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Against the Grain Mad Maxwell: Beyond Valuedome

Against the Grain Mad Maxwell:  Beyond Valuedome
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
We started with a delicious porter and tossed in five cans of Maxwell House coffee. Itís frigginí delicious! The coffee flavors support a roasty, chocolatey base with the faintest hint of creaminess from a small lactose addition. 2.5 more gallons of cold-extracted esspresso was added post fermentation, and the bitterness of the coffee pairs perfectly with the natural sweetness of the base porter. Itís good to the last draught!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3206) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Growler thanks to Jeff! Pours a thin clear dark brown color with a thin tan foam of head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee grounds, and cigarette ash. Taste is much the same with a thin mouthfeel. Ash, roasted malt, coffee grounds, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2013
32 ounce growler from Liquor Barn. Big nose and taste of coffee. Thin body for an imperial porter, but nice coffee taste overall despite being Maxwell House.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
On tap at Liquor Barn
Since I could not get enough of Against the Grain the previous day I stopped at the Liquor Barn to try a few more samples. A great place for trying local and regional offerings itís worth the detour. This particular release is a bit different than your normal porter thanks to the grocery store grade coffee ... but somehow it works.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base retains a minimal off white head. Straight black coffee is the biggest contributor to a malty profile. This is the smell of the office coffeepot after the cheapskate in the group bought a can of Maxwellís coffee instead of a local alternative.

Flavor / Palate - The coffee is heavy from the first sip. The fluid mouthfeel lingers in the corners of the mouth before clinging to the throat. It is not needy like a bad girlfriend; this is more like the feel of watching a long lasting sunset. It may not be the greatest porter out there. However it does make a statement that you need not always used rare ingredients to make a fine drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Draft sample Cask. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark toasted sweet flavor with medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1451) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2013
Good coffee porter. Aroma sweet smoky coffee. Taste sweet nutty mild smoke coffee porter. Nice example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Draft. Deep brown body, ruby highlights. Fizzy, beige head. Aroma of coffee, cream and roasted malts. Hint of nuts and chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, soft carbonation. Peppery alcohol in the finish. Dry like coffee. Taste of coffee and cream. But thereís also a medicinal flavor in the finish along with the alcohol that ruined a promising coffee and cream start.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a mug, pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Aroma of lots of roasted coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted nuts and coffee up front with sweet chocolate and sweet malt in the finish. There is a nice, solid coffee presence here and the beer is light and drinkable. 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2013
Draft sampler poured dark brown when it got to me no visible head. Medium bodied porter with the aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Pretty solid flavor matching the aroma. Again only a sample but worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
Sampler at the brewpub. Best of the bunch. Poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, oak, coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, roastiness and bakers cocoa with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
Mug at the brewpub. Itís really weird that theyíve done a high quality porter with less than high quality coffee. The coffee flavor itself is not stellar, but not offputting either. Thatís basically how Iíd sum up Maxwell House. This beer ends up being pretty tasty. It has a creamy, chocolatey body with very convincing coffee flavor. The initial flavor would lead me to believe that the finish would be quick and metallic, but it actually lingers like a savory coffee/milk beverage. I rather enjoyed the beer, everything is harmonious and balanced. If they had used better coffee, this could be even more delicious.

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