Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Old Ale
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3.72 | pDev: 8.06%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One sip of this classy old ale transports the senses directly to England. With its hearty malt taste, acute acidity, fruit esters, earthy bitterness, mild oxidation, alcohol warmth, creamy body and refreshing cellar cooled temperature, one thing is certain- he attention to detail is adhered from its recipe formulation to its bar top delivery.

Drawn from the hand pulled cask, the beer builds a creamy blanket of ivory froth that crowns the beer with longevity and lace. Ruby-bronze in color, the beer casts a soft glow of light that illuminates the gentlemanly hues through its unfiltered haze.

Toffee and sweeter coffee cake aromas leap right out. Accompanied by dark, dried, and pitted fruits, the aromas are strong yet smooth. Grape, prune, leather, nuts, light chocolate, dried oak, and mild sherry all play into the scent.

Its taste is much the same, but playing light on the palate. A dry malt taste still carries the impressions of toffee, brown sugar, oak, chocolate, and walnut, but without the associated sweetness that would otherwise coat the tongue and dominate the taste. Instead, more savory flavors of dry sherry, oaked wine, fresh tobacco and prune seem to float on the taste buds and gifts to them a new impression of taste with each sip. Its lush middle palate develops into a broad bark-like bitterness that finishes spicy, woody, and lightly straw-like. An aftertaste of almost-smoke, peat-like earthen character keeps the complex tastes coming.

The cask textures allow the beer to lay snug against the tongue and giving an impression of fullness and roundness, but wonderfully doing so without the residual malt sweetnesses that are feared. Powdery-dry and lightly tannin, the beer remains softly creamy even in the finish that refutes the spicy hops and pang of acidity.

Dec 18, 2012
Jerrytall from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 9 ratings