70K | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Milk Stout with as many Ks as we could fit in there.

Added by eyeenjoybeer on 05-11-2013

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Photo of FermentalDisorder
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a perfectly aged imperial stout. It's hard to find but when you do, you're gonna pay far less than what it's worth. This isn't yet in the "whale" category of beers but might be someday. Grab one while you can before it starts selling on the Web for $300+. If you see 2, buy them both. Enjoy one right away and save the other for when you want to impress someone later. It's really that good!

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at AtG on 5/10/2013

The pour is thick and black with no light able to penetrate. The head is off white.

The smell is of soft dark fruit and barrel. Nothing is really loud here, but the balance is great.

The taste starts with a massive darkness quickly balanced by the milk sugar softness and sweetness. Muted but balanced dark fruits are throughout swirling with lots of milk chocolate notes. The bourbon barrel comes through clearly, but it is not push at all. I think I get some port notes way in the background. Again, the balance is just stellar. I am floored by how well this beer is crafted.

The mouthfeel is very appropriate for a 13% imperial milk stout. It is thick but coats only lightly.

Overall, this beer is darn near perfect. Balance, balance, balance...but brilliantly complex. I think this beer is a big step ahead of their better known Bo and Luke.

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Photo of hops202
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at smoke and barrel.

Has a great first impression - dark upon dark with slight lacing. Aroma is very boozy/bourbon with some vanilla oak mixed with roastiness. Smell absolutely delicious/intoxicating. Taste is an explosion of vanilla bourbon milk chocolate sweetness. This is certainly close to BCBS and needs to be bottled in high quantities immediately.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pour with jet black color and not a tone of light seeping on the edge. Stiff thick head was brown in color and did I mention stiff and thick.

The scent was vivid and telling with thick chocolate, fruity coconut, maple syrup, caramel malt, Graham cracker and roast coffee.

The taste followed suit but with bigger and thicker notes. Strong milk chocolate was followed by maple syrup, caramel, toffee, Graham cracker and finally coffee. The bourbon was more an essence as it permeated the feel but enlivened the taste. Oakey tastes held the backdrop and coconut finished it through.

Overall, this is Kentucky's finest beer! Bottle this and ship it nation wide because it's fantastic.

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Photo of 98green
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to snifter. Look is opaque black with ruby highlights, thin chocolate head. Smell is piles of bourbon barrel, oak and caramel and sharp tannins. Taste is dominated by that oaky bourbon essence, with raisins and stone fruit at the end. There is a bit of a bitter element that also comes late grabs the side of the tongue, and I kinda like it. Feel is very thick and slick, and very sweet. Carb is good for the style. Sometimes these drink a bit flat. Borders on cloying, but the booze comes in to keep the balance. The ABV isn't exactly hidden, but this drinks like a 9, not a 13. Overall, a brilliant BBA imperial stout. I haven't had many of the whale stouts, but this is as good as any I've had

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

``Leftovers'' from an Against the Grain tasting at Party Town in Florence, KY. Poured from my growler into a Founders snifter. It pours out black with just a hint of light escaping through the edges, and sports a thin brown lacing on top. The nose is heaven - vanilla, sweet cream, chocolate, and a healthy dose of bourbon.

Full body with tons of rich, sweet flavors. Who needs ice cream and cake with this stuff around? Up front are lots of rich, creamy, toffee-like flavors. Then comes bourbon, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, more toffee, even some hazelnut for good measure. If this stuff had even a whiff of coffee-like bitterness, I might just blow a load in my pants. I don't know how these guys made this stuff. It's like they captured all the great flavors and character of bourbon, but there's no alcohol burn or heat at all, just enough warmth on the finish to enrich the flavor. I can't believe this stuff is 13% ABV. It's so damn drinkable, it's frightening. Sticky-sweet chocolate, candied flavor lingers on the finish.

Confession time - I have a major sweet tooth. Therefore, to me, this is simply Heaven in a glass! The rich, malty flavors and milky sweetness inherent to this style perfectly suit bourbon barrel aging. In my opinion, this beer can hold its own flavor-wise with just about anything out there. KBS, BCBS, whatever. BRING IT ON BABY! This stuff will pass the ``Pepsi Challenge'' with anything you want to pit it against. I predict it won't be a secret for much longer.

