35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with one of the better bubble shows I have seen in a while and once the tan head settles in, there are three fingers of foam atop the fudge brown liquid; tawny and ruby highlights on the edge of the liquid; decent lacing action, too

Smell: Dark chocolate, almost reminiscent of Hershey's powder and Baker's chocolate; hints of coffee, walnut and brown bread

Taste: The chocolate flavors dominate the front end, with a chalky bitterness more so than the expected lactose cream flavor; coffee, walnuts and toasted brown bread; earthy and slightly piney bitterness, after the swallow, but the finish is a return to the start

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; doesn't have an anticipated creamy character

Overall: Well, the look was great and the aroma was enticing, but the taste and the mouthfeel just didn't live up to the anticipation

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Photo of kculrich
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, dated 01/08/18. Being as that's ten-and-a-half months from now, I'm going to call that a 'best by' date so, probably, a month-and-a-half old. Anyway. Served in a nonic.

Pours a handsome chestnut-black with a boundless, rocky head of mocha suds. Retention is good for five minutes before settling back to a solid, foamy cap with sparse spots of lacing.

Smells of coffee, molasses and copper. Roasted, toasted grains.

Taste is sweet, toasted, oaty cereal, milk chocolate and a little cherry, a little smoke. Weirdly-but-not-unpleasantly, I taste lettuce. Finishes sweetly but not stickily with a slightly metallic, mineral tang, cold coffee grinds and chalk.

Mouthfeel is clean and bright, medium-light body for the style and amply carbonated.

Overall, a tasty beverage although the metallic smell and taste was odd. Was I tasting the can? It wasn't unpleasant but it doesn't seem like something a brewer would put in on purpose.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours thin black color with thin mocha colored head not much lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts, leather, tobacco, lactose, roasted malts and cocoa nibs.

Taste - Very close to the aroma but the roasted malts and coca nibs stand out. Aftertaste of coffee grounds

Feel - medium body coating feel slightly dry finish.

Overall - A really good beer great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a thick dense foamy head. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, burnt coffee and chocolate and dry cocoa powder. All of this is backed by a somewhat bland hop bitterness. Decent, not exciting.

T: Chocolate - almost like a dry hot chocolate mix powder. Then roasted malts, a touch of dry instant coffee, then roasted malt and hop bitterness into the hang.

M: Average body for an American stout, so long as you keep in mind that it isn't an Imperial version. Medium carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: This is a tasty, drinkable stout - one you could have with dinner or dessert. Not particularly complex but an easy drinker.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, some coffee and dark chocolate. The taste was similar to the aroma with brown sugar, licorice and somewhat dry and roasty. Very Tasty.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cascading (upward) dark beige head--four fingers when finished. Dark brown liquid, naturally, where I get just a touch of a very bright light to pass. The head dies out quickly and leaves a network of spots on the glass. The bubbles remain throughout the tasting in a thin layer on top of the liquid.

I get chalk, burnt sugar, and milk on the first smell. There's some cardboard way in the back of the nose.

Mildly sweet with bitter black patent malt flavors. Think whole milk with coffee added. The body is extremely smooth--a bit richer than average--certainly thicker than most stouts. The carbonation is muted be very present. The swallow produces a cocoa flavor I hadn't found before. The aftertaste is more of the coffee flavored milk, with an additional bitterness that is probably hop induced.

I like the overall complexity and full body. Very worthy for a try.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

Pouring black with a dense, brown head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a nice blend of roast, a little cream, darker-than-milk chocolate, a creamy coffee note and a little honey. This really does have a ton of creamy, milky notes. The palate opens with a blend of cream, creamy coffee, milk chocolate as well as a touch of smoke. A pleasing, grainy bitterness from roasted grain is present on the mid-palate, tempering the creaminess and moderate sweetness that's present. This bitterness lingers on into the finish, where some sweetness (creamy coffee, a little chocolate) reappear. Medium in body, moderately carbonated, this beer is quite solid.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good stout. Poured from a tall boy can into a pint glass. Dark brown dense head with no light coming through. Big khaki head with average head retention and not much in the way of lacing. Aroma and taste include some milk chocolate, sweet malt and a little dried fruit. The lactose taste, found in so many milk stouts is missing here, more like a slightly sweet American Stout. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. No noticeable alcohol presence. This is a pretty good stout.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled summer 2014; drank 7/23/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/purple/black hue.

Dark khaki head; thick lace.

Chocolate, oats & chalk nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate, oats & chalk mark the flavor; as this warms, a slight pickle juice finish. Forgettable but decent.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.39/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Reddish black with a thin, tan bubbly mat.

Smell is nutty, light roast, and cheap cola.

Taste is lightly roasted malt, sweet cola, potting soil, swingset dirt, romaine lettuce, and rust.

Thin and fizzy, and wet. I am spoiled by stouts in Ohio, which makes the contrast with this so devastatingly extreme.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Huge 3 finger brown head, pitch black body. Better head than most stouts.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Dark and milk chocolate, mild roast, a bit of toffee, nutty finish. I like that it's not super roast forward.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation. Nice sweetness upfront, but not cloying. A bit thin for a stout.

