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Against the Grain / Country Boy Saladbarity Baltic Porter

Against the Grain / Country Boy Saladbarity Baltic Porter
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Collaborative effort from the Country Boys of Lexington, KY and Louisville’s Against the Grain Brewery. Stylistically a Baltic Porter, this opaque black lager is brewed with a blend of Pilsner and Maris Otter base malts, while the dark color and roasty flavor comes from both caramel and chocolate malts. Clean hop bitterness and spicy aroma is achieved by an early boil addition of Magnum hops and a late addition of Czech Saaz. Fermented cold with a lager yeast strain for an authentic, bold and well rounded flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2335) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2014
On tap at The Cork and Cask. Pours a black color with off white head. Roasty, creamy, light burnt aromas and flavors. Tasty beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6307) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2/28/14. On tap at the brewery. Almost black pour with a really nice tan head that sticks and coats the glass. Okay aroma, earth, ashy roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some fruitiness. Nice flavor, roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, a hint of fruitiness, creamy, tobacco, earth. Diggin’ it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6951) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Draft in a sampler at Against the Grain. Pours a deep brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, toast, roast, brown sugar, and tobacco. Flavor of molasses, candied pecans, tobacco, caramel, and earth. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1160) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Kentucky proud? Near black pour with minimal head. Aroma is dark chocolate. Taste is sweet and a little bitter. Lots of roast malt, coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1425) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2014
on draft poured a dark brown color with a beige head. aroma right off is the dark roasted malts. mild hints of sweetness. also get mild hints of chocolate and or toffee. the flavor was a tad undersweet for a Baltic porter but that didn’t stop me from drinking it. it was a very good porter. lots and lots of deep roasted malts, again hints of chocolate and or toffee in the flavor. mild bitterness and medium body. overall damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpiritToAle (32) - - FEB 18, 2014
Strong roasted notes in the nose match the nearly opaque color. Call me old school, but I like just a hint of copper transparency in my porter's appearance...this one is perfect. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. And it's got a bit of a bite. Roasted barley in full force, slight hoppiness and still very smooth. I'd drink this again. Maybe with a pulled pork sandwich. Yum. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s Collaboration Event. Dark mahogany with modest, creamy, beige head / Fruity nose of dark caramel, dark fruit, chocolate / Medium body, a touch thin, modest sweetness and hopping yielding a pleasant balance, with fair finish / Smooth, fruity flavors of semisweet chocolate, date, molasses, licorice, coffee / Maybe personal preference, but would like to see a little more body and hopping. A pleasant, if undistinguished, brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3882) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Draught. Pours a very dark brown with a slight head. Nose is pretty roasty with some elements of dark fruit in there. Taste is a tad bitter, and very slightly harsh. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4285) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draught at brewery. Creamy porter with distinctive chocolate taste. Yeast may be giving off a very interesting flavor. Really nice overall and well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3135) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
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This was my first experience with something from Country Boy. Despite being a collaboration with Against the Grain I can tell there are outside influences. I will have to make my way south to Lexington at some point to see what they are like when left to their own devices.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep reddish base looks like the usual baltic porter. Lazy legs crawl like sheets of ice down the side of the sampler. Black licorice, malts, red vines, and a trace of smoke feel like being in a candy store after coming home from a bonfire.

Flavor / Palate - The body is a bit on the light side. It still packs a punch from the first sip. Black raspberries, licorice, and smoke start the party before someone shows up with warm cherry pie. This is a fine beer to cap off a tasting. Again, one point might be enough but it would be a great one.

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