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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 350
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 16
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 metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the roasted malts stand out a little bit more and there are also hints of coffee beans. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to other milk stouts, the taste of this beer didn't seem to be as sweet and have as much flavors of lactose. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable stout that has nice smoothness in the mouthfeel and a blend of lactose and roasted malt flavors. (849 characters)

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

And its with a straight-down-the-middle approach that Against the Grain brews a spot-on English-style milk stout without deviating from the path. For a brewery that prides themselves on making beers of creativity and innovation, they didn't AtG this dark ale up too much.

Like many stouts, 35K pours with a dark, bark brown hue with just enough haze to prevent an onyx-like sheen. Firmly headed with a blanket of lightly tanned foam, the beer retains well and laces lightly on the glass. Its the classy milk stout look.

Malty aromas of dark roast coffee, cocoa, and burnt toffee evokes impressions of coffee as much as beer. Roasted walnuts, starchy malted milk, and mild grass and wood emit from the glass as the beer warms and the nose becomes accustomed to the scent.

Rich and savory flavors of French-press coffee offers a genuine robust taste without the elements of smoke or ash. The coffee flavor weaves into the bittersweet chocolate flavors and is reminiscent of chocolate milk and "Whoppers" candies. Aided by a starchy malt foundation, the residual sweetness and lightly scorched toffee only adds to the succulent taste. Balanced lightly by woodish hops, the broad and earthen bitterness rises moderately in finish and signals closure. An aftertaste of walnut brownies linger robustly on the palate much like dark coffee.

Medium-full in body throughout, its the light carbonation that allows the malt to press firmly on the tongue, giving the impression of weight. Couple that with the the added milk sugars and the beer takes on dessert-like proportions. But the beer remains smooth, silky, and drinkable without wavering until the hop dryness, pronounced alcohol warmth, and fleeting malt density to carry the beer through the gullet.

It seems that I'm quick to detract their more experimental beers because of the unusualness of their creative spirits and the unsettled palate that's then created. Though they didn't go "against the grain" here, I kinda miss the game of "what's new" in this glass. Perhaps I just need to turn the brain off and simply drink the damn beer! (2,101 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a willibecher at The Firkin.

Glad to see Dave is grabbing some of those AtG kegs floating around out there. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, light coffee, and very light dark cocoa powder. Despite the seeming ethereality of some of those elements, things come across rather pleasantly. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast comeing through a bit milder, the cocoa coming through more powerfully, and a bit of lightly-toasted oats tossed in for good measure. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice milk stout, one that AtG somehow managed to not go too crazy with, allowing a tasty beer to shine on its own. Good times. (803 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a thumb of caramel colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Carob, cocoa & coffee

T: Baker's chocolate, coffee & bit of charred grain & woody hops up front, some lactic twang up front. Cocoa notes & charred grain as this warms, a little bit of caramel as well, just a hint of smokeyness as well. Finishes with a bit of mocha, a little dry & nice coffee notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Easy to drink, an interesting take on the style. Best beer I've had from Kentucky, so far (549 characters)

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. (1,494 characters)

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. (285 characters)

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. (971 characters)

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. (434 characters)

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

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours nearly pitch black with a thick brown film and healthy ring around the glass leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, lots of chocolate and light coffee, hints of vanilla. Flavor is sweet toasted malt with light lactose, hot cocoa, hints of charred coffee; finishes somewhat thin with pleasant light milky cocoa and a mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made milk stout that starts out rich and creamy, but finishes a bit lighter, but well balanced. Pleasant aftertaste of milky cocoa. (554 characters)

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! (512 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black, body with minimal head and lace patches. Both roasted and milk-like aromas greet my nose as I smell and then same flavors greet my tongue as I drink. I found the beer to be medium-bodied, smooth, even silky, with good balance as the roasted malts are in the background and the beer has a light, not overpowering, milk and milk chocolate like sweetness. With the sweetness being the major taste sensation, not to minimize the other tastes, this might not be a beer for everyone but I really enjoyed it as it pleased my sweet tooth. (563 characters)

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. (346 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (506 characters)

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. (542 characters)

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] (676 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown or black in color. Not quite fully opaque as there is a little bit of light that comes through around the edges. Forms a moderate sized deep beige colored head. Weak retention as it falls to a very thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is all about the dark malts. Chocolate, heavily roasted malts, char, and a very mild sweetness.

T: Taste is likewise maltly. Light sweetness. Creamy chocolate, dark malts, slight smokiness, and cocoa.

M: On the heavier side of medium, but just a touch thin for what I was expecting. Mild bitterness. Slight chalkiness. Easy carbonation.

O: An enjoyable brew. True to style and easy drinking. (660 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap at the brewery. Nice deep brown almost black color...good off white head.
Smell is sweet sugary malts. Taste is sweet lacto malts...not much roasted flavor but very sweet and sugar forward. Its very sweet and a definite "lacto" flavor is obvious. I like a good sweet stout, but this was VERY sweet...but i guess thats the style. Its a good sweet stout - one is good but its a good one, (401 characters)

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. (427 characters)

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. (297 characters)

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

Almost a dirty, murky brown color to this stout it poured rather thin but looked like syrup in the glass. The head was poured with no froth as to maximize the 6ounce sample.

The nose is obvious for lactose-sweetness. It's also a tad bitter with a malted milk ball candy aroma. Molasses and toffee aromas are subtle.

As goes the nose so goes the flavor as the lactose is strong and kind of twangy. Malted milk ball candy like chocolate tastes and a bitter dark chocolate taste this is sweet malty.

The feel is twangy and bitter but smooth and a little thick.

This is a spot on rendition of an English Milk Stout, whether that's your cup of tea or not. (654 characters)

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. (1,408 characters)

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. (931 characters)

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. (434 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,969 characters)

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. (623 characters)

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