35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BA SCORE
85%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 635 ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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:
#5,323
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
635
Liked:
540
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
8.12%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
125
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 635 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of EHopkinsi
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark, dark. Poured a four finger, head that only slowly faded away. Chocolatey, and with a ending bite. Mouthfeel is nice. Interesting blend of sweet and hoppy/alcoholish bite at finish.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16 oz can into a conical pint glass at Growlers Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe, NY.
A: Pours a clear, dark mahogany color with a three-quarter inch tan head. Solid retention and Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas largely of deep roasting, akin to bacon, with perhaps a floral note coming through, as well.
T: Tastes largely like bacon or smoked pork; almost indistinguishable from a rauchbier.
M: Medium to full bodied with solid carbonation.
O: I would not attempt to compare this to Milk Stouts, as the flavor characteristics are inconsistent with that style. Again, more a dunkel, Rauchbier based on look, smell, flavor, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a deep black topped by a dense two finger light tan head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of milk chocolate sweetness with some roasted malts and a hint of coffee
T: Taste is milk chocolate with some light coffee and roasted malts with some slight hints of smoky wood. A little meaty in some places too. Swallow is more milk chocolate sweetness with some lingering roasted notes and slight coffee
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little too high for my liking but it keeps things moving across the palate. The beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really solid milk stout. It has some good flavors and complexity but it definitely is on the sweet side of things. Worth a try if you can find it though.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. Oh wow!

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 1 pint can with no clear canned on or best before date. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black colour with a three finger mocha coloured head after an aggressive pour, that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, molasses, coffee and chocolate with a light smokiness.

Taste: Sweet milk coffee that was on the watery side, with a hint of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and maybe smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: It’s easy to drink as it’s quite light, but it was also on the watery side. Some stronger coffee or even smokiness would have improved this Stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.76 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.297/Oz) from Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI.
Undated can stored at 43 degrees (Hotel reefer temperature). Served at 48 degrees (per can instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – initially none. As the head retracts some chocolate and weak roasted malt appear. No coffee.
Head large (maximum five cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium density froth, below average retention, diminishing to an irregular four to five mm ring and thin layer with some rocky islands.
Lacing – below average – narrow ring of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown/black, opaque. As the level in the glass drops to where I can see down through it, it is chestnut brown and clear.
Flavor – a little chocolate, a little roasted malt, no coffee. Actually just sweet enough to offset any roasted malt bitterness. Flavors are well balanced – nothing pushes to the front. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

One of the better milk stouts I’ve had – well balanced and not too sweet.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CesarLopes
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Akeah
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nwhittin
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 85% out of 100 with 635 ratings
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