Rye Knot Brown | COAST Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full bodied dark brown ale. Intense malt character with a slight caramel sweetness. The chocolate and rye malts add to the rich roasted coffee notes.

Added by MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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71
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10
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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Brihon
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jshusc
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDXHops
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler/Duvel tulip. Pours out what barely qualifies as brown, and is rather close to black at first glance. Mahogany brown highlights reveal themselves when held up to light. poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice frothy and long-lasting beige head, plentiful lacing.

Nose at first screams 'hoppy porter'. Huge roasted and burnt malt aromas up front, very dry and fresh. Subsequent sniffs as it warms reveal singed wood and rye in no short supply.

Huge rye flavors, absolutely the most I've tasted in a beer. It works quite well with the burnt malts. A hint of smokiness seems to come and go at times. Exceedingly dry, with just a modest amount of semisweet chocolate. Long burnt malt and rye finish. Palate fatigue became an issue... about halfway through my 4th pint. So yeah, drinkability's pretty good. Damned tasty, very distinctive.

Overall impression: Maybe this should have been classified as a rye ale? Not sure I go along with the designation as an American Brown. Then again, this style doesn't seem to have much in the way of strict guidelines. Regardless of labels, another winner from COAST. Tasty, challenging, easily recommended.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to JISurfer.

Pours a very dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a tiny light tan head and uneven lacing.

Scent of fairly strong roasted malts, coffee, caramel, spicy hops, rye, and sweet milk chocolate. Very similar to a Porter, reminds me of Founders Porter with a nice bite of rye.

Taste of spicy hops, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, rye, and coffee. Starts off with bitter roasted malts and coffee and finishes with a sweet hoppy rye flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong bite, a little overbearing, but pleasant.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by pghlee - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of roasted and toasted malts with good amounts of milk chocolate. There's not as much rye in the nose as I was expecting.

Tastes very good. Equal parts roasted and toasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the rye spiciness kicks in and carries through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better brown ales I remember having although one could argue it's a hybrid with a stout or a porter. Either way, it's a delicious beer and one that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Dirty brown pour, half finger of cream colored head. Retained pretty well, just slightly sticking to the glass.

Aroma, nutty, chocolatey, toasted malt. Some leather, peat, earthy/herbal hop notes.

Taste, toasted malt, pumpernickel, walnut. Hop notes are herbal, light pine. Faint anise and some coffee as well. Some cocoa, dark chocolate overcomes it.

Maybe mid- bodied. Good carbonation, good drinkability.
Browns are what they are, it is tough to be too overwhelmed by one. But this is one of the better brown ales out there.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: dark brown with some light passing through. Half finger head and lots of lacing.

S: chocolate and light roast malt with some coffee/ espresso notes.

T: lots of coffee throughout this one, more than expected. The sweet chocolate flavor lasts throughout as well and actually overshadows the coffee in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation .

Overall: a very good and very drinkable beer. The chocolate and coffee is more than expected but balanced.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the source, poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with light brown edges and a khaki-colored head that fades to a slight haze and ring. Nose is straight-up coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a touch of roasted hazelnuts and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Taste is quite similar to the nose, mostly milk chocolate and sweet coffee with more roasted malt and nuts. Finish is long-lasting and pleasantly "roasty". Mouthfeel is smooth and quite creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. Overall a superb Brown Ale, glad to finally try this one!

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Photo of EConnOG
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 3-finger dense, creamy, foamy cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and phenomenal lacing with sheets of foam running down the glass. This has some of the best head retention and lacing that I’ve seen in a long time.

S – Toasted, nutty, and caramel malts with a hint of spicy rye, as well. There might be a touch of the roasted coffee notes that the bottle talks about, but toasty and nutty malts dominate as they should in a beer like this.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel and chocolate flavors and progresses to more nutty and toasted notes at about mid-taste. A bit of roasted coffee bitterness and a definite rye spiciness can be appreciated at the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky, creamy, and silky-smooth mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Some roasted bitterness but mostly rye spiciness lingers on the tongue nicely.

O – This is a brilliantly crafted brew and a very interesting take on a brown ale. The appearance and mouthfeel are both phenomenal. The head characteristics are out of this world, and the mouthfeel is absurdly smooth and creamy. It is downright tasty, too. Adding some more roasted malts and some rye definitely set this beer apart from other beers of the style that I’ve had. I’m not sure if it tastes any better or worse than beers of this caliber from the style; it’s just different. This is definitely a beer you should try to get your hands on.

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Photo of YankChef
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the mellow mushroom

appearance: THick dark brown, really cloudy with a thick head.

smell: sweet and bitter chocolate along with a little maple

taste: rich and malty with just enough hops to bring some balance. Very strong chocolate, but not overly sweet.

