The Brown Note | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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3.77/5
Very Good
417 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,111
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
417
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
114
Trade:
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Ratings: 417 |  Reviews: 89
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

Photo of Wizzle32
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Sir_Goatman
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a nonic pint. Love the disgusting logo.

L: Pours partially translucent chocolate brown with 2 fingers of variable density khaki head with good retention and left some spotted lacing.

S: Mostly malt, lots of roasted and chocolate malts, perhaps some subtle caramel malt undertones.

T: Follows the nose but not overly dynamic. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and clears the palate quickly.

F: Thinner bodied with moderate carbonation, incredibly smooth and easy drinking.

O: I enjoyed the beer and the logo. It's a solid brown ale, when they're becoming harder and harder to find.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Clocker
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a chestnut hue of brown with three fingers worth of head. The aroma is nutty and with notes of freshly ground coffee. There many be some notes of fecal matter but that's probably because I'm staring at the label. The taste is bready upfront with some lingering sweetness and a nice bitter finish. Medium body and a barely noticeable carbonation. This is a truly amazing brown ale.

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Photo of rangerred
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toscanoigor
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

**
05/27/2017

Can to snifter, memorial weekend picnic.

LOOK: dark walnut brown, small beige head, fades.
AROMA: barley, oats, wet sidewalk.
TASTE: mostly mild barley, touch of grape/wine.
FEEL: medium carbonation. Medium body.

Ok, but nothing special. I do love the reference from "The League".
**

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Antg8989
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is toasty. Taste is sort of coffee-ish. Feel is medium bodied and medium carbonated. Overall, I wouldn't say "there's no longer any reason to drink another brown ale", except that nothing about this style has really excited me thus far.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, nice nuttyness, roasty. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is my first from this brewery, and it surprised me, very nice brew.

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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 417 ratings
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