Against The Grain 35K

Posted: May 7, 2016 in Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, Milk/Sweet Stout, Reviews

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a milk stout. When I picked this beer up, I’ll be honest, I didn’t care what style it was, but I wanted to try it because it was from Against The Grain. The can art just makes it jump off the shelf at you. I just reviewed another beer from the brewery about a week ago and was quite impressed, so I have high hopes for this one.

35k

ABV: 7%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With this beer, we’re putting in a swimming pool! And if there’s enough left over, we’re gonna fly you all down here to help us dedicate it. Not your typical ‘Jelly of the Month Club’ beer. Dark roasted malt and bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavor and aroma burst from this pitch black milk stout. The full body and sweetness are derived from the addition of lactose (aka milk sugar) which is not fermentable by beer yeast. A healthy dose of Nugget and Crystal hops provides a counterpoint to this ale’s rich and complex maltiness.”

Random: No matter how warm it is outside, my office is like the Arctic Circle.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that took awhile to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of cocoa powder, smoke and vanilla. Lactose was present as well. The taste also had strong cocoa powder, milk chocolate and ash. It had some creaminess from the lactose, but not nearly as much sweetness as I’m used to for the style. The smoke, roasted malts and chocolate were dominant, which was actually a nice change. The body was thick, but silky with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with ash and cocoa powder. A can of this was pricey at $3.00 for a single, which came to $.19 per ounce. This beer was really nice, although it could have used some more balance.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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