MacFannybaw | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rauchbier brewed with peat smoked malt and alderwood smoked sea salt. Aged in Angel's Envy bourbon barrels.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fine off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of smoked caramel malt, peat, hints of bourbon; earthy. Flavor is pale and light caramel malt, smoke, mild peat, fruity liquor in the finish with lingering light peaty smoke. Medium bodied with nice creaminess and mouthfeel. A unique take on a rauchbier, with interesting light fruit flavor portion of bourbon without the alcohol burn. The smoke and peat are clear notes, but not overwhelming. A bit mellower than I expected, and deceptively seems mild in flavor at first, but the bourbon and peat reveal themselves during the taste and are supported by the malt, which has light caramel character, but mainly smoked pale malt. The bourbon fruit component is not normally present in rauchbiers and works quite nicely. A different and fun to drink smoked ale.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cannot see why this beer is rated this low. Great burnt and smokey meat flavor almost like BBQ sauce without the sweetness. The barrel is present but does not dominate the beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

June 2014 release; drank 6/18/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dull orange murkiness.

Nice off-white head; decent lace.

Smoke & fresh ham nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Ham & smoke up front, with hints of honey sweetness. Bold as hell but somehow smooth & easy to drink, with no booze heat. A strong rauch.

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Photo of rypkr
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very, very unique rauchbier. Has the bandaid medicinal taste of laphroaig scotch. Mouthfeel is INCREDIBLE and really shines with its heavy, thick presence.

Not my favorite but I'd probably buy again even at the $13.50.

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with half a finger of head. The smokiness on the nose is quite subtle. By contrast, the smoked flavor is robust. The body is solid and holds up the smoke very well.

I'm not really getting anything from the barrel except a residual bourbon sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of Bung
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feels like there must be a ton of bottle variation here. AGT seems a bit overpriced for what they are in general.
Mine was really pretty nice for the style. A nice husky smoke, caramels, light bacon. Carbonation level was fine. Would have been nice to see the barrel contribute a little more, which contributes to the wanting more for the price.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was a hazy orange/amber color. There was a small tan head and minimal lace.
A smoky/peaty aroma. Caramel malt. Could not appreciate any bourbon.
Peaty taste. Caramel and salty. There was a hint of bourbon.
Medium-bodied, smooth.
This was a nice beer, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 bottling. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peat/wood smoke, sea salt, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of smoked/bready malt, sea salt, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big peat/wood smoke, sea salt, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak/smokey spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peat/wood smoke, sea salt, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of smoked/bready malt, sea salt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly crisp/saline mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this was a damn nice barrel aged rauchbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of smoked/bready malt, sea salt, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This was supposed to replicate Islay scotch as a beer, and they did a really good job at that; since it actually did remind me of some of the heavily peated scotches I have had in the past. The smoked salt was used with good restraint, as it wasn’t too overly briny in the mouthfeel; but provided a nice balanced flavor with the smoke and malt. A very enjoyable offering all around.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber gold with a little bit of white head. Smell is malty sweet smoke. Good carbonation. Leaves nice lacing that settles back into the volume. Taste is smokey and sweet caramel with a dry smokey sweet almost earthy finish. Some scotch is also present in the nose. For the price (18.99) there is better rauch bier out there. Missing some deeper smoke and meaty notes to round it out.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Mostly clear honey gold. Smattering of off white head.
smell: smoky sweet peat. Not getting any distinct barrel or bourbon notes but maybe that sweeter softer than most smoke beers i've had comes from there. Nice nose in any case.
taste: Much like the nose...smoke and peat with nicely contrasting sweet and softer notes. This works.

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Photo of emyers
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance; pours amber gold with a thin white head which dissipates quickly. Very strong carbonation.

Smell: not at all what I was expecting. Lots of fruity Belgian yeast esters, bready malt, a bit of smoke. Comes of more like a Belgian golden ale than anything else.

Taste: hard to really taste in all honesty - there is a TON of carbonation that covers the flavor a bit. What's there is more fruity yeast, a lot more smoked malt than was in the aroma, and a pretty strong metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: brutally overcarbonated. Offensively overcarbonated. Really hard to even taste the beer behind the onslaught of CO2 on the palate.

Overall: the carbonation overshadows anything that is there, but what I can taste suggests a pretty average ranchbier with essentially no bourbon and a lot of metal...pretty disappointing.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this better than most of the other BAs it seems. Pours a clear golden orange color with minimal head and lacing.

Aroma is definitely medicinal and peaty! Loving it. There's some vanilla in there also.

Tastes really interesting- definitely is a mix of Islay scotch and lager. Definitely some light malt sweetness like a bock, and lots of peat smoke. Some vanilla and caramel also from the barrel aging.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. This is an interesting beer and if you like Islay scotch you should get it.

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Photo of nmann08
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

From a bottle, pours a hazy orange, light brown, not much carbonation.

