Dork Lard | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mynie on 07-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Superstar Beverage in Huntington station. ..

Don't know why this has such low ratings... I must love crappy beer...

Smell was citrus hoppy like most american brewed strong ales ala.. lagunitas and stone.. with a touch of oak and alchol in the mix...

Taste was delisious... not has citrus hoppy as the smell but its there slightly... booze and malt are also in the mix with a touch of oak....

Damn near full bodied with a clean refreshing bitter arftertaste that dwindles down and has you wanting more...

Overall another excellent style from one of my favorite breweries at the moment... don't let ratings discourage you and if you have the chance to try it I'd definitely reccommend...

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

With an incredible amount of booze, grain, and sweetness- it the folks at Against the Grain the devises the ultimate Malt Liquor of craft beer. So, what would that taste like?

The pour brings a bright copper hue that casts highlights of gold and bronze. A short-lived white head is slow to build upon the beer and dissipates soon after for a still aprearance nearly a quarter way through the session. With no lacing, the ale falls flat rather early.

Strong grain sweetness, caramel and thinned toffee notes strike the olfactory senses and stem into rum, cognac, and an overall alcohol spicy scent in aroma. The slimmest of herbal hops along with a few citrus tones add intrigue but largely hide in the alcohol and apple, cherry esters.

The flavor of the beer is boozy-sweet as the malt and grain command the palate with caramel, and Karo syrup. Saki and grain alcohol provides a rather dull and empty middle before the finish of grain husks, cream corn and rice wine bleed into wood spices and alcohol heat to finish.

As a homebrewer, I occasionally reach into the goodies sack and pull out all of those "left-over" ingredients that were part of a batch gone bye. This might be the pro brewer attempt at the same thing. Unfortunately, there's a lot of non-barley in the cupboards of Against the Grain.

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2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Their website mentions “Three Lloyds” and so I was thinking this was some kind of playful Dark Lord clone. Turns out it’s just a medicinal mess of shit.

Then again, actually bothering to fully read the description, they call this a “light, syrupy giant,” so it’s my fault for ordering it. It gets much more palatable as it goes along, but it never really comes together. Medicinal ethanol up front, moving into wine-aged spices and light nodes of imitation vanilla and just a general flavor that’s like the way an old spice rack smells, when that decade-old shaker of nutmeg half made up of dust and mites.

Kudos to them for trying something weird and for being obliquely up front about that fact, instead of having the waitress call this a “strong ale” and tell me it was “like a double pils,” (which is how I think a shittier brewery would have attempted to classify this). Still, not very good.

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Dork Lard from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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