Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #421
Ranked #13,525
3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Sep 22, 2022
Oct 25, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Not your typical "Jelly of the Month Club" beer. Dark roasted malt and bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavor and aroma burst from this pitch black milk stout. The full body and sweetness are derived from the addition of lactose (aka milk sugar) which is not fermentable by beer yeast. A healthy dose of English Kent Goldings hops provides a counterpoint to this ale’s rich and complex maltiness.
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is slightly bitter for a milk stout. Not overly sweet.
Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The pour from a pint can into a clear Imperial pint glass is a pretty good one. All of the contents fit in one try. But that's mostly because there wasn't much head at all, even at room temperature. The color is a black coffee brown, bright, but also opaque. There's nothing more to smell than roasted malt. This has a good flavor, with some nice bitterness derived from the well roasted malt. The included lactose doesn't hurt that character, although it does contribute to some initial sweetness that may not be necessary. But, the body is good, so if that's the trade-off, it's worth it. Very nice, this is, smooth and moderately sweet, with a burnt malt bite at the end. There's no glass lacing and only a slight hit of the ample ABV of seven percent. This is closer to the best than it is to the worst in its style.
May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by ckaplanmd from New York

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
An almost solid black appearance with a thin tan head
Medium light carbonation with a slightly thick creamy body.
Aroma is tobacco, char,dark chocolate, dark fruit,molasses and malt. Some lactose and its probably just me but I swear I smell cinnamon.
Taste is sweet but nicely done with some char,malt and molasses with some dark chocolate.
Overall I'm not describing as well as it deserves but it is a very well done stout. It really doesn't really on added flavor which really worked very well
Jan 21, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the can into a nonic(k) pint glass.

Rich dark mocha colored head, making just about three fingers, fine foamy like consistency. Body is very dark, pretty much blackened and quite shiny in the body appearance too.

Aroma goes for deep rich malts, but sticks to basics. Limited hinting of sweetness (which I kind of prefer honestly) but a good char and thick roasted grain character. Flirts with molasses but far darker in aroma more like thick tobacco almost. Quite solid and gives the impression more of imperial porter than milk stout.

Palate is really nice. Lots of unexpected flavors here which make for a real enjoyable drinking experience. Quite silky mouthfeel, with a good rich dark chocolate flavor. Milk sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness for an excellent balance, but wait there's more. Dark roasted coffee and even some nutty carob like tones hit as well. Finishes with excellent creamy character, nearly touches of vanilla to go with it.

Very nice amped up milk stout with a good rich body to go with it. Good stuff.
Nov 09, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by NastyNorseman from New York

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into a pint

A- pours black in color with a tow-finger foamy khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- charred malt and dark chocolate, followed by a sweet lactose aroma that gives notes of vanilla and cream. Undertones of caramel chews and toffee

T- sweet milk chocolate up front is immediately followed by a creamy lactose note that adds a vanilla like sweetness. Mid-palate brings out some bitter charred malt, adding notes of coffee. The finish gives more sweet cream, chocolate and a hint of caramel on the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish

O- a solid milk stout that has high drinkability
Sep 08, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16 oz can, picked up at the brewery in Louisville last week

Pours black with dark tan colored head. Decent head retention. Milk chocolately aroma. Similar taste, with more of a dark cocoa finish. Full bodied, pretty smooth
Aug 04, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by lackard-b from Tennessee

