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.

Added by MasterSki on 04-02-2013

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by macher0:
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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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 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 Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MagnumJ
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bellybuttonjam
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WineGuy78
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +9%

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 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 GRG1313
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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 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 johnjohnbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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 CraigTravor
1.84/5  rDev -49.9%

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 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 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 dtomes
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JGlitz87
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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