Postscript - I also had a chance to try a coconut version of this. It too is seriously good!

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Photo of drinkinmiles
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml into goblet glass, bottle date and age unknown.

Poured Slightly hard down the middle, .5 fingers of brown foam, dissipated quickly, very slight lacing from leftovers.

Very dark brown/black color.

Nose is good amount of bourbon/booze, some chocolate and almost coffee notes.

Very thick, lingering mouthfeel, initial tongue hit there is almost an effervescence to it, slight tingle.

Initial flavors of sweetish dark chocolate, slight coffee almost. Second glass more lingering booziness.

Overall a very very good stout, first bourbon barrel milk stout I've had.

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Photo of senglish7
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avenue Pub. Smell is milky and sweet. Taste is strong and bitter on the front with a bourbon bite. Taste doesn't stay with you for long after. Surprisingly smooth 13% abv beer. Like it a lot

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark beer with a thin tannish head. Minimal retention and lacing

S - WOW!! Very nice. Sweet malts to start, but followed by aromas of bourbon, oak, toffee, chocolate!

T - Just like the smell. It may not have been aged in bourbon barrels, but I detect a very nice bourbon flavor. There is lots of oak as well. Lots going on here! Toffee...coffee..Love it!

M - Quite smooth at 13.0 ABV. A very thick beer that goes down smooth. You won't be slamming this one though. It has more than enough body!

O - One of the best beers I have had. It tastes like something Founders would produce. Very impressed and dissappointed I have no way to take some home!

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Photo of macher0
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at ATG.

Pours near black with a frothy amber head. A good looking beer. Moderately viscous and a little silky with an amber layer on the glass when swirled. The smell is not very strong at first but expectedly opens as it warms. As I search I find notes of dark malts, coconut, roasted oak barrel, bourbon, and dark malts. The tastes are much more pronounced: bourbon, roasted marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate milk, and little bitter bite at the end. The lacto gives this beer an excellent feel that's very smooth, with a full body and a silky finish.

I must say this is better than it's older bother Bo and Luke. Since its not smoked, it has a wider audience, thus fits a broader nitch. Don't get me wrong, I love B&L but it's difficult to crush a bomber to the head while it would be no problem with this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery that hangs their hat on variety- here comes a mind-blowing bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout that showcases the taste of bourbon soaked woods and underlying complex dark flavors. This all means that this review may become a bit long-winded.

But like many of these barrel aged rich stouts, 70k pours the expected viscous textured, onyx-black color with a certain mirror-like sheen. A short statured but frothy creme of foam builds on the surface and slowly recedes back into the beer, succumbing to its own viscosity, alcohol and tannin.

Incredibly aromatic, the beer delivers a strong presence of fudge chocolates, espresso, bourbon aging house, and secondary complements of port wine, sherry, burnt fruit and savory almost meaty notes. Its turn to taste leads to a coat upon the mouth of rich black strap molasses, fudge, espresso, and port- all sweet and roasty character weaves together brilliantly as not to stratify from early to mid to late palate- its a homogeneous taste from sip 'til finish. But as the ale warms and the palate acclimates, savory tastes of burnt currant, savory notes of oak, vanilla, and melanoidin.

Full, lush, and velvety- the beer is verbose in texture but is also silky and smooth. As the ale coats the mouth, its taste seeps into the mouth tissues to overwhelm the senses with sheer delight. Built for the sweet tooths, this ale is robust and grows with alcohol warmth for a malty-dry finish with lingering chocolaty sweetness.

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Photo of jegross2
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 70K from Against The Grain Brewery out of Louisville, Kentucky. This is the imperial version of their 35K milk stout, aged for an extended period of time in Angel's Envy.