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Photo of EMH73
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with a very thin tan head that dissipated almost immediately and left no lacing. Smells of sweet malts, chocolate and caramel. Tastes better than it smells, sweet malts, milk chocolate, caramel, milk, molasses, dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Very smooth and creamy mouth feel, moderately carbonated, medium bodied. Overall very good.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a tall boy can in a snifter---DIG the design!
This fine brew pours a deep blackish brown with a nice head of
tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and very nice lacing.
Nose of lactose sugars, subtle char, dark toffee, and subtle dark fruits.
Flavors exceed the nose with creme brulee and mild toffee awash in subtle
coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of char and dark fruit notes of black berries
and dark plum. Excellent mouth feel, rich, smooth, creamy, and coating like a milk
stout should be. Low carbonation and sweet---this is one to enjoy for the stout drinker
who likes it on the sweet side of life. Satisfying! An excellent example of the style that is more
potent than the common British example (which is excellent as well). An excellent brewery I must
visit at some point in the near future.


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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (tm) rolls along in high gear this evening as I run through my backlog, ahem!, CANlection of Agains the Grain CANs. I kept acCANmulating them to the point that I just decided to run through all of them at once. It's a tough life ...

From the CAN: "Wiggity Woooo! We're putting in a swimming pool! And if there's enough left over, we're gonna fly you all down here to help us dedicate it. This is not your typical 'Jelly of the Month Club' milk stout. This stout is silky, smooth, and sweet. And it's worth the $35K, but you [CAN] only have a little 'cause the rest is ours!"

The Crack! unleashed a little spritz since it was a brimful craft CAN. I celebrated with an inverted Glug, producing two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, deep-brown head with good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing light penetration only at the edges to produce cola highlights. If that earlier English Brown Ale smelled like milk chocolate, this had a nose of dark chocolate with a light smokiness as well as dried, dark fruits. Mouthfeel was big and silky! The flavor was chocolaty, bit thanks to its creaminess, I was put more in mind of chocolate ice cream, rather than bittersweet dark chocolate. This struck me as being more of a dessert beer, given its intense sweetness. I CAN't really CANplain, though, since it was billed as a Milk/Sweet Stout. I CAN remember a time when this was a rather obscure style, with Lancaster B.C.' Milk Stout as one example. We used to mix it, especially at fests, with Strawberry Wheat to make a "Chocolate Covered Strawberry". As I drink through this one, I find myself wishing for something to cut the sweetness. This might have been one to be drank as a sharesie. Finish was sweet, very chocolaty, but unrelenting in its sweetness. That may be your bag, but it sure as heck ain't mine. Phew!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a dark black color and a dark brown, large head that dissipates. Sweet aromas of cocoa, malt, and maybe some dark fruit like plums came up when I smelled the beer. Really sweet taste with each sip, with a silky texture of cream, chocolate, light malts, and a hint of vanilla. As previously stated, the mouthfeel gave this beer an excellent creamy texture that was somewhat airy. Overall, this was great all around.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown (almost black) color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a good amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, and some caramel as well.

T: Tasted of a bit of caramel, a little cocoa, but also a lot of dark chocolate, a moderate shot of malt, lactose (especially in the finish), and a tiny bit of molasses. This is a pretty smooth flavor that's more chocolate focused than other milk stouts. Generally pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: 35K is a solid example of the style. Easy to drink, and its ABV% barely registers. Drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this in the Inventory of new arrivals at the House of 1,000 beers. Paid the premium of 5 dollars but justified it since its a pounder.

A - Looks awesome deep dark black all the way to the base with a inch plus of opaque colored foam that slowly dissipates to a thick lace ring.
S - Good balanced roasted malt slightly sugary with the lactose. Touch of dark chocolate.
T - Little sweetness and a touch of dry yeast the kind of reminds me of a porter... Smooth body balanced coffee and chocolate but nothing sweet which I love in the style.
M - Drinks rather smooth for the ABV. Hops and malts balanced with a mild chalky finish.

Overall to me this taste like an imperial porter not too much a milk stout. Lactic sugars are usually sweeter so I was kind of turned off. May try the brewery again just to see if they can impress me with a stout they made.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color almost black like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malts, chocolate, a little sweetness, and some toast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and thick. Finishes with a cocoa, milk chocolate sweetness, but not too much, just the right amount. Solid.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours black with thin tan head that fades quickly, little lacing. Mild chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate dominates the taste, lactose sweetness. Thin but slick feel. Solid milk stout.

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Photo of 98green
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro tap late in a session. Black and opaque. Smell is hop bitter and light roasted malts. Taste is lighter than expected, roasty malts and chocolate. Feel is full and creamy, abv hidden. Overall ok, but pales compared to the BBA 70k.

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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 DankScuba
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark brown beer with no light coming through. Light brown/tan head of about 2 fingers. Large bubbles.

S: Very classic milk stout smell. Dark roasted malt, very subtle bitter chocolate, slight caramel.

T: Simple, clean stout. Light coffee taste, roast malt, lactose all come through. Bitterness at the end.

F: A touch too carbonated for my liking. Also somewhat thin as far as mouthfeel.

O: Solid beer, nothing to shake a fist at. Tasty, yet forgettable.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near-black color with a 2-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a nice film and leaves plenty of lacing around the top of the glass.

The aroma brings a healthy amount of dark roasted malts. I also get some sweet milk chocolate, and the faintest hint of caramel and toasted almonds.

The taste starts off with dark, semi-sweet bread, followed by some caramel and milk chocolate. The finish is slightly roasted and nutty.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down relatively smooth. Not quite as creamy as expected.

Overall, a good if unimpressive milk stout. The flavors and aromas are nice, but nothing really stands out. The mouthfeel is good, but slightly thinner than it should be. Still, a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours thinner than I expected, but I feel the density help s the characteristics come through more. This is a solid offering with enough heft to offset the sweetness from the lactobacillus. This is a good milk stout, on par with Left Hands usual but not quite to the smoothness level of the nitro.

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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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