasted barley, tootsie rolls, and lactose on the finish,

M: Medium-thick body. Silky smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: An all around great milk stout. They could really give Left Hand and Duck Rabbit a run for the money if they could get it into regular distribution at a comparable six pack price.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle date, but was recently released. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, cream, light vanilla, herbal, woodiness, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, cream, light vanilla, herbal, woodiness, and roasted earthiness. Slight herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, light vanilla, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice sweet stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tan foam head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lactose, roasted malt, and coffee.

The taste is similar, and fairly rich for a milk stout. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and unmistakable lactose "milk" flavors, and some creamy vanilla. A bit of caramel as well.

Medium bodied, a bit thicker than the typical milk stout. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

Pretty solid stuff here, I've liked all that I've tried from Against the Grain so far.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark brown; appears jet black in the glass. Pours with a HUGE tan head. The head dies down and leaves an uneven layer foam on the surface of the beer and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Sweet smell with scents of coffee and chocolate. Rich, sweet taste with hints of coffee and malt, and a velvety smooth finish on your tongue. Delicious. Medium body, smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Overall an excellent stout that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, tight bubbled, fizzy, tan head that quickly settles out into an uneven surface coating. Aromas of coffee and cream were pouring out of the glass as soon as the beer hit it, and upon further inspection, there is a heavy dose of coffee and cream on the nose, as well as some milk chocolate highlights, and hints of booze. Smells delicious! Flavors are roast forward, with a heavy bitter coffee and baker's chocolate backbone, solid lacto overlay, creamy highlights, and hints of smoke and wood. This is a deep drink, more layered than your typical milk stout. Pleasant and weighty. The body is full, robust, and smooth, with a dry undertone to remind you this is still a stout. The aftertaste is more of the roast and bitter, but hints of cream linger. The finish is smooth, clean, and slightly dry. This is a very well balanced, well put together beer, and it tastes damn good at the same time.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, cream and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, definitely worth a try if you come across it!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 snifter. Pours a slick almost pitch black, with a 2 inch light brown head that behind beautiful lace.

Smell is oats, dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of vanilla.

Taste is lots of dark chocolate, with the other stuff from the nose lending a hand.

Body is medium, enough carbonation, a little dry, and easy drinking.

Overall this is a very solid stout, but at $18.99 I will never purchase again! I bought this over the phone and had my brother pick it when he was at Redstone Liquors. Didn't bother to ask the abv when he told me that price. Once again good, but wanted to be floored for that price tag.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new stout to me from Against The Grain Brewery. The label claims a 7.00% abv, and says "brewed and bottled at Against The Grain Brewery, Westminster, Maryland". Cool bottle art, but I'm not entirely understanding the "concept" if there is one. Anyway.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a solid jet black body with two fingers of creamy mocha head. Scattered strands of lacing.

S - The smell is good, but it doesn't have a whole lot happening - cold coffee, some char / roastiness, mild cream / lactose, vanilla and milk chocolate aromas. It's a pleasant aroma, but it could stand to be a bit more in your face.

T - The taste follows the nose - dark coffee bean roast, chocolate, mild cream / lactose, mild tart dark fruitiness - raisins, figs, dates. Lightly metallic / mineral tasting on the finish also.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy enough, but the carbonation is a bit coarse. Medium bodied. Still very nicely drinkable for the style and the moderate abv. It feels a little thin though, at 7.00% abv.

Overall, it's a nice stout, but it is slightly above average at best. Doesn't really bring anything new or exciting to the table. A simple, solid, and traditional example of an American made milk stout if there ever was one. Nicely done, but not something I'd seek out again.

Against The Grain Brewery 35K ---4/5.

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