Against the Grain Gnag Reflex
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Sour brown ale with red tart cherries. First we mash in a high gravity brown ale recipe with lots of pale ale, brown malt and oats. We then inoculate the resulting wort with a strain of Lactobacillus and let it work for 38 hours before boiling it, adding hops and fermenting with ale yeast. The resulting beer is tangy, malty, slightly sour and downright weird. But we don’t stop there, next we added over 10 pounds per barrel of Oregon red tart cherries, giving a nice sweet and fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21447) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, scant head. Aroma of slightly sour prunes and raisins. Taste is softly sour dark fruit. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is nutty and chocolate malt with earthy hops and prune esters. Flavor is malt forward with light sour dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Kentucky Fried Charleston Trip Beer #12. Draft at Shenanigans, Lexington. Pours a clear dark orange color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of heavy spices, nuts, toffee. The taste is toffee, caramel, popcorn (unbuttered), cherries and a mild tartness in the finish. Medium bodied. A bit odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10683) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft. Sour red cherry and chocolate malt aroma. Brown with small head. Sweet-tart cherry and mild caramel-chocolate malt flavor. Nice easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a musty deep amber with a light brown heasd that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has some sweet chocolate and sourness with a bit of dark grains. Flavor has more roasted malts with sour cherries and a hint of chocolate. Didn’t come together for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Sample at FoBAB. Pours a hazy brown with reddish highlights and a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have mild lactic sour character, some coffee, tart cherry, additional mildly sweet malts and some wood. Not my favorite from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
draft at Blue Monk, dark pour, small head. roasted malts, chocolate notes. Very tart cherry that hits you right in the jaw joints. chocolate stands out. dark dried fruits, tartness. interesting somewhat effective

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer brownish deep hazed hue, darker body, frothy offwhite head laces ok. Aromas are coffee, brown malts, gentle cherries, lactic acidity. Coffee, oak. Initial is a bit tart, coffee, oak, lactic acid and yogurt in mellow qualities. Some cherry. Middle is coffee, brown malts, gentle sourness. Backend and finish is coffee toast, and gentle oak. Lots of brown malts, pretty young wild influence. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draught at brewery. Sour brown/red with some vinegar. Big acidic taste to it countered by the fruity brown taste. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Tap at brewery, Tart cherry, caramel malt, and light yeasty aroma., Chestnut with a small beige head. Tart cherry, roasty/toasty malt flavor., Medium body.

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