Mac Fannybaw - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by barczar:
3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly hazy deep caramel with a lingering frothy cream head.
Bourbon, vanilla, and hickory smoke form the initial aroma. The smoke is subtle in comparison to the bourbon.
Flavor is more smoky, with a plasticy phenol bent weaving throughout. Toasted oak rounds out the finish. Notes of bourbon and vanilla add complexity to the toasted malt backbone.
Body is moderate to a touch full, with carbonation on the lower side, and noted alcohol warmth.
There's a pretty good balance of smoke and bourbon, and the caramel malt backbone helps meld the two. Wish the smoke weren't so plasticy mid palate.
Serving type: on-tap
05-12-2014 22:16:38 | More by barczar
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 21:04:29 | More by Greywulfken
3.99/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
Serving type: on-tap
11-19-2013 08:03:50 | More by BEERchitect
4.24/5 rDev +13.4%
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!!
Serving type: on-tap
02-13-2013 15:49:37 | More by DrinkSlurm
Mac Fannybaw from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
84 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.