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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

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562
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3.99
pDev:
19.55%
 
 
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Photo of Jeffo
2.62/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in Buffalo during the latest installment of GABER. Cheers guys!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, foamy, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of good lacing down the glass. A little foamy and light in color, but quite nice lacing.

SMELL: Roasted malts, cacao powder, sweet cream and vanilla, lactose sugar and milk chocolate on the nose. Okay.

TASTE: Lots more lactose and sweet sugar than the nose had indicated. Roasted flavors up front with sweet cream, milk sugar and notes of milk chocolate for sure. Sweet finish of lactose sugar, sweet vanilla, cacao, milk chocolate, and lightly roasted flavors. Not enough bitterness here to balance the sweet lactose character. This is definitely overwhelming and gets old fast.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. A touch light, perhaps.

OVERALL: This is pretty sweet and lacks that decent hop bitterness that would bring this one into balance. As it stands, the lactose sugar runs riot and it's hard to finish. I made it though the whole bomber and it got easier as it sat, but it was never really overly enjoyable. I'd pass on this and roll the dice on something else.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a milk stout fan..Not because of the (L,S and F) but because of the Feel.I don't like my stouts to be Thin.But I guess that's the nature of the milk stouts.

Enjoy.not bad at all Overall.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.99/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium off white head. Good retention.

Smell - Roasted malt. Lots of sugars. Milk chocolate.

Taste - Crazy sweet. Milk chocolate and tons of sugars. Monotone.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Creamy.

Overall - Just too sweet.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%

Pour is black with a good bit of mocha colored head. Nose has a heavy roasted malt, lots of berry sweetness and residual sugars, a fair bit of vanilla cream, and faint notes of milk chocolate. Taste has a lighter roast up front, milky vanilla cream, less sugars, a bit cleaner. Body is very creamy and soft, lower carb, a touch slick and thin.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid sweet stout. Rich and creamy and a slightly smoky finish. Sweet chocolate notes throughout and a slightly dry finish.
The smoke makes for an interesting sipper, all the dark notes come through much more as it warms.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Received with a finger's worth of head and seems to have okay retention. The head is a light creamy beige while the body is almost opaque. It's a dark chocolate brown that shows hints of garnet and burgundy when held up to the light. Very Guinness. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very subdued as milk stouts are wont to be. Shows light notes of bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and bubblegum. Not much else and those notes were hard to place. Slight roasted malts. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture.

Taste- Starts off with a little more bubblegum and generic candy sweetness that I would like. As I rarely want any, even a touch is a bit much. Light cocoa, perhaps a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The overly sweet flavors mellow and fade, leaving mostly light bittersweet chocolate, some cocoa, and roasted malts. I prefer a little more cream and milk- this seems more like a basic stout. Does start to mellow even further and show some elements of a milk stout- slight creaminess, slight (non-candy) sweetness. Above average to good beer, mostly good. Doesn't do anything that really excites the senses but is fairly competent. Not the smoothest of milk stouts but still a quality, solid stout.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. Some smoothness, some creaminess. Pretty true to this aspect of the style.

Drinkability- There are some initial road bumps but this beer really smooths out and becomes quite accessible. The website list this beer at 7.7% and 5% while Beer Advocate and Apex post it at 6.75%. Doesn't show any heat but if it is 7.7%, that would be notable. At 5%, not so much. 6 bucks is too much even for its airplane ticket.

Overall- Above average to good, but mostly good. I would give it a try but it falls toward the lower end of all the milk stouts I've had lately. I would probably rather have a Guinness and definitely a Murphy's. Still pretty good though.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight chocolate, yeast, hint of hop, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, slight yeast, hint of chocolate, and slight alcohol. Overall, a really good stout, but very little milky sweetness.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maduro's in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint 11/29/2014.

A- Dark brown body, one finger foamy offwhite head with good retention time. No lacing. Average-looking. [3.5]

S- Roast, coffee, slight bit of sweet milk chocolate. Not much else. Not particularly complex, but there are at least no off flavours. [3.5]

F- Roasted malt, slight graham crackers, a little bit of milk chocolate. Not much lactose. Not complicated, but solid. [3.75]

M- Medium body, a bit higher carbed than I would expect. Smooth, a bit sticky. No booze. [3.75]

O- Decent milk stout, but lacking a bit in the milk department. It drinks like a generic stout for the most part. [3.5]

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Photo of DankScuba
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Davepoolesque
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, produced a huge 3-4 fingers of an off white khaki head. Smell up front is smokiness, chocolate, roasted malt and milk sugar sweetness that usually accompanies a milk stout. Taste up front is all smoke. then it starts to mellow out into a nice flavored classic milk stout. Mouth feel was silky smooth, slight carbonation. I'm not sure if this was intended to be a smoked milk stout, but that s the impression I get. Along the lines of there Bo & Luke, only creamier and not barrel aged.

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown or black in color. Not quite fully opaque as there is a little bit of light that comes through around the edges. Forms a moderate sized deep beige colored head. Weak retention as it falls to a very thin surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is all about the dark malts. Chocolate, heavily roasted malts, char, and a very mild sweetness.

T: Taste is likewise maltly. Light sweetness. Creamy chocolate, dark malts, slight smokiness, and cocoa.

M: On the heavier side of medium, but just a touch thin for what I was expecting. Mild bitterness. Slight chalkiness. Easy carbonation.

O: An enjoyable brew. True to style and easy drinking.

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Photo of Uanof
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz. can to a Rogue stout glass.

