I was really intrigued by the grain beers brewed by naturally gluten-free brewers Autumn Brewing Company based in County Durham. As a dark beer lover, naturally I went for the stout brewed from rice, millet and quinoa. So let's see what I thought.
It's a beautiful dark colour, almost black with a slight hint of mahogany but the head is really bad. It's a dirty dishwater coloured, loose head that disappears at lightning speed so I was really lucky to catch a few bubbles in my photo as a few seconds after that there wasn't even a trace of a bubble left.
The aroma is VERY smoky and it smells more like cigarette smoke than roasted malt, so as a non-smoker this wasn't very appealing at all to me. Holding my breath, I went in for a sip and almost spat it back out. I can only describe the taste as what I imagine an ashtray would taste like with some dregs of beer left in it. Not one to give up, I persevered and I did manage to get some bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes but they are completely overwhelmed by the smokiness.
It's not my kind of thing at all although it wasn't a drain pour as I did get more used to it as I drank it. I thought the millet and quinoa would give it a nice nutty taste but I couldn't really taste anything other than smoke. It wouldn't stop me trying Autumn's other beers but unfortunately Ale not Be Seeing Alt Brew No.03 again.
Brewed by Autumn Brewing Co, Seaham, County Durham
My Untappd score: 1.5/5