Amager Bryghus / ATG – Kentucky Sausage – 2 out of 7 smokestacks


I found this beer in the discount bin. It always helps to spend less, although we must stop short of saying that we are saving money; you can’t save money by making purchases. Amager Bryghus of Demark is a reputable brewery, now with two beers making it into the tabernacle, and Against the Grain Brewery of Louisville, KY (USA) is another story. ATG gets beat up a bit (too much) on this site because they employ the quantity over quality approach, along with a disappointingly crass public relations campaign. But, collaborating with some of the better brewers around the world, fortunately works to elevate ATG’s clout in the industry. But what’s in it for Amager? Distribution I suppose. ATG must have a hell of a salesman working for them, because anyone willing to work with a company that put a crude image of an undressed man with diarrhea on their beer cans, is not functioning completely on their own accord. And this beer’s name, referencing dicks, could only be the product of those clever wits at ATG. Typically, no matter how (un)clever the marketing team is, the name of a beer hints at the flavor or style. Not here however. And this beer, an imperial brown ale, was awfully bitter, is not similar to most other brown ales, isn’t a fest beer, and doesn’t taste like sausage. And after 20 minutes of complaining about this beer, I realize that I haven’t taken a second sip in that 20 minutes. Maybe I just didn’t get enough sleep last night? There ain’t no smoke in here! The froth on top helped aerate the flavor a bit, there, that’s my good deed for the day. Overall score = 2 smokestacks.

Brewer Amager Bryghus / ATG
Beer Name The Great, Big Kentucky Sausage Fest
Brewer’s Description We expected banjos and Bourbon but received nothing of that sort. Instead our brew day with the handsome fellers of Against The Grain Brewery from Louisville, Kentucky turned into a hotdog eating contest. Yep, no kiddin’. Big Kentuckian feller, Sam, challenged our own big feller, Jacob, as to who could down the most gourmet hotdogs, big and spicy as they were with specialty toppings. Well, Sam should never have done that….should you Sam? However, a beer was indeed brewed in between all the trash talk and wieners. We hope you’ll enjoy this hoppy Imperial Brown Ale – it was designed to go with hotdogs in particular and other spicy and smoked foods.
Food Pairings hot dogs, spicy and smoked foods
Brewer Location Kastrup, Denmark
Alcohol content by volume 7.7%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 20
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 3.75
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 1
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 2
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil) 5
Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high) 2


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