The Brown Note | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
The Brown NoteThe Brown Note
BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
441 Ratings
The Brown NoteThe Brown Note
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:
#23,812
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
441
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
125
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

subtracting appearance points for the worst label in beer. i dont care whats in the bottle, can, or keg, you have to take yourself more serious than this. there is something endearing about the cheeky names and all, but this label goes too far for me, its just not appetizing, even if some idiot that laughed at bevis and butthead gets a chuckle, its not cool at all. the beer is better than the label thank goodness, but its not without some flaws in my book. the first one is the price. you cant be serious with bottles and cans this expensive, thats way off, i mean a full order of magnitude. the beer itself isnt bad, a nice chocolate base, eglish on the yeast from, american hoppy, and pleasingly dry for the style. however, it just doesnt warrant such an arrogant price, and the yeast left in it is unflattering too. i think as a brewery, this is one of the most excessive and irrelevant and subpar beers they have done, although i still enjoyed a glass. maybe a testament to their other beers, maybe a commentary on the gimmicks losing their appeal, but save your coin on this one.

 1,088 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting nutty qualities all around.

 591 characters

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark brownish red in color (brownish black when viewed from afar) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuity and nutty malts are present in the nose along with some notes of oats.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is a little nuttier and also has hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This brown ale is very easy to drink and has a high degree of complexity of flavors in the taste.

Serving type: can

 737 characters

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted oats, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted oats, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/toasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted oats, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,520 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Against the Grain actually goes with the grain while brewing this charming Northern English-style Brown Ale. Covering the bases where beers like Newcastle trail off- the taste captured in this true-to-form ale are playfully bold and surprisingly refreshing.

Like any other Brown Ale, the beer pours in a not-so-shocking brown hue. Cast upon a mild haze, the ale releases a creamy off-white head to top the beer sparingly but with a steady collar of lace. Its dainty foam character is in stark contrast to the masculine beer underneath.

Medium aromatics of toast, light chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel and mild fruit rise from the glass and shows off its slight robust nature. To taste, the sweeter malts greet the front of the mouth with deep caramel, brown sugar, and light chocolate. As the beer traverses across the palate, it leaves behind its initial sweetness and favors a toastier, light coffee, walnut-type earthiness with slight floral and herbal bitterness. Its pleasant taste trails with the taste of malt but not all the residual sweetness that's normally expected from those malts- this yields a semi-dry taste that's as crisp and refreshing as it is bold.

Medium bodied from head to tail, the beer's early but albeit terse carbonation lays on the tongue with cask ale-like effect. But as the bubbles vanish, it leaves the beer thin and waning heading into a woody-toasty finish of mild minty warmth.

The Brown Note is as classic as they come, if we're talking about Brown Ales. Though it's somber in complexity, it more than makes up for it in effortless and ease of consumption.

 1,598 characters

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is indicative of my (sometimes frustrating) backlog of beer here at Chez Woody that my local, in-person trader, tone77, is thanking me for a hook-up back in November! The CANQuest (tm) is really on a roll right now & I am happy to be unearthing so many old friends.

From the CAN: "Oh, the Shame. This is the brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there's no longer any reason to drink another brown ale. You've reached the pinnacle. The Disco Bump. The Brown Note. Drink this beer or shit yourself trying. PHFFRRTT! Uh oh."

Between the verbiage and the depiction on the label, I CAN't believe that this made it through the Liquor CANtrol Board! I shall celebrate with a Crack! & inverted Glug. It came out and up in a powerful rush to the point that I had to back off. I got two-plus fingers of puffy, rocky, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head as a result which slowly fell back to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a liquefied milk chocolate bar. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, lacking solid depth. The taste was very milk chocolaty with a bit of nuttiness thrown in for good measure. I kept flashing on a Mr. Goodbar. It has been a while since I have had a beer this sweet and still enjoyed it! Chocolaty is the word that applied here, from start to sweet finish. One was plenty for this self-avowed hophead, however.

 1,399 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 441 ratings