Friday, July 4, 2014

Against the Grain The Brown Note

This is a 5.0% ABV American brown ale from Against the Grain Brewery of Louisville, Kentucky, with their bottled beers contract brewed in Westminster, Maryland at the Pub Dog Brewery. Yep, those are brown stains on that guy's underwear on the bottle, which also says "Phffrrtt! Uh oh." Let's see what we're getting into here.

The beer pours a medium dark brown with burnt orange, dark amber and deep copper tints. There is a short and short-lived head of light tan foam. The aroma is roasted malt, very nutty, hazelnut, a fruity note, dark roast approaching dark chocolate. It smells like a dark chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut pastry. The taste follows the aromas, very nutty, lots of hazelnut, raspberry fruit note and dark roasted malt notes, mostly chocolate, nearing light coffee. The beer drinks crisply carbonated, easy and refreshing. It is hard to believe that so much flavor is packed into the relatively light body and low alcohol. A low bitterness develops as you drink the beer. My god, I believe I’ve shat myself. 

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