35K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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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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92
Ratings:
562
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.55%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, earth, char, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, milk chocolate, brewed coffee, cream, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid mix of cocoa, coffee, cream, and roast characteristics that work nicely together all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the roasted malts stand out a little bit more and there are also hints of coffee beans. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to other milk stouts, the taste of this beer didn't seem to be as sweet and have as much flavors of lactose. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable stout that has nice smoothness in the mouthfeel and a blend of lactose and roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And its with a straight-down-the-middle approach that Against the Grain brews a spot-on English-style milk stout without deviating from the path. For a brewery that prides themselves on making beers of creativity and innovation, they didn't AtG this dark ale up too much.

Like many stouts, 35K pours with a dark, bark brown hue with just enough haze to prevent an onyx-like sheen. Firmly headed with a blanket of lightly tanned foam, the beer retains well and laces lightly on the glass. Its the classy milk stout look.

Malty aromas of dark roast coffee, cocoa, and burnt toffee evokes impressions of coffee as much as beer. Roasted walnuts, starchy malted milk, and mild grass and wood emit from the glass as the beer warms and the nose becomes accustomed to the scent.

Rich and savory flavors of French-press coffee offers a genuine robust taste without the elements of smoke or ash. The coffee flavor weaves into the bittersweet chocolate flavors and is reminiscent of chocolate milk and "Whoppers" candies. Aided by a starchy malt foundation, the residual sweetness and lightly scorched toffee only adds to the succulent taste. Balanced lightly by woodish hops, the broad and earthen bitterness rises moderately in finish and signals closure. An aftertaste of walnut brownies linger robustly on the palate much like dark coffee.

Medium-full in body throughout, its the light carbonation that allows the malt to press firmly on the tongue, giving the impression of weight. Couple that with the the added milk sugars and the beer takes on dessert-like proportions. But the beer remains smooth, silky, and drinkable without wavering until the hop dryness, pronounced alcohol warmth, and fleeting malt density to carry the beer through the gullet.

It seems that I'm quick to detract their more experimental beers because of the unusualness of their creative spirits and the unsettled palate that's then created. Though they didn't go "against the grain" here, I kinda miss the game of "what's new" in this glass. Perhaps I just need to turn the brain off and simply drink the damn beer!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle date, but was recently released. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, cream, light vanilla, herbal, woodiness, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, cream, light vanilla, herbal, woodiness, and roasted earthiness. Slight herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, light vanilla, cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice sweet stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a thumb of caramel colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Carob, cocoa & coffee

T: Baker's chocolate, coffee & bit of charred grain & woody hops up front, some lactic twang up front. Cocoa notes & charred grain as this warms, a little bit of caramel as well, just a hint of smokeyness as well. Finishes with a bit of mocha, a little dry & nice coffee notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Easy to drink, an interesting take on the style. Best beer I've had from Kentucky, so far

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a willibecher at The Firkin.

Glad to see Dave is grabbing some of those AtG kegs floating around out there. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, light coffee, and very light dark cocoa powder. Despite the seeming ethereality of some of those elements, things come across rather pleasantly. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast comeing through a bit milder, the cocoa coming through more powerfully, and a bit of lightly-toasted oats tossed in for good measure. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice milk stout, one that AtG somehow managed to not go too crazy with, allowing a tasty beer to shine on its own. Good times.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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 johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the discount rack at Colonial Spirits, if you can call 11.99 a discount.
Dark brown with faint garnet at the edges and a frothy creamy tan head that persists. Roasty earthy chocolate on the nose with bits of fruity, earthy, and sherry notes. Creamy with a solid roasty bite. Coffee and chocolate flavor with bits of fruit and sweet milky sugar. Creamy smooth in the mouth. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, tight bubbled, fizzy, tan head that quickly settles out into an uneven surface coating. Aromas of coffee and cream were pouring out of the glass as soon as the beer hit it, and upon further inspection, there is a heavy dose of coffee and cream on the nose, as well as some milk chocolate highlights, and hints of booze. Smells delicious! Flavors are roast forward, with a heavy bitter coffee and baker's chocolate backbone, solid lacto overlay, creamy highlights, and hints of smoke and wood. This is a deep drink, more layered than your typical milk stout. Pleasant and weighty. The body is full, robust, and smooth, with a dry undertone to remind you this is still a stout. The aftertaste is more of the roast and bitter, but hints of cream linger. The finish is smooth, clean, and slightly dry. This is a very well balanced, well put together beer, and it tastes damn good at the same time.

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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, w/o freshness/canning date info

Pours basic black,quickly departing mocha head goes to minor to next to no head/film/lace

Roasty nose, with coffee grinds coming to mind.

Tasty Brit style stout, more roasted coffee grinds, dark malts and dark bread toast.

Carbonation on the low side, medium bodied

Flavorful stout, worth a try.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours nearly pitch black with a thick brown film and healthy ring around the glass leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, lots of chocolate and light coffee, hints of vanilla. Flavor is sweet toasted malt with light lactose, hot cocoa, hints of charred coffee; finishes somewhat thin with pleasant light milky cocoa and a mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely made milk stout that starts out rich and creamy, but finishes a bit lighter, but well balanced. Pleasant aftertaste of milky cocoa.

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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 puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the can. Sampled on November 29, 2015. It says drink from the can but I poured into a small glass for review purposes and finished it from the can.

Jet black pour with lingering tan head. About as opaque as it can get.

Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and smoke.

Light to medium body.

The taste is sweet and puts an emphasis on the chocolate malt character. Low to no bitterness. Easy to drink. Easy to enjoy.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black, body with minimal head and lace patches. Both roasted and milk-like aromas greet my nose as I smell and then same flavors greet my tongue as I drink. I found the beer to be medium-bodied, smooth, even silky, with good balance as the roasted malts are in the background and the beer has a light, not overpowering, milk and milk chocolate like sweetness. With the sweetness being the major taste sensation, not to minimize the other tastes, this might not be a beer for everyone but I really enjoyed it as it pleased my sweet tooth.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that sticks around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, cream and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, definitely worth a try if you come across it!

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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 Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Big charry roast nose with some metallic notes as well as a bit of hops.

T- Charry and sweet at the same time which actually works for me. Bitter aftertaste from the roast and hops, also nice. Very drinkable for the ABV. Slightly smoky.

M- Soft and somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A different take on a milk stout and a good one at that. There's a neat dichotomy between the assertive roast and lactose.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tigg924
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark black with 1/2 inch head. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa, coffee roast and tons of sugar and cream. This beer has light bitterness from the deep roast, but the finish is about as sweet an ending as any beer that I have had. One of the better coffee-centric beers I have had in a while. I would get this one again if I wanted a coffee beer.

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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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