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35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 10-25-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
547
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
19.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 547
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 2/24/16. Comes in a 16-ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5:00 Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours very close to a pitch-black in color with a good 1-finger creamy beige head. LOTS of lacing was seen when sipped that stayed in place. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, nutty with a hint of dark fruit. Taste has more going on that the aroma suggests with a hint of chocolate and a light hint of coffee even. VERY smooth, creamy and goes down easy. A light hint of bitterness for the finish but nothing to worry about at all. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation as well. Overall, a very tasty brew with some cool artwork.

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. the appearance is your much desired "used motor oil" look. Great malty aroma and a taste that borders on heaven. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would call this a chocolate stout before I would a milk stout.. it's definitely tasty and easy drinking not overly sweet and not complex .. I would recommend this and will buy it again I've really enjoyed their offerings and look forward to finding more of their brews

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking dark hazy brown really close to a black color. A one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds leaving some moderately messy lacing. The smell had a big luscious sweet milk chocolate with a superb roasty to robust coffee, maybe a lil bit of espresso running in to balance. The taste was mainly sweet with an ample back up of the roasty coffee to try and balance. A nice sweet to roasty blended aftertaste slides into a nice sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the roastiness to really grind out the feel on my tongue. Wait, did I say grind, haha, not really, this is so smooth with the roasty milk chocolate running into my tongue. Bitterness, oh what bitterness, haha. Overall, what a wonderful milk/sweet stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of justinp444
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on draft it has a thin off white slight beige ring and a black body. Smell of roasted malt, lactose, bit of coffee, and a little bit sour milk. Taste is smooth chocolate with a bit of coffee and a good amount of lactose. Full creamy mouth feel with a bit of warmth down the throat and a rich full body. A very lactose forward milk stout.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a khaki head. Surprising for a beer this strength. Sweet dark chocolate on the nose with hints of char. The flavor is roasted dominant. With burnt wood flavors and burnt sugar. A lot of chocolate in this beer, very dark and earthy, dry aftertaste reminiscent of coffee. A good bitteerness rom the dark chocolate balances out well. Drinks really easy and has a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Awesome stuff from ATG.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Pours opaque pitch black with a creamy dark tan foam head. Smells like dark chocolate syrup, some sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, a touch of smoke, dark fruits, molasses, nutty toasty roasted malts, subtle coffee, with faint earthy grassy pine. Tastes like sweet dark chocolate milk, dark chocolate syrup, lactose milk chocolate, mild smoke, fig and plum-like dark fruits, nutty toasty roasty charred malt, vanilla, caramel, molasses, coffee, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice chocolatey milk stout.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Terrific American stout. Almost black in color. Subtle smell. Complex taste with lots of coffee and chocolate undertones. Balanced just slightly more to the hoppy side of the spectrum. Excellent!

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Photo of DaveBar
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 473ml can served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours no head at all. Very dark brown colour

S- Lots of chocolate and you can just smell the lactose. Tons of chocolate and malt.

T- Huge chocolate and lactose on this one. Not overpowering but it needs to be there and it is. Nice chocolate notes and just a touch of heat

M- Not as creamy as expected. Wish it has that thick and rich niceness that you see in other milk stouts out there.

O- Very good brew. Would buy if I saw it I would buy it. Looks like it's reasonably priced so it would be a regular in the beer fridge

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Home cured and smoked beef brisket.

Enjoy!

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum. A sweet, thick stout with creamy dark malt flavors and coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth and easy drinking. As another reviewer noted, the initial sweetness of each sip fades to a typical stout dark malt bitterness that encourages you to take another sweet sip.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, no date but 2 pink paint dots on the bottom, 7% ABV. Pours black with an average sized khaki head; lots of carbonation bubbles. Smells of roasted malt, fresh and earthy hops, cocoa, coffee, and sweet lactose. The taste follows exactly with mostly roasted malt and earthy hops with some cocoa, coffee, and lactose; good intensity. Light bitterness and some mild sweetness. Fairly thin body and higher carbonation, but drinkable. Overall, the flavor balance and intensity surprised me on this one. The hops brighten up the beer without taking over the roasted profile. Could use a better mouthfeel and some more lactose to better fit the style, but well done nonetheless.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, black and opaque, with a big billowing tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaves a lots of lacing.

S - A lovely hit of malt, chocolate and dark breads, molasses and toffee.

T - Following that nose, with a deep malty dough flavor, full of bread, molasses and caramel. A chocolate hint in the front, and a ghost of coffee bitter acidity in the close.

M - A sticky full feel, but just enough acidity in the close to keep it from being cloying.

O - This is a beautiful beer, very refined and full flavor, depth in the malts offering many of the great milk stout elements without blowing the taste buds out with either sweetness or bitter notes. This is one I'll pick up again, and not just in a mix-six.

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Photo of pants678
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with light brown head.

Lactose.

Sweet milk chocolate with a tinge of bitter like cocoa. Damn near perfect balance. Not many stouts better cold than warm. Maybe a tad on the powdery side from the lactose.

Thick, smooth like milk shake.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a left hand speiglau stout glass.

