35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-23-2014 14:53:50 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
10-25-2012 16:55:51 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-27-2012 15:56:07 | More by TMoney2591
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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
04-16-2014 06:24:17 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-18-2014 21:30:00 | More by superspak
3.64/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
08-11-2014 16:04:39 | More by Tone
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-31-2014 02:09:54 | More by GarthDanielson
35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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