Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 300
Gots: 202 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally an Against the Grain Brewery and Brouwerij De Molen collaboration beer. For the first incarnation, De Molen head brewer Menno Oliver hopped in a muscle car and drove straight through from the Netherlands to Louisville, KY (that's USA folks) to brew this bourbon inspired ale, and we liked it so much, we decided to do it again. We took the ingredients in bourbon whiskey (Barley, Rye, Corn) and then smoked them with cherry wood and brewed a huge imperial stout with them. Then to top it off we aged it in Pappy VanWinkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-08-2012)
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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$14.99
Binny's - Willowbrook

Wax enough to make a sane man crazy and a crazy man crazier. Bo & Luke looks like a big bad stout should. It's midnight black and swallows light. The foamis instantly creamy and mocha brown with steady streams of carbonation crawling up the glass to bolster the head. The head leaves behind ropey lacing. Purty!

The nose is packed full of goodies. Cherrywood is the first thing that comes to mind, a few tendrils of smoke. After that I'm overtaken with stoutiness. Cocoa and fudge in heavy doses are followed by vanilla and underripe berries, blue and black mostly. There's an undercurrent of blackstrap molasses as well. Huge roasted barley. This beer is even handed and well done.

The nose set a high standard and the flavor stepped up. The sweet smokiness of cherrywood has it's fingerprints all over the delicious roastiness of this stout. It's rich in roast with a big note of blackstrap molasses running along the back. The dark chocolate again is heavy and bordering bitter. Underripe berries and soft peppery booziness wrap it up. Again, great depth with some surprises here and there.

The body is rich with a good density but it never even comes close to cloying. The carbonation is active enough to cut the lush body before the swallow. The finish actually dries up eventually with some peppery booze and roast bitterness left behind. It's pretty easy to put away all things considered.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not a big fan of the majority of Against the Grain but they, and de Molen, nailed this beer. It's reminiscent of the BBQ I cook (lots of fruit wood), roasty as all get out, complex as hell, and simply delicious. It seems like a lot went inot this beer. It's all even handed and expertly done. Nice job!

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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dan138
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I now compare all other beers to this.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Pours black with a small caramel creamy head that reduces quickly.
S - Smells of dark coffee with a bit of smoke
T - There's a lot going on here. Smoky, coffee, dark chocolate and something sweet, this is a tough one to figure out but a delicious one to drink. 14% abv but the booze does not take over at all - I did not even notice it.
M - Medium mouth feel.
O - I was very excited to get my hands on this beer and boy did it deliver! This is just flat out delicious. Hard to find, so if you see it on the shelf, grab it. Keep reading, there are better, more detailed reviews below.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.1/5  rDev -4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a really really darn good beer. its a rich lathery dense stout, with just enough sweetness, a big bold grain base with a ton of roast to it, dark cocoa, coffee, and tobacco notes app prominent, and its aged in barrels once housing some of the best whiskey on the planet. whats to complain about right? well, for me, and I love smoked beers, but this is way too much smoke for a pappy barrel. it might as well have been jim beam at this point, you smoke it so much that the nuance of the finer spirit cant really appreciate to the fullest. I mean obviously things like mouthfeel and sweetness levels are aided by a good whiskey barrel, but I just don't get the uniqueness and specialness of it coming through. it should be amazing in that regard and its not because the smoke is too strong. that said, the smoked flavor is great, perfect for late fall and early winter, the alcohol is shockingly absent from such a strong ale, and the overall beer is downright fantastic, but I wish they scaled that aspect back a little more so that we could really enjoy what pappy barrel does for a beer like this, it just seems a shame to me, as much as I do like this beer...

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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