35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BEERchitect on 10-25-2012

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#10,594
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
689
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Agriverbear
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with little head. Nose is chocolate, sweet, nuts, and a touch of coffee. Taste is sweet chocolate, lactose, nuts, and a bit of tobacco. Mouthfeel is creamy, as expected. Overall, a really nice stout.

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Photo of sd123
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can

Pours opaque black, tan film for a head dissipates to a bit of lacing.

Smells of cocoa, licorice, mesquite, biscuit, brown sugar, oatmeal and oak.

Tastes of cocoa, brown sugar, toast, walnut, mesquite, burnt wood and molasses.

Medium body, light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Beautiful looking stout with a great aroma. Flavor is above average, a bit on the dry side. Drinks slow and smooth. Worth trying.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh man. Just picked this up from the craft beer shop I work at. I am blown away. This blows Left Hand Nitro out of the water, and that's saying something.

Poured from pint can to pint glass after allowing to warm up a few degrees. Pitch. Black. 3 fingers of dark tan head that really sticks around for a while. Decent lacing.

Nose is sweet cafe mocha with lots of cream. There's a caramelized pecan aroma to it. Smells very sweet. Vanilla with a little touch of maple bourbon as its warming up.

Palette is roasted malts that gives the impression of semi-sweet cocoa, dark roasted coffee with cream and sugar, and an almost smokiness to it. The hop and roasty bitterness is VERY tame.

Lost of lactose creaminess gives this an almost creamy mouthful - no, not almost - a CREAMY mouthfeel, without being viscous or overly chewy. But still a little chewy. The sweetness really comes out in this. I'm not huge on stouts , so I don't have much to compare it to, but this is a pretty sweet beer. And I thoroughly enjoy it. The sweetness imparts a chocolate milk impression. It's not dry. It's not bitter. It's well balanced and fairly complex for the style. It's not cloying, but it feels rather like a dessert beer. If you like sweet milk stouts, then this is an absolute must.
I've been looking for a uniquely sweet and creamy milk stout, and I have definitely found it. I will be keeping this in the rotation, without doubt. This is very fine.

Edit: it's warming up a little bit, and the booze is coming through much more, ONLY on the nose. A surprising boozy scent for 7% ABV. I'm getting strong notes if Irish whiskey and cream. Like Baileys. That maple/pecan/bourbon is really picking up. Carbonation is on the lower side, but average for the style. It's not flat by any means, and it's very comfortable, and not thin, OR syrupy. The hoppy - fruit character is coming out a bit more. That juiciness, but it's playing well with the flavors. It's starting to become rather filling, but I also just had dinner, and another pint (a sour ale) not 45 minutes ago. Overall, this is excellent. - someone who doesn't care for stouts.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Something a tad artificial in the taste that I tried to get past, and only at times could. A bit overly carbonated, which makes it look too foamy, though that didn't stop it from having a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Birdlegs
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black with a foamy brown head. Excellent retention, with rings of streaky lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, burnt toast, mocha, black coffee, caramel, burnt sugar, almond milk, light smokiness, charcoal, and vanilla.

T: Huge dark chocolate, mocha, black coffee, caramel, burnt sugar, and burnt toast flavors. Lightly sweet with vanilla and almond undertones, with a massive roasted complexity. Hints of soy sauce and black licorice as well. A touch earthy on the back end. Finishes with a nice lingering roasted bitterness.

F: Medium-plus, almost full-bodied. Well-carbonated. Seems almost over-carbonated, but this can gushed, so it might be slightly defective compared to previous cans that offered a thicker and more creamy body.

O: Overall, an outstanding milk stout. It has all the flavor, complexity and mouthfeel of a bigger imperial stout.

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Photo of LouisvilleMike
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black, opaque appearance with foamy tan head and plenty of lace shapes on the glass. Roast, lactose and corn meal on the nose. Flavor follows with the emphasis on the roast. Not too sweet. Well carbonated. Sturdy, not quite full, yet solid medium body. Creamy. Very nice.

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Photo of beeragent
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet cocoa notes with light roasted malt notes is very dessert-like. Taste is a mix of sweet coca notes with some black chocolate, some light roasted malt with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy notes with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable dessert stout.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I've missed this brewer's stuff, even though my vendor (Saveon) has been selling it for at least a year.

This one is a really big milk stout. All black and beautiful, with a great, roasty and boozy aroma. It tastes a little less oversized than the smell, just kind of normal for a big stout, but not nearly as boozy as the smell. The whole thing works well, and generally feels like a bigger stout than it is.

Recommended.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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