Against the Grain Oats & Hose
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A solid base of British Marris Otter malt, generous additions of oats and roasted barley, and a blend of caramel and chocolate malt lend this stout a ton of complexity. A nitro pour further highlights the rich, velvety flavors of coffee and chocolate that lay on top of a deep roasted character. The oats make sure that the flavors stick around after each swig. A quintessential dark beer.

Concealer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (1169) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2013
A black pour with a caramel white head. Smokey malt aromas, toasted style with some sweet chocolatey notes. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2013
On tap in Bloomington
This was released at the Tap last month. A fine example of what Against the Grain can achieve, it was excellent from start to finish. Until I can make it down to Louisville again I will be happy to drink anything that makes its way across the border to the local bars.

Aroma / Appearance - A creamy brownish base looks like cola but with a foamy protective head. Ample carbonation bubbles up from time to time. Dry wheat, cold coffee, cool oatmeal cookies, and more sweeten the air like a tray of desserts.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy velvet and chocolate start the chewy experience well. Next comes Hostess cupcakes followed by a full bodied wheat. Malt driven and polished it is not hard to drink. I donít know if it will make a comeback but if it does jump on the chance to try a fine release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2813) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2013
On nitro sampler flight at the Against the Grain brewpub in Louisville, KY. Opaque, ultra black dark black with a large tan head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, smoke and caramel. Taste of burnt dark malt, caramel, bitter chocolate and light fruit. Light/medium body and low carbonization (nitro). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Black with a dense brown cream head. Nose is rich bready malts, coffee, burnt chocolate. Flavor is bitter chocolate, toasty, crackery malts, bitter roasted finish. Velvety on the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Growler. Lightly smoky/earthy oat and chocolate aroma. Black brown with no head. Light roast, chocolate, earthy oat flavor with a very mild roasty bitter finish. Light body, soft - almost flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma of moderate coffee roast and dark chocolate. Appearance is black with sticky tan head. Flavor matches the nose; the palate is light, oily and soft. Well rounded and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6553) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draught at Country Boy. Creamy brown on nitro. Bit of chocolate brownie. Nice roast to the pour. Really smooth and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10669) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Draft. Dark chocolate, oatmeal malt, and light ash aroma. Black-brown with minimal head. Mildly sweet chocolate/oatmeal malt, ash, and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Low carbonation. Nice beer.

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