Saladbarity | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 3
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. pour into a snifter at Closed for Business on King St. in downtown Chatleston, drank over 30 minutes:

A: 3/3 - deep brown-to-black coloration, received with a creamy, tannish one finger head that persisted through the majority of the drinking; large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - rich roasted malt and coffee/espresso character; some background stone fruits and alcohol; no hop aroma; no perceived flaws

T: 17/20 - the taste matches the nose; there is a coffee/espresso bitterness that hits first and develops into a more complex malt character with dark chocolate, dark cherry and sherry; some alcohol detectable but doesn't tasteless a 9%er; finishes dry with lager-like cleanliness

M: 4/5 - medium-to-high body; some malt and alcohol presence; high carbonation

0: 9/10 - really nice Baltic porter from an unknown entity previously; curious to try some of their other beers now

TOTAL - 43/50

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from draft at Firkin on June 5, 2015.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016-05-25. On tap.

A: Clear. Deep brown.
S: Hints of caramel and lactose.
T: Caramel malty. Some coffee and lactose. Hints of roasty. Moderate sweetness. Low bitterness. Long caramel sweet finish.
M: Medium bodied. Creamy smooth mouthfeel.
O: Flavorful and smooth.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The solidarity, errr... Saladbarity between two of Kentucky's youngest breweries strengthen with the collaborative efforts that culminate in this proud Baltic Porter!

Pouring with a lightly cloudy, rusty brown color, the dark lager pours deep, creamy, and and robust looking. A short statured ivory head forms on the beer and reduces to a thick sheet that holds its form for most of the session. Light on lace, the beer takes on cask ale-like appearances like those of historic origins.

Smooth aromas of chocolate, toast, nuts, earthen coffee, and mild fruits come together in exquisite balance not to allow any one component to dominate. The rich caramel backdrop provides all the support that the toasty and dark aromas deserve while a tinge of rummy alcohol signals the beer's strength.

Strong, rounded, and well-melded- the long cool fermentation and conditioning really brings the flavors together to the point that they are difficult to deconstruct. Chocolate, toast, Kona coffee, pecans, caramel, grapes, cherries, and dark dried fruits all weave together for a super smooth taste that's only roughed up by grassy hop bitterness and assertive alcohols that exert themselves late in the taste.

Medium-full in body, its light carbonation gives a supple creamy texture to start, but as the creaminess dissipates, the malty weight saturates the palate and allows its full flavor to absorb into the taste buds. Somewhat pillowy, the beer is slow to develop and rewards the mouth with a gradual turn to growing rum-like spicy warmth, smooth lager-like drinkability, and a certain togetherness that's usually reserved for bockbiers.

When these two breweries put their mash tuns together, greatness is expected. And this beer delivers! It's a classic taste, texture, and experience of well made Baltic porters albeit a tad hoppy. Its a highly satisfying beer that captures the essence of the style very well.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2017-03-28 in Louisville, KY at the brewery on tap.

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Saladbarity from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4.06 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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