Heine's Big Bro
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.02 | pDev: 3.73%
Oct 12, 2014
May 19, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Louisville roasted Heine Bros. Espresso was hot extracted pre-fermentation, and Mary Catherine’s Blend was cold extracted and added post-fermentation to give this beer an aggressive bitterness as well as a delicate yet pronounced coffee flavor and aroma. This imperial stout was started with a massive amount of high quality Marris Otter malt and an array of specialties including Oats, Roasted Barley, and very dark caramel Munich. Hefty additions of British hops early in the boil make for a powerful bitterness to balance the high malt sweetness.
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Rated: 3.88 by KevinmusPrime from Kentucky

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Jan 13, 2013
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Reviewed by Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Urbancaver for this growler as part of the Birthday BIF. Pours a jet black hue with a nice espresso head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is a bit light, but there's a hint of roast. The taste? Wow. And it gets infinitely better as it warms. Let your growler sit on the counter. This RULES at room temp. The coffee, cinnamon, and touches of vanilla and tobacco in this are unreal. The mouth is medium with a decent amount of effervescence to it. Compliments the beer perfectly. Overall, this is one of the best non BA stouts I've ever had. Would love to see this with some BA. Not that it needs it...just want to see what else it could be. God damn, Cam. Please sir, can I have some more???
Nov 30, 2012
Rated: 4 by joshrosborne from Michigan

Sep 15, 2012
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Reviewed by Dudeabide from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served from a growler thanks to Urbancaver.

A ~ Pours a dark brown, black when removed from the light. Off white/brown colored head that dissipated quickly. Slight lacing around the glass.

S ~ strong aroma of coffee and Chocolate, very pleasing.

T ~ Follows the nose, chocolate, coffee goodness, very enjoyable and well balanced.

M ~ good strong mouth feel but I would prefer a bit thicker, not a watery stout by any means.

O ~ enjoyable beer, hope to see it pop up at bars around Cincinnati soon.
Sep 04, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

Jun 26, 2012
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a snifter at McGee's.

I don't know how McGee's keeps getting these AtG kegs, but I'm sure as hell not gonna argue. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts and dry coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast and the coffee coming through richer, fuller; and they're soon joined by a nice wave of mild chocolate powder. It's simple, but straightforward and effective. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, one that doesn't try to go overboard with complexity, but one that succeeds at its purpose.
Jun 07, 2012
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served on tap at Heine Bros Coffee (Bardstown Rd) in Louisville, KY.

A: Pours a completely opaque jet black in color without even the slightest hints of brown when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a light aroma of dark roasted malts along with some subtle hints of chocolate. There is a huge presence of coffee - contributing the smell of freshly ground beans along with some freshly brewed espresso.

T: Delicious. Significant amounts of coffee flavor but without too much bitterness. There are also some hints of dark roasted malts and bittersweet/dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy.

O: I really enjoy coffee beers, especially coffee stouts, and this one did not disappoint. There was a wonderful presence of the coffee in both the smell and the taste but the beer was not overly bitter. This is a sipping beer but definitely an enjoyable one - I would get this again.
May 29, 2012
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Reviewed by JDizzle from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Got a growler of this from Party Town for $6.99!!! Might as well as stole the damn thing:)
Great store!!

Great looking pour right off the BAT! Dark brown/black, not letting hardly any light through my snifter. Dark brown 2 finger head.

This one smells like a chocolate fun house!! I do not get as much coffee as I do chocolate. I am talking like....Choklate? from Southern Tier.
Really enticing!

This is where is falls short... The chocolate dominates over the coffee by a mile here. It is very sweet with an aftertaste I am not too fond of. It's still a really good beer though, just not what I thought it would be. It reminds me CBS, yes CBS from Founders, what it would be without the barrell treatment. Same aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was good with the right amount of carbs. Aftertaste was the only neg. A little thin for a big stout-medium body.

ATG is a great young brewery and this was a good beer. I like BBC's Heine the Elder a lot better.
May 24, 2012
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep black color with a solid one finger mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Booze, coffee grounds, and roast chocolate malt dominate the aroma. Caramel lends support as it warms, along with herbal hops.

Flavor is very coffee-forward, featuring roast malt, malted milk balls, and an underlying nuttiness. Dark fruits, almost cherry-like, and chocolate add complexity, into the moderately bitter finish. A bit of medicinal phenol becomes evident later.

Body is moderate, slightly syrupy, with minimal carbonation. There's an alcohol warmth that is not offensive.

Overall, a coffee lover's beer. It's not overly bitter like some coffee stouts, and I don't find the slightly acrid flavor to be as offensive as some coffee stouts. Fairly straightforward brew.
May 23, 2012
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Black mini-nonic pint at Northdown.

Tan surface foam that has lasting coverage, sheets of lace coat the inside of the glass, leaving an intricate halo of toasted creme brulee tinged foam.

Mellow roast in the aroma, concentrated espresso notes.

Rich and smooth impression, deep dark chocolate and bitter coffee, some charred toast that lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and creamy, sticky on the lips. A slow sipper at 9.5%. Intense coffee flavors and aroma, with moderately charred malts and Maris Otter to give it some body. The coffee steals the show here.
May 23, 2012
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Reviewed by deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It pours black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. The nose is typical of a good coffee stout. You get nice roasted notes of coffee and baker's chocolate and a little smokiness as well.

The beer is full-bodied and has a nice flavor profile. In the front of the palate, I get roasted malt and a hefty dose of bittersweet chocolate. At mid-palate, things turn quite bitter as espresso and grainy notes come in. The finish lingers nicely, but is a tad too bitter in my opinion. The mouthfeel is firm and oily.

This is another solid beer from a brewery whose beers I have really enjoyed. I'm extremely grateful that we can get growler fills of their beers here in Northern KY. It's far from the best coffee stout I've had. I'd like a bit more sweetness to balance out the coffee. Still, it's better than the vast majority of coffee stouts you find.
May 19, 2012
Heine's Big Bro from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 12 ratings