Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
American Porter
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3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Jul 05, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
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Rated: 4 by RichH55 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2013
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Jun 15, 2013
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Mar 19, 2013
Rated: 3 by TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

Mar 11, 2013
Rated: 4 by MaseFace from Kentucky

Feb 17, 2013
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
"This is the best porter ever. No shit... ever. ..." and then their website description goes on the explain flavor notes. But opening with a statement like that puts the drinker on notice. It makes us expect greatness and apply a keener eye on its critique. Here we go...

And like many a porter, the beer opens dark brown but not quite opaque. Translucent from a tinge of unfiltered hop haze, the brown beer promotes a slightly dense appearance. Releasing a short statured off white head, the beer carries nearly a cask-ale look, except with sparse lace on the glass.

Deep aromas of dark grain promote a roasty, toasty, and robust scent that's reminiscent of dark roast coffee, cocoa-rich chocolate, roasted nuts, and mild campfire. All that rests just ahead of caramel notes that hinge on Werther's Original candies. Broad woody hops offer a moderate citrus note to go along with the earthy tones.

The strongly malted ale continues it heavy toast, nearly roasted dominance in taste. Malty-sweet underpinnings of caramel and light butterscotch frame the early taste and buffer against the char of toast, burnt embers, and light smoky chocolate flavors. French pressed coffee stop shy of espresso and contribute earthy bitterness that ride along side of citrus hops at middle palate. Decidedly dry in taste to close the session, the beer leaves the sharp roast and hop bitterness as lasting impressions in aftertaste.

While the sweeter upstart dazzles the earl palate, the beer takes on more robust textures as the sweetness harbors the carbonation that keeps the beer creamy. But as the beer sheds its sweetness, the creamy malt textures go with it. The resulting tactile sensations are dry roast and extended periods of lightness that boarders on thinness. Lightly cola-like flavors persist in finish and hardly interferes with the beer's dry drinkability.

I rather enjoy the porter quite a bit, but it may come to surprise the brewers that I have however had a few better porters before. But I do appreciate their boldness and directive.
Feb 01, 2013
DaButt from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 6 ratings