Five Roses: A Rick Astley Joint | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

43 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Kolsch aged on red cypress.

Added by jtladner on 01-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by FlussigkeitMut:
Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of LCS46208
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A really fun name, but the beer is horrid.

42 characters

Photo of jtladner
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, apparently this is the Schwartz edition. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark ruby red/mahogany color with about a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, wood, tart berries and some funk. It tastes like roasted malt, tart dark fruit, wood, chocolate, and a bit of funk and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth. I thought this was a tasty brew, definitely worth a try. Hope I get to try the other versions!

 541 characters

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color—it is nearly opaque but the edges appear translucent near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of wood from the red cypress aging are present in the nose. Hints of dark malts are also perceptible.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with hints of wood.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste much like a wild kölsch, but more like an oak aged schwarzbier. Nonetheless, it is easy to drink and unique.

 726 characters

Photo of anhigdon
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pisano
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an almost opaque but still clear mahogany in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a hint of cola brown + reddish-amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy beige head that reduces quickly to a medium sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of slightly funky sourness with hints of wood (red cyprus) and almost a hint of vinegar acidity.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of vinous malts with a hint of sourness. There is a light flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts and light to moderate notes of cypress wood. Minimal amounts of bitterness and just a touch of acidity.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Just a hint of acidic prickliness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a slightly strange yet enjoyable hybrid - sort of a kolsch mixed with a barrel-aged schwarzbeir and just a hint of a belgian style sour. Easy to drink and very light. Overall not very sour, just the lightest hints of sourness.

 1,110 characters

Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Well... this brewery looks interesting, and to Rick Roll anyone drinking it is also an interesting concept, but the beers all look meh. So we'll see how much I actually enjoy this one. Thanks to crapturds (reddit) for this one.

A forced heavy pour gets a 1 finger fizzy head that fades pretty quickly though, touches of lacing, crystal clear tan color.

Nose grainy doughy aromas, a doughy kolsch but overly doughy and grainy, a pilsner like straw and toast, a mild fruity lager like note, and faint minerality but not a lager aroma, don't get any red cypress.

Taste is very light, a touch skunky like lagered flavor but not a lager, some bitter tannic flavors, a very light base beer, with toasty pilsner like corn flavor, a poorly made kolsch base, and again no cyrpress except maybe a touch of a piney like tannic oak note. It starts to get almost infected like carbonation and yeasty character, but not infection funk, maybe underattentuated and over carbonated due to bottled yeast, but still clear somehow, weird.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of carb.

Overall quite meh, I think I WAS Rick Rolled into trying this beer that was very bland, poorly made, and if crapturds hadn't sent it to me as an extra, I would have thought they were trolling me with a terrible beer that was approx 100x the cost it should have been. Not only are all the AGtG beers overpriced but they all seem to be way over-hyped as well. So disappointed with them

 1,452 characters

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jman005
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MasterPenguins
1.4/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Name alone is what go this one in my glass.

An almost opaque mahogany color in the glass. I found the aroma to be pretty offensive. I smelled very doughy, but it was a bad dough smell. Taste was totally lacking. I got a little bit of tartness upfront, but after that nothing. Extremely watery flavor (or lack there of). Light to medium body on this one.

Funny name, but that is all that this has going for it.

 411 characters

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kolsch-style, cypress, wild yeast and Rick Astley- and just when you thought creativity was dead?!

Where something caught between traditional German-type Kolsch and Belgian sour is expected, the complicated ale pours with a hazy canary-yellow color that's full of yeast. The second pour goldens things up a bit. Where head character is lightly fizzy and short-lived, this can be common for sour ales and lighter wood-aged beers.

Its funky and grainy aromas are also delicately malty with notes of fresh bread dough and dry wafer crackers. But the fruit and acidic tones blend in with the sulfury aromas in order to lend a cidery and limey scent. Still, a musty whiff of aged wood and dry leather permits.

Its taste is the same part-malt, part-grain combo that was promised in aroma. But the tartness of green apple, green grape, and dried limes brings the beer out of the Kolsch world and into the funky sour world. Where the beer mere stops at tangy tartness, its sharpness and earthiness is evident. Mild salt brine, dried wood, mineral, and a crisp herbal bitterness gives the finish a briskness that avoids complete grainy flavor.

Light bodied throughout, the beer's Kolsch-like tendencies are already light and bready, but the wild yeast and bacteria really dies the beer and leaves an arid grain-derived bite on the late palate. Minty warmth, grain and acidity play out is a quick aftertaste for quite a refreshing session.

Where the base for Kolsch already contain many of the recipe options that are common to sour ales, the beer isn't Kolschy enough to gain favor- it lacks the floral hop character and soft breadiness that make them so endearing. Also, it isn't sour enough to qualify as a gueuze, lambic, or American Wild Ale. But its straddle of the fence should appeal to markets of both. The beer is certainly not as tasteless as Rick Astley's music.

 1,869 characters

Photo of WallyHop
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tsgooch79
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Five Roses: A Rick Astley Joint from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
3.46 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.