35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,943
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
678
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
137
Trade:
4
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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

Photo of derdtheterd
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ghrymm
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbutter
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Andarel
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsfish
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of argock
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can into a tulip

A: black with brown edges and almost 1-finger beige head that fades quickly and leaves spare lacing.

S: delicious coffee, toffee, caramel, and frosting aromas with light nutty character

T: Flavor is decent but its impression is hurt somewhat by the less than optimal feel. Coffee in the beginning and the end, a little harsher than it needs to be, gives way to sweeter caramel and prune notes. Pretty heavy roast in the mid to late palate and moderate bitterness throughout.

M: very chalky bitterness and seems overcarbonated to leave a somewhat harsh feel and none of the creaminess it could have

O: Good in some areas, poor in others, it is hard to go with AtG at their price point when it’s not too clear what you’re going to get.

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Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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35K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 678 ratings