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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: 15   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11919) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Draft. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted dark chocolate and hop aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate duration. This is the good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2956) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nice roasted malt aromas. Tasty with loads of roasted malts. Grain and smoke lowlights. Rich and complex. Another fine example of the style. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Tap @ Against The Grain: Super dark ruby & mahogany color with a khaki trace outlining the very top; not a full head, just a frothy collar. Aroma laden with burnt toast smothered in prune jam. Undertones of scorched molasses, ash, & a bit of roasted malt, cut nicely by a current of vague dark fruit sweetness. Flavor is also very deep & malty as expected. Heavy anise & licorice, dates, molasses, burnt malts, toast, bitter cocoa dust, & slight hints of coffee bean. A bit of unabashed dirty earthiness leads into a finish that actually leaves a strong aftertaste of Tootsie Roll candies. Starts semi-bitter, roasted & dry, then finishes with a notable offset of sweetness. Medium bodied. Not bad. I don’t love the heavy anise up front, but it still turns out to be an enjoyable beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2628) - 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 (6841) - 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 (7546) - 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 (1217) - 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 (1677) - 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 (1946) - 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.

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