Score: 94

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/24/13 while in Louisville for my best friend's bachelor party. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Deep brown, maybe black in color (it's 10pm and I'm outside, so color is hard to pin down). Served with a finger-plus of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing, excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Oak, maple sweetness, bourbon, caramel, hint of vanilla. Some coconut too! Hint of milk chocolate. Touch of booze. 4.25/5

Taste: Maple, vanilla and chocolate flavors primarily. Much less oak and more chocolate in taste than in nose. Caramel maltiness and bourbon flavor towards finish. Has a light coconut flavor in finish, substantially less than was in the nose. Tastes even better than it smells! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Nice level of sweetness, but not overly sweet for my tastes. Love the barrel character here, as its complexity-imparting without hitting you over the head with bourbon notes or totally overshadowing the base brew.

Overall: Another home run beer for Against The Grain. It's about on the same level of quality as the Pappy aged Bo & Luke.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz pour.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A satisfying barrel aged stout with creaminess and heavy chocolate flavors. Little to no burn from either the booze or barrel, somehow keeps it smooth. Some dark fruit on the back end but mostly you are getting a chocolate milk feel here. The mouthfeel is full and leaves plenty mouth coating. Lots to enjoy here.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/15 notes. Had never heard of this, was very happy how great it was. Growler poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Sweet bourbon, milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, cream, and vanilla. Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and no heat. Crazy how high the ABV is for how it tastes.

Overall I loved it; surprise of the tasting for me. Would love to try it again sometime.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is so smooth. The milk hits first with notes of chocolate and malt. The finish is bourbon, really smooth bourbon. This is the second time I've had this and I like it a lot better this time. The alcohol doesn't seem as evident as it was last time. I'm all in on this brew! A really nice BA stout!!

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Photo of mabermud
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark still body. Minimal beige head that quickly disappears to a thin clean halo around the glass. One island of film remains in the middle of my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter. A twirl of the glass creates a nice curtain of lacing that nicely melts from the sides of the glass. A nice clean looking liquid.
Smell: Heavy on the sweet, dark malts. Aromas of dark chocolate and booze. Light on the roast and/or char. Light on the dark fruit. Background caramel and vanilla.
Taste: Sweet caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Supporting malty sweetness, some dark fruit in the back seat, and right next to them is some booziness. Roast and char are even further back. This is leaning on the sweet, sugary side. The alcohol is barely noticed. Long sweet finish.
Feel: You can say this is heavy and somewhat syrupy. Low carbonation with lush, thick lather in the mouth.
Tacky on the tongue.

Overall - I like it. My type of beer, on the sweeter side. Big and sweet, not cloying, but sweet, and not in a bad way. For me, this is drinkable, nothing overpowering, if you don't mind sweetness. I would buy this regularly if it was available here.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served as a (bunch of) two oz pours at EBF 2016. Pour is oily black with a creamy mocha head leaving the characteristic yellow sheen of a great Imperial stout. Nose is chocolate and vanilla and brandy-like with a very clean alcohol aroma. Taste is wonderfully balanced with notes of coffee and bourbon. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety smooth, fills the mouth and goes down clean. This was my favorite beer of the fest. Reminded me of the biggest of the whale stouts but with a clean lightness that would make a big serving totally satisfying.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam with good retention leaves behind loads of lacing. Pitch black body.

S - Big vanilla, caramel, chocolate, light roast, and some mild umami. Quite sweet, with only modest bourbon influence; the port side of the Angel's Envy seems to dominate here.

T - Taste is heavier on spirit, with port-infused bourbon complementing the dark fruits, raisins, dates, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Perhaps a touch of lactose rounding things out. Again, quite sweet, with only mild roast and oak to balance things out.

M - Full bodied, viscous, chewy, with lower carbonation. Some alcohol warming, but nothing excessive for the listed 13%.