The smell is all smoke, peat, burnt rubber bands, a little sweet bourbon, but honestly, it has this linger melted plastic smell. The flavor is not much better and is all over the place. Peat, bandaids and rubber bands, a little salt, and caramel sweetness. It even has a little bbq sauce smell to it.

Honestly, I think this is gross. I love smoke beers and BA beers, but man, these are just not coming together. It's a mess.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received as an extra in a recentish trade (and apparently it distros here as well). enjoyed from an oversized wine glass.

a - brew is a fairly murky sienna brownish orange with a thin creamy head that hung out

s - nose is peaty bandaid smoke with some booziness

t/m - ick. as the nose suggested, very peaty and bandaidy...i like a good smoked beer, but this one is on the side of the spectrum that is too much for me. mouth is smooth and easy, not a har ddrinker (aside from that flavor). the barrel is smoked out by the smokey beer. abv is well hidden (in dat smoke).

o - overall, not my bag. i like a smoked beer, i like a BA'ed beer...but this beer, not my thing. i was curious what sticking a smoked beer in a barrel would do and it is a lot like sticking a couple of high school burnouts in a small car...the smoke just intensifies and encompasses all. not a drain pour, but not a favorite and getting through this bomber may prove to be a chore.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store about a month ago, so I figured now was the time to try it out. "Bourbon barrel aged smoked ale".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice golden orange colored body with about two fingers of frothy bubbly off-white head. Appears adequately carbonated, and the head leaves some okay fluffy lacing. Almost has the appearance of a nice IPA to it. Some tiny dark sediment on the second pour. Looks pretty nice.

S - Campfire smoke, bacon fat, smoked meats, & wood occupy the nose. Some whiskey / bourbon alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering, and not as dominant as I'd like.

T - The taste follows the nose - campfire smoke, wood, smoked meats / bacon fat, and notes of vanilla / caramel / toffee imparted from the barrel aging. Peaty, with notes of bourbon on the end, but not warm or hot by any means.

M - The feel is smooth and clean for the most part, with some lingering smokiness & stickiness on the palate. Semi-dry finish, but it is medium-light bodied and easy drinking considering the style and hefty 8.50% abv.

Overall, a very decent barrel aged smoked beer from Against The Grain Brewery. Not their greatest beer to date, but certainly well executed and well crafted. I am looking forward to more from these guys.

Against The Grain Brewery Mac Fanny Baw ---4/5.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of iodine flavors from the smoked malts along with some salty notes. Hints of port wine are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that the barrel aging didn't really add that much to the beer. If anything, the taste had more iodine than smoke so this would be a beer to avoid for people who don't like band-aid flavors.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It doesn't pour like a Rauschbier but it still has a nice color with a significant stout head.

The nose is so weak but after trying really hard I got that smokey Rauschbier scent with a little scotch, a little barrel and some hidden dark fruit.

The flavor is subtlely complex with a Rauschbier smoke and cooked meat flavor hidden under layers of scotch alcohol, woodsy oak, dark dried fruit and a bit of residual sweetness.

The feel is maybe thinner than I'd expect but it has a good smoothness that makes it easier than most smoked beers.

I'm a Rauschbier fan and found this to be a subtle yet tasty version of the style. The smoky aspects weren't prominent but neither was the barrel. Either way it drank well and delivered well.

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Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty golden color with a smallish dense white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fairly faint but has that noticeable bourbon sweetness. Some vanilla notes. I don't pick up any smoke which is surprising since this is a smoked ale. One dimensional aroma.

Ok, smoke comes through big in the flavor. Strong smoke and peaty notes but not overbearing, at least for my liking. I like'em smokey. The malt is bready and provides a soft malt base. There is a slight general fruitiness to the malt. The bourbon doesn't show as much as it did in the aroma. It provides some additional sweetness but kind of gets lost in the smoke.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Nice balance but edges on the sweet side. Finishes fairly clean despite some bold flavors. Nothing really lingers. Slight slight belly burn in the finish. Drinks quite well.

I was very interested in trying this beer. It didn't quite come through as I hoped. I was expecting both a smokey and bourbon hit. The bourbon showed in the nose and the smoke showed in the flavor but not both at the same time.

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Photo of macher0
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at headquarters.

A. Dark copper color. A healthy egg shell head slowly retreats to a frothy film. Excellent cylindrical laces.

S. Not a whole lot at first. Bright crisp malts. Domestic yeast. A little sterile. The barrel is noticeable as it opens.

T. This beer begins to take off. The tastes are mild but multi layered. Light malts, a little hoppy, peat, earth, grass, oak and yes Scotch. Mild once again.

M. Very smooth. High carbonation, light body.

O. Another nice surprise from ATG. Not to their fullest potential but enjoyable. This ale is reminiscent of a German style beer with a minor hint of barrel. Scotch barrel that is. This is more of a session style or summer time ba ale. Light on the barrel but full of flavor and super crisp.

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MacFannybaw from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
3.67 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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