Overall: really rich and delicious, very highly recommended offering from coast, they really are doing great things and especially in a state starved of people making beer within it.

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Photo of bisonfort
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee nose. Slight smokiness and taste good but drops off quickly (clean finish). Had draft at Whole Foods.

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Photo of fear025
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells a little malty, some smokeyness, some oak aromas. There is also a little tangyness to the aroma.

Appearance:Dark reddish-brown in color. Light tan head that's quite tall with good retention.

Taste:Malty, a little caramel, chocolate, toasted malts, hazelnut.

Mouthfeel:Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is one of the better examples of brown ale out there, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fairly big creamy beige head. Excellent retention keeping a cap on the beer the whole way down with good chunky lacing.

Distinct nuttiness on the nose. A little bit of roasted malt and coffee as well with perhaps a touch of earthy bitterness.

Flavor starts out with more of a sweet chocolate flavor before really finishing very nutty and spicy. Combo of the grainy nut flavor along with rye is superb.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

Well done by a brewer I've enjoyed in the past on a style that tends to be fairly even and boring. This one had some distinct characteristics and was a very pleasant beer to put down.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Goes from a growler from Piney Grove Green's into my COAST pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black but when held up to the light provides some ruby notes. Big fluffy tan head sticks around for the ride.

S - Big roasted notes with a nice smattering of hops mixed in. Some chocolate and coffee. In general reminds me more of a porter so far than a brown ale

T - Once again picking up more porter like characteristics. Nice chocolate and coffee notes with a bit of spice provided by the rye. The more I drink the more the rye becomes present. Still this reminds me more of a porter with the rich malty flavors albeit a hopped up one. This is balanced well.

M - Medium bodied, maybe a bit on the high end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

D - Really drinkable. Really tasty beer. If COAST was going to pick another beer to reside in bottles full time next to the IPA and Kolsch this one would be a prime candidate. I like this beer a lot. I wish it was easier to get.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a growler into an irish pub glass.
very ruddy ruby hue, would be opaque if not held to a light.nice tan head that disapates to a thin ring.
a very nice sour rye aroma dominates, yet is not over powering.additional wiffs of a nice malty grain bill and very minamal hops.
I pick up on a black coffee flavor right away that yeilds to a nice hoppy bitter and finishes with a long rye sour mash and unsweet chocolate.WOW!
what might appear to be a stout is not, porter you might ask well no again.the mouthfeel is absolutly of the style, a little thin with a medium carbonation.
This brew has some outstanding flavorful drinkability, seek out and enjoy. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of Fitze
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange on Nov 3 of this year. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a fluffy cashmere head.

Aroma is bready and slightly chocolatey. A touch of metallic coffee as well. Toasty with the slightest bit or roast character as well. Smells nice.

Really nice flavor. Chocolatey with a nice toast character. I am not sure if I taste any rye but I certainly get a spit of spiciness that is typical in rye beers. Quite earthy and musty with earthy hoppiness. Coffee begins to emerge and makes its presence known as the beer warms.

A liked this one a lot. The spiciness really makes this an interesting brown ale that I am able to drink and drink lots of. COAST puts out awesome beers and this is just another one of those class act beers from the Charleston brewery.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from the tap at Barley's Taproom in Greenville on 11/05/08.

Rich and decadent from the pour, rich and brown in color. Some carbonation and a faint tan head left a light lacing.

Aromas thick with notes of the roasted malts, rye goodness, caramel, and some hop twang. Very rich and extremely well-balanced. Smooth on the palate with the caramel and chocolate intertwined with the rye notes. Solid sweetness, but balance is the name of the game here. Bold flavors but not overly so. Low-ish ABV makes this one an all-nighter.

While I am partial to the 32/50 Kolsch, this is perhaps my next favorite from Coast. Solid, solid offering.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of rnorgart poured into a pint glass.

Pours very, very dark for a brown ale - a deep mahogany - with a small, short-lived tan head that disappeared almost immediately and left no trace of lacing.

The aroma is where things started to get really interesting. There is a bunch of things going on, starting with whiffs of the toasted rye malts with dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Getting a little bit of caramel sweetness as well.

The taste is just as complex with the opening sweetness of caramel and chocolate giving way to a bit of roasted espresso and dark, dark malts. The finish is slightly bitter with the coffee and spicy with the malts. A whole lot going one but comes together very nicely.

The mouthfeel is well-carbonated despite the pour looking fairly dead. It's definitely on the full side of things in the body for a brown ale with such low ABV.

Despite being a pretty big beer for the style, it's still very drinkable. This is my first beer from COAST and I certainly look forward to trying others after this impressive brew.

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Rye Knot Brown from COAST Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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