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
1 US pint can, from Bestofbeers, Denmark. ABV is 7.0%. Black colour, huge tan head. Aroma of roast malts and lactose, also notes of chocolate. Fizzy mouthfeel. Medium sweet flavour of roast malts, lactose, coffee and dark chocolate.
Mar 22, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Against The Grain Brewery "35K"
16 fl. oz. can coded 11/22/21 and sampled on 03/03/21
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is this, a plain old boring stout? It's not soured and made with breakfast cereal and goats blood? How boring is that? - :P - In actuality it's a milk stout so it's at least a little bit of something different. It's poured an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of tan foam that seems to be holding quite well. The aroma is chocoatey, caramelish, toasty, yeasty-fruity, and coffee-like. The flavor follows and it's sweetish but not too sweet, and nicely rounded and balanced. A dollop of sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and roastiness meets some leafy and floral hops at the swallow and then fades steadily away. I'm quite sensitive to lactose and it sometimes bothers me. I can sense it here, it kind of sticks to my palate after I've swallowed, but it's not bad at all. Nor is it too sweet at all, IMHO. The mouthfeel could be a little fuller for a milk stout but I'm totally OK with that as I've noted my dislike for lactose. In the end I like this beer a lot but it's not inspirational.
Review #7,257
Mar 03, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by tgdavis from Tennessee

Jan 20, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by HopBelT from Belgium

Dec 16, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by VAcrossr from Virginia

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by TomBanahan from Kentucky

Oct 05, 2020
Rated: 3.86 by travelguy from Ohio

Sep 01, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown with the copper tinge, and one finger a beige head.

Smells slightly of cocoa. Pieces of cocoa, chocolate, with a moderate sweetness to it. Not much bitterness.

The body is medium with white fluffy carbonation.

I got this on the East Coast in and I’m drinking it in Redding CA July 24, 2020.
Jul 25, 2020
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Rated by WIllBonds from Alabama

3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Poured 16 oz tall boy into pint glass. Hints of vanilla and chocolate predominate. Good beer, just meeting expectations, not exceeding them.
Jun 18, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by Milkman_d83 from Kentucky

Apr 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2020
Rated: 3 by MrCPMJ from Texas

Dec 16, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by Mdaniel723 from Missouri

Dec 05, 2019
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a tall can into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with good head and lacing. Chocolate and slightly herbal smell. Pleasant sweet chocolate taste. Dark toast and a hint of licorice. Nice and smooth. Pretty good beer.
Dec 05, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by zbooks from Texas

Oct 26, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Trmmilwwi from Illinois

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by leinie13 from Ohio

Sep 01, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2019
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Keg labeled #434. On tap at Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Deep pour, nearly black. Medium viscosity, pretty heady off the draft line. Two fingers of beige foam settle above the beer but drop back down and leave heavy lace behind on the inside of the glass.

Dark, roasty, malty nose. A touch of milk sugar sweetness, but predominantly light roast coffee beans and a mild, slightly nutty malt quality serving as the predominant forces here.

Good flavors here, avoiding the watery texture associated with a lot of sub-par milk stouts. Flavors of sweet iced coffee, with only a touch or roasty bitterness. The malt backbone returns, softened by undertones of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is predominantly soft, with a present carbonation and a mildly thin feel. It’s not watery, but I would have liked more of a fullness from it. Finishes with some residual bitterness and a touch of boozy warmth on the way down.
Jul 16, 2019
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16 oz can into a Belgian snifter. Appears to be a 17 Dec. 2019 BB date stamp.
Pours near black, opaque, and with a rather weak tan head.
Relatively hoppy aroma. Partially hidden ABV. Significant sweetness up front but moderately bitter by the finish with a touch of sour in between. Moderately strong flavor for style.
Jul 10, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Amazingly flavorful sweet stout with depth and balance - I was fooled at first and thought it was a regular stout. Pours a deep, dark rich brown color, almost black in opaqueness. A little tan head and spotty lingering lacing that looked nice. Smells of dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, light roasted nuttiness. Taste follows the nose, and there’s a great balance between the sweeter flavors and the mild bitterness of the roast coffee. Smooth, slightly creamy, mild mouthfeel that was nice and not too light. Just the right amount of carbonation. A very impressive milk stout.
Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look - prettt much black with a good tan head and sticky lacing
Smelll - great toast caramel
Taste - toasty lightly sweet caramel malts
Feel - full body light carbonation creamy body
Overall - great full body creamy caramel malty beer
Apr 10, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Apr 04, 2019
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