D - This beer reminded me a lot of Haymarket's Acrimonious. It's a bit too sweet to drink in mass quantities, but I very much enjoyed my snifter and I'd gladly order it again. Definitely the best thing I've had from this brewery, so hopefully they make more.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

growler from the SH IRS release yesterday that my buddy brought and was barely drank. he recommended i take the leftovers home to taste, so here we are. enjoyed from a beer hunter snifter.

a - brew poured an oily black, plenty of carb and spotty lacing.

s - i can smell the sweet roast from across the room...upon closer inspection yep...big sweet booze soaked chocolatey milk stout. some dark fruitiness and a wash of woody booze.

t - YUM. damn. that's good. leads with the barrel and then slaps you in the face with sweet milk chocolate and then tickles your mouth with a boozy tingle. definitely on the sweet side, but not overly so and the barrel really adds a nice dimension and seems to balance out the flavors. some nice nuttiness on the backend of the flavor too.

m - extremely silky smooth...carb lasted overnight in the growler and the feel is extremely palatable for a brew this size.

o - overall, had heard good things about this one and super glad to try it as it is definitely worth seeking out. delicsious beer...extremely well made and tasty.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bourbon barrel aged milk stout. Milk stout flavor still comes through nicely; barrel aging doesn't overpower. A bit of coffee notes in flavor. Very good.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black viscous liquid. There is a nice thin light tan head that forms and sticks around for a bit.

Aroma starts off light sweet fudgy chocolate syrup with some nice whiskey molasses. Chocolaty powder notes mix well with a nice slight burn from the barrel. Some slight lactose is detected in the aroma seems promising.

Now for the flavor. I’m pretty impressed. Starts off with smooth velvety chocolate fudge. Awesome whisky notes follow. Sweet barrel notes with some molasses and vanilla notes and spice. There is a mild whiskey burn but it’s not intense. The malt sweetness and whiskey sweetness blend so well together. The body is nice and rich with a medium fullness that allows for more. The abv isn’t too noticeable except for the buzz. There is some semblance of the milk stout base beer with some slight lactic sweetness and flavors but these play a slight second to the coca and barrel sweetness.

Overall this was a nice gem at AtG.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoky, hearty. Aromas of high-quality bacon and country ham. Coffee, peat, fireplace. Kentucky coal mine. Sharp barrel around the edges, forest fire. Surprisingly drinkable despite the brutal ABV. Not terribly complex, but oh-so-delicious. A winner.

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Leather, roasty malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, a touch of soy, and sour cherry form a fairly complex aroma.

Flavor is fairly sweet and bourbony initially, lots of vanilla and coconut, with dark chocolate and unbittered roast malt balancing. Notes of oak prevent the sweetness from overwhelming. Hints of bruised cherry become more tart as it warms, adding complexity. Pretty hot, alcohol-wise. Nutty notes emerge.

I almost wish the roast character were more prevalent. It's just a little more boozy and sweet than I'd care for.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark opaque brown in color with a small khaki colored head. Aromas are butterscotch, sweet creamy cocoa, leather, vanilla, berries, caramel, a touch of liquor, and faint woodiness. Flavors are sweet, smooth, and lengthy. Lactose sweetness, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate, and a pile of sweet syrup soaked drippy miscellaneous purple fruit. Big flavorful ball of sweet fruity chocolate swimming over caramel, vanilla and alcohol. No overwhelming bourbon in aroma and flavor but it is present. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very smooth, fluid, soft, a touch of fine grittiness. This is fairly easy to consume given its size...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is an awesome beer, my favorite i think from these guys so far. its a huge imperial milk stout aged in a bourbon barrel, and its really impressive. inky dark and thick on the pour, as black as it is brown, with a dark brown foamy head with great retention, coffee crema colored, and just a whole lot of viscosity evident. the aroma is fantastic on this, the sweetness is really prominent even through the bitter earthy roasty dark malts, and the sugar with bourbon barrel richness is a really nice combination. creamy feel from the milk sugar and a boozy heat thats almost sharp sort of contrast texturally, but the flavors are amazing together. lots of wet oak on the nose, less so in the flavor, but its likely this was a very recently drained barrel, as there is a ton of whiskey flavor happening. toffee sweetness in the finish and a lively carbonation to keep it moving a bit. in the end, its a distinct and well done product. the sweetness is a few notches higher than i really prefer, but what it adds to the beer is calculated and well conceived. one of the few beers i have had from these guys that i would readily buy again, even at 9 bucks a ten ounce!

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