Against the Grain 5 Roses: A Rick Astley Joint (Schwartz Edition)

RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
PLEASE NOTE: All the Rick Astley Joint beer bottles are labeled "Wild Kolsch Aged in Red Cypress". The Schwartz edition has a small red thumbs up stamp on the top left corner of the label. This edition of our Five Roses series is a dark, roasty, almost savory treat. The core elements of a brettanomyces beer are readily apparent in the floral, funky, farmyardy nose and palate. The kettle addition of lactobacillus lends a noticeable, refreshing tangy sourness that interacts with the stereotypically dark flavors to create a savory beer worthy of Rick himself. (Part of the All Funked Up Wild Series)

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ronaldtheriot (1888) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Against the Grain 5 Roses (Schwartz Ed.) has a thin, cream-colored head, a black (medium brown, under direct light), and little-to-no lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is muted, but some mild fruit, and sour candy can be detected. Taste is of slightly charred malt, a bit of sourness, and low-level bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery, and Against the Grain 5 Roses (Schwartz Ed.) finishes crisp, easy drinking, and somewhat dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Darkest "kolsch" Ive ever seen. Deep, woody mahogany & dark brown. Gray tinted bubbly collar. Aroma is lightly floral... Kind of vague, hard to figure out. Some Brett, very mild funk. Light wood. A bit of staleness. Some perfumy raisin or prune? Lightly sweet. A touch of licorice. Strange. Taste is kind of light; lighter than expected. Vapid cherry skin, soft wood, very mild licorice, some mild dusty prune, light hints of Brett... Some must? Hard to figure this one out. Theres lots of stuff going on, but all of them are relatively... mild. Hard to pinpoint anything precisely. Some dark-ish malt with an ever so slight tartness, largely dry finish with a woody character. Perfume? Maybe? This isnt bad at all. I just can;t figure it out, either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4064) - Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
22 oz bottle purchased at Liquor Barn Fern Valley in Louisville, Kentucky. The pour is clear paler golden with not much of a white head that disappears fast. The aroma is some sweet cereal grain, soft wood and floral hay. Somewhat subdued. The taste has a soft tart cherry upfront, with the sweet cereal grain malt of the nose, along with some oak wood and grass notes in the finish. The oak wood, and dry hay of the Brett become more prominent as the beer hits room temperature. Flavors are decently integrated. The palate is light to medium bodied, with low carbonation and a dry crisp finish. Overall, solid Kolsch that picked up some nice barrel and Brett notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (6463) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle: Slightly hazed, deep brown with a small, off-white head. Tangy wood scent, light smoky cherry aroma. Taste is tart to slightly bitter berry/fruit/wooden.... Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Prufrockstar (2071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to Santa. Pale gold. Not even vaguely funky. Like they took some weak mediocre kolsch and then dumped it into a barrel and hoped something cool would happen. Nope. Also, pretty sure the description has absolutely nothing to do with the actual final product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
65cl, as Five Roses: A Rick Astley Joint, with red stamp Great Job, new exclusive American brew Anno 2014, with Brettanomyces, from Geers Oostakker, complex brew, malty/woody and slightly fruity/vinous, balanced, cloudy dark amber, small head, nice brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Tart cherry, light yeast, and caramel malt aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Light tart cherry and mild toffee malt flavor. Tasty but nothing that stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6309) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG meet and greet at UBCB - Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma has sourness, cocoa, light fruit and a bit of plastic. It has a medium / light body with soft carbonation. The taste has mild sourness, band aids, cocoa and a maltiness that could be construed as schwartz if you try). The finish has lots of soured fruit. Interesting beer, but it didnt all integrate as well as hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle at RBSG meet and greet. Pours amber with brown head. Nose/taste of smoke, oak, wine, chocolate and light funky sour. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (12253) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Seriously? Jsut call it a sour beer. Happy the admins agree. Sour and tart with fruit notes. People will have off ratings due to the name for sure.

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