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35K - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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40 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 361
Photo of bradenh
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- body is pitch black with a light tan head

S- nothing too prominent on the nose (might because my nose is a bit stuffy with all the pollen in the air), creamy, roasty, chocolatey, taking in a deep drag.

T- creamy, chocolatey, very roasty but not an overpowering finish and aftertaste.

MF- Seems like a standard milk stout, not a thick and full bodied as a stout or imperial stout, very little carbonation, creamy, not too watery.

O- very solid milk stout. You won't be disappointing if you can snag one from a bottle shop.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a khaki head. Surprising for a beer this strength. Sweet dark chocolate on the nose with hints of char. The flavor is roasted dominant. With burnt wood flavors and burnt sugar. A lot of chocolate in this beer, very dark and earthy, dry aftertaste reminiscent of coffee. A good bitteerness rom the dark chocolate balances out well. Drinks really easy and has a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Awesome stuff from ATG.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is very dark and opaque and sports a nice finger of tan had that slowly dissolves down to a thin, bubbly lacing. Some roasted grain coming through on the nose as well as a little coffee.

Medium-full body with a nicely balanced flavor that features plenty of roast and sweet tones. Nice malt sweetness up front and a creamy, sarsaparilla-like vanilla flavor at mid-palate. All this is tempered by a mild roasty flavor like coffee that extends over the palate. The finish is slightly sweet, not dry, and still allows a little roastiness to linger. Very drinkable. Feel is plenty firm and slightly creamy.

Overall, a really nice representative of the style. It has all the features one looks for: bitter flavors from the roasted malt and some nice creamy sweetness to balance it out. Hop character is fairly nonexistent. This is about malt and roast. Excellent after-dinner sipper on a chilly evening. I wish it came in 6-packs (instead of pricey bombers).

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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.

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Photo of macher0
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip

A. Poured black with a minimal head that remains with a significant rim and film that is slightly brownish. Slightly spotty laces. Thin.

S. Major notes of dark roasted malts, lacto, and coffee. Bitter. Minor notes of molasses, dust, and leather.

T. Follows the nose very close with dark roasted malts, lacto, and coffee. Fairly straightforward. The bitterness builds.

M. Kind of thin for a stout. Medium carbonation. Extremely smooth. Medium body.

O. I consider this a thin stout. I'm not sure of ABV but it's well hidden if it's high. Great nose and taste. Very coffee forward and smoothed out with the lacto. A session stout.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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!

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