L - pours jet black with a 1.5" beige head that recedes into a 1/4" layer over the top leaving good amount of lacing as it fades.

S - very clean in the beginning with some notes of nuts and almonds and lactose lurking in the shadows.

T - the taste was the biggest let down, more on the bitter end of the spectrum as opposed to the sweet side where it should be at. Asides from a chocolatey roastiness there's not much more to be picked here.

F - medium to full bodied. Satisfying in the front but missing a big gap at the end of the palate. Goes down as if you never had anything to begin with.

O - seems well built, just wished it had a bit more going on flavorwise. It's almost as if I could pound this by the can.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost a dirty, murky brown color to this stout it poured rather thin but looked like syrup in the glass. The head was poured with no froth as to maximize the 6ounce sample.

The nose is obvious for lactose-sweetness. It's also a tad bitter with a malted milk ball candy aroma. Molasses and toffee aromas are subtle.

As goes the nose so goes the flavor as the lactose is strong and kind of twangy. Malted milk ball candy like chocolate tastes and a bitter dark chocolate taste this is sweet malty.

The feel is twangy and bitter but smooth and a little thick.

This is a spot on rendition of an English Milk Stout, whether that's your cup of tea or not.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tan foam head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lactose, roasted malt, and coffee.

The taste is similar, and fairly rich for a milk stout. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and unmistakable lactose "milk" flavors, and some creamy vanilla. A bit of caramel as well.

Medium bodied, a bit thicker than the typical milk stout. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

Pretty solid stuff here, I've liked all that I've tried from Against the Grain so far.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into stout glass. It pours a deep mahogany with a one-finger khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malts, cocoa, caramel, and a whiff of dark fruit. The taste follows the nose but with more chocolate and less fruit. There is also more coffee in the taste than the smell. At the finish, there is a somewhat odd metallic taste. This stout is creamy, medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. With a manageable ABV of 7%, it is quite easy to drink. Overall, I was rather disappointed with the taste. It's not bad but it pales in comparison to some well-known examples of this style, including Left Hand and Xocoveza.

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Photo of 98green
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ScaryEd
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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 cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a deeper black and thicker body than I was expecting. The dark cola body has an almost two finger medium tan head that has great retention and good lacing on the glass. Tight bubbles on the carbonation.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and light roasted malts on the nose. It's about what I would expect.

T - The tasted follows the nose as there is not a lot of variation between the two. It's straight forward and solid.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The carbonation is lively and tight.

O - This is a very solid milk stout..

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

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a solid inch of densely packed brown head resting on top. Aroma is of malted milk balls. The taste is definitely plenty sweet with sweet lactose and chocolate. It finishes with a faint dark malt bitterness. The mouth is very light and viscous.

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new stout to me from Against The Grain Brewery. The label claims a 7.00% abv, and says "brewed and bottled at Against The Grain Brewery, Westminster, Maryland". Cool bottle art, but I'm not entirely understanding the "concept" if there is one. Anyway.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a solid jet black body with two fingers of creamy mocha head. Scattered strands of lacing.

S - The smell is good, but it doesn't have a whole lot happening - cold coffee, some char / roastiness, mild cream / lactose, vanilla and milk chocolate aromas. It's a pleasant aroma, but it could stand to be a bit more in your face.

T - The taste follows the nose - dark coffee bean roast, chocolate, mild cream / lactose, mild tart dark fruitiness - raisins, figs, dates. Lightly metallic / mineral tasting on the finish also.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy enough, but the carbonation is a bit coarse. Medium bodied. Still very nicely drinkable for the style and the moderate abv. It feels a little thin though, at 7.00% abv.

Overall, it's a nice stout, but it is slightly above average at best. Doesn't really bring anything new or exciting to the table. A simple, solid, and traditional example of an American made milk stout if there ever was one. Nicely done, but not something I'd seek out again.

Against The Grain Brewery 35K ---4/5.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Very dark brown to black beer. Pours our with a hearty 1 1/2 finger tan head. The head is dense looking. This beer looks great in a glass. The can lists the ABV (7.0%) bu there is no dating.

S: [3.25] Charred wood. Smoked hickory. Mild "bacon" scent (that is a little off and it is dropping the score)

T: [4.25] Definitely has the charred wood up front - really delicious. Actually the more I sip the more I realize that flavor permeates all of the levels (start, mid and finish). As I sip more I am starting to get some sweetness. There is some nice sweet malt flavor, like in a milk stout. Very good flavor overall.

M: [3.75] A bit more tingly than a typical stout. Still has a creamy feel and some heft to it.

O: [3.75] This is a good honest stout. No crazy bits added in or on it (like cocoa, vanilla, coffee, etc.). I like flavored stouts but it is nice to hit one that is just stout flavored every once in a while and this is a good representation of the style. The more I drank the more I liked the flavor and the less I liked the aroma (some off scent in the nose).

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Photo of bradenh
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- body is pitch black with a light tan head

S- nothing too prominent on the nose (might because my nose is a bit stuffy with all the pollen in the air), creamy, roasty, chocolatey, taking in a deep drag.

T- creamy, chocolatey, very roasty but not an overpowering finish and aftertaste.

MF- Seems like a standard milk stout, not a thick and full bodied as a stout or imperial stout, very little carbonation, creamy, not too watery.

O- very solid milk stout. You won't be disappointing if you can snag one from a bottle shop.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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 pezhead_79
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mlockman
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from the can, as instructed therein, this beer was silky smooth. It is malty and sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and the flavor continues to blossom as the beer warms.

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