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Mac Fannybaw | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 02-13-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Fourth Ave Pub, Brooklyn. Pours a deep brown slightly golden clear with 2 fingers head into tulip. Smell is of woody smoke, some bacon-like aromas...really nice. Taste is so smooth...very woody, smokey, malty, sweet...wow, such a great well balanced smoked brew. The wood complements the smoke so well. It truly is like having a scotch. Highly reccomend!!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce wax capped bottle, no dating that I could find on it. Served in an ATG mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells mostly like smoked malt/meats, along with some peat, brine and some bourbon. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma. The smoke stands out above the other flavors, but there's also peat, brine/minerals, bourbon, wood and some general fruitiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating but also is very well carbonated. I liked this a lot, but then I like really smoky ales. If you're into smoked beers, I definitely recommend this one!

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Photo of johnjohnbeer
3.76/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Rod_J
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: deep clear golden ale with some streams of fine slow bubbles; assertive pour into a stange produced a few fat fingers of ecru head; sheety lace down the glass; film cap persists...

S: peaty malts and briny wood; something like car in the background

T: the peat and wood is up front here, too - the alderwood asserts itself in the smoke of the ale; there is an earthy and lacquered character to the ale

M: tacky and slick, leaving behind some stick; medium weight and feel, mildly coating and moderately bitter

O: one of those ales that throws a couple of seemingly disparate elements at you all at once - the rauchbier base is appropriately smoky, malts are dense but clean and offer a mildly roasty background for the peatiness and brininess; bourbon-barrel aging it somehow made it tastes like ale that had been aged in some Islay cask - but the bourbon barrel every now and again slid a vanilla-like, syrupy maple flavor through the sip. Interesting ale, probably be hit-or-miss for many. Taken as a singular entity in the beer world, a really nice drink to spend some time with.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Jul_dredd
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is very unique, and the salts adds a very interesting mouthfeel/Taste.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing.

4.0 S: Big strong porcine smokiness with campfire undertones. Sweet and woody. The bourbon barrel is nearly completely hidden under the much more powerful smoke. The bourbon is so mellow that I'm not sure if I'm hallucinating it's presence and it's not actually there at all. Still, the smoke is awesome and I love it.

3.5 T: Ahh, there the bourbon is. It's much stronger in the taste. It might be a shame though. Instead of meshing well with the smoke, it muddles the flavor profile. Again porcine smokiness is the lead flavor, then leathery bourbon, vanilla, sweet graininess from the malts and whiskey. Caramel and toffee notes.

2.75 M: This is the main problem with the beer. It's a lighter medium body that comes off watery. A touch undercarbed and lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: I love smoked beers. This one happens to blend some flavors that should work really well together, but they don't.

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Photo of wcu80
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Sweffin
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like peat and brine

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Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of thebigredone
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cwkash
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being both a celebration and an abomination of scotch flavor, Against the grain captures all the peaten, earthen tones but does so with that caramelly-sweet underpinning. Its savory sweetness is assisted from barrel aging, picking up oak, spice and scotch. It's simply a Mc-Everything-good-about-Scotland.

The beer opens with a brazen copper glow. Masked with the guise of haze, the appearance takes on a scattered and mysterious glow. As a dainty but cream-stained creme builds on top, the beer offers random lace... it becomes clear that the beer it taking on its scotch barrel character with its compromised retention and low-lying lace as it substitutes brandy-like legging as it goes with stronger beers.

Its succulent and smoky aroma is layered with molasses, mesquite, toffee, campfire, scorched earth, and maple... aah, the smoke and sweet descriptors could go for hours! Oak, grain and whisky says it all!

Its taste is honey and maple to start- but not in that syrupy form. Its a lighter and drier bit but make no mistake- this is a malty beer. As those sweetness play in the foreground, lurking behind is a growing peat and smoke medley that wafts over top the sweetness for a highly oaken, campfire, and burnt dirt taste. Aren't the Scots the culture that's likely to get so drunk to burn dirt?! ...and then they make whisky out of it. --and that taste manifests in this beer! With little hop influence to mention, the beer is all thinly-sweet and succulently barbecue flavor.

Surprisingly light, after experiencing all this sweet and richness- the beer results in only medium impact on the tactile weight to that tongue and mouth. As its sweetness slooowly settles, its replaces with an arid smoke charter that's akin to smoking a fine Churchill cigar. That long semi-sweet ashy fade trails with echoes of smoked and honey-baked charcuterie.

But make n o mistake about it- the ale is sharp, smoky and earthy- ideally suited as a complement for all those smokehouse menu items that's served up at their brewpub!

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tried this beer during a small beer tasting. It was supposed to be a smoked and peaty beer. The beer looked and smelled fine but for a smoked beer it was beyond bitter and didn't seem to go together with the rest of the beer. Even though smoked beer isn't my favorite style this was just doing it for me and my friends at the tasting.

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