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Against The Grain / Amager The Great Big Kentucky Sausage Fest - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BEERchitect on 09-23-2013

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The Great Big Kentucky Sausage Fest... (I got nothin')

The Big Brown Ale opens with a strong brown hue that shows glimmers of gold and orange highlights beyond a slight haze. It short-statured head gives the ale a cask-like character as it tops the beer like coffee creme. Light on lace, the beer specks the glass intermittently.

Bold "brown" aromas are of overcooked caramel, nuttiness, light toffee, chocolate, toast, and light coffee. With a woodish tone to balance, the hops are pleasantly sharp to the nose with herbal grasses, burnt pine and slight grapefruit rind.

Decadently malty, the flavors of chocolate and toffee lead the way, with the nuttier, toastier and coffee taste residing closely behind. Its semi-sweet flavor introduces a middle palate of toasted citrus, grass and pine cones. Thought the wood tones are robust, Its bitterness brightens the ale in finish and gives a drier, huskier taste.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's high malt and low carbonation allows the ale to sit weightily on the tongue and saturate the the taste buds fully with the chocolate and toffee malt sweetness. This makes the ale slow to fade to into a semi-dry finish of coffee grounds and walnut-type bitterness.

Designed as the perfect beer for washing down those gourmet hot dogs, It seems that its flavor is even better suited for cheeseburgers!

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Appearance- Received with a finger's worth of head which rises from the glass and has pretty good retention. The head is a creamy, light beige while the body is a hazy (almost muddy) dark amber/light chestnut brown which appears as a medium amber when held up to the light.

Nose- I don't typically drink brown ales so I'm never sure what to expect but this is nice. Think in between a porter and a pale ale- caramel, citrus (orange and lemon), some biscuit, and some roasted malts. A light touch of coffee but the roasted malts tend to be a little more generic, or less specific than that. Some toast.

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Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Slight zip. Some smoothness, some creaminess.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and doesn't show any of its 7.7%. Very accessible beer that also has enough to disparate notes to keep it interesting. 6 bucks is a little much for a pint but it has come all the way from Kentucky to Portland.

Overall- Solid, good beer. Won't change how you think about beer but is competent and I like the fact that I can enjoy a beer from a part of country not know for its craft beer tradition. I would definitely give it a try. Even if you don't like it, you can say you had a microbrew from Kentucky.

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