Gnight Ryder
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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American Black Ale
4.1 | pDev: 5.85%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Black Ale aged in Pinot Noir Barrels
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by onlymurderers:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

another weird but awesome beer from these guys, lots of innovation at this place, these guys continue to impress me, despite some real weird labels and ideas, they seem to work more often than not. this is a big strong rye based stout that spent some serious time in red wine barrels. the result is impressive. the base stout has a lot of depth, tons of spice character from the rye, and a lot of body too. maybe some darker rye malt too, it has that neat deeper ashy roast and bitter cocoa midnight rye malt flavor. some oats i would imagine too, and perhaps even a little smoked malt, i pick up just a pinch of campfire here. the red wine is strong in the taste, front to back, the fruit it cool with the dry rye based bitter beer, a very cool complexion with dried cherry and prune notes in there. the acidity and tannins make sense too, they serve to cut and mellow some of the body and intensity, even some of the booze of the stout. as much oak as anything, mellowing vanilla is a nice contrast to some of the more aggressive flavors and feels. overall a unique and delicious beer, boldly flavored and quite apart from anything i have had. lots of hops later on too, just a lot going on. fun stuff for sure!

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Photo of ManlyWealth
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Keeping it simple. AGAINST THE GRAIN BREWERY has that great imperial black ale flavor up front with the look, smell, taste and feel with the red wine ending. We could get any size head depending on pour speed variance and angle (DOL... Drink Out Loud in lieu of LOL). GNIGHT RYDER is good at any speed!

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Photo of Manta200
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just when you think you've seen it all, the brewers at Against the Grain show that they're much more than marketeers, they are some creative curaters as well. Off of "black IPA", imperialized and rounded by a red wine barrel slumber, This beer is just a charming to the tastebuds as it is curious.

Gnight Ryder pours a dark porter-like depth of brown, nearly black, opaque and capped with a sepia-stained head. Its scent is roasty, toasty, cocoa-riddled, nutty, spicy and pierced with the tang of red wine and oak. Burnt sweetness of caramel and toffee lead the procession with those chocolate, nutty and coffee-like earth nuances trailing closely behind.

The beer's balance is malt-centric with the char of toast that leads to a carbonized sweetness with a light smoky chocolate character, a boost of cocoa powder, roasted walnuts and burnt bread. Spicy rye-like husken earthiness follows and intensifies the bitter hops that offset the bulk of remaining sweetness. But the beer's final frame is all about the red grape, oak barrel and its winey tang. Hints of plum, licorice, date, fig and raisin blend in seamlessly with the red wine for a suggestion of sherry and burnt cream.

Full bodied but cut by the alcohol, spice and vinous tartness, the boisterous ale has remarkable drinkability even with its aggressive, abrasive perhaps edges that keeps the tastebuds modestly uncomfortable. The collection of flavors in Gnight Ryder are oddly compelling and unnatural in culinary art. That's the beer's allure and its apprehension.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black opaque. Billowing tan head forms an everlasting mound over the glass. Dense, cloud like lacing. Flavor of maple and burnt molasses. Highly malty. Earthy, pine like hop, just enough to balance. Wood and subtle red wine adds an interesting complexity. Very good.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled spring 2016; drank 7/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy tan head; strong lace.

Fresh earth, raspberry & smoke notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel. Fresh earth, dry raspberry & faint cream flavors up front; a bitter, boozy finish.

Drinkable but not overly enjoyable; I've had my last.

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Photo of Rdc67
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvillefan
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VTbrewfan
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz pour on tap at 5 horses tavern in Somerville. Almost black in appearance with off white lacing. Scents of red wine and grape juice. Really interesting flavors of red wine and red grapes to start. Kind of a weird lingering taste on the palate, though- kind of a weird funky bitterness. Hard to put my finger on it. Overall, an interesting beer with a really enjoyable flavor at first but not sure if I’d have another due to the odd aftertaste.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gnight Ryder is pitch black in color with a mocha colored head that is both dense and creamy. Head retention is excellent and lasts well into the session. A moderate amount of lacing is present that clings to the sides of the glass.

Dark chocolate is the first and more powerful aroma to leap out of the glass, followed by roasted nuts and red wine.

Up front we have a combo of the previously mentioned dark chocolate with just a touch of caramel. Mid palate the red wine really shines as it mingles with prunes and cherries. Finishes with just a bit of heat from the alcohol and what I would call a chocolate covered cherry sweetness.

Dry with a medium bordering on heavy body with a light amount of carbonation.

A very enjoyable and deceptively easy drinking beer when you consider the % this beer clocks in at.

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Photo of osuskin
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lukass
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwarren82
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: The opaque, chestnut colored body has a creamy, golden-tan head which looks substantial at first, but then disappears completely when you're not looking.

Smell: The unsurprisingly strong bouquet boasts plenty of complexity. Even the undertones are hefty, smelling of toffee, caramel, and churros a-plenty. The red wine aroma, which plays the starring role, is of mainly dark, yet bright fruit: raspberries, underripe cherries, Concord grapes, and plums. Roasted malt and both oily and citrusy hops help to balance out the sweetness.

Taste: It's pure maple sugar on the tip of the tongue, but the taste quickly darkens, featuring a burnt mocha base and a fruity red wine coating that's tinged with a peppery, acidic tang. The layers play nicely together, and there's a new surprise at every sip: halfway through the glass, the rose petal flavor of floral hops come through. A little bit later, and you're thinking of maple-cured chorizo. The elements play nicely together, creating what I wish I could create in myself: BALANCED complexity.

Overall: This beer is much like the cartoon biker on its label might be: An adventurous grizzly beast, with a super sweet core. Again, I wouldn't mind a little more acidity and a little less sweetness, but the conction is the best kind of crowd pleaser as is, not sacrificing ingenuity for undeniable deliciousness.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gnight Ryder from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 33 ratings