Pitch black with amber highlights and a tan head.

Aroma is lots of roasted coffee. Kinda astringent.

Taste is thick and sweet with roasted malt highlights. Like a blend of light coffee with chocolate.

Excellent roast milk stout.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass from 16oz can.

Deep brown pitch with fb of off white foam, moderate effervescence and good lacing.
Smell is somewhat muted, roasted malts, dark fruit, hint of cocoa. Tastes sweet malts forward, some toffee, cocoa, molasses and transitions to mild bitter sweetness before leaving a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is milky smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation to balance the sweet notes and provide some astringency.

Overall,this is a solid milk stout - malt notes predominate, abv is well hidden, and the beer is highly quaffable and quite good. I really enjoy the art work, its provocative and interesting and mirrors the complexity of this beer. I'm looking forward to tracking down more of their beers.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler of this over the weekend. The color was a dark brown, not as thick or as dark as some other milk stouts I have seen. The flavor is sweet, definitely some cocoa taste...but not overly so for the genre in my opinion. Mouthfeel again was not as heavy as many milk stouts, but still smooth as you would hope. I really liked it.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours basically black, no light passes through, with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Light roasty malt, chocolate, slightly nutty and earthy, lactose sweetness, and a little toffee.

T: Mild roasted malt, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, some lactose sweetness, dark fruit, and a little grain.

M: Medium to full body, low carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Well balanced, not overly sweet. Pretty much everything you want in a milk stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It is brilliant chestnut under a 1” quickly dissipating tan foam cap. Lacy. S: Dark fruit, light roast, faint chocolate, medium malt, low hop aromas. T: Medium dark fruit, chocolate, grain, light roast, medium sweetness F: Medium full body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy. O: A very nice, easy to drink sweet stout.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark stout with a tan head. A bit of lacing is left behind. The nose is a nutty, roasted malt with coffee notes. This is way sweeter than it smells but the bitter roasted malts and coffee flavors work well with it. Really smooth beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber served into a pint glass.

A: Deep brown body on an aggressive pour with a 1.5 finger thick mocha colored head; head recedes to a smaller collar of fine bubbles but remains persistent through the first 3/4 of the glass; sticky lacing coats the sides on the drink down.

S: Smooth roasty overtones of fresh roast coffee and toast melding nicely with hints of sweeter chocolate - like powdered cocoa - and a smooth creamy note that must surely come from the lactose; very pleasing on the nose.

T: Starts with a nice, roasted profile - showing off fresh roasted coffee, breakfast toast, and some toasted nutty flavors; this is quickly supplanted by a burst of sweeter chocolate flavor - powdered cocoa and milk chocolate notes; creamy through the middle from the addition of lactose; finish is a lingering coffee-mocha note that has enough of a dry edge to welcome the next sip.

M: Super smooth and creamy from the addition of lactose, but not overly thick; seems spot on for a milk stout.

O: A very well done milk stout in my opinion - great flavors, easy drinking, and the 7% ABV is well hidden throughout. Simply put, this is the best locally-produced (Louisville, KY) non-imperial stout that is readily available at most every bottle shop in Louisville area. Excited to find this in cans, now that ATG has recently started canning 35k. Also, I'm excited to get back down to the brewpub to try it's bigger brother - the 70k "imperial" milk stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Pours a deep opal black. The creamy tan head retains at a half inch for the duration. Lacing coats the glass in a webbing.

S: Hershey's syrup, malted milk balls, hazelnut iced coffee. Roasted malts have the edge smoothed over by all the sweetness. Tight red berry fruitiness is buried deeply.

T: Mocha, iced coffee, Hershey's syrup, malted milk balls, sugary lactose, muted notes of char and charcoal are bracketed by the sweetness and seem smooth and tame as a result. Quick flash of red berries and a very quick hint of alcohol. Roasted barley emerges a bit more toward the finish. Roasted barley, tootsie rolls, and lactose on the finish,

M: Medium-thick body. Silky smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: An all around great milk stout. They could really give Left Hand and Duck Rabbit a run for the money if they could get it into regular distribution at a comparable six pack price.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark brown; appears jet black in the glass. Pours with a HUGE tan head. The head dies down and leaves an uneven layer foam on the surface of the beer and sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Sweet smell with scents of coffee and chocolate. Rich, sweet taste with hints of coffee and malt, and a velvety smooth finish on your tongue. Delicious. Medium body, smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Overall an excellent stout that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An incredibly drinkable and velvety smooth stout from Against the Grain. Great chocolate and Roasty flavors. I wish I could try the barrel aged version of this beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark in color producing a moderate head. I found the aroma to be subtle. Clear sweet and chocolate notes and a surprisingly light mouthfeel.

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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A style I'm ashamed of admitting I've haven't tried much of in a very long time. A cold one of these sounds like a spot-hitter right now though.

Pours sleek and black and topped with a thin tan froth. Cocoa, but and milk chocolate in the aroma. So smooth going down with notes of dark chocolate followed by grain, sugar and faint bitterness. Medium and easy on the senses in all respects.

A tasty reintroduction to an oft-overlooked style.

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