Flesh Gourdin' | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by barczar on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 16
Reviews by barczar:
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3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown amber color with garnet highlights and a fleeting beige head that dissipates inti an island of foam and a ring around the glass.

Chocolate, coffee and roast malt with what's initially a subtle, then more prevalent, pumpkin/squash aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon add complexity and complement the toasted, nutty malt character.

Squash is more prevalent in the flavor, underlying a strong roast malt character that contributes a bit of harshness at the finish. What's initially sweet becomes fairly dry. Spices are subdued, but cinnamon adds some warmth.

Body is moderate, with moderate to light carbonation, slight astringency and alcohol warmth at the finish.

Interesting take on a fall brew, with the malt bill of a stout and the squash character as a base. Spices are not overpowering, as they are in most fall beers. But I don't care for the roast/squash combo.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong toasted malt flavor and spicy additions pave the way for AtG's cleverly named Halloween ale- Flesh Gourdin'.

Flesh begins with a deep amber hue with mahogany depths and ruby highlights. A reluctant head churns beautifully after a turbulent swirl of the glass. Eventually, the creamy off-white foam whips into a lather that captures the appearance of nitro-infused ales. Strong retention and lacy rings become hallmarks of the session.

Malty aromas lead the way with heavy toast, sun kissed barley, toffee, and pecan. In medium intensity, the malts are balanced with holiday spice additions that side heavily with cinnamon. Complementary notes of nutmeg, clove, and allspice offer roundness to the cinnamon scent, but all seem to dwarf any pumpkin character.

Flavors provide a role reversal- cinnamon strikes the front of the palate with peppery bite, sharpness, and zing. But once the richer malts of the beer sooth the middle palate, the beer balances nicely. But the dialogue of toasty-dry malts and perfumy spice doesn't allow for any pumpkin flavor to emerge from the normally present malt starch. The beer offers just enough sweetness to read "pumpkin" if the imagination allows, but the toffee sweetness keeps the dry toast and spicy taste from becoming overly harsh.

Despite its dry-spicy overall character, the beer still delivers a medium mouthfeel that's backed by mild residual toffee sweetness and a fusion of carbonation and bready textures. But barely into finish, the beer's malt takes a nose dive and gives the beer a mildly astringent feel from spices, alcohol, and mild char.

In a world where pumpkin ales are high in demand, it's always a welcome to have a regional brewer to step the the plate and offer a bit of reprieve to the market. Despite the malt and spice attempts, the lack of genuine pumpkin pie flavor keeps the beer tasting simply like a spicy amber ale.

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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into taster at the brewery...
pours a deep brown with slight amber hue.
Smells of cinnamon, allspice, "fall spice", and some pumpkin/gourd. - its good, but very spicey.
Taste is of big spice; same as aroma...but I taste a bit of vanilla....some sweet malts in there also.
Its an easy drinker, but way over spiced and I couldnt drink a lot of this. Its good but not great. Meh...

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robertdoesbeer
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of mrchrisray
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Cycolac
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of willardt09
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Flesh Gourdin' from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
3.52 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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