Against the Grain / Country Boy Saladbarity Baltic Porter

RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Collaborative effort from the Country Boys of Lexington, KY and Louisvilles 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5868) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Black Squirrel, DC tap: pours dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma is light chocolate and some light coffee and fruitiness. Super light taste. Light coffee in the finish. Super light bodied for what this is. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willisread (3028) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2016
Tap at Gambrinus. Pours a deep black with ruby highlights and no head. Cocoa powder, blueberry and earthiness on the nose. Surprisingly tart on the palate; even for a baltic. Blueberry, lingonberry with a tart waxiness. Light on the palate with some light muscat and coffee. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7660) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the SAVOR Week 4 Hands / Against The Grain tap takeover thanks to Travlr for a leftover taster of this. A pretty malt forward Porter, lighter in color than I expected. Roasted malts, light creamy mineral notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23024) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Draft at Churchkey during Savor week. Clear maroon brown color. Aroma of toast and cocoa pwder. Taste is like the scrapings of said toast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (8313) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Light roast and some raw barley. Some coffee. Black pour with good head and lacing. Ok but not a super fantastic Baltic porter. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (4286) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2015
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Dense clear dark mahogany brown color, light tan head cover, wide strips of lace. Solid aroma of caramel chocolate. Taste is somewhat bitter malt that adds dark chocolate on the swallow, and doesnt need additional bittering in the finish. A strong brew, somewhat heavy in the stomach, not a lot of complexity. Overall, good, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14021) - 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 (3551) - 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 (3125) - 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 dont 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 (3342) - 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!

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