The Brown Note | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mrfrancis on 04-23-2012

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Photo of Amendm
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz. mug from a 16 oz. can so I can swish and swirl. Does not requier a strong pour, good carbonation.
Very dark brown, almost opaque. Dark amber when held up to a light. Frothy tan head that does not last to long but comes right back with a little swish. Some lacing.
Roasted malt dominates the smell, coffee, roasted nuts and bitter chocolate are more present in the taste plus some pumpernickel.
Sweet round mouthfeel thins and dries out towards the middle, medium hop bite at end.
This is a very malty semi-sweet brown ale which balances the hop bitterness almost perfectly.
The label art is off the wall, and the braggery--there are better brown ales out there but this is way better than average.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpolewan
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maudrey
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can, dated 1-15-18, I believe. Nonic pint.

A: pours a medium brown, barely translucent, with a thick and foamy two-finger head and highly active visible carbonation. That head lasted to the end of the glass. A giant sheet of lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

S: I can tell this is still too cold, but even with that I can smell loads of chocolate, nutty, goodness. There is a strong dose of Englishness to this; can’t chalk it up to yeast, so it must be the fuggles. This smells exactly right for an American take on an English nut brown. Perfect, did you hear me?

T: chocolate, Colombian coffee, bready middle, dry, earthy, woody hop finish. Not sweet. This is outstanding.

M: lightest possible end of midweight. Fluffy ale texture. Pretty clean finish, actually. Dare I say, a refreshing brown ale?

O: maybe I was just in the mood for a brown ale, but it is one of my favorite styles, and although there are lots, I think there are only three or four really good ones, and this is one of them. An absolute must try for lovers of brown ales or English-style beers. I’d love to do a side to side with Samuel Smith’s - it is that good. Low ABV and big cans mean this would be a great one for fall tailgating. Will buy again as soon as I can. My only detraction is the tasteless can art. Apart from that, this really is the epitome of what I look for in a brown ale.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbutter
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft pour into a pint glass shows an opaque brown with an orange-ish tint in the light. A 1/2in cream colored head falls to a thin cap and leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is strong roasted malt with a coffee bent.

Flavor is all coffee.

Mouthfeel is light with the carbonation leaving a cola feel and has a wet finish.

Overall a nice brown, just not my flavor.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear, brownish color. The head is off white, 3 finger, frothy, but retention is poor with no lacing on the glass.
The nose is malty, slightly sweet. Some chocolate notes.
Taste - creamy, with a hint of bitterness on the backside. Some caramel, some chocolate. The bitter part is hard to describe. Crisp tasting, maybe.
Feel - crispness to it. Decent body for the ABV.
I'm not the biggest fan of brown ales, but this isn't bad at all. Yeah, I got it for the name, but I do like it.

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Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: January 6, 2017... OCCASION: letting the annual post-Christmas dinner at Ss. Peter and Paul Church... GLASSWARE: HopDevil nonick... pours a heady, two-fingered clump of brown snow that sits atop a ruby-brown body full of effervescence... aroma reeks of lactose, tobacco, weathered leaves, woody pulp, chocolate, roasted malts, and sweet biscuit--a veritable panoply the opposite of the can's artwork... sips a creamy, textured start and approaches a full-bodied finish... this eschews the usual flat cola/butter consistency, in a favor of a lactic, thickening, substantial mouthfeel... continuing its narrative, the flavor strikes with chocolate, tobacco leaf, caramel, Fuggels-driven grass and herb, light citrus, mint, and mild tea... a truly enjoyable beer that unfortunately may be panned due to its crude can--in fact, I bought it as a gag Christmas gift for my brother.... in his generosity, he left me one of them, and quite a regifting...

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can.

A really nice looking beer. Body is a transparent brown hurt that pours with a finger off white head.

Nose is quite welcoming. Brown sugar, molasses, caramel malt.

Flavor is good but a bit of a let down after the nose. Lots of roasted malt with a hint of sweetness in the back.

Medium carbonation and a smooth yet slightly watery body.

This is as advertised a good brown ale. Nothing fancy or complicated just a good beer. I would like a little more balance and a little less roasted malt.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Has a nice nuttiness.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

How I've wanted to try this beer, I'm so glad I did...

Obviously, at least to me, the art on this beer is the most eye-catching aspect. Quite possibly, it's the most eye-catching aspect of any beer I've ever had or will ever had. I mean, c'mon, look at the can carefully, it truly is entertaining on so many levels. Anyway, as far as the actual beer is concerned, it is, for the most part, solid. A burnt-caramel look with weak foam presents itself to the eyes, while a very malty, grassy smell meets the nose - unique in my book. The mouthfeel has a spicy tingle to it, highly carbonated to the point it almost distracts and a tad astringent to the tongue. The taste was as complex as the smell - roasted malts, lemongrass, and a touch of cinnamon - an interesting combination. Certainly a solid brew to go with the exceptional (and entertaining) art on the can.

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Photo of cmsfish
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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