The Brown Note
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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From:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
 
Kentucky, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #35
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,580
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Ratings:
488
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 21, 2022
Added:
Apr 23, 2012
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  131
SCORE
85
Very Good
The Brown NoteThe Brown Note
Notes: The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. A healthy blend of traditional British malts give this popular style a semi-sweet, biscuity, slightly roasted flavor. Oats thicken the mouthfeel, and a handful of specialty malts add complex chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. The hops are mostly traditional, earthy British hops, but we cocked it up a bit with some Cascade late in the boil just to show those snooty Brits that we don’t approve of that Constitutional Monarchy crap.
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Photo of Cdriver0414
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

One of my all time favorite beers and definitely my favorite brown ale. Burnt toffee, chocolate, and caramel maltiness that is easy drinking yet packs a punch. Can't recommend this one enough

Mar 21, 2022
 
4 by freewill35 from Indiana on Mar 14, 2022
 
3.57 by sirzekel from Georgia on Mar 14, 2022
Photo of ckaplanmd
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by ckaplanmd from New York

love the smooth dark chocolate taste and feel

Jan 25, 2022
 
4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Nov 13, 2021
Photo of jkblr
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

16oz can BBD 17/11/21 poured into a shaker pint at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. The beer pours bright light brown with chestnut highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and partial layer of bubbles. The aroma is mild with bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted, nearly smokey, malt all with a slight tang. Mild to moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, tasty in all but the can art.

Nov 13, 2021
 
4.21 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Nov 10, 2021
Photo of lagrluvr
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by lagrluvr

I bought it just to have the can, but mostly to gir to old budies for a gag gift. Awesome art concept for Van Halen fans! If you like the brown sound have a taste!

Sep 12, 2021
Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

on draft at the brewery in Louisville. served in Willi Becher style glass

dark brown in color, cream colored head. nice bready and mild caramel malt aroma and flavor, but fairly dry finish, which is good. medium bodied. overall very solid

Aug 04, 2021
 
3.72 by QuintusHorace from California on Jul 02, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

RBESG 2016 in Barcelona. Shared can at Rosses i Torrades. Very dark brown colour. Roasty aroma and flavour, medium dry, well hopped. An average brown ale.

Mar 22, 2021
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3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Sayb from Arizona

L: Dark reddish brown , head lingers a while .
S: Nutty malt aroma
T: Spiced malt with chocolate , caramel overtones .
F: Smooth but a bit on the heavy side.
O: Good brew to end the evening .
Did not look at the whole label, really only noticed Against The Grain when purchased . Kinda weird/scary .

Feb 20, 2021
 
4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Feb 07, 2021
 
3.61 by chris826 from Mississippi on Dec 29, 2020
 
3.79 by biteme398 from Virginia on Dec 20, 2020
 
3.68 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 13, 2020
 
3.67 by desint from Belgium on Dec 10, 2020
Photo of Lucular
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

5 oz pour on tap so I didn't have to look at the label. Gross label "art" aside, this is a very tasty brown ale. Still, I cannot imagine actually buying a bottle of this.

Oct 19, 2020
 
4.1 by StanleysCup from Maryland on Oct 17, 2020
 
3.78 by DvdP from Netherlands on Sep 21, 2020
Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

I had a draft of this at the new local AtG Public House in late January. As I've often said, brown ale is not my favorite style -- for dark beer I much prefer porter or stout, which usually have rich roasty malts. Truthfully, I even prefer a good Dunkel to brown ales. This is OK with those caveats in mind.

Aug 17, 2020
 
4.06 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Jun 09, 2020
 
3.65 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Apr 26, 2020
Photo of MeatballExpress
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MeatballExpress from Pennsylvania

Disgusting can / Delicious beer

Mar 21, 2020
 
3.8 by Blcookies from Nevada on Mar 02, 2020
 
3.89 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Feb 24, 2020
 
3.78 by Livyatan1996 from Missouri on Feb 05, 2020
 
4.18 by beerrat from Virginia on Dec 16, 2019
Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

On tap at Nick's in Clemson. Revisited and tasting improved in August 2020 based on a 16 oz can with a December 2019 canning date stamped on a sticker(!) stuck on the bottom of the can. Disgusting label designed by and for 10 year old boys.

Pours with a clear dark reddish-brown body with a semi-durable off-white head.
Aroma: a mix of caramel malts and earthy hops ... Not my favorite mix (mainly applies to draft).
The flavor works better. It's slightly more bitter and hoppy than average for style.

Nov 28, 2019
 
4.5 by ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia on Nov 23, 2019
Photo of Nass
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Nass from Florida

This can artwork is just downright awful, I mean what the heck was the artist thinking? In addition to, there is no date on the can. The pour is brown with a khaki head. I'm not getting much on the aroma just maybe some roasted malt. On the taste I get some caramel, molasses, a little bit of nuttiness, & char leaning towards the finish. Cheers! B

Oct 06, 2019
Photo of Junior
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Junior from Michigan

Poured from a pint can into a shaker pint.

L - Very dark amber/brown with a huge foamy mocha head.
S - Roasted malt, caramel and biscuit.
T - Roasted caramel and malt.
F - Highly carbonated. Thicker than you would think for a 5.0% ABV brown. Not watery at all.
O - Very good (especially once you get past the can art). Well balanced and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

Aug 22, 2019
 
3.75 by cb8282 from Michigan on Aug 18, 2019
Photo of smbslt
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by smbslt from Illinois

L - clear auburn with red and orange highlights. beige/khaki one finger head, no lacing
S - bready/yeasty/old store
T - some complexity - tobacco and grass, no sweetness. Upon warming no real change.
F - a bit over carbonated on the tongue

Aug 15, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Against The Grain Brewery "The Brown Note"
1 Pint can coded "17 07 1317 07 13 FL 464 FL 464" and sampled on 10 July 2019
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Let's not discuss the label and just move right on to the beer. The beer is the only thing that really matters anyway, right? It's a hazy dark chestnut brown in color beneath a full cap of foamy yellowed off-white. The head retention appears to be good so far. The aroma is chocolatey, nutty, and earthy. There's also a slight bit of a floral note. The flavor follows with some additional leafy and mildly grassy hop flavor. It's initially a touch sweetish but after a few sips the palate adapts and it appears drier. The malt lingers gently in the medium-bitter finish but never becomes more than nutty and chocolatey - i.e. it's not sweet. It's nicely rounded and balanced, and seemingly done in the southern English style. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and delicately crisp. Overall it's hard to find a flaw to it, and yet it somehow lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that makes some beers remarkable. Still, it's nicely done and enjoyable.

Review #6,618

Jul 10, 2019
 
4.46 by DaveFriday from Missouri on Jun 30, 2019
 
3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida on Jun 22, 2019
 
3.75 by mooseo from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2019
Photo of poopshipdestroy
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by poopshipdestroy from Illinois

Simply one of the best brown ales I've ever had. I'm guessing this is not reflected in the overall score due to the can art. Not overly sweet with a complex mouthfeel and flavor profile. Wonderfully done.

May 24, 2019
 
3.78 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on May 07, 2019
The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 488 ratings