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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Pin's.

5.5oz. pour into a Pin's mini-snifter. Solid black pour, with a small dark brown head that settled to a ringlet and head there, leaving dots of lacing and a few oily legs on the glass. Nice aroma of dark roasty malts and sweet fudge, some boozy fumes. The taste was a bit of a let-down after what the nose promised, but it was still good. Dark malts, a fair amount of roast, toasted oak, semi-sweet chocolate, coconut, and a booziness ever present in the background, coming out more as it warmed. Unfortunately the bourbon wasn't too pronounced, and it came off more solvent-like than anything. The body was medium, maybe edging on medium-full, but it felt like the booze thinned it out a bit, keeping it from being a smooth sipper, though it definitely improved after sitting a few minutes at room temp. Overall a solid BA stout, though needing some work. I'd still like to try it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Beer Market in Henrietta, NY.

This lil thang pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like vanilla, bourbon, chocolate syrup, and marshmallow fluff.

This is less bold than I expected, with a more subtle balanced feel to it. There's lots of vanilla- sort of a marshmallow like feel- with subtle bourbon, Hershey's, lactose, and dark fruit. I'm yearning for roasted malt to balance it out.

This is medium bodied- it's possibly a little too light bodied for a BA imperial milk stout. It's definitely super creamy though which I dig.

Quite nice but not great.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer hits of tons of bourbon, coffee bitterness, tons of alcohol as it is 13%, with more bourbon sweetness and caramel. The beer bites of alcohol despite some smoothness of the barrel.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with quick dying brown head. Aroma balances sweetness, chocolate, vanilla/bourbon barrel variety, and some roasted malts (possible coffee). Fuller bodied beer that has a smoothness that aids its thickness, smoothness coming from the barrels, a vanilla/bourbon type sweetness and booziness as well as some chocolate, possible dark fruit but I'm not sure, and balanced with roasted, possible coffee, dryness that gives off a dry finish (must say beer is probably a little more sweet than dry which is how I like these types of beer).

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Gmann
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a small dense brown head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet. Light roasted malt scent with a hint of anise. Mellow caramel under current. Slight acidic twang.

The taste is of a moderate roast, has more bite than in the aroma. Lots of sweet notes going on. Big caramel and milk sugars. Light bourbon with a tart dark berry action. Some bitter chocolate in the finish. Reminds me of BCBS but not as sweet and boozy.

Nice full chewy body. Soft carbonation with a sticky finish. Slight bitterness and acidity in the finish. ABV is well hidden.

A good barrel aged stout. Quite sweet but has nice mellow flavors.

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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 wedge
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Ridgewood

Solid black covered with a sticky beige cap and some drippy lacing. Fudgy, slight Bourbony aromas...lactose sweetness, caramel, vanilla, light sherry, oak, perhaps a bit of hazelnut. Huge malty flavor: creamy Bourbon, loads of rich chocolate, charred roast, lactose, and a dark fruity sweetness. Thick, textured mouthfeel that dries out a bit in the finish. A little warming, but certainly not hot by any means. A good, rich barrel-aged stout that leaves the lips sticky with crazy richness.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.49/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Black with a moderate tan foam head.

Smell is cola, raisin, vodka, and root beer barrel candies.

Taste is cola, smoke, charred oak, prune, vodka, and herbs. This is relatively hot. Is the vodka here on purpose? Wtf? This is the first time I've ever thought of vodka while drinking beer.

Feel is the best part about this brew--thick and luscious, velvety but dry.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jegross2
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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 98green
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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 DenverHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a snifter.

Apperance - thick, black brew with dark mocha head that settles nicely and leaves some sticky lacing!
Smell - sweet, boozy bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, dark and milk chocolate, with a hint of vanilla!
Taste - woody and boozy, dynamic coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors; this is a very big beer, but the sweetness calms the booze enough to make it a very nice sipper!
Feel - very big beer with sweet and boozy flavors that please the palate!
Overall - certainly worth a try for big beer fans. The booze is a bit too strong in the long run, but this is a minor negative that I can certainly live with.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Barnoloid
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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 TheElectricOne
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours dark chocolate in color, nearly black, but not quite. Reddish-brown highlights on the edges, and with a khaki head that dissipates after a minute or so. Doesn't look overly viscous from the pour, but nice looking beer for sure.

Aroma: can smell the barrel as you pour the beer, which is a good sign for a stout. Once poured though, barrel is most of the scent, along with maybe a touch of sweet hot chocolate.

Taste: really nice flavor here. Begins with some realllly soft, decadent vanilla and chocolate flavor. A little bit like a fudgy hot chocolate with the lactose as well. Following that, you get some of the bourbon barrel, and just a touch of heat. Not much char, and the barrel is really subtle as a whole.

Feel: thick and full, like a hot cocoa made with actual chocolate, not the powder. Smooth, though, and drinks like its a 8-10% stout, not a 13%.

Overall: this was an excellent beer, and the barrel makes this better than 35k in my opinion. Would definitely be nice to have this in the pounder can like 35 though!

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Photo of mabermud
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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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