The Great Big Kentucky Sausage Fest
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #234
Ranked #23,448
3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Amager Bryghus
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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FBGordon from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "cooled" bomber into a room temp pub glass.

A: Pours chocolate brown with a huge, khaki meringue head that maintains nicely with beautiful lacing as you drink.

S: This beer has a nice big aroma for a brown, with strong notes of caramel, coffee and roast.

T: Taste is a medium-dry toast with nuttiness on the back end. Despite the slight bitter quality of the roasted malts, it doesn't coat the palate or leave an arid aftertaste. I had a lingering of caramel after each sip.

M: Mouth feel is typical of a brown ale; not too heavy while being thirst-quenching. I would definitely use this beer to wash down dogs or spicy foods, as it was intended.

O: A delicious beer with all the elements you look for in a brown ale. It's much bigger in the nose than I'm accustomed to for this type of beer, but that doesn't overshadow the flavors going on as you drink it. I'd definitely like to get another and drink it while grubbing. A great collaboration!

Sep 11, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Just got done reading on BA about brown ale's and now I'm drinking one. Without reading up on this beer I took one taste and said "this is a brown ale". And a pretty good one at that. Nothing crazy creative going on here, just a good solid beer. And it goes great with a hunk of smoked cheese..

Nov 28, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a very hazy, almost dirty brown-red colour, with a very fine head of pale yellow cream. This settles out to a film with large, tesselating bubbles across the top. Lacing forms in wavy streaks. Looks decent enough without being really that exciting.

Nose is quite pleasant. Biscuity maltiness gives a broad brown base, while there's a slight crispness to it that provides a slightly metallic twang. There's not a great deal of hop fragrance, perhaps just a twinge of lemon peel, but the malt isn't overwhelming so it doesn't seem unbalanced. Decent stuff.

Taste is fairly similar—again there's not much hop character, even towards the back, but that minerally character continues on, giving a lightness and crispness which offsets the brown, crunchy malt base. Smooth characters of marshmallow and wholesome brown rice come through a little as it warms. It's not amazing, but it's certainly solid and serviceable.

Feel is very light. It actually works given it's riding up towards 8% ABV.

Overall, this is solid—I was hoping it was going to be breathtaking, and it's certainly not that, but it's decent, well-balanced and generally fairly flavoursome.

May 15, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt with some fat earthy hops notes. Taste is also dominated by some deep caramel malt notes with some fat earthy hops with limited amount of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit short on the amount of residual sugars and fat earthy hops are not the most interesting.

Mar 28, 2014
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artoolemomo from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Received with a finger's worth of head which rises from the glass and has pretty good retention. The head is a creamy, light beige while the body is a hazy (almost muddy) dark amber/light chestnut brown which appears as a medium amber when held up to the light.

Nose- I don't typically drink brown ales so I'm never sure what to expect but this is nice. Think in between a porter and a pale ale- caramel, citrus (orange and lemon), some biscuit, and some roasted malts. A light touch of coffee but the roasted malts tend to be a little more generic, or less specific than that. Some toast.

Taste- If I were blindfolded I would say that was a porter right off the bat. Starts off with some slight sourness (that typical coffee note) and then moves into coffee and roasted malts. Some toast as well. Some touches of citrus and some hops bitterness- light woodiness, brief flashes of pine and resin such that the notion of this being a pale ale/porter reasserts itself. Some notes of biscuit. Fairly solid beer. Above average to good, mostly good. Good balance and integration with a fair amount of complexity and presence. Pretty much just a good beer. No flaws but nothing that really impresses me. No heat and quite accessible.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Slight zip. Some smoothness, some creaminess.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and doesn't show any of its 7.7%. Very accessible beer that also has enough to disparate notes to keep it interesting. 6 bucks is a little much for a pint but it has come all the way from Kentucky to Portland.

Overall- Solid, good beer. Won't change how you think about beer but is competent and I like the fact that I can enjoy a beer from a part of country not know for its craft beer tradition. I would definitely give it a try. Even if you don't like it, you can say you had a microbrew from Kentucky.

Jan 19, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Great Big Kentucky Sausage Fest... (I got nothin')

The Big Brown Ale opens with a strong brown hue that shows glimmers of gold and orange highlights beyond a slight haze. It short-statured head gives the ale a cask-like character as it tops the beer like coffee creme. Light on lace, the beer specks the glass intermittently.

Bold "brown" aromas are of overcooked caramel, nuttiness, light toffee, chocolate, toast, and light coffee. With a woodish tone to balance, the hops are pleasantly sharp to the nose with herbal grasses, burnt pine and slight grapefruit rind.

Decadently malty, the flavors of chocolate and toffee lead the way, with the nuttier, toastier and coffee taste residing closely behind. Its semi-sweet flavor introduces a middle palate of toasted citrus, grass and pine cones. Thought the wood tones are robust, Its bitterness brightens the ale in finish and gives a drier, huskier taste.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's high malt and low carbonation allows the ale to sit weightily on the tongue and saturate the the taste buds fully with the chocolate and toffee malt sweetness. This makes the ale slow to fade to into a semi-dry finish of coffee grounds and walnut-type bitterness.

Designed as the perfect beer for washing down those gourmet hot dogs, It seems that its flavor is even better suited for cheeseburgers!

Sep 23, 2013
The Great Big Kentucky Sausage Fest from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 41 ratings