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Mac FannyBaw | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
atgbrewery.com

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.

Added by DrinkSlurm on 02-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,792
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
138
pDev:
14.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
29
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by macher0:
Photo of macher0
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of tbryan5
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MagnumJ
4.56/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bellybuttonjam
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WineGuy78
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Gmann
3.64/5  rDev +2%
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 VABA
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Bung
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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 bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce wax capped bottle, no dating that I could find on it. Served in an ATG mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells mostly like smoked malt/meats, along with some peat, brine and some bourbon. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma. The smoke stands out above the other flavors, but there's also peat, brine/minerals, bourbon, wood and some general fruitiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating but also is very well carbonated. I liked this a lot, but then I like really smoky ales. If you're into smoked beers, I definitely recommend this one!

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Photo of johnjohnbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Rod_J
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: deep clear golden ale with some streams of fine slow bubbles; assertive pour into a stange produced a few fat fingers of ecru head; sheety lace down the glass; film cap persists...

S: peaty malts and briny wood; something like car in the background

T: the peat and wood is up front here, too - the alderwood asserts itself in the smoke of the ale; there is an earthy and lacquered character to the ale

M: tacky and slick, leaving behind some stick; medium weight and feel, mildly coating and moderately bitter

O: one of those ales that throws a couple of seemingly disparate elements at you all at once - the rauchbier base is appropriately smoky, malts are dense but clean and offer a mildly roasty background for the peatiness and brininess; bourbon-barrel aging it somehow made it tastes like ale that had been aged in some Islay cask - but the bourbon barrel every now and again slid a vanilla-like, syrupy maple flavor through the sip. Interesting ale, probably be hit-or-miss for many. Taken as a singular entity in the beer world, a really nice drink to spend some time with.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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 CraigTravor
1.84/5  rDev -48.5%

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Mac FannyBaw from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 